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CAD User Magazine EZ-Pipe Review

Volume 9 Number 9 — EZ-Pipe Plus, page 20.

The article in CAD User Magazine Volume 9 Number 9 was about EZ-Pipe Plus, a software plugin for AutoCAD that creates 2D pipe, valves, and fittings.

The article described the features and benefits of EZ-Pipe Plus, such as:

  • Compatibility with multiple hardware platforms supported by AutoCAD
  • Automatic adjustment of pipe lengths based on current weld gap
  • External data files for pipe, valves, and fittings
  • No learning curve or expensive training programs
  • Various types of pipe fittings and valves, including buttweld, flanged, PVC, forged steel, and socketweld
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PVC 3D Valves for AutoCAD Try It Now!

Ditch the Blocks: Adding Realistic 3D PVC Valve Symbols to AutoCAD with SoftDraft PVC Valves 3D

AutoCAD is a powerful tool for drafting any imaginable design, but when it comes to 3D piping systems, things can get a bit…sketchy. Traditional methods often rely on basic symbols and manual modeling, leading to time-consuming work and less-than-impressive visuals. But fear not, there’s a better way.

Enter SoftDraft PVC Valves 3D, a game-changer app that injects a dose of realism and efficiency into your AutoCAD workflow. Forget tedious task of inserting blocks and say hello to a treasure trove of pre-built, 3D PVC valve symbols ready to drop and drag into your designs.

Why Go 3D?

The benefits of using 3D valve symbols are manifold:

  • Accuracy and Detail: SoftDraft PVC Valves 3D are meticulously crafted based on real-world dimensions from leading manufacturers like Asahi and Spears. This ensures your piping models are not only functional but also visually stunning, down to the intricate details of each valve.
  • Professional Presentations: Impress clients and colleagues with presentations that showcase your piping system in true 3D glory. No more relying on basic 2D drawings or symbols that lack depth and realism.
  • Boosted Efficiency: Ditch the time-consuming process of manually modeling each valve. With SoftDraft PVC Valves 3D, you can insert the perfect valve in seconds, freeing up valuable time for other design tasks.
  • Reduced Errors: Precise, pre-built valves minimize the risk of errors due to inaccurate dimensions or hand-drawn inconsistencies.

SoftDraft PVC Valves 3D: A Powerhouse of Features

This nifty app boasts a range of features that make adding 3D valve symbols a breeze:

  • Extensive Library: Choose from over 115 different flanged and socket valve types, with sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 6″. No matter your project requirements, you’ll find the perfect valve match.
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AutoCAD World Steel Bar Joist App

The article in AutoCAD World Issue 94 Volume 5, Bar Joists was a review of the Steel Bar Joists and Joist Girders app by SoftDraft, LLC. The plugin for steel bar joist and girders Joist2K, a nifty tool for AutoCAD crafted by SoftDraft, streamlines the process of adding steel bar joists and girder frameworks with an array of customizable features. The article complimented the application for its user-friendly interface, precision, and interoperability with other structural steel programs by SoftDraft. The piece highlighted specific ways in which the application simplifies crafting diverse models of bar joists and larger supporting structures for an array of construction endeavors.  The article wrapped up by enthusiastically advocating the application to any individual who might need to plan or specify steel bar joists and joist girders in AutoCAD.

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Add Text in AutoCAD Faster with QuickNotes

AutoCAD Text Command VS. QuickNotes Text

Using the SoftDraft software app QuickNotes instead of adding text notes in AutoCAD with the text command can provide several advantages. Here are some key benefits:

1.      Efficiency: QuickNotes is designed to speed up note creation, offering pre-designed templates and commonly used phrases which means you spend less time typing.

2.      Consistency: With standardized note blocks, your documentation across different drawings maintains a uniform look, making it more professional.

3.      Customization: You’re able to customize these notes easily within QuickNotes to fit specific project requirements without having to edit each text entity manually.

4.      Organization: The app may offer better ways to organize and manage your notes directly within its interface rather than dealing with individual text objects scattered throughout a drawing.

5.      Error Reduction: By using preset terms and sentences, you reduce the risk of typos or inconsistencies that might occur when entering text manually into AutoCAD.

6.      Integration Features: There could be integration features such as automatic updates from databases or spreadsheets which aren’t available through basic AutoCAD commands.

7.      User-Friendly Interface: For users who aren’t proficient with all of AutoCAD’s functionalities, QuickNotes often provides an easier learning curve due to its focused nature on notetaking.

QuickNotes App

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How SteelPLUS Enhances AutoCAD with Structural Shapes and More

CADalyst Magazine August ’97 — What’s New?, page 38.

In this issue SoftDraft, LLC unveiled its SteelPLUS Structural Shapes AutoCAD add-on App that parametrically creates AISC/CISC/MAISC structural steel shapes in plan, elevation, section, and single-line drawings. SteelPLUS Structural Shapes enhances AutoCAD with the ability to easily place Structural Steel Shapes from a dialog interface.

SoftDraft’s SteelPLUS Structural Shapes isn’t just an AutoCAD add-on; it’s a parametric powerhouse for steel detailers. Imagine effortlessly generating accurate AISC/CISC/MAISC shapes in any view needed, from plan to single-line sections. W-shapes, channels, angles, tubing, and pipes are merely the foundation – your drawing canvas awaits.

