How are we supposed to use this software at all without the ability to save to pdf?
This is blatant extortion. Forcing users to pay $45 a month for your subcription service just so we can use the software at all.
Has anyone found a workaround for this? Currently I am trying to print to a software that saves as a pdf, but this screws up the scaling on full sized plans and is slow and inefficient. I was in the process of switching to another design software because of the pathetically bad support and horribly limited framing / roofing options this software has, so I cannot bring myself to give them another $45 when I am about to junk their trash software anyways.
Firstly, the ability to save to PDF is secondary to producing working CAD drawings. The people on site will NOT be building from a PDF, but will have hard copies of the drawings.
Secondly, There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to expect that any software NEEDS to save to PDF.
And thirdly, if YOU need to save to PDF, there are any number of options available to you. If you are using 2016 then Plan Sets has an export to PDF option (not sure about 2014, as I didn't use the plan sets then). If not, then installing ANY of the FREE PDF printer drivers will give you that ability.
No-one is forcing you to pay $45.00 per month for anything. That was purely your decision. Softplan have always provided DEMO disks for anyone who wants them. If you don't like Softplan, then don't pay for it!
If you are trying to print to a "SOFTWARE" that screws up the scaling on full sized plans, then use a different one. I have never yet used a PDF printer driver with Softplan that can't scale it correctly. I think that you will find that there's EITHER a box you need to check that's unchecked OR a box you need to uncheck that's checked.
"horribly limited framing / roofing options" ... Softplan is a full featured CAD system that is capable of detailing virtually anything that you can build. However, it's CAD --- COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING --- with the emphasis on AIDED. You have to design it, and Softplan will draw it. You may have to learn how to use it first.
"Pathetically bad support" ????? With that attitude, it's a wonder that you get any support at all. Maybe ask nicely ....
Bottom line .... If you don't like it, don't use it. Buy something better ... Good luck with that!