SoftPlan is now offering a more economical way of running multiple
SoftPlans in the office. Now you can purchase SoftPlan Network.
SoftPlan Network comes with two keys; a Master and a Registration key.
The Master key must be plugged into a computer on the network at all
times. The registration key is only required when initially enabling a
SoftPlan Network is offered to you at a fraction of the price of
ordering multiple keys and you won't have to worry about keeping track
of multiple keys.
A SoftPlan 2012 tool you may have missed: Section Poly
Section Poly Lines are useful for creating stepped cross sections
in which certain features are to be included or excluded. In the
example below, it was desired to see the entire kitchen, study and
bath in the section. A straight line could not have been used to
accomplish this so a Section Poly Line was used. The Section Poly
Line has been highlighted for illustrative purposes.
To draw a Section Poly Line:
1. Select Model > Section Poly Line.
2. Trace a line where you want to place your first section line
3. Click on either side of the traced line to indicate which side of
the cutting plane is to be visible.
4. Continue tracing section line segments.
5. Right click to end the Section Poly Line.
Here are a couple of questions our technical support staff has gotten
Q: In the Texture dialog there is an Emissive option. What does it
A: The Emissive option is used to increase or decrease the amount of
light being given off by the texture being edited. By increasing the
emissive quality of a texture, you can make the texture appear as
though it were glowing.
Q: How do I reset my Navigation pane, 3D View or 3D Camera controls to
their default state?
A: While viewing the 3D model, select Window > Reset Layout.
The 3D Controls and the Navigation pane will be returned to their
Q: Once I have a texture set up the way I like it, is there a way to
save the texture so I don’t have to set it up again?
A: Yes. Select the texture you wish to modify. In the Texture dialog,
make any changes you want to make. While still in the Texture dialog
select the Save button at the lower right of the dialog. Enter
in a file name for the texture and then press Save. When you
want to use that texture again simply return to the texture dialog and
select Load. Find the file name you created and then select
Open. You can modify the texture further or you can simply
select OK to apply it to the selected surface.
SoftPlan Training Programs
People have really been enjoying the live online training classes.
Luckily, we’re offering a 4 day intermediate class running from June 21
through the 24th.
will briefly review the basics of drawing in SoftPlan and
detail how to draw and modify in 3D. You’ll learn how to create complex
roof and ceiling designs, draw decks, create a stepped wall and much
to secure your spot!