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  1. Does anyone know of a cloud storage option that you work in the cloud and it won't let another open the file, say a secondary file locking option. Dropbox copies the file(s) down to each user's computer and keeps a copy in the cloud so everyone can have it open. Box seems to have some built in protection but I haven't used it since 2015. What are you collaborative astute users using today? I could try to setup my own cloud as I have a few multi TB drives available. Does WD or Seagate software/clouds work for anyone?
  2. I have been experiencing this option with Windows Animations turned Off and the Library Window not even open, let alone docked or undocked. Simply by dragging a 3rd or 4th tab to the second screen (all into the same window) and bang. Screen Zoom is set to 125%. Doesn't seem to matter if Chief has been opened 2 hours or 2 days. Last time it appeared to occur after a floor plan, elevation, full camera, then floor plan - !!! Plan, elevation, full camera menus all effected. Plans' went to upper left corner, the rest went to single line with submenues condenced.
  3. NOW I HAVE NO TOOLBARS! I have to chime in here. I have been using the same system for five years. In that time I have experienced toolbar issues 2-4 times on X10 and first install of X12. I use two 40" hdtvs (Samsung & Naxa) at the same 1080p resolution. Both are directly linked to my laptop, a Sager 6700K w/ gtx970m. Then, after installing the latest update to X12 in very early January 2021, I have joined the toolbar blowup team. It happens when I have CA on both screens, often when moving a 'tab view' to the second screen. Usually a 3D view vs a plan. Closing CA or Opening another file might reset them but more often than not I had to reset them manually. Trying to select a custom saved toolbar config or any for that matter didn't work. It's been a frustrating week with this happening many times a day and more frequently once it starts. I have even had it happen within the same drawing file on the two screens but not in a second drawing file from a different project that was also opened at the same time. Tonight, it started (crunched up in the left top corner) on the second screen first, right after dragging a 3D view there. As soon as I selected something in the first screen (samsung) it blew up there as well. Soon there were no toolbars and nothing would bring them back. Tried: Closing the file. Resetting Toolbar defaults. Choosing saved Toolbars. Loading latest CA update. Opening in user and in Administrator mode. Running repair on CA. Deleting and reinstalling CA. Each time I'm confronted with the "reinstall should fix it" dialog box. It didn't. I even tried copying in X11's toolbars as the X12 toolbars directory is empty. Same thing and after closing the DB, I watched as it wiped the X12 toolbars directory clean...again. NOW I HAVE NO TOOLBARS! Last WIN 10 update was a few weeks before it started, but it may have updated in the background recently. I have in the last two weeks updated many drivers via AVG's tuneup program but this was in response to the first times it happened. So out of desperation I "Reset Preferences" and I'm now seeing & working with the default toolbar menu. Which came back in the typical wonky format of everything pushed to the right, on just two lines, compressed and unlocked. This was the case with both the Layout and Plan files. Aside: I will say that the update after 'reinstall' went smoother than expected and it found everything else "where I left it"
  4. Renton, just south of the Lake. You have any dealings with the Clifton's and others in Skagit County's Builders Group? They used to have good meetings that a number of us AIBDers would drive up and attend. Really enjoyed their tour of the Engineered Wood factory/plant just north of Burlington.
  5. It is a virtual event but NAHB is still charging to access the 'virtual vendors' trade show floor'; as well as the virtual training classes. Many vendors have given away free passes in the past, including CA. Haven't heard from any vendors yet this year so I'm asking if anyone else has.
  6. I believe I heard that CA is not participating in the 2021 IBSx in February. If that is true then the answer would be obvious but here is the question anyway. Will Chief be offering 'free' tickets to the IBSx trade show floor this year? And if so when? If not: Does anyone know of venders who are and share the vendors' names? Thank you.
  7. Anyone else experiencing strange things happening to their files "while they are closed". Twice that I know of now and in as many days, I have reopened a properly closed file to find significant changes happened to my file. The last things that I placed are still there, but other things have changed causing even more things to disappear. This morning's revolve around wall types changing. (Arrows) Level 1 walls of a specific type were replaced by 'attic' walls that are of the '8" Concrete Foundation' type from Level 0 - or with original wall type. The correct wall type, a new one I created just yesterday, is still in the system and not all of them were changed (see circled 'green filled' walls). Because the wall type and 'attic' change occured, the corresponding rooms were lost and any doors or windows in those walls are also gone. As are any associated dimensions. This also really messed up the as-built file that spawned todays Scheme 1 file. It was my only record of indoor measurements taken on-site (the first time this happened and first time I used X12 for as-built). To that end I will be printing pdf files of plans as soon as I am 'done' with as-built measurements and may consider doing as-builts in earlier versions. No one else has access to these files. X12 file from the start. Happened on two different PCs to the 'same' file. Second one was a Save-As of the first. Both times to some of the last items adjusted and typically surrounding wall types or locations. Note: in as-builts many things are adjusted vs newly drawn so the first time there were significant changes. Not just happening to 'new' wall types. I'm presuming it has to be something in how X12 stores or refreshes the wall types upon closing or opening. I will be opening a technical problem report.
