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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8.4 Layout Menu


The Layers menu item will open the Layers Tab, which is located in the lower Side bar on the lower right of the screen.

The Layers Tab is used to control the attributes of different layers.

Layering allows objects to be controlled in the following ways:

  • Shown or hidden from view

  • Editable or not editable

  • Printable or not printable

All objects in a layout are automatically assigned to a Layer. By definition, all the items in a Layer have the same status with regard to the four possibilities indicated. Changes in each Layer can be made by clicking on any of the four icons shown below for view, print, and/or edit.

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If the View icon is grayed out, it means all items in the selected Layer are not visible and they cannot be selected or modified in any way.

If the Print icon is grayed out, it means all items in the selected Layer cannot be printed.

If the Edit icon is grayed out, it means all items in the selected Layer are visible but they cannot be selected or modified in any way.

All the individual objects in each Layer are listed in the Layer dialog box. If the item is colored, it is displayed in its color.

When an LED layout is created, several layers are created as well. These layers, in addition to being visible or not in the layout, can also be exported or not in the Export dialog box. Note that a layer not being displayed in the layout does not mean that it will not be included in an export.

Guides commands

The commands in the Guides menu are used to create guidelines that perfectly match of the boundaries of an object. Instead of creating a guideline by dragging it from the Ruler and matching it to an object, use one the options below for speed and precision.

The six commands in the Guides submenu are as follows:

Add Guide at Text Cap Height

Adds a guide at the text object's cap height position

Add Guide at Text Baseline

Adds a guide at the text object's baseline position

Add Guideline at Text Vertical Center

Adds a guideline at the vertical midpoint between the text cap height and baseline

Add Guide at Horizontal Center

Adds a vertical guideline at the horizontal center

Add Guide at Vertical Center

Adds a horizontal guideline at the vertical center

Add Guide Along Top Edge

Adds a guide at the upper of boundary of the object

Add Guide Along Bottom Edge

Adds a guide at the lower boundary of the object

Add Guide Along Left Edge

Adds a guide at the left boundary of the object

Add Guide Along Right Edge

Adds a guide at the right boundary of the object

This example has guidelines on all sides.

Shapes commands

The Shapes menu lists the available geometric shapes that you can draw in the layout. When you pick one, the cursor changes to indicate which kind of shape you will create. Simply press and hold down the left mouse button, while dragging the mouse so that the desired shape is created.

You can then manipulate this shape just like text or logos, using the graphical control points or the numberic values. However, there is one minor difference: You cannot simply click anywhere in the boundary of the shape, to select you must click one of the lines or arcs to select this shape for further manipulation.

The available Shape tools are as follows:

The first four are simple and create the expected shape:





These three have additional features and their own property bar:

Rounded Rectangle



Note: Use Alt when dragging a rectangle to force modal mode and keep the tool active after creating a rectangle, if the modal tool option is not enabled in Options, Tools.

Rounded Rectangle

The Rounded Rectangle command allows you to create a symmetrical rounded rectangle with a specified width, height, corner radius and inline(s). This can be used to create standard cabinets.

The property bar contains the following items, going left to right:



Enter the height of the rounded rectangle.


Enter the width of the rounded rectangle.


Enter the radius of the corners. This number can be negative; in which case you get a notch.

First Inline

Enter the amount of inline you want applied to the rectangle.

Second Inline

Enter the amount of a second inline you want applied to the rectangle.

Number of Sides

This defaults to 4, but you can change this if you decide you want a different shape. See Polygon

Convert to Static Graphic

If you do not want the ability to edit the Rounded Rectangle using the above options, cllick on the Convert to Static Graphic button.

Alter Aspect Ratio

When Alter Aspect ratio is selected (highlighted, or pressed down), then you can change the Height and Width independently. When this is not selected, then any change to the Height or Width will automatically change the other dimension to maintain the same aspect ratio.

Notched Corners vs. Rounded Corners

One of these must be selected. The default is rounded corners.

Create Separate Objects

This is an option that determines how a Rounded Rectangle with one or more Inlines is scaled. If the Scaled button is not pressed, then the inline amount will stay consistent as the shape is scaled. If the Scaled button is pressed, then it will scale proportionately, meaning that the inline amount(s) will change.

