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Changing the Title Block Logo

By default, Visual Basic Edition and Professional Edition place the Visual logo in the Title Block. However, you may want to brand your lighting designs by adding your own company logo to the Title Block. There are two ways to change the default Title Block logo. The first is to change the image in Visual Professional Edition through the Print Editor and, if desired, save it as default. However, saving the Title Block logo as the default in the Print Editor will not make it the default Title Block logo in the Basic Edition. Follow the directions below to change the default Title Block logo in Professional Edition only.

Visual Professional Edition

  1. Open the Print Editor
  2. Insert the Title Block
  3. Double click on the Title Block to launch the Title Block Editor
  4. Select Edit < Picture or click the Picture icon at the top of the Title Block Editor
  5. Open the image file of your company logo (image must be a GIF, JPG or WMF)
  6. Select File < Save As Default

The second way to change the default Title Block logo is to replace the Visual.WMF image located in the Images folder. Keep in mind that when you replace Visual.WMF, you must use the WMF file extension. Sometimes graphics editors do not properly convert the image to a WMF when you save them. If you convert your company logo to WMF and the image does not show up in the Title Block after you replace it, try saving the image as a BMP first, then rename it with the WMF file extension. Follow the directions below to change the default logo in Basic Edition and Professional Edition.

Visual Basic Edition and Professional Edition

  1. Open Local Disk\Program Files\Visual 2.0\Program\Images\
  2. Rename Visual.WMF to Visual.OLD
  3. Copy a WMF file of your company logo into the folder
  4. Rename your company logo to Visual.WMF

Constructing Sloped Surfaces and Structures

There are several ways to create slopes and sloped structures, some as simple as drawing and extruding a shape, some more complicated, requiring objects to be exploded and erased. The following three techniques can be used to create simple slopes and sloped structures.

View instructional videos for each of these techniques and also learn how to create a complex sloped ceiling from the Training - Instructional Videos Web page.

Training - Instructional Videos

Constructing a Sloped Surface

  1. Select an elevation view (N,S,E, or W)
  2. Place the first point of a line at the bottom of the slope
  3. In the Command Line, type in the length and angle of the ceiling using polar coordinates

    Example: @30<15 would create a line that is 30 feet long with a slope of 15 degrees
  4. Copy the sloped line and place it a distance away that is equal to the width of the structure
  5. Turn on Endpoint Snap
  6. Draw a polygon to connect the four ends of the two sloped lines
  7. Erase the sloped lines

Constructing an A-frame Structure

  1. Select an elevation view (N,S,E, or W)
  2. Draw a polygon that is the profile of the structure
  3. Extrude the polygon

    Type the length of the structure as the height since you are extruding lengthwise instead of up. To change the direction an object is extruded, hold the Shift key while extruding.

Constructing a Simple Sloped Structure

  1. Draw the footprint of the structure
  2. Draw vertical lines at each corner of the building – two short and two long.

    You may draw one long line and one short line in an elevation view (N,S,E, or W) to get the correct height. Then, copy the lines in a architectural view (NE,SE,NW, or SW).

  3. Turn on Endpoint Snap
  4. Draw a polygon to connect the top of each line
  5. Erase the two vertical lines

Download and Install Tips and Fixes

Over the past several weeks customers have called in with several common issues — permission settings that prevent proper installation, overfull temporary Internet files preventing downloads of Visual, and outdated authorization codes. Below we have linked explanations and solutions to the most common issues and have included recommended practices for installation and activation of Visual software.

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