A single, intuitive dialog box unlocks the full repertoire. Multiple insertion points, layer control, color selection, and customized linetype options let you tailor every shape to your specific needs. Beyond aesthetics, individual control over flange and web thickness empowers you to create profiles that precisely match your design intent.

But SteelPLUS doesn’t stop at basic shapes. Its magic lies in its ability to transform the non-segmented polyline into a complex steel profile, seamlessly creating custom sections. With a single click, that polyline evolves into an AutoCAD block, ensuring drawing efficiency and minimizing file size.

And the convenience doesn’t end there. SteelPLUS Structural Shapes isn’t a lone wolf; it’s part of a robust pack – the SteelPLUS Structural Detailing Bundle. This comprehensive suite offers four additional modules to refine your workflow:

  • Bolts Nuts Washers: Bolts2K simplifies steel connection detailing with a library of accurate bolt representations and automated placement tools.
  • Steel Joist and Girders: Joist2K generates a large number and types of joists and girders with ease, tackling both simple and composite profiles.
  • Steel Floor & Roof Deck:  Steel2K expedites deck layout with intuitive tools for metal decks in section and elevation views.
  • Welding Symbols: Weld2K enhances clarity and communication with a comprehensive library of standardized weld symbols, applied directly to your steel elements.

Whether you’re a seasoned structural engineer or a rising CAD prodigy, SteelPLUS empowers you to work smarter, not harder. Experience the freedom of creating parametric structural steel shapes, the efficiency of streamlined workflows, and the confidence of knowing your drawings are built on a foundation of accuracy and detail.

So, don’t just add shapes to your AutoCAD – add a revolution. Explore SteelPLUS Structural Shapes and unleash the full potential of your steel detailing process.

P.S. Don’t forget! For standalone access to the Shapes module, check out Steel2K on the AutoCAD App Store and Steel2K for AutoCAD LT 2024. Happy detailing!


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Introducing StoreFront App for AutoCAD 2024 LT

The StoreFront app is a powerful new tool that can help you save time and improve accuracy when creating storefront designs in AutoCAD 2024 LT. With the StoreFront app, you can easily create storefronts with a continuous string of single or double doors and windows. You can also customize your storefronts to meet your specific needs by choosing from a variety of door and window styles, sizes, and configurations.

The StoreFront app is easy to use. Simply input the desired specifications into the command-line interface, and the software will automatically generate the corresponding storefront design. This intuitive process reduces the risk of errors and increases the accuracy and efficiency of the design process.

If you are using AutoCAD 2024 LT, then I encourage you to try the new StoreFront app. It is a powerful tool that can help you save time, improve accuracy, and enhance creativity.

Here are some of the benefits of using the StoreFront app:

  • Save time: The StoreFront app can save you a significant amount of time by automating the process of creating storefront designs. This can be especially helpful for large or complex projects.
  • Improved collaboration: The StoreFront app makes it easy to collaborate with other team members on storefront designs. You can share your designs with others and get feedback quickly and easily.
  • Enhanced creativity: The StoreFront app gives you the freedom to be creative with your storefront designs. You can choose from a variety of door and window styles, sizes, and configurations to create a unique and eye-catching storefront.

If you are looking for a software application that can help you save time, improve accuracy, and enhance creativity, then the StoreFront app is a great option.

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Light Steel Framing Members: Now Available in 3D!

Our software, SoftDraft Light Steel Framing Members 3D, has been honored with the distinction of being a Featured App for AutoCAD Architecture_English users. This recognition places us among the top recommendations within this robust design platform.

Designed to enhance productivity, our tool empowers users to swiftly incorporate light steel framing into their models in AutoCAD Architecture_English. The results are precise and comprehensive representations of light steel structures that serve various applications from planning and construction to documentation processes.

User-friendly by design, SoftDraft Light Steel Framing Members 3D integrates smoothly with existing workflows in AutoCAD Architecture_English and supports an extensive array of light steel framing profiles. Its adaptability makes it ideal for diverse project requirements.

We take great pride in this achievement as it underscores our commitment to providing valuable resources for designers and architects using AutoCAD Architecture_English. We eagerly anticipate seeing the innovative ways professionals will employ SoftDraft Light Steel Framing Members 3D in crafting efficient designs using lightweight steel framing solutions.

In addition to our advanced 3D application, we also offer a version tailored for creating two-dimensional layouts:

Light Steel Framing 2D App

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Steel Shapes 3D-JIS Try Now!

SoftDraft Steel3DS JIS has been added to the Landing Page_English as New Apps in the Autodesk App Store.

Steel3D-JIS Structural Steel Shapes created as a 3D solid can be placed as a columns or beams by two methods. By turning on the toggle “Select Lines For Extrusion” you are able to select multiple lines in 3D model space. When the toggle is Off, you place the shape then specify the height by moving the cursor out to the required height or type the height in.

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SoftDraft Joist3D added to New Apps.

Your product SoftDraft Joist3D Imperial has been added to Landing Page_English as New Apps.
Autodesk App Store Team.

Steel Bar Joists and Joist Girders

It doesn’t get any easier than this! Draw Steel Bar Joists as a 3D-Solid by selecting a single line. No data manuals to find and look up the dimensional information you need to draw a steel bar joist in AutoCAD. Create joists in 3D for details or 3D for presentations.