Kicking off 2019 with a streamlined interface

We just rolled out an update to the interface of our editor. You might notice some new features (hello long awaited light-settings!) but the most visible of this update are that some of our tools have moved to a different place in the interface. We think and hope these changes will make it even easier to create and manage your floorplans.

The main change is that in the old interface, there were three main tabs. We have expanded this to five tabs but also made some adjustments in the functions within these tabs. These tabs are the five steps to create your floor plan, and can be used from left to right to give you a more structured process.

The first tab (with the house icon) allows you to have an overview of all the project settings. This tab might still look a bit empty but in the coming period there will be more functions added.  The first button allows you to close your project and go back to your dashboard. We also added a new function ’light settings' . With this tool you can adjust the sun position, height and intensity, and also immediately place lamps and adjust their intensity. This will give you more control on how the renders of your plans will look like.

The second tab (with the floor icon) contains the floor menu. Here you can add or edit floors. To give you a better overview, we have added a thumbnail preview of all your created floors. We also improved the “restore” functionality so it is now much quicker to restore one of your previous saved plans.

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Now that you have created your floors, it is time to build and the third tab (the hammer icon) has the tools to make the actual structure of your plan. This tab has two sub-functions: 'create spaces' and 'place structural units'. Here you can draw your rooms, walls and surfaces, and place doors, windows and structural elements like stairs and fireplaces. You can also add a background to your floor plan, if you already have an underlay of your floor plan.

 These functions used to be part of the construction tab, which has now been split up into two tabs. The placing labels and drawing lines functions (which also used to be under the construction tab) can now be found in the fourth tab (the i). This tab allows you to add information to your floor plan, so here you can set roomtypes, place labels and symbols, and also draw lines and dimensions.

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The decorating and furniture tabs have now been combined to one tab, which is the fifth tab (the chair). This tab contains the paint, materials and furniture functions.

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You now also have quicker access to the Metric to Imperial switch and the tape measure functionality via the mini icons in the bottom left of your plan. We also have added titles to our icons, so that you can immediately see what they stand for.

Hopefully all these changes will improve your experience using floorplanner!

Camera Improvements

We have added some new useful features to our camera functionality. The most important change is that you can now add more cameras to a floor. This makes it a lot easier to create renders from every room of a house, and – it’s a new way to present your plan. We added a play button that allows you to automatically move between the cameras . This allows you to create a cool fly-through from one viewpoint to another.

We also improved the navigation of the walkthrough mode. You can now double click on any place on the floor to move smoothly to that position.

To play around with the camera you click on the camera button in the topbar of the 2D view or on the 3D button. You will then open the view of your first camera. You can navigate through your plan to find a good position for your camera. Via the new Camera sidebar you can change the properties of this camera . Each camera can have its own scenery image (the image you will see when you look through the windows of your plan). This makes it possible to have different views from different positions.

When you found a good position for your camera you can create a better image. Click on the “render camera view” button and select the quality of the image you want to make. Then click on the big blue round button to have the image sent to you by mail in a few minutes.

We have lifted the limitation on the number of renders you can create. This means that from now on, all accounts can create “fast preview” (SD - 960x540px) images from all your cameras. If you have a PRO account or higher your will also have the option to make High Quality (full HD 1920x1080px) images.

Later this year we will roll out more upgrade options for your projects. This will include 360/panoramas and also photorealistic images.

Stay tuned….

Interior renders with our new camera feature

Now that our new editor is up and running we can also start rolling out some cool new features  that have been in the works for quite some time. One of the things we’ve been dying to bring to you was our new camera-feature!

I’m sure you’re familiar with viewing your floor plan in 2D and 3D, but as of today you can also use the camera to experience the most immersive way of seeing your floor plan. With the new camera-feature you can experience your floor plan as if you were standing inside of your floor plan.

