LED Wizard 8 Documentation

Intro to LED Wizard 8 Docs
Getting Started
System Requirements
Screen Layout
LED Wizard Basics
Basic Workflow
Operating Modes
Defaults and Preferences
New in Version 8
Data Clean Up Tool
Module Filtering
LED Wizard Fonts
LED Wizard 8 Database
Population Scaling Tool
Graphical Population Scaling
Auto Stats and Title Block Merging
Auto Power Supply Loading
Auto Dimensioning
Single Run Populations
Create Guide Paths from Open Vector Paths
Freehand Drawing Tool
Power Supply Colors
New Auto Power Supply Loading Options
Multiple Document Interface
Power Supply Rotation
Population Library
Core Series Flexible Mode
Creating LED Module Layouts
Using the PowerFlow Tool
Creating and Editing LED Modules
Scaling LED Graphics
Working with Guidepaths
Working with Selections
Editing Existing Selections
Cabinet Layouts
Parallel Layouts
Module Rotations
Reusing Module Layouts
Target Density
LED Property Bar
Using Power Supplies
Using Title Blocks
Multiple Module Title Blocks
Title Block Variables
Using Guidelines
Copy and Paste
Importing Files
From Adobe Illustrator
From Corel Draw
From AutoCAD
Exporting Files
Editing Text
Vector Editing
Loop Editing
Tools, Tabs and Property Bars
PowerFlow Tool
PowerFlow Property Bar
PowerFlow Tab
PowerFlow Tool Keyboard Shortcuts
Semi-Automatic Populations
Layout Tool
Data Clean Up Tool
Auto Mounting Holes Tool
Assign Letters Tool
Scale Tab
Summary Tab
PS Tab
Objects Tab
Layers Tab
History Tab
Job Tab
Text Edit Tool
Vector Edit Tool
Keys for Vector Editing
Loop Edit Tool
On Screen Digitizing Tool
Object Property Bar
Group Property Bar
Guideline Property Bar
Measure Tool Property Bar
Bitmap Property Bar
LED Object Property Bar
Job Color Property Bar
Menu Reference
File Menu
Open Recent
Save As
Save Copy As
Snapshots Menu
Export Scaled PDF
Email PDF
Edit Menu
Paste Special
Paste in Place
Select All
Vector/Node Tools
Vector - Insert
Vector - To Line
Vector - To Arc
Vector - To Bezier
Vector - Break Loop
Vector - Set St/End Point
Vector - Join St/End Point
Vector - Move Opening
Vector - Add Vertical Guide
Vector - Add Horizontal Guide
Reorder Loops
Unexplode Vector Paths
Purge Undo/History
Document Properties
View Menu
Zoom commands
Toolbox menu
Custom Toolbars
Show Fill Colors
Show Stroke Colors
Show Grid
Show Guidelines
Show Rulers
Show Loop Direction
Show Job Color Palette
Show Side Bar
Show Info Bar
Show Help Bar
Show Group Member Names
Highlight Small Vectors
Transparent Background
Reset Toolbar Layout
Layout Menu
Guides commands
Shapes commands
Rounded Rectangle
Layout Properties
Size to Fit
Show Layout Size
Snap to Grid
Snap to Guidelines
Snap Dimensions to Graphics
Selectable Guidelines
Auto Square
Create Auto Dimensions
Arrange Menu
Align Tools
Distribute Tools
Group Tools
Select Only by Edge Click
Allow Options
Break Into Loops
Break Into Outer Loops
Close All Loops
Remove All Inner Loops
Horizontal Mirror
Vertical Mirror
Z Order Tools
Move to Layer
To Top
To Bottom
Move One Up
Move One Down
Text Menu
Text Tool
Break Apart
Live Spell Checking
Convert to Text
Change Copy
Change Case Tools
Font Wizard
Font Layout
Add Variable Text
Edit Variable Text
Remove Variable Text
Image Menu
Crop Tool
Rotate +/- 90 Degrees
Flip Horizontal/Vertical
Commit Rotation
1:1 Zoom
Save (Image) As
Cut at Max Length
Reorder Tubes
Power Supply Template Setup
Multi Excel Update
LED Menu
PowerFlow LED Tool
Assign Letters
Statistics Menu
Update Statistics
Update Grouped Statistics
Recreate Statistics
Respace Stats
Uniformly Respace Stats
Merge Title Block Template
Remove Title Block
This Document is a Title Block
Optimized Title Block Text
Create Module Hole Layer
Create Router Layer
Auto Mounting Holes Tool
Update Vector Guidepaths
Remove Vector Guidepaths
Create Guide Paths from Open Vector Paths
Recreate with Bezier Curves
Rasterize-Vectorize Filter
Remove LED Modules
Populate Menu
Populate All
Populate Along Guide
Populate Stroke Inline
Populate Single Horizontal Serif
Paste Selected Runs
Insert Parallel Guide Line
