Frequently asked questions about the Right-Draw module in the Right-Suite™ Universal program.

The Basics

Q. How do I set default Construction Types?

A. Whenever you add a room, window, or door to your drawing, Right Draw will use the default CST that is set in the Default CST section of the Right-Draw screen. When you add a room, Right-Draw will use the default wall, floor, and ceiling CST's.

To change the default CST's, click on the component that you want to set the CST for. The Choices Help for that component will be displayed. You can then select the CST that you want and click OK. From that point on, any room, window, or door that you add will be the CST that you selected.

Q. How do I set the scale of the drawing?

A. You can specify the scale for the drawing area. Choose from a traditional inch/foot scale (3/16"=1'0") or a ratio scale (1:50). You may also specify a scale for printing a drawing. The print dialog provides a drop-down menu. The default print scale is 'Scale to fit' so that the entire drawing will be shown on the page. You can specify other scales, and even choose offset values to show an enlarged portion of the drawing in detail.

To change the scale of the drawing area, right click on one of the rulers and highlight the new scale. Click the mouse to select the new scale. The scale will be saved with the project, so the next time you open the project, you will see the same view of your drawing. You may want to change the scale while you are drawing to see more or less detail.

Q. How do I add a room, window, or door to a drawing?

A. To draw a room, 1) select the ROOM button from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox. 2) Move your cursor into the drawing area. The cursor will change to a crosshair. 3) Click and hold down your mouse button to define one corner; drag to the other corner. 4) Release the mouse button when the room is the desired size. Note that adjoining rooms have a thin wall between them. This is how Right-Draw depicts internal walls, which are not included in calculations. Add doors and windows the same way, just select the component from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox then click on a wall and hold down the mouse button, drag until the window or door is the desired size and release the mouse button.

Repeat Last Selection: Normally once you have placed an HVAC Shape onto your drawing, you cursor turns back into a selection arrow. If you want to add multiple rooms to your drawing before going on to the window doors etc. without re-selecting the room HVAC Shape, select Drawing | Repeat Last Selection from the main menu. With this option checked, you can add another room without re-selecting the ROOM button. If you want to switch to adding windows, just select the WINDOW button and add all the windows. The HVAC Shape or notation tool that you last selected will be in effect until you de-select 'Repeat Last Selection' in the Drawing menu. How do I duplicate an HVAC Shape?

Copying HVAC Shapes: To quickly make an exact copy of an HVAC Shape, select the shape and press , then drag the copy to where you want it. When you copy an object you also copy all of its properties. The copy feature is particularly useful for adding windows to a design; you can set the height, width and shading characteristics for one window then make copies to add windows to your building. You can also use (copy) and (paste) to copy and paste objects or select Edit | Copy and Edit | Paste.

Q. How do I add a floor or ceiling?

A. Right-Draw will automatically enters a ceiling and floor for each room with the DCNs and use the room dimensions to calculate the areas. Internal walls, floors and ceiling are not used in the load calculations. If there is a story below or above the story you are working on, Right-Draw will automatically remove the internal floors and ceilings.

Special ceilings: Special ceilings are used when you have vaulted or cathedral ceilings. You would also use special ceilings if your ceiling was not flat of if there are two ceiling types in one room. To add a special ceiling to a room or building, select the Ceiling shape then draw the ceiling over the portion of the room or building where the ceiling is needed. Select the ceiling type and enter the dimensions. Verify that the construction information is correct.

Special floors: Special floors are used when a room has more than one floor type (for example, if part of a room was over a crawl space). To add a special floor you would draw the floor in the portion of the room where the special floor was needed. Select the floor type and Right-Draw calculates the floor areas for both floor types.

Q. How do I change the name of a room?

A. Rooms are automatically named (Room1, Room2 etc.) as you create them. You can enter a different name (Kitchen, Basement etc.) immediately after you draw the room by simply typing the new name while the rooms is still selected (the green handles are showing). You can edit a room name at any time by selecting the room and typing the new name or clicking on the current name to edit it.

Q. How do I print a drawing?

A. To print a drawing:

  1. Display the drawing in Right-Draw
  2. Select Print in the File menu.
  3. Make your selections in the Print Options Screen and click OK.

