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  1. Hi all, I noticed small angled lines that are commonly used to indicate glass on drafting drawings on elevations from Chief (see example photo attached). Is there a way to turn those 'ON' with a glass or reflective material? Or are those being added manually? Thanks for the help!
  2. Thanks, Lew. I'll post something about it in the suggestions I think. Tom E.
  3. Hi All, Does anyone have any good ideas about the best way to present multiple options to clients, and at the end of the day be able to select any combination of those options and continue working? As of now, I'm doing a "save-as" for each option, and trying to name them concisely and keep track of all of them is a pain, not to mention trying to merge all the selected options back into one working file after all is done. I know about dynamic defaults, and now style palettes, but both seem to just scratch the surface. Am I missing something? Thanks, Tom E.
  4. Thanks Doug. I don't normal do this, but I couldn't find a better way to have a live view with notes. The live view is important because I can easily enter the plan and, for example, change the default room base molding, and all the live views that show base molding will show the new. Awesome! That will help a lot. I just recently learned about re-sizing a live view with ctrl-x, I used to struggle to find a camera view that wasn't clipped but still was the right size on the layout. Any idea what this is actually doing to the view, and why it doesn't translate over when I copy the template and its files to a new job folder?
  5. Hi All, I'm trying to set up a template layout file for a set of cabinetry/trim details drawings. In the layout, there are pages with a live views that reference a template plan file. The template plan contains a number of generic rooms and setups so that trim and cabinetry details can be displayed nicely. I took camera views of those areas, sent them as live views to the template layout, and then used ctrl-x to resize the view as I needed. Everything is great until you try to copy the templates (.layout and .plan) to a new job folder, rename them, and re-link the views - then the view doesn't come in at the same size. Trying to re-size it with ctrl-x messes up all the leader lines - so at that point you might as well not have any live views or leaders or text in your template and start from scratch. This was a little hard to explain, but maybe some pictures will help. Thanks, Tom E.
  6. After some messing around, I think I found the solution - Since the Dining/Kitchen and the Living Room have the same base ceiling height, a tray built-down in the kitchen has nothing to die into. Apparently Chief realizes this and continues the tray ceiling into the other rooms. By swapping the room divider with a full length doorway/opening, the tray stops at the opening header. Interesting...
  7. Hi All, I have a two-story home with 8" tray ceilings in the kitchen and dining, built down from the ceiling. I used the "Make Trey Ceiling in Room" tool to create these. Now, for whatever reason, the ceiling in the rest of the main floor is built down 8". The rooms all seem to be separated properly with full connected walls or room dividers, so that's not the issue as far as I can tell. I attached a screenshot of the main floor, a cross section through the foyer/living room, and also a shot of the main floor with all layers turned off except for the ceiling planes. Thanks, Tom E.
  8. Is there a manual way? Thanks Ken. I'll have to do this as a workaround - it's inaccurate in a plan view still though so I was wondering if there was a more correct way.
  9. It works so much better. Soo much easier. I should've searched the forum and found this method a long time ago. Thanks for getting me up to speed everyone!
  10. Ooh nice! I think I understand now. I'll try that. Got it. I did do a quick search but didn't see anything. If you have any in mind, please let me know. Edit: I searched "batten" and that helped. I see a few articles to look at. No further help needed! Thanks! Tom E.
  11. Sorry - I still don't follow. The wall and it's siding layer also cuts around doors and windows and roofs. How is it different than applying a different texture to the walls?
  12. I looked it up and I'm not quite sure how that helps me... I can either apply a texture to the wall or to the material region - how does that fix the fact that the texture looks flat and unrealistic? By "no comparison", I meant no comparison for its 3D results.
  13. Hi all, We do a lot of 3D renders for clients, and often they select James Hardie vertical siding in at least some areas. For renders, I've found there's no comparison to individual polyline solids for the battens with the downloaded JH panel texture on the siding and batten texture on the battens. The only problem is, it takes a long time. I use the multiple copy tool with copies every 16", but it still takes a long time. I tried to create my own "JH B&B, 16" O.C." texture using James Hardie's textures and photoshop, but wasn't happy with the results. I even tried a simple bump map, but the shadows seem wrong and the whole thing still feels flat and somehow plastic-y. Attached is an example photo. Any tips would be appreciated. I see CA has the capability to do normal maps and ambient occlusion maps in the texture tab of the material definition box, but no clue how to make or use one. If nothing else, is it possible to group select all my polyline battens and crop to an angled roof line? That would save me a lot of time. Thanks, Tom E.