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SoftPlan is a subscription based facility that helps the design process by providing you with a suite of cloud-based services and knowledge to give you access to content, data and more.

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SoftPlan is a subscription based facility that helps the design process by providing you with a suite of cloud-based services and knowledge to give you access to content, data and more.


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SoftPlan Systems
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Brentwood, TN
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Softplan has come so far in the 20 years I’ve been using it. Can do 3D drawings so much easier, showing clients different views. The design process is quicker with all of the different tools that have been added along the way. The support on the Softplan site is very helpful as well when looking for help/resources. Tech is also amazing if having any issues. Symbols & several other things can be added into softplan to customize. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The biggest downside, which is probably on my end, is how often the program crashes - possibly bc I’m trying to do too much too fast & too many files open at once. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits far exceed the problems of softplan. Roofs are easier than ever before, 3D renderings are quicker & easier to do. Walk-throughs are nice to show clients how the hone is forming up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Architectural Drafter and Construction estimator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The ability to customize, the 3D abilities, and the rough estimating that can be done using soft list. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find there’s often glitches, or work arounds needed. The softplan forum is very helpful to get users experiences and help. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can’t hold AutoCAD as the standard. These are very different programs. You will need to re-learn commands but it will come easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Something as simple and doing a clean sketch for fabrication to house plans.

The ability to walk through the 3D home with clients really gets them excited and gives them confidence that things are being taken care of. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

Softplan easily and quickly allows me to put together a 3d model to show clients what direction we can go in. The renderings really help with customer satisfaction. Not everyone can visualize how something will look based off a 2D drawing. The modeling and rendering capabilities really make the project jump out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have to trick the program on a few occasions to get the exact roof profile I am looking for. Other than that, this does most everything I need it to do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to draw details on certain projects to help the builder create what the customer is looking for. It also allows me to help the customer visualize what their project will look like. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Engineering Technologist
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the fact that every symbol and wall its integrated to one another and can be named, modified and adjusted to fit the design criteria you need without necessarily having to create a new block for a custom symbol every time. I also like the manual drafting tools. I find this is a good Solid 3D and 2D CAD Program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are minor glitches in the system - typically in my experience this was due to a hardware issue on my end - most things are minor and most likely arise because of a lack of knowledge on how to design something a certain way. I do wish however, that there would be more integration of Canadian companies - But this also could be a package they offer that I am not aware of. Most of everything is U.S. Pricing in material lists. This can be manually inputted. So I guess its more of a convenience thing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I Highly Recommend giving Softplan a try if conventional 2D Based CAD is what you currently are using. It takes time to get comfortable with the commands, but there is enough resources in their manual and online to figure out it in a relatively easy way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving issues of assemblies of multiple floors. I have the resources available to design a building exactly in 3D as seen in the Plan view. This ensures everything is accounted for in the design before it is built to reduce the amount of unforeseen issues when building onsite. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Principal
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Drawings tools, great libraries, 3D on split screens. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I will it integrated tools to allow more creation of shapes with the ability to rotate solids on a 3D plane. It is rather limited, leaving us to create them in Sketchup and import. It seemed like a natural ability to include this capability within the program.

Roof and stair tools can use an upgrade. The roof has a ton of tools but it still makes you trick it more than we would like. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Overall, we found every program has limitations. This really gives us control over line weights, and every aspect of the house, including cabinetry, framing, modeling, manufacturer products etc... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This gives us control over the stacking of floors, and even add necessary framing.

Site plan tools are great. We are able to to add Google earth coordinates and generate the terrain automatically from Google earth data.

Construction documents are very solid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The tools are very user friendly and it makes creating floorplans a breeze, much easier than autocad. I love the 3D feature and how easy and quick it is to create floorplan shells. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No complaints here yet. I have used several programs and this seems to be the most user friendly to me. Programs like Sketchup I have found force close a lot and Autocad can get very complicated Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just do it! Other competitors just dont have the ease of use that this program does. Your clients will be delighted at the finished product! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are many benefits. I feel I can use this program in front of a client and give them a 3D feel quickly whereas that would take me a while in AutoCad. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design Draftsperson / Drafting Supervisor
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

SoftPlan's libraries are highly customizable to suit your preferred construction methods and SoftPlan+ users have access to material content which is frequently added. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In comparison with ubiquitous BIM packages such as Revit, SoftPlan lacks a solid parametric family editor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're primarily doing residential design then SoftPlan for producing documentation efficiently. However if you also require structural engineering detailing then you might need a companion package. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using SoftList to identify correct takeoff quantities which will realize cost savings for our company. Price lists can be maintained in linked MS Excel sheets and changes populated instantaneously. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The program was fairly easy to learn, even without actual "training" on the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the processes for drafting, dimensioning, etc. seemed as though they intentionally made it to be almost the exact opposite of say, Autocad. For someone who has had over 20 years using Autocad, the SoftPlan software was extremely frustrating at times. While learning the software it would take me 3 or more "extra" steps to produce something I could've completed in minutes in Autocad but in SoftPlan would take much longer to achieve the same outcome. Dimensioning was cumbersome and creating a roof was far more difficult than other programs I've used. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SoftPlan was somewhat helpful when creating material takeoffs. However, it took quite a bit of trial and error on the front end to have the software produce anything remotely accurate or useful for our procurement department. It definitely required quite a bit of "tweaking" to get to that point. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Building Design/Project Development
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is user friendly, has great rendering capabilities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is mostly a residential oriented program and does not do well on large commercial style projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good, affordable program for residential and small commercial project drawings and renderings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to create a true to life model that can be interacted with the client. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Draftsman / Designer (Part-Time)
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

After you have drawn all of the floor plans , you can stack them and create all of the building elevations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not very much. All of the commands are easy to find. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once you have drawn all of the different level floor plans, you can ensure that the stair openings line up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Construction Estimator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best thing is probably the file size, as in I can fit over a year's worth of work on a thumb drive! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The conversion to auto-cad files back and forth is not always reliable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can produce accurate 3D views to help clients visualize the project. Saves a lot of time in adjusting for people who don't understand plans Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The auto roof option makes is easier to modify and create desired roof plans. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Our clients want to see the actual appliances, tile, etc that will be in their spaces and Softplan has a very limited selection. Because of the lack in Manufactures, our cabinet designs and construction designs are in two different software's. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None that I can say. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The user interface is really self-explanatory and quick to learn. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I didn't have anything I disliked about using the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Softplan allowed me to 3D model homes and then make quick 2D drawings all in one place and then quickly print those drawings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

That you can create 3d renderings from the plans as you draw. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Could be better integrated so any change on one page is reflected on all Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its very efficient for residential construction Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SoftReview allows the trades on site to view plans and dimensions etc without reducing the number of mistakes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

after you complete your house design, the software computes all materials needed and cost Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

there are no dislikes, its a wonderful tool! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend Softplan to anyone who needs a easy and friendly home building software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

By having Softplan at my finger tip, i can have a complete and detail of the materials needed to build and an estimated cost

without paying a professional crazy amount of money. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Construction
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

There is a lot of automation that you can setup to make your common materials and details assemble with ease. And the program creates a 3D image automatically that looks realistic enought for customers to visualize the end product easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It took a bit for me to get comfortable with the software (nowhere near as long as AutoCAD though) and at first was frustrated since the library didn't have "exactly" what I wanted from the get go. There are lots of components that I won't eve need in the library which I have to shuffle through to find what I need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spend the time learning it step by step Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed more than the 2D capabilities of AutoCAD and got really frustrated with learning Revit. Softplan lets me generate 3D images that customers can understand easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I enjoy that there are hot keys that I can program to a multi-button mouse for speed in changing functions.

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What do you dislike?

I dislike the auto-snap. It does not always seem to benefit me when drawing.

Some of the auto-functions are not intuitive. I use line tool to draw elevations, floor framing plans, and sections. I believe softplan may do these, but they're not intuitive enough for me to use.

It would be better if you had a "draw floor plan" mode, then "foundation mode" then "floor framing mode" " then "roof framing mode" then "elevations mode then "sections". Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for single family home designers that use wood construction, or someone that is looking for a CAD program and likes to use line tools as if you're sitting at the drawing board with pencil. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to store drawings and make revisions easily versus drawings on paper or velum. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like how Softplan is focused strictly towards residential building instead of being a bloated CAD software with features and functionality not relevant to home building Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The software uses what seems to be an older style of license authentication by using USB dongles. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Inquire about a trial and you will experience the difference Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Home building design and construction. Benefits are a simplified design software with a strategy for building residential homes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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