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Best Floor Plan Software Are you looking for a portable digital solution to design floor plans? If you are then, GoodFirms suggests you a list of floor plan software available in the market. A floor plan design software must have key features such as 2D drawing, 3D modeling, presentation tools, scenRead more
Best Floor Plan Software
Are you looking for a portable digital solution to design floor plans? If you are then, GoodFirms suggests you a list of floor plan software available in the market. A floor plan design software must have key features such as 2D drawing, 3D modeling, presentation tools, scenario-based planning, script-based export, parametric model, panoramic 360 views, choose the language, building information modeling, facade design, parametric custom profiles, annotate the plan, and support for building info. With GoodFirms researched details, and client reviews, service-seekers like yourself can easily find the best-fitted service for your needs. Check out these amazing floor plan design solution:
SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling and design tools in the world. Here at Trimble, our mission is to help make our users better, smarter, and more successful through the use of state of the art software and hardware. Trimble is an exciting, entrepreneurial company, with a history of exceptional growth coupled with a disciplined and strategic focus on being the best.
SmartDraw is the smartest way to draw anything on any platform both Windows and Mac. You can create more than 70 types of diagrams—including flowcharts, org charts, hierarchy charts, UML diagrams, ERDS, network diagrams, floor plans and more in minutes.
Floorplanner has over 20 million registered customers, ranging from freelancing interior designers and real estate brokers to large corporates like Funda, Technogym and Mediatask.Floorplanner is the easiest and best-looking way to create and share interactive floorplans online.Nothing beats a floorplan in giving a clear view on a property. With Floorplanner, drawing floorplans becomes a breeze.
#4.Sweet Home 3D
Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D.You may download Sweet Home 3D to install it on your computer and/or use it online within your browser.Sweet Home 3D is an open source SourceForge.net project distributed under GNU General Public License.
#5.Visualize a real estate property
Visualize a real estate property or home design in stunning 3D! Draw a floor plan using the RoomSketcher app, our easy-to-use floor plan and home design software, or order a floor plan from our Floor Plan Services. Perfect for marketing, presentations, and design.
#6.Create detailed and precise floor plans
Create detailed and precise floor plans. See them in 3D or print to scale. Add furniture to design interior of your home. Have your floor plan with you while shopping to check if there is enough room for a new furniture.
Easyhome was founded in March of 1999 with the major business scope of providing “One-stop “services such as furniture, home supplies, decoration and construction materials.Easyhome now owns more than 200 furniture shopping centers throughout China and aims at expanding around the world.
HomeByMe started as a side project but quickly developed into one of our most exciting ideas. Our goal was to design the best online 3D home design service for creating, planning, and managing home-related projects.
Easy Blue Print is an easy-to-use software program that makes creating floor plans for office and home layouts a snap. Used by hundreds of professionals, from real estate agents to professional designers (and many other fields), it offers all of the features necessary for getting the job done just without all of the complications.
Floor planner software that greatly fits any project that starts with a floor plan,from the simplest to the most complex.PlanningWiz is an easy to use 3D floor planning solution with a long history and a global reach.We aim to move fast, to be very responsive to your interests and to meet deadlines.
Intuitively create interactive floor plans – integrate them into your website or share them with clients, family or friends.Explore your Roomle floor plan creations in virtual reality. With your phone and a virtual reality viewer you can visualize and experience your planned Roomle project on a complete new level! Roomle is the first cloud-based digital furniture platform for highly configurable
#12.Use the 2D
Use the 2D mode to create floor plans and design layouts with furniture and other home items, or switch to 3D to explore and edit your design from any angle.Edit colors, patterns and materials to create unique furniture, walls, floors and more – even adjust item sizes to find the perfect fit.
Seamless3d is open source 3D modeling software free and available for all under the MIT license. The 3d models you see here were made using Seamless3d, which is very powerful and practical 3d modeling software for anyone who wants to make quality 3d animated content for the web.
