Documentation

Quick Start

Pro100 is a Windows-based application, therefore make sure you are running Windows 7 version or later. If you are Mac OS X users please see more details.

This software has been developed based on end users’ experience, feedback and testimonials from different industries. It is highly customizable and includes frequent new development, maintenance, publication and distribution.
Before you begin using Pro100, you should have basic computing skills in order to comfortably experience the full functionality of the program.

Here is a short list of basic computer skills one must have:

  • Opening and closing files
  • Accessing a CD-ROM/USB Port
  • Locating a saved file
  • Copy and paste texts or files
  • Surf the internet and download files

Do I need Internet Connection to run Pro100?

We put together some helpful tools depending on what industry you are in. For instance, if you create your own closet layouts or  you own a cabinet shop, attention to details and accuracy is critical to ensure safe and proper construction. Please note that you do not need internet connection to use Pro100 unless you want to watch our tutorial videos or visit Pro100 YouTube channel. 

Another instance that you may need internet connection is to access the manuals or any new updates posted online. If you design your projects from scratch, see how to work with angled walls and angled cabinets calculations.

Things you must learn:

Object Alignment with Pro100 Software

Alignment & Grouping: It beats the purpose when you don't learn how to align or group objects in Pro100. In reality, aligning cabinets or closet shelves ,all of which are grouped objects on the wall requires precise measurements in order to achieve desired results. Pro100 makes this process much easier. Be sure to watch this video on how to align objects. If you are a custom cabinet maker or build from scratch, please see more details here.

Click – point the cursor to a given object (e.g. click a button) quickly press and release the mouse button. You can left-click or right-click. If we just say “click”, click the left button.

Double-click – click the left button twice in quick succession. The mouse shouldn’t be moved while clicking.

Dragging – point the cursor to an object, press a suitable button and keep it pressed. Now you can, without releasing the button, move the mouse. You can drag with the right or the left button. Dragging with Shift, means dragging while pressing the Shift key at the same time.

The terms “Element” and “Object” are used interchangeably. The terms
“Materials” and “Textures” are also used interchangeably and they mean the same.

You can undo any operation you are not happy with by using “Undo
from the “Edit” menu or CTL+Z. If you reverse too far, you can use
“Redo”. The program lets you undo all the commands since the beginning of your work with a project.

When you select a command from the menu, try to find it on the toolbar; most commands have their equivalents there. It will probably have an icon representing the command. Using the buttons from the toolbar will speed up your work up to three times.

Almost every menu icon has short command to make the program perform some action. See more below:

ALT + D will help align one object to another
CTR+I Color picker
ALT+C While dragging the measuring tool, these two keys will give you the center axis of the selected object.

Structure
This feature exists in all Pro100 software versions and is a must-learn feature for all cabinet makers, closets or if you build from scratch.  It is a strong and powerful tool that will give you the ability to define each object by simply giving them names. Structre feature gives you the power to name, rename parts, groups and much more and make your data more meaningful. If you will need reports like part lists, cut list etc, this is a must learn feature.

How To Generate a Cut List:

Here is a step by step screenshots on how to generatecabinet cut list using Pro100 software

Learn how to generate a cut list by watching this video.

GLOSSARY

3D
3D is the same as Perspective in Pro100.  

Align
Alignment tool is used to align two or more objects.

Apply
When you click on the Apply button in any dialog box you will see the immediate result of your changes. You only need to click on Apply if you want to check your changes before saving your work. Otherwise just click on the OK button to save whatever you are doing.

Axonometry, Axonometric
Axonometric projection is a type of parallel projection, more specifically a type of orthographic projection, used to create a pictorial drawing of an object, where the object is rotated along one or more of its axes relative to the plane of projection.

Catalog
Catalog and Library are used interchangeability by Pro100 Users. A catalog is a group of products. An example would be a catalog of cabinets. American Frame cabinets is a catalog/library of frame cabinets.

Countertop
The top of a cabinet. Can be Granite, Corian, High Pressure Laminate, Slate etc. Also called a Work Top.

Dado Joint 

A Dado joint is a groove in a board to hold another board. Pro100 cutlist makes allowances for Dados and will show them in wireframe mode. 

Element
Elements are used to create group objects like cabinets, closets, furniture etc. In the Properties Dialog Box, Report tab an element is the same as the Piece List

Elevation
View of the room you see when you click on one of the tabs. Dimensioning only works in these views and Plan.

Floor Plan
Plan and Floor Plan are interchangeable. Dimensions work in Plan View.

Group Object
Several elements grouped together to create objects like cabinets, closets, furniture etc.

Job Properties
Job Properties and Project Properties are the same thing.

Library
Library and Catalog are used interchangeably by Pro100 Users. A catalog is a group of products. An Example would be a catalog of cabinets. American Frame cabinets is a catalog/library of frame cabinets.

Materials
The terms "Materials" and "Textures" are also used interchangeably. These are jpg's used to texture an element. Drag and drop, and texture on an element will change an object to the selected texture.

Object
Short name for group object, also sometimes the element is referred to as a single object.

Piece List
Piece List in the Element/Object dialog box Report Tab is an element. Example would be the side of a cabinet.

Perspective
Perspective is the same as 3D.

Rabbet
A rabbet is an L-shaped groove cut across the edge or end of a board. Fitting another board into it makes the joint. Pro100 cutlist makes allowances for Rabbets and will show them in wireframe mode.

Shape Editor
The Shape Editor is a small CAD program that you can use to shape an element. Example: Shaped cabinet leg, Valances, clipped or radius counter tops, furniture parts, etc.

Textures
The terms "Materials" and "Textures" are used interchangeably. Pro100 uses jpg's to texture an element. Drag and drop, and texture on an element will change an object to the selected texture. For more information on Texture/Material 

Upper Cabinets 

Upper Cabinets and Wall Cabinets are the same thing.

Wall Cabinets
Wall Cabinets and Upper Cabinets are the same thing.

Work Top
The top of a cabinet. Can be Granit, Corian, High Pressure Laminate, Slate etc. Called a Counter Top in this program.

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