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.