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Deck Edges Formed by Break Sections Improved
SoftPlan version 12 has improved upon the Break Section tool for Decks. This tool allows for additional edges to be created from an existing deck shape, allowing another shape to be created from the existing deck. Moving and Adjusting deck edges formed by the Break Section command is also more reliable, resulting in a more intuitive adjustment.
  1. To add a new deck edge open a drawing that has an existing deck drawn and then select Draw > Deck > Break Section.
  2. Left click on an edge of the deck to break that edge into two deck edges.
  3. Performing an Undo will remove the added point and deck edge. A Cleanup can also be used to remove the added point and deck edge.
  4. To change the shape of the deck use the Adjust tool to adjust a deck point to another location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decks Have Curved Edges
Among the new features that Version 12 provides for decks is the ability to have curved deck edges. The process for this feature is to begin with a deck polygon that includes a straight edge by default. Edit an edge of the deck polygon to display its properties. In the Deck Edge menu, enter a value for Deflection. This will activate the rest of the Edge Properties.
  1. To create a curved deck edge, first draw the deck polygon.
    Select Edit> Edit Item.
  2. Click the From button on the desired edge to change.
  3. In the Deck Edge menu, enter a value for Deflection.
  4. At this point the Arc Radius can be modified. This is the arc measurement for the deck edge curve. The option to Deflect In is also active. Selecting this will curve the deck edge inward.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck Stairs can be Any Standard Stair Shape
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now create Deck Stairs with any of the available stair shapes in the program. This offers enhanced drawing ability when creating deck stairs both for regular plan drawing, as well as elevation and/or 3D image generation.
  1. Select File > Draw > Deck > Stair.
  2. Once Stair is selected, any of the available stair selections can be used to create your stairs. Much like regular stairs, deck stairs can either be manually drawn, or the pre-defined stair symbols can be used.


 

 

 

 

 


 

Decks are Formed with Individual Components
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now draw a deck using its individual deck components. This feature allows the creation of intricate deck assemblies.
  1. Select Draw > Deck > Deck Components.
  2. The Deck Components menu will open, allowing you to select any combination of the components you would like to draw.
  3. For this example, select Ring, followed by selecting OK.
  4. Click to begin drawing the Ring Joist polygon, and trace the entire perimeter of your deck, back to the starting point.
  5. The first of the three available deck components is drawn.
  6. Select Draw > Deck > Deck Components.
  7. Again, the Deck Components menu will open. Select Joist.
  8. Click to begin drawing your Joist polygon, and trace to define the perimeter of your joist set.
  9. You can either trace around the perimeter of the Ring Joist already in place, or you can trace as many separate joist polygons as necessary, depending on your situation. In this example two separate joist polygons were used.
  10. Select Draw > Deck > Deck Components.
  11. As before, the Deck Components menu will open. Select Surface.
  12. Click to begin drawing your Deck Surface polygon, and trace to define the perimeter of your deck surface.
  13. Much like drawing your joists, you can either trace around the perimeter of the Ring Joist already in place, or you can trace as many separate deck surface polygons as necessary, depending on your situation. In this example two separate deck surface polygons were used.
  14. As demonstrated in this example, the deck is simply an “L” shaped deck assembly, however, because SoftPlan now allows you to draw individual deck components, the ability to draw the deck with varying joist direction and deck surface direction can be utilized.


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck/Stair Railing Plan Position
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now position your Deck / Stair Railings using the new Plan Position feature. This allows you to add your railings, edit them, and simply enter a value for the Plan Position to determine the railings’ position in reference to the edge it is on.
  1. Select Edit > Edit Item.
  2. Click on the railing who’s position you would like to adjust. The railing edit dialog box will open.
  3. In the lower right-hand corner you should see the Plan Position value field. The distance you enter within this field will determine how far from the reference edge the center of the railing will be.
  4. Type in an appropriate value (In this case it was –1.75”).
  5. Select OK.
SoftPlan will re-position the railing based on the value you have entered. This value will be held in the Plan Position field unless edited and changed. The direction in which the railing will move is determined by using the Plus (+) key to move the railing inwards on the deck, and/or Minus (-) key to move the railing outwards away from the deck.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undo can be Used on the Break Section of a Deck
When a deck is drawn, the deck edge can be broken by using Draw> Deck> Break section. Wherever the deck edge is selected a control point is placed to break the deck and create an additional deck edge. This command can now be reversed by using the Undo command (Undo icon or Backspace key). In previous versions, the command could not be undone.


 

 

 

 

 

"Decking" Renamed to "Deck Surfaces" in Visible Items
In SoftPlan Version 12, under the Visible Items dialog, the entry for Decking has been renamed to Deck Surfaces. This is used to describe the deck boards that are laid on top of the deck joists. This maintains consistency with other dialogs describing the deck boards. This includes Type Erase and the edit dialog of Decks.
  1. Select Options > Visible Items… to open the Visible Items dialog.
  2. To turn off the Display of the deck boards, uncheck the Deck Surfaces option.
  3. To turn on again the Display of the deck boards, check the Deck Surfaces option.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck Corners can be Made Curved with the Curved Fillet Command
SoftPlan Version 12 now has added ‘Tool’ commands. One of these is the ‘Curved Fillet’ command. This Tool can be used to add curved corners to your deck.
  1. Draw the deck in the shape as shown in the example.
  2. Click on ‘Tools’
  3. Click on ‘Curved Fillet’
  4. Click on the deck edge as indicated by (1)
  5. Click on the deck edge as indicated by (2)
  6. A dialog box will appear with the title ‘Curved Fillet’ and a text field where a radius can be entered. This field will default to 2’0”, enter in 1’6”.
  7. Click the ‘OK’ button. The deck will be redrawn with a round corner that has a radius of 1’6”.

Inside as well as out side corners can be created with this ‘Curved Fillet’ command Tool. The ‘Curved Fillet’ command can also be used on walls, lines, and other items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck Stairs and Interior Stairs are now Listed Separately in Visible Items
Version 12 has expanded options under the Visible Items section. Unlike past versions, this one includes separate options for the different type of stairs. The stair type drawn can either be a Deck Stair or Stair.
  1. Deck stair visibility is controlled in each mode by going to Options> Visible Items> Decks> Deck Stairs.
  2. Stair (interior) visibility is controlled in each mode by going to Options> Visible Items> Stairs, Railings, Landings> Stairs .




 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Sills Hide Deck Lines Below
SoftPlan Version 12 has improved the display of drawings by allowing any deck lines located underneath opening sills to be hidden or clipped. In previous versions the deck lines would be shown passing through any opening sills. SoftPlan now automatically blocks out any lines below opening sills.