Microspot of the United
Kingdom has been making Macintosh CAD and graphics software
for many years.
Most longtime Mac users will know them by their flagship
which now ships in two different versions. What many don't
know is that the company has greatly expanded
their software product line since Mac OS X came out and this
includes some fine new consumer and low-end professional
design software. One of these products is Microspot
Microspot Interiors is aimed primarily at those
interested in doing home remodeling projects or those in
professional settings who are in charge of business environments
and planning. It is even suitable for professional interior
designers, however, it isn't a CAD drafting package.
But given how popular the home design and renovation market
is, this software application gives Mac OS X users a great
tool to visualize their ideas before they start swinging
the sledgehammer or bringing out that paint brush.
Interiors 3.6 lets you create simple rooms
of various sizes in 3D. Then you insert doors, windows, wall
and furniture and accessories to bring your rooms to life.
Lastly, you can present these rooms with flyby animations
using the built-in animation features.
- Wall are generated in 2D mode for accuracy
To start, you establish your modeling units (feet or meters)
and assign a grid to model on. This helps you snap your walls
to predefined units. There are two primary wall tools. One
lets you draw a rectangular room, the other lets you draw
walls in a more free-form assembly. When you select one of
the wall tools you automatically jump to the plan view, regardless
of what 3D or side view you were previously in. Walls can
be made to snap to other walls and objects by changing the
so generating accurate rooms is actually quite easy.
When you draw a single wall an Edit options dialog pops
up at the end of the second click, this allows you to precisely
assign width, depth and height information to the wall as
well as thickness. (see image 01).
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