SoftPlan 2022: Major New Features
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The items below are a selection of major items and other features requested by users.
For a full list please refer to the Detailed features list.
DirectX 12 Rendering Engine
The above image was generated in real-time (instantly) on a DirectX 12 video card.
With this release, SoftPlan integrates many new upgrades to its 3D generation capabilities, including the ability to render the most realistic 3D imagery within SoftPlan to date using the DirectX 12 renderer. Incorporating powerful path tracing, the DX 12 renderer is a technological leap to unparalleled performance and realism. The combination of physically based rendering and real-time ray tracing allows SoftPlan to perform lighting calculations that mimic natural light flow and shadows that result in spectacularly detailed 3D images.
Stepped Rake Walls
SoftPlan’s Wall edit menu now provides the ability to design complex wall shapes by customizing the tops and bottoms of walls. In the new 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.
Nested Drawings & Regions
Nested Regions provide a simple and convenient way to insert reference drawings and drawing regions into floor plans that often repeat layouts and other design elements, such as apartment building plans. Once created and inserted into a drawing, nested regions can then be moved, rotated, and modified to seamlessly join with existing elements on the drawing. Nested Regions also have the option to automatically sync to their sources so that they will update as changes are made to the original drawing. With only a few clicks of the mouse to create and insert Nested Regions, this new feature saves time while providing the precision needed to design complete, accurate plans.
Nesting Video 1 - Multi Family
Nesting Video 2 - Notes and Details
Graphic Wall Definition
The new graphic interface within SoftPlan’s wall definition menu offers a specialised level of control for creating and modifying the construction of wall types. Using standard SoftPlan tools such as Move, Erase, Adjust Item, Edit, and more, you can now modify materials directly within the wall’s cross section view which will allow you to visualize the changes you are making as you define the wall’s construction.
This release completely overhauls SoftPlan's rail configuration by introducing a new railing assembly menu that allows you to customise each part of the railing using a table of definable settings and an intuitive graphic interface. Once configured, these custom railing definitions can then be further customised to your preferences in the railing Edit menu and then saved to the System library for future use.
Add Text to dimensions
Another addition to the Dimension Edit options is the ability to add custom text to dimensions. Once the custom text has been entered, the position of the text can then be specified to replace the dimension number or to be added beside or below the dimension number.
Building Options – Automatic Visibility Conditions
SoftPlan 2022 introduces user-defined conditions to automatically determine when the visibility of a building option should be on or off. By specifying these simple AND/OR conditions, you can control the visibility of complex building option configurations without the need to manually set the visibility for each related building option every time.
User Information Defined Stamps
Adding to SoftPlan’s vast customisation capabilities, this release introduces User Information Defined Stamps. Used for printing descriptive text, these custom stamps are easy to create and add to drawings. Once added to the system or project, the user-defined stamps are saved for future use and can be updated at any time.
Metric & Imperial on same drawing
When editing a dimension, there is now an option to select the unit of measurement between metric, imperial, and the default setting in the System Options. The ability to select the preferred unit for a dimension on an instance to instance level allows for both metric and imperial measurements to be present on the same drawing.
Site Mode Vegetation
The new Vegetation command provides a way to draw grass or other vegetation symbols that should be grouped together to populate an area on the site plan. The areas that will receive vegetation can be added as either paint or as a polygon, and the density of the vegetation can be modified to allow control of the vegetation’s appearance and coverage in 3D.
Quick Find Launch
The new Quick Find tool offers the ability to quickly search for a command to perform or an item to add to the drawing, such as a particular opening, stair, or symbol. As you begin typing the name of the command, the Quick Find menu displays a list of possible selections from which you can click the desired command to use.
Search filters can also be quickly applied to narrow search results which will help increase drawing speed.
SoftPlan 2022 includes the addition of a new command for drawing braces. Using the two-click drawing process, you can now quickly add a square brace to a wall or post that automatically draws at a 45-degree angle. Once added, the brace can be edited to modify its run, depth, and width.
Exclusive to SoftPlan+ users, this version further expands SoftPlan’s extensive 3D export capabilities by adding an option to export the 3D model in STL format. SoftPlan’s simple export process makes it easy to convert 3D models into .stl files that can then be used for 3D printing.
SoftPlan’s 3D presentation takes another big step forward with the incorporation of Oculus VR compatibility. Using an Oculus Quest or Quest 2 with an Oculus link, or an Oculus Rift, SoftPlan+ users can create the experience of stepping into immersive 3D environments they generate from their drawings. While navigating 3D models in virtual reality, what is seen in the Oculus headset is also displayed on the PC screen.
Export Legacy SketchUp Files
Adding to SoftPlan’s numerous 3D export capabilities, this version enables SoftPlan+ users to export their 3D models into older versions of SketchUp, including SketchUp 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. This expansion of SoftPlan’s popular export to SketchUp allows more users to take advantage of the powerful rendering options they need to create stunning 3D presentations.
Note: Only current SoftPlan version users have access to SoftPlan+ features