ALL TUTORIALS

ALL TUTORIALS

Visual 3D Take-offs

Technology provides great tools for designing a new home or renovated space and even viewing it in a virtual environment, but there is still a big question left on the table: At the end of the day, how much is it going to cost to build? Visual 3D Material Take-offs...

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Assembly Variables

Video:  https://youtu.be/ATd9xWvw-98 Instructions from Video: To quantify the materials required for an element, you attach an assembly to the object. For example, when you draw a wall, you assemble the materials like drywall, mud, tape or paint in the definition of...

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Dormers

Dormers Video: https://youtu.be/ewMqwnMzljY Instructions from Video: In this lesson, we will insert 3 different types of dormers and then customize the dormer roof and walls. During this, we will show you some great tips along the way like using construction lines,...

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Invisible Walls

Making a Wall Invisible in 2D Video: https://youtu.be/VJF2zxT4n1Y Instructions from Video: You may find that you want to hide certain walls in 2D view, such as dormer walls and gable end walls, to improve the clarity of the view. To make a wall invisible in 2D: Select...

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Base Height & Head Height

Base height Video: https://youtu.be/0cww_dlZdUM Instructions from the Video: If you have the Commander turned on, it will display a Base Height edit box as soon as an insertion tool becomes active. The value shown in the Base Height edit box is the height at which the...

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Material Takeoffs and Estimates in 3D (Video)

Material Takeoffs and Estimates in 3D (Video)

This is a live Webinar recording of a Cadsoft software broadcast. Learn how to: - Importing a PDF to trace - Using 3D walls to include multiple materials in a single command - Using customizable Products and Assemblies - Using 3D roofing to generate accurate areas on...

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Match Roof Planes

Match Planes Video: https://youtu.be/SyQWeRodomk Instructions from Video: The Match Planes tool can instantly change the plane of one roof surface to match the plane of another. This is a great tool when you have uneven plate lines but you want them to share the same...

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Structural Floors

Structural Floors Video: https://youtu.be/AvalTGPpUPI Instructions from Video: A structural floor is a system of framing members that are inserted at the same time. Select Insert>Structural Floor>Structural Floor by Perimeter Although the structural floor is...

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Left and Right Handed Doors

Left and Right Handed Doors Video: https://youtu.be/imi8LTcMM6E Instructions from Video: From country to country or even county to county there is always a difference in the way that a door is marked as a left hand versus a right-hand door. It can lead to a good...

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Building 360 Views & Collateral for your Online Showroom

Creating realistic virtual experiences on your website is important so homebuyers can make decisions from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Since the pandemic hit this has become more prevalent than ever. Cadsoft has created a sample site to illustrate the power of a virtual experience. www.cadsoft.com/360 Cadsoft can create the models and visuals for you or you can create them yourself using Envisioneer. Read on to learn how!

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Custom Doors

Custom Doors Video: https://youtu.be/C7DQ05JtXgw Instructions from Video: The Envisioneer catalog has an extensive list of various door types and styles that you can add in but, you may want an alternate style that is not available. If you have a door that you want to...

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Alt Code for Material Organizing

Alt Code for Material Organizing Video: https://youtu.be/jP-VzYwzCck Instructions from Video: When you organize materials in a project estimate you may need more options for organizing the materials than what the “Phase” and “Usage” of the products offer. In this...

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Wall Properties

Wall Properties Video: https://youtu.be/ZsoT-CBn31c Instructions from Video: Every wall in the catalog has a set of properties that define not only the size and appearance of a wall but settings Select Insert>walls>Walls. In the catalog panel to the right,...

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Layers in Model View

Layers in Model View Video: https://youtu.be/XOcjJXAvBNQ Instructions from Video: As a BIM model is created, each element in the model has stored settings that affect how the element will appear when it is flattened to a 2D drawing for working drawing purposes. For...

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Layers in Worksheet View

Layers in Worksheet View Video: https://youtu.be/SemTw79y244 Instructions from Video: As you draw the model in Envisioneer it is putting the various 3D elements on 2D layers so when you transfer the model to worksheet view you can control how each element will print....

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Adding a New Material

Adding a New Material Video: https://youtu.be/6ODVAQvP9cg Instructions from Video: Envisioneer has an extensive collection of materials that you can choose from but you may have a specific material you want to use so Envisioneer has can import the materials too. All...

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Lengthen to Fence for Members and Framing

Lengthen to Fence for Members and Framing Video: https://youtu.be/QvCG6aO-8BE Instructions from Video: For today’s tooltip, we will review “Lengthen to Fence” feature for members. This feature allows you to lengthen one or a group of members at the same time to a new...

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Managing File Size

Managing File Size Video: https://youtu.be/0Dx4smg8BxY Instructions from Video: Larger file sizes will increase the load time when trying to open a file. Here are some tips to manage file sizes in Envisioneer. First is the amount of custom blocks you have imported...

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Roof by Surfaces

Roof by Surfaces Video: https://youtu.be/zG3Xzhpfz_A Instructions from Video: The automated roof tools in Envisioneer create an entire roof, comprising of many surfaces, all at one time. The Surfaces tool creates individual surfaces. In this tooltip, we will discuss...

