I've been trying to find a good solution for creating and/or modifying decorative columns. We do a lot of Georgian Architecture and being able to create the exact proportions and details are critical. There appear to be 3 ways to create/modify these 3D objects:
1. Use SketchUp (or similar 3D authoring tool) to create the desired massing and import into Softplan (I am using v. 2020). This requires the purchase of SketchUp because the free version does not allow export.
2. Create the desired mass using a combination of solids and profiles. Once you create the solid for the column (example, 12" x 12" x 10' tall) you can then sweep a profile around the top and bottom to create a base, neck and capital. The issues with this approach is that the resulting column cannot be saved as a symbol and when you cut/paste/ move, it does NOT bring the profile sweeps along.
3. Use Lathes to create the desired profile, but the Softplan documentation on this is VERY limited and I cannot seem to save the resulting profile into the Posts> Decorative directory. There must be a step I am missing, but I cannot find any documentation to guide me.
Id be interesting in know if anyone else has found another way to accomplish this. The pre-loaded content is pretty good, but does not have the necessary detail/ proportions/ options to use beyond a concept model.
Thank you! Andrew