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Ceilings Follow Curved Walls
The Ceiling command in Version 12 has been improved by allowing the ceiling material follow the curve of walls. When utilizing the new Auto Trace Ceiling command, if the room contains a curved wall section, the ceiling will compensate by adding extra edges along the curved wall. The extra edges will allow the ceiling to even be given a slope to allow for a curved, cathedral ceiling.
  1. In Ceiling Mode, select Draw > Ceiling > Auto Trace.
  2. Left click in the room on the drawing you wish the ceiling to cover. If the room contains a curved ceiling, the ceiling material will follow the curve of that wall.
  3. To give the ceiling a slope, select Edit > Edit Item.
  4. Left click in the middle of the ceiling.
  5. Choose the Pitch radio button and enter the desired pitch for the ceiling.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Entries Added to Ceiling Finishes
Softplan Version 12 offers further flexibility for the ceiling finishes than ever before. Previously, ceiling finishes were limited to 4 predefined choices, however, this list has been expanded to 20 entries, which can be renamed by the user to more accurately represent the materials used when listing in SoftList as well as material assignments in SoftView.
  1. Select File > System Options > Finish Options > Ceiling Finish Options.
  2. Select the Entry to rename.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlight Color Configuration Added
Version 12 has added a Highlight Color configuration. Previous versions of SoftPlan did not have a Highlight Color configuration.

This option is configurable at either the System Level or the Drawing level.

  1. Click on File, Drawing/System Options, Assign Color.
  2. Change the Item group to ‘Miscellaneous’.
  3. The Highlight color is the last in the list. To change it, double click on the color bar. A new color can be selected from the ‘Standard Colors’ section or from the ‘Custom Colors’ selection.

The Highlight color is used to distinguish between an item being edited or changed and similar items that have not been changed or edited.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling on Bay Command Added

SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now add a sloped ceiling to a bay area. Functioning much like the Roof on Bay command, this allows you to quickly placed a sloped ceiling on your drawing, based on your ceiling option configurations, without having to further modify ceiling edge properties afterward.

In order to demonstrate this feature, you will need to have a drawing open which contains a bay area formed by walls. If you do not have such a drawing, open one of our provided sample drawings to use.
  1. From the Drawing Mode selection list, select Ceiling.
  2. Once in Ceiling mode select Draw > Ceiling on Bay.
  3. In the bay area on your plan left click on each of the 3 walls which form the bay. The walls will highlight as this is done.
  4. Once all 3 walls have been selected, right click your mouse once.
  5. SoftPlan will now add a sloped ceiling to the small bay area. The ceiling pitch will be based on the pitch entered in your Ceiling Options configuration.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Thickness Default Configuration Added
Version 12 has added the Ceiling Thickness default configuration. This option is available at the Drawing level or System level.
  1. Go to File > Drawing/System Options > Material Dimensions > Ceiling Options.
  2. In the Ceiling Section, Thickness is defaulted to 0.625”. This can be changed to the thickness that you require.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling on Opening Command Added
SoftPlan Version 12 has added a new feature in Ceiling Mode to allow a sloped ceiling to be created above an opening. This command can be used to apply a ceiling to the underside of the roof section drawn using the Roof on Opening command in Roof Mode. The Ceiling on Opening command can only be used when the room the opening is located in already has a sloped ceiling. If there is no sloped ceiling found a warning message is displayed and no ceiling is drawn.
  1. Open and existing drawing and switch to Ceiling mode.
  2. Add a Ceiling Board to a room and set the ceiling to be sloped by giving it a Pitch.
  3. Select Draw > Ceiling on Opening.
  4. Click onto an existing opening in the room. The program will place a sloped ceiling, located on the edges of the opening.

Note: It may be necessary to use the Ceiling Hole Polygon command to trace a hole out of the main ceiling, and to edit the Gable end of the ceiling on opening to be a Hip style with a Vertical Pitch, for viewing in SoftView 3D.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Board Offset Added
Ceiling Board has an Offset which can be used to create suspended ceilings. Previous versions of SoftPlan did not have an Offset for Ceiling Board.
  1. Go into Ceiling mode, place your cursor in the middle of the ceiling board and edit the ceiling board.
  2. Place a checkmark in the box beside Offset and enter the height off the ceiling.
  3. The default offset will include the floor system, if it is present, and the wall height. Decreasing the offset will lower the ceiling board into the room.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Board Edge Reference
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now allow Ceiling Board Edges to reference other Ceiling Board Edges to assist in placement.
To utilize this feature, use a plan that may have a section of ceiling board drawn on the plan, or add a partial section of ceiling board to an existing plan.
  1. Select Draw > Ceiling.
  2. Trace the outline of the area the ceiling is to placed within.
  3. Once the ceiling is drawn select Move > Adjust Item.
  4. Select an edge reference circle that is adjacent to another ceiling board, and adjust this to its new position, referencing the other ceiling board edge.
· Softplan will place the edge reference circle on the ceiling board edge, and assign it a solid fill pattern to illustrate it is referencing a valid object.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Default Pitch for Ceilings is Set to Half of the Default Roof Pitch

Version 12 now provides separate sections in which the pitches for ceiling and roof can be entered. By default, the ceiling pitch is set to half of the pitch of the roof.

