PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.7)

Released: February 8, 2017

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed an issue with adding windows and doors to Dincel walls.
  • Fixed an issue with editing Dincel walls.

 

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PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.6)

Released: January 24, 2017

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed an issue with navigating the splashscreen for Mac.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.5)

Released: November 18, 2016

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed an issue with syncing material libraries in the Settings Tool.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.4)

Released: November 11, 2016

 

This is an update for SketchUp 17 and includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed an issue with the cornice in the Ceiling Tool.
  • Fixed an issue with the MEP Tool.
  • Fixed an issue with the Drop to Wall function.
  • Fixed an issue with the splashscreen buttons.
  • General improvements and optimization.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.3)

Released: October 27, 2016

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed a thickness issue in the Joist & Ceiling Joist Tools.
  • Fixed Takeoff header naming errors.
  • Fixed a custom material thickness error and wall preview error for the Lightweight Multi-Skin Wall.
  • Fixed a Takeoff Export Excel issue with a forward slash (‘/’) in the layer name.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.2)

Released: October 17, 2016

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Fixed Skillion/Shed Roof fascia height error.
  • Added missing fascia material to Reverse Dutch Gable option.
  • Fixed Wall Surface Tool draw error.
  • Bomb Tool moved into the Component Tools.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.1)

Released: October 10, 2016

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Updated splashscreen.
  • A new internal bifold door option (single & double) has been added.
  • Skirting enable/disable issue has been fixed.
  • Slab drawing issue has been fixed. Previously, if you tried to generate a slab from an edge/line made up of multiple segments, the slab would not have been formed correctly. This is no longer a problem.

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.0)

Released: September 16, 2016

 

Click HERE to see the FULL Release Notes

 

New Paint Tool for better communication:

  • Introducing the most powerful and easy-to-use  Paint Tool EVER!

Full range of Taubmans Paints for the Australian Material Library:

  • With over 5040 colours to select from. This gives you the ability to apply paints/colours to just about anything inside of PlusSpec!

Hip Roof Tool:

  • 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.

Skillion/Shed Roof Tool:

  • 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.

Wall Tool:

  • 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.

Section Hatching Tool:

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

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).

General Improvements:

  • The Search Materials feature has been improved to make it quicker and easier to use.
  • The ‘Create Similar’ option 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.

PlusSpec 2016+ (Rbz 16.2.0)

Released: June 10, 2016

 

What’s new in PlusSpec 2016+?:

NEW Tools

  • Section Tool – 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! (Please note that the Section Tool will only work for walls/slabs, etc that have been drawn using PlusSpec 2016+).
  • Capping & Flashing Tool – The new capping and flashing tool allows you to quickly and easily add any combination of flashings, cappings and gutters to your model.
  • Ceiling Joist Tool – You can now generate Ceiling Joists from the Roof tool. Draw Ceiling Joists in exactly the same way as Floor Joists.
  • Dincel Wall Tool – Australian users will be happy to hear that you can now model your projects using the Dincel construction system!

Updates

  • Lightweight Multi-Skin wall added to the Wall Tool which is a common wall construction for USA, Europe and Asia
  • Masonry products have been joined together for more wall customisation like block and brick walls and more
  • Full Austral Bricks product ranges have been added
  • Search Material function for material fields
  • Material geolocation according to your area/region (currently only available for AUS library)
  • Three point drawing methodology for the Joist Tool (same as the Truss Tool)
  • Skillion & Dutch Gable truss options added to the Truss Tool
  • Ability to change the takeoff units have been added to Settings
  • Round timber post option added to the Post Tool
  • Search Layer option in BIM Tool
  • Documentation scenes have been set to color by default as well as other updates to the scenes
  • Updated tutorials
  • General performance improvements

PlusSpec 2016 (Rbz 16.1.0)

Released: March 02, 2016

 

What is new in PlusSpec 2016?:

Do you prefer to watch videos, than reading? If so, you may like to take a look at our What’s New in PlusSpec 2016 Overview video, instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYaYn3lnsfk

Or, take a look at our In depth 2016 update Tutorial video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIdOL_5zyWU

 

This update includes the following new features and improvements:

NEW Tools

  • North Tools – The new North tools allow users to geolocate their site, and then set Project North, which will adjust the site and North Point accordingly. Sun and Shadow Diagrams will be set at Project North, but accurately capture the sun to real world conditions. Users will now also be able to automatically generate Sun & Shadow Analysis plans, with the addition of a new scene set.
  • Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) Tool – The new MEP tool allows you add more information to your model to aid early error detection and clashes. Currently, you can select from hot and cold water, grey water, gas, recycled water, steel pipe, fire pipes, exhaust & air conditioning ducting and electrical conduit.
  • Roof Truss Tool – The new Truss tool allows you to create trussed roof framing.

