AEC

AllPlan Features

1 Feb, 2002 By: Steven S. Ross


Allplan FT V16.2 Nemetschek AG
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Release date
Summer 2001
Initial price
$4,995
Upgrades
$495 from one major version to next
Lease option
$199 per month for 36 months; after that, you own the software
Annual maintenance fee
$420(software service agreement includes updates inside the major version and telephone, e-mail, remote control, and ScreenCam movie support
Operating systems
Supported
Windows 95/98/NT/2000 (XP due12.01 as v16.3)
Reviewed
Windows 2000
Multiple document support
Yes, but only within the same project
Supports xrefs (or similar)
Yes
Web-aware
Somewhat
Web tools
Collaboration tools
Yes, through NID files
Format for sharing drawings via Web
No
Attach hyperlinks to entities in drawing
Yes
Access/insert data/content directly from Web
Yes
Other
Strong network support
Smart AEC objects
Predefined objects
Walls, doors,roofs, rafters, windows, openings, stairs, beams
Easily exchange objects
Yes
Custom objects supported
Yes
View-dependent representation of objects
Yes
Walls
Predefined wall styles
Unlimited
Customize wall styles
Yes
Curtain walls
Yes
Curved walls
Yes
Hatch fill
Yes
Solid fill
Yes
Doors/windows
Predefined doors and windows
Unlimited(parametric)
Customize doors/windows
Yes
Work in 2D
Yes
Work in 3D
Yes
Work in 2D/3D simultaneously
Switch back and forth from view to view
Convert 2D to 3D
Yes
Convert 3D to 2D
Yes
2D detailing/drafting tools
Comprehensive
Metric option
Yes
Space planning tools
Yes
Generate walls from space plans
Yes
Mass modeling tools
Yes
Generate floors from mass models
Yes
Explicit multistory support
Yes
Layers
Maximum number of layers
Unlimited (default is AIA scheme with 460)
Supports alphanumeric layer names
Yes
AIA layer system
Yes
Other layer systems
Yes
Master layer controls
Yes
User configurable layer system
Yes
Dimensioning (automatic or semiautomatic)
Yes
Keynotes
Yes
Schedules; dynamic link with model
Yes
Reports; dynamic link with model
Yes
Symbols library
Comprehensive
Doors
Yes
Windows
Yes
Plumbing
Yes
HVAC
Yes
Electrical
Yes
Furniture
Yes
Structural
Yes
Site
Yes
Landscape
Yes
VehiclesYes
Other
Walls, etc. About 5,000 in all
Plotting
WYSIWYG preview
Adequate
Color fills
Yes
Batch mode
Yes
Save configurations for multiple plotters
Yes
Other
Uses Windows or its own drivers
Visualization/rendering
Texture mapping
Yes
Ray tracing
Yes
Transparency
Limited
Reflectance
Yes
Refraction
Yes
Procedural rendering
Yes
Radiosity
No
Animation
Animate camera/target
Yes
Animate textures
yes
Customization tools
VBA support
No
Access ActiveX object model interface
No
Other
Easy macro language, many add-ons
Data exchange
Import formats
DXF, DWG, DGN, ESS, Spirit, IFC, META, FEA, HPGL/2
Export formats
DXF, DWG, DGN, ESS, IFC 2.0, META, TIFF, BMP, AVI, VRML
Tutorials
Printed version
Yes
Multimedia
Available

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