TestFit 2.19: Garden Apartments & Exclusion Zones

Garden Style Exclusion Areas 3D
America’s most popular for-rent housing style by volume is by far Garden Apartments. Today we release a fully functional garden building editor, site plan configurator, manual edit tools, and exclusion zones. This is TestFit’s fourteenth configurator!

Garden Building Editor

  • For the first time, we’ve taken a Kit-Of-Parts approach to building-level data with garden apartments. With the building editor approach, you can effectively nest units into buildings, and then replicate the buildings with units included.
Unit picker garden apartments
  • Intelligent parametric editor. Can reuse units, mitigate circulation space automatically, have stairways automatically move based on changes such as corridor width & more.
Garden apartments inputs corridor and staircase
  • We’ve added to our existing co-creation tools and have improved our site entry tools.
Eay to move elements and intuitive edits in garden apartnements

Garden Site Solver

  • Input building + site + parking = automatic allocation of buildings & parking across the site
Editing garden apartment inputs such as setbacks, buffers, drive aisle etc.
  • Automatic surface parking ratio solving
Surface parking ratio changes garden apartments

Garden Site Manual Mode

  • Adjust your automatically-generated geometry on the fly.
Manually rotate garden apartments

Discover how to use all the new garden apartments features in our Knowledge Base article:

Introducing Exclusion Zones & Ponds

  • Introduction of exclusion zones to cut garden and office sites, with custom color and labelling.
Dropping an Easement 4 Levels
  • Introduction of ponds for all site types
Adding ponds to garden apartment site

Surface parking improvements

  • Added snaps to simplify drawing adjacent parallel parking rows for manual mode, site boundaries, and roads.

Other improvements & bug fixes

  • Added a preference to save to older SketchUp versions.
  • Added a log out option to the menu bar.
  • Improved map tile loading for high dpi screens.
  • Fixed missing text showing setback distances in the plan view.
  • Fixed outdated manual mode geometry when moving or rotating a site.
  • Fixed undo/redo behavior for several manual mode operations.
  • Fixed manual surface parking layouts when surrounded by massing.
  • Fixed manual mode remove parking option deleting the wrong segments.
  • Fixed GUI drag handle size for high-dpi screens.
  • Fixed “apply to all edges” operation for site setbacks.
  • Fixed over-counted street parking stalls in master plan parking tabulation.
  • Fixed cent values in the deal editor for abbreviated inputs.
  • Fixed some amenities being un-interactive after duplication.
  • Fixed the color swatch button sometimes closing the amenity context menu.
  • Fixed some duplicate walls in the Dynamo Parts node.
  • Fixed townhouse driveway placement for units without a garage.
  • Fixed missing stairs on short dead ends in high density sites.
  • Fixed corner and dead end units being placed despite their mix set to 0.
  • Fixed invalid gitf export data when certain road features were present.
  • Fixed which fields are shown in the PDF tabulation for office sites.
  • Fixed unit attachments disappearing when working with multiple sites.

TestFit 2.18: Structured Liners

One of our most-demanded requests is live in TestFit 2.18: Structured liners.

Structured Liners

  • Toggle “podium” buildings into “structured liner” buildings to increase density
  • Garage liners extend the full height of the garage regardless of wrap levels.
  • Corridors can be aligned if units are placed around the garage and the units above are placed directly over them.
  • For more information on how to use structured liners, please check out the Knowledge Base article.

Reported issues & bug fixes

  • Fixed missing podium mass when orthographic was toggled.
  • Fixed missing lifts in wrap-podium buildings.
  • Fixed a few cases of non-interactive setbacks.
  • Fixed “apply to all edges” button failing for edges with custom setbacks.
  • Fixed a crash when removing all points from a setback edge.
  • Fixed duplicate amenities in certain townhouse site layouts.
  • Fixed duplicate garage facades in podium buildings.
  • Fixed duplicate stairs after interacting with a site loaded from a file.
  • Fixed podium units being unnecessarily inset from the garage façade.
  • Fixed outdated tabulations when selecting sites in the 3D view.
  • Fixed outdated site data when dragging sites across roads and easements.
  • Fixed a crash dragging cores into inside corner units.
  • Fixed a crash placing units with wide entries.
  • Fixed missing surface parking in 3D.

TestFit 2.16: Envelopes and 3D

Three Dimensional Interactions

Right-Click Context Menu for Spaces

Multiple Setbacks

  • Multiple Setbacks Can Be Defined and Manipulated

Multiple Setbacks Can Be Defined and Manipulated

Multiple Setbacks in 3D

  • Easily see resulting geometry
  • Define sites from parcels

Angled setbacks in 3D allow users to easily see the resulting geometry & define sites from parcels

Simple 2D Section Plane Editing

  • Easily edit 3D volumes with a 2D input panel
  • Control specific linear and angular variables

Easily edit 3D volumes with a 2D input panel

Solve Surface Parking Ratios

  • Higher density demands more parking

Solve Surface Parking Ratios

Right-Click Edit Units

  • Quickly access the unit editor by right-clicking the unit 

Quickly access the unit editor by right-clicking the unit 

Apply Setback Constraints to all Edges

  • Easily step-back entire forms by applying constraints to all edges
  • TestFit generates logical options from form constraints

Apply Setback Constraints to all Edges

Edit Setbacks in 3D

  • Slightly more intuitive editor for more hands-on modeling

intuitive editor for more hands-on modeling

Dynamic Inset Balconies

  • Inset balconies across the whole site

Inset balconies across the whole site


  • Improved interaction for dragging boundary edges and setbacks in plan view.
  • Improved mass placement inside simple site envelopes.
  • Improved massing & setback performance.
  • Added the creation of plates without balconies for Dynamo.
  • Added support for image attachments in the ground floor of townhouses.
  • Added support for unitless low density site configurations.
  • Improved ramp routing performance for very large garages.
  • Updated the EULA.

Reported Issues & Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed lot coverage calculation for office buildings.
  • Fixed a crash when solving after an undo operation.
  • Fixed the 3D scene not updating mid-animation.
  • Fixed visual overflow in the space context menu.
  • Fixed incorrect area tabulations when multiple spaces are present.
  • Fixed missing liner masses after adjusting the balcony depth.
  • Fixed several issues with units not stacking correctly.
  • Fixed parcel data not showing up.
  • Fixed missing unit handles for legs on outside corner units.
  • Fixed townhouse balcony facades overlapping with external facades.
  • Fixed void parapets being created when parapets were disabled.
  • Fixed instances where .kop and .rsd files were unfriendly to JSON parsers.
  • Prevent drawing certain invalid road intersections.
  • Fixed a parking crash for nearly-orthogonal sites.
  • Fixed a Windows 7 incompatibility error.
  • Fixed missing secondary vertical exits in small building areas.
  • Fixed lot coverage calculation for office buildings.