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ALL TUTORIALS

BIM Home Design Software Partner Integrations

BIM’s (Building Information Modeling) true power is taking information from the design model and using it throughout the entire building process. The strong BIM chain of information, linking together all the home building stages as a unified process, is key to gaining...

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Top 10 Reasons For Home Design VR Experiences

Virtual Reality adds another level to your home building business. Not just for presentation purposes, as many assume, there are other great business reasons to adopt home design VR experiences. Here are 10 reasons for Home Design VR Experiences. 10. Informed Buyers....

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Custom Database Creation Guideline

When you are ready to have a custom database created for you, Cadsoft will need the data from your POS or ERP system. We take the data in the file and use it to match to the components in the catalog. To match them we use the diagrams in the workbook below. Custom...

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How to Combat a busy season

There is always that demanding construction season, depending on the region, that we get slammed. Plans are piled on your desk, the phone is constantly ringing, and everyone is hanging over your desk waiting, waiting, impatiently sighing... So, you sink lower in the...

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Creating and Using Templates

By default, every new project you start is based on a template. A template determines what settings new projects will have, such as the unit of measure, and building location settings. You can even include building elements in a template, or a complete set of...

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Test Drive Your Home With Virtual Reality

Virtual reality was a thing of mystery in the early 1990s when it first started to pop up in music videos and major motion pictures.  Pop culture was laden with images of people donning intricate helmets and gloves, with wires running from each into advanced computers...

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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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Importing Content from an Older Catalog

If you have a catalog from an older version of Envisioneer saved on your system, you can add content from that catalog to any Envisioneer catalog using the Export to BIM File and Import BIM File tools. First you open the old catalog in Envisioneer 13 and export the...

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BENEFITS OF BIM for Residential

At a first glance, many feel the benefits of using a BIM model are purely for marketing – leveraging the 3D model for visual aids to help sell a home. Taking a deeper and a more thoughtful look at a BIM model will reveal many practical business reasons to adopt BIM for residential construction.

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Presentation Drawings

Stand out Presentations When marketing a space to a client, you want to convey your ideas effectively so you ultimately walk away with the job. The same is true for sample drawings that you use on your website to attract new clients. So, what makes a good modern...

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Using the HomeView VR App

Once you have uploaded a project using the Generate Panoramic View feature in Envisioneer, you will be able to view it in the HomeView VR App, available free from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes Store: Open the HomeView VR App. The first time you open it you...

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Generating a Panoramic View

In Envisioneer you can create a panoramic view to export to the Envisioneer VR Smartphone App. This is a great way to share your work with clients, friends and family. To use the new Generate Panoramic View Feature: 1. Ensure that you are in a 3D Camera View (3D...

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Importing BIM Catalogs

Importing BIM Catalogs into Envisioneer If you have found a catalog of materials that is in BIM format, such as the catalogs found on the Green 3D Home website, you can easily import that catalog into Envisioneer.  To see the list of available BIM files, in...

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Estimating Assemblies

Specifying Assemblies At the bottom of the Quantity page you will see an Assemblies area. Assemblies are parts or materials that are associated with an element, but are not drawn in the model. For example, doors can have hardware assemblies such as a hinge set and...

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Formulas

Formulas As you insert an element in Envisioneer it will count that element and add it to the quantity report. But what if you inserted a fence and wanted it to count how many posts were needed in the length of the fence? For that you would need to create a formula...

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V12c2 Release Notes

C2 Update (Build 1761) Fixes: Model View Commands: View filter updates for notation and exterior elements ERP upload adjustment Corrected Sketchup blocks mirrored components Issue Fixed “Replace” command for doors with custom door leafs Revised custom door leafs on...

