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When first launching Outdoor Living Solutions software (Deck Planner Software™, Pergola Planner Software™ and/or Fence Planner Software™), you will need to set up an account with a unique user login and password. Please note, you will need to set up separate user logins and passwords for each of the design software solutions.
The initial loading screen (the first screen you see with a loading bar) will take a few minutes as the main code and data for the app needs to download.
Yes. However, users won’t see saved designs from the other machine until they login or restart the application.
Please refer to the in-app tutorials for all questions regarding how to view your deck, pergola, fence or other outdoor structure design.
The design tools do not require that the functions be visited in order. You can visit, or revisit, any of the sections at any time and in any order. Use the bottom right menu bar to undo or redo the full range of design features in the software.
At this time, only Deck Planner Software™ is available on the Apple App Store.
The Deck Planner Software™ enables the user to add multiple horizontal levels to their deck designs. Select the “ADD LEVEL” icon to create additional levels.
Yes. Click the “Show Menu” button and save as a new design. The auto-save function will also automatically save your design throughout the design process.
Yes. See the steps below for how to change the name of your design:
Yes. You must save your work using different version names in order to see them simultaneously.
Each deck, pergola, fence or other outdoor structure design is unique to the user account and only the user has access to these designs.
Yes. Included in each software solution is an in-app tutorial that users can follow along with when designing their deck, pergola, fence or other outdoor structure. In addition, users can access Deck Planner Software™, Pergola Planner Software™ and Fence Planner Software™ videos available on YouTube."
When launching the software solution, select “load designs option.” Once in the software, select the “Show Menu.”
The output report is exported into a PDF document. This report will contain the following items:
Deck Planner Software™:
For Pergola Planner Software™:
For Fence Planner Software™
No. The new Deck Planner Software™ version is built on a more robust platform and therefore, the files are non-transferrable.
For Deck Planner Software™, if you’re an existing user prior to June 15, 2019, please register for a new account as we’ve moved to a new platform and version of our Deck Planner Software™. For all Outdoor Living Software solutions, if you’re a user who registered after June 15, 2019, and you’ve forgotten your username and password, please click the Reset button.
A pop-up blocker is the most common reason your PDF is not downloading. Disable your pop-up blocker and try to download the report again. Another reason you may have issues downloading the report could be your Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please verify that you have met the Adobe Acrobat requirements.
In the Visualize Deck function icon, click the Upload Photo button. This can be done at any time during the deck, pergola, fence or other structure design process.
Each connector in the Deck Planner Software is linked to its respective product page on strongtie.com. Select the connector you want to learn more about, and then select Product Info. From the product page, you can find installation instructions, technical notes, load tables, code reports, and corrosion information.
Your deck must be at least four feet in height in order to add landings. Once you adjust the height of your deck to above four feet, you will be able to add a landing.
When you add a wall alongside your deck, the software will automatically add a ledger attachment. If you want a ledger attachment to be omitted from the plans, remove the walls from your plans to generate your final report. You can always “save as” and create a deck with the wall added for visual reference.
Yes. You can change the structural lumber sizes in the settings icon. The size of the posts on your railings can be edited in the railings icon.
No. We offer wood and composite railings, but there are no options for cables.