This page will walk you through the basic steps on how to use Pro100 as a beginner. We assume you already installed the program and ready to go. This applies to both demo and full versions.
How to Use Pro100 Software
If you have not downloaded the demo, please go ahead and do so. Otherwise, double click the Pro100 icon to start the program. Notice a welcome screen appears with 4 options to choose from.
You can a start by clicking on one of the following: -
- New project
- Open project
- New from template
- Last opened
For a beginner, please start with new project. Notice on the lower left , you can uncheck the box to skip the startup window display. We recommend leaving it checked for now.
Enter your project particulars under the Project Properties menu as shown above to create a record. You can skip the fields that are not important to you then click Ok to continue.
I highly recommend watching the video below if you would like to change your units of measurements. For example, from inches (") to millimeters (mm) or, you simply want to adjust the precision from 1/16 to 1/32 of an inch (fractionals) or 0.1 to 0.001 (decimal) in millimeters..
Room Properties menu above gives you the opportunity to enter your room dimensions. Enter the approriate length, width and height. Click ok and a virtual room defined by a grid is displayed in 3D.
Check to see that you have your catalog setup right and other tools docked for easy access. Make sure you have the appropriate default library of items that you will need for your design work.
Take a moment and familiarize yourself with docking menus. It is the same technique as docking your programs in Windows taskbar. Note that you also have an option to use the auto-hide feature or pin your catalog.
How to dock your Catalog and Tools.
Learning the Process
Align, Move and Clone.
On the lower left corner of the screen, you will see the above icons with Perspective highlighted. This is the 3D Elevation. Hold down your left click anywhere in the room and drag your cursor around the screen. You are now able to control angle views in 3D. Go to catalog and find a cabinet or any object. Highlight it then drag and drop into the virtual room against the north wall. Once the item is in the room, right click to see drop down menu. Each menu will perform the displayed action to the highlighted object(s) in the room.
You may now begin to create your first design. Please note that the grid is usually 12"x 12" but this can be changed by visiting Tools, Preferences then click on Edit. Set it to whatever measurement you like.
Pro100 has simple drag and drop interface which makes drawing easy and saves a lot of time. It does really help your clients and contractors visualize and share interactive projects both in photorealistic high definition screenshots and a virtual tour of the actual project also known as panorama.
If you are a closet maker or have a cabinet shop, begin your first design by clicking on new element button. Familiarize yourself with the element/material thickness as you drop it on the floor or wall.
Using the positioning feature, you can determine how far any object is from any wall or other objects. We recommend always to be on position 0,0,0. That is zero distance from the left corner of your north wall. This will ensure easy alignments, grouping, resizing, distribution, importing objects and naming.
Base cabinet, Toekick Separate.
Base cabinet, Toekick Cut-Out