SoftPlan YouTube Channel
The most comprehensive selection SoftPlan video content is posted on the SoftPlan YouTube Channel.
Demonstration of SoftPlan Architectural Design Software
The SoftPlan demonstration provides a guided tour through SoftPlan's industry-leading residential design software. This in-depth demonstration video is designed to show you the process of creating a completed house design using SoftPlan's powerful automation and editing tools.
The entire SoftPlan Demonstration can be viewed here, the running time is 1 hour and 23 minutes. The individual chapters are listed on the right and can be viewed separately.
- Sketching Walls
- Sketching Interior Walls
- Windows and Doors
- Editing Openings
- Editing Dimensions
- Base Cabinets
- Kitchen Island
- Upper Cabinets
- Laundry-Powder Room
- Decorative Columns
- Second Floor Plan
- Modifying Second Floor
- Second Floor Bathrooms
- Auto Basement
- Floor Joists
- Roof Framing
- Room Mode
- Cross Sections
- Interior Elevations
- Interior Décor
- Site Plan
- 3D Modes
- 3D Animations and Export
- Plan Sets
Our free webinar series, Friday Fundamentals, offer a wide variety of lessons provided by our highly trained support staff to help you imporve your drawing experience.
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SoftPlan to SketchUp®
With the ability to export models into SketchUp, SoftPlan 2016 offers even more room to realize the 3D presentations you envision while designing.
SoftPlan to AutoCAD® to SoftPlan | Round Trip
When a .DWG file is created by SoftPlan the drawing data is embedded into the file. When the same file is brought back into SoftPlan the SoftPlan data remains intact. The SoftPlan data and the AutoCAD® data co-exist in the same file. This allows a drawing to be sent to an engineer, modified, and then only the new information be brought back into SoftPlan.
AutoCAD® to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard
This video dhows the AutoCAD to SoftPlan Conversion Wizard offers an unprecedented level of convenience for importing DWG and DXF file formats into SoftPlan.
Import a single drawing, multiple drawings, or an entire project by following a series of easy steps to convert simple lines into walls and other SoftPlan items.
Once you have selected a file to convert, SoftPlan creates a preview tab that automatically updates as you work. You can then choose which AutoCAD layers to import and how to import them, change wall lines into the wall types you want to use, cleanup wall generation issues, and convert imported symbols into SoftPlan symbols and openings.
In minutes, take a “flat” two-dimensional AutoCAD drawing and convert it into a SoftPlan three-dimensional “BIM” drawing complete with walls, doors, windows and symbols.
SoftPlan REScheck™ Integration | Energy Compliance Reports
SoftPlan now lets you integrate your projects into REScheck™ — The Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program. REScheck™ reports are quickly becoming standard in permit requirements and can cost between $200 and $700. Let SoftPlan streamline the permit process by creating the REScheck™ report based on the plans you have already created.
Just a couple clicks of the mouse will give you a full report. It’s quick, and easy. And SoftPlan’s direct integration with REScheck™ will not only save you money but the feedback that you receive from the REScheck™ report will help you achieve a more energy efficient product.
SoftPlan to Google Earth Export
Export a SoftPlan model directly to Google Earth. SoftPlan allows you to export a project’s site information, such as latitude, longitude, and direction of North, to create a Google Earth file. You can then open this file in Google Earth to display a satellite image of the property, create tours and save specified views as jpeg images.
* Google Earth Export is only available to SoftPlan+ subscribers.
Import Google Terrian to SoftPlan
SoftPlan imports 3D terrain from Google Maps Site Data directly. This allows quick creation of 3D site plans without having to visit the site or have the site surveyed.
* Google Terrian Import is only available to SoftPlan+ subscribers.
SoftList Automatic Materials List
SoftList allows you to automatically generate materials lists, cost estimate reports, and more using information stored in your SoftPlan floor plans.
SoftList eliminates the errors associated with manual calculations and is completely customizable, giving you the flexibility to count materials based on the way you work.
SoftPlan | 3D Walkthrough Animation
SoftPlan allows you to create custom walkthrough animations by capturing camera movements you make in the 3D model or in one of SoftPlan’s various 3D views.
These walkthroughs are easy to create, easy to modify and easy to distribute.
Create compelling videos for your clients or prospective clients.
SoftPlan automatically adjusts the views so you walk up or down stairs.
Each recorded movement becomes a frame on the timeline, building an animation that can be played back and saved. Add, remove, or modify frames using the timeline’s editing tools and output settings to create detailed walkthrough presentations.
Roof Training DVD | Sample Chapter
This chapter shows how to add a Cape Cod roof. This will also help illustrate some concepts that will help when creating Salt Box roofs.
3D Training DVD | Sample Chapter
This sample chapter from the 3D training series covers modifying some Kitchen finishes in SoftPlan home design software.
SoftPlan+ subscribers have the option to post these videos directly to YouTube.
Elevations | Auto Paint Elevations
Elevations can be automatically painted with textures used on the 3D mode.
This one-click process gives your drawings the finished, professional look of colored construction documents and prevents you from taking time to paint individual sections.
Texture opacity can be edited to show more or less of the paint pattern. Changes made to the 3D model can be easily updated on elevation drawings and vice versa.
SoftPlan’s model paint will put your color printer to use producing better looking, easier-to-understand drawings in less time.
Elevations | Automatic Shadows
This video shows how elevation tools can be used to isolate the shadows from the 3D model and add them to an otherwise vector drawing.
