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Bill M
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How did you learn Softplan?

I bought Softplan in late 2003 because I didn't want to have to wait on the plan designer I used at the time anymore.  I finally attended a two day instruction in March of 2004 when SP went to various cities to offer the instruction. This was beginner and intermediate training.  I went one other time for two days as well. This was intermediate and softview training.  

I have been a home builder and was able to draw my own for my purposes.  They were all one story and I had a library of stock plans that could be easily changed.  I have now decided this year to get completely out of home building and do strictly design work.  I have (2) two story homes right away.  I have one basically finished and am working on the second.  They have not been particularly difficult but have presented some challenges for me and thank goodness I have been able to get answers to questions here.

I'm still using v13 as when business began to slow in 2009, upgrading Softplan was an expense that was easy to pass on.  As my business increases I will upgrade to the current.  

Thanks for your thoughts.

Bill Wimberley
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SoftPlan+

Bill, have you looked at the new SoftPlan+ subscription service? It runs about $50 per month and as long as you continue to subscribe you get all the updates to the latest versions. Plus it comes with access to all the training videos, reView, cloud sharing, extra symbols and textures, integrated support ticket system, and a whole bunch of other goodies.

SoftPlan+

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

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I had considered that Bill

I had considered that Bill but unfortunately I'm broadband limited as I'm on satellite due to where I live.  I'll check into it more to see if it would cause me overages.

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Well after speaking with

Well after speaking with sales at Softplan I don't think the broadband limits of satellite will be an issue since you only go there for retrieval or storage so I'm a new subscriber of 2014 until such time that I decide to upgrade.  The very attractive thing about this is that all I pay towards subscription will be put toward the upgrade should I decide to do that. 

 

Bill Wimberley
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Upgrade

The subscription is an upgrade. It is just a different payment model. It's kind of like leasing a car rather than buying it. And each time a new model comes out you get a new car. Plus subscribers get all the extra bells and whistles that cost extra for someone who buys instead of leasing. Additionally, there are some features that are available only to subscribers and not to buyers.

Congratulations on making the move to 2014. It is huge improvement over the version 13 you have been using.

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Yes it is an upgrade but I

Yes it is an upgrade but I think eventually I'd still like to have it on my machine but in the mean time...  Not sure about the cloud idea, kind of set in my ways if you know what I mean. smiley

 

Suppose to be here Friday, looking forward to playing with it.

Bill Wimberley
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Cloud

2014+ would be on your machine the same as 2014. The cloud portion of the equation is that 2014+ directly connects to a cloud based server to be able to do things such as sharing projects with other people, save a backup of your projects, access projects from multiple computers, view any of the training videos, create support tickets, and automatically download any new symbols that become available. It's not like some cloud based programs where everything is run on a giant server somewhere which you access over the internet. All that would happen if you converted your 2014+ subscription into 2014 purchased version is that you would lose all of the additional functionality that comes with 2014+.

Bill M
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Well it got here a day early

Well it got here a day early but this will take some getting use to.  I like it but I'm still using Windows XP and I'm not sure it likes that necessarily.  I know during the install I could not load Direct X 11 because XP doesn't support it.  Does anyone know what I lose by not having Direct X 11?  

 

I'll have to get use to how the icons look as well. Can the items in the menu ribbon be made to list instead of spreading along a line across the top?  Also where do I find system and drawing options?   I do like the tab feature.  I did back up all my projects to an external harddrive incase I need to work quicker in v13 to finish the two I'm trying to complete.  

 

Any advice for making the transition smoother?

Bill Wimberley
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2014

DirectX is what produces the real time rendering in modes such as Textured Mode. Using an earlier version of DirectX will not produce as nice real time 3D as DirectX 11 will.

If you don't like the ribbon menu you can change to a standard menu. But I'd give it a little time and see if you like the ribbon better. Although if you have a low resolution setup the ribbon may take up a lot of your screen so in that case the standard menu might be better. To switch to the standard menu select File ⇒ System Options ⇒ System Options and in the Interface section of Setup Options uncheck "Use Ribbon Menu"

When the Ribbon Menu is enabled you access the File menu by clicking on the circle with the "A" up at the top left corner of the screen. That is also where you will find System Options, Drawing Options, etc.

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Well apparently it isn't XP

Well apparently it isn't XP at all but my graphics card.  I will have to check into a new one and maybe a little bit of RAM as well though I'm running 6 GB there already.  My machine is outdated but still a dual core machine with lots of RAM.

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My initial response to 2014

My initial response to 2014 is WOW!  A right clicker's dream.  I was worried I would be slowed down trying to feel my way around but it came very quickly and offered so many quicker ways to do things.  I am going to enjoy this very much.  I don't do basements as they aren't used here where I live but the slab on grade with grade beams drew in at least half the time it did in v13.

 

I did go and buy a new video card yesterday and will change it out later today.