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PlusSpec 2016+ is here

We promised you that something big was coming – and it’s finally here! PlusSpec 2016+ is packed with new tools and features that we know you’ll love.

 

So what’s new in PlusSpec+ ?

For now you’ll have to read the notes below, but we’ll add some video updates shortly.

New Tools

New Section Tool

This is by far our favorite new feature. Say goodbye to hollow geometry. You can now assign a hatch, colour or texture to each PlusSpec material – and when  you change/move your sections, they will update live! And the best part? It’s super easy to use!

Note: these sections cut fill will only work in new geometry.

Please note that the Section Tool will only work for walls/slabs, etc that have been drawn using PlusSpec 2016+.

New Capping & Flashing Tool

The new capping and flashing tool allows you to quickly and easily add any combination of our flashings, cappings and gutters to your model.

capping and flashing tool in Sketchup PlusSpec

New Ceiling Joist Tool

You can now generate Ceiling Joists from the Roof tool. Draw Ceiling Joists in exactly the same way as Floor Joists.

Ceiling Joists in PlusSpec for SketchUp

New Dincel Wall Tool

Australian users will be happy to hear that you can now model your projects using the Dincel construction system!

Dincel Wall Tool

New Features/Improvements

Truss Tool Update

Skillion & Dutch Gable Truss options have been aded to the Roof Truss Tool.

Skillion trusses in 3d with variable overhangs

Joist tool Update

Until now you have only been able to draw Joists from faces. In this update we have pimped the Joist tool to allow you to also create joists with a 3 click drawing methodology (the same 3 click methodology used for the Truss tool).

 

Lightweight Multi-skin wall

We have added a new wall type: Lightweight Multi-skin wall. This is a very common wall-type in the USA, Europe and Asia – and will make our North American users, in particular, very happy!

Lightweight Frame Wall Example

Updated wall types

The update wall types give you more freedom when creating walls. Masonry products have been joined together so you now have the ability to create more walls like a block and brick wall, block veneer wall and more.

 

Updated Search function within the BIM tool

The updated Search function will make it far quicker and easier to assign your custom BIM components to a layer.

 

Scene Update

With the release of our amazing new Section tool, we have also updated our Scene creator. Orthogonal plans/elevations/sections have now been set to color by default (so you can use section hatching, color, etc). But don’t worry. If you like to draw in the boring old black and white, you can easily modify your scenes, as usual.

 

Round timber post/column option in the Post Tool

Have you ever wanted to build a pole house? Well, it just so happens that PlusSpec now has circular wood/timber poles that you can adjust parametrically to build your home on any level block.

 

Material Search Option

A new Material Search option has been added but is currently only available for AUS bricks. However, it will be rolled out over all products and material libraries in the very near future.

 

Product Geolocation

You can now set your region so that you only get access to products that are available in your area. This geolocation setting is currently only available for AUS bricks. However, it will be rolled out over all products and Material Libraries in the very near future.

 

Full Austral Bricks Product Range

Every single product! Now you have access to every brick that Austral makes and distributes around the world. Austral distributes products internationally. All you need to do is load the latest version of PlusSpec and press Sync. Then go to the materials list and check out all of the cool new products.

 

Takeoff units

You now have the ability to select which units you want to appear in the takeoff when you estimate your model. Simply go to Settings and select the units you want.

 

General Performance Improvements

4 Comments

  • Ian Garradd says:

    Hi
    Great news re the above updates!
    They should make the already excellent program spectacular!

    Another function for the wall tool worth considering is cavity battens.
    They are a great addition for condensation control as well as enhancing the effectiveness of reflective foil insulation if used. (RFL does not prevent heat transmission unless there is a gap -pref with about 18 mm min.

    Cavity battens were became more or less essential in NZ because of the lessons learnt from the ‘leaky building syndrome’
    (It would be worth confirming thais wit some NZ designers as it was a while ago since I was there )

    Cheers
    Ian

    • Profile photo of Tyler Moeke Tyler Moeke says:

      Good day Ian,
      Thank you for posting on our blog, we are delighted to hear that you are happy with tour latest update.
      We thank you for your feedback on the cavity battens. I will take this back to the development team for comment and keep you posted on progress.
      We have had a lot of enquiries from New Zealand lately, so be sure to watch this space 🙂

  • Love that Dincel has come on board 🙂 Very Very Happy

    Also love all the other additions.

    Deanne

    • Profile photo of Tyler Moeke Tyler Moeke says:

      Thank you Deanne for the brilliant feedback.
      We are happy that you love PlusSpec 16+ and if there is anything else we can assist you to make you are even happier customer please let us know.
      Thank you

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