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I am trying to create a rendered section perspective in Softplan, which I thought wouldn't take long at all once I have a decent model.  But when I make the section cut and view it under the section tab, it goes into this sort of parallel projection type of view.  Not a perspective with a vanishing point that would look more natural (like in any other 3d view).  Is there a way to get the section cut and the 3d perspective view?  Or do I have to take it into SketchUp or something?  




Bill Wimberley
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Shannon, it sounds like you are actually wanting to create a 3D interior view rather than a cross section. Check out this video starting at about 4:00 minutes in and see if that is what you are trying to accomplish.

SoftPlan 2014 Plan Sets

If anyone else has a better method I'd love to learn about it.

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Irish2's picture
Rendered Sections

To carry your idea further Bill, and just talking out loud via the keyboard, to actually create the rendered "section" when you are in the room before you save it can you turn off some visible items such as flooring, ceiling and/ or wall finishes in order to see the underlying framing? This might be the look he is after but I haven't tried it myself yet.

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Thanks so much for your post,

Thanks so much for your post, but that isn't quite what I'm looking for.

So I am trying to create something like this (in concept) where there is a section cut and then the rooms in perspective behind (very obvious vanishing point)

So far I can only create this in Softplan (attached), where it is in parallel projection (no vanishing point so it looks weird)


Thanks again!


Bill Wimberley
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3D Cross Sections

Unfortunately SoftPlan does not allow perspective cross sections. You can rotate the model but it will not have a vanishing point perspective.

You can do it in Sketchup. You can export your model from within SoftView and do the cross section in Sketchup. Unfortunately, at this time the exported model from SoftPlan comes in highly triangulated and many if not most of the faces are reversed so the textures are on the wrong side of the various planes.

The next version of SoftPlan promises much tighter integration between SoftPlan and Sketchup and will make exporting to and from Sketchup a snap and will take care of the triangulation and reversed faces problems. I know that doesn't help you now but something to look forward to if you do these perspective cross sections often.

One thing you might try, and I have not tried it myself but just thinking here. You might take the cross section and make an image of the straight on cross section. Then rotate the cross section to the left a little and take a shot of that. Then rotate it to the right and take another shot. Then merge the shots together in Photoshop, assuming you have Photoshop and are proficient at combining portions of images. Like I said I haven't tried doing that so I have no idea how well it would work.

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Softplan will not make a 3d

Softplan will not make a 3d perspective of a cross section.

I do not know about Sketchup but I think it will.


I think the best you could do in softplan would be to turn off the visibility of the walls you want to see past. The main problem with that is that you can't cut off part of the roof