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Adding of Gable Ends on Multiple Floor Roof Improved
Improvements have been made with regard to the way that Gable ends on a roof are recognized and extracted in a Multiple Floor roof situation. When assembling floor plans using the Multiple Floor roof feature, the lower floor in the assembly now has it’s data stored into an upper floor drawing containing the roof. This ensures that the gable ends that reference walls of a lower floor plan continue to recognize the bearing walls or beams position and therefore extract correctly in SoftView 3D. If the Multiple Floor Roof becomes unchecked, then the lower plan will no longer be stored and will have to be reassembled with the upper plan to regenerate the roof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lower Floor Plan of a Multi Floor Roof is Saved on Screen
Multi Floor Roof has been improved with Version 12, the lower floor plan will be saved on screen and does not need to be selected each time.
  1. Go into the upper floor of a two story building and go into Roof mode.
  2. Select Multiple Floor Roof and choose the lower floor.
  3. Add the roof and save it.
  4. Exit SoftPlan.
  5. Enter SoftPlan again and load the upper floor again. It will automatically bring in the lower floor.
Note: If you go end the Multi Floor roof feature and save it, the lower floor will not be saved on screen the next time the upper floor is taken into roof mode.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gable End Provided by Roof will Appear in Roof Mode and will not Print
Version 12 has added a new display for the Gable End provided by Roof.
  1. In the Roof mode, Edit a Gable roof edge (Edit> Edit Item).
  2. When the option Gable End Provided by Roof is selected, a construction line appears along that roof edge. When not selected, it turns off.
  3. This construction line will not print and is for display purposes only.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Profile Renamed to Roof Profile in Roof Mode
In Version 12 the option for generating the Roof profile has been renamed. In Roof mode, under the Draw menu it is now called Roof Profile. In Version 11 it was simply named Profile, which was mistaken for Wall profiles. The Roof profile will only generate the roof components.
Image 1 shows the Version 11menu. Image 2 shows the Version 12 menu.


 

 

 

 

 

Gable End Trusses Locate the Outside Bearing Edge of Studs
Version 12 will snap the Gable End Trusses drawn on a roof to the bearing edge of a gable end wall.
  1. To do this, open a plan that contains a gable end within Roof Mode.
  2. Go to Draw> Framing> Gable End Truss.
  3. Draw the Truss to span the gable end. Starting at one edge, click to indicate the start point of the truss, then run the cursor to the opposite roof edge and click.
  4. If the Truss is within the tolerance of the bearing wall edge, then the truss will snap to the edge of the wall. Also, if the Gable End Truss is within the tolerance of the gable end wall and a cleanup is performed, this will snap the truss to meet the wall edge.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto Hole Command Improved
Version 12 has improved the Auto Hole command, this feature can be used to cut a hole in a Roof on Bay. To use Auto Hole to cut a hole in the roof under the roof under the bay:
  1. Load a drawing that has a roof added to it using the Roof on Bay feature.
  2. Select Draw > Hole > Auto Hole.
  3. Click on the overlapping area of the bay roof and the main roof in the roof plan.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Skylight Command Added
Version 12 is now able to draw Skylights in Roof mode. Previous versions of SoftPlan did not have a skylight function.
  1. In roof mode, click Draw > Skylight.
  2. Click on the roof that you want to add the skylight to and form an expandable box to draw the skylight.

To Form an Expanding Box:

  1. Select the command you need.
  2. Place the cursor where you want to begin to draw the expanding box, and then click.
  3. Move the cursor to form the box shape and size you need.
  4. Click to complete the expanding box.

The Skylight function will do several things:

  • Automatically detect the slope of the roof.
  • Automatically cut a hole in the roof.
  • Automatically appear in SoftView, Elevation, 3D, and cross section.
  • With the visibility turned on, Skylights will also show in Drawing


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto Regenerate Option Improved for Roofs
SoftPlan version 12 has improved the Auto Regenerate option for roof sections. As the floor plan design changes, existing roof surfaces will adjust to accommodate new wall locations and wall heights. After the desired floor plan changes are complete, a Cleanup performed in Roof Mode will then regenerate all affected roof surfaces without the need to erase and redraw the roof sections.

Image 1 shows the original roof lines, but the floor plan has changed size. The wall heights for the rear projection were increased, as well as the rear wall moved back further. The left side of the home was made wider. The front left room was made larger and the garage are on the front right was also made larger.

Image 2 show the new roof lines after a cleanup was performed. The automatic regeneration of the roof accounted for all changes made to the floor plan and adjusted the roof design accordingly.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Hip Roof Formation of Gable Ends Improved
SoftPlan version 12 has improved how the Gable ends of Double Hip roofs appear in SoftView. The Double Hip roof style can be used to achieve a Gambrel style roof if adjacent gables are added. Version 12 will now appropriately draw the fascia on the gable ends of Gambrel style roofs for a more accurate looking 3D image and automatic Elevations.


 

 

 

 

 

Bird's Eye Roof Plans Save in Their Original Plan Location
An added feature of SoftPlan Version 12 is the ability for generated Bird’s Eye roof plans to save in the same plan location as the original floor plan. The Bird’s Eye command in Roof Mode allows a line drawing to be created of the roof edge, hip, valley and ridge lines, used to create Roof Plans. Previous versions simply centered the new Bird’s Eye drawing in the middle of the workspace, but now version 12 saves the Bird’s Eye drawing in the same position as the original roof it was generated from. This make is much easier to place the generated Bird’s Eye roof plan on top of the original floor plan when you want to display the roof outline on your working drawing of the floor plan. You simply need to merge the Bird’s Eye roof plan with the Floor Plan and the two drawings will automatically align with each other.
  1. Open a floor plan drawing that contains a completed roof design.
  2. Switch to Roof Mode from the Mode Selector in the Status bar to view the roof.
  3. Select Draw > Bird’s Eye to generate a bird’s eye view of the roof.
  4. Save the Bird’s Eye drawing as Roof Plan.spd and then exit SoftView
  5. Back in the floor plan, switch back to Drawing Mode.
  6. Select File > Merge and then select the saved Roof Plan. When merged, the roof plan lines will be appropriately positioned around the floor plan.