Once you've selected the option to add a new shower you are presented with the shower editor and initially the Builder tab. In this tab you will begin designing your shower. For the best and quickest results you should following the workflow we've outlined below.
Building a Shower
- Start by laying out your shower panels from left to right. To add a shower panel, right click in the section where you can see the panel layout shown in the screenshot below.
- You're then presented with the eShowers right click menu, select the appropriate option and the panel will be added for you.
- Continue with these steps until you have all of your panels laid out. With each selection of the add panel option, another panel will be added directly to the right edge of the last panel.
- The next step is to enter the overall or tight dimensions of the shower. Again, working from left to right, add the dimensions for each field displayed. You will notice that some fields such as the combined width of two adjacent 180° panels will automatically calculate.
- Once all of the dimensions have been added, the 2D and 3D drawings will be available. At this point, you have successfully built your shower. See below for an explanation of some more advanced options such as adding knee walls, rakes and out of square measurements.
Advanced Shower Options
Adding Knee Walls, Rakes, Radius', and Notches
- Right click on the panel you wish to add the option to
- Select the appropriate option from the list
- Re-enter the dimensions of the panel as required
Changing the side the hinges are located on
- Right click on the door
- Select the option to "Switch Hinge Side"
Change the angle of a junction
- Click on the junction icon for the junction you wish to edit. This is the small box with the angle written in it between each glass panel.
- The Junction Editor dialogue box appears.
- From here you can change the angle of the Junction by editing the Junction angle field.
Other Junction Properties
Glass Panel Options
The Glass Panel Editor provides all the options for modifying the specific details of a glass panel. To access the Glass Panel Editor simply double click on a panel or right click and select "Edit".
From inside the Glass Panel Editor you have the options to adjust the glass thickness, type and treatment of a specific panel.
The edge options allow you to edit the type of edge finish for each specific edge as well as make adjustments to the tight gap values and miter angle for the edge. To enable these options you must check the box to override the value in question.
Navigation is easy inside the Glass Panel Editor. To move to the panel either side of the panel you are working on click either the left or right arrows.
Outages and Elbows
The outage and elbow options in eShowers allow you to configure your shower design with panels that are not completely square
To add an outage / elbow to a panel
- Click the drop down menu on the tight measure and open the outage drop down to view the possible outages. Depending on the edge you have selected, you may see a limited amount of options that can be applied to that edge
- Select the type of outage / elbow that you would like applied
- Enter the appropriate values into the applicable fields and click OK
- Your outage will now be applied to your selected edge. Notice the red line that indicates an outage has been applied
During the process of building your shower you may be exposed to some alerts which provide you information on potential issues with your shower design. There are three types of alerts in the software, an example of each is shown below. For a more detailed description see the table further down
|Critical Alert||Critical alerts bring your attention to serious problems with the shower design such as exceeding the manufacturers weight specification for a glass hinge. As a result, you will be prevented from saving the shower.|
|Information||Informative alerts simply alert you to minor issues with the shower design such as not having selected a hardware finish|
|Warning||Warning type alerts, alert you to more serious problems with the shower design but will not stop you from saving the item|
An action is a possible automatic fix to a alert that has been generated. If there is no 'fix' for the Alert then the user can choose to ignore the alert and proceed (if ignore is an option) or resolve the Alert manually.
If Ignore Alert is chosen, a message is displayed to confirm if you wish to proceed with the design, ignoring the alert. If you proceed the Alert is then ignored.
On ignoring the Alert it is updated by strike through text and the user details are recorded against the Alert.
If no actions are available, then clicking on the Actions button will result in a 'No actions available yet' option being displayed and you will need to resolve the alert manually.
The preview displays 3D generated image what the design would look like. Included in the display is hardware only.
The buttons on the left move the image around, zoom in and out, take a snapshot, display as a wire frame model or animate the door to open and close.
The preview displays 2D generated glass fabrication image of what the panel would look like. The image is layered with options which can be turned on and off.
The buttons on the top can navigate between panels, display the layers options or modify the image to be of standardized or scaled view.
Drawn to scale relative to the actual size.
Drawn to a standardized scale. Above in Scale View is the same panel, as you can see it makes some items easier to view.
