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  1. Yes! Multiple times for me. I haven't been able to consistently reproduce anything either though...
  2. Thanks Chris, I should've tried a few different search terms I guess because I wasn't getting anything with "fill glitch pdf".
  3. Has anyone else noticed extra lines in fills (especially solid fills) after printing to a PDF? I use "Chief Architect Save As PDF" as the printer. 1. Simple polylines drawn in the PLAN file print perfectly fine 2. Garden beds, sidewalks, or driveways with fill patterns glitch 3. Simple polylines drawn in the LAYOUT file glitch See attached! test.pdf
  4. An alternative 3rd party tool is NegativeScreen. I like this because it has custom filters which can invert blacks and whites, and preserves colors (somewhat). See the screenshot below. Does anyone else want a dark theme? I posted it as a suggestion because I'm really hoping for one - if you want this feature too, please add your comment to the thread linked below so it can get noticed by the developers.
  5. Awesome! I was hoping someone would find this who needed it. It sure is a lot easier than messing with all your layers and worrying how they will print. I posted a suggestion regarding this - Chief already has an option to turn color on/off per tabbed view; certainly they could do something that inverts the colors I would think!
  6. I know this is an older post, but I was looking into the same thing and while I haven't found any chief settings, I have found a pretty cool app called "NegativeScreen" for windows (I see you use windows 11, hopefully it works for that). Several different color inversion settings, super fast switching with hotkeys, very cool in my opinion. https://zerowidthjoiner.net/negativescreen
  7. I'm sure our guys do those things. I think the installers like to have the nice clean dimensions with accurate dimensions to double check themselves, but the main thing is that these are also the elevations the cabinet engineers and shop guys look at when they are programming all the parts and pieces for the CNC and building the cabinets. What do you mean by process document? We currently use Chief to visualize and design, then update with field measurements so that we can get the exact height and width of each cabinet. From there it goes on to the cabinet engineers who use Microvellum. I don't know anything about Microvellum, but if it could auto generate elevation views that would be ideal. I'll have to look into that more.
  8. We struggled with this at our company when we had multiple users with different setups accessing the same files. I brought this issue up to tech support and they came to the conclusion that it's not so much the different resolutions as the different GUI scaling (at least for Windows 10). Some of our users have 4k monitors and 150% scaling, I have an ultrawide monitor with 100% scaling. Selecting the text and cutting (ctrl + x) and pasting in place (ctrl + alt + v) was a workaround that we discovered.
  9. Hello everyone, We're a custom home builder and cabinet shop, and we recently switched our cabinetry department to using Chief architect for their drawings (formally AutoCAD). Does anyone else update cabinetry drawings after drywall based on someone going out and doing site measurements? We struggle with getting a fully-modeled perfectly square house in Chief to conform to a less-then-perfect house in reality. We've been messing with wall thicknesses and shaving off floor system thicknesses to get them to match actual measurements while still keeping the 3d renders presentable. At the end of the day, we would like our cabinet shop guys and our install guys to have an accurately dimensioned set of elevations, including plumbing rough-in locations etc. Anyone have hints or tips for this? Should we use the "CAD Detail from View" tool for our elevations? Should we notate actual site measurements as text following the Chief dimensions? Should we use separate .plan files for blueprints and cabinet drawings? Thanks, Tom E.
  10. Thanks Rob. This will have to do for now. I appreciate the thoughts, and would love to know if there are any other ideas out there!
  11. I just found the solution to this: open the landing and turn off auto adjust height. This disconnects the two stairway sections and allows you to do completely different settings for each, as far as I can tell.
  12. Thanks Rob! Here's the closest I've come for this particular situation - maybe this will help someone. 1. First I overlap the upper section stairway over the center wall (img1) 2. Then I do a custom side stringer (left or right, depending on the stairway direction) at 4 1/2" thick (img2). This gets me 99% of the way to "close enough" (img3) 3. Add a baluster cap and a newel post manually. Plan view is OK (img4, floor level at top of stairs shown), 3D view is pretty decent (img5). One flaw is that the lower stair section takes on that custom 4 1/2" stringer as well (img6). Any ideas on how to fix that?
  13. Hi All, We build U shaped stairways like the attached photo all the time and I can't figure out how to draw it in Chief so that it shows properly in the plan view AND in 3D, at least not without a bunch of polyline solid work. Specifically I'm struggling with - Allowing the center wall to continue up between the two stair sections, putting a railing on top, AND having it follow the stairs (see 2nd/3rd screenshots) - Having the newel post on the stair landing instead of the stairs or the wall I can't use the "follow stairs" as shown in the 4th screenshot, because the stairs is drawn on the lower level and the railing on the upper. I can split off the upper stair section, lock the top and bottom heights, and paste it on the upper level, but then it doesn't look good in plan view. Thanks! Tom E.