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  1. Thanks to everyone's help! Just about endless what you can do. I am playing with Dingbat fonts in DaFont (some are not uploading in Sketchup) but enough are that amy kind of polyline solid can be created and then subtracted.
  2. Wow! This is exactly what I needed! Thanks so much. I have Sketchup and will try there. And I see you can import fonts from e.g. Dafont.com. Melissa
  3. I am trying to create an address sign using a square polyline solid and REMOVING text from the square like in the attached image. I know I can subtract other simple polyline solids, but how do I subtract a letter or number? Chief Architect tech support had no solution. Thanks in advance Melissa
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    Custom doorknob placement

    Nevermind, it is the door. Not sure what is wrong with the door, but the knob worked on other doors.
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    Custom doorknob placement

    Hi All I created a custom doorknob and it will not place in the door correctly (it lands next to the hinges...). I cannot adjust the offset. I have attached the object. Any ideas? thanks melissa emtek exp.calibz
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    New material from polyline?

    Hi All I am wondering if you can create a new material from polylines. I have made many new materials from images. But in this instance I would like to make a series of metal circles to use to "paint" a hemi-sphere. I could find an image to use to do this, but I want the circles to actually have real holes so light can shine through them. I have attached an example of this for a light. I am able to create a series of holes using a circle and the 3D molding polyline, multiple copy them and add to the library, but material is not an option. This may not be possible... thanks melissa
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    working with shapes

    Using everyone's help made the sconce. Not perfect but good enough... Having this software is driving my builder nuts but I don't care.... it is too cool Rigby.calibz
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    working with shapes

    In my search for faces and revolving, I found this rather comical video:
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    working with shapes

    HOLY COW! This is like Chief Architect PLUS Sudoku. This is going to be fun! The subtraction thing is awesome! And trying to figure out the chamfer (new word for me!) object will be like a puzzle, of which I am a huge fan. Thanks to everyone AGAIN for the help and pointing to the help articles. And I was able to export an individual object, it just says "Export Library" and I didn't know it would do just the one I highlighted. Melissa my chamferred cylinder.calibz
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    working with shapes

    Hi All I am creating custom light fixtures and many have a domed shade. I actually used two bowls in the CA library for one of the shades (one for outer color, one for inner color) but was wondering how I could use the included shapes to do this as well or just CAD objects. There is a half sphere available but I want to hollow it out. Is there a way to "subtract" a smaller half sphere within a larger half sphere (create a hole?) to do this? Some of the domes are not completely spherical, so I would like to edit their shape a little and then hollow them out. Trying to do something like the sconce pasted in here. I also attach a CA plan with the light fixture I created using the bowls (I don't know how to export one user object separately....) Thanks melissa sommerton.plan
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    Custom Light Fixtures

    Works perfectly! Thanks as always Graham. melissa
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    Custom Light Fixtures

    HI All I have either imported a sketchup light or created a new light in CA but always have to add a point light to this object separately. And I don't know about you, but sometimes it is very difficult to click on the point light in a plan and move it around... even if I have only lighting displayed. But I though about adding in the light BEFORE I convert the object to a symbol. But alas when I place this new object (assigned it to the electrical layer) the point light is not there. Is this just a necessary evil of creating custom lights, you have to always put in a point/spotlight in with it? I even tried to group the the point light and object and couldn't... Any tips? thanks melissa
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    Darker attic/knee walls in PBR

    Hello All Got an answer from Tech Support and it works for me: The problem is that the attic walls in question need to be refreshed. To do this: 1. Turn on Automatically Generate Attic Walls in the General Wall Defaults dialog. 2. Go to Floor A in your plan and delete the attic walls in the area of the Casita. 3. Select Build> Floor> Rebuild Walls/Floors/Ceiling - or just press the F12 key - a couple of times to rebuild walls. 4. Create a new camera view using Physically Based Rendering in the Casita to see the results. 5. You can turn off Automatically Generate Attic Walls again at this point if you wish. I hope that this information is helpful.
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    Darker attic/knee walls in PBR

    Yes, exactly what I see. Hopefully tech support will find the bug and correct it. Thanks for everyone's help melissa
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    Darker attic/knee walls in PBR

    Thanks, I figured that had something to do with it. I admit I am not good at roofs at all. I just move the edges around alot until it looks right....if I created a cleaner plan, I probably won't see it. So I guess fixing my roof inadequacies with polyline solids is the price to pay (for now). Hopefully my roof creation will improve with time. This house has a pretty complex roof plan. I started it a long time ago and it is just easier to keep it rather than start all over with better technique... Thanks again for everyone's help.