First obvious thing is the new toolbar icons, large and colourful - look nice but reduce screen space. Also more space is lost as the new Help toolbar cannot be turned off or set to 'Normal' like the others so it pushes then further dpwn the screen. I have resorted to the tabbed view, much slower to use as there is two clicks required frequently but it looses too much space overwise. EDIT - sorry the Help tab can be set to Normal if you scroll one line in the Toolbars list.
Not so obvious is the name. Was TurboFLOORPLAN. Now it is TURBOFloorPlan3D.
There are a few new tools.
A Surfaces tool - not quite sure how this works yet but but appears you can add different surfaces and slope them. With this you can slope a floor, or a section of it, Add an unusual slope to a roof or slope a ceiling
An Intersect Planes tool - extends and joins Surfaces - a new slope can be blended into the roof. The roof can be exploded too so each surface becomes a separate object so you can have a different tile on each side of the roof if you want.
Animated Tutor that pops up each time you use a tool. A little movie shows you how to use the tool. An icon for it on the Help toolbar turns it on and off.
Related to the Tutor is the Tool Guide in help which has a small animated illustration on how to use the tool - same thing as Tutor I suppose.
A corner Detailing tool for adding quoining, shutters etc.
New Footings tool - click a wall - footing is added.
There is a View Manager tool on the Views toolbar - opens a set of printing views and half a dozen toolbars. This will answer some of the plan print desires of some users but it kept crashing for me saying that Envisioneer 5 had to close! Shows its 'heritage'. The crashing may only be because I did not have a printer connected so will test that out later. (LATER: Works fine on my desktop which has the printer. Enables you to copy plans, elevations, sections, isometric views etc onto proper printing plans - very good!).
EDIT - THIS HAS BEEN REMOVED BY THE PATCH! This functionality and Vector Printing below, was accidentally included in the initial release given to IMSIdesign by the software program development company. It actually belonged to the much more expensive Envisioneer 5. Shortly I will post a tutorial with a way, though not as simple, to do a similar thing, without having to use other software.
There is a Vector Printing and Paper Shadow (?) option - have not investigated yet. See edit above.
Quick 3D View provides the old Floorplan3D elevation and isometric views - good for quickly checking around the model.
Material Paintbrush tool now has a check box to Apply to All Similar surfaces. In other works it will paint all the exterior walls at the same time for example.
Green Design is one of the main menu headings but all three option are just internet links. Not having the internet to that computer I do not know what they do other than what the website says. Will have to check that out later.
New is a Catalog Search. Just remember a word from the element you are looking for and it will find it. Useful.
Import and Export BIM file - (Building Information?) Maybe the Punch import? Have not investigated this yet. (LATER - can't find it now!)
Right click has a Select All Similar option, so you can select one wall, right click and select all simlar and the Properties box is still available. No more shift/clicking each wall to select them all to change the properties- great!
You can now select a ceiling with framing - if you want something to hold it up!.
There is now an option to add room area, perimeter and volume to the plan.
The elements panel is different in that you do not have Groups and Elements in separate panels. It is now a Windows type 'tree' view like the old FloorPlan3D. To me it is harder to use and you cannot just click on one and page through to see the images, you have to click on each. I prefer the old way. The Catalog Search is in this panel. The Materials Panel works like it used to thankfully as paging through textures is very useful.
The Help is a new dialog that sometimes has a toolbar at the top and sometimes doesn't. When it doesn't there is no Index or Search - bug? You can seach the printable User Guide - it has a word Find at the top. This is a bug.
What Hasn't Changed?
Still simple and quick to use but unfortunately all the bugs from V12 that I can think of are still there, especially in the area of Advanced Rendering. This is very disappointing. Although there are workarounds, it is obviously time consuming. I have not played with the artificial lighting yet so no comment on that. (LATER: Artificial lights appears the same with the same bugs). Navigation tools are all still the same.
V12 files once converted appear to render VERY slow. EDIT - The patch addresses this and some crash issues with V12 files.
New files render quick.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2009, 06:20:04 PM by Allan Chesney »
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