2014

Hi,

I am using a metric version of Softplan 2014 in Australia and have a big gripe about the dimensions which turn to fractions of millimetres - eg 567.9mm. It seems that before printing, one must always use the fraction command to get rid of the fraction and have whole numbers.

Is there anyway that this can be done without having to resort everytime to getting rid of the fractions. One would expect that if you are using the latest version of the programme that this would not happen.

Any help out there?

Thanks

Sam

Sam Peimer

Building Design & Drafting

Melbourne

Australia

Sam, not sure how it works for printing but apprarantly try CTL + F gets rid of fractions.

JimC

Hi Jim,

Ctrl + F (show fractions) does get rid of the fractions for printing but it has to be done all the time even if you save the drawing without any fractions on it.

There is obviously no method of getting rid of the fractions altogether once a drawing has been saved without any fractions.

Sam

Sam, the reason you have fractions on your drawing is because your objects that are being measured are a fractional distance apart. The dimensions just show the distance you are measuring. So to get rid of the fractions you need to make the objects a non-fractional distance apart. Complaining that SoftPlan is showing fractions is like cutting a board and then measuring it and finding out that it is not the length you wanted and blaming the tape measure.

Using Ctrl+F will temporarily hide the fractions but they are still there. It's like temporarily moving the tape measure a bit so that it shows your board the proper length.

I believe the problem you are having is that you do not understand how to use SoftPlan's dimensions.

Dimensions have 2 functions. The first is to show how far apart objects are. The second is to

definehow far apart objects are.If you edit a dimension you will see that there are 2 fields. Current and New. At first they both have the same distance. But you can edit the New field and enter the desired distance. Next you need to select which object that you will be moving in order to achieve the New distance. You do this by selecting one of the Arrow buttons right next to the field you just edited. Selecting an arrow tells SoftPlan what you want to move. For instance if you have two horizontal walls and you change the dimension size and click the Down arrow the wall below on the screen will be the one that moves. If you click on the Up arrow then the wall above will be the one that moves. The same principal applies for items that you want to move left or right. You would use the left arrow to move the left object and the right arrow to move the right object. If you click the double arrow in the middle then both objects will move an equal distance to achieve the new dimension.

So if you see fractions on your plans and you don't want fractions then the problem is that you have not properly dimensioned your drawings. It's not that SoftPlan is somehow flawed.

You should also figure out why you are getting the fractional dimensions in the first place.

When using the full-size cursor SoftPlan snaps to an invisible grid as you draw. If you are using Imperial units then the grid is every 1/8". For Metric the grid is every 1mm. So if you are getting items less than 1mm increments apart when you draw then you probably have either switched to the Small Cursor or you have moved objects in a diagonal direction rather than horizontally and vertically. If you are using the Small Cursor then the mouse floats freely about and thus you get fractional dimensions. With the Standard cursor your movements are restricted the the above stated grid and you should not get fractional decimal dimensions.

So proper drawing techniques and moving objects into place using dimensions is the key to avoiding and correcting fractions. When editing the dimensions on a plan start at one corner and work your way across up or down and left or right from that initial corner. That way you clean up all of your dimensions in a systematic manor and don't just compound them.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.comBill,

Thanks for the update on dimensioning.

Will take what you have said about the cursor into account on my next job. I think the problem may stem from there even though I think I am doing everything correctly.

Sam