Videos

Why choose SoftPlan home design software?

This short video explains what makes SoftPlan the best choice for home design software.

Introduction to SoftPlan home design software?

An overview of SoftPlan home design software.

Demonstration of SoftPlan Architectural Design Software

The SoftPlan demonstration provides a guided tour through SoftPlan's industry-leading residential design software. This in-depth demonstration video is designed to show you the process of creating a completed house design using SoftPlan's powerful automation and editing tools.

SoftPlan Screen Tour

This video is a guide to the various elements of the SoftPlan interface.

Friday Fundamentals

Our free webinar series, Friday Fundamentals, offer a wide variety of lessons provided by our highly trained support staff to help you imporve your drawing experience.

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SoftPlan to SketchUp®

Export a SoftPlan 3D model into SketchUp.

With the ability to export models into SketchUp, SoftPlan 2016 offers even more room to realize the 3D presentations you envision while designing.

SoftPlan to AutoCAD® to SoftPlan | Round Trip

SoftPlan AutoCAD® SoftPlan Round-trip.

When a .DWG file is created by SoftPlan the drawing data is embedded into the file. When the same file is brought back into SoftPlan the SoftPlan data remains intact. The SoftPlan data and the AutoCAD® data co-exist in the same file. This allows a drawing to be sent to an engineer, modified, and then only the new information be brought back into SoftPlan.

AutoCAD® to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard

This video dhows the AutoCAD to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard offers an unprecedented level of convenience for importing DWG and DXF file formats into SoftPlan.
Import a single drawing, multiple drawings, or an entire project by following a series of easy steps to convert simple lines into walls and other SoftPlan items.
Once you have selected a file to convert, SoftPlan creates a preview tab that automatically updates as you work. You can then choose which AutoCAD layers to import and how to import them, change wall lines into the wall types you want to use, cleanup wall generation issues, and convert imported symbols into SoftPlan symbols and openings.
In minutes, take a “flat” two-dimensional AutoCAD drawing and convert it into a SoftPlan three-dimensional “BIM” drawing complete with walls, doors, windows and symbols.

SoftPlan REScheck™ Integration | Energy Compliance Reports

SoftPlan now lets you integrate your projects into REScheck™ — The Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program. REScheck™ reports are quickly becoming standard in permit requirements and can cost between $200 and $700. Let SoftPlan streamline the permit process by creating the REScheck™ report based on the plans you have already created.

Just a couple clicks of the mouse will give you a full report. It’s quick, and easy. And SoftPlan’s direct integration with REScheck™ will not only save you money but the feedback that you receive from the REScheck™ report will help you achieve a more energy efficient product.

SoftPlan to Google Earth Export

Export a SoftPlan model directly to Google Earth. SoftPlan allows you to export a project’s site information, such as latitude, longitude, and direction of North, to create a Google Earth file. You can then open this file in Google Earth to display a satellite image of the property, create tours and save specified views as jpeg images.
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Import Google Terrian to SoftPlan

SoftPlan imports 3D terrain from Google Maps Site Data directly. This allows quick creation of 3D site plans without having to visit the site or have the site surveyed.
* Google Terrian Import is only available to SoftPlan+ subscribers.

SoftList Automatic Materials List

SoftList allows you to automatically generate materials lists, cost estimate reports, and more using information stored in your SoftPlan floor plans.

SoftList eliminates the errors associated with manual calculations and is completely customizable, giving you the flexibility to count materials based on the way you work.

SoftPlan | 3D Walkthrough Animation

SoftPlan allows you to create custom walkthrough animations by capturing camera movements you make in the 3D model or in one of SoftPlan’s various 3D views.

These walkthroughs are easy to create, easy to modify and easy to distribute.

Create compelling videos for your clients or prospective clients.

SoftPlan automatically adjusts the views so you walk up or down stairs.

Each recorded movement becomes a frame on the timeline, building an animation that can be played back and saved. Add, remove, or modify frames using the timeline’s editing tools and output settings to create detailed walkthrough presentations.