Q. How do I set window shading?

A. To set window shading and other window options:

  1. Select the window
  2. Click the right mouse button with the mouse pointer over the window
  3. Make your selections in the Properties Screen

Q. How do I set the height of a wall, window, or door?

A. The properties of a building component (room, door, etc.) are viewed and changed in the component's Property Sheet. Property Sheets are also where you specify the height of walls, windows, and doors. To view a Property Sheet, 1) select an object (make sure you can see the green handles) and right click. 2) Now type in the new height or width or make selection from the drop-down selectors. To update a field, press after entering a value or click elsewhere in the Property Sheet. 3) Close the Property Sheet by clicking on the 'X' in the upper right corner though you do not have to close the Property Sheet to see another object's properties. Just select the new object and the Property Sheet is updated for your selection.

Window shading: Change the properties of a window in the Property Sheets. Select the window and right click. Change any of the field located here including height, width, configuration, whether the window is NFRC rated, internal shading, insect screens, external sun screen SCss, foreground and overhang information. Multiple selection: You can select several objects and change their parameters at once, for example, change the height of all windows in a building. To do so, 1) select the objects by holding while clicking on each object. 2) Right click the mouse to open the Property Sheet for the group of objects. Note that fields that are similar among the objects will be visible whereas fields that are different will be blank. 3) Change the desired fields and close the Property Sheet to view the changes. Door types: Use the door Property Sheet to edit the construction number, height, width, and door type. Select from various door opening types (opaque sliding, garage, single, or double doors). You can also add 'wall openings' for internal walls here. Just draw a door on an interior wall and select wall opening for the door type. Please note that interior doors are not used in calculations. Glass doors: If you want to add sliding glass doors, French doors and glass block walls, use the WINDOW button to add these features. Right click to open the window Property Sheet and selection the appropriate construction type and set the height. Internal walls: If you have a situation where an internal wall needs to be considered in the load calculations, you can enter a construction number and an area in the Property Sheet for a room in the wall tab. Add a wall type by, 1) click on the 'Wall 2, type' field and select a construction number for your wall. 2) Click on the 'Wall 2, area' field and enter the area for the wall under the appropriate direction. More than one wall construction on one wall: If you want a wall to have more than one wall construction type, you can enter an additional wall construction number and an area in the Property Sheet for a room in the wall tab. You must also remove the area of the first wall type to account for the wall 2 type. For example, if the north facing wall has two construction types, you would 1) add a wall type by clicking on the 'Wall 2, type' field and selecting a construction number for part of the wall. 2) Click on the 'Wall 2, area' field and enter the area for that construction number under the appropriate direction. 3) Now remove that area from the wall 1 type. Click on the 'Wall 1, area' field and subtract the area you just added in the 'Wall 2, area' field. Your total area for the north wall should be the same as it was before you added the new construction number.

Q. How do I change the size of an HVAC Shape?

A. To resize an HVAC Shape, 1) click on the object to select it. When an object is selected the handles are visible (the green squares located around the perimeter of an object). 2) Click on a handle and hold down the mouse button. Drag until the HVAC Shape is the desired size. 3) Release the mouse button. NOTE: Change the vertical size of a room with the middle handles (top, bottom, right left) or change both dimensions at once with the corner handles.

Q. How do I draw interior walls?

A. When you place a room next to another room so that their sides touch one another, Right-Draw makes the portion of the sides that touch an interior wall. All the sides that don't touch other rooms are considered to be exterior walls. Interior walls are represented in Right-Draw as lighter weight lines than exterior walls. The area of the interior walls is subtracted from the wall area in the Right-J Worksheet.

If the wall that you want to make interior is not next to another room in your drawing (in a duplex apartment, for example), you can set the wall area to a percentage of the total wall area.

  1. Select the room
  2. Click the right mouse button with the mouse pointer over the room
  3. Click on the wall tab
  4. Click on 'Total percentage = 100%?' and select 'No' from the list
  5. Click on 'Wall 1, percent of total area'

Enter the percentage of the total wall area that you want Right-Draw to consider. For example if the room is 10'l x 10'w x 8'h and one side is not to be considered in the load calculations, enter 75 as the percentage of total wall area. The wall area will be 240 ft² (10' + 10' + 10' + 10' * 8' * .75) As you enter other adjacent rooms, the common walls will become interior walls and will be subtracted from the percentage that you enter here. In our example, if another room is adjacent to one of the other walls, the wall area will be 160 ft² (240 ft² - 80 ft²).

Q. How do I undo a change?

A. If you add, delete, resize, or modify an HVAC Shape and then change your mind, just click on the UNDO button on the Right-Draw toolbar. You can also select Edit | Undo from the main menu or use the keyboard shortcut. There is also a redo function; either click the REDO button, select Edit | Redo or use the shortcut.

