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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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#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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#10496 SoftPlan 2018 Update

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

Straight from IBS

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#9254 Child window with multiple screens

Posted by Keith Owens on 29 September 2016 - 05:49 PM

You can also press the windows key and the left or right arrow to get a window that may be hiding to return.

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#5947 Renderings

Posted by Thomas Roman on 02 December 2015 - 03:27 PM

Nice question Jim..


Renderings certainly are the "New Normal" for us...


We get all the way through Owner design approvals without ever drawing a 2D elevation... All we show them is 3D... We add notes and comments with MS Paint as needed.. The attached is an example of what we show the Owner in lieu of 2D elevations...


We only start the 2D elevations for the Permit Plans..

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#38 2016 coming soon

Posted by randolph cohn on 02 January 2015 - 04:40 PM

when is the 'what's new in v2016' coming out ? :wub: :rolleyes: :ph34r:


btw tom,  where are my 38,000 posts ?

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#1403 Adding Standard Details to Plan Sets

Posted by admin on 12 March 2015 - 12:48 PM

Here are a couple of additional ideas which may help with Plan Set Pages.  The trick may be not to add the notes into the plans, but rather add them onto the plan set pages around your inserted drawings.

  1. You can add speed notes directly to plan set pages.
  2. If you have a set of notes you commonly use..
    • You can make a big speed note with multiple typical sub notes in it.
    • Add it directly to your plan set page.
    • Right click on it to explode.
    • Move the notes around the inserted drawings as desired.
    • Erase the notes that you don't want.
  3. In 2016 you can setup Plan Set Templates
    • Construct a plan set with your notes directly on the page
    • Save as a template.
    • When you construct a new plan set, base it off the saved template.
    • Modify the notes on the pages as desired.

Of course you can also keep using multi-drawings if they suit your needs well. Plan Sets were designed to streamline assembly and management of printed document sets, but if the multi-drawing tools are more suited to your workflow, please use them.

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#12508 Rendering finishing touches

Posted by Dave Pazyniak on 21 March 2017 - 08:55 AM

Thanks, Martin.  Here is how it came out...

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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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#9257 Cornerless sliding doors

Posted by Keith Almond on 29 September 2016 - 07:36 PM

Not really sure how these will transfer between machines. but the enclosed ZIP file has three Softplan symbols and the relevant three linked 3D dwg files. put the dwg files in the C:\SoftPlan\3D\3D Symbols directory ... probably under a subdirectory called Western Windows will work. Put the Softplan symbols wherever you want, and then edit them to link to each of the relevant dwg files. Each window has four distinct textures, that you can edit to whatever suits you. There's the Window Frame on layer "Black", The Pocket on layer "White", the Glass on Layer "Glass", and the Base Track on Layer "Steel", (I'm aware it will probably be black, but needed to give the ability to switch finishes if required) although you can edit them to whatever textures suit you.


Just put them in the drawing as you would any other symbol, and they should work fine. You should be able to show them open, partially open or closed, just by switching the symbols. They seem to work fine for me, but there again, I know what I did with them ...


I haven't worked on the walls and know they will include a pocket, but that wasn't important for this exercise. This is how it works for me ...


2016.09.29_21h27m54s_001_.png 2016.09.29_21h28m22s_002_.png


2016.09.29_21h28m48s_003_.png 2016.09.29_21h29m07s_004_.png


2016.09.29_21h29m38s_005_.png 2016.09.29_21h30m29s_006_.png


Let me know how you get on.


For anyone who is interested, although there are DWG files included here, ALL of this was created wholly within Softplan. Softplan's 3D model was saved as a DWG file, withiin the 3D window.

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#8811 Merging walls

Posted by Douglas Morell on 16 August 2016 - 07:37 AM

I'll give Tech Services a head start, .. this new function will be called 'Weld'

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#14713 Newest project

Posted by Martin Livingston on 09 July 2017 - 05:02 PM

Putting together some marketing image for a new model home. We do a lot of narrow houses. This one is 28' wide.

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#14499 dimensioning automatically

Posted by Brad Graber on 21 June 2017 - 07:55 AM

Agree here as well.  I have found that as I work with this program 8 hrs a day every day, that I prefer less confusing things flying around the screen.  I already know where I click and what is going to happen next.  Any precursors or predictions on what will be happening next is just too busy.

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#11796 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 06 March 2017 - 10:22 AM

Martin in attached you can see the Timber trusses in the framing

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#11713 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Paul Tacy on 03 March 2017 - 04:42 PM

I agree that the "ego wall" is a great idea!  Getting feedback and tips on our work would be invaluable.  Especially from the real pros here on the forum.

I also agree with Tom R. about taking forever to regenerate.  This is only a problem for me in RENDERED MODE, but a lot of things just can't be done with any other mode if you want to really see what you're doing.


It's still winter here in New England.  So here's my offering.  Critiques most welcome!



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#11632 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Tom Rogers on 02 March 2017 - 06:17 PM

In addition to that I would love to hear some of the technical parts of the renderings (lighting, alias, effects, fog, etc.)  I was working on a rendering last night that I was trying to do a full render and every time I changed a setting to see what it looked like it took about 5 minutes to regenerate.  Would like to see tips from others.


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#11579 A suggestion for the forum - a new category

Posted by Derrik Bauer on 02 March 2017 - 10:55 AM

I'm better at the renderings than the drawings.  I've seen some pretty amazing drawings in my years following this forum.  Much respect to that work!




But since you are sharing, here are a few renderings from years past that I've had fun with:









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#10457 Just a little Humor

Posted by Warren Ducote on 07 January 2017 - 08:53 AM

If someone tells you they are cold. Tell them to go sit in the corner. It should be 90 degrees. 

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#10454 Few More Wishes for Softplan 2018

Posted by Keith Almond on 06 January 2017 - 03:20 PM

I'd like the option to be able to slope a beam by angle or slope (e.g. 6:12) rather than height of top and height of bottom. I know the slope of the reference items, but generally don't know the exact height.

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#10265 Few More Wishes for Softplan 2018

Posted by Keith Almond on 19 December 2016 - 06:53 PM

Ahhh ... I see.


I think your missing this ... Under SYSTEM OPTIONS



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