PlansXpress FAQs

Methods of copying items in PlansXpress
Like with many programs PlansXpress allows you to copy and paste items with ease, however there are two different methods of copying items within PlansXpress producing slightly different results. The first way of copying allows us to copy items identically from one plan to another. The second way allows us...
Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Change the PlansXpress background colour
You can change the background colour of your PlansXpress to light grey, dark grey or black. Click the Settings tab and then the Display button. Use the Background Colour drop-down box to change the colour and click OK to return to your plan. John Rees
Wed, 17 Jun, 2015 at 5:06 PM
Changing the orientation of a door
Changing the orientation of a door is quick and easy and here’s how you can do it. First select the door that you wish to change the orientation of by left clicking on any of the lines that make up the door.  Three entity handles will appear; the blue handle allows...
Thu, 18 Jun, 2015 at 4:26 PM
Setting part of your plan to be non-estimated.
If you are drawing an extension plan you might find it useful to have the existing building shown but not estimated. The easiest way to do this is to draw the existing structure first and select all of the existing structure by clicking and dragging your mouse around the entire...
Fri, 19 Jun, 2015 at 4:24 PM
PlansXpress drawing tools
Line Draw a line by clicking this icon and then single left-clicking on the plan to give the start point of the line, move the mouse and click again to give the next point of the line. Right-click or hit the Esc key to stop drawing lines. Holding down the...
Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 at 1:09 PM
Using views in PlansXpress
Views have two main purposes. Firstly, you can create Views of a drawing with particular Layers switched on and off. For example, you could create a Print View of a drawing with the Layers you don’t want to see on the printout, such as floors, ceilings and roofs, switched off....
Fri, 17 Jul, 2015 at 3:10 PM
PlansXpress Printer Settings
Once you’ve finished your drawing and are ready to print it, you can set up the layout and appearance of the printout using the Print Options and Print Setup tools in the File menu. A summary of the different print settings is given below.  Note: If you want to have your plans...
Thu, 30 Jul, 2015 at 1:12 PM
Using the Notes Wizard in PlansXpress and EstimatorXpress
Once you’ve estimated a Job in EstimatorXpress™, the Notes Wizard can be used to generate automated specification notes which you can add to your PlansXpress™ drawings. There are three different types of note generated by EstimatorXpress™. General Notes are generic remarks which apply to, and can be used with, most...
Wed, 30 Sep, 2015 at 11:11 AM
How to rotate a PDF plan before importing into PlansXpress
PlansXpress is not an image editor, it cannot be used to rotate a PDF, JPG or BMP file however a PDF (or JPG or BMP) can be rotated before being imported to PlansXpress using a free image editor called Gimp. You can download Gimp from   When you open Gimp, you...
Fri, 3 May, 2019 at 5:59 PM