Toolbar Talks: Popular Software We Use Apps for Designers - Designers Show #113Oct 23, 2023
Staying updated with the latest tools that Designers use can give you a competitive edge. From the intricacies of Google Earth Pro's historical imagery to the quick video communication capabilities of Loom, there's a plethora of resources available to streamline your workflow.
Dive into our recent discussion at the Designers Show where we explore a range of apps and tools, including OneNote for organized note-keeping, Grammarly for impeccable writing, and WeTransfer for hassle-free large file transfers.
Whether you're a seasoned designer or just starting out, these insights will undoubtedly enhance your productivity and client communication. Join us as we delve into these game-changing tools and more!
Here's a summary of the Designers Show with timestamps:
Introduction and Welcome (00:00 - 00:25)
- Introduction to the designer show with Dan, Renee, and John.
- Mention of Robin's absence due to teaching commitments.
Discussion on Apps and Toolbars (00:25 - 01:06)
- Casual chat about various apps and tools.
- Mention of a possible confusion about the show's title, which seemed to suggest a discussion about the Chief Architect toolbar.
Upcoming Classes Announcement (01:06 - 03:35)
- Announcement of upcoming classes in Minneapolis.
- Details about the beginner-intermediate class with only six sign-ups, making it a small and intimate class.
- Introduction to the intermediate and advanced classes in November.
- Emphasis on the importance of having a basic understanding of Chief Architect before attending the intermediate and advanced classes.
- Brief discussion on the difference between beginner-intermediate and intermediate-advanced classes.
Summit Announcement (03:35 - 04:34)
- Mention of the summit from March 1st to 10th.
- Emphasis on the transformative nature of the summit and its impact on attendees.
Discussion on Chief Toolbar (04:41 - 06:18)
- Introduction to the Chief toolbar.
- A quick Q&A session addressing an issue with missing viewers in the library.
Rene's Custom Toolbar Layout (06:23 - 08:17)
- Rene showcases his custom toolbar layout, which includes kitchen tools, shower tools, style palettes, and more.
- Mention of Rene's website where these toolbars can be purchased.
Creating a Custom Icon in Chief Architect (08:20 - 10:31)
- Step-by-step demonstration on how to create a custom icon within Chief Architect.
- Explanation of how to customize toolbars and add specific icons for different functionalities.
Customizing Toolbars with Library Items (10:37 - 11:27)
- Demonstrates how to link a library item (like a toilet) to a custom toolbar icon.
- The system auto-generates potential icons for the library item.
- The custom tool is linked to the specific library object.
Limitations and Tips on Toolbar Customization (11:27 - 12:50)
- Drawbacks of custom toolbars:
- Can't be shared on other computers.
- Limit of 400 items.
- Can't transfer a toolbar from one configuration to another within the program.
- Recommendation to build a comprehensive toolbar in one configuration.
- Mention of potential changes in future Chief Architect versions to make sharing toolbars easier.
Toolbar Backup and Restoration (12:50 - 14:00)
- The importance of backing up custom toolbars.
- How to copy and store toolbar configurations.
- The process of importing a toolbar configuration if needed.
Extended Tool Configuration (14:00 - 16:29)
- Discussion on the extended tool configuration.
- The presenter's personal toolbar setup and the reasons behind it.
- Mention of potential toolbar crashes and the need for backups.
Customizing Toolbar Icons (16:29 - 20:58)
- How to customize the appearance of toolbar icons.
- Each toolbar has an associated PNG file that can be edited.
- The process of accessing and editing these PNG files.
General Toolbar Tips (20:58 - 21:04)
- The importance of creating a comprehensive toolbar system for efficiency.
Discussion on Apps and Hotkeys (21:19 - 21:40)
- Mention of an app that can detect if the library browser window is open or closed in Chief Architect.
- The app allows users to set hotkeys to target specific library items.
Sharing Favorite Apps (21:45 - 22:01)
- Encouragement for viewers to share their favorite apps in the chat.
Customizing Toolbars with Hotkeys (22:05 - 23:03)
- Discussion on the benefits of setting up hotkeys for frequently used tools.
- Mention of the "E" key as a hotkey for the "Open" function in Chief Architect.
- The importance of setting up hotkeys for tools used with the left hand.
Using Juxtapose for Image Comparison (23:03 - 28:41)
- Introduction to Juxtapose, an app for creating image sliders to compare two images.
- Demonstration of how to use Juxtapose to create before-and-after image comparisons.
- Discussion on the benefits of using Juxtapose for presentations and client interactions.
- Mention of the need to store images in Dropbox for Juxtapose to work.
