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I would like to use the Materials List in Home Designer to help me plan my event. How can I do that?
Planning an event such as a wedding, anniversary or graduation party can require a lot of time and patience. You can use your Home Designer software not only to help select color themes and styles for your event and decide how you will use your available space, but also to help you prepare a list of the items you will need to purchase or rent and estimate their cost.
A Materials List generates based on the current state of the plan, so it is not necessary to wait until the plan is complete to generate a Materials List. However, it is noteworthy that creating a materials list will generally be one of the last steps in creating a design, as it is based on accumulating quantities of various items in your model.
Materials Lists can be created, edited, and printed directly from the program. They can also be exported as text files for use in other programs.
When designing a plan for an event, it is not uncommon to require many copies of the same object. Instead of placing each individual item from the Library repeatedly, you can arrange a single set of items and then copy and paste them to save a great deal of time and effort.
First, select View> Library Browser to open the Library Browser window, then either browse to the objects that you want to use, or use the Library Search to locate them.
Navigate to Library> Library Browser in Home Designer 2014 and prior versions.
Select the item you want to place, and click in plan view to place it.
Silverware and similar objects will automatically be placed on top of a table surface, which saves us from having to edit the Floor to Bottom height in their specification dialog after they are placed.
Now that you have placed an object, it is wise to use the Select Objects tool to select it, and click on the Open Object edit tool to display its specification dialog. On the Materials panel, you can specify the appropriate material before making copies of it.
You may find it helpful to create a custom material for some purposes.
For example, if you want to use plasticware instead of silverware, the default material of the cutlery placed from the Library Browser will not be appropriate.
Once you have made any necessary changes to the individual object, click OK to apply them and close the dialog. You can use the same procedure to place and edit any remaining objects in the arrangement of items you want.
If an object is currently selected and a selection marquee is drawn around it, that object becomes de-selected. If an object is currently selected and a marquee is drawn around other objects, the original object remains selected and the other objects are added to the selection set.
When using the marquee-select method, both CAD and architectural objects included in the marquee are selected. To remove an object from the selection set, hold down the Shift key and click it.
With the group of items selected, click the Copy/Paste edit button to copy the selected object(s) to the Windows clipboard and immediately enable the Paste function in Home Designer.
Click the Sticky Mode edit button to remain in the current mode and place multiple copies of the selected object(s).
For the purposes of this example, we placed four copies of the selected reception dinner arrangement on to the same table.
When group of objects such as the table and chair arrangement with table settings in this example is complete, you can use this same procedure to copy the entire table and the items on it, and paste copies as needed for your event.
If, after you have made copies of your table and chair arrangements, you decide that you would like to change something, such as the type of chairs, but don't want to have to replace each once individually, there is a quick and easy way to do so by using the Replace from Library edit tool.
If there are multiple instances of a library object in a plan, they can be replaced at the same time using the Replace From Library edit button in Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro.
If existing walls and/or other objects do not allow enough room for a library object to be placed, place the library object where there is enough room and move the object into place while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
Once you have completed making changes in the plan, we are ready to generate a materials list. Depending on your version of the software, you may have the ability to generate a materials list for the whole plan, an area of the plan, or just a single room.
Any changes made to the model after a materials list is generated are not included in that list. To update the materials list, re-select Tools> Materials List> Calculate From All Floors.
If the display of the category is suppressed, the information is still part of the materials list. If the materials list is exported, the information related to the suppressed categories is exported as well.
If your version has the Calculate from Area tool, you can create a materials list for just those items that are included within a rectangular Materials Polyline. In our example, it could potentially be valuable to do this for just the chairs in the wedding area, separate from the reception area.
While the materials list is a very versatile tool, and will allow you to edit virtually all fields, columns that can be edited include ID, Size, Description, Extra, Unit, Price, and Comment, you will not retain full control over all fields while working with the materials list in Home Designer.
To obtain full control over all fields, the list can be exported to a text file for use in a different application. Additionally, it can be copied and pasted into a spreadsheet, and each individual cell modified within the spreadsheet.
The procedure used to export the Materials List to a text file, and the procedure to copy and paste it to a spreadsheet is described in the Related Articles section below.