How to Draw an Eye (updated) I love to draw, and one of the hardest things for me to draw is facial features, like an eye. This is a tutorial on how to draw the eye below. It is fairly simple but may take a few tries to get right, so keep trying! You will need: 2 Different kinds of pencils. A dark 6Read more
How to Draw an Eye (updated)
I love to draw, and one of the hardest things for me to draw is facial features, like an eye.
This is a tutorial on how to draw the eye below. It is fairly simple but may take a few tries to get right, so keep trying!
You will need:
2 Different kinds of pencils. A dark 6B or 8B, and a lighter HB
flat surface, like a table or clipboard to draw on.
Also, dont forget to rate!
Step 1: Outline
Okay, to start, draw the basic almond-shaped outline of the eye. Try to make the inner corner (next to the nose) lower than the outer corner. P.S, I’m very sorry the pictures hard to see, my scanner made it very light.
Step 2: Inner Circle
Now draw the inner circle of the eye.
Draw the highlight first, then the pupil under it. Make sure the pupil is in the center of the circle.
Step 4: Fill in the Pupil
Use your dark 6B or 8B to fill it in. You want it as close to black as possible.
Step 5: Upper and Lower Eyelid
Draw the crease of the upper eyelid, and the bottom one too. I’m not sure if its called the lower eyelid, but its the line under the eye.
Step 6: Begin Drawing the Eyelashes
Draw a few eyelashes to show where you will later draw in larger clumps of lashes. Kinda like a basic outline. Sort of.
Step 7: Darken a Few Things Up
Darken the inner circle in the eye, the outline of the eye, and draw a line in the inner corner (as showed in the picture)
Step 8: Lines and Lashes
Start filling in some more lashes, and add some lines inside the inner circle of the eye.
Step 9: Lines Lines Lines
Fill in some more lines lightly inside the circle
Step 10: LINES LINES LINES LINES LINES
Add even more lines! But this time use the darker pencil to make darker lines.
Step 11: Adding Some Depth
Okay, shade in the inside outer edge of the inner circle of the eye ( yes, that is a lot of words ). Use the darker pencil. This will add a lot of depth and roundness to the eye.
Step 12: More Depth!!!!
Alright, do what you did in the last step to the pupil. Also, add some more lines (depending on the lightness of the color of the eye) to make it a little darker in some areas.
Step 13: LASHES!!!!!
Now, really fill in the lashes with your darker pencil. If drawing a male eye, make the lashes a little lighter than if drawing a female eye. In this instance, I am drawing a female eye.
Step 14: Shading
Shade inside the eye, and it helps to smudge it with your finger tip or a tortilion. ( Hehe, I just realized how dark I shaded this eye, you can shade it a tad lighter than this.)
Step 15: Finishing Touches
Shade the corners of the eye, and the eyelids. YAY!!!!! your all done!!!!!!
How to Use Google's Scribble-Fixing Autodraw Tool Google is experimenting with a predictive drawing tool that lets you draw pictures to share with your friends. Forget about composing long strings of emojis. Google is developing a way for its users to make their own detailed compositions that let yoRead more
How to Use Google’s Scribble-Fixing Autodraw Tool
Google is experimenting with a predictive drawing tool that lets you draw pictures to share with your friends.
Forget about composing long strings of emojis. Google is developing a way for its users to make their own detailed compositions that let you non-verbally communicate with friends while having some fun doodling.
As soon as you start drawing using Google AutoDraw in your mobile or desktop browser, Google will guess what you’re trying to sketch and give you options to choose from, explains Dan Motzenbecker, the Chief Creative Technologist at Google Creative Lab in a blog post. You can add multiple drawings on one page, draw simpler shapes, type in text, fill in your drawings with different colors and move everything around on the page.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
To create a drawing in a mobile browser, you’ll go to AutoDraw.com.
On a blank page, you’ll see a pencil with stars around it. Tap on that button and you’ll get a list of options.
Pick AutoDraw to doodle by hand and you’ll automatically see pictures that the system thinks you’re trying draw.
Tap on the image that you were trying to draw. If the item you were trying to draw doesn’t appear, you can hit the back arrow to try again.
