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PlusSpec v16.3.0 Release Notes

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So what’s new in PlusSpec 16.3?

This update is packed with new tools and features that we know you’ll love. See the full notes below:

Interior design in 3D is now a reality! 

Introducing the most powerful and easy-to-use  Paint Tool EVER!  You now have a full color atlas, with 5040 named colors at your finger tips. WOW!

  • search color
  • add color
  • see color
  • quantify color

Find out more HERE.

Simply add your color selections to your model, or get your color consultant to do it for you!

 

Don’t forget you can view your PlusSpec models on your Android or Apple tablet or phone!

Ohhhh the joy of communication and technology with PlusSpec……

Paint Tool

Full range of Taubmans Paints for the Australian Material Library:

To coincide with the release of the new  PlusSpec Paint Tool, We have included the full Taubmans range of colours to the Paint Tool – with over 5040 colours to select from. This gives you the ability to apply paints/colours to just about anything inside of PlusSpec!

 

See how this will benefit you HERE.

Splash screen Update

Check out our new welcome screen. It’s the first thing you’ll see when you open PlusSpec.

It tells you when you need to update, and when your Material Library is out of date – so keep your eye on it!

 

We have also added links to all of our tutorials. If you have never used PlusSpec before, get started with our super easy Beginners Tutorials. They only take a minute and they will save you those D’oh! moments.

Learning BIM in Skethcup

Roof Tool improvements:

  • Now includes fascia options.
  • Now includes gutter options.
  • Boxed & raked eave options.
  • Plumb & angled fascia options.
  • Eave/soffit material can now be chosen.
  • Timber/lumber fascia option.
  • Fascia/barge materials for gables can now be chosen and enabled/disabled.
  • Reverse dutch gable option added to the ‘Edit Roof Pitch’ Tool.

 

Eave and Fascia Updates

Plumb Fascia & Boxed Eave

Raked Eave, Angled Fascia

Angled Fascia & Raked Eave

Reverse Dutch Gable

Edit Roof Pitch: Reverse Dutch Gable Option

Sloping/Skillion/Shed Roof Tool improvements:

  • Improved draw method: now each side of the roof will explain if the fascia will be plumb or angled;  if the fascia material will be removed; and if the overhang will be enabled/disabled.
  • Now includes fascia option.
  • Now includes gutter option.
  • Boxed & raked eave options.
  • Plumb & angled fascia options.
  • Eave/soffit material can now be chosen.
  • Timber/lumber fascia option.
  • Raked or flat ceiling option for insulation.

Skillion Shed Roof

Sloping/Skillion/Shed Roof Improvements

Skillion Shed Roof GIF

Wall Tool improvements:

  • When you draw a wall, you will now see a bold, black line. This line indicates which wall alignment has been nominated to draw from.
  • Help text will now appear as you draw walls. This will enable you to better understand which side of your wall is the external material, and which side of your wall is the internal material.
  • Raked ceiling option for internal lining (eg. plasterboard) has been added.
  • External wall reveals around windows and doors now have the wall material applied. Previously these reveals were shown white.

Wall Update: Exterior vs Interior

Wall drawing improvements: External vs Internal + Wall Alignment clarification

Section Hatching Tool improvements:

  • Stucco hatching option added.
  • Existing and Demolition hatching options added.

Section Hatching_existing vs demolition vs proposed

Section Tool Improvements: Existing vs Demolition vs Proposed

General Improvements

Slab Tool:

  • Slabs can now be drawn without a footing.
  • Construction details have been updated to make more sense.
  • Slabs and footings are now one object.

Ceiling Tool:

  • The ceilings now have a thickness.

Floor & Ceiling Joist Tools:

  • The joist direction will now determine the direction of the flooring.

Rafter Tool:

  • The ridge sizing error has been fixed.

Settings Tool:

  • More Takeoff units have been added: Materials & components can be imperial or metric in takeoff  (mm, cm, m, in, ft, yd).
  • The Search Materials feature has been improved to make it quicker and easier to use.
  • The ‘Create Similar’ option in the right-click menus has been added to more tools.
  • PlusSpec right-click menu items are now in capitals to make them easier to find/see.
  • An Arch window has been added to the Component Tool.
  • Updated splash screen and links to tutorials.
  • The ‘None’ option has been removed from some material fields.
  • General Performance improvements and upgrades.

Arch Window

New Arch window

Things you should know

TIPS & TRICKS

Are you regularly using the Sync Tool?

Once you have installed an update,  re-open PlusSpec and click the Sync Tool. You’ll get access to loads of new products that will make specification easier, and will transform the look of your designs.

Remember to click the sync tool every 2-3 weeks. This will ensure that you will always have access to the latest materials. Note: Your old materials will always be there for you. 

Previously drawn Walls

Because we have reconfigured the material libraries, if you want to edit a wall that you have drawn prior to this update, you may need to re-select some of the materials (eg. masonry).

 

Previously drawn Windows/Doors

When editing a model drawn prior to this update, some of your windows and doors glazing may turn opaque if you move a wall. If this happens simply select the windows/doors with the Window/Door Options tool > press submit.