Add to Population Library
Respace Selected Runs
Auto Respace
Auto Join
Filtering Enabled
Calculate Stroke Width at Cursor
Modify Menu
Select All Modules in Run
Select All Modules in Letter
Select Stroke
Add Run to Selection
Rotate Menu
Reset Primary Rotation Angle
Reset Secondary Rotation Angle
Alternate Rotations
Rotate 90 degrees
Rotate 45 degrees
Rotate 45 degrees - Alternating
Rotate Counter-Clockwise (Left)
Rotate Clockwise (Right)
Flip Primary Rotation Angle
Flip Secondary Rotation Angle
Convert to Perpendicular Alternate Rotated
Density Menu
Increase Density
Increase Density For Entire Run
Decrease Density
Decrease Density For Entire Run
Uniform Spacing
Uniform Spacing For Entire Run
Add / Remove Density Segment
Show Density Segments
Clear All Density Segments
Append Module
Insert Single Module
Mirror Horizontal
Mirror Vertical
Fill To Cursor
Break Run
Move Opening
Convert To Line
Shift Menu
Shift Inward
Shift Outward
Slide Backward
Slide Forward
Slide to Max Spacing
Reconnect Runs
Center in Stroke
Center in Stroke w/Cleaning
Mouse Menu
Nudge Faster
Delete Current Run
Delete Module(s)
Delete Module(s) and Break
Delete All Modules in Current Letter
Delete Modules in All Letters
Remove Overlapping Modules
PowerFlow Measure Mode
Ensure Reachability
Change All Modules
PS Menu
Power Supply Edit Mode
Add Selection Rectangle Modules to Power Supply
Connect Run to Power Supply
Remove Run from Power Supply
Add New Power Supply
Remove Power Supply
Add One Power Supply per Letter
Add One Power Supply per Letter (Auto Select PS)
Add One Power Supply for All Letters
Add One Power Supply for All Letters (Auto Select PS)
Add Optimal Power Supplies by Letter
Add Optimal Power Supplies by Run
Add Optimal Power Supplies by Modules (breaks runs)
Connect Current Letter to Power Supply
Remove Current Letter from Power Supply
Drawing Left
Drawing Above
Drawing Right
Drawing Below
Next Drawing Position
Hide Power Supplies
Arrange Power Supplies in a Grid
Options Menu
Show Connecting Wires
Show Run Numbers
Show Power Supply Wires
Show Power Supply Data Boxes
Show Power Supply Data Box Borders
Show Module Drawings
Show Letters and Stats
Show Vector Guidepaths
Show Stroke Width Line
Enable Dynamic Repop
Power Supply Color Mode
Auto Extend
Remove All Stray Modules
Refresh Run Numbers
PowerFlow Menu
Ctrl Enables Snapping
Non-Snapping Movement Auto Rotates
Non-Snapping Drag Auto Rotates
Show Stroke Circle
Excel Menu
LED Excel Link Setup
Update Excel
Auto Update Excel
Excel Enabled
Title Block Setup
Letter Statistics Setup
Legacy Statistics Template Setup
Power Supply Template Setup
Power Supply Pricing Setup
Module Pricing Setup
Filter Modules
Edit Face Materials
Legacy Letter Statistics Mode
Open Merged Titleblock File
Upload Log Files
Tools Menu
General Tab
View Tab
Edit Tab
Save Tab
Text Tab
Tools Tab
High Color Toolbox
Update LED Database
Reload LED Database
Layout Tool
Vector Edit Tool
Loop Edit Tool
On Screen Digitize Tool
Freehand Drawing Tool
Data Prep Tool
Calculate Area
Channel Letter Return
Radius Corners
Convert Menu
Convert Beziers to Arcs
Convert Arcs to Beziers
Convert to All Lines
Convert Lines to Arcs
Convert Flat Blend to Simple Fills
Convert All Clippings Paths to Normal Paths
Convert All Clipping Paths to Normal Filled Paths
Detect Letters
Remove Coincident Loops Across Layout
Remove All Clipping Paths
Optimize Vectors
Find Self-Intersecting Loops
Force Loop Direction
Remove Duplicate Loops
Display Path Length
Reset Windows Explorer File Association
Open AppData Folder
Window Menu
Tile Vertical
Tile Horizontal
Help Menu
Get Help
Check for Web Updates
About LED Wizard
DXF Options
PDF Options
Shortcut Key Reference
Working with App Data Files
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6.3 Creating and Editing LED Modules

The PowerFlow tool uses the density database to automatically calculate a good set of parameters for the layout, including clearance, run gap, and number of rows. This data is supplied by the company that creates the LEDs currently selected.

