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Add Cricket Command Added
Automatically add a cricket anywhere along a higher wall edge on a roof with this new command. A cricket is a built-up roof required between a wall and a roof, for example, behind a chimney.

Add False Dormer Command Added
Save time with the Add False Dormer feature, which will automate the placement of a dormer. Simply select the window, select the wall type, specify the roof pitch and style, then the dormer is automatically constructed.

Add False Gable Command Added
Adding false gables is straightforward with the Add False Gable command. This command is used along the hip edge of an existing roof. Using Add False Gable automatically produces a separate roof that ties in with two valleys and a gable on the outside edge.

Add Roof Edges Command Added
This command allows easily adding additional roof edges should design changes take place after the initial roof is drawn. When the roof needs to be altered to cover additional or modified areas of the building ‘Add Roof Edges’ can be used instead of erasing a roof and starting over. With selecting the roof you want to modify, the command can be used to modify or add roof edges to tie into the existing roof outline.

Add Saddle Command Added
The Add Saddle option has been added to the Roof commands. This will provide a built-up roof where there is a dead valley between two roof systems. ‘Add Saddle’ will automatically produce a roof that includes 4 valleys and a ridge to tie into the two adjoining roofs.

Auto Regenerate Flag Has Been Added to the Toolbar
When a Roof command is selected, the Status Bar displays the ‘Auto Regenerate’ checkbox. When making complex changes to more than one roof edge at one time, de-selecting this option will prevent the roofs from altering. Once the last change is made, then the roof can be edited to regenerate.

Auto Roof Is Improved as It Handles More Cases Than in the Past
The Auto Roof command has improved overall as it can place more automatic roofs for additional cases saving time and effort in creating them manually.

Bull Nose and Double Hip Generate on the Same Roof
Bull nose and Double Hip edge styles can be used together in more overall complex roof situations.

Bull Nose Roofs Form in More Complicated, Nested, Situations
Bull nose edge styles can now be used in more overall complicated roof situations, such as having multiple nested bull noses as part of the same roof system.

Calculate Roof Edge Height Command Added
This is a very effective tool that allows roofs to be generated without relying on the height of the walls. ‘Calculate Roof Edge Height’ allows you to select the related walls; one being the target which will change its height based on the roof information, and the anchor wall, which is the known wall height. The ridge distance and pitch information can be entered and the target wall will update its plate height to match the new roof plane automatically.

Collinear and Near Collinear Walls Are Treated as Single Walls When Adding Roofs
When there is a slight jog or transition between different walls, the program can recognize them as a single wall in order to place a proper roof edge as selected using Add Roof.

Dimensions and Extensions Can Be Added and Edited in Roof Mode
Dimensions and Extensions can now be drawn in Roof mode. This offers flexibility with being able to dimension or extension different conditions, such as extensioning walls or dimensioning roof framing. The items can be further modified through the use of the editing.

Double Hip Roof Formation Improved
Overall improvements have been made to roofs in Version 13 which include Double Hip roofs. These roof styles can now generate under more complex conditions.

Dutch Gable Roofs Form In More Complicated, Nested, Situations
Dutch Gable edge styles can now be used in more overall complicated roof situations, such as having multiple, nested Dutch gables as part of the same roof system.

Fascia and Gutter Have Separate Visibility and Texture Control in Softview
Fascia and Gutter have separate visibility and texture controls in SoftView. This allows turning on or off the display for gutters separately, as well as, defining different textures to them as separate objects on the SoftView model.

Fascia and Soffit Control Added to the Edges of Holes When They Intersect with the Exterior of the Roof
Roof holes are used to cut away areas of the roof to eliminate unnecessary or overlapping roofing material. It may be essential to place fascia and soffit along the edges of the hole where it meets the exterior of a roof. The new option for holes will automatically place these materials in the exposed areas of the roof. The roof will display more accurately in SoftView.

