IPIN Tip of the Month: IVS Pro Viewer Basics and Measuring/Markup Tools (Part 2)

In the last post, I covered the basics of the IVS Pro Viewer; the Builders Exchange plan viewer that gives members the tools to markup and measure plans online. I highly recommend reading Part 1 first before moving onto this post.

It would also be helpful to read the tip covering the Lite Viewer, which demonstrates many of the same tools that are also used with the Pro Viewer.

I have already covered the Select, Oval, Rectangle, Complex Linear Measurement and Irregular Area tools. In this post I will cover the remaining tools, including the Arrow, Freehand, Hilite, Text, Post-It Note, Stamp, Measure, and Count tools.

Note: Make sure to save your drawing with markups on the top toolbar before you move on to another drawing or close the viewer. Failing to save will result in the loss of all your markups and measurements!

   Arrow Tool: Place an arrow on the plan.

After selecting the arrow tool, left click and hold to place the first point of the arrow. Release the left mouse button to place the end of the arrow. The arrow will be pointing in the direction opposite of the second point:

Click this and any other image to enlarge

Right clicking and choosing “Pointer Properties” will let you add a name to your arrow, increase the thickness (by choosing “Line” and increasing the width), and change the color (choose “Foreground Color”):

Changed the direction of an arrow that has already been placed by clicking and dragging the white squares at point 1 or 2.

  Freehand Tool: Markup the drawing however you see fit.

The freehand tool lets you draw any shape you want with the mouse. Just left click, hold, draw your shape, and then let go when finished:

Once again, right clicking will bring up a properties menu where you can adjust the line width and the foreground color.

  Hilite Tool: Add a transparent, four-sided figure over an area to highlight it.

This tool works the same way as the Rectangle Tool (refer to Part 1). The only difference is that this tool does not give the area of the figure:

  Text Tool: Add text to the plan.

This tool adds a text box anywhere on the plan. Click and drag to place a text box and then type your message. The message can be moved anywhere on the place with the select tool and the text box size and be adjusted by using the manipulable white squares on each corner of the text box. The text size, color, and font can be adjusted by right clicking anywhere on the text box and choosing “Text Properties —> Font”:

Post It Note: Add a  note on top of an area of the plan.

The Post It Note can be placed by left-clicking and dragging a square or rectangle over the area you would like to place the note. Once the note has been placed, text can be added to the note.

This note is not transparent.

Right click to alter the properties of the font:

Stamp Tool: Place pre-defined stamps on the plan.

Left clicking on the stamp tool icon will bring up a list of 18 pre-defined “stamps” that can be placed anywhere on the drawing. The stamps include: assigned, checked, copy, draft, extended, fax, faxed, notice, official, on file, passed, processed, received, rejected, release, sent, shipped, and urgent.

Measure Tool: Measure the length of a line from Point A to Point B

Left click and hold to magnify the spot where you want to place Point A and let go when you are above it. A line will follow your cursor to Point B. Place Point B by left-clicking and holding to magnify and then releasing over the spot where you would like to place Point B.

After the line is placed, the length of the line will appear in the upper left corner of the viewer. This length corresponds with the chosen scale.

  Count Tool: Mark and keep count of up to three different items on a plan.

Left-clicking on  the Count tool provides three options: a square, a circle, and a diamond. After selecting one of these three symbols, left click on each item you wish to count. This places either a blue square, red circle, or green diamond over each item counted along with a number count above the shape.

The count total for each figure is also held at the right right corner of the viewer, beneath the “Previous”, “Next”, and “Save” functions:

Delete any individual shape and the count for the remaining shapes will automatically adjust for the deletion (for example, deleting blue square #5 above would instantly re-number blue square #6 into #5).

All of the counts can be instantly removed by clicking on the “Reset” button to right of the count totals.

Master these tools and you’ll be permanently trading your pad and paper for a mouse and keyboard!


Feel free to call or e-mail Aaron Thomas at 502-459-9800 if you have any additional questions on the markup tools presented above or the IPIN system in general.

Reserve a spot for free IPIN training in our Louisville office on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. or in our Lexington office on the 4th Friday of every month at the same time for more tips like this covering every aspect of the IPIN system.

Thanks for reading and keep checking back for more IPIN tips, information on the construction industry, and Builders Exchange special events!

Aaron Thomas
Director of IT
Builders Exchange of Kentucky

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