ALLPLAN has just introduced its latest service release for its Allplan 2022 software. Munich-based ALLPLAN produces building information modelling (BIM) software for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Its user-friendly BIM software provides an integrated working environment for architects, engineers, and contractors on a single software platform. This extends from the initial design, right through to successful implementation on the construction site.
Its latest service release, dubbed “Allplan 2022-1” offers designers a “Technical Preview” feature. This provides live synchronization with Lumion visualization software. Other improvements include:
- a better user experience
- improvements to the installation procedure
- enhancements for experienced users
- sophisticated features such as parametric road design
Realistic visualizations with Lumion
One of the smartest new enhancements to ALLPLAN’s latest release is its “LiveSync” feature. This provides point-of-view synchronization between Allplan and Lumion. This feature means that changes to the model or viewing position in Allplan are automatically applied to Lumion too. This enables users to generate visualizations in Lumion, quickly and easily. This is particularly useful for realistic representations of vegetation, interior design, or moving objects such as people or vehicles.
Better user experience
To make it easier for new users to get started with Allplan, its tooltips have been improved. When the user hovers over an icon with the mouse button, a brief explanation of the function is automatically displayed. Developments to standardize the user interface have also been continued. For example, property palettes have been added for more object types such as openings and steel connection components. Users can also rotate a selected object in its animation.
Improvements in the installation procedure
The new Windows installer makes it much easier to get started. The user guidance has also been redesigned and simplified. This significantly speeds up the download and installation process. Administrators in charge of a large number of workstations will be pleased to know that one can save all one’s settings on one installation and redeploy them on your remaining installation. Moreover, projects can now be imported from any source directly in the project selection dialog.
Enhancements for experienced users
Experienced users will enjoy the fact that creating one’s own Python scripts is simpler and easier. The new palette designer allows parameters to be placed selectively on multiple tabs. Tooltips have been improved and adjustment sliders are now supported. It is also possible to access additional components such as columns and beams and to control IFC export. In addition, actions can be undone or repeated with just one click. For the simplified use of its cloud services, there is a new common login for Allplan Connect and Bimplus.
Parametric Road Design with Allplan
In Allplan 2022-1, a road model is created based on assigned cross-section templates. All plans and reports can be automatically derived directly from the model. The parametric concept allows the gradient of a road axis to be subsequently changed or, for example, the terrain base data to be easily adjusted. In addition to high performance, Allplan offers an intuitive graphical user interface, straightforward input workflows and a wide range of functions for model detailing. This latest service release also offers additional components for automated plan output, improved input of vertical axis geometry, and a much faster graphical display of the terrain model.
Installing latest update
Allplan 2022-1 was released on April 7, 2022, and is available via the “Auto Update” function in Allplan or Allplan Connect. Please note that synchronization with Lumion requires Lumion version 8.3 or later and Allplan version 2022-1 or later.
- For more information, please see Allplan 2022-1 Release Notes.