In Your Tool Box: Look at
The Look at Surface tool is a great tool to use if you
want to look at a specific object while you''re viewing the 3D
model. To use this tool, click the Look at Surface icon on the 3D
Camera control as denoted by the binoculars.
Then, select the surface you want to view. The camera automatically
positions itself so that you are zoomed in to what you''ve selected.
This tool is useful for navigating tight spaces within the interior of
the model and for quickly positioning the camera when when you''re
looking at the exterior of the house.
Q: Is there a way to turn off the shading for my Rod
& Shelf symbols when printing?
A: To turn off the shading, go to Options > Visible
Items and uncheck the box next to ''''Show Polygon
Shading'''' at the bottom of the dialog.
Q: When I view my 3D model, there is a gap between the
A: This is common when the tops of the walls are not even
on the lower floor. To remedy this, use a circular reference point
on a common corner where the walls should stack on top of each
other. While all 4 reference points will align floors laterally,
only the circular reference point will vertically pull the walls
on top of each other. It can be found under Draw > Reference
> Reference Circle.
SoftPlan Live Online
By popular demand, we now offer a live online roof training
The online training class is
taught by our very own technical support member, James Henderson.
James acts as a consultant for many leading builders in the United
States and Canada. Like the DVD, the roofs you’ll learn to draw come
from real world projects. James strives to teach his classes the most
up to date and practical tips:
“I believe that we are all learning all the time, so even as
I am teaching the class, I am learning from the students what the
latest building trends are, then use those to make sure that what I'm
teaching is completely up-to-date.”
As a student in the training class you’ll receive a class
manual. You can take notes and review everything you’ve learned
later. Online classes tend to fill up quick. The next Roof Class is
offered November 29-December 2. Reserve your spot