I want to start off with saying that I only use this program a couple of times per year so I go several months in between opening it up. I have always had a few issues with the program but I am becoming extremely frustrated. Some could be used error, but some are either software or computer errors. I opened this up yesterday and downloaded a patch. This patch took like 2 hours to download. When it went to install it required me to shut the program down. I did this and it kept saying that it was open, so I rebooted the computer. I have no clue if the patch installed or not.
1. It takes a very long time, and usually 3or 4 times of opening up soft plan to get the program started(on initial start up after reboot or turning computer on). This has always been an issue.
2. Dimensions and notes are displayed garbled up when I zoom in. This just started happening a couple days ago. When I edit text, I don't know what I am changing because the edit box displays all boxes instead of letters. I have tried to change all don't styles from Marlett to Times New Roman and it still comes in as Marlett. I've never even heard of this text style until this happened.
3. Auto dimension won't dimension my window and door center lines. It only dimensions the overall exterior wall dimension. I can't figure out how to manually add these dimensions. I can do it if I draw a line from the CL of each opening then dimension through each of these, but this is counterproductive.
Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciative. The computer that this is running on is an HP laptop with windows 8 (which is a joke too), but it is very rarely connected to the Internet and is only used for softplan and for quick books.