Arcon Evo / 3D Architect range user guide and documentations
NOTE: Our online documentation is a work-in-progress. All customers WILL receive a FULL comprehensive PDF document and full access to the tutorial portal.
This documentation also applies to 3D Architect, which is based on Arcon Evo. Depending on your 3D Architect version, some functions may not be available. Please refer to Compare 3D Architect Home Design Software section for more info
Arcon Evo lets you simultaneously plan and visualize your creative ideas in 3D. Unlike many CAD products, you do not need specialist CAD knowledge to get the most from the software. Simply place your construction elements, e.g. walls, doors, roof, stairs and windows, in the 2D project. With a single mouse click, you’ll instantly see these in a 3D environment. In this 3D environment, you can also examine and control illumination effects, add textures, materials and finishes and place and manipulate furniture objects.
Whether you’re a self-builder, builder, interior designer or home improver, Arcon Evo not only provides high-performance planning software, but also an effective instrument for presentations. Often, substantial differences exist between a project plan and an artist’s 3D impression, however, Arcon Evo’ rendering and walkthrough in the building project will help you avoid errors arising from such mistakes. In Construction mode, you work with the building project. To assist your construction, you have a ruler, guidelines and a grid.
High-performance functions let you quickly place windows, doors and stairs easily, leaving you with full control and maximum flexibility. The roof structure also works with a 3D preview and supports major types of roofing. With a mouse click, you can move into 3D Furnishing mode, which shows you the building in a 3D photo-realistic view. Here you can plan the interior arrangement and environment. In addition, Arcon Evo includes a catalogue of objects and textures. By simply using drag and drop you can place the wallpaper on walls and furniture objects into living spaces. By placing lights you can include light and shadow in your plan. The integrated rendering module determines photo-realistic representations of light, shadows, and reflections. Now you are familiar with Arcon Evo, convert your creative ideas and enjoy the interaction of project design and construction, supported by a real-time visualization.
About this document
Whether you’re a complete beginner or already familiar with programs such as Arcon Evo, this documentation has useful information describing in detail the many features and functions available within Arcon Evo. To enable you to easily identify program functions, menus etc, some screenshots have been included to accompany text references. Please note screenshots are representative and designed to indicate specific functions. Many have been produced through different stages of development and whilst still being appropriate to the described function, the appearance may vary slightly depending on the version in use and the operating system you are running. Please also note that Arcon can work in both metric and imperial measurements, and for that reason, some screenshots in this documentation may display either.
Arcon Evo has a graphical, user-friendly and intuitive interface however we do suggest that you work through the Getting Started Guide located in the Manuals folder installed with the application. For further support, you can read or consult this documentation for reference and ideas. Additionally, you will always find useful support through our online channels. This is reference documentation so whether you decide to read from start to finish before using the software or refer to this documentation as and when required, the choice is yours. We always recommend that you familiarize yourself with the program functions first before starting a project. Menu references: Options > Program… This is an example menu function which you will see all the time throughout this documentation. This example means: Left-click with your mouse button on the Options menu which will open a menu selection containing a Program entry. Click Program which will then open a dialogue box with the details and options for this menu entry. The ‘…’ that follows Program… is an indication that this option will open a dialogue box.