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#11716 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Sam Allen on 03 March 2017 - 05:14 PM

I think it would be great to see what you guys can do with Softplan.  I'm always a little reluctant to show what I do compared to you real pros (especially after the tech guys told me I was doing it wrong!!

That being said...I wanted to get into this with you so I've included a couple of my houses.

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#19508 SoftPlan + | New Manufacturer Content | Sterling by Kohler Symbols

Posted by Jim Henderson on 13 June 2018 - 07:56 AM

We have added new Symbols to our Plus Library! With this release, our SoftPlan + users now have access to Sterling by Kohler Symbols!

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#18685 Rendered Interiors

Posted by Douglas Morell on 13 April 2018 - 09:43 AM

very rarely do I have time for this kind of stuff, .. but an hour here, an hour there, ..  between more important things


These are Rendered Mode,

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#16458 Just won an award for one of our homes

Posted by Martin Livingston on 19 November 2017 - 10:16 AM

We just won an award for the most outstanding new home over 3000 square feet at the Peak Awards (kind of like the Academy Awards for home construction in Nova Scotia). Cool!



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#11803 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by David Edlin on 06 March 2017 - 10:41 AM

Ok What's your thoughts on this render/texture for a project.
David Edlin

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#18414 Playing around with transpericy and reflectivity site settings

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 28 March 2018 - 08:20 PM

Playing with rendering settings Attached File  SHBH Reflected.jpg   150.65KB   2 downloads

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#17855 Craftsman column

Posted by Thomas Davis on 28 February 2018 - 04:31 PM

Hello everyone,


I did not like the stock "craftsman" column, so I modified it to better represent what I was looking for.

You are welcome to use it as you see fit.

I have attached the dwg file that goes into your 3D-3D Symbols-Post folder.

You then open System Library and copy the original craftsman post and rename it to whatever.

Click off and back on your newly created post and click "edit". Then you can select the new dwg post,

utilizing the file I have attached.


Hope this works wonders for someone like it has me. I never used the original craftsman post as I felt the proportions were not good for my use.

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#15492 New Project

Posted by Martin Livingston on 02 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Having a bit of fun with the front renderings for a new project.

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#19895 Survey Question

Posted by Gary McKeon on 12 July 2018 - 12:13 PM

I would reply on the poll except it is done through facebook which means I won't.

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#19209 Cabinets attach to wall

Posted by Yvon Gonthier on 23 May 2018 - 09:19 AM

If you edit the cabinet and select Anchor under the Common Tab, that should keep it from moving.

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#18812 screen porch

Posted by Keith Almond on 20 April 2018 - 08:46 AM

For screen doors, do you know that you can put the two openings together ... this effect works quite well.


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#18363 Greenhouse

Posted by Thomas Roman on 26 March 2018 - 06:41 PM

As Brent says, it's just a matter of playing with fascia depths, rafter depths, material defaults for opening, wall types, etc..


I turned of the roof sheathing, and told the roof materials to look like glass...


Trying to make custom stuff like this is a GREAT way to learn what softplan can do, tweaking the defaults..

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#17144 Having some fun with a back lit trey ceiling

Posted by Martin Livingston on 19 January 2018 - 07:26 PM

It took a while to get the settings right for the rendering but it was worth the effort!

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#10496 SoftPlan 2018 Update

Posted by Brian Berzinskis on 11 January 2017 - 03:35 PM

Straight from IBS

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#2419 Custom Garage Door Opening: Tutorial

