MPanel Shade Designer
Shade Sail design CAD required!
Shadow analysis with MPanel Shade Designer and Awning Composer from Trivantage
Meliar Design, Lower Cwm Barns, Llanafan Fawr, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, UK, LD2 3SG
Phone: 01597 860291
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This guide will demonstrate how to display the shadows for your shade sail, at a specified place and at different times.

MPanel Shade Designer Version 3.0 and Awning Composer were used.

To request a demo of MPanel Shade Designer go here.
To download a trial version of Awning Composer go here.
Start with a shade in MPanel Shade Designer. For more information on how to create your shade click here.

You can check to see if the sail looks the way that you intended for it to look in the Visualization Report page, as shown below.

To export your model to Awning Composer, go to File, and then select Export OBJ model.

Be sure to save your file in a place that you will be able to find the OBJ file.
Now, in Awning Composer. Roll over the Add Object tab, then select Open from File.
Find your saved sail, and then click on that file, and your file will be inserted into Awning Composer.
By default,  Awning Composer places the sail off of the ground, like this.
First select your shade sail (Object) and then go to the Transform Object menu, then select Move Object.
After you select Move Object, click on the Lock to Y-Axis.
After you have selected those two options, you can now move your shade sail down to ground level.
You can decide at what time and date you would like to see the shadow. Click on the 'Sky' tab. Now you can
set place, time, and date that you want to see the shadows. Using the slider bar, you can see how the shadows
change during the day.

Awning Composer allows you to add fabric and color to your sail, and it also allows the designer the ability to add
graphics to their sail. To add a graphic, simple go to the Apply Graphic menu, then select Open From File.

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