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
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From Adobe Illustrator
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Editing Text
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PowerFlow Tool
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Layout Tool
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Auto Mounting Holes Tool
Assign Letters Tool
Scale Tab
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Objects Tab
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Text Edit Tool
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Keys for Vector Editing
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Menu Reference
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Arrange Menu
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Text Menu
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Font Wizard
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Add Variable Text
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Flip Horizontal/Vertical
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1:1 Zoom
Save (Image) As
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Reorder Tubes
Power Supply Template Setup
Multi Excel Update
LED Menu
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Assign Letters
Statistics Menu
Update Statistics
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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
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Create Guide Paths from Open Vector Paths
Recreate with Bezier Curves
Rasterize-Vectorize Filter
Remove LED Modules
Populate Menu
Populate All
Populate Along Guide
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Populate Single Horizontal Serif
Paste Selected Runs
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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
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Rotate Counter-Clockwise (Left)
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Flip Secondary Rotation Angle
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Density Menu
Increase Density
Increase Density For Entire Run
Decrease Density
Decrease Density For Entire Run
Uniform Spacing
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Add / Remove Density Segment
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Shift Menu
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Mouse Menu
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Delete Module(s)
Delete Module(s) and Break
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Delete Modules in All Letters
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PowerFlow Measure Mode
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Change All Modules
PS Menu
Power Supply Edit Mode
Add Selection Rectangle Modules to Power Supply
Connect Run to Power Supply
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Add New Power Supply
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Add One Power Supply for All Letters
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Connect Current Letter to Power Supply
Remove Current Letter from Power Supply
Drawing Left
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Refresh Run Numbers
PowerFlow Menu
Ctrl Enables Snapping
Non-Snapping Movement Auto Rotates
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Show Stroke Circle
Excel Menu
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Title Block Setup
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Legacy Statistics Template Setup
Power Supply Template Setup
Power Supply Pricing Setup
Module Pricing Setup
Filter Modules
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Open Merged Titleblock File
Upload Log Files
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Convert Menu
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Convert All Clippings Paths to Normal Paths
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Detect Letters
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Remove All Clipping Paths
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8.6.11 Edit Variable Text

This command lets you edit variable text for an object. Variable Text goes into a standard or customized Title Block Template and provides data specific to the layout. As you can see below, there is a rich set of data variables to choose from.

A faster way to open this Template Text dialog box is to double click on an existing data variable text object. Normally, double clicking on an object while in the Layout Tool will launch Powerflow, but when done on a data variable object, it will open this dialog box instead.

If you are editing an item in an existing Title Block Template, you may have to Ungroup to access the individual data variable objects. Title block templates are merged into the layout as one large Group.


This is the template text for the variable text. A variable is a text string starting with $ and will evaluate to different text or number, depending on the variable name. The above dialog box shows the $MODULE_COUNT_AND_NAMES variable for the current layout.


This is the list of variables you can pick from. Note that you can have multiple data variables together on the same line, which can be separated by spaces, dashes, commas, etc. In this case, you might select one from the list and then type in the additional data variables that you want on the same line.

The names are pretty self-explanatory, but following the name is a short description:

Average modules per foot or meter as a linear measurement.

Average modules per square foot or square meter.

Average module spacing, as measured from the center of one module to the center of the next module. 6" average spacing is the same as 2 modules per foot, and 100mm average spacing is the same as 10 modules per meter.

Depth of the sign. If there are multiple depths, each depth will be labled with a comma, as in "4 in, 8 in" or a slash, as in "60mm / 80mm."

This data label will be derived from the name of the company on the account.

The Date label is automatically updated with the current date, in the generic global format of DD MMM YYYY, as in 1 Jun 2019.

The name of the designer using the software, as derived from the name on the account. This can be overridden in the Job tab field called Designer.

The overall X and Y dimensions of the layout. This is measured as a bounding box around the layout. Note that an overall dimension may be larger than the text height of a letter set if there are rounded letters, descenders, etc.

