ALL TUTORIALS

ALL TUTORIALS

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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Furred Basement Walls

Furred Basement Walls Video: https://youtu.be/LPyBCw2XQ6Y Instructions from Video:  This tooltip will focus on furred basement walls. How to insert them efficiently and what materials they include. Once the ground floor plan has been established, the foundation can...

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Brick Base w/ Siding Wall

Brick Base w/ Siding Wall Video: https://youtu.be/cw9qyMtVu0s Instructions from Video: Having a brick or stone base applied halfway below a siding or stucco veneer can be done in Envisioneer by taking advantage of the Trim command. Select Insert>Walls>Walls. In...

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Room Regions

Room Regions Video: https://youtu.be/lxhuAA0gdiA Instructions from Video: Room Regions are a great tool for instantly adding in the calculated area, perimeter and volume of a selected area. You can also define other additional notes to show room finishes. To add Room...

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Envisioneer Hand font

Envisioneer includes a hand font when it is installed. If you do not have the font, you can download it here: Envisioneer Hand Font  

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Shortcut Keys

Using Keyboard Shortcuts Video: https://youtu.be/1-GPzyjJQx8 Instructions: Keyboard shortcuts let you access tools quickly without having to make selections from menus or toolbars. A keyboard shortcut can be a single button on your keyboard (such as the F9 key for...

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Match Appearance

Match Appearance Video: https://youtu.be/dYcKJ0_Dmdg Instructions from the video:  When design changes hit, the match appearance tool will make those changes easier. Select View>3D Views>3D Perspective View. Select Edt>Select All. This will select all of the...

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Gable End Walls

Gable End Walls Video: https://youtu.be/JlgCLQy_ldU Instructions from the video: Gable end walls can be constructed in 3 different ways to suit your construction method of balloon framing, framing a gable end wall, or using a gable end truss. For our example model,...

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BIM Files

BIM Files Video: https://youtu.be/LNJiUTQOM8o Instructions from the video: BIM Files give you the ability to import and export elements and library items from another Envisioneer catalog. You can import the entire BIM file or you can choose which elements you want to...

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Packing Materials in a Project File

Packing Materials in a Project File Video: https://youtu.be/RRYY2KeGyHA Instructions from the video: When creating a design project you can add custom elements and materials to the file to give it that personalized touch. However, when sharing the .bld file with...

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Find and Replace to Update Products

Find and Replace to Update Products Video: https://youtu.be/RRYY2KeGyHA Instructions from the video: In today’s tooltip, we will review “Find and Replace” a very handy tool that lets you replace old inventory with new skus you want to use instead. Select...

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Coloured Floor Plans

Coloured Floor Plans Video: https://youtu.be/BOGdor3SjXk Instructions from the video: Creating a colored floor plan allows you to easily define a room visually in your working drawings sheets. This is a great way to present your design. You can add specific colors to...

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Interior Elevations

Interior Elevations Video: https://youtu.be/ecnrmd9hK6w Instructions from the video: Depending on the audience of the interior views there may be different types of views you need to create and there are multiple view type options available. In our sample condo unit...

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Importing and Exporting BIM Files

Importing and Exporting BIM Files

When you want to share catalog content with another person or you want to incorporate new catalog content that Cadsoft provides you need to use .bim files. Watch this video on how you can import and export content to your catalog. https://youtu.be/5utl25ycMDQ

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Working Drawings from a BIM model

Envisioneer has two environments: Model View, where you construct and edit your BIM model, and Worksheet View, where you create your working drawings based on the BIM model. Each environment has tools that are relevant to the task at hand. A set of working drawings...

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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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Importing and Exporting a Catalog

Envisioneer has a catalog of elements that can be updated to reflect your customized content, skus, and materials. A quick way to update the catalog is to export it and manipulate it in Excel and then reimport it again. This is great for cost changes. Watch this video...

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Envisioneer v14_c2 Release Notes

Improvements and Fixes • Ability to export all existing Catalog items including purchased items to a text file. • Ability to import all existing Catalog items including purchased items from a text file. • Improved the rendering process of Timber Framing objects when...

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Schedules

There are great schedule tools in Envisioener to help your create window, door and member schedules for your working drawings. Watch this video to learn how to use the schedules tool to your advantage:

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Understanding SmartViews

Watch this webinar archive video to understand what a Smartview is and how you can use them to develop your working drawings. SmartViews are an efficient way to add model views to your worksheets!

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Site Data Tools

Watch this video to learn how to import site data points and use them as the topography of the site. https://youtu.be/exvQOc1fCD4

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Understanding Lighting Design in Envisioneer

Watch this video to understand all of the settings behind lighting that will help you to create accurate lighting in your space and striking renderings. There are a variety of settings that help to direct the light in a scene, determine the light level of a light...

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Split Level Construction

Split Level Construction

This video will show you how to effectively build a split level home or any form of construction that incorporates knee walls or stacked walls. https://youtu.be/M-B8lykjAFw

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BIM Home Design Software Partner Integrations

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

Once you have a contract for a custom database created for you by the Cadsoft Service department, 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...

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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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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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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 and export the content to a BIM...

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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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Standout 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 “presentation” and how can...

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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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