Updates

  • Fractional measurements (e.g 9′ 1 1/8″) & ratio pitches/angles (e.g 1:4) are now supported in dialogues.
  • Walls have been given a thickness for plasterboard/moulding, and better visualisation for 2D & 3D scenes.
  • Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP) scenes have been added to the Scene Tool.
  • Cornice options have been added to the Ceiling Tool.
  • Advanced voids/cutouts for slabs, joists, flooring & wall surfaces.
  • Advanced slab recess & penetrations.
  • Merged Roof Tools: There is now a Skillion Roof Tool & a Hip Roof Tool.
  • Fascia, gutter profiles, valley, ceiling insulation & sarking options have been added to the Hip Roof Tool.
  • Stramit roofing products have been added to the Roof Tools (for our Australian users).
  • Timber LVL headers have been added as an option for windows & doors.
  • Materials have been updated & added. Make sure you sync your library!
  • Door materials have been moved to the Door Tool dialogue.
  • Inside the Job Tool you can now add your company logo & enter site classifications, which will also be displayed in takeoffs.
  • Inside the Settings Tool, you can now select which Material Library (Country) to use, select the currency symbol that best suits your region, as well as the ability to choose the units (metric or imperial) to write/display in all PlusSpec dialogues.
  • You can now export your takeoff/estimate directly into Excel, in XML format.
  • The Machine ID mismatch error has been fixed.
  • The Tag Tool has an updated dialogue, and also a reply field.
  • The Stair Tool now has winder stairs & an updated dialogue, which allows you to create & apply materials.
  • The component option fields have been moved to new dialogue.
  • Intuitive dimension strings now guide the insertion of windows and doors. These dimensions can be toggled so that doors and windows can be inserted or offset by exact distances, and from different points (exterior wall, interior wall, frame, etc).
  • A French door type has been added.
  • All doors and windows can now be opened inward/outward (previously, windows could only open outward).
  • The Layer field in the BIM Tool is now in alphabetical order.
  • More tutorials have been made for our new and existing tools.

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.5)

Released: November 04, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.5?:

This update includes the following:

  • Multi-Skin Wall, which allows plasterboard thickness & has the option for cavity insulation
  • Solid Wall, which includes concrete walls
  • Skirting in the Flooring Tool
  • Block & Beam option in the Joist Tool
  • Tag Tool, which gives you the ability to point out areas in your project for easier collaboration & communication
  • More image types able to be used when creating materials
  • Ability to switch between material libraries (AUS, US & UK – with more coming soon)
  • Water Tank, Corner Brick Sill & Round Window components added to the Component Tool
  • Updates to Take Off / Estimation Tool
  • Updates for scenes including the new Presentation scene
  • Updates to tool dialogues
  • Bug fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.4)

Released: May 29, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.4?:

This update includes the following:

  • Fix machine mismatch error when changing internet connections
  • Bi-fold windows & doors can now open both inwards & outwards
  • Updates for lintels in windows & doors
  • Kitchen & Laundry Corner Benches added to Component Tool
  • Updates for scenes and layers
  • Updates for the Post Tool
  • Bug fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.3)

Released: May 25, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.3?:

This update includes the following:

  • Component previews added to the Window, Door & Stair Tools
  • LVL materials added to Rafter Tool
  • Spreader options added to downpipe component
  • Demolition & Existing options added to Roof Tool
  • Bug fixes & improvements

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.2)

Released: May 18, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.2?:

This update includes the following:

  • Bug fixes and General improvements
  • Machine ID fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.1)

Released: May 14, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.1?:

This update includes the following:

  • Roof Framing
  • Special Windows (Corner & Gable Windows)
  • Miscellaneous (Brick Sill & Downpipe)
  • Ancillaries (Frame Hardware)
  • Water Feature, Toilet Roll Holder, Surface Water Pit, Skip Bins & Hedges
  • Improved export for Layout

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.0) Official Launch

Released: February 25, 2015

 

PlusSpec Launch

After years of development, and months of Beta testing, we are proud to announce that we have officially launched the Full version of PlusSpec: PlusSpec 2015.