 

Previously drawn Slabs

If you want to edit a slab that you have drawn prior to this update, you will be unable to right click and edit. To edit previously drawn slabs, left click the slab > select the slab tool > make required changes in the Slab Tool Dialogue.

Previous Update Reminder

Geo Located materials:

We want to remind you that in our last update, we added Geo Located Materials:

There is no point in building igloos in the desert as ICE can be hard to come by.Why specifying products that are not available or feasible to deliver?

 

PlusSpec has Geo located materials! This is a game changer. PlusSpec enables USA, UK & AU users to select national products. In Australia it can be done by State and territory.
It’s as easy as 1 2 3
geo located BIM content Australia, USA, United Kingdom

Don’t forget to change your location settings as materials are now geo located

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All or our updates are FREE to all PlusSpec Subscribers.

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Estimators

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Taubmans full range of paint colours inside PlusSpec

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Colour consultation using Sketchup and PlusSpecCommunicate colour and finishes in a way that everyone understands!

Over 5040 Taubmans paint colours to select from!

We are happy to announce to our Australian users, that Taubmans have partnered with RubySketch, and will now have their full range of paint colours available inside of PlusSpec.

Every single colour! Can you believe it?!

Key benefits for PlusSpec & Taubmans Customers:

Architects and Designers

  • Ability to design with real Taubmans Paints.
  • Ability to generate unprecedented feasibility studies and/or material quantities, with no extra work.
  • Communicate more effectively with Clients, Builders and trades: Ensure that everyone understands your design.

Builders

  • Ability to automatically generate a Take-off and Estimate with the exact product names and amount of paint required.
  • Other benefits include: communicating with subcontractors, error reduction and human error when interpreting specifications.

Homeowners

  • PlusSpec enables unprecedented Communication. Clients will know what they will get, before it’s built.
  • Don’t like your colour choices now that you see it in context? Change your colours with the click of a mouse!

When can I paint with Taubmans colours?

As soon as our latest version has been released (16.3.0 – PlusSpec 16/17), download the update and start using Taubmans paints!

 

Don’t have PlusSpec yet? What are you waiting for? This is the perfect time to buy!

About Taubmans

One of the oldest paint brands in the market, Taubmans has been painting Australian homes for over 110 years. In 2007 PPG Industries acquired the Taubmans brand. Back in the early 1900s, George Taubman built the company on a foundation of technical superiority. Taubmans’ new owners, PPG, also have a long history of applying global technologies to gain a competitive edge.

 

We love Taubmans paints, and we know that you do to!

 

Taubmans regularly send out flyers with their paint brushout samples – and we recommend that all of our Australian users register to utilise these services from the Taubmans Colour Centre, by clicking on the ‘Register’ link found Here. This is the best way to combine the benefits of seeing what your favourite colours look like on screen, as well as off the screen.

Introducing the most powerful and easy-to-use BIM & Estimating Paint Tool

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Paint: The problems faced by Design Professionals

ARCHITECTS

Up until now, most Architects, Designers and Interior Designers have avoided choosing and specifying paint in 3D BIM projects – and prefer to simply use mood boards.

 

This is understandable, as other 3D BIM software are not design tools – and are not about communicating design intent in a 3D format.

 

Physical mood boards and colour samples are valuable tools for Architects and Designers, but they are disconnected from the BIM model and 2D plans, which can lead to error.  More importantly, clients find them very difficult to understand. How can they be expected to see the bigger picture in an abstract form? Clients need to be able to see colour in context – and there is no better way than in 3D!

 

Another big problem arises when trying to communicate paint choices to Builders and Trades. Explaining your color choices with 2D plans or text can easily lead to misinterpretation and error. This costs everyone.

Paint: The problems faced by Builders & Estimators

Builder

Estimator

Paint can have a surprising impact on the price of a project. For a bespoke home, the cost of paint typically ranges between 2.5% to 3%.

 

Due to the traditional communication methods (text format, 2D plans, etc) it is common that errors and oversights are made in cost estimates, as well as onsite. The cost and time associated with painting error can be significant – and it is almost always tied back to communication error.

Cost of interior design

Get it right and the price is insignificant.

Paint graph error

Get it wrong and the price can be significant.

Introducing the most powerful and easy-to-use BIM & Estimating        Paint Tool

PlusSpec for SketchUp is the ultimate design and communication software – and with the addition of our new Paint Tool, our users will be able to design, specify and communicate color choices in BIM, like never before.

 

And every surface that you paint will be automatically quantified and estimated!

How the Paint Tool will benefit You

Architects, Designers and Interior Designers will actually be able to design with color in 3D, and then clearly communicate their choices to their Clients, Estimators and Builders.

 

Estimators will not miss allowing for paint when creating cost estimates.

 

Builders will be able to explain the paint selections to their Painters onsite by viewing the 3D model on a laptop, phone or tablet.

 

Clients (and everyone in the Project Team) will be able to have a virtual walk-through in 3D, room by room – and actually understand the color choices.

Colour consultation using Sketchup and PlusSpec

You NEED to communicate color and finishes in a way that everyone understands!

When will the Paint Tool be released?

You won’t have to wait long! This amazing new tool will be made available in our next big update, which is scheduled for release within the next couple of weeks (if not before)!

 

Watch this space!

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