Getting Started by watching the Introduction

Videos

Tracing
This demonstration of ISOtracer explains how to start tracing your isometric. Node markings are easily placed and the intelligent routing feature automatically detects the direction of your model.

Search and Select Nodes/Elements
This demonstration of ISOtracer explains how to search and select Nodes/Elements.

Inserting and Removing Nodes
This demonstration of ISOtracer explains how to insert and remove nodes.

FAQ


How can I hide a number-marker of an individual node?
Make sure that the “2. Markup” tab is selected.

Go-to idle mode by pressing escape a couple of times in the ISO viewer window. Select the node marker you want to hide (it highlights in green) and press “h”.

To unhide all markers of a node; select the node by clicking on the circular representation of the node and press “h”.

You can only hide markers that are automatically generated.

How can I hide individual element (pipe) length markers?

Make sure that the “2. Markup” tab is selected.

Go-to idle mode by pressing escape a couple of times in the ISO viewer window. Select the element marker you want to hide (it highlights in green) and press “h”.

To unhide all markers of an element; select the element by clicking on the line representing the element and press “h”.

You can only hide markers that are automatically generated.

How can I unhide node or element (pipe) markers?

You can only unhide all hidden markers of a node or element at once.

Make sure that the “2. Markup” tab is selected.

Go-to idle mode by pressing escape a couple of times in the ISO viewer window. Select the node or element (and not one of its visible markers) by clicking on the circular representation of the node, or on the arrow indicating the element and press “h”.

It seems I cannot hide all marker types.

You can only hide markers that are automatically generated. Or, in other words, you cannot hide markers that are created by you. You can delete them though.

It seems I cannot delete all marker types.

You cannot delete markers that are automatically generated. Or, in other words, you can only delete markers that are created by you.

You can hide automatically generated markers though.

I do not want element data to be shown on my ISO's when I export them to a pdf (or images).

The ISO’s are exported as they are shown in the viewer. To change the way markings are shown on all ISO’s, you can configure the viewer.

To configure the ISO viewer click on the cogwheel at the top-right corner of the viewer. A configure window will pop-up. Deselecting the check box after “Show Elements” will hide the element related data. User-created text markings will not be hided.

Also try the other configurable options. You can observe the effect in the viewer. Most of the options can also be changed by rotating the middle-mouse wheel.

ISOtracer uses shortcuts to speed up the markup process. Can I get a list?

Yes.

By hoovering over the icons at the top of the ISO viewer a brief description will appear including its related shortcut indicated in between square brackets [].

How can I find a particular node or element?

Click on the search button (magnifying glass) in the 3D viewer. A search window pops-up.

To find a particular node, type in its node number. If it exists, the “Find” button can be pressed after which the node will be indicated in the 3D viewer. By (double-) clicking the node in the 3D viewer window, the node will be also be shown in the ISO viewer.

To find a particular element, type in the two node numbers (separated by a space) that are connected by the element. If it exists, the “Find” button can be pressed after which the element will be indicated in the 3D viewer. By (double-) clicking the element in the 3D viewer window, the element will also be shown in the ISO viewer.

I cannot seem to export my model to a CAESAR II neutral file.

You probably have nodes that share the same node number in your model. In ISOtracer, nodes are unique, independent on their number. In the CII neutral file format, however, a node is uniquely identified by its number.

While it is perfectly fine in ISOtracer, you have to correct for duplicate node numbers before you can export it to CII.

A good place to start identifying duplicate nodes is by opening the “Chain Monitor” window that can be found under the “View” menu item. The monitor shows the chain-ranges and indicates in red whether a
chain overlaps with another.

Usually, it is good practice to avoid overlapping chain-ranges. The ‘range’ of an element-chain is defined as all possible numbers in between the lowest and highest node number used in the chain.

So a chain with numbers 10, 20, 30 and 40 and a chain with numbers 30, 40, 50 and 60 do overlap, because the ranges [10:40] and [30:60] overlap. Because the two chains have duplicate node numbers, exporting to a CII file is not allowed. If the latter chain would be numbered 35, 35, 55 and 65, it would still overlap with the first chain while the node numbers do not. In this case you can export the model to a CII file, with a warning though.

To re-number a chain, right click on one of the elements of the chain and choose re-number.

I want to use a different font (size) on my ISO's.

You can change the font type and size used to display text on ISO’s. Changing the feel and look of all markings can be done in the configure window.

To configure the ISO viewer click on the cogwheel at the top-right corner of the viewer. A configure window will pop-up.

You can change the font type and size there.

Also try the other configurable options. You can observe the effect in the viewer. Most of the options can also be changed by rotating the middle-mouse wheel.

I want the supports on my ISO's to be shown larger/smaller.

You can indicate how large supports should be indicated on the ISO’s by configuring the ISO viewer.

To configure the ISO viewer click on the cogwheel at the top-right corner of the viewer. A configure window will pop-up.

You can change the support size there. Type in a number, or use your middle mouse wheel.

Also try the other configurable options. You can observe the effect in the viewer. Most of the options can also be changed by rotating the middle-mouse wheel.

How can I inactivate the welcome page?

You can (in)activate the welcome page in the ISO viewer configure window.

To configure the ISO viewer click on the cogwheel at the top-right corner of the viewer. A configure window will pop-up.

You can select or deselect the “Show Welcome Page” option.

Can I pay on a monthly basis?

No, you can only purchase an annual license for 12 months total. After 12 months you can decide to either renew or end your ISOtracer license.

Can I hand the license over to somebody else?

No, the license is restricted to your credentials and your computer. If would like to move the license to a different computer you will have to contact our support department. They will help you transfer your license to your new machine.

Can I get a refund for the months that I am not using the software?

No, you pay for a period of 12 months indecently of how ofter or how long you actually use the software over that period.

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