Top ten free floor plan software tools in 2019

Roomle 3D Floor Planner: Roomle belongs to a digital, 3D configurator useful for furniture designer to promote and demonstrate their stock. Roomle’s 2D and 3D room planning module facilitate real estate agents and interior designers to employ superior quality fascinating visuals for generating interactive floor plans. Roomle’s floor planner provides support to virtual walkthroughs and easy sharing capabilities.

PlanningWiz Floor Planner: PlanningWiz provides both floor plan design services and a floor planner solution. The software is useful at the time of designing both indoor and outdoor spaces. The purpose of PlanningWiz is to deal with the complexcities which particular industries may need while planning blueprints. It also provides tailored editions for designers in particular industries like property development or recreational facilities.

RoomSketcher: With RoomSketcher (previously known as RoomSketcher Home Designer) design application, the users will be able to generate floor plans and home designs in 3D. Both professionals and individuals get the ability to utilize RoomSketcher’s floor plans, 360-degree view photos, and interactive 3D walkthroughs. RoomSketcher users can depend on floor plans which are provided with exact measurements. The users will be able to render those plans in 3D and panorama, and even modify the finished home design with custom colors and textures.

Floorplanner: Floorplanner simplifies the process to generate floor plans in 2D and 3D and then distribute interactive versions of those floor plans online. Floorplanner comprises of an “auto-furnish” feature that allows you to simply decorate rooms inside your floor plan. Floorplanner produces professional and polished floor plans which are fully prepared for presentation.

Draft it: Cadlogic develops Draft it, a full-featured, 2D CAD drawing software that offers the architects with 3D modeling, drafting, and detailing tools. Draft it comprises with powerful drawing tools and supports the import of AutoCAD files and different design components and symbols.

Sweet Home 3D: Sweet Home 3D belongs to an open-source interior design application that can either be downloaded or applied in a web browser. It facilitates the users to observe the finished 2D floor plans in 3D for context and presentation. The program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

SmartDraw: SmartDraw belongs to an org chart maker that provides an online floor plan creator for simple application, sharing and collaboration. SmartDraw’s chart and diagram templates are utilized to generate visuals for businesses which are simple to present. Anybody can utilize floor plan creator with an internet connection. SmartDraw contains various architectural design symbols and file sharing applications.

AutoCAD LT: AutoCAD LT belongs to a 2D CAD drafting and documentation software that is compatible with a Windows or Mac operating system. AutoCAD LT is the 2D version of AutoCAD, a stripped-down version with a reduced price tag. However, AutoCAD LT meets the technical diagramming and drafting requirements of contractors and construction companies.

Civil 3D: Civil 3D from AutoDesk is a BIM solution specifically created for civil engineering design and construction companies, but its features can technically be applied to generate a 3D house plan. Civil 3D comprises of a set of surveying and civil engineering tools.

AutoCAD Architecture: AutoCAD Architecture contains a toolset that’s customized to the requirements of an architect. It utilizes AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) objects (that is, walls, doors, and windows) as design components and employs those symbols to generate realistic and spatially aware, three-dimensional floor plans.

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New ‘BimNv’ SDK for Navisworks Files launched by ODA (Open Design Alliance)

The Open Design Alliance (ODA), a trusted solution provider in CAD interoperability and component technology, introduced its new BimNv SDK (software development kit).

BimNv belongs to the industry’s first autonomous, cross-platform toolkit for dealing with Autodesk® Navisworks® files.

It is now possible to include Navisworks file support to the suite of BIM interoperability toolkits. The ODA members will now be able to import data from Navisworks files into any application, or visualize this data in 3d from desktop, mobile or web applications by applying complementary Visualize technology.

The ODA’s latest SDK facilitates the developers to read and interoperate with Navisworks files. Besides, Navisworks, IFC, Revit and .dwg and .dgn files are integrated in a 3D view and clash detection can be run on the model.

Besides, providing the support for Navisworks files, it is also possible to incorporate files of various formats to generate a whole-project view of a model. Supported formats comprise of .dwg, .dgn, Autodesk Revit® files, IFC, and more. Clash detection can be run on the combined model in 3D to identify interferences.

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New ‘BimNv’ SDK for Navisworks Files launched by ODA (Open Design Alliance)

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A position is vacant for Revit Designer in NY

New York based Focus Lighting, a fast-growing, innovative, and award-winning architectural lighting design firm is inviting application for a full-time Revit Designer. The prospective candidate has to take the responsibilities to create beautiful architectural projects.

Besides, the candidate is liable for supporting successful project delivery for all the stages of Revit modeling.

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Generate initial Revit model setup on the basis of individual project BIM Execution Plans and Focus Revit standards.
2. Coordinate BIM process with outside collaborators to maintain smooth and trouble free process.
3. Content formation (i.e. fixture families) along with custom lighting fixture families as required.
4. Make, edit, and control detailed design drawings through all design stages with Revit.
5. Help in arranging, compiling and despatching project deliverables.
6. Help in the incessant enhancement of company Revit standards and modeling protocol to fulfill and overcome current industry best practices.
7. Assist with recruiting new hires with Focus Revit standards, and hands on Revit training.
8. Troubleshooting as required.