Fit to Roof Works on the Lower Floor of a Multiple Floor Roof
In the situation where Multiple Floor Roof is being used to stack two floors, a gable roof can be placed on the upper floor and the wall of the lower floor can now be ‘Fit to Top of Roof’. This will balloon frame the lower floor wall into the gable end of the roof of the upper floor above. Walls no longer need to be drawn on the same drawing as the roof in order to fit to the roof.

Gable End Improved When Top to Fascia Is Changed to Raise Elevation of Roof (Energy Heel)
If the ‘Top To Fascia’ value for a roof edge is set low enough that the bottom of the fascia is above the top plate, as in an energy heel, the gable end surface material will now extend down in order to cover the gap. This should display the gable end correctly in SoftView.

Gable Style is Automatically Added to Any Roof Placed on a Multi Height Wall Via Auto, Add, or Trace Roof
If a Multi-Height wall is detected when placing a roof by using Auto Roof, Add Roof, or Trace Roof, then a Gable end style is placed automatically. This saves time in having to edit to Gables manually when walls have already been raked.

Gable Vents Can Be Automatically Added to the End of the Roof
Gable Vents can be applied to Gable or Dutch Gable edges of the roof. By enabling this option different styles and sizes of vents can be selected to display. The position offset can also be defined for its placement from the top of the wall.

Gutters Allow User to Control Width and Depth
The Roof Options menu now gives the ability to enter values for the width and depth of gutters.

Gutters Can Be Created with User Customizable Profiles
With the use of Profiles in Version 13, gutters can be created in the library and applied in the Roof Options or edited on individual roof edges. SoftPlan provides a pre-made gutter library with different profiles to use for SoftView, but additional custom profiles can also be added to it.

Ignore Walls Option Added
The option to “Ignore walls” has been added to the Roof Edge edit. If there is no wall or beam for the Roof Edge to reference, this option can be enabled before the roof is regenerated. The edge will not search for the nearest wall to reference to, and it can be adjusted as needed.

Include Walls Option Added to Generate Drawing
The option to ‘Include Walls’ has been added to the Roof Options. When this is enabled and the command for ‘Generate Drawing’ within Roof mode is selected, the drawing will automatically show the bearing walls along with the roof outlines. This saves having to merge the bearing walls into the generated roof plan if they are required to be shown together.

Match Roof Planes Command Added
This command can be used to select parallel roof edges to create one continuous roof plane. The desired roof plane is first chosen and then the ones to match it. They will be matched in pitch, as well as, height so one roof plane is formed. This is a great tool for forming cut-out roof styles because the proper wall heights do not need to first be calculated in order to reference the roof to them. With this method, once the roof planes are set, the walls can simply be edited to Fit to Top of Roof.

Opening Top Can Be Edited to Match the Slope of the Roof Above
A new window type ‘Trapezoid” can be drawn from the Windows Opening library. When this window is drawn in a wall that is balloon framed (raked) to the gable end of a roof, it will automatically adjust its top edge to follow the slope at the same pitch as the top plate of the wall.

Profile Added to Roof Style
With the addition of Profiles in Version 13, SoftPlan has included a Roof library which includes different profiles to apply to roof edges. These can be applied when editing roof edges to create curved, bell-shape roof details or custom profiles. The values for profile Height and Width can also be set.

Ridge Cap Can Be Added to Roof
A roof plane can be edited to enable the option for Ridge cap. Different materials are available which can be applied to the Ridges.

Roof Options Added Directly to the Toolbar
Easy access is now provided to the Roof Options. Now select Roof Options directly from the Toolbar or Draw menu in Roof mode.

Textures Added to SoftView
Additional roof textures have been added for use with the SoftView 3D model.

Walls Can Be Automatically Added to the Saved Bird’s Eye Plan
The option to ‘Include Walls’ has been added to the Roof Options. When this is enabled and the command for ‘Bird’s Eye’ within Roof mode is selected, the drawing will automatically show the bearing walls along with the roof outline. This saves having to merge the bearing walls into the Bird’s Eye plan if they are required to be shown together.