Once your image is on the page, you can tap on the AutoDraw button again, the tap Select to select and move the drawing.
You can also resize the drawing by selecting it and moving the squares on the outer corners of the drawing.
For now, AutoDraw is just a web-based tool that you can use on your computer, phone or tablet to draw a picture and share it via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or with a link.
AutoDraw is one of Google’s machine learning experiments, and so far, it’s not quite perfect. On my first try, it failed to recognize and ice cream cone I drew, and one option it gave me was a picture of a crayon.
How Will Cars of the Future be Powered? The global push away from fossil fuels is growing, but what alternatives do car manufacturers have to trust old gasoline? Taking an overview of the current renewably sourced automobile fuel industry, we see the growing shift to electric vehicles. Electric carsRead more
How Will Cars of the Future be Powered?
The global push away from fossil fuels is growing, but what alternatives do car manufacturers have to trust old gasoline?
Taking an overview of the current renewably sourced automobile fuel industry, we see the growing shift to electric vehicles. Electric cars are fueling a revolution across the globe, but their sustainability still needs work to be proven.
Don’t get me wrong, the future of electric cars is bright, but at the current state of the global energy grid, their global environmental impact has only been displaced to the coal plants that ultimately power them. Without divulging too much into the environmental debate, electric vehicles, or EVs, are likely at the forefront of a non-fossil fuel-powered automotive future. However, it would be naive to assume that EVs are the only solution.
Alternatives to fossil fuels
Some of the more widely known alternatives to fossil are hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels. While their availability is in sharp contrast to the widespread use of electric power, their sustainability isn’t in question. Examining hydrogen fuel cells, they began their lives in the depths of NASA research at the heart of the space age. Hydrogen was used as a propellant for the Saturn V rocket series, and now, it’s being used to power your family car. Well, almost.
Hydrogen fueled cars
In terms of the viability of such an explosive fuel, hydrogen is highly more energy-rich than gasoline and EV’s batteries. Not to mention that you can literally, not to overstate, drink the exhaust of hydrogen-powered cars, otherwise known as friendly dihydrogen monoxide, water. The current hurdles the automotive industry faces in scaling hydrogen fuel cells is both their cost and societal stigma. Being that hydrogen fuel cells began as part of space research, it’s no wonder that cost is an issue.
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Again, being that it began as rocket fuel, the general view of hydrogen fuel is that it is dangerous and explosive, although the public viewpoint is slowly becoming more favorable to the idea. Like any other fuel research endeavor, the cost of manufacturing will drop, and the public image of hydrogen fuel will grow better. In the big picture, hydrogen fuel will likely never overtake EVs because modern infrastructure can never catch up to support a large scale hydrogen power movement. However, nearly every automotive manufacturer has produced concept fuel-cell cars, with Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai being the only companies to make their fuel cell vehicles commercially available.
The potential of electric vehicles in the modern era
It would be remiss of me not to discuss electric vehicles further given a discussion of alternatives to fossil fuels, but we will keep their evaluation short given current general knowledge. Nearly every automotive manufacturer has produced either a hybrid drive or fully electric vehicle on a production scale. EVs don’t only lend themselves to smart cars, electric drive engines are powerful enough that Mercedes-Benz and BMW have both built supercars with fully electric drive systems at their core (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG & BMW i8).
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Looking at the shift away from fossil fuels in terms of sustainability and lessening of environmental impact, EVs have some work to do. Due to the use of heavy chemically rich batteries and the offset of power to coal fire plants, it would be easy to argue that EVs are just as harmful as fossil fuels. However, once modern infrastructure comes around, and electricity can be generated in a more sustainable way, EVs will likely lead the future in the automotive industry.
Can biofuels ease the transition from fossil to electric?
Biofuels, or plant-based fuels, are the last major alternative to automotive power. Unlike hydrogen fuel cells and EVs, biofuels would require no reworking of the current automotive infrastructure. Gas stations would simply be converted to output the necessary liquid biofuels. The most common biofuel is ethanol, an ethyl alcohol fuel derived from cellulose from plants.
