SoftPlan to Dwg conversion

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Steve Haarmann
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SoftPlan to Dwg conversion

I have exported SoftPlan files in .dwg format many times to engineers and surveyors. No problems that I know of.

However, I have a client that would rather redraw my plans in AutoCad than work with the exported file.

I suspect that this relates to layer, pen and color management.

Has anyone successfully reset all the layers to make the transition from SP to AutoCad as seamless as possible?

I assume that the colors selected for the layers will determine the pens that are used by AutoCad?

If there are any known issues with this transition I would like to know up front.

Thanks in advance.

Bill Wimberley
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SoftPlan to Dwg conversion

Hey Steve. I think my approach would be to find out exactly what it is that this person doesn't like about your plans. Perhaps you are using a font that he does not have and text gets all messed up in the transition. Perhaps you are exporting brick and concrete textures and turning them off would satisfy them. Perhaps selecting a different layer naming option from the Export Options would give him what he wants.

The point is, find out exactly what the problem is and try to address the problem. It could be something as simple as he doesn't like your line colors and he doesn't know how to change them. You never know until you ask.

After you find out what the problem is you are welcome to upload a sample drawing here and I'll try to help you figure out how to address his needs.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Steve Haarmann
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Thanks, Bill  ...  I will do

Thanks, Bill  ...  I will do that on Monday.

I was hoping to find someone who has already crossed this bridge who could assure me that it could be done without any issues.

 

Bill Wimberley
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SoftPlan to Dwg conversion

Hey Steve, the fix could be simple or it may be more complex. You said that it is only this one person who has a problem with the exported files so finding out what he has a problem with is the first step. The problem may be that he uses special add-on programs in AutoCAD that require him to redraw the plans to get the exact format he needs. It may be that he charges by the hour and he wants to pad the bill. Without any more information than you provided I have no place to start.