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Walls by Baseline

Walls by Baseline Video: https://youtu.be/EbeUGAkCX00 Instructions from Video: If you use the Walls tool, the walls are drawn on a center baseline. You may prefer to draw your walls on a different baseline. For example, you may have the exterior dimensions of the...

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Floor and Foundation Builder

Floor and Foundation Builder Video: https://youtu.be/OW7O84xiXtI Instructions from Video: To create a new location that has completely different walls and elements than the original location drawn, use the Floor and Foundation Builder Wizard. This tool specifies the...

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Flat Roofs

Flat Roofs Video: https://youtu.be/GWG29wowL68 Instructions from Video: We will create a flat roof surface and the parapet wall. The automated roof routines allow for a sloped roof but if you are creating a built-up roof you use the Surfaces tool. This is an advanced...

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Roof Tips

Roof Tips Video: https://youtu.be/ndBCKm5E0Tg Instructions from Video There are three ways to create a roof in Envisioneer. Roof By Perimeter is used if the shape of the house and the shape of the roof match. This tool will use the exterior wall shell to put a roof...

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360 Views

360 Views Video: https://youtu.be/UXDbMl7nQB4 Instructions from Video: Sharing designs with friends, family, and colleagues is an essential step in the design process. Envisioneer offers many options for sharing the design. One of the options is the creation of 360...

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Datum Lines

Datum Lines Video: https://youtu.be/zGXsA3yHruw Instructions from Video: We will learn about Datum lines and how to add them to your elevations and sections automatically upon insertion to document the various heights in a model. The datum lines can be personalized to...

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Understanding Materials

Understanding Materials Video: https://youtu.be/LJ6NxpK8qzk Instructions from video: Elements in your drawing have materials applied to their surfaces. Every material has finish properties that determine how much the material reflects, emits and absorbs light. These...

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Member Tallys

Member Tallys Video: https://youtu.be/1YkauFOqb30 Instructions from Video: When you insert a member into a drawing you will want to know the overall length of that member and what purchase length you require to order. For some members like a 2x4, we need the length to...

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Gable Ladder Framing

Gable Ladder Framing Video: https://youtu.be/fl_iYEDFD9g Instructions from video: When you design a roof you can specify the members and settings for the individual components of your stick framed roof. In our example today we have a roof that includes gables and we...

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Grouping and Base Plus Options

Grouping and Base Plus Options Video: https://youtu.be/EzvzJHjGLic Instructions from Video: When you have a group of elements that you insert together on a regular basis you should take advantage of grouping. Grouping saves the elements together so they all can be...

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Porch Roof

Porch Roof Video: https://youtu.be/B4augDhnVaI Instructions from Video: Creating a porch roof can be as easy as stretching the edge out of an existing roof to cover your porch or as simple as adjusting the roof type to be a double slope. Let's look at both options:...

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Rendering Tips

Rendering Tips Video: https://youtu.be/f8Q7kin7OYQ Instructions from Video: Creating renderings in Envisioneer is as easy as pressing a button but there are some tips that will help you achieve photorealistic images efficiently. Stripping the model down before...

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Ceilings

Ceilings Video: https://youtu.be/T3AgmPvQ2Hg Instructions from Video: There are multiple ways of inserting a ceiling; By Picking Points, By Room or By Perimeter but did you know you can also adjust the type of ceiling? After the ceiling has been inserted you can...

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Insertion Offset

Insertion Offset Video: https://youtu.be/6NAd8CA-Xfg Instructions from Video: Select Insert> Interiors>Plumbing Fixtures In the Catalog panel to the right, select a toilet to insert. Move your cursor onto the drawing screen area and right-click to select Enter...

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Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls Video: https://youtu.be/XPQWl2dlqtY Instructions from Video: Retaining Walls are used to hold back earth in certain areas of a design. In Envisioneer we can accomplish this in various ways depending on the version of the program you have. In all...

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Scale

Understanding Scale Video: https://youtu.be/9Ue9j-VspZM Instructions from Video: Scale is the ratio of units on paper to units in real life. A scale of 1/4" = 1'-0" means that every foot of the actual model is represented by 1/4" on paper. When you are working in...

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Report Templates

Report Templates Video: https://youtu.be/rc7f7q8ntLc Instructions from Video: When you create a material list, the information in the list can be displayed in a variety of ways depending on the audience for the report. For this tooltip we will review estimating...

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Mulled Window Units

Mulled Window Units Video: https://youtu.be/5-oZMxIOcVg Instructions from Video: When you add in windows into Envisioneer the framing around that window is also added in based on the Framing Options you have set up for that location. In some designs you may have...

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Chimneys

Chimneys Video: https://youtu.be/EewXVPRJRGU Instructions from Video: In this tooltip we will illustrate how to add chimneys into your model. We will create the walls, flue and the chimney crown. Looking at the sample model in 2D we have a fireplace in the great room....

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Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and Downspouts Video: https://youtu.be/L0RdQHqwIKU Instructions from Video: Creating a truly accurate design is all about the details. Adding in Gutters and Downspouts will give you the final detail in both your elevations and your renderings. Visualizing the...

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View Filter Templates

View Filter Templates Video: https://youtu.be/XAkO4-J_NR0 Instructions from Video: In Envisioneer you can add a variety of elements to create your 3D BIM model, however, you may not always need all of these elements visible at the same time. In the View Filter you can...

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