This is the LG Signs Overview, highlighting the important controls and options of our custom signs software. Use this guide to find out what and where things are, especially when learning how to use the software. This section uses screenshots from version 2.5 – your version may look slightly different.
LG Signs Overview
LG Signs is our bespoke signs software, that combines a simple builder with printing support for our components. Yet this builder is restriction free, which allows you to design using multiple images and any font type. And it’s perfect more complex items like Shaped & Irish number plates or custom vehicle signs.
For the best performance our software requires a modern PC running a full and up to date Windows 10 OS.
Note: You can click most images to see them full size.
LG software use is subject to a Software Licence Agreement.
Our signs software displays its options and controls in locations familiar to Windows users. In fact we’ve deliberately used similar icons & form fields. The screenshot below lists the 6 main application areas.
- 1: Title Bar
- 2: File Menu
- 3: Quick Icons Bar
- 4: Builder Tabs
- 5: Preview Window
- 6: Status Bar
The Title Bar is located right at the top of the application window. It displays the filename of the template in use and indicates what version of LG Signs you have. Until a template is saved it has a default name of UntitledDoc, the image above shows a filename of Overview.
Next area down is the File Menu, named after the first option available. It has three options on it which contain the programs basic functions & settings.
The File Menu contains the commands to start, open, save and print designs. You can also save the design as a Template, or export an image to save elsewhere. Second option Tools, has the commands to save a zip backup, change individual plate settings and sync to storage. As well as settings to set the default printers, clear old records and log-in as a user. Third is Help, which is where you enter your license key and read our terms & conditions. Remote Support should launch your browser when clicked, pointing to our online assistance system. And LG Central points at our online portal for records syncing.
When you have log-ins and passwords turned on, the file menu gets another option of Admin. This new section contains the command module used to set-up user accounts and passwords.
Quick Icons Bar
Below the File Menu is the Icons Bar, which is really just quick shortcuts to some program options. They allow you to start a new template or open, save or print a design. Clicking them selects those options with their default or last saved settings.
If your system is set up and configured for Dual Printers, three printer icons are added to the bar. These will be set up for printing a front white plate, or a yellow rear plate and lastly printing front and rear plates. Once you’ve set up a design, simply click which one you require.
Sign Builder Tabs
Moving down, we come to the main application controls and the Builder Tabs. Here you can design your sign or plate using the options under each tab. To switch back and forwards between them, you simply select a tabs name.
The builder houses all the options and controls you need to create a design. It is split into 4 tabs called Text, Images, Coach and Log, each named after the element they control. In essence, you simply use the options to build up and style your design.
Add up to 5 different text elements and layer multiple images. Alongside those is the coach tab, named after the number plate border element. But now you can use several independent boxes and style both their border and fill colour. At the end is the Log tab, which is used to add an RNPS record for a number plate.
Right under the builder options is the Preview Window. Just like our number plates software, it provides a real time update of the current design.
This “What You See Is What You Get” window, includes a dashed blue line which indicates the crop area. Anything you place outside of this line will not be printed out. So if you want an edge to edge print, ensure you select oversized media and trim it to fit.
This is a basic overview of our LG Signs software, please refer to your user guide for more detailed information. Our knowledge base contains articles with details on entering text, inserting a background or layering multiple images. Alongside articles covering the coach tab, helping you to add and style borders and filled boxes.