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  • DIALux

    Version 4.7 The Software Standard for

    Calculating Lighting Layouts

    User Manual

  • DIALux Version 4.7

    DIAL GmbH, Ldenscheid page 2

    2009 DIAL GmbH Gustav-Adolf-Strae 4 58507 Ldenscheid dialog@dial.de www.dial.de 15th Edition 2009 The text and images were prepared with great care. DIAL, the authors and the translators are, however, not subject to legal obligation or liability for any erroneous information and its consequences. This publication is protected by copyright law. All rights are reserved. Most of the soft-ware and hardware designations used in this manual are registered trademarks and therefore subject to the applicable laws. The DIAL GmbH can not be held responsible for any damage to people or property which might occur in connection with the use of the DIALux software. The program and documentation was created with great care, however errors cannot be ruled out. POV-Ray POV-Ray is short for the Persistence of Vision Raytracer, a tool for producing high-quality computer graphics. POV-Ray is copyrighted freeware, that is to say, we, the authors, retain all rights and copyright over the program, but that we permit you to use it for no charge, subject to the conditions stated in our license. You can read the license by viewing the POV-Ray for Windows About box by using the Help menu or Alt+B and selecting the appropriate button. CONTACT INFORMATION for POV-Ray License inquiries can be made via email; please check the POV-Ray website and the online copy of this document at http://www.povray.org/povlegal.html for the current email address of the team leader. (Unfortunately we cannot include it here as we have to change it from time to time due to spam email being sent to the address). The following postal address is only to be used for official license business when emailing is impossible. We do not provide technical support. We will not mail you disks with updated versions. Please do not send money. If you want to know how to support us, please see http://www.povray.org/supporting-povray.html. POV-Team C/O Hallam Oaks P/L PO Box 407 Williamstown, Victoria 3016 Australia MESA Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Brian Paul All Rights Reserved.

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  • DIALux Version 4.7

    DIAL GmbH, Ldenscheid page 3

    DIALux Version 4.7

    The Software Standard for

    Calculating Lighting Layouts

    Function Overview Welcome to DIALux 4.7 This manual is intended to assist you to work fast and effectively with DIALux. If you have experience with Windows applications, getting started in DIALux will present no problem. DIAL regularly offer courses where the professional use of DIALux can be learned. Information regarding the course dates and contents are available under www.dialux.com and www.dial.de or +49 (0) 2351 1064 360. Latest information and updates are also available on our homepage. In the following you will find a short description of the functions available in DIALux.

    DIALux offers a number of textures that you are free to use for your lighting layouts. The following companies provided those textures: Texturenliste SuperFinish Immobiliendarstellungen, Jochen

    Schroeder/ www.immobiliendarstellung.de Arroway Texturen/ www.arroway.de Ulf Theis/ www.ulf-theis.de Texturenland (Konstantin Gross)/ www.texturenland.de Noctua Graphics (Herbert Fahrnholz)/ www.noctua-graphics.de Thermopal/ www.thermopal.de Rathscheck Schiefer und Dachsysteme KG/ www.rathscheck.de They offer many more textures. Check their websites for further textures.

  • DIALux Version 4.7

    DIAL GmbH, Ldenscheid page 4

    Contents Contents .......................................................................4 New functions in DIALux Version 4.7...........................10

    New features and improvements .............................10 Changes in existing functionality..............................10

    Installation ..................................................................12 Installation after Internet Download.........................12 Installation from CD.................................................13

    Online Menu ...............................................................14 Online Update .........................................................14 Manage Newsletter subscription ..............................14 Wishes and Feedback / Send problem report............14

    Install Luminaire Data ..................................................15 About PlugIns ..........................................................15 Online update of luminaire catalogues.....................15 About Online Catalogues.........................................16 Lamp PlugIns ...........................................................16

    DIALux directories .......................................................17 Background information ..........................................17 Furniture, textures, my database ..............................17

    Windows Vista ............................................................17 Projects and raytracing files......................................17

    Windows Vista ............................................................17 Program files, support..............................................18

    Windows 2000, XP, Vista ............................................18 Common used program files (DIALux, PlugIns) .........18

    Windows 2000, XP, Vista ............................................18 DIALux Light................................................................19 Working with Wizards.................................................25 The DIALux User Interface ...........................................34

    The Project manager................................................38 The Luminaire Selection ...........................................39 The User Database...................................................40 Insert Luminaire Files into DIALux.............................40 Lamp PlugIns ...........................................................41 The Furniture Tree ...................................................44 The Colours Tree (since version 4.3, formerly Texture Tree)........................................................................44 The Output Tree ......................................................46 The Guide................................................................47 The Inspector...........................................................48 Edit Mode................................................................50

    Optimise Personal Settings ..........................................54 General Options ......................................................54 Direct3D as an alternative to OpenGL ......................56

    Create a New Project...................................................60 Open a new project .................................................61 Project information in the file open dialog ...............62

    Edit Rooms..................................................................63 Edit Room Geometry ...............................................63 Edit Room Data .......................................................64 An easy method for determining maintenance factor...............................................................................65

  • DIALux Version 4.7

    DIAL GmbH, Ldenscheid page 5

    Extended method for determining maintenance factor...............................................................................67 Modify Properties of Individual Walls .......................75

    Insert Room Elements..................................................77 Modify a Room with Room Elements .......................77 Vault and half vault .................................................80 Insert via Property Page............................................80

    Insert Furniture............................................................81 Insert Furniture ........................................................81 Insert via Property Page............................................81 Create Furniture ......................................................81 Import Furniture and 3D model Files ........................84 Extrusion Volumes ...................................................85 Glass objects............................................................86 Subtraction of Objects .............................................87 Selecting Single Surfaces..........................................88 Windows and Doors ................................................89 Decoration Objects ..................................................89 Insert Decoration Objects.........................................90 Calculate with Decoration Objects ...........................91

    Insert Textures.............................................................92 Insert via Drag & Drop .............................................92 Edit Placed Textur