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#1 Guest_Dustin_*

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:44 AM

I am looking for all of the additional 3D software out there that can take Softplans DWG file and enhance the capabilities of it to make way better 3d Videos and Renderings.  Advanced house plans out of Omaha, NE has some Videos on the bottom of their web page that are incredible.  We called the and asked what program they use and I was surprised when the said softplan.   But they didn't want to give away their secret in how they make those ultra clear 3D walk though videos.   Does anyone have an idea what program they used?   

 

https://www.advanced...ouseplans.com/ 

 

 



#2 Thomas Davis

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

I am pretty sure Softplan is able to do most of what I saw right out of the box, as long as you have the knowledge and experience to make the program do those things.

 

Take a look at this post http://softplan.com/...ry/?hl=categoryand you will see some other user's real projects and how they turned out.
 



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:32 PM

I use lumion for high end renderings.  Softplan's renderings are great for working with clients to show what things will look like on their project.   Lumion was purchased only for our own use in selling stock plans.   I'm still learning it and its got a pretty steep learning curve so far.  Mostly I just don't have as much time to devote to it with our current workload.  The attached is with maybe 10 hours learning time and definitely needs improvement but I'm getting there.  The nice thing is softplan has a direct export to sketchup feature and lumion is 100% compatible with sketchup so its an easy process.  

 

 

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#4 Dominic Ward

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 12:15 PM

Hi, Dustin,

 

I use a program called Simlab Composer 8.1 VR Edition. It works great for softplan renderings. What you do is you can import your 3D model via 3DS or Sketchup file (plus many more file formats) and then setup lighting and materials then setup sky and sun and then render. Please look up their website at www.simlab-soft.com for more details. I have been a user of this program now for about four years and love how easy it is to use. Also by using (if you want to) the VR mode you can interactivly move through your model and interact with doors, lights etc by setting up animations (very easy to do). If you would like more info please go to their website. I was looking at lumion but could not afford it so here is a less cheaper option. For my version it cost me $299 when it was on sale. If you contact them (by giving them your email) they will let you know of sales when they have them.

 

I hope this information helps you out.

 

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#5 Sam Allen

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 12:30 PM

Dominic....can you post some samples done with Simlab?  I have it as well and haven't had much luck with finished imports.  There doesn't seem to be much in the way of tutorials with the program.  How did you learn to use it?



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hi Sam,

At this time I do not have any samples of simlab composer. I had to get a new computer as I was having trouble with my other computer so I have yet to use simlab again. I lost all my files from my other computer so I have to start over with simlab. I learned how to use it by viewing their videos and trial and error. I do have the latest version of simlab and will start to use it again soon. If softplan forum allows it I will post some samples soon.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:44 PM

I export my 3D models to Sketchup and use V-Ray to render them.  It too has a fairly steep learning curve but I am getting better with it (slowly).  I have tried other renderers and I prefer the results from V-Ray to anything else I have tried.

 

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Posted 12 July 2021 - 08:34 AM

what type of file do you export to import into Sketchup?



#9 Michael Roman

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Posted 13 July 2021 - 08:04 PM

If you are a Softplan+ subscriber you can export Sketchup files directly from Softplan.  If you are not a + subscriber I haven't found a good option to get a file into Sketchup from Softplan.



#10 Henry Buckner

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 07:41 AM

You can export DXF or DWG files from SP to SKU



#11 Tim Stockton

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Posted 19 July 2021 - 10:54 AM

I use Lumion for all high end rendering work.  I've found the workflow process and final results unmatched.  I can send you some samples of work we have done, just let me know if that would help - or you can feel free to give me a call sometime.



#12 Peter Nauta

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 12:30 PM

If you have Softplan+ then you can export in multiple formats.
Have the 3D tab open, and click file, Softplan+ Publish, You will see 4 different options (Sketchup, Google Earth, Lumion FBX, STI).
I personally use Lumion for all Renderings.  I find that Softplans 3D is a really good tool and LOD is very good, all the assets are very well made, can always tell that its a rendering compared to when I see it finished in Lumion.


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