Posted by Keith Almond on 05 April 2015 - 03:32 PM

Okay, it seem one or two people are having trouble with custom openings - I've never taken the time to do a tutorial before, so if there's obvious errors or things don't seem clear I apologise. Feel free to message me , and I'll try and clear up any errors or misunderstandings:
Here goes ..............
Custom Opening Tutorial:
Garage Door Opening:
Right Click on desktop and go to DETAIL>OPENING SHAPES>DOOR
Draw garage door opening sized to suit - In this case, 16'3" x 7'1-1/2" (a 16'0" x 7'0" with a 1-1/2" frame on three sides)
Edit frame to shown Hinge Side - U (Up).
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Use lines and shapes to add as much detail as you require.
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It is probably best if you want grilles to physically draw them if you have multiple windows that require them. The grille function does work on custom designs, but is a little hit and miss as to whether it works as you think it should.
This is an important step .... If you used the door glazing above, it will show as glass - otherwise any other shape that has glass, will need the glass added separately. If you want to include glass, it must be drawn in a dotted line. Personally I find it best to draw a dotted polygon (normally in a different colour). I position it where it's needed, and then right click inside the polygon, choose POLYGON and explode it. That's not the only way, but it works for me, so that's what I use - If you don't explode the polygon, it wont show as glass.
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So now we have our basic door drawn and ready for use:
Now go to SYSTEM LIBRARY>ELEVATION OPENINGS - Choose the relevant library (Again personally, I tend to keep mine in a library called "Custom Openings" and a subfolder "Client Name"), Go to Add symbol, click on the "One Step" Button and Marquee select the items you want in the door. name the symbol as necessary.
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You now have a Custom Garage Door elevation, tailored to your requirements.
Next - Without exiting the System Library, Change the Library Type to OPENINGS, and again, choose the relevant library. Since this is a different library type, you will have to recreate a custom library if that's what you want, it's not the same library that you created earlier.
Again, Go to Add symbol, click on the "One Step" Button. This time you get a dialogue box - Name your symbol - You can use the same name you used earlier, as it's a different library.
Now under Type Choose "Garage" and select the library and symbol you created earlier. And press OK
On the Configure Opening dialogue, you will want to select "Edit Individual Component"
On the Component Tab, change Operate to "U"
On the Elevation Tab, Change Sill Type to "None" and uncheck "Bottom" on the frame - This will correct the height on the "Component" tab, that showed 6'-10 1/2" earlier (if you noticed).
Click "OK" - Click "OK" on the "Configure Opening" Tab, and "OK" on the Configure Library Tab.
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You have now created the plan symbol that is linked to the Elevation Opening that you created earlier.
Now the acid test .....
Draw a wall - Insert your new garage door. If you did everything correctly your 3D model should now show a wonderful 3D of your custom door ... easy as that!
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Obviously, adapting this for custom windows or doors should be easy enough, but feel free to ask if you have issues.

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#19805 stairs not showing on generated elevation

Posted by Brent Hyndman on 04 July 2018 - 11:35 AM

If you accidentally draw a Regular Stair where you should have drawn a Deck or Concrete stair it can be changed on the Stair Options tab of the Stair edit dialog. No need to redraw the stairs.


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#19350 Softplan Kitchen Design

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 01 June 2018 - 08:00 AM

Kitchen designed using Softplan around 2013. Thought of

entering this in the Softplan kitchen design competition but

I was unable to locate the .spd file.


FYI to all, this is an actual photo of the completed project.

As mentioned above I am unable to locate the .spd file for this

kitchen which was also rendered in Softplan.

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#17999 Taking My Softplan Renderings To The Next Level

Posted by Stacey Gaylord on 09 March 2018 - 05:05 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their input and guidance, I applied some of the information that you provided and gave it another try.  Let me know what you think. 

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#16716 Drawing cabinets

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 12 December 2017 - 01:37 PM

We have used Softplan extensively for cabinet design. We have been selling cabinets for some time and find the Softplan

cabinet design tools to work well. If there is not a "stock" cabinet in the Softplan Library we will design one to meet our customers

specs. The attached rendering shows tall cabinets on the left and right walls that were "built from scratch" using Softplans tools.

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#11545 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Martin Livingston on 02 March 2017 - 06:46 AM



We need a section added to the forum so we can "show off" a project or two. I don't know about you guys but I produce upwards of 100 plan sets a year. Most of them are run of the mill, repetitive ones that, at best, can be described as "Meh".


A new forum group (let's call it "The Ego Wall") would give us a place to show off the projects that we think are unique. It would also probably generate some discussions about techniques with questions about "How did you do that?".


How about it forum administrators?


Here are two of my favorite renderings -

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