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Death of the Sandbox Machine! Spawn props from the new palette menu in your Maker Pen.
 
— Against Gravity, Update Page


Palette and maker pen

Palette menu (left), which is opened and closed with the top-left button of the Maker Pen menu (right).

About

The Palette is an extension of the Maker Pen and is used to select shapes, colors, Chips, Gizmos, props, inventions, as well as settings for the Maker Pen and other objects. It also shows how much "Maker Pen ink" has already been used in a Custom Room.

The Palette replaced the Sandbox Machine as well as several tabs of an older version of the Maker Pen menu.

How to Use the Palette

  • The Palette can be opened and closed with the top-left button in the Maker Pen menu. Thus, only players whose Permission allows them to use the Maker Pen can use the Palette (by default creators and co-owners of a Custom Room).
  • The Palette can also be closed with the top-right button on it or by dropping the Maker Pen.
  • Players can position the Palette by grabbing (using the trigger button) one of the two handles at its sides.
  • To create a shape or spawn a Chip, Gizmo, prop, or invention: tap the relevant tab at the top of the Palette (and in some cases the relevant filter and page); then tap the item in the Palette; and then pull the trigger with the hand that holds the Maker Pen.

Shapes Tab

Textures

Textures

YouTube tutorial by Against Gravity

Palette shapes

Shapes tab with first page of Colors tab

The Shapes tab contains a selection of shape types and colors to choose from.

Colors

You can select any one of the 33 colors by tapping on them. The selected color is used when creating new shapes, or when using the Recolor mode of the Maker Pen. The currently available colors are: red, orange, yellow, sage, blue, cornflower, teal, green, purple, rose, pink, brown, tan, white, gray, charcoal, mocha, caramel, light gray, black, garnet, topaz, amber, emerald, turquoise, lapis, amethyst, pink gemstone, salmon, cantaloupe, pineapple, cyan, and lavender. The selected color is paired with the selected Material (see below).

The currently selected color is shown by the colored cylinder in the top part of the Maker Pen (similar to a stick of glue in a hot glue pen). For more details about colors, see the description of Color IDs.

Materials

Palette Materials

Shapes tab with Materials tab

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Spheres with materials combined with white base color (without direct lighting). 1st row (left to right): Cardboard, Wood Grain, Painted Wall, Painted Brick; 2nd row: Carpet, Wood Floor, Dirt, Linoleum Tiles; 3rd row: Cloth, Shiny Metal, Sand, Glossy Plastic; 4th row: Neon.

You can select any one of the 13 Materials by tapping on them. The selected Material is used when creating new shapes, or when using the Recolor mode of the Maker Pen. The currently available Materials are: Cardboard, Wood Grain, Painted Wall, Painted Brick, Carpet, Wood Floor, Dirt, Linoleum Tiles, Cloth, Shiny Metal, Sand, Glossy Plastic and Neon. Note that reflective Materials only reflect the static background of the room (its skybox), i.e., they don't reflect Spotlights nor Point Lights, nor any other objects inside the room.

Tube

After selecting the "Tube" button, you can draw 3D tubes in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen.

  • If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, a continuous, curved tube is generated while you pull the trigger. If "Uniform shapes" is checked, a single straight tube is generated whenever you release the trigger.
  • If "Connect tubes" is checked in the Settings Tab, additional tube shapes will be connected to previously created tube shapes if you start the new one close enough to the end of the old one.
  • You can change the number of sides, size, and roundness of tubes in the Settings Tab.

Expert Tip: Varying Tube Thickness

By pulling the trigger only slightly, you can generate thinner tubes. You can also specify a thickness in the Settings Tab.

Ribbon

Ribbons are generated in the same way as tubes. I.e., after selecting the "Ribbon" button, you can draw 3D ribbons in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen. You can turn the Maker Pen to control the orientation of the ribbon.

  • If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, a continuous, curved ribbon is generated while you pull the trigger. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, a single straight ribbon is generated whenever you release the trigger.
  • You can change the size of ribbons in the Settings Tab.

Expert Tip: Varying Ribbon Width

By pulling the trigger only slightly, you can generate thinner ribbons. You can also specify a thickness in the Settings Tab.'