Original - Consistent Inline - Scaled Proportionately

Auto Apply

The red exclamation point icon, when pressed, lets you see the changes to your Rounded Rectangle in real time.


The Polygon tool allows you to create a polygon with any number of sides, such as a pentagon (5 sided) or octagon (8 sided). When you select this command, the program initially creates a pentagon, and then a property box appears so that you can fine tune the parameters using the property bar.

The Polygon property bar is similar to the Rounded Rectangle property bar, but Polygons also let you create Star shapes by dragging the handles that appear in the middle of each side. Here is a sequence with one change at a time:

Original Pentagon - Drag Midpoints - Round Corners - Add Inline

Holding the CTRL key is you select and drag the midpoints of each side keep the star symmetrical.

Here are some additional examples:

One final note on both Polygons and Rounded Rectangles: normally when you double click on a vector object, it launches PowerFlow, but in the case of these dynamic shapes, it will open the property bar and let you edit the parameters.


The Arrow Tool is a quick and easy way to create and edit arrows. Simply drag each node until the arrow has the shape you want.

Click and drag to create an arrow, and note that you can rotate as well during the initial drawing. Once the Arrow is drawn, you'll see various points, and these are used to edit the arrow. All adjustments are symmetrical.

The property bar just has two options:


Check this box when you want to only change the width of the arrow and not the length.

Default Shape

Click this to save the current shape as the default shape for new arrows.

Shift Options

Use Shift when moving the arrow tip and you will be adjusting the length of the shaft only.


To rotate the arrow, drag the handle inside the shaft that's closer to the base of the arrow. Hold down Ctrl to snap to 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees of rotation.

Note: Use Alt when dragging a rectangle to force modal mode and keep the tool active after creating an arrow, if the modal tool option is not enabled in Options, Tools.

Layout Properties

The Layout Properties property bar shows basic layout information and lets you make some changes.

Height and Width

The first two boxes are the height and width of the layout.


The second two boxes are the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the Grid.

Default Layout

Click this button if you want the current layout size to be the default for new layouts.

Show Grid

The Show Grid icon toggles the view of the Grid in the layout.

Snap to Grid

This icon will enable objects to snap to the grid.

Show Guidelines

This icon will toggle the display of Guidelines.

Snap to Guidelines

This icon will enable objects to Snap to Guidelines.

Lock Layout

Clicking on this icon will lock the layout size so that the interactive layout resizing option is turned off.

Size to Fit

This command will size the layout so that all the sign data will fit within it. Use if you've lost track of some object and want to find where it may be hiding.

Show Layout Size

This option controls whether the program shows the layout size or not. The layout size is a width and height, which is used to define the "page" when printing or exporting to PDF. With this turned off, there's no particular layout size used, and you don't see the normal dotted layout boundary box.

Warning: You must have your design inside the overall layout size in order to Export correctly. Therefore it is recommended to always have Show Layout Size turned on.

Snap to Grid

The Snap To Grid command, when selected, will only let you drag or move something from one grid point to the other.

You can change the grid size and/or turn the grid on or off in the Layout Properties.

Snap to Guidelines

This indicates whether snapping to guidelines is active or not.

Snap Dimensions to Graphics

This option will turn on and off the snapping of guidelines to the rectanglar boundaries of graphics in the layout. You can type in an exact dimension in the property bar when this option is unchecked and you know the exact dimension required.

Selectable Guidelines

Use this toggle command to allow guidelines to be selectable when a graphic and a guideline are both under the cursor. This option only applies to the Vector Edit tool and the Layout tool. All other tools prevent guidelines from being selected when in use.

Auto Square

With Auto-Square checked, when editing vectors, if you are within the Snap Angle (defined in the General Tab), a line will be automatically placed parallel to the X or Y-axis.

Create Auto Dimensions

This function will add a vertical and horizontal Dimension to the currently selected object. You may also select "Auto Dims" in the Powerflow tab to add dimensions to the object you are populating with LEDs.

This is different from the Dimensions function in the Tools Menu, which is a more manual way of adding each dimension.

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