PlusSpec is a new building design, planning and estimating BIM software, that brings together the power of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Estimation, 3D Modelling, 2D Planning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) – into one easy-to-use package.

PlusSpec offers architects, designers and builders, total design freedom, and incorporates parametric modelling within the native SketchUp platform, so that any design option can be sketched out and explored quickly and easily in either BIM or free-form 3D.

PlusSpec uses real products from real manufacturers, and allows full quantity/material take-offs and pricingto be automatically calculated and collated in a report – all with a simple click of a button.

At PlusSpec, we share the SketchUp mantra:

‘Great tools are ones you look forward to using…They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both’

PlusSpec has been designed by Architects and Builders, for Architects and Builders.

The first and only rule of PlusSpec, is that there are no more rules!

Customization: Now you can create and customize your own wall-types/materials and structural framing. Any new wall-types/materials or framing that you create will be saved in your personal library, and available for you to select, at the click of a button. You can also edit your custom materials at any time. With PlusSpec 2015, you have total design freedom. You can design with parametric modelling, which you can customize – or you can use the free-form 3D sketching with the native SketchUp tools.

Shortcuts: In PlusSpec 2015, you can associate shortcuts on your keyboard for all of the PlusSpec tools, to best suit your own personal workflow.

Pricing: PlusSpec 2015 enables you to add prices to every material or component in your model. Literally everything that you draw can have a price associated to it – and PlusSpec will remember it for your next projects. Now when you click your take-off, all of your materials will be quantified AND priced. You can associate labour prices in sqm or lineal meter, and you can even add a margin. If you are an Architect, you can track project costs throughout the design process – and understand cost implications as they happen. If you are a Builder, you can say goodbye to wasting away your hours, tediously preparing quantity take-offs. PlusSpec will give you your life back – and dramatically reduce errors.

This is a Game Changer!!!

We have made many other improvements to PlusSpec 2015, such as:

IFC attribution.

  • IFC attribution has become automated! Now you can use your Sketchup models in any IFC compatible software.
  • Walls now = IfcWall
  • windows = IfcWindow
  • Joist and beams =IfcBeam
  • Stairs = IfcStair
  • Floors=IfcFloor
  • Footings =Ifcfooting
  • Roof =IfcRoof, etc

IFC Spaces Tool

  • Create IFC spaces from your floors, or from floor coverings
  • Name your rooms
  • Set your ceiling heights
  • Demonstrate the room size in 3d
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Footing Tool

  • Create strip footings that don’t have to join back up
  • Create, find and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Create bearers and joists and change spacing
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Slab Tool

  • Create and remove openings after they have been drawn
  • Footing only option
  • Right-click menu options
  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Demolition option
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Joist Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Floor Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Existing and demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Wall Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New Split walls icon
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Wall Surface Tool

  • Create your own tile-able images and place them over any surface. Or, find pre-made materials, and simply drag and drop these materials straight into your model. You can manage materials and sync them by clicking the Sync button.
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Window Tool

  • Window Tool can change glass type, head height, frame type and colour…even window tinting.
  • Copy and place windows in the same wall
  • Define residential or commercial windows
  • Change the material that the windows are made from: Timber; Aluminium; PVC; etc
  • Create custom windows to suit standard glass sizes
  • Associate heads for brick work or for framing. These sizes can be changed or attributed by your engineer
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Door Tool

  • Associate hinges, door stops, screws, architrave sizing (to one side or both sides), & change door styles
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Post Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Change draw location: top bottom centre outside, by pressing the right arrow key on the keyboard
  • Existing and demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Remove ‘Hip Cap’ field
  • Demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Tool (face)

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New ink to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Editing Tool

  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Ceiling Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Stair Tool

