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#26719 Boy was I embarrased

Posted by Dennis Hilborn on 07 August 2019 - 02:38 PM

I just finished up two sets for a builder and sent them to the printer.  Picked them up and unrolled them on his desk.  Nice full first sheet.  It's funny how a small house can fill up a sheet.  But something's wrong here, the lettering seems a little large and a 1500 sq. ft. house should not be filling the sheet like that.  OH CRAP.  The floor plans inserted at 3/8 scale not 1/4 and I didn't notice.  My fault for not checking but,

COME ON SP CAN WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SET THE DEFAULT THAT DRAWINGS COME INTO PLAN SETS?  99% of the time I want them at 1/4 but they just come in to fit the page.  That's not the best way.

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#26194 "Timeframe of Full Plan Drawing"

Posted by Keith Almond on 08 July 2019 - 11:20 AM

The longest time, is the time between you going to the designer, and him/her starting on your plans.


No designer is sitting around waiting for you to come through the door. You go on the pile ... just because plans can be done in a week, doesn't mean this week!

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#24562 Kudos To Our Support Crew

Posted by Sam Morgan on 10 April 2019 - 09:05 AM

I'm sure the time right after a new release is frustrating for everyone...users and support while we all find little glitches or new things that we don't know how to use yet.  I've probably sent in 10 support tickets since upgrading to 2020 and have had prompt responses (usually same day) to all my questions.  I'm sure we'll get another patch over the coming weeks or months that will solve most small issues anyone is experiencing.  Everyone needs to give those support and development guys a hand!!!  Great work guys!  :)

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#24275 An overall thanks!

Posted by Dennis Hilborn on 28 March 2019 - 10:34 AM

To the programmers (who probably need a vacation) and the the SP+ answers.  We've seen a BUNCH of problems found in the beta version and I'm amazed how quickly they were fixed, and no excuses given.

Again, thank you all.  You've proven that I made the right choice in dumping my old software.  Should have done it sooner.

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#22877 SoftPlan version 2020

Posted by Brian Ficek on 25 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

Back in the office from the show last week.  I just want to say that even as Architects, designers or whatever your status is with building industry, the International Builders Show is a tremendous experience.  I like to go and see the new software or computer equipment etc.  But the information on the building products is just tremendous.

As for SoftPlan 2020 I sat in on the whats new and it was an abbreviated session and ran through things quick.  But there was a lot of new things that are going to be big time savers.  I also sat in on the SoftPlan development forum.  That was a good session, we got to voice our opinions on a number of topics and how to make things better.  I personally hope they do those more often maybe do a webinar every 6 months or so.  I also talked to the president of SoftPlan, he was demonstrating a 3D printer and printing a house that was drawn in SoftPlan.  Really cool!

I have the SoftPlan 2020 brochure they were handing out and was going to scan it and attached it to this, but not sure if SoftPlan would like that since they havnt put anything on their website yet.  They did say that the Plus subscribers will be getting their email this week to do the upgrade.


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#22776 Softplan version 2020?

Posted by Brian Berzinskis on 19 February 2019 - 07:04 PM

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#22413 Illustrated 3d mode

Posted by Joseph Smith on 05 February 2019 - 09:30 AM

I've had a few folks ask me about my b/w renders, these are from illustrated mode with simple adjustments.  I've attached the .mro file zip file.


Basically move the file to your SoftPlan/3d/3d render options folder.  Then load it while in a 3d mode.  file/render options/load





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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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#20174 3D Renderings

Posted by Joseph Smith on 06 August 2018 - 07:12 AM

Softplan 3d is a great tool for clients, builders, framers and us.  This is one of my latest using a modified form of the illustrated 3d mode.  The only 3rd party effect i used is the whiteout vignette

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#28650 Elevator Pit

Posted by Keith Almond on 22 January 2020 - 04:09 PM

,,, There are still a bunch of editing tools MISSING.


I'm pretty sure that you think tools are missing, because AUTOCAD did it differently. What do you consider it needs ... and I do see some addition tools that would add functionality, but don't recall anything specific as needed/missing, that I can't do without.


If you really need a tool that does something specific, let Softplan know, and if they see a need perhaps they will consider adding it.


On a really personal note, I'd rather they thought more about how some items work (e.g. staircases and handrails) than keep adding more useless niche 3D furniture that I'll never use ... but that's probably just me.

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#27815 newest patch

Posted by Philip Frank on 30 October 2019 - 05:32 AM

Great news! The newest patch now defaults to 1/4" scale when adding drawings to a Planset page.


Thanks SoftPlan!


Release: 2020.2.6
Feature: Default Planset Scale
Description: If the space available on a planset page will allow for an inserted drawing 1/4 inch scale, the drawing will now be inserted at 1/4 inch. It will use 1/4 regardless of whether a larger scale will fit.

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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


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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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#25552 SoftPlan version 2020 | New Features | Wall Profile

Posted by Brent Hyndman on 28 May 2019 - 03:17 PM

Thanks for sending the ticket. We found a few items that will help your project.


Although you have the texture set to 'Use color' the Relief Depth is set to a value higher than zero and that is creating the lines that you see. 
The wall definitions don't all have the Board and Batten profile assigned and set to Vertical. (I also increased the thickness in the wall definition to enhance the profile.) Some walls are still using a regular siding on them. but they can be edited to the Board and batten wall.
The Gable ends also need to be edited to use the Board and Batten profile and have it set to vertical.
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#25023 Brent Softplan working to good!

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 02 May 2019 - 07:22 PM



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I have an issue with Softplan not generating enough errors.

Just finished modeling and framing these two projects without a single

Softplan error message which left very little time for an extra cup of coffee

or time for a bathroom break. Any suggestions for more error messages

would be appreciated. 



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#22661 What's new in SoftPlan version2020

Posted by Jim Henderson on 14 February 2019 - 10:20 AM

Friday Fundamentals are back and we could not be more excited! On March 1st and March 8th we will host installments that will explore the major features of SoftPlan version 2020! These FREE webinars are taught by our highly trained staff and will last anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. Reserve your spot

Link to Sign-up: https://softplan.com/?page_id=3585


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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

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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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