In this tutorial, we will explore the functionalities of the Annotations tool in PlanStudio. The Annotations tool allows you to collect additional information on your floor plan, such as notes, photos, documents, and make quick measurements. Here's how to make the most of this tool:
Drawing and Highlighting
Inside the Annotations tool, you'll find a pen tool that allows you to draw solid lines. These lines can be used for handwritten notes or to make sketch drawings on your plan.
There's also a highlighter tool that is semi-transparent and ideal for highlighting and coloring specific areas of your plan.
Both the pen and highlighter tools offer color options from the pre-set color selector or custom colors using the color picker. You can also control the line size you are drawing, which is relative to your current zoom level.
To remove handwritten annotations, use the eraser tool. It has two options: partial removal to erase lines partially as you go, or whole strokes to remove entire lines.
Adding Typed Notes
You can add typed notes to an icon or a specific point on your plan using the notes tool. This tool places a pin on the plan that you can select to view and edit the text.
The pink plus button also allows you to directly attach notes to any object you have drawn in PlanStudio, by selecting the object then using the 'Add Notes' button from the Pink Plus Menu.
To add photos to your plan, you have a few options:
- Photos Tool: You can upload existing images to your plan using this tool.
- Camera Tool: This tool allows you to use your device's camera to take photos and place them directly on the plan. Simply place a pin on the plan, take a single or multiple photos at that point, and save them.
- Pink Plus: you can use the pink plus button to directly attach photos to any object you have drawn in PlanStudio, by selecting the object then using the 'Add Photo' button from the Pink Plus Menu
We recommend using the Camera tool for each piece of equipment on your plan, as well as for documenting floorplan layouts.
The Documents tool is used for uploading documents to your plan or an icon. You can use this tool to attach compliance or safety information to equipment, ensuring that important data is stored directly on the plan. Alternatively you can use the pink plus button to directly attach photos to any object you have drawn in PlanStudio, by selecting the object then using the 'Add document' button from the Pink Plus Menu
The Measurements tool is handy for taking quick measurements around the plan. You can use this tool to:
- Check the accuracy of scaled graphics before drafting.
- Measure the width needed for objects like stairs or doors before placement using fixed width.
It's important to note that any annotations made using the Annotations tool will by default Not appear on published diagrams unless you configure a template to include them.
Annotations are primarily used to keep notes and communicate information about a floor plan within your organization without affecting the floor plan itself.
By following these steps, you can effectively use the Annotations tool in PlanStudio to enhance your floor plans with valuable information, making them more informative and useful for your organization's needs.