- Explanation of how to create animated GIFs using Juxtapose.
Using Heyzine for Flipbook Presentations (28:41 - 32:59)
- Introduction to Heyzine, an app for creating flipbook-style presentations.
- Demonstration of how to use Heyzine to create a flipbook from a PDF.
- Discussion on the benefits of using Heyzine for client presentations and sharing designs.
- Demonstration of how Heyzine transforms uploaded PDFs into flipbook-style presentations.
- Mention of the ability to download the source code or flipbook from Heyzine.
Using KUULA for 3D Tours (33:03 - 34:01)
- Introduction to KUULA, a platform for creating 3D tours.
- Demonstration of how to use KUULA to create point-to-point 3D tours.
- Discussion on the benefits of using KUULA for client presentations and showcasing designs.
Discussion on Exporting DWGs from Chief Architect (34:01 - 40:09)
- Tips on exporting DWGs from Chief Architect for engineering purposes.
- Emphasis on paring down layers and sending floor-by-floor exports.
- Mention of potential issues with large 3D files and the benefits of using software like TwinMotion.
Using 3D Warehouse for SketchUp Symbols (40:09 - 41:02)
- Introduction to 3D Warehouse, a storage platform for SketchUp symbols.
- Discussion on sourcing 3D models, such as people, from 3D Warehouse for use in Chief Architect.
Using Substance Suite for 3D Texturing (41:02 - 41:49)
- Introduction to the Substance Suite, a tool used by Chief's content team for creating textures.
- Discussion on the ability to paint textures, bumps, roughness, and height onto 3D meshes using Substance Painter.
- Mention of the process of enhancing 3D models from 3D Warehouse using Substance Painter.
Using Google Earth for Mapping (42:01 - 42:06)
- Brief mention of using Google Earth for mapping purposes.
Using Google Maps for Scaling (42:12 - 44:05)
- Demonstration of how to use Google Maps to measure distances and capture views.
- Tips on how to scale images in Chief Architect using the measured distance from Google Maps.
Rene's Website and Tools (44:19 - 45:45)
- Rene introduces his website and its features.
- Discussion on the "Industry Tools" section, which includes a code lookup and resources.
- Mention of the "Plot Site Contour Map Generator" tool on Rene's website for generating contour maps.
- Plug for Rene's Discord server, which offers VIP content, including terrain videos.
Using Snagit for Screen Captures (45:51 - 49:44)
- Introduction to Snagit, a tool for screen captures.
- Demonstration of how to use Snagit to capture entire web pages, grab text, and mark up images.
- Mention of the benefits of using Snagit for documentation and communication.
Using Zillow for Property Information (49:49 - 50:54)
- Discussion on using Zillow to gather information about properties before visiting them.
- Tips on collecting images, property details, and other relevant data from Zillow.
Using Canvas and Matterport for 3D Scans (51:03 - 51:44)
- Introduction to Canvas, a tool that provides Chief Architect plans based on 3D scans.
- Mention of Matterport, which offers high-quality 3D scans.
- Discussion on the benefits and limitations of both tools.
Using Hover and Eagle View for Exteriors (51:57 - 52:33)
- Introduction to Hover and Eagle View, tools geared towards exterior contractors.
- Discussion on the usefulness of these tools for capturing exterior dimensions and roof pitches.
Google Earth Pro for Historical Imagery (52:41 - 54:32)
- Discussion on Google Earth Pro's feature of viewing historical imagery.
- Demonstration of how to access and view historical images of specific locations.
- Mention of potential uses, such as checking for unpermitted additions to properties.
Google Earth Pro vs. Google Maps (54:32 - 55:01)
- Comparison of features between Google Earth Pro and Google Maps.
- Emphasis on Google Earth Pro's measurement capabilities.
Using OneNote for Keeping Notes (55:13 - 57:08)
- Introduction to OneNote as a tool for keeping and organizing notes.
- Demonstration of how to search for specific notes and topics within OneNote.
- Mention of OneNote's integration with Microsoft 365.
Using Loom for Quick Video Recordings (58:13 - 60:40)
- Introduction to Loom, a tool for creating quick video recordings.
- Demonstration of how to record, save, and share videos using Loom.
- Discussion on the benefits of using Loom for client communication and support.
Other Useful Apps and Tools (60:40 - 62:43)
- Mention of various apps and tools, including:
- Grammarly for grammar and spelling checks.
- WeTransfer for sending large files.
- Asana for task management.
- Notability for handwritten notes.
Closing Remarks and Class Announcements (62:43 - 62:55)