  • We now have 12 different stair types and all of these stairs can make thousands of variations.
  • We added in a head height reference for stair void openings
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Scene Tool

  • Add IFC spaces scene

BIM Tool

  • Create new layers
  • IFC classification
  • Install price
  • Buy price
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Purge Tool  

  • Make your model work more efficiently The purge tool, this will get rid of all of the unnecessary textures and components in just one click.
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Help Tool

  • We made help easy to find! Every tool has access to associated tutorials.
  • New beginner & advanced tutorials
  • New Tips & tricks section

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.1)

Released: October 10, 2016

 

This update includes the following improvements:

  • Updated splashscreen.
  • A new internal bifold door option (single & double) has been added.
  • Skirting enable/disable issue has been fixed.
  • Slab drawing issue has been fixed. Previously, if you tried to generate a slab from an edge/line made up of multiple segments, the slab would not have been formed correctly. This is no longer a problem.

 

Download Update

PlusSpec 16.3 (Rbz 16.3.0)

Released: September 16, 2016

 

Click HERE to see the FULL Release Notes

 

New Paint Tool for better communication:

  • Introducing the most powerful and easy-to-use  Paint Tool EVER!

Full range of Taubmans Paints for the Australian Material Library:

  • With over 5040 colours to select from. This gives you the ability to apply paints/colours to just about anything inside of PlusSpec!

Hip Roof Tool:

  • 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.

Skillion/Shed Roof Tool:

  • 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.

Wall Tool:

  • 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.

Section Hatching Tool:

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

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).

General Improvements:

  • The Search Materials feature has been improved to make it quicker and easier to use.
  • The ‘Create Similar’ option 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.

PlusSpec 2016+ (Rbz 16.2.0)

Released: June 10, 2016

 

What’s new in PlusSpec 2016+?:

NEW Tools

  • Section Tool – 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! (Please note that the Section Tool will only work for walls/slabs, etc that have been drawn using PlusSpec 2016+).
  • Capping & Flashing Tool – The new capping and flashing tool allows you to quickly and easily add any combination of flashings, cappings and gutters to your model.
  • Ceiling Joist Tool – You can now generate Ceiling Joists from the Roof tool. Draw Ceiling Joists in exactly the same way as Floor Joists.
  • Dincel Wall Tool – Australian users will be happy to hear that you can now model your projects using the Dincel construction system!

Updates

  • Lightweight Multi-Skin wall added to the Wall Tool which is a common wall construction for USA, Europe and Asia
  • Masonry products have been joined together for more wall customisation like block and brick walls and more
  • Full Austral Bricks product ranges have been added
  • Search Material function for material fields
  • Material geolocation according to your area/region (currently only available for AUS library)
  • Three point drawing methodology for the Joist Tool (same as the Truss Tool)
  • Skillion & Dutch Gable truss options added to the Truss Tool
  • Ability to change the takeoff units have been added to Settings
  • Round timber post option added to the Post Tool
  • Search Layer option in BIM Tool
  • Documentation scenes have been set to color by default as well as other updates to the scenes
  • Updated tutorials
  • General performance improvements

PlusSpec 2016 (Rbz 16.1.0)

Released: March 02, 2016

 

What is new in PlusSpec 2016?:

Do you prefer to watch videos, than reading? If so, you may like to take a look at our What’s New in PlusSpec 2016 Overview video, instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYaYn3lnsfk

Or, take a look at our In depth 2016 update Tutorial video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIdOL_5zyWU

 

This update includes the following new features and improvements:

NEW Tools

  • North Tools – The new North tools allow users to geolocate their site, and then set Project North, which will adjust the site and North Point accordingly. Sun and Shadow Diagrams will be set at Project North, but accurately capture the sun to real world conditions. Users will now also be able to automatically generate Sun & Shadow Analysis plans, with the addition of a new scene set.
  • Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) Tool – The new MEP tool allows you add more information to your model to aid early error detection and clashes. Currently, you can select from hot and cold water, grey water, gas, recycled water, steel pipe, fire pipes, exhaust & air conditioning ducting and electrical conduit.
  • Roof Truss Tool – The new Truss tool allows you to create trussed roof framing.

