Sketching > Automatic Sketching

Automatic Sketching


Sketching can be accomplished by manually inputting measurements using the virtual keypad, or by using a Bluetooth measuring device to seamlessly transfer data to the Pocket PC.

  Note: The settings in MobileSketch determine how your calculations will be rounded and subsequently displayed and calculated.  These settings take precedence over any settings on the DISTO unit.  If rounding is set to whole units, then MobileSketch will take any fractional measurements transmitted from the DISTO and round them accordingly.  Additionally measurement types are also dictated by MobileSketch.  For example, if you measure 10 meters with the DISTO (DISTO set to meters) and MobileSketch is set to imperial, the result will be a line drawn in feet versus meters.  
  1. Adjust rounding parameters by accessing the Input settings (Edit, Preferences, Input tab).  Since rounding only affects DISTO inputs, first enable Disto Input (tap the check box) and set rounding parameters by tapping the field labeled Round Disto Input.  Rounding is off by default.
  2. Set drawing parameters (meters or Imperial) by accessing the Draw settings (Edit, Preferences, Draw tab, Precision section at bottom).  You can set a Default unit of measure and a one time (current session) unit of measure.  The default setting is Imperial.
  3. Define the type of area that will be drawn.  When you first open MobileSketch, the Define Area screen will open.  If the default preference setting for Define area on creation has been disabled (Edit, Preferences, Behavior tab), you will need to tap the Define button to open the Define Area screen.  Alternatively, you can select this option by going to the Draw menu and tapping Define Area (Draw, Define Area).
  4. Tap the area code for the area you want to draw.  You can also set the level by tapping the up/down arrow.  Once you’ve done this, tap OK to advance to the next screen.
      Note: MobileSketch Pro offers the ability to add subcategories and customize the area types.  With the Pro version, you can also automatically post the area name and area calculations.  
  5. Name the area that you want to draw.  You can use the default name, or you can use the integrated virtual keypad to give the area a different name.  You can also add/remove or edit names from the list by tapping the Name button.  Also, tap the Positive or Negative option to add or subtract the area's calculation from the property’s total area calculations and/or set the dimension color to match the line color.  Once this is done, tap OK to advance to the drawing pad.
      Note:  Note: If you select the Properties tab in the Define Area screen, you can choose the style, width, or color of the lines you will draw.  This is helpful if you want to differentiate the floors of the building from one another or if you want to differentiate between positive and negative areas.  Once you have selected the linestyle properties, tap OK to advance to the drawing pad.  
  6. Activate the second function layer (SFL) on the DISTO plus by pressing the 2nd button.  "2nd" should be visible on the DISTO plus screen.  This indicates that all blue colored function buttons are active (e.g.  the directional arrows, Delete and Enter keys.)
  7. Press Enter on the DISTO or tap Enter on the MobileSketch keypad to place the pen in drawing mode (pen down).
  8. Take a measurement with the DISTO plus, and input a direction using the directional arrow buttons on the SFL.  The line will be drawn in red on the Pocket PC.
  9. Press the SFL button labeled Enter to anchor the line.  Once anchored, the line will be black in color (default color).
  10. Repeat steps 5-6 for each line you sketch.  When you get to the last line, you can simply tap Close on the MobileSketch keypad to finish sketching the area.
  11. To sketch additional areas, tap the Define button and continue with step 2 above.

Related Topics: