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
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Editing Text
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PowerFlow Tool
PowerFlow Property Bar
PowerFlow Tab
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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
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Measure Tool Property Bar
Bitmap Property Bar
LED Object Property Bar
Job Color Property Bar
Menu Reference
File Menu
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Selectable Guidelines
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Arrange Menu
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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
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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
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Next Drawing Position
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Options Menu
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Enable Dynamic Repop
Power Supply Color Mode
Auto Extend
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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
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Title Block Setup
Letter Statistics Setup
Legacy Statistics Template Setup
Power Supply Template Setup
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Module Pricing Setup
Filter Modules
Edit Face Materials
Legacy Letter Statistics Mode
Open Merged Titleblock File
Upload Log Files
Tools Menu
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Convert Menu
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Convert to All Lines
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Convert All Clippings Paths to Normal Paths
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Detect Letters
Remove Coincident Loops Across Layout
Remove All Clipping Paths
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7.1.2 PowerFlow Property Bar

The PowerFlow Property Bar contains many functions and options for creating LED layouts. When you launch PowerFlow, this property bar will appear across the top of the screen.

The first four drop down lists at the top left of the property bar are filters for helping you select the right LED module. They are, from left to right, Brand, Series, Color, and Depth, and are designed to be selected in that order.

LED Module Brand

The first drop down list box on the left side is used to select the Brand of the LED module to use.

Module Series

The second drop down list box on the left side is used to select the module Series of the Brand you've chosen. A Series is defined as modules that differ only by color or white color temperature.

Module Color

The third drop down list box on the left side is used to select the module Color within the Series you've selected. It is possible that a Series only has one color, normally white.

Can Depth

Select the can depth here. This is the final filter for the module list, and is used to determine the correct density guidelines, such as the recommended number of runs per stroke, module spacing/modules per foot, run gap and clearance settings, as specified by the supplier of the selected module.


This is the list of the modules that is the result of the four filters that you have selected. In some cases, only one module will be in the list, in which case it will be automatically selected. In other cases, you can scroll down and select the module that you want to use.

Stroke Width

This is the maximum stroke width calculated from the vector graphic (usually a single letter). This is used as an input to the density guidelines to automatically calculate the module spacing, number of runs (rows), the clearance, and run gap, if applicable. You can change this value either by entering a new one, or by using the Calculate Stroke Width at Cursor feature (position the mouse inside the letter where you want to measure and press ALT+S).


The Clearance value is the distance from the return to the first run in the stroke. It is a calculation based on the Stroke Width and the number of Runs of the selected object. If the number of Runs is 1, then the Clearance value is 0, and the run is in the center of the stroke. If the number of Runs is 2, then the Clearance value is 25% of the measured Stroke Width. In this example, the Stroke Width is 10", and the Clearance value is 2.5"

Imagine a line down the middle of the stroke, dividing the stroke into two 5" sections. We then have two runs, evenly distributed in each section.

If the number of runs is 3, then the Clearance value is 1/6 of the Stroke Width.

You can override the Clearance value and make adjustments to the above rules of thumb.

Run Gap

As per the graphics above, this is the automatically calculated gap between runs or rows, based on the stroke width and number of runs. Note that the Run Gap is not necessarily consistent across a letter, but the Clearance value is. Or to put this another way, on a variable stroke letter, it is the Run Gap that varies, not the Clearance.

Actual Run Gap

In order to create even spacing for the widest stroke, the actual run gap used can be different from the value in Run Gap, above. This field is read only because it's automatically calculated. You can change this by entering different values for Clearance or Run Gap. In the case of a parallel cabinet layout, you can fix the Run Gap value and make the Clearance value vary. See below for more details.


This is the total number of runs, or rows, to be created for the widest stroke. This is automatically calculated from the Density Guidelines for the selected Module, Stroke Width, and Can Depth. You can override this value if you feel that the default suggestion is wrong for your application.

Stroke Circle

This is the diameter of the stroke circle that's drawn around the cursor to help you estimate how many modules should be placed within the stroke. You can change the number directly in this field, and also use + (plus) or - (minus) keys to change this value in 1 inch increments. Press the N key to toggle the stroke circle display on and off.

Auto Calc

With this checked, which is the default, the population will be created according to the Density Guidelines. This option is extremely important, and version 8 is very complete and accurate in this regard. If this is unchecked, then you can determine the density guidelines manually.

Any manual adjustment of Clearance, Run Gap, or Number of Runs will uncheck Auto Calc for that object. If you have a set of letters and you want to populate the entire set with your new denisty guidelines, then be sure to check Locked (see below).

The primary concern with this option is indavertently unchecking the option and not realizing it, and then making a whole layout with the wrong settings. Try to get in the habit of noticing this check box. We have highlighted it when off to help you notice it.

This is not to say that going off the density guideliness is necessarily bad. There are plenty of reasons for going off the recommended density guidelines. Two of the most common are that the layout is a Halo Lit layout, and so the Clearance value is smaller, or that the layout just needs to be brighter, and maybe you're putting in an extra run of LEDs.


When this is checked, the current values have been loaded from the density database. Use the "D" button to load the density settings for the selected module and stroke width / can depth combination. When this is unchecked, the current values have not been loaded from the density database.

There is additional Density information in the Density Info Bar just below this PowerFlow Propetery Bar.


When this is pressed, the current object's density guidelines will be used for the whole population, such as a channel letter set. The data that is fixed includes Clearance, Run Gap, and Number of Runs. These fields will actually be grayed out to show you that those values are not editable.

You would consider doing this when you want to ensure consistency across the whole letter set. For example, sometimes there are stroke width variances across letters such that, according to the density guidelines, one letter might get a single run and another letter might get a double run layout. While this might be technically accurate, perhaps it is because the measured stroke widths are right on the edge between a single and double run, and in this case it would be more important to be consistent in the brightness across all letters and decide on a single or double layout for the whole letter set.

Target Density

This is used with the Target Density features. This number is the ideal number of modules per square foot for your layout. It is not a predictive value, but rather a measure of the layout after it is created.


This works with the Target Density field to provide a certain amount of accuracy for the Target Density. When the actual density of a segment matches Target Density, plus or minus Tolerance, the segment is drawn green.


This stands for "Outside Threshhold Angle," which is an angle that determines when to use a round or sharp join for "left turns" of an inline. For example, if it's set to 89 (degrees), then all sharp angles of 90 degrees or less will be rounded, and it's 90 or greater, they will be sharp. In some cases with very sharp turns (like with "A" and "W"), this can result in long arrows being formed, but in many cases it still works out well for LED layouts.


This is the maximum spacing between modules centers, along the string of modules. It is not a Modules per Foot (or Meter) reading, but it easy to convert to that if needed. The value in this field comes from the Density Guidelines. It may be equal to the maximum possible spacing for the module when pulled tight, or it may be a smaller value, which is common as the Can Depth decreases.

Many brands and modules use consistent Spacing values to make it easier for the signmaker. For example, 6" spacing is two modules per foot, 4" spacing is three modules per foot, etc. 100mm spacing is 10 modules per meter.

One of the adjustments that you can make in your layouts is the Spacing value. Decrease this for tighter spacing and a brighter output. Increase it for fewer modules, but beware that you cannot enter a value that is greater than the maximum.

The next several fields and icons are used to lay out modules using the Parallel Layouts option. This is often the best choice for cabinets and cloud signs, where you want straight rows of modules


This is the numeric rotation of the parallel guide paths. The default for parallel layouts will be horizontal (value of 0) or vertical (value of 90), but you can enter an angle here, from 0 to 360.

Rotation Control

If you prefer to set the angle manually, you can use this round control to easily set the rotation of the parallel guide paths. Just click and drag the line around inside the circle to set the angle.

Parallel Horizontal Mode

This button (two horizontal lines) engages parallel horizontal mode. In this mode, the guide paths are arranged in horizontal strips, spaced according to the Density Guidelines of the module you've chosen. The actual Run Gap used is adjusted slightly to ensure uniform spacing of the rows. The actual value is shown in the Actual Run Gap field. You can use this on cabinet rectangles or any other shape.

Parallel Vertical Mode

This button (two vertical lines) engages parallel vertical mode. In this mode, the guide paths are arranged in vertical strips, spaced according to the Density Guidelines of the module you've chosen. The actual Run Gap used is adjusted slightly to ensure uniform spacing of the rows. The actual value is shown in the Actual Run Gap field. You can use this on cabinet rectangles or any other shape.

Core Series Flexible Mode

This powerful option allows you to create a parallel layout for a non-rectangular shape, such an an ellipse, using different length products of the same "core series," such as Principal LED Tap Out Stik.

See Core Series Flexible Mode for more information.

Full Manual Mode
This mode will allow you enter your own values for Clearance, Run Gap and Runs when in Parallel mode. There are no calculations made for the other values when you change any one of these.

Auto Center
This option, only applicable in parallel mode and designed for cabinets, allows you to use Full Manual Mode so that you can set your own Clearance and Run Gap, but also have the rows centered. This is typically used with End Gap and fluorescent replacement modules, where you need to specify exact settings.

Parallel Hybrid Mode
This engages the hybrid option in Parallel mode. With this enabled, a single inline will be created on the outer edge of the shape, and the inner space will be populated with parallel lines, using your choice of angle. You may drag the two handles of the Parallel Control Line to use a custom angle.

DS Double Sided Cabinet

The Double Sided option makes sure the correct limitations are in place for special modules such as side light modules. When changing this in an object with existing modules, you will need to reselect the LED module for the setting to take effect.

See Parallel Layouts for more.


Shows or hides the density statistics for each letter. See Show Letters and Stats.

Power Supply Mode
Power Supply Mode is a special mode in this tool in which you can quickly assign runs to modules for large layouts. See Using Power Supplies for how more information on using this mode.


Press this button to update the LED statistics in an existing title block template. Note that this function works differently in version 8 than it did in version 7. Stats are now created as part of Merge, and then can be updated with the Stats button, but pressing Stats prior to Merge won't do anything.


Press this button to merge the selected Title Block Template with the current LED layout. See Auto Stats and Title Block Merging for more information.

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