Updates

  • Fractional measurements (e.g 9′ 1 1/8″) & ratio pitches/angles (e.g 1:4) are now supported in dialogues.
  • Walls have been given a thickness for plasterboard/moulding, and better visualisation for 2D & 3D scenes.
  • Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP) scenes have been added to the Scene Tool.
  • Cornice options have been added to the Ceiling Tool.
  • Advanced voids/cutouts for slabs, joists, flooring & wall surfaces.
  • Advanced slab recess & penetrations.
  • Merged Roof Tools: There is now a Skillion Roof Tool & a Hip Roof Tool.
  • Fascia, gutter profiles, valley, ceiling insulation & sarking options have been added to the Hip Roof Tool.
  • Stramit roofing products have been added to the Roof Tools (for our Australian users).
  • Timber LVL headers have been added as an option for windows & doors.
  • Materials have been updated & added. Make sure you sync your library!
  • Door materials have been moved to the Door Tool dialogue.
  • Inside the Job Tool you can now add your company logo & enter site classifications, which will also be displayed in takeoffs.
  • Inside the Settings Tool, you can now select which Material Library (Country) to use, select the currency symbol that best suits your region, as well as the ability to choose the units (metric or imperial) to write/display in all PlusSpec dialogues.
  • You can now export your takeoff/estimate directly into Excel, in XML format.
  • The Machine ID mismatch error has been fixed.
  • The Tag Tool has an updated dialogue, and also a reply field.
  • The Stair Tool now has winder stairs & an updated dialogue, which allows you to create & apply materials.
  • The component option fields have been moved to new dialogue.
  • Intuitive dimension strings now guide the insertion of windows and doors. These dimensions can be toggled so that doors and windows can be inserted or offset by exact distances, and from different points (exterior wall, interior wall, frame, etc).
  • A French door type has been added.
  • All doors and windows can now be opened inward/outward (previously, windows could only open outward).
  • The Layer field in the BIM Tool is now in alphabetical order.
  • More tutorials have been made for our new and existing tools.

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.5)

Released: November 04, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.5?:

This update includes the following:

  • Multi-Skin Wall, which allows plasterboard thickness & has the option for cavity insulation
  • Solid Wall, which includes concrete walls
  • Skirting in the Flooring Tool
  • Block & Beam option in the Joist Tool
  • Tag Tool, which gives you the ability to point out areas in your project for easier collaboration & communication
  • More image types able to be used when creating materials
  • Ability to switch between material libraries (AUS, US & UK – with more coming soon)
  • Water Tank, Corner Brick Sill & Round Window components added to the Component Tool
  • Updates to Take Off / Estimation Tool
  • Updates for scenes including the new Presentation scene
  • Updates to tool dialogues
  • Bug fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.4)

Released: May 29, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.4?:

This update includes the following:

  • Fix machine mismatch error when changing internet connections
  • Bi-fold windows & doors can now open both inwards & outwards
  • Updates for lintels in windows & doors
  • Kitchen & Laundry Corner Benches added to Component Tool
  • Updates for scenes and layers
  • Updates for the Post Tool
  • Bug fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.3)

Released: May 25, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.3?:

This update includes the following:

  • Component previews added to the Window, Door & Stair Tools
  • LVL materials added to Rafter Tool
  • Spreader options added to downpipe component
  • Demolition & Existing options added to Roof Tool
  • Bug fixes & improvements

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.2)

Released: May 18, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.2?:

This update includes the following:

  • Bug fixes and General improvements
  • Machine ID fixes

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.1)

Released: May 14, 2015

 

What’s new in 2015 – 1.3.1?:

This update includes the following:

  • Roof Framing
  • Special Windows (Corner & Gable Windows)
  • Miscellaneous (Brick Sill & Downpipe)
  • Ancillaries (Frame Hardware)
  • Water Feature, Toilet Roll Holder, Surface Water Pit, Skip Bins & Hedges
  • Improved export for Layout

PlusSpec 2015 (Rbz 1.3.0) Official Launch

Released: February 25, 2015

 

PlusSpec Launch

After years of development, and months of Beta testing, we are proud to announce that we have officially launched the Full version of PlusSpec: PlusSpec 2015.

PlusSpec is a new building design, planning and estimating BIM software, that brings together the power of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Estimation, 3D Modelling, 2D Planning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) – into one easy-to-use package.