  8. Thank you all. I'll look into it the next time I'm at the drafter's locale.
  9. Those folders, while all the subfolders and names are there, there is no symbology. These names also don't show up in the standard linetype choices in the standard dbx. I am not at his machine so no snapshots. But envision opening a line, selecting linetype, and seeing only the 20 Basic linetypes available. And yes, it appears these folders may have been 'moved' or copied to a folder called CAD under the User Library but I can't verify that until Sat. evening. These core directories should be recoverable.
  10. One of my drafters has about 7 of the original linetypes that come with X12. Is there a way to reestablish the default linetypes, hopefully without reloading the program. I can't export them out of my X12 unless they are mixed with other sets of things. He had a folder in his user library called CAD that had all the missing ones listed, but nothing was assigned to the names so still no linetypes. Thanks for the help.
  11. OK...too long staring at the screen... In CA's unknown wisdom they changed EARTH to WEAVE. Not nice to fool with an old man's brain like that.
  12. (x11) When I open an object to fill (closed polyline etc) I have a standard list and the library option that takes me to Chief's library. It currently only shows that I have patterns of my own making in User Library. It also appears that I can no longer open 3rd party .pat files as I could in earlier versions. And finally, I cannot find a basic EARTH pattern in the defaults. So either I somehow purged some of the patterns or there isn't a default EARTH pattern. And how can I import my earlier .pat files? Not sure if this happened after installing x12 or if it is just this one file. Not using x11 but to finish out this project.
  13. Bump! This is an important issue for helping clients view their entire project. It isn't working 'out-of'-the-box'.
  14. Hover doesn't appear to do inside dimensions. A point cloud file is measurable between any of its millions of points. And these measurements can be taken while in any "2D" or "3D" view because each point has x,y,z coordinate values. So the accuracy of your scanner contractor is important. Scans at inaccuracies greater than +/-1/2" will not be a good value. If the point scanner 'saw' the interior items you wish to measure, you can. And even answer esoteric things like: how far the bed is from a dresser or window... That chandelier hangs how far from the cathedral ceiling... The fence was how far from the corner of the house... the tree's caliper size, height, dripline... Was it a 3-3/4" crown molding or a 5" and what was its profile? How big was that owner's cat...
  15. If you hire a scanning firm, you can bill them out with mark-up, make a profit and still be working on other projects while the whole house scan is being done. The same goes for the draftsperson/service you hire to 'trace' the point cloud into CA. So the scan and trace take minimal time from you for coordination of the team. Your client gets a thorough scan and as-built of their complete house for less than you can personally do in the same amount of time. And you complete more work in office raising your productivity on other projects as well. Is this more than you need to get the project drawings done? Very likely. Have you overperformed for your client at a lower cost? Most likely. Has it slowed you down or distracted you from your office's total production. Less than likely.
  16. Hover is a good start point for an as-built. It is a true cad model and not a point cloud of course. It doesn't include any topography or landscaping. It offers little for interior remodel needs at this point. It also requires your time to go out and get the pictures unless your client can do it for you. I'm asking for the ability to pull a 3rd party point cloud file into CA so that a drafter can 'trace' in 3D using CA. And a true point cloud is measurable. Each and every point has an x,y,z coordinate so pulling a dimension from one point to another is as accurate as the service you hired. This will make 'tracing' very simple, swift and accurate.
  17. You call out an interesting issue. The Point Cloud will definitely show the items that are out of whack. Your as-built will have to have some kind of key that describes how you are going to show what and where the wonky issues are. Until we get spline-based and out of plumb walls. But what you really have uncovered is where the issues are and how big a problem they might pose to your client. This way the client isn't 'surprised' by the contractor's change order because something isn't as assumed because the as-built was 'drawn w/ perfect walls'.