  1. To edit the pitch of the ceiling go to File> System/ Drawing options> Material Dimensions> Ceiling options (Img1)
  2. The default pitch is set to 3” (Img2)
  1. To edit the pitch of the roof go to File> System/ Drawing options> Material Dimensions> Roof Options (Img 3)
  2. The default pitch is set to 6” (Img4)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple Floor Ceiling
Version 12 of SoftPlan has improved the Ceiling mode by including a Multiple Floor Ceiling feature. Like the Multiple Floor Roof feature in Roof mode, you can now reference the ceiling to locate walls on a lower floor plan. This will aid in creating volume ceilings that span two floors.
  1. Select Ceiling from the Mode menu. The walls of the floor appear in dashed lines.
  2. Select Draw ® Multiple Floor Ceiling. The Overlay Drawing menu opens.
  3. Choose the lower floor plan drawing and then the Open button. This will then place the lower walls under the active drawing. The lower walls will be outlined in black.
  4. Using the Draw ® Ceiling ® Manual Trace command you can now have a ceiling locate lower walls.

The Auto Trace feature cannot be used to place a ceiling in a room that has a lower wall shown through the Multiple Floor Ceiling command.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto Trace Command Added
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to automatically trace the area of a ceiling. SoftPlan will automatically locate the perimeter walls of a room and add a ceiling to it. Using this feature eliminates the need to “manually” trace the perimeter of a room to apply the Ceiling, greatly reducing the time to add the ceiling material to the floor plans.
  1. Open an existing house plan and select Ceiling Mode from the Mode Selector.
  2. Select Draw > Ceiling > Auto Trace.
  3. Click into the middle of a room on the floor plan. SoftPlan will scan for the perimeter walls of the room and automatically add the Ceiling material locating the perimeter walls. The Ceiling can then be edited for a specific Material, Insulation Depth and other properties.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Options Menu Added
A Ceiling Options menu has been added to Version 12. This menu is available at both the System and Drawing level. Options available include Ceiling Joist Depth, Width, Spacing, and Ring Joist Width. Options for Ceiling Thickness, Insulation Thickness, and Ceiling Pitch are also set here as well as the ‘Default Material’ for the Ceiling finish.
  1. Go to File > System/Drawing Options > Material Dimensions > Ceiling Options.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Insulation Thickness Default Configuration Added
Version 12 has added a setting to the Ceiling Options for Insulation thickness.
  1. To set up this option go to:File> System / Drawing Options> Material Dimensions> Ceiling Options
  2. Under Ceiling, input the desired thickness for Insulation.
Changes made at the System level will be applied to ceilings created on new drawings. Changes made at the Drawing level will be applied to ceilings created on the current drawing.
  1. Once the Ceiling board is drawn in Ceiling mode.
  2. The Ceiling can be edited using Edit > Edit Item.
  3. Place a checkmark beside Insulation.
  4. This will enable the Insulation thickness that has been input at the Drawing level. When the Insulation is enabled, it will allow automatic generation of insulation in cross sections that cut through the ceiling, as well as the ability to estimate for the Ceiling Insulation material within Softlist.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlight Color Configuration Added
Version 12 has added a Highlight Color configuration. Previous versions of SoftPlan did not have a Highlight Color configuration.

This option is configurable at either the System Level or the Drawing level.

  1. Click on File, Drawing/System Options, Assign Color.
  2. Change the Item group to ‘Miscellaneous’.
  3. The Highlight color is the last in the list. To change it, double click on the color bar. A new color can be selected from the ‘Standard Colors’ section or from the ‘Custom Colors’ selection.

The Highlight color is used to distinguish between an item being edited or changed and similar items that have not been changed or edited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceiling Profile Mode Added
Version 12 has an added feature in the Ceiling mode that allows for generation of Ceiling Profiles.
In order to create a Profile a ceiling (board) must be drawn and pitches assigned to it. Only ceiling board(s) will be shown in the Ceiling profile.
  1. Within Ceiling mode, draw the ceiling using either Manual Trace or Auto Trace (Draw > Ceiling).
  2. Edit the ceiling and assign the desired pitch (Edit > Edit Item > click the From button on the ceiling to be edited).
  3. Edit the ceiling edges as necessary. Once all edges are edited accordingly, the ceiling will then conform to the chosen style and display in Ceiling mode.
  4. Select Draw> Ceiling Profile.
  5. Choose the direction to view the profile.
  6. The SoftView window displays, showing the resulting Ceiling profile.
  7. At this point the profile can still be edited or saved as a separate drawing. Go to File > Save As. Give the drawing a name.
  8. The drawing can now be opened in SoftPlan to be modified or printed.