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  1. I'm switching computers - from one MacBook Pro to another. I've moved my license, so Chief is running on the new machine, but it's not customized the way that I like it. Where are the little, but important preference files saved on a Mac so that I can move them to my new computer and getting Chief looking and behaving the way that I'm used to. Thanks.
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    Where are customized toolbar configs saved on a Mac?

    Thank you both.
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    plumbing vent lines

    Easy one for Sunday morning (at least in California).... Suggestions for how to model plumbing vent pipes? Only thing I've found so far are "cylinders," which I think would work pretty well. Anybody with more experience have suggestions? Venting in my current project is a bit of a challenge, so I would like to actually put into plan to share with all trades to avoid conflicts.
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    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    Hi all. I