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File>Open will Open a DXF/DWG as a SoftPlan Drawing
SoftPlan Version 12 has changed the way DXF and DWG files can be opened. When a DWG or a DXF file is selected from the Open dialog, SoftPlan will automatically import the file into a new drawing. This differs from the Import command, which imports the file into the currently opened drawing file.
  1. Select File > Open.
  2. Change the Files of Type from SoftPlan Drawing (*.spf) to DWG File (*.dwg) or DXF File (*.dxf). The dialog will then display all the files of that type.
  3. Select the desired DWG or DXF file to open and choose the Open button.
  4. The program will then close the current drawing and import the DXF or DWG file as a new SoftPlan drawing.









JPEG Added to Save As
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now save your files in a JPEG (.jpg) format. This allows the file to be saved in a widely used format with a minimal file size.
  1. With a file already open Select File > Save As.
  2. In the Save As menu which appears, and from the Save As Type drop down menu select the JPEG Image (.jpg) format.
  3. Give the file a name, as you normally would.
  4. Select Save.
  5. The file will be saved in a JPEG (.jpg) format. This file can then be viewed by others who do not own a SoftPlan program, used for internet purposes, etc. Saving it in the JPEG format will also minimize the image file size thus making it easier to transport the file.









Overlay Shows all Materials Within the Wall

Improvements to the Overlay function in Version 12 now allow all Wall materials, on the drawing being brought in, to be displayed. In previous versions of SoftPlan, the outline of the entire wall or only the bearing materials were shown in Overlay.





BMP Added to Save As
SoftPlan version 12 has improved the Save as command by adding in a BMP, Windows Bitmap, file format.

The additional file format is useful for posting images on the internet and sending images to clients without sending the actual SoftPlan drawings.

  1. Click on File.
  2. Click on Save As.
  3. At the bottom of the Save As dialog box, click on the down arrow key in the Save as type field.
  4. Select the Windows Bitmap (*.bmp) option and enter a name for the file.








DWG/DXF Files can be Imported Without Exploding Blocks
SoftPlan has expanded the compatibility of the Import DWG/DXF feature in version 12. SoftPlan will now import DWG and DXF cad files that contain blocks, a group of objects you can associate together to form a single object. In previous versions the drawing needed to be exploded in the host program to remove all blocks on the drawing. Now SoftPlan will import these blocks and convert them over to SoftPlan Symbols. This enhances the ease of which drawing files from other Cad programs can be imported and used inside SoftPlan.
  1. Select File > Import > DWG/DXF.
  2. Locate the DWG or DXF file you wish to import and select it to open.
  3. A DWG/DXF File Import Status dialog will appear indicating how many Entities and Blocks where imported. Select OK on this dialog.
  4. The file is then displayed on the screen. All Blocks are now editable as SoftPlan Symbol.
  5. To view all the imported symbols, select File > Drawing Library.
  6. If necessary, you can add the imported symbols to your System Library by selecting the Add button in the Configure Library dialog for use on other SoftPlan drawings.










DWG Import Added
A major enhancement to SoftPlan Version 12 is the ability to now directly import a DWG file. Previously, a file would have first been converted to a DXF file format before being imported to SoftPlan.
  1. Open the drawing where the DWG file is to be imported to
  2. Select File > Import > DWG/DXF
  3. Windows Explorer’s Open menu will now be present on screen
  4. Navigate to the DWG file to import and select.
  5. Select the Open button and SoftPlan will import the DWG file to the drawing screen.








Raster Image Import
SoftPlan Version 12 has added the ability to now import Raster images into a drawing. In previous versions this was not available. This added feature will allow you to import scanned or saved images, such as logos, for use within your Softplan drawing.
  1. Select File - Import - Image.
  2. From the Open menu browse to the correct location, where your image file is located.
  3. Select the appropriate file type (.bmp, .jpg, .tga) from the Files of Type drop down.
  4. Choose the file you wish to then import into Softplan and select Open.

· Once you have selected Open from the menu, you will be returned to your Softplan drawing screen. Images - 1,2,3

  1. At the drawing screen click to begin drawing an expanding box, and drag your cursor to define the size of your box.
  2. Click again to display your image.

· Your image will be oriented on the screen based on the expanding box you define. If your box was drawn to be wider than it was taller, your image will display horizontally. If your expanding box was drawn taller than it was wider, your image will be displayed vertically.












Read-Only Drawings can be Viewed
Version 12 now allows Read-Only files to be opened. Drawings on a CD, for instance, are created onto a CD in Read-Only format. This new feature allows the file to be opened directly from the CD instead of having to first copy the file to the hard drive and uncheck the Read-Only property.