DavidJames

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  1. Revit has this feature. You can essentially unlock the siding and the exterior plywood layers which then allows you extend just those items in either direction on the Z-axis. It would be great if Chief was able to adopt the same ability. Base Extension.webm
  2. Shane, Unfortunately auto-building the roof raises up the roof planes over the garage which is a different scenario from what Michael has (lowered roof planes w/ an inset exterior wall).
  3. Well worth it in my opinion. A 2 year subscription for Revit (full) is paid for with one project. Also, most people can get away with Revit LT which is $450 / year... which is extremely reasonable if you ask me.
  4. This is exactly what it is. It seems like since X9, the company has shifted the focus mostly to making things look pretty all in an effort to sell more copies to new users while neglecting the productivity features that matter to the long-term user. Sure the 3D view may look pretty (which is does), but the road to getting there can be hours upon hours of frustration. My business is 99% clients reaching out and asking me to quote on permit packages for city permit. At absolutely no point am I trying to "wow" clients with 3D images in the hopes to land a project. When I secure projects, what I need is software that will get the job done correctly, efficiently, and without the need to fight/trick it into doing what I want it to do, all of which produce a final product that looks professional. I've been using Chief since X3 and unfortunately there are just far too many frustrations/quirks/issues/missing features that the guys over at Chief keep deciding to ignore... and the list keeps growing. Last year I decided to make the switch to Revit for all my construction drawings and honestly, I wish I would have done it sooner. Sure it takes longer initially as you have to create a lot of your own families (windows, doors, trims etc), but once you get that out of the way, you'll find the whole design experience monumentally more enjoyable w/ minimal to no headaches. Revit is light years ahead of Chief in terms of: Terrain design/manipulation Object snapping Custom object generation Smart 3D models Generic 3D modeling (imagine polyline solids that can host windows, doors etc) Auto-linked sections Auto-linked callouts CAD tools CAD Exporting Level adjustments (adjusting ceiling heights, roof heights, b/o concrete heights is a breeze) Phasing (absolutely incredible feature for renovations!) Layouts Drafting options like duplicating views/layouts Temporary Hide/Isolate options 2D Detailing Sloping slabs Masking features Alignment options/behaviour Draw distance in elevation views Speed of operation Overall quality of drawings ... and many more Over the last year, I've been closely watching what would come out with X13 and... yet again, another disappointment. At this point the only things that Chief does well (and I'm talking really well) is to quickly create floor plans, and provide 3D views of said floor plans/simple spaces and/or the exterior of simple structures. If a client reached out and asked me to create a 3D render of an interior space, I wouldn't even think twice to do the design in Chief as there isn't anything out there that's faster (though I would still export everything into Lumion for rendering) Anything beyond that, no thanks. I'll pass.
  5. I'm using Lumion for both interior and exterior rendering and animations.
  6. Just tried and it worked! Thank you very much
  7. Is there a link where we can re-watch it?
  8. I usually just use the "Cad detail from view" command, change the foundation lines to dashed, and then copy and paste in place over an earth fill:
  9. What about converting all the images to a PDF and then doing it in Adobe?
  10. I only use Plot Lines. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I find that when it comes to printing, Plot Lines appears to be cleaner than Live Views. Another nice benefit of using Plot Lines is being able to use the Edit Linework tool.
  11. You're correct - it should definitely be a negative number. I just randomly put a numerical value in there 1. I don't believe this can be done automatically - although I could be wrong! 2. In the defaults, you can highlight "grade level" and then select the remove button. See below. All was auto except for the average grade marker which I put in manually.
  12. Edit > Default Settings > Dimension > Auto Story Pole Dimensions > Locate Elevations Change value at the top.
  13. Have you tried giving all the cells a white fill?
  14. I'll typically narrow it down by doing what Michael said above With your plan. I narrowed it down by randomly deleting a few architectural blocks at a time to see if it made a difference. Once narrowed down to 3 or 4, I simply deleted one at a time which eventually brought me to the robe hook & towel. I find that most of the time the slowdowns are caused by models that contain many faces (usually obtained from outside sources like sketchup, turbosquid etc)
  15. It appears as though the robe hook that's north of your toilet is the culprit. I'm guessing it's a custom symbol you downloaded externally? The model probably has many, many faces which is causing Chief to be painfully slow.
  16. Oops! Thanks, Solver. Made the adjustment to my original post.
  17. Have you tried: Edit > Default Settings > 3D View Defaults > Rendering Techniques > Technical Illustration ?
  18. Hi Bill Yes it's still for sale. I currently use it on PC, however I think it can be activated on both PC and MAC.
  19. Selling my copy of Chief Architect Premier X11. It also includes the upgrade to X12 when it's ultimately released next year. Looking for $2300 obo ($600 off current price). I'll take care of all transfer fees!
  20. I’ve decided to transition back to Revit and in v2019 you can create as many views, sections and callouts as you’d like and Revit will not only auto update the tag info, but it’ll also bring you to the correct page when you click on the section tags in the PDF file. It’s absolutely wonderful.