As each item is turned on or off the 2D image is updated.
eShowers provides the concept of a part series which allows you to configure a group of related parts for regular use. The fittings on a particular shower are usually determined by a predefined Part Series. You will have access to many series of hardware and these can be selected from the "Part Series" drop down menu which will result in the program auto configuring the hardware for the shower. When building a shower, the program will automatically pick up the default series from the system settings.
The image below shows the options for selecting items of hardware for different applications. From here you can change what is automatically applied to the shower. Changes made here will only be applicable to the shower. To change the series so that changes are applied to all new showers you will need to use the Series Editor, found separately.
Re-Apply Part Series
This will re-apply the part series to the design. It will first remove all auto-added hardware and re-apply the series again.
Clear Part Series
This will remove the current series selections.
When ticked the series selections are automatically applied. If the design is updated by changing a measurement or editing a panel the series will be reapplied. Any manual adjustments to hardware automatically added by the Part Series will be put back to the part and system settings properties.
Not ticked means no series selections are applied. Once you have completed adding your measurements and refining your design, turning this off enables you to update the hardware added by the selected hardware in the Part Series.
The Fittings screen allows you to customize that hardware for your shower.
Changing and Editing the Hardware
The fittings on a particular shower are usually determined by a predefined Part Series. To edit the parts or to add or remove a specific part, you can use the controls shown in the below figure.
Selecting Fittings for Editing
The 3D view at the bottom of the screen provides a way of identifying the part you have selected. Upon selecting a particular part from the list, the appropriate piece of hardware on the shower will turn blue, indicating which item on the shower you have selected. From here you can start to customize the options of the individual part.
Changing the Finish of a Fitting
Selecting the Finish drop down will provide you access to a list of finishes for the parts you have selected and selecting one of these finishes will automatically apply it to any parts that have that finish enabled. For parts that do not get their finish set automatically or where you want to manually configure the finish, you can select the finish individually on the part itself by clicking inside the finish field in the list of hardware and selecting the appropriate finish.
Editing Part Properties
In eShowers, individual parts can be edited to adjust their properties on the fly. To edit the properties of a part, simply double click on the part you wish to edit. The default details for the part come from the Part Catalogue the part belongs to, however you may change any of these settings inside the shower without affecting the default options for the part at any point in time.
Editing the location of the part is easy. You can change the panel the part is located on, the edge the part is being aligned to. There are options to manually set the position of the hardware as well.
The options here allow you to manually add or adjust a cutout. All cutouts added are listed here.
Add or Edit a Cutout
When you Add or Edit a cutout the Cutout editor below is displayed. The 2D Drawing is updated to reflect the Cutout Type, Dimensions and Location on the panel selected.
Cutout Details and Position
The cutout details area shows a summary of the cutout information as well as options to position where the cutout is on a panel. To edit the details of a cutout including it's type and dimensions, click on the edit button, highlighted with a blue box in the below image.
Manually Positioning Your Cutout
You may manually position your cutout anywhere on the panel by selecting the "Manually Positioned" option from the dropdown box shown above.
You can now enter a value in the Offset field and select where this value should correlate to.
The value in the offset field is to the centre of the cutout, not to where the first hole is or where the first corner of the cutout is. Below are two examples of how the value in this field should be entered
The quote allows you to see what costs would be involved for the design. The pricing is captured at the design time and only updates if the design is updated or the calculator button is clicked.
The quote options are predefined in System Settings under Pricing and Labor, but overrides can be entered here - or not included by not checking the box.
A discount can be applied by checking the box and entering a percentage figure.
The dollar button shows or hides cost and profit columns. A detailed breakdown of all items is displayed in the grid at the bottom. Items are grouped by panel or door and Extra Charges (found in System Settings under Pricing and Labor).
This tab is turned on under System Settings under Global Defaults/Miscellaneous settings. This is divided into Panel Clearances and Panel Adjustments.
Based on System Settings values and Hardware clearance properties, a panel or door may be effected by a clearance.
This shows you in detail for each panel and for each edge what clearance('s) were used.
Based on System Settings values and Hardware properties, a panel or door may be effected by an adjustment.
This shows you in detail for each panel and for each edge what adjustment('s) were made.