Turned Spindles Added
Another option for spindle styles has
been added to Version 12. The turned spindle style can be found under the
Railing Options. Although the plan view of the railing drawn that includes
the spindles is no different than the rest of the railing spindle styles,
Softplan will display the spindle style in Softview 3-Dimension
- To access this option go to File>
System / Drawing Options> Material Dimensions> Railing
- Select Spindle - Style >
- The style option selected in System /
Drawing Options will relate to the railing that is drawn thereafter on
the current drawing.
· If a different style is needed on
the drawing, access the Railing Options under Drawing options to change
Railings Contain Reference Points
SoftPlan Version 12 has expanded the
functionality of railings by including reference points on them. The
reference points aid in locating and aligning the rails to the edges of
decks, landings, and stair sections. The Railings can be edited for a Plan
Position, which will position the rail the specified distance from the
item that rail has located. The result is a faster and more accurate
method of positioning railings along the edges of decks, landings and
stairs. Like other reference points (such as roofs and floor systems), the
reference points turn solid when properly located on a deck, landing or
stair edge. If the railing is not currently located on any edge the
reference point will display hollow, but can be relocated to an edge by
using the Adjust command.
To relocate a railing on a deck edge,
follow these steps:
- Select Move > Adjust
- Click on the hollow reference point
of the railing. This will lock the reference point on the
- Position the reference point on an
edge of an existing deck and click the mouse button.
- The railing will relocate itself to
the deck edge and become solid.
To accurately position the railing on the
deck edge, follow these steps:
- Select Edit > Edit Item and click
on the railing.
- Under Plan Position, enter a desired
value to position the railing a specified distance from the edge of the
deck. A positive value will position the railing inside the deck, while a
negative value will position the railing outside the deck.
- Select Edit > Edit Item and click
on the deck.
- Under Position Rail, specify how the
rail is to be aligned by selecting Center, Inside, or Outside under
- Enter a value to the position the
rail relative to the Align selection under Rail Offset and the railing
will position the rail the specified distance.
Curved Railing Feature Added
Version 12 railings now contain
reference points. Because of this new feature railings can be adjoined to
a curved stair and match the radius to form curved railings.
To create a
- Draw a railing by
selecting Draw> Stair> Railing. At first, the railing will appear
- Select Move >
Adjust item and select the reference point with the From
- Drag the reference
point to the appropriate side of the stair. The railing will then be moved
into place and take on the same radius as the stair.
- Perform a Cleanup
(CTRL+C) to snap the railing to the stair.
- The length of the
railings can be adjusted by selecting Move> Adjust item and selecting the
From button on an end of the railing.
Deck Rail Alignment Option Resets to "No"
A new behavior to the Deck Edit dialog
has been added for Version 12. When the deck railing alignment is set in
the Deck Edit dialog, subsequent edits of the same deck will have the
Align option reset back to “No”. This is because the action is a command
for the railing, not a state of the railing, similar to how Opening Center
works. After the deck railing has been aligned this way, the user still
has the option of moving the railing by other means.
Edit a deck
that has a deck railing drawn along its edges.
Rail > Align, specify how you want the railing to be aligned to the
deck edges (inside, center or outside).
If inside or
outside alignment has been specified, you can also set the distance the
rail is to be placed from the deck edge under Rail
Select OK to
close the Deck Edit dialog. The deck railing will be positioned
according the settings specified.
Edit the deck
again and the Position Rail > Align option will be reset to “No”. If
necessary, you can reposition the deck railing.