This set of variables are taken from the Face Materials list that you have entered into the Face Materials dialog box:

The actual Face Material used for the job should be chosen from the list in the Job tab in the upper right of the screen, and then the data variables will follow from the selection.

If in your layout you typed in characters with a font chosen from the drop down list, then this font name will show up here. If you imported a letter set, then this field will not be auto updated. You can, of course, include a Font field and simply update it with the name of the font in the case of an import.

This is another of the data labels that you select in the Job tab. The field "Lighting" has some options to choose from, including Face Lit, Halo Lit, Push Through, etc.

Similar to the data variable FONT, the LETTER HEIGHT only applies to characters typed in using a font from the list. It will not present a value for imported text or for a cabinet/cloud sign. When this variable is used, it will give a value based on the "Square Cap Height" of the font, meaning a character such as X, H, or Z for most fonts. This is the same number that you would enter in the Text Height field. The actual height may be different if there are rounded capital letters such as O, S, or G, or if there are descenders, such as y, j or q. If this seems too confusing or misleading, then you can use the more generic DIMS variable, which is a bounding box around the layout.

This is one of the most popular and useful data variables - the number of modules in the layout and the module name. The format is the module count in parentheses and then the module same:
"(54) Qwik Mod 2 Blue"

Another option here is to add the LED brand name before the module count and part number:
"Principal LED (54) Qwik Mod 2 Blue"

If instead of the module name, you want the part number to go with the module count, then you can use this variable:
"(54) PL-QM2-BL17-P"


Adding the brand name to the beginning gives us this:
"Principal LED (54) PL-QM2-BL17-P"

And finally, for maximum verbosity, we can have brand name, module count, module name, and part number all together:
"Principal LED (54) Qwik Mod 2 Blue - PL-QM2-BL17-P"

This data variable provides the power supply count and the power supply name:
"(1) Universal 120W"

You can add the power supply brand name to the beginning as follows:
"Principal LED (1) Universal 120W"

Instead of the power supply name, you can use the part number instead:
"(1) PL-120-12-U"

And you can add the power supply brand name in front of the count and part number:
"Principal LED (1) PL-120-12-U"

This data variable includes the power supply count, name, and part number. Note that the part number is in parantheses:
"(1) Universal 120W (PL-120-12-U)"

This provides four data variables on the same line - the power supply brand, power supply count, power supply name, and power supply part number:
"Principal LED (1) Universal 120W (PL-120-12-U)"

The LED module name only.

This will return a number of modules.

The total watts of the whole layout to two decimal points. If you want to add a label, such as "W" or "w" then add that after the data variable: "$TOTAL_WATTS W" or "$TOTAL_WATTS w"

The power supply name only.

The power supply count only. You can add parentheses around the number: ($TOTAL_PS)


The total area of the sign can be displayed as square feet or square meters. This is useful for face and back materials, but note that the layout is not nested.


The perimeter measurement, in feet or meters, can be used to estimate trim cap and channel letter return coil.


The Total Footage data variable should only be used with fixed spacing modules! In general, the concept of "footage" is problematic with LEDs that have variable spacing, so be careful.


This is the standard US date formatting, which returns the current date in the MMM DD, YYYY format, such as Jan 01, 2019.

This returns the current date in the DD MMM YYYY format, such as 01 Jan 2019.


This returns the current date in this format as the default: Jan 01, 2019. You can change the Date formatting in the Options dialog box, General tab.

In some cases on these data variables, you may want to add a label after the data is updated. To do this, enter the label after the data variable with a space in between. In other cases, a label is already added, such as a unit of measure.

For example, after $MODULE_COUNT you may want to add text such as "modules" or "mods" So you would enter "$MODULE_COUNT modules", or "$MODULE_COUNT mods" and get:

180 modules

180 mods

Just entering $MODULE_COUNT would give:


Please note that to edit a Variable Text Object, double click on it while in the layout Tool to bring up the Template Text dialog box.

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