SoftView CD SoftPlan, makers of CAD design software for home builders, has released a training CD for SoftView, the 3-D rendering module that's built into its main SoftPlan software. The two-disc, 28-chapter tutorial offers a “learn at your own pace” approach, highlighting the major features available in SoftView. Visit for more information.

River Guide A new Web site called River Guide for Construction Software offers builders and contractors a portal for evaluating and obtaining basic features and benefits information about construction software. One neat feature allows builders to drag a software company's logo onto a series of columns to draw up side-by-side comparisons of software. The site is geared for most trades and residential builders. Visit to see for yourself.