Passive Income What Is Passive Income? Passive income is earnings derived from a rental property, limited partnership, or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved. As with active income, passive income is usually taxable. However, it is often treated differently by the Internal ReRead more
What Is Passive Income?
Passive income is earnings derived from a rental property, limited partnership, or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved. As with active income, passive income is usually taxable. However, it is often treated differently by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Portfolio income is considered passive income by some analysts, so dividends and interest would therefore be considered passive. However, the IRS does not always agree that portfolio income is passive, so it’s wise to check with a tax professional on that subject.
Understanding Passive Income
There are three main categories of income: active income, passive income, and portfolio income. Passive income has been a relatively loosely used term in recent years. Colloquially, it’s been used to define money being earned regularly with little or no effort on the part of the person receiving it. Popular types of passive income include real estate, peer-to-peer lendng (P2P), and dividend stocks. Proponents of earning passive income tend to be boosters of a work-from-home and be-your-own-boss professional lifestyle. The type of earnings people usually associate with this are gains on stocks, interest, retirement pay, lottery winnings, online work, and capital gains.
While these activities fit the popular definition of passive income, they don’t fit the technical definition as outlined by the IRS’s Passive Activity Losses—Real Estate Tax Tips. Passive income, when used as a technical term, is defined as either “net rental income” or “income from a business in which the taxpayer does not materially participate,” and in some cases can include self-charged interest. It goes on to say that passive income “does not include salaries, portfolio, or investment income.”
Types of Passive Income
When money is loaned to a partnership or an S-corporation acting as a pass-through entity (essentially, a business that is designed to reduce the effects of double taxation) by that entity’s owner, the interest income on that loan to the portfolio income can qualify as passive income. According to the IRS, “Certain self-charged interest income or deductions may be treated as passive activity gross income or passive activity deductions if the loan proceeds are used in a passive activity.”1
Rental properties are defined as passive income with a couple of exceptions. If you’re a real estate professional, any rental income you’re making counts as active income. If you’re “self-renting,” meaning that you own a space and are renting it out to a corporation or partnership where you conduct business, that does not constitute passive income unless that lease had been signed before 1988, in which case you’ve been grandfathered into having that income being defined as passive. According to the IRS’s Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules, “It doesn’t matter whether or not the use is under a lease, a service contract, or some other arrangement.”2
However, income from leasing land does not qualify as passive income. Despite this, a land owner can benefit from passive income loss rules if the property nets a loss during the tax year. As far as holding land for investment, any earnings would be considered active.
‘No Material Participation’ in a Business
If you put $500,000 into a candy store with the agreement that the owners would pay you a percentage of earnings, that would be considered passive income as long as you do not participate in the operation of the business in any meaningful way other than placing the investment. The IRS states, however, that if you did help manage the company with the owners, your income could be seen as active, because you provided “material participation.”
The IRS has standards for material participation that include the following:3
If you’ve dedicated more than 500 hours to a business or activity from which you’re profiting, that is material participation.
If your participation in an activity has been “substantially all” of the participation for that tax year, that is material participation.
If you’ve participated up to 100 hours and that is at least as much as any other person involved in the activity, that also is defined as material participation.
When you record a loss on a passive activity, only passive activity profits can have their deductions offset instead of the income as a whole. It would be prudent to ensure that all your passive activities were classified that way, in order to make the most of the tax deduction. These deductions are allocated for the next tax year and are applied in a reasonable manner that takes into account the next year’s earnings or losses.
To save time and effort, you can group two or more passive activities into one larger activity, provided you form an “appropriate economic unit,” according to the Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules.4 When you do this, instead of having to provide material participation in multiple activities, you only have to provide it for the activity as a whole. In addition, if you include multiple activities into one group and have to dispose of one of those activities, you’ve only done away with part of a larger activity as opposed to all of a smaller one.
The organizing principle behind this grouping is relatively simple: if the activities are located in the same geographic area; if the activities have similarities in the types of business; or if the activities are somehow interdependent, for instance, if they have the same customers, employees, or use a single set of books for accounting.