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  1. One drawback with room fills is you'll get white gaps at doors and doorways. A polyline on the back drawing group gives a better look I think.
  2. That's awesome Michael! How the heck did you figure that out?! Now I can finally have white glass panel doors even though my default exterior door is a six-panel door. Definitely getting an upvote for that!
  3. I'm curious to know if that can be changed as well. I hate always having to change that ugly Bone colour!
  4. In cases like this, it can be tricky to get the diagonals and small jacks to behave like you want, so it's often quicker to just draw cad boxes/polylines on the framing plan and be done with it! Especially if there's no section cutting through that area. That's what I did here. Most of the trusses are actual trusses in Chief, but the hip corner is just cad boxes on the truss layer and nobody can tell the difference!
  5. It's not really cheating... it's allowed in the Code! Up here where half my projects are in zone 7B (or 7A without HRV), it would be a fairly high heel to get the full R60 + air space under the heel. For a 6/12 or under roof, I usually try to have a min. 12" heel and that usually leaves about 2ft around the perimeter with reduced insulation.
  6. I do the same. General note. When I worked in Edmonton, it was very common to frame with the sheathing flush to the foundation, but up here in the Peace Country, it varies. I always dimension to the studs and let the framers figure it out. Hopefully they're smart enough to know not to take the 3/8" out of a bathroom (if they choose to frame that way)! The one thing I found you have to watch for... the truss designers will sometimes assume the sheathing will be flush and they subtract 3/4" from the truss span...
  7. It does on a Mac too, but just not if you print from the Preview app (and certain others I guess). That's where there's a bug and any image with a transparent background with come out with a black background on the printout instead.
  8. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is the app I use. I just recently tried the free trial of Foxit PhantomPDF and it worked as well. Bluebeam Revu for Mac used to work too, but Bluebeam stopped developing the Mac version and it doesn't work with Big Sur anymore...
  9. Seeing as you're near Chief's headquarters, have you looked into personal training right from Chief? https://www.chiefarchitect.com/training/#personal
  10. I just found this thread as I was having difficulty creating a custom peakhead window. Nice work as usual by @DMDesigns, but while this video did help, I stumbled upon an easier trick to quickly get a peakhead without fussing around in the Shape tab. Instead, on the Arch tab, select a Tudor Arch, set your height, and make the radius zero. Boom. Done! Two advantages to this method: 1. You get a nice crisp peak at the center (you can only get close with the shape method) 2. It doesn't automatically change it to a single fixed window like the shape tab does I'll m
  11. I use a similar approach for my roof and floor framing plans. The trick is to use a fill with 'Use Layer Color' checked. Then you can change the colors of the layers to control the fill. I created extra layers to get more color control. One slight drawback to this method is that the edge lines will also be the same color if the 'By Layer' is checked under the Line Style tab. I'm okay with that, but if you aren't, you could always uncheck 'By Layer' and pick black I guess.
  12. You don't even need to draw a cad line! Just select the top chord and side chord and then use the trim or extend tools.
  13. Give that little "room" a shelf ceiling and that should solve your problem
  14. Try adjusting the shadow intensity. Edge lines should be controlled by your layer set. For pattern lines, it's by pattern, so you can adjust them by editing the materials. Use the rainbow tool and click on the material in an elevation view. I use a line weight of 0 so they are as thin as possible.
  15. As you've discovered, there's not really a way to have layers filled in some layer sets, while having no fill in other layer sets. It's either the layers all have a fill, which you can control the color as I described above, or some layers have a fill and some don't, as you have now, and control the fill of the main layer only. You can't have the drywall layers have no fill in one layer set and be filled black in another layer set. If you don't want to see the drywall and siding layers, I'd simply turn on the 'Walls, Main Layer Only' layer, as @SNestor mentioned. Or, yo