Qualifications Include (but are not limited to the following):

1. Atleast 4 years of professional work experience with Revit.
2. BIM Management Experience
3. 4-year degree in Architecture, Technical Theatre / Theater Design, Engineering, Construction or related field.
4. Sound knowledge AutoCAD, Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Adobe Suite and capability to learn new software easily.
5. Working knowledge with other 3D Modeling software like Sketchup, Rhino and 3ds Max.
6. Must have experience in hospitality or retail design industry.
7. Experience in theatrical or architectural lighting design.
8. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
9. Be highly organized and detail oriented.
10. Ability to deal with several projects all at once, work both independently and cooperatively, and cope up with the pressure.

Remuneration package will include salary and other benefits like paid vacation, medical and dental insurance etc. Send your resume to careers@focuslighting.comalong with cover letter and salary.

To apply online, click on the following link

A position is vacant for Revit Designer in NY

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How to import AutoCAD files into Revit

In this exclusive Revit tutorial, you will get some useful tips to import DWG or AutoCAD files into Revit. You will be able to convert any AutoCAD project, 2d plans into a 3D model into Revit.

Initially, you will learn how to set up the file in CAD prior to put it on Revit to get rid of any trouble with the file for working with it. Then you will learn the proper procedure to import as well as how to perform all the setups, place it and lock in exact location.

Then, you will be guided to setting all visibility graphic and how to set up entire view to view your floor plan in AutoCAD properly as well as how to apply this plan efficiently to model your revit file.

To download the project file, click on the following link.

How to prepare your DWG file :

1. Open the file in AutoCAD.
2. Verify xrefs (externally referenced DWG files). If some exist, connect them to the drawing, with the Insert option to get rid of excess layers.
3. Run SETBYLAYER to eliminate any color, linetype, or lineweight overrides from objects.
4. Run PURGE to eliminate any leftover layers, linetypes, blocks, and styles.
5. Freeze any unnecessary layers.
6. Apply SAVEAS to save a copy of the file in your “CAD Links” folder (or wherever your standard linked file location is).

To learn the complete method for importing CAD files to Revit, go through the following tutorial.

Video Source: Balkan Architect

How to import AutoCAD files into Revit

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Simple metric conversion with AutoCAD QuickCalc calculator

The QuickCalc calculator comprises of geometric functions, unit conversions, and variables, in excess of the elementary features available in scientific calculators.

QuickCalc belongs to an expression builder. To get superior result, it does not instantly compute an answer when a function is clicked by. Rather, you can compose an expression that is easily editable.

Once it is completed, just click the equal sign (=) or press Enter. Afterward, it is possible to recover the expression from the History area, rectify it, and recalculate the results.

QuickCalc performs the following functionalities :-

Accomplish mathematical and trigonometric calculations.

Get access and evaluate calculations done earlier for re-evaluation.

Apply the calculator with the Properties palette for rectification of object properties.

Change units of measurement.

Accomplish geometric calculations with reference to certain objects.

Copy and paste values and expressions to and from the Properties palette and the Command prompt.

Accomplish calculations on mixed numbers (fractions), and feet and inches.

Identify, preserve, and use calculator variables.

Apply geometric functions from the CAL command.

In this regard, the renowned AutoCAD Tutor Lynn Allen presents an useful video tutorial on how to make easy metric conversion with the AutoCAD quick calculator. Click on the following link to watch the video.

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Simple metric conversion with AutoCAD QuickCalc calculator

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A position is vacant for Designer/Site Surveyor

US based Rise Architecture is inviting application for the position of a motivated Architectural Designer/ Site Surveyor with at least 3 years of experience to work in tandem with the team.

The prospective candidate has to deal with the interior renovations for multi-family buildings and commercial properties. Rise Architecture has been in business since 2010, and has completed over 800 projects, located in the 5 boroughs in New York City.

Duties & liabilities:

a. The candidate has to calculate the sites interior/exterior in all 5 boroughs, mostly small apartments but also retail stores and manufacturing spaces, roofs, etc.

b. Arrange construction/ filing sets in Autocad according to city requirements and codes.
c. Ability to contact clients through email or phone to schedule site visits.


a. At least 3 yrs experience in similar field.
b. Sound knowledge in Autocad and it is mandatory.
c. Capability in measuring sites.

d. Positive attitude!
e. The candidate should be the resident of NYC and authorized to work in the U.S.

To apply online, click on the following link

A position is vacant for Designer/Site Surveyor

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Job for BIM Manager in Dublin

A position is vacant for an experienced BIM Manager to work in tandem with a leading main contractor through-out Ireland.

The prospective candidate should contain a contracting background performing on large scale developments for minimum 5 years.