Cube

After selecting the "Cube" button, you can draw boxes in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, the box will have one corner at the position where you pull the trigger and the opposite corner at the position where you release the trigger. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the box is always a perfect cube shape with faces of equal sizes.

Expert Tip: Positioning Boxes and Other Shapes

When you create a cube shape (or sphere/cylinder/wedge/pyramid shape), it is originally aligned with the rotation of the maker pen when you pull the trigger. To move and rotate a cube shape, you can grab it with your free hand (i.e., the hand that does not hold the maker pen). You can also use the Move and Rotate modes of the Maker Pen.

Box

See Cube.

Sphere

After selecting the "Sphere" button, you can draw spheres (more precisely: ellipsoids) in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen. When you first pull the trigger, you specify a corner of an invisible box; when you release the trigger, you specify the opposite corner of this invisible box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, the generated ellipsoid fits into this box with its axes aligned to the sides of the box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, a perfect sphere is generated that fits into the box.

Expert Tip: Creating Rolling Spheres

Make sure to check "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab if you want the created sphere to roll without problems. With unchecked "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab, it is not possible to create a smoothly rolling sphere.

Cylinder

After selecting the "Cylinder" button, you can draw cylinders (more precisely: elliptical cylinders) in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen. When you first pull the trigger, you specify a corner of an invisible box; when you release the trigger, you specify the opposite corner of this invisible box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, the generated elliptical cylinder fits into this box with its axes aligned to the sides of the box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the base of the cylinder is a disc.

Expert Tip: Height of Cylinders

If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the height of a cylinder equals the diameter. If you need a cylinder with a disc base but a different height, you should activate snapping in the Maker Pen menu.

Wedge

After selecting the "Wedge" button, you can draw wedges (more precisely: right-angled triangular prisms) in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the Maker Pen. When you first pull the trigger, you specify one corner of the wedge; when you release the trigger, you specify the opposite corner of the wedge. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the base of the wedge is constrained to isosceles (equal-sided) right triangles.

Expert Tip: Flat Rectangles with Sharp Corners

One common use of the wedge is to create a flat rectangle with sharp corners. (A flat Cube shape has rounded corners.)  You can flatten a shape with the Manipulate tool.

Pyramid

After selecting the "Pyramid" button, you can draw pyramids (more precisely: right-angled four-sided pyramids) in the currently chosen color by pulling the trigger of the maker pen. When you first pull the trigger, you specify a corner of an invisible box; when you release the trigger, you specify the opposite corner of this invisible box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is unchecked, the generated pyramid fits into this box with its axes aligned to the sides of the box. If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the base of the pyramid is a perfect square.

Expert Tip: Height of Pyramids

If "Uniform shapes" in the Settings Tab is checked, the height of a pyramid in constrained mode equals the width of the base. If you need a pyramid with a square base but a different height, you should activate snapping in the Maker Pen menu.'

Expert Tip: Cones out of Two Overlapping Pyramids

Two overlapping pyramids (where one is rotated by 45 degrees) can form a cone with a somewhat rippled surface.

Gadgets Tab

Palette other gadgets

1st page of "Other Gadgets" filter of the Gadgets tab.

Palette Other Gadgets2

2nd page of "Other Gadgets" filter of Gadgets tab.

The items in the gadgets tab include Chips, Gizmos, and other props that can be wired to Circuits. The items are organized in 5 categories ("Filters"), which can be selected by tapping:

Note that some of the filters result in more items than fit on one page.

Props Tab

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First page of "dynamic" props.

Palette dynamic2

Second page of "dynamic" props.

The props tab includes built-in props, which can be scaled and placed in Custom Rooms. They are organized in 8 categories ("Filters"), which can be selected by tapping. Note that most of the filters result in more items than fit on one page.