Q. How do I add another story?

A. Right-Draw uses multiple sheets and layers on the drawing area, almost like transparent paper drawing pages that can be stacked on top on one another. Sheets are used for levels (stories) in the building. You can add additional sheets as needed. Sheets contain layers. Layers are specialized subsets of sheets that contain specific things. For example, the Building layer contains only building components, such as rooms, windows, doors, flat ceilings and floors. Sheets and layers can be made visible or hidden by checking or un-checking the box to the left of their name in the Sheets & Layers Tree.

To add another story, add another sheet. Right click anywhere in the Sheets & Layers Tree and select Add Sheet. Enter a name and an elevation (basements and below ground stories will have negative elevations). There is also an 'Is building level?' checkbox.

Is building level?: If checked, the new sheet that you add is assumed to be another level in the building (this does not refer to whether the building is tipped!). If a sheet is a level (check in the checkbox), Right-Draw will adjust ceiling and floor areas because it knows the proximity of the levels (i.e. is considered "smart"). If a sheet is not a level, it can only be used for notation and it is not "smart", therefore, the objects placed in the Building layer will not be associated with the rest of the house for calculations. Temporarily hide sheets and layers: While your are working on your drawing, you may want to hide certain parts of it temporarily, to make it easier to work on. For example, if you are adding the second story of a 2-story building, once you have added the rooms, you might want to hide the first floor, to make it easier to place the windows. With both stories displayed, the drawing can look confusing. You can control the sheets and layers that are displayed with the Sheets & Layers Tree. Only the checked sheets and layers are displayed. To hide a sheet or layer, un-check it; to display a sheet or layer, check it.

View one sheet at a time: Just below the Sheets & Layers Tree is a checkbox for ‘One Sheet at a Time’. When you place a check in this box, you can only view one sheet at a time. Just click on the box immediately to the left of whatever Sheet you want to see. All other sheets will be turned off. Notice that if you deselect the ‘One sheet at a time’ box, you can view more than one sheet at a time.

Q. How do I zone in Right-Draw?

A. The easiest way to to zone in Right-Draw is:

  1. Add all the rooms in Right-Draw
  2. Assign the rooms to zones in the Multizone Tree

Q. Why are the worksheets not calculating when I draw a house?

A. Make sure Hot Link Drawing is checked under the Options tab of the gray tool bar.

Q. How do I draw in inches and not in one foot increments?

A. Click on the Drawing Tab, then grid Settings, change the settings to your preference.

Q. How do I move an entire floor on the drawing screen?

A. First, left click outside upper left hand corner of the house. While holding down the mouse button, drag mouse across entire house until it is totally encompassed in the square. Release Button. The house should now have blue boxes, position mouse in middle of the square. Hold down left mouse button and drag floor to desired location

Q. How do I make changes on one floor in a multi-floor project?

A. Make sure the floor you want to work with is highlighted on the right hand side of the screen. (for easier navigation, just have that particular floor checked). You can then begin making changes to that floor?

Q. How do I look at one sheet at a time?

A. On the bottom of the right hand screen, you should see a check box that says, ' One sheet at a time'. Check the box by clicking on it.

Q. How do I rotate a room, catalog object or notation?

A. You can rotate rooms, catalog objects and notations to any angle. 1) Draw a room or drag a catalog object onto the drawing area. You can also select an object that is already on the drawing area. 2) While the object is selected, click the ROTATE button, which is located in the upper right corner of the draw screen. The green handles will change from squares to circles. 3) Move your cursor over a handle until you see the black rotating cursor WITHOUT the white arrow. 4) Click and drag until the object is rotated to your liking and release the mouse. When you release the mouse, the rotate functionwill be off and the handles will be back to green squares.

Q. How do I handle stairwells, closets, and halls?

A. Stairwells, closets, and halls that are not significant load contributors should be incorporated with the loads of adjoining rooms. Stairwells should be included with the upper floor. Major stairwells should be treated as separate 'rooms' with their own return duct. If you want staircases in your drawings, there are many to choose from in the Building Components catalog provided with the program.

Advanced Techniques

Q. How do I group shapes together?

A. When you group several HVAC Shapes together, they are treated as one shape when you move or resize them. For example, if you group a room and a window together and then resize the room, the window will be resized proportionally to the room.

You can also group non-HVAC Shapes together. For example, you could combine two rectangles together to make an L-shape. If you group them together, you can move and resize the L-shape without having to move or resize the individual rectangles.