PlusSpec offers architects, designers and builders, total design freedom, and incorporates parametric modelling within the native SketchUp platform, so that any design option can be sketched out and explored quickly and easily in either BIM or free-form 3D.

PlusSpec uses real products from real manufacturers, and allows full quantity/material take-offs and pricingto be automatically calculated and collated in a report – all with a simple click of a button.

At PlusSpec, we share the SketchUp mantra:

‘Great tools are ones you look forward to using…They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both’

PlusSpec has been designed by Architects and Builders, for Architects and Builders.

The first and only rule of PlusSpec, is that there are no more rules!

Customization: Now you can create and customize your own wall-types/materials and structural framing. Any new wall-types/materials or framing that you create will be saved in your personal library, and available for you to select, at the click of a button. You can also edit your custom materials at any time. With PlusSpec 2015, you have total design freedom. You can design with parametric modelling, which you can customize – or you can use the free-form 3D sketching with the native SketchUp tools.

Shortcuts: In PlusSpec 2015, you can associate shortcuts on your keyboard for all of the PlusSpec tools, to best suit your own personal workflow.

Pricing: PlusSpec 2015 enables you to add prices to every material or component in your model. Literally everything that you draw can have a price associated to it – and PlusSpec will remember it for your next projects. Now when you click your take-off, all of your materials will be quantified AND priced. You can associate labour prices in sqm or lineal meter, and you can even add a margin. If you are an Architect, you can track project costs throughout the design process – and understand cost implications as they happen. If you are a Builder, you can say goodbye to wasting away your hours, tediously preparing quantity take-offs. PlusSpec will give you your life back – and dramatically reduce errors.

This is a Game Changer!!!

We have made many other improvements to PlusSpec 2015, such as:

IFC attribution.

  • IFC attribution has become automated! Now you can use your Sketchup models in any IFC compatible software.
  • Walls now = IfcWall
  • windows = IfcWindow
  • Joist and beams =IfcBeam
  • Stairs = IfcStair
  • Floors=IfcFloor
  • Footings =Ifcfooting
  • Roof =IfcRoof, etc

IFC Spaces Tool

  • Create IFC spaces from your floors, or from floor coverings
  • Name your rooms
  • Set your ceiling heights
  • Demonstrate the room size in 3d
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Footing Tool

  • Create strip footings that don’t have to join back up
  • Create, find and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Create bearers and joists and change spacing
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Slab Tool

  • Create and remove openings after they have been drawn
  • Footing only option
  • Right-click menu options
  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Demolition option
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Joist Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Floor Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Existing and demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Wall Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New Split walls icon
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Wall Surface Tool

  • Create your own tile-able images and place them over any surface. Or, find pre-made materials, and simply drag and drop these materials straight into your model. You can manage materials and sync them by clicking the Sync button.
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Window Tool

  • Window Tool can change glass type, head height, frame type and colour…even window tinting.
  • Copy and place windows in the same wall
  • Define residential or commercial windows
  • Change the material that the windows are made from: Timber; Aluminium; PVC; etc
  • Create custom windows to suit standard glass sizes
  • Associate heads for brick work or for framing. These sizes can be changed or attributed by your engineer
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Door Tool

  • Associate hinges, door stops, screws, architrave sizing (to one side or both sides), & change door styles
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Post Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Change draw location: top bottom centre outside, by pressing the right arrow key on the keyboard
  • Existing and demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • Remove ‘Hip Cap’ field
  • Demolition options
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Tool (face)

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New ink to tutorials and tips & tricks

Roof Editing Tool

  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Ceiling Tool

  • Create, find, and manage materials (drag & drop)
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Stair Tool

  • We now have 12 different stair types and all of these stairs can make thousands of variations.
  • We added in a head height reference for stair void openings
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Scene Tool

  • Add IFC spaces scene

BIM Tool

  • Create new layers
  • IFC classification
  • Install price
  • Buy price
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Purge Tool  

  • Make your model work more efficiently The purge tool, this will get rid of all of the unnecessary textures and components in just one click.
  • New link to tutorials and tips & tricks

Help Tool

  • We made help easy to find! Every tool has access to associated tutorials.
  • New beginner & advanced tutorials
  • New Tips & tricks section