  • Weapons: Bar Stool, Bow, Coconut Bomb, Crossbow, Cutlass, Flintlock, Health Potion, Hunter's Crossbow, Laser Beam Cannon, Laser Burst Gun, Laser Launcher, Laser Pistol, Laser Railgun, Laser Shotgun, Laser Tag Grenade, Magic Wand, Oar, Paint Burst Gun, Paint Launcher, Paint Pistol, Paint Scope Rifle, Paint Shield, Paint Shotgun, Plush Fish, Push Broom, Rum Jug, Shield, Shield Potion, Snowball Pile, Sword.
  • Sports: Basketball, Bowling Ball, Bowling Pinout(2x), Dart, Disc, Dodgeball, Flag (Blue), Flag (Green), Flag (Red), Flag (Yellow), Paddle, Ping Pong Ball, Ping Pong Paddle, Ping Pong Table.
  • Decor: Andy Standee, Backstop, Barrel, Beau String, Bell, Bill Board, Book (Green), Book (Yellow), Box (Rectangle), Box (Square), Bucket, Campfire, Candle, Cap'n Bones, Chord Ian, Clay Pot (Large), Clay Pot (Small), Concrete Block, Cone, Credit Terminal, Drum Phil, Groggy Oggy, Photo Otto, Pillar, Plant (Dracaena), Plant (Fig), Plant (Snake), Proxy Roxy, Sandy Standee, The Bear, Tree (Flat Large), Tree (Flat Medium), Tree (Flat Small), Wall (Large), Wall (Small).
  • Kitchen: Bottle (Glass), Bottle (Water), Cocktail Shaker, Coffee Mug, Coffee Pot, Cup, Frying Pan, Glass (Goblet), Glass (Margarita), Glass (Martini), Glass (Milkshake), Glass (Stemless), Glass (Tall), Grog Mug, Ham, Marshmallow Stick, Mini Fridge, Plate (Dinner), Plate (Pirate).
  • Toys: Conference Microphone, Confetti Gun, Glowstick (Blue), Glowstick (Orange), Glowstick (Purple), Glowstick (Red), Meeplecolor, Microphone, Radioin, RC Car Set, Speaker.
  • Creative: Clipboarddraw, Eraser, Maker Pen (Charades), Marker (Black), Marker (Eraser), Marker Set, Paintbrushcolor, Sticky Notedraw, Sticky Posterdraw.
  • Furniture: Bookshelf (Short), Bookshelf (Tall), Chair (Basic), Chair (Comfy), Chair (Poker), Couch, Gaming Table (Large)draw, Gaming Table (Small)draw, Lockers, Log Bench, Sitting Log, Stool, Table (Basic), Table (Coffee Small).
  • Dynamic: Beaconin(3x), Buttonedit,out(3x), Costume Dummyout, Dice Setout, Die, Disc Golf Goalout, Holotar Projectoredit,in(2x), Object Goal (Large)out, Object Goal (Medium)out, Object Goal (Small)out, Player Goalout, Room Dooredit,in, Scoreboard Projector, Signedit,in(4x), Stage Lightin(3x).

Footnotes

colorThese items may be recolored with the Recolor mode of the Maker Pen.
drawPlayers may draw on these items with markers and paintbrushes.
editThese items offer additional settings that may be edited with the Configure mode of the Maker Pen.
inThese items offer one or more input pins that may be connected to a Circuit with the Wire mode of the Maker Pen.
outThese items offer one or more output pins that may be connected to a Circuit with the Wire mode of the Maker Pen.

Inventions Tab

Palette inventions

Inventions tab

The Inventions tab is where you will find your inventory of inventions.

  • Tapping the "Get More Inventions" button opens the Store Menu on the Watch Menu where you can download published inventions. You can also make your own inventions with the Make Invention button of the Maker Pen.
  • To spawn an invention, tap its button below its photo.
  • Tapping the blue "i" button opens the Invention Details page for an invention.

Invention Details

Palette invention details

Invention Details page

The Invention Details page provides information about the invention and lets you report inventions that violate the code of conduct or cheer an invention. If you are the creator of an invention, you can also change its name, description, tags, and publish it. The "Setup" button opens another page, that allows you to delete the invention, and - if you are the creator and the invention hasn't been published - to update it and set the permissions of other players.

Settings Tab

Palette settings

First page of Settings tab

Don't rotate while moving

This checkbox deactivates rotation while moving with Move mode of the Maker Pen or with your hand.

