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    Getting Started for Beginners

    In this tutorial you will see how to do many basic drawing and editing actions in Redstick Site CAD. Everything featured in this tutorial applies to the Pro and Pro Data versions of Redstick as well. The tutorial is presented as a series of explanations accompanied by screen captures of the process in the application. At the end a simple animation of the whole tutorial is featured for recap and summary purposes.

     

    Outline

    1. Basic Interface
    2. Drawing Walls
    3. Placing Doors
    4. Placing Window
    5. Placing Stairs
    6. Placing Objects
    7. Drawing Lines
    8. Editing
    9. 3D Mode
    10. Save/Load/Export Toolbar
    11. Settings Toolbar

     


    1. Basic Interface

    When you first start the application the drawing area will be blank, with the Main Toolbar at the bottom of the screen by default.

    To select any button in Redstick and enter the associated mode, tap it once. Some buttons (denoted by a blue marker at the top of the button) have flyout menus that will appear when the button is held down for a short time. Flyout menus offer different options for that button which can be selected by dragging your touch up the menu to the desired option. An example flyout menu is shown in the Save/Load/Export section of this tutorial.
    Once something has been drawn into the model you can pan your view of the model by touching and dragging an area that does not have any selected items in it. You can also zoom-in/out and rotate by touching and dragging in the drawing area with a two-finger touch.

     


    2. Drawing Walls

    Walls form the basis of most other features in the model. Wall Mode is selected by default. You can start drawing walls by tapping the drawing area in the location that you want the wall to start from. A cursor will appear to mark the starting location and indicate that you are in the process of drawing a wall.

    To complete the wall touch in the location that you want the wall to end. The wall will connect the two points and the cursor will appear at the wall end-point to indicate that a new wall is ready to be drawn.

    By continuing to touch new locations more connected walls will be drawn. If an existing wall is at the end-point of a new wall the walls will be joined and the wall drawing mode reset.

    You can also draw new walls by selecting a point along an existing wall for the starting location and then drawing as usual.

     


    3. Placing Doors

    Doors can be placed by selecting Door Mode from the Main Toolbar. While in door mode touching an existing wall will automatically place a door in the wall at that location. This can be done repeatedly as long as you remain in door mode.

     


    4. Placing Windows

    Windows can be placed by selecting Window Mode from the Main Toolbar. While in window mode touching an existing wall will automatically place a window in the wall at that location. This can be done repeatedly as long as you remain in door mode.


    5. Placing Stairs

    Stairs can be placed by selecting Stair Mode from the Main Toolbar. While in stair mode a set of stairs can be placed anywhere by touching that location. If the touch location is near a wall then the stairs will align themselves flush with the wall. Stairs can be placed repeatedly as long as you remain in stair mode.


    6. Placing Objects

    Objects (such as benches, chairs, tables, sinks, etc.) can be placed into the model by selecting the Objects button from the Main Toolbar. This will open the objects dialogue from which you can select an object to place into the model from a wide variety of possible objects. When a selection is made the dialogue will automatically close and the item can be placed by touching anywhere in the model. If the touch is close to a wall then the object will align itself flush to the wall. This object can be placed repeatedly while remaining in object mode. To place a different object simply select the object button again to open the objects dialogue and select a different object.


    7. Drawing Lines

    Lines (which have no thickness and do not behave in the same way as walls) can be placed in the model by selecting Line Mode from the Main Toolbar. To start a line touch the location where you want the line to start from (which can be anywhere and will snap to walls if close enough). Then touch the location where you want the line to end.


    8. Editing

    Edit Mode is important for adjusting the properties and values associated with the many items in a Redstick model. You can enter edit mode by selecting the edit button from the corner of the screen where it is always visible.

    While in edit mode tapping near an object will select it. Anytime that an object is selected the Properties Toolbar will appear along the edge of the screen (top by default). Within the Properties Toolbar appear all the editable properties and options of the selected object, which can be edited by tapping them.

    When editing most properties a dialogue will appear allowing you to enter custom values, however some properties, such as colour, have specialised dialogues.


    9. 3D Mode

    3D View Mode can be accessed by selecting the 3D Mode button from the Main Toolbar. In this mode the model can be viewed from any angle by panning and zooming the view with single and two-finger touches respectively. Editing in 3D mode is not possible and many buttons on the Main Toolbar will not be visible. For ease of viewing the visibility of the walls can be toggled from the toolbar. To exit 3D Mode just select the 3D Mode button again.


    10. Save/Load/Export Toolbar

    To access the Save, Load and Export functions select the File Button (the Redstick Logo) from the Main Toolbar. Saving a model will create an iCad file which can be Loaded later by using the Load function in Redstick which is specifically for iCad files. The Export button has a Flyout menu (hold the button to view the flyout) which contains the possible export formats. Some export formats, such as PDF, will open an options dialogue before exporting, while some export formats will export directly without custom settings.


    11. Settings Toolbar

    The Settings Toolbar can be accessed from the Settings button on the main toolbar, and it is where the global settings for Redstick can be found (more settings are accessible in Pro versions of Redstick than in Site CAD). Some settings are toggled from buttons in the Settings Toolbar and some are accessed from the Additional Settings Button which opens the additional settings dialogue.

     


    Conclusion

    This tutorial has only covered the basics of how to get around in Redstick and draw your model. There are many features that Redstick has that have not been talked about in depth here and even more features again in the Pro versions. For information on the different features in each version check out our FAQ section. If you still have a problem or some suggestions on how to improve this tutorial please go to one of our forums and post there.

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