Creating a Module Path Quickly - Drag

For single stroke letters, you can simply click and drag with the mouse and new modules will be created as you drag, spaced according to the module selected. For single module strokes, the module is automatically centered in the path. For strokes that can fit two runs, the module is positioned according to the Clearance value in the property bar. If you drag in a letter with varying strokes and start in a thin area and go into a larger area, the modules will shift from being centered to going to one side. You can control which side that is with the cursor position. It's best to take this fairly slow to get it right, but you can create layouts fairly quickly as well. You can undo any modules created if you need to back up and correct an incorrectly placed module. Use the Z key for Undo.

A tip when dragging to create modules: If you have an inline that comes close to joining itself again in a thin stroke, you might have the "other" path get picked up for new modules, so the trick in that case is make sure the cursor is always on the "right side" of the inline, which means the outside of the inline,so the closest module will always be on the part of the path you want.This is essential when bridging a gap and then coming towards a "Y" section where the stroke is widening up again - you can choose which side to use by this trick.

Dropping Modules at Specific Positions - Click and Release

If you come across areas that require special handling, a simple click and release will add a module at the cursor, exactly at the position and rotation indicated by the preview module. The distance from the edge and the rotation is automatically calculated by analyzing the letter shape around the cursor.

Free Mode: You can easily override the automatic snapping to the inline guides by holding down Control while dragging the module. When holding down Control, the angle of the module will be automatically calculated from the path created as you move the cursor to the next module position. To reset this path, release Control and then press Control again.

Populate Run with Free Drag - Press Control and Drag

To create a run of modules that doesn't have an inline guide or a simple stroke to use with Alt mode, hold down Control and click and drag from an area that doesn't have any modules. In this mode, you will be creating a free form path for the modules to follow, which is converted to a smooth path when you release the button.

Connecting Wires

The connecting wire between any two connected modules is drawn in a realistic way at all times. If there's no connecting wire, the two modules are too far apart to reach when adding modules, and a new run is created. If the modules are a part of the same run but are too far apart, a red curved line connects them. You always know if a module will actually reach another module, but sometimes having some red connectors is OK, since you can make them fit when installing the sign. But if too many modules don't reach, the layout may not work in practice.

Connecting Two Runs - Shift click

To connect two runs into a single run, select a module and then hold down Shift while you click on the other module to connect. They will be joined, even if they don't physically reach. If they don't reach, the dashed line indicates that a splice is needed.

This will also work when the second module is in the middle of a run. The target run will be broken at the module you clicked on and then selected module will be joined to the target module.

Extending a Run to the Cursor - Shift+Click

Another use of Shift Click is when you want to extend a run to the cursor. You must have a module selected already. It will figure out in which direction you intend to extend the run in and fill the modules between the two points.

Creating a New Run From a Different Inline with a Splice Wire - Shift+Click

You can easily connect two inlines with modules by holding down Shift while starting a new run with a drag on a different inline than the one that the selected module is currently on.

Create Runs One at a Time - A key

Pressing A while the cursor is snapped to a inline will create modules for the entire inline in one step. By choosing where the opening is, you can speed up connecting runs together because the opening will be close by. Many times the new run will be close enough that it becomes automatically connected to the last run.

Populate All Inlines with a Single Click - Q key

To populate all of the inlines with modules, click on the module where you want to start while pressing Alt and Shift. This will create modules for the run you clicked on, and then move to the next nearest run and repeat, until it can't find any more more runs to create modules for.

Populate a Simple Run with Modules - Shift+S

This command creates a simple run of modules from the part of a guide path that has no sharp corners. The software starts at the current position on the guide path and looks in both directions for either the end of the run or when the run takes a sharp turn. The first and last modules created are placed at the end of the guide path. If there are existing adjacent runs, they will be automatically joined with the new run.

Create a Center Guide Path for Small Letters - Ctrl+1

This will create a centered guide path for small letters. You can then use commands like Shift+S to populate the center path with modules.

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