Two group two or more shapes together:

  1. Select the shapes you want to group together by holding the Shift key down and then clicking on each shape.
  2. Click on the button on the Right-Draw toolbar.

If you change your mind and want to un-group a group of shapes:

  1. Select the group
  2. Click on the button on the Right-Draw toolbar.

Q. How do I align and size multiple shapes?

A. Aligning objects: If you have 2 or more objects that you want to line up exactly with one another, you can use the ALIGN button. 1) Select the objects you want to align (hold as you click on the objects to select multiple objects). 2) Click on the arrowhead to the right of the ALIGN button to choose an alignment option (top, bottom, left or right edges). All of the objects will be aligned based on the first object you selected (the first object selected if you select multiple objects had green handles, the other objects will have aqua handles).

You can also center objects in the drawing area with the CENTER button. You can evenly space 3 or more objects with the SPACE button; the 2 outside objects will not move but the objects in between will be spaced evenly.

Sizing objects: Use the SIZE button to make 2 or more objects the same size. 1) Select the objects you want to size. 2) Click on the arrowhead to the right of the SIZE button to choose from the sizing options (height, width, both). All of the objects will be sized based on the first object you selected.

Q. How do I change multiple Shapes at the same time?

A. To change the properties of multiple shapes:

  1. Hold the Shift key down and select all the shapes that you want to change
  2. Click on the right mouse button with the mouse pointer over one of the selected shapes

You can edit the properties that all of the shapes have in common. For example, you can change the height of multiple windows. They can have different CST's and shading, but all be the same height.

Q. How do I move and nudge an HVAC Shape?

A. To move a shape in even snap increments:

  1. Select the shape you want to move
  2. Drag the shape to the new location

Note that the shape doesn't move until you've moved the mouse pointer the distance of the snap setting (usually one foot).

To move the shape in one inch increments:

  1. Select the shape you want to move
  2. Press the up, down, left, and right arrow keys

Q. How to change the size of the drawing area?

A. The default drawing area size is 150'x150', however, you can resize the drawing area if your drawing does not fit. To do change the size of the drawing area, 1) click the right mouse button with the mouse pointer over the drawing area but not over any shape. This will display the Property Sheet for the drawing area. 2) Select the General tab. 3) Make the necessary changes in the 'Scrolling width' and 'Scrolling height' fields. Press or close the Property Sheet to view the changes. You may want to take the time to click on all of the tabs to become familiar with the fields you can change in the drawing area Property Sheet.

Q. How to temporarily hide parts of the drawing for clarity?

A. While your are working on your drawing, you may want to hide certain parts of it temporarily, to make it easier to work on. For example, if you are adding the second story of a 2-story building, once you've added the rooms, you might want to hide the first floor, to make it easier to place the windows. With both stories displayed, the drawing can look confusing. Which layers and sheets are displayed is controlled with the Layer Tree Screen. Only the checked layers and sheets are displayed. To hide a sheet or layer, un-check it. To display a sheet or layer, check it.

Q. How do I add non-Right-Suite shapes to a drawing?

A. The shapes that are on the HVAC Shapes Toolbox are the shapes that are needed by Right-Suite Residential for calculations. You can add other shapes that are not needed for calculations, but that can enhance your drawing or even help you draw special odd-shaped HVAC Shapes. These shapes are placed on a special Notation layer. They can be moved, grouped, resized, and re-shaped just like HVAC Shapes. Draw Notation layer objects by selecting Notation Layer tools from the Right-Draw toolbar.

You can come up with a variety of creative uses for these shapes. For example, suppose you need to add a room that has a complex shape, but is really just several rectangles put together. You can build the shape with the rectangles in the Notation layer and then use it as a template to re-shape the room on the Building layer. You could do a hexagonal room using the same method. You can also add text, graphic images (icons or bitmaps) and dimensions to your drawings. See the User's Guide manual or Help for more details on each of these buttons.

Q. How do I change the color of the drawing area? Can I change the sheet colors?

A. While we are discussing the drawing area Property Sheet, now is a good time to discuss color. You can change the color of the drawing area (white by default) and the sheet colors (automatically assigned and each sheet is different). Below is a list of each tab and the default colors for the various items.

Tab Field Default Color
General Color (background) White
Ducts Overlap color Red
Outside of building color Cyan blue (aqua)
Fitting background color Yellow
Building Foreground color (sheet color with one-line drawings; outside color for two-line drawings) Automatic
Background color (between the walls in two-line drawings) Medium gray
Notations Color (duct notation color) Automatic (matches sheet color)
Notation layer color Automatic (matches sheet color)