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#1 Mike Miller

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 09:04 AM

For anyone using siding profiles, I figured out a little hack to get them to show up on live elevations (see attached picture).  Our company uses illustrated mode primarily with some custom settings, but I could never get the profiles for B&B to show up or lap siding (I work with several other designers and they couldn't either).  One way to get them to show up was to turn off "display silhouette", but then as you all know this makes the rest of the elevation look like garbage.

 

So a solution is to make any 90 deg angle or sharp angle on the profile into a mini bevel, and then you can see them on the live elevation.  For my workflow, profiles are needed because I do 3D renderings and the profiles siding looks way better than any texture.

 

The trim profile in the picture is for insetting the window/door/osc trim.  My wall definition siding thickness is 1", and the default trim is 3/4", so when I inset the trim the profile would stick out.  Making a 1 1/4 trim profile fixed this.

 

Maybe someday Softplan will get this to work properly without having to use work arounds like this.  ALSO, can we PLEASE get roof profiles someday?  i.e. proper looking metal roofing.  Currently I make my own metal roofs in Blender after I export the Softplan model .fbx

 

Hope this helps and have a great day!

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#2 Matthew Dunson

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 10:17 AM

Thank you for the helpful tips, I have tried adapting to live elevations when possible but the benefits of the 3D profiles for rendering make a huge difference. I wanted to use different modes for displaying the elevations, but the 'Display Silhouette' caveat is something I would love to see improved in future versions. I agree, roof profiles are on the top of my list since a 3D Standing Seam roof or a 3D clay tile/shingle is a top request of mine to be integrated into SoftPlan to improve my renderings. If you haven't already, go to the SoftPlan website and under Support, you will see SoftPlan Suggestions and I would recommend submitting an official request for roof profiles. The developers monitor the forums but the more official requests they get from users, they would consider the feature to be in high demand and may be placed higher on a roadmap list.


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#3 Verlin Klassen

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Posted 08 February 2024 - 02:50 PM

I am curious how you thought about the bevelled corners, Mike. But it sure is what I needed to make my live elevations work the way I wanted them to. Thank you so much for posting that.


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#4 Mike Miller

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 03:36 PM

Verlin,  I was messing around with some metal siding profiles and one part of it showed on the elevation, and the other didn't.  The part that did was beveled and the part that didn't was 90 deg corners, so I started experimenting and realized I could fudge the B&B and any other profile.  Glad this was helpful.


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