This feature will be particularly useful for those of you that are required to supply sun study drawings as part of the drawing set.
3D | Reflections
This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series. This video shows how to add and manage reflections in a master bath room.
Title Block | Customizing
This video will show you how to add your company logo to the standard title blocks.
This video will cover the step by step process of creating a Plan Set as well as how Groups can be managed within those Sets.
Plan Set Templates
Plan Set Templates allows you to quickly and easily reuse an arrangement of drawings, details and views on a different project.
This video covers how to create and use a Plan Set Template.
This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series. This video shows how to define a wall for screen porch.
SoftPlan offers several options for automatically shaping the tops of walls. This video demonstrates the difference between the Fit to Roof and Clip to Roof options and how each can be used to form the tops of walls to the gabled roof of a Cape Cod house depending on user preference. Additionally, this video provides a guide for applying a sloped ceiling and using the Fit to Ceiling tool on interior partition walls, as well as a demonstration of the Fit to Stair command.
This is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series. This video shows how to quick and easy it is to draw a pergola.
This video is a sample chapter from the SoftPlan remodel training series. This video shows how to quickly add lighting to a Kitchen remodel.
This video shows the roof framing being added to a pole barn design. The model displays all of the components of the pole barn in 3D.
SoftPlan | Fine Homebuilding | ProHOME Walkthrough
ProHOME is energy-smart, connected, healthy and durable. It's small and sensible. Most of all, it’s the industry's most powerful home for educating designers and builders who aspire to create high-performance houses that are exceptional in their quality, comfort and style.
SoftPlan | Creating an Animation
This short tutorial video will walk you through creating an animation path.
Roof | How to draw a Prow Roof
This video show how to use SoftPlan home design software to place a prow (ship, chalet) roof.
Outdoor Living Series
This series of videos takes you through adding spaces for outdoor living, deck, patio, screen porch, patio, pergolas, outdoor kitchen are demonstrated.
- Initial Plan Layout
- 3D navigation, Site Plan Design Topography & Basic Sun Studies
- Sketching Decks, Editing Deck Properties, Parting Boards, Beam & Post Layout
- Adding Stairs, Railings and Skirt Walls
- Designing a Screened Porch
- Roof Framing & Custom Patios
- Designing an Outdoor Kitchen
- Designing an Outdoor Firepit or Fireplace
- Outdoor Living Space
- Outdoor Living Space (conclusion)
Interior 3D Animation
SoftPlan allows for complete walk-throughs of your projects to help your clients "see" the project!
Adding a 3D to Facebook or Your Company Website
With a SoftPlan+ subscription SoftPlan offers the ability to generate 360°photos within the 3D model and publish them for placement on a Facebook page or website.
360° photos are interactive images that can be panned and explored by anyone viewing them.
Editing Dimensions within SoftPlan
This video covers the fundamentals of editing dimensions, as well as how and when to use Repeat Edit. Link Floors is also covered where changes made are uniformly applied throughout the project.
Adding sinks, fixtures, and appliances to cabinets in SoftPlan.
SoftPlan Cabinet tools allow for quick and accurate placement of symbols within the layout of an existing cabinet run, including taps, sinks, mirrors, and appliances.
Drawing in SoftPlan by Entering Exact Dimensions
A demonstration on how to use the keyboard to accurately draw a floor plan.
Custom Wall Profiles within SoftPlan
This video covers how to create a new board and batten profile library item and assign it through the Wall Definition. This, in turn, can then be viewed in Elevation as well as 3D.
Modifying Color Assignments of Textures
Using Surface Edit, a texture can be modified, its relief depth enabled, and color swatches applied to change the color.
Designing a stair with a rail half way and a walled the rest of the way. This shows how SoftPlan combines stair sections of different widths into a single cohesive staircase.
Setting up and using a Disto measuring device with SoftPlan
Dimensions can be input directly from Leica DISTO measuring devices. This video will step you through how set up your blue tooth options on your hardware, before stepping you through how to measure and have dimensions are automatically input into your drawings.
Tray and Vaulted Ceilings
This video will step you through creating three different custom ceilings in SoftPlan, including two different tray ceilings as well as a vaulted ceiling with ceiling trusses.
Rounded Tray Ceiling
This video will step through the process of creating a rounded tray ceiling in SoftPlan. A brief overview of Building Options is also covered.
Stepped Rake Walls
SoftPlan’s Wall edit menu provides the ability to design complex wall shapes by customizing the tops and bottoms of walls. In the Top of Wall and Bottom of Wall tabs, walls can be divided into segments and modified to be stepped, raked, or stepped and raked simultaneously by specifying information for each individual wall segment.
Top of Wall & Bottom of Wall options tabs are used to manipulate a single wall so to have multiple heights, steps, slopes and offsets.
The image below shows just two walls, the brick wall on the main floor above the concrete wall on the foundation.
Note: Openings can be placed at the transition between wall sections of different heights and offsets.
SoftPlan+ web3D viewer
We've added a new feature exclusive to SoftPlan and SoftPlan+ subscribers. This feature allows you to publish 3D models directly to the web to be viewed by anyone you wish. Once published, we create a link to your web3d page which we host on our site. Anyone you share this link with can view and explore your project without needing to download and install any additional software. SoftPlan web3d models can be viewed and navigated on PC, phone, or tablet.