How to Rec Room - Self Scale with the Maker Pen (make yourself really big or small)

How to Rec Room - Self Scale with the Maker Pen (make yourself really big or small)

Enable self-scaling

Self-scaling allows you to change the size of your avatar while you hold a maker pen. With the checkbox activated and a maker pen in your hand, hold both grip buttons simultaneously on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift or the upper outer buttons on PSVR (left hand square, right hand triangle) and move your hands towards each other or away from each other to change your scale. (This is an experimental feature and doesn't work yet in Screen Mode, nor on Windows Mixed Reality headsets.)

Create grabbable objects

This checkbox specifies whether new objects have the "Is Grabbable" feature; see the Configure mode of the Maker Pen.

Position snap

This slider specifies the distance (in centimeters) between grid points for move snapping. Snapping is activated with the Snap checkbox of the Maker Pen. Move snap affects the snapping of shapes (in Create mode) and bounding boxes of maker pen objects (in Move mode).

Expert Tip: Snapping of Bounding Boxes Is Different from Vertex Snapping

Move snap aligns the boundary or the center of a bounding box of a maker pen object to a global grid. If the bounding box of the maker pen object is not aligned with a shape in the maker pen object, it might be impossible to snap the shape to the grid - even if the shape was originally created with active snapping.

Rotation snap

This slider specifies to which angles (in degrees) rotations are snapped by the Rotate mode of the Maker Pen. Snapping is activated with the Snap checkbox of the Maker Pen.

Uniform shapes

This checkbox affects the Tube, Ribbon, Cube, Sphere, Cylinder, Wedge, and Pyramid shapes as described there.

Snap to center

If this checkbox in unchecked, snapping (with the Snap checkbox of the Maker Pen) aligns the faces of the bounding box of the object that is being moved to a global grid. If "Snap to center" is checked, snapping aligns the center of this bounding box to the same global grid.

Palette align to edges

Example of an alignment of the edges of two cubes that is supported by the "Align to Edges" checkbox in combination with the "Align" checkbox of the Maker Pen.

Align to edges

This checkbox modifies the effect of the Align checkbox of the Maker Pen. The Align checkbox itself helps to align the faces of the bounding box of an object that is being moved to the faces of cubes and other shapes that are close to it. (This is useful, for example, to place objects flat on a floor even if the floor is not aligned with the snap grid.) With the "Align to Edges" checkbox activated, the system also aligns the edges of the bounding box of a moved object to the edges of cubes.

Show grid

This checkbox shows the Move Snap grid and the bounding box of objects that are being moved with active snapping using the Snap checkbox of the Maker Pen.
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Second page of Settings tab

Tube size

If "Fixed tube width" is checked, this slider specifies the size of tubes and ribbons. If "Fixed tube width" is unchecked, the slider specifies the maximum size when the trigger is fully pulled.

Fixed tube width

This checkbox allows you to lock the size of tubes and ribbons such that the size is only determined by the slider "Tube Size" (and not by how far the trigger is pulled).

Connect nearby tubes

If this checkbox is active, tube segments are connected when a new starting point is close enough to the previous end point.

Smooth tubes

This checkbox enables smooth shading of tubes.

Tube height ratio

This slider specifies the height as a fraction of the width of a tube. At 100%, the tube has a circular cross section; a lower value creates an elliptical cross section.

Tube facets

This slider specifies the number of line segments of cross sections of tubes. A higher number will create smoother tubes that cost more maker pen ink.

Fade world in edit mode

This checkbox determines whether the rest of the world should be grayed out when the Maker Pen is in "Edit mode".

Drag select size

When using the Select mode of the Maker Pen by holding the trigger, additional shapes or objects are (un)selected that touch the "select sphere" at the tip of the laser ray of the maker pen. This slider sets the size of this select sphere.

Hide Gadgets For Me

This checkbox (which has the appearance of a button that turns orange when checked), specifies whether Circuits are hidden, which is often useful for testing.

Play Gizmos

This checkbox (which has the appearance of a button that turns orange when checked) specifies whether Gizmos are actively moving.

Delete Everything

This button allows you to delete all props and Maker Pen objects in a room.

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