Let’s start with a specific example: You get a scanned, hand-drawn floor plan from the customer and you have to use this to design the living room. In a better case you get the drawing in DWG, which is easier to work with. First, you import the floor plan as a raster image, and then set the correct scale based on a known length. This is where planning begins.
You set the parameters of the wall and place them according to the drawing. The first wall will be immediately visible in the 3D window. Now comes the most spectacular part: using the room wizard.
Room-based compact design method. It drastically shortens the work time, and help you furnish your room in seconds. With just a few clicks you can place the doors, windows, set the color of the wall and the floor covering.
We know that curtains and lighting can determine a room’s atmosphere significantly, so you can add curtains to the windows and even create the main aspects of lighting.
You can add decorative moulding to the room with one click.
For painting and adding wallpaper, use the “Showroom” function, from where you can download materials from manufacturers that appear instantly on the surface you want.
3D Warehouse ™ is a free library of objects, which means that 3D models published on the web can be downloaded and used freely by anyone. 3D Warehouse models make it easy to design beautifully furnished interiors. The selected model loads directly into the ARCHLine.XP project and can be placed immediately. It can also be used later because it is automatically saved to the library.
Using the Blinds and Curtains command you can make your home feel cozy with the realistically designed curtains, Roman blinds, Venetian blinds.
With ARCHLine.XP’s unique tiling tools, you can precisely design the tiling of walls, floors and other surfaces.
The use of tiling styles (patterns) simplifies tiling a bathroom with a single click. If you want to try a different style, you can re-tile the whole room with one click or try the effect of another style on just one wall.
Mosaic tiles can be made using four different tiles. Built-in patterns include Herringbone, Chevron, Hexagon, Alhambra, Fly and Triangle tiles.
With the help of detailed Excel quantity lists, time-consuming price calculations can be done quickly and accurately.
The decorative profile and moulding tools gives the interior a clean and sophisticated look. Decorative profiles are placed in ARCHLine.XP plans with just one click or by specifying a path.
Correct lighting will make any room more spacious and cozy.
You can place different types of luminaires in the model and study their effects.
You can choose traditional lamps, LED stripes for any path and illuminated text in 3D.
LED strips with any path offers fascinating effects in every type of room.
Lamp groups can be created in the suspended ceiling.
You can change the brightness or quickly create lighting variations.
The function helps you to create a lighting plan by assigning switches and lamps.
The symbolic representation of the lamps enables a uniform layout of the floor plan.
Lighting plan represents the wiring as 2D linework.
The lighting plan displays with red lights the connected lamps
and with blue the free lamps, those are not yet assigned to any switches.
Furthermore you can calculate the built-in power (W) as an indicative value for the
intended luminous flux (lumen) in the room.
In most cases, suspended ceilings are installed as decorative elements. You can choose from plain or grid ceilings. In both cases, you have the option to place spotlights and lamp groups in the ceiling with precise recess and cut-out.
Kitchen design is a central issue for customers. ARCHLine.XP contains all the tools you need to design your kitchen furniture (or any storage furniture, cabinet, chest of drawers, etc.). As a starting point, use the parameterizable cabinet tool, which allows you to set dimensions, sides, divisions, and even add custom furniture fronts.
Use render styles to create high quality photorealistic images. Render styles include the correct setting of material properties and are assigned into groups: such as metal, glass, brick, mirror, etc.
Render styles can be assigned to any surface.
To create stunning images, ARCHLine.XP has a first-class Render engine.You can easily render lifelike fabrics, textiles, leathers and wall finishes with excellent light effects in daytime and night scenes. It all takes just a few minutes.
ARCHLine.XP’s real-time Shadow Engine lets you perform accurate shade studies on your models. Switch on the sun to see how it will affect your space at any time and date. Drag the time slider to watch the daylight move across your space.
Lighting is a key element of interior design. It sets the mood for each room. The use of natural or artificial lighting can have a major impact on the overall look of a room. In ARCHLine.XP you can study the effects of artificial lights in real-time 3D.