SoftPlan+ Cloud Server & Services

SoftPlan+ is a subscription-based facility that enriches the design process by providing the user with a suite of cloud services and up-to-date knowledge of everything SoftPlan has to offer.

Take advantage of enhanced technical support, access to exclusive content, the complete training library, and the SoftPlan+ online cloud drive that makes sharing your projects across multiple locations easier.

Introductory Training CD | Sample Chapter

Intermediate Training DVD | Sample Chapter

Roof Training DVD | Sample Chapter

This chapter shows how to add a Cape Cod roof.  This will also help illustrate some concepts that will help when creating Salt Box roofs.

3D Training DVD | Sample Chapter

This chapter will show how to author a 3D walkthrough with SoftPlan home design software.

SoftPlan+ subscribers have the option to post these videos directly to YouTube.

Elevations | Auto Paint Elevations

Elevations can be automatically painted with textures used on the 3D mode.

This one-click process gives your drawings the finished, professional look of colored construction documents and prevents you from taking time to paint individual sections.

Texture opacity can be edited to show more or less of the paint pattern. Changes made to the 3D model can be easily updated on elevation drawings and vice versa.

SoftPlan’s model paint will put your color printer to use producing better looking, easier-to-understand drawings in less time.

Elevations | Automatic Shadows

This video shows how elevation tools can be used to isolate the shadows from the 3D model and add them to an otherwise vector drawing.

This feature will be particularly useful for those of you that are required to supply sun study drawings as part of the drawing set.

3D | Reflections

This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series.  This video shows how to add and manage reflections in a master bath room.

Title Block | Customizing

This video will show you how to add your company logo to the standard title blocks.

Plan Sets

This video will cover the step by step process of creating a Plan Set as well as how Groups can be managed within those Sets.

Plan Set Templates

Plan Set Templates allows you to quickly and easily reuse an arrangement of drawings, details and views on a different project.
This video covers how to create and use a Plan Set Template.

Wall Defintion

This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series.  This video shows how to define a wall for screen porch.

Pergola

This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series.  This video shows how to quick and easy it is to draw a pergola.

Adding Lighting

This video is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series.  This video shows how to quickly add lighting to a Kitchen remodel.

Pole Barn

This video shows the roof framing being added to a pole barn design.  The model displays all of the components of the pole barn in 3D.

SoftPlan | Fine Homebuilding | ProHOME Walkthrough

ProHOME is energy-smart, connected, healthy and durable. It's small and sensible. Most of all, it’s the industry's most powerful home for educating designers and builders who aspire to create high-performance houses that are exceptional in their quality, comfort and style.

SoftPlan | Creating an Animation

This short tutorial video will walk you through creating an animation path.

Roof | How to draw a Prow Roof

This video show how to use SoftPlan home design software to place a prow (ship, chalet) roof.

Interior 3D Animation

SoftPlan allows for complete walk-throughs of your projects to help your clients "see" the project!

Adding a 3D to Facebook or Your Company Website

With a SoftPlan+ subscription SoftPlan offers the ability to generate 360°photos within the 3D model and publish them for placement on a Facebook page or website.
360° photos are interactive images that can be panned and explored by anyone viewing them.

Editing Dimensions within SoftPlan

This video covers the fundamentals of editing dimensions, as well as how and when to use Repeat Edit. Link Floors is also covered where changes made are uniformly applied throughout the project.

Custom Wall Profiles within SoftPlan

This video covers how to create a new board and batten profile library item and assign it through the Wall Definition. This, in turn, can then be viewed in Elevation as well as 3D.

Modifying Color Assignments of Textures

Using Surface Edit, a texture can be modified, its relief depth enabled, and color swatches applied to change the color.

Stairs

Designing a stair with a rail half way and a walled the rest of the way. This shows how SoftPlan combines stair sections of different widths into a single cohesive staircase.

Tray and Vaulted Ceilings

This video will step you through creating three different custom ceilings in SoftPlan, including two different tray ceilings as well as a vaulted ceiling with ceiling trusses.

Rounded Tray Ceiling

This video will step through the process of creating a rounded tray ceiling in SoftPlan. A brief overview of Building Options is also covered.