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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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#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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#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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#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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#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!

 

https://www.houzz.co...-home-fall-2017

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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.
Regards
David Edlin

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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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#22422 Softplan Design Complete

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 05 February 2019 - 10:23 AM

Always good to see your Softplan Design completed.

Being able to visualize the completed project before

construction using the Softplan 3D was priceless!!

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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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#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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#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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Openings can be added with DETAIL>OPENING SHAPES>DOOR GLAZING
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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#22502 Softplan 3D Output to Youtube

Posted by Joseph Smith on 07 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

Softplan uploads to rendered video file to YouTube quickly and efficiently.

 

Very handy, I do these simple video files on most of my homes to give the client/builder a better feel for things rather then looking a a 2d set of plans.  I use the 3dconnection mouse for fluid movements.

 

 

 

 

 


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#21059 Export then import dwg

Posted by Brent Hyndman on 07 November 2018 - 08:58 AM

Thanks for the question Jonathan. Please read below and contact us in support if you need any help with how this works.

 

Our Roundtrip feature allows for our drawings to be exported to DWG, modified at another location in the DWG format and then imported back into SoftPlan with minimal or no loss of SoftPlan data from the original drawing. We actually send the original SoftPlan data within the DWG file. If areas of the drawing are left untouched when modified in AutoCAD, those areas will import back into SoftPlan in their original SoftPlan format.

 

The settings for how data is imported can be found in your System Options under 'Import Options'. We no longer ask the question upon import but rather use the settings that you have selected here. A video for the Roundtrip feature can be found here: 

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#19957 Softplan Framing

Posted by Steve and Carla Farnam on 18 July 2018 - 09:24 PM

Continuing to enjoy framing in Softplan. Just the overhang lookouts left to add

and this will be complete. Good visual for the Framers, Homeowner, and

the Truss guy.

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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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#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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