Can I swap doors/windows opening IDs? letters/numbers?

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Can I swap doors/windows opening IDs? letters/numbers?

Currently, softplan assigns numbers to my windows for the opening IDs and letters to my doors.  Is there a way to swap this without doing it manually on each opening? 

 

TIA

- Cory

Bill Wimberley
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Can I swap doors/windows opening IDs? letters/numbers?

Nope. The Opening IDs are always letters for doors and numbers for windows in SoftPlan unless you specifically edit each opening on the plan and change the ID.

Is there some specific reason you are wanting to swap the numbers and letter designations?

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

cbe
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Prior to using Softplan, I've

Prior to using Softplan, I've never seen a door use a letter 'mark'.  The primary way I've seen schedules are: door/numbers/circles & windows/letters/hexagon.  In a few instances I've seen windows also use numbers as well as the doors.  The book that I use as my reference for my architectural drawing standards uses numbers for doors as well. 

After trying to change this in SP I thought maybe I was losing my mind so I started digging through my stash.  I have plan sets from over 25 designers/architects/engineers and they all use the same standards as I did prior to SP.  Some of these plans are over 30 years old.  I guess it isn't a big deal.  I was just hoping I could swap them.  Maybe this is one of those things that can be updated in future versions.

Bill Wimberley
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Opening ID

Seems like there should be some option for that but nope. I've never even used the ID's before working with you on some of your plans. I have always used Product Codes. For my way of thinking, coming from a framing background, it is much simpler to just look at the opening size right there on the plan than to have to reference a schedule to find out what the opening size should be. All of my openings are custom. I don't use any openings that came with SoftPlan. And they are all named the way I want them to show up on the plan so I have complete control over how they display. For instance, a 3' x 5' hung window would display as 30 50 on the plan. An eyebrow window would display like 30 50 EYEBROW and a fixed window would display 30 50 FX. If it is to be tempered then it shows as 30 50 TMP. This also makes it easier for the city plan reviewer since he can easily see that a window is designated as tempered without having to reference the schedule.

cbe
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As I've mentioned before...

As I've mentioned before... we don't always do things the easy way around here.  :)  

 

I do like doing the schedules just b/c my builders like it.  It saves them time bidding houses and gives them a simple way to check it out.  I definitely see your point (re: from a framing perspective).  Some of the architects around here put the schedules on a separate page from the floor plan.  That has to be a real pain for the framer.  I may try out the product codes and see if I can make it work.  However, on some occasions my door & window descriptions get pretty long and that might get tricky (i.e. Front door with side lites and a transom).  Trying to note that on the floor plan might get a little interesting....

 

3'0x7'0 6 lite over 2 panel Wood Door w/ 14" side lites & 12" transom. 

Bill Wimberley
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Opening Schedules

You can still do opening schedules with product codes. You just display the product code in the schedule instead of the ID. Unless I am specifying an opening that will be purchased as a unit I keep all of the components of that opening separated out. For instance your "3'0x7'0 6 lite over 2 panel Wood Door w/ 14" side lites & 12" transom" would be a door, sidelites, and transom all broken out as separate components in both the plan and schedule. If on the other hand all of this is ordered as a single unit that comes out already assembled then I would use the manufacturer's model number as the product code rather than a long description.

Product codes are also useful when you are specifying the exact manufacturer and model number for each opening rather than just a generic opening size. For instance if I were specifying Andersen openings I would use the Andersen openings included with SoftPlan and their product codes would be displayed on the plan and opening schedule. If I am specifying openings that are not included in SoftPlan's library, and there are many Andersen openings that are not included, I will create them based on the information in their catalog and give them the same names as in the catalog. Anderson openings are kind or weird in their standard sizes and rough opening sizes so when I specify Andersen I include the product code, opening size, and rough opening sizes in the schedule.