Virtual Worlds - How It Works
|Planning the Room|
|Using Virtual Worlds you begin your drawing in the traditional way by creating a 2D plan to your customer's room dimensions. Wall lengths can be specified with millimetre precision and corner angles set to the nearest degree. Then at the touch of a button your plan is transformed into 3D.|
|Creating the Room|
|Once in the 3D world it is easy to build up the room by importing items from the
product ranges available. The objects can easily be moved around, rotated,
re-sized and positioned to the customer's requirements. Architectural features
can be generated to exact dimensions to create your customer's dream room. You
can even form an arrangement of component objects, from different manufacturer
catalogues if you wish, into a 'Group', save the combination in your own folder
and move them all around as one object.
|Choose from plan view, front, rear, left and right elevations and move between these views easily, or fly to any area you wish. A special function allows you to save your own selected views and return to them whenever you wish.|
|In Virtual Worlds it is easy to try out different decorative styles. For example
walls can be instantly painted, tiled, and wallpapered, and you can see what the
floor looks like tiled or as strip wood. Colours and patterns can be changed
instantly without having to wait for screen redraws.
To add detail and help create the individual look you can add plants, radiators, pictures, mirrors and other items from the extensive libraries of generic objects supplied.
|Building your own objects|
|You can add features to a room such as box-work to hide soil pipes, plinths into
which you can sink a bath , colums, spheres or archways. Multiple shapes are
available and these can all then be tiled or decorated as you choose.
|Exploring the Room|
|Virtual Worlds is the only room planning system to offer 'real-time fly thru' - giving your customers the freedom to 'walk' around their dream room. They can see what it looks like from sitting in the bath, or on the sofa, or from a child's point of view. You can give your customers a real feel for what their new room could look like. Instant design changes with the customer in front of you are so easy with Virtual Worlds.|
|You can select products from the libraries of manufacturers provided on the
Virtual Worlds CD-Roms. These are three-dimensional models created from
manufacturing specifications so are highly detailed and accurate. Any
manufacturer's products from tiles to taps to furniture can be added to your
There are many more manufacturers who are in the process of developing budgets to create their Virtual Worlds catalogues. These will include both domestic and overseas companies. Within the next twelve months our manufacturer base will double, at least, and will include major kitchen and bedroom furniture suppliers as well as bathroom specialists, flooring and ceramic tile manufacturers.
|Whilst planning in Virtual Worlds you can select tiles from the extensive
manufacturer tile catalogues that we provide with your system. However, if you
require the use of a tile not in the catalogue , you can simply scan in your own
tile texture using a scanner or digital camera and create your own custom
catalogues, a facility only available to you in our software.
|Once you and your customer are happy with your plan you can also output a scaleable 2D plan view. There are extensive features that allow you to add annotations and notes to assist your installation staff.|
|Itemised Order List|
|An itemised order list is automatically generated as the room develops, listing each product used along with quantities. It also calculates the number of tiles used - even the partial 'cut' tiles.|
Virtual Worlds, as a standard Windows(tm) program, allows you to move text and
images into other Windows(tm) programs such as Word and Excel. This enables you
to be highly creative (and professional) in making your letters and quotations
Images can also be created and saved in JPEG format. This is a sort of 'zipped' file that is used worldwide and gives you excellent image quality but with a small file size - ideal for e-mailing to your clients.