Top-left: 2D view | top-right: 3D view | bottom-left: camera view inside | bottom-right: HD 3D rendering of the camera view

Top-left: 2D view | top-right: 3D view | bottom-left: camera view inside | bottom-right: HD 3D rendering of the camera view

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To use the new camera feature all you need to do is to click the camera-icon at the top of your screen. Play around with the sliders, your mouse or arrow keys to achieve the view you want.

The camera feature is, from today onwards, available for all our users. PLUS and PRO subscribers can create renders without having to wait in a queue. Where Free & PLUS subscribers can export in SD quality only, PRO subscribers also get access to interior renders in glorious HD!

Left: SD Render | Right: HD render

Left: SD Render | Right: HD render

A new and future-proof Floorplanner!

Hi there!

Last week was a very busy week for us at Floorplanner. If you’ve logged in somewhere in the last week you’ve probably noticed that we’ve released a new floorplan editor.

This version might look different but in many ways still works the same and we added some significant improvements in terms of features, speed and stability.

Overall the first responses have been positive but we totally understand that change is not always welcome. The feedback you’re providing us however, is very encouraging. We still need to fix some little quirks and bugs that you’re reporting to us. We are focussed on fixing  these issues and adding more features in the coming weeks.

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Why did we release a new editor in the first place?

The release of the new editor actually marks the final stages of a near two-year journey. When we started that journey, our editor was based on so-called Flash technology. We won’t bother you with the technical details but Flash as a technology was dying. Nowadays a lot of browser do not support the technology anymore and getting the Flash based editor to work on something like a tablet is simply impossible.

Modern times call for a more modern editor, so you can continue using Floorplanner for all your floorplan needs!

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What did we change?

The most spectacular change, first of all, is that the editor has a completely new, fresh look and feel!

We think it looks a lot better. We’ve tried to incorporate the as much of your feedback as possible when designing and building it.

If you’re used to the old editor you might feel a bit lost initially though, as we’ve moved almost all functionality to the menu on the left side of your screen. I’m sure you’ll find your way easily but if you’re still searching, the image below might help you find your way a bit more easily.

In the new menu we’ve tried to define options a bit more distinctive. As you can see there’s now three main menu items at the top of the menu bar:

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  1. Build (blue) – lets you set the basic outline of your floorplan. Set your surface, walls, doors, etc. here

  2. Decorate (yellow) – here you can set manage the materials and colors for your walls and floors.

  3. Furnish (green) – this part of the menu lets you add furniture and home-deco items to your floorplan.

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We’ve added over 145.000 new items to our library for you to use. That does make it a bit harder for you to find what you’re looking for and that’s actually also one of the most important updates we’ll make as soon as possible. All those items are of course really nice but if you can’t find what you’re looking for than it’s no use in the first place.

You’ll also learn that, once you’ve used the new editor for a while, its blazing fast and helps you be even more productive when using Floorplanner. We’ve also added new features such as automatic measurement lines, roomtype sets and view switches.

I could go on and on about all the improvements we’ve made but I hope I’ve got you excited to try them out for yourself. Head over to Floorplanner, log in and try it out for yourself. You can of course also use our demo-floorplan.

All your feedback appreciated, so please let us know! For now, I’d like to wish you lots of fun and joy with our new editor!

Draw it. Rotate it. Mirror it.

We added two features to give you more control over your floor plans:
You can now rotate and mirror a whole floor plan!

Mirroring a floor plan is useful when you want to re-use an existing plan, but need to have it mirrored. For instance think about a street or an apartment building with connected houses. It is very common that there are just a couple of object types, which are reused throughout the whole layout of the building.

Mirror mirror on the wall.. who has the most beautiful floorplan of them all?

Mirror mirror on the wall.. who has the most beautiful floorplan of them all?

Rotating a plan can come in handy when the current layout isn’t optimal for your presentation. You can turn a vertical plan into a horizontal plan in just a few seconds ⏱👌

You can rotate the plan clockwise or counter clockwise

You can rotate the plan clockwise or counter clockwise