Create digital mood boards to show the visual directions of your plan. Boost up your presentations with an eye-catching design compilation which also helps the communication with your clients at the early stages of your cooperation.
You can use ARCHLine.XP interactive Dynamic Section feature to temporarily cut away parts of your design, enabling you to look inside your model. You can use Sections to create architectural section as well move and rotate the working plane.
A walk-through model can be part of a modern “movie” presentation. An animated film is moving along a predetermined path around the 3D model, and creates the illusion to the viewer, as if he had been walking around in a completed residential area. The advantage of animation compared to “virtual photo” is that the perception of space is more expressive. It becomes palpable the location of furniture and identifiable the potential bottlenecks, also possible collision of door openings.
The Virtual Panoramic view presentation is huge step forward, it is based on creating a series of interactive virtual photos from one viewpoint which can be rotated around and as a result it grants the overview of the entire living space in 360 degrees. The rooms can be linked together, so we can move from one to another. Use a VR Box to enhance the effect. Load the panoramic view onto your smartphone, insert the phone into the helmet, and put it on your customers. This provides more than just a screen view, the panorama is projected straight in front of our eyes, separately to each eyes, and head movement moves the image, too. Truly a breath taking presentation tool.
The ARCHLine.XP Showroom contains high-quality fabrics, 3D models from leading product manufacturers and retailers. You can download and visualize realistic fabrics, colours, 3D models – instead of generic ones – within your project.
ARCHLine.XP provides direct access to the world’s biggest online repository of furniture, the 3D Warehouse. It contains every group of furniture which is necessary for the design (e.g.: chairs, tables, kitchen-, living room-, bedroom, bathroom items, accessories). If the library doesn’t contain the suitable object, you can create it with the ARCHLine.XP tools.
Soft furnishing is at the basis of interior design. Soft furnishing tools of ARCHLine.XP add colour, texture, softness and style to the room. Without soft furnishings, the room would be too “hard”. You can create perfectly realistic curtains just in a few steps! The roman blind wizard is a great tool to create the blinds by simply setting up some simple parameters.
The loft tool allows you to create complex models by simply defining a 3D path and several cross-sections along that path. The software will morph these cross sections into each other creating a 3D object.
Smart Object Parts is an easy to use tool that gives you an efficient interface for creating complex furniture parts such as legs, chair backs, seats, and so on. You can create elaborate furniture, no experience in traditional 3D modelling is needed!
Using the components created by the Loft tool and the Smart Object Parts, the Furniture Assembler can merge them together and produce various types of upholstered furniture. The result is modular, so you can freely exchange parts of the final piece of furniture and replace fabrics with one click.
Using the Wall command on DWG drawings allows you to convert lines from imported DXF/DWG drawings into 3D walls. There are also a number of techniques to be used for placing doors and window openings.
ARCHLine.XP uses two stair definition methods. You can create and manipulate 3D parametric stairs with either regular or irregular shapes. Irregular or sketched stairs, are created with a step by step method providing a group of boundary curves. Balustrades are associated with stairs and freely editable with any form of handrails and puppets.
Using the styling tool in ArchLine.XP is the best way to create consistent, well-designed projects. It consists of a sequence of properties applied one after the other to set and edit the individual elements – new walls, doors, windows or any other object.
Add precise annotations to your documentation, place dimensions using the software’s highly precise, double precision format. Define the format, scale, precision, and toggle between metric and imperial units.
Layers are a method of managing and controlling the visual layout of a drawing. Using layers you can group or separate the objects of the current drawing in various categories or folders, and for example display only the architectural part of your project or temporary hide tiling or electrical accessories.
A group is a collection of objects you can create in ArchLine.XP which can then be assigned different properties or placed on separate layers. The groups can then be moved or edited as one whole unit.
External references (XREF) let you embed another drawing into the one you are currently working on.