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Remodel Design

Watch this video for some great tips for using Envisioneer for a remodel design. https://youtu.be/5js-XT8NShc

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Users Guide

If you need a copy of the full Envisioneer User's Guide, click here to download the pdf copy: http://cadsoft.com/downloads/ENV13_user_guide.pdf

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Envisioneer System Requirements

System Requirements In order to run the program, your system should meet the following requirements: Note: Your user account should be set to Computer Administrator (not Limited) to install the program. *System Configuration: May require minor adjustments to the...

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Quick Start Guide

Use the link below to download a pdf copy of the Envisioneer Quick Start Guide. A great tutorial to help you get started with the software. Quick_Start_Guide_I Or watch the video to see how it is...

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Installing

Installing Envisioneer This article provides instructions on installing, starting and authorizing your Envisioneer software. Attention Previous Users If you currently have an earlier version of Envisioneer installed on your system, we recommend that you uninstall it...

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Authorization Procedure

Authorization Procedure Once you install Envisioneer and use it for the first time you have the option to run it as a trial or authorize it as full product.  Envisioneer has an online automatic authorization tool which will make activating the software easy. If you...

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Quick Start Guide

Watch the Quick Start Guide tutorial to quickly learn how to use Envisioneer. This tutorial will take you through the process of building a home in Envisioneer.

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Custom Text Styles

Creating Custom Text Styles You can create a custom text style by adding a new item to the Text Styles library, then defining settings such as the font, font style, text height and text color. When you add a text style to the Text Styles library, the style will be...

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Snaps

There are a number of drawing aids available to you while designing that can help you insert elements easily and precisely. Conveniently located in the lower right corner of the screen, these 7 handy tools can be turned on and off as needed.

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System Requirements

System Requirements In order to run the program, your system should meet the following requirements: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista 64 bit operating system (32 bit also available) 2.0 GHz or faster processor 6 GB RAM (4 GB minimum) 10 GB available hard disk space minimum...

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Removing and Reorganizing Camera Views (Video)

Have you inserted too many cameras and now want to delete some and reorganize others? While in Plan view, go to View-Viewing Aids-Cameras On/Off. A 2D representation of the cameras will all appear throughout your layout. Left click to select one, then right click and...

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Location Dimming (Video)

In Envisioneer you can design up to 999 storeys and you can see all of those locations at the same time. If you find it hard to distinguish the current location from the other locations you can dim down the alternate locations or alternatively you can also brighten...

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Snap tracking (Video)

Envisioneer' Snap Track production tool allows you to visually locate and align your building elements with other objects in your project. Precision...

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Changing a Background (Video)

When you view an Envisioneer model in 3D it automatically places a background picture behind your model. That image can be any jpg or bmp file that you want -- making it possible for you to import a photograph of the actual site and see what the house will look like...

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Understanding Building Locations (Video)

When starting a new project, you should always define your Building Location settings prior to drawing. These settings determine where elements will be placed and how the building will be constructed. When you define building locations, you are basically doing the...

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View Filter (Video)

The View filter in Envisioneer allows you to turn the visibility or selectability of elements on or off. Go to View-View Filters-View Filter. If you have turned a number of various elements off and now want them all back on a quick way to do this is to choose...

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Select All Similar (Video)

Do you need to modify a number of elements at the same time? Are they all the same, eg. all interior walls or all columns? Select one of them and then right click and choose Select All Similar. Now all elements that are the same are selected and ready to be modified....

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Nudge (Video)

The arrow keys on your keyboard give you the power to move objects specific distances in an Envisioneer model. Left click to select an object and then click on one of the 4 arrow keys on your keyboard and the object will move in that...

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Select Previous (Video)

When you are in plan view and select an object, or multiple objects, the object will no longer be selected when you switch to a 3D or any other alternate view type. If you want to reselect the object(s) simply go to Edit - Select Previous and it will be selected...

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Collision Control (Video)

One of the very best utilities in Envisioneer is Collision. Collision gives added intelligence to objects. As you move an object into a model collision will detect if the object will fit and how to orientate the object. See how this fireplace will adjust its position...

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