  18. Hi Lew, Another project they presented was of a church's education building that they wanted to alter a few classrooms to get a dropoff counter installed. In 35 minutes the 3rd party $75K backpack scanner they hired was walked through and around the building. They paid $80 for the point cloud file and the entire 3000 sf building was documented. A few more hours and the entire building as-built was done in 3D CAD (Revit). The presenter said he 'runs away' from scans that are 1 or more inches out of wack, so resolution and experience is a must when you have scanning done. But small projects can be cost-effective if you manage it right and have the right tools. A CAD program that can pull in point clouds is definitely one of the right tools.
  19. You should have seen these files. The scan picked up failing/bowed rafters/trusses. It's all in where you take the scanner. An odd space like the dropped ceiling would be easily found and investigated with eyes focused on all the specific/various discrepancies showing up. It will also find walls out of square much faster than hand measuring with. Until costs come down significantly we will always find a point where handwork will outperform technology. But that will diminish along with cost and familiarity. As the scan is doing the measurements faster, you are left with more time for discovery.
  20. May 2019: The Pikes Peak Railroad Station complex was scanned in 3 days. CAD As-built was completed in about a week (two employees). It did take a quadcore computer at least 24 hours to compile the 600+ GB point cloud scan as there were a hundred plus scan locations. They now have a measurable photo record of these historical buildings. 1/2" max variance in accuracy. They hired the $250K scanner @ a "known friend's" deal of $2k per day, high cost, but you can't hand measure a 10+ acre site and multiple buildings in that time frame for that price. This final scan showed stone joints, sagged roofs, railroad tracks, trees, anything that was there at that time. In a photo-realistic file that looked much like a Chief 3D model. Just made up of billions of points where the 'paint' surface was on each object.
  21. Resolution and accuracy is the key to point clouds. Those counter guys are skipping that part to keep files small or using inferior scanners. Whether its a pencil or a computer/laser it's only as good as the operator. In I.T. we called this "PEBKAC" Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.
  22. The example shown at the conference was of the entire railroad station complex for Pike's Peak. These were historical buildings and the system they used captured everything. All the as-built company needed was the building info so they could just put their Revit walls, floors, ceilings between the frames made by the points. Since an overlay photo was created with the point cloud scan it was easy to discern wall planes from 'clutter' but this is also possible without the photo. Then doors and windows can be made to look like the ones in the scan. Even historical moldings were captured and recreated by cutting the sections as needed. And everything in the point cloud is measurable at any view angle. The resolution of the scan showed the joint depths of the stone retaining walls. If you need to remove cats and desks just group select and delete. There is always enough wall left to define the as-built cad locations.
  23. So I just returned from a demonstration of current high tech and its use in the future of home design. I must say, Point Clouds from laser scans are the way to go. Sure the high end is 1/4 million $ scanners and drones/aircraft. But even a $75K backpack scanner at the right resolution will take a 6-hour site measure and office drafting time down to a 30-minute walkthrough/around and 1 - 2 hours in the office for 3D overlay. Can't put out $75K...hire it out and markup 3rd party's price for the walkthrough. You not only get the building but the topography as well. Fences, trees, and neighboring buildings will get picked up. Great for landscaping and the all-important tree schedule. You will be able to simply measure tree trunks at whatever height the local jurisdiction requires from the comfort of your desk. If you find any boundary markers. Put a recognizable 3D item over them to locate them in the point cloud. Want to verify the scale of the point cloud? Measure one or more items that you can verify later and scale as needed. Better resolutions reduce and eliminate this but dramatically increase your file size. So a good scan will be within a 1/2" of accuracy and you know those pesky double-thick interior walls you can't get to? Or that one that goes off at an angle or stairs that follow a curving wall. No guessing the radius or if there are multiple slopes on the roof. Its all in the point cloud at less than half the time and cost of hand measuring. Still can't 'see' it? Watch when the countertop installer measures up the next kitchen with one. The countertop fits like a glove after a simple scan is fed into the CNC machine. If the countertop installer can make it work we can too. So Chief Architect, when are you going to simplify importing point clouds into CA?
  24. Wind vs Ground shake...WA has the same ground problem but once in a while an EF1 tornado will suck a perfectly good roof right off the top plate. The shearwalls are solid but with only 110 mph design winds that joint becomes liquid to tornadoes. Back on the main track. Sweden's codes require outswing doors. Better for weather and wind. Security? Their Locks and Hinges are great...but, they also require that anyone must have access to a toilet at any time, so there is also a second security door after the front powder room.
  25. Followed MarkMc's idea. Placed Polyline on 'level 38' in the background and made it very light blue. In grayscale, this color may not even print. On 11x17 sheet 2'x2' is a good grid size. 19-15 Bruett AB1 Floor 2 w grid.pdf