Roles & liabilities:

• Arrange a framework for BIM execution that is aligned to the growing maturity of the business.
• BIM Centre of Excellence lead, liable for knowledge management and allocating best practice.
• Direct engagement with the Design Management community to support the drive for better governance of design management and integration with BIM processes.
• Assist to develop master information delivery plans and task information delivery plans, set up information structure and standards, agree output formats and authenticate compliance.
• Review and enhance internal systems for compliance with industry standards, e.g. filing systems, BIM procedures within IMS.
• Set out the proper BIM Digital toolsets for the company along with formation of the perfect software procurement model and supporting the related technical implementation.

• Develop operating methods for implementing new software (Revit, Navis works, Civils 3D).
• Interpret project specific EIRs to integrate these into supply chain assessments (Consultant and Contractor), develop CIRs for Tier 1 contractor to issue to key suppliers incorporating specific EiR requirements, organize BIM Execution plans and aid in pre-contract response to EIRs.
• Work in tandem with the project teams to set up information exchange processes, and CDE management.
• Provide direct support at Project level for exploring the benefits of 3D modelling eg. Design optimisation, Construction sequencing, Information management.

• Support the Work Winning teams in recognizing the best value design and construction for tenders and for responding/selling BIM Capability in Quality Submissions.
• Arrange training and awareness of BIM

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Job for BIM Manager in Dublin

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New upgradation to Revit software add-ons developed by Ideate

Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, upgrades its Revit software add-ons with new features.

Given below, the details of new features :-

Ideate BIMLink

• Capability to edit data in the program; it does not require to export it to Excel initially.
• Capability to export metric units with the predictable Excel formatting for German customers
• Capability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

• Option to pre-define the significance of all 915 Revit warning types
• Capability to look for particular warnings and edit several warnings at same time
• Option to get warnings data only when the Warnings tab remains active
• Capability to view when a project has surpassed a certain number of warnings


• Ideate ReNumber is now compatible with multi-category rules
• Ideate ViewCreator deals with visibility and graphic override conditions in an efficient manner while replicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

• Capability to shift or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and sustain Ideate Sticky pathing
• Capability to avail Excel files which are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
• Some previously unsuitable Excel files are now consistent

New upgradation to Revit software add-ons developed by Ideate

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CorelCAD 2018 – The powerful 2D drafting & 3D design tools

CorelCAD 2018 is the newest professional 2D drafting and 3D design tools. It is compatible with windows and Mac platform as well as various industry standard tiles like .DWG, .STL, .PDF and .CDR.

Given below, some exclusive features of CorelCAD 2018 :-

Native .DWG files – Open, edit and save files in .DWG format for making smooth collaboration with colleagues and suppliers.

3D solid editing and modeling tools – Save significant design time with rapid on-screen editing tools. The improved EntityGrips and Properties palette facilitate for 3D editing and offer discerning manipulation skillset in 3D. Include 3D solid primitives to your design and employ Boolean operations to connect, bisect and subtract bodies. There are different types of advanced editing tools like Filleting Edges of 3D Solids, and coloring, moving, rotating and offsetting individual faces of 3D solids.

Table support: By applying the new ExportTable command, the tables can be exported in a comma separated format (CSV), and import CSV files in Microsoft Excel or database applications. In tables, it is possible to add formulas into cells plus insert, delete, merge or resize cells, rows and columns within existing tables.

Object snaps and EntityGrips: With various CorelCAD smart tools like object snaps, grips and polar guides, instantly rearrange, align, copy or resize objects.

Helix tool: Enhance the shaping possibilities with the new Helix tool to generate 2D spirals and 3D helixes to arrange any object with a three-dimensional shape in a single layer around a cylindrical shape, like a spring or spiral staircase.

To learn about other exciting features, go through the following link

To download the free trial version, click on the following link

CorelCAD 2018 – The powerful 2D drafting & 3D design tools

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Converting AutoCAD Meter Drawing into Inch Feet Drawing

While working with the measurements in AutoCAD one problem one question is very common to all which is if an AutoCAD drawing is in feet or inches but needs to be converted into Metric units or vice versa, what will be the steps? Though this question is raised a couple of times, the answer is simple; there are some following steps that will help in converting the measurements.

In this article we are going to discuss about the process of converting an AutoCAD drawing from Metric to Inches, here are the steps to follow:

• At first new file has to open in the window by the following path- click on the File Menu > click on Open option, it will open a new file.
• Next the units has to chose; in the command box users can type UN which will open a dialogue box, in this dialogue box Type, Precision and Unit to Scale has to change.
• Next go to the command line click on Insert Command and enter INSERT.
• Then find the structure and open it from the file location.
• If the dimension looks big change it from Dimension Style Option.
• Then go to the Scale Objects prompt and enter 0, 0 for the Base Point.
• When prompted for scale factor, users can enter the needed scale factor for the units to be converted.
• Next save the new file.

To learn the detail methods, go through the following AutoCAD video tutorial.

Video Source: CAD CAREER

Converting AutoCAD Meter Drawing into Inch Feet Drawing

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