In this tutorial, we will explore the concept of the Nodes systems in PlanStudio and learn how to effectively use them to edit objects you draw. We will delve into what these nodes are and how you can employ them for drawing and editing objects in your floor plans.
The Two Node Systems
PlanStudio utilizes two different variations of the Nodes Systems that span across all the different drawing tools.
- Path Nodes: Used for drawing linear objects with a centerline, including walls, stairs, detail lines, navigation meshes, and networks.
- Area Nodes: Used for drawing and editing the shape of zones and other objects with a fill.
Path nodes are used for objects drawn around a centerline, such as walls, bifold doors, stairs, detail lines, nav mesh, and networks.
Editing with Path Nodes:
- Select an object like a wall and switch to the manipulator arrow to see the centerline and various nodes.
- Extension Nodes: Used for adding segments to the end of a wall or extending it.
- End Node: Alters the length, angle, or snaps to another object.
- Toggles: Curve the centerline, with an option to straighten it using the "Change Node Type" button.
- Center Point Node: Adds a new point to the center of a line or a new segment to the middle.
- Delete Node Button: Deletes the currently selected node.
Moving Centerline: Click on the centerline to move it along an axis while keeping other nodes' positions intact.
Area nodes are employed for objects within closed systems like zones.
Editing with Area Nodes:
- Modify the shape of an area by using the selection tool or manipulator arrow to select a node in a corner to change the shape of the area or add a new side by selecting the center node.
- Create curves on your area by selecting a node and using the toggles, straighten lines with the "Change Node Type" button, or remove nodes using the "Delete Node" button.
- Enter Grow mode by selecting a clicking and selecting a center node, the node's appearance changes, allowing you to place a new node anywhere on the plan. With snapping enabled, it snaps to the edges of walls or other items. This mode helps quickly select points or corners of walls on your floor plan to expand zones to fill specific shapes.
PlanStudio employs these two main drawing systems: Path Nodes and Area Nodes.
Understanding and using these systems effectively will enable you to draw and create various objects within your floor plans, giving you greater control and flexibility in your design and editing processes.