Scaling for small areas.

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Bryan in Bend
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Scaling for small areas.
SoftPlan Version:
2016 Plus

Two questions:

1) What is a good way to scale a small interior drawing.  A fireplace.  When I create a box, I have to scale up the zoom, and some times my monitor or Softplan seems to have a hard time with the small details and lines in the file and the mouse does not want to work well.             

2) What is a good way to save a drawing file of single interior wall view for a room, so it looks like the profile, as a drawing, not a photo.   Would like to save the single wall ie: the fireplace, as an example, and remove the sheetrock etc, to view the framing, and make changes.          

Sorry: My language and typing, can be hard to understand, I had a small stroke.  Thank you.     

 

Bill Wimberley
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Sorry to hear about the stroke. I hope you are able to function better soon.

In SoftPlan mouse movements are restricted to snapping to a 1/8" grid when you are using the normal cursor. This is great when you are zoomed out because it helps prevent very small fractions from being introduced to the drawing. But when you are zoomed in real close to something it can make mouse movements difficult. When you are zoomed in really close SoftPlan automatically switches to the "Small Cursor" which moves freely and is not restricted to the 1/8" grid. If you are zoomed in but not close enough for the automatic small cursor you can switch to the small cursor manually. Just tap the ' key (the key above Tab that has both the ~ and '). This is a toggle and switches back and forth between the normal cursor and the small cursor.

For your interior drawings you can create Interior Elevations. Select the Model tab and click on the Interior Elevation button. Using 2 clicks select a location for the interior elevation line and the second click defines the direction. You will see an interior elevation line appear with a numbered arrow. Also in the Navigation pane you will see a number appear under Interior Elevations/Views. Double clicking these numbers will open up a window similar to an exterior elevation and then you can save the interior elevation as a drawing file. The saved drawings will appear under Interior Elevations/Drawings. Note that the Interior Elevation number in the plan has a dashed line associated with it. The end points of the line determine the width of the Interior Elevation view and can be adjusted to make the view wider or more narrow.

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yvongonthier
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Interior elevation

The only drawback is, unless mistaken but I've tried with no success, is that your can't generate an interior elevation or cross-section with the drywall turned off in the visible items so that you see the framing. Not a big deal to do it by line in a small detail but could be useful in a larger one.

 

Hope you recuperate fast Bryan.

Bill Wimberley
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Framing

If all you want to show is the wall framing you can get that in Framing Mode. Switch to Framing Mode and on the Draw tab select Generate Drawing. You will get a framing drawing of all the walls in the model. If you go around and give each wall an ID using Add ID then the wall framing drawings will have the same ID numbers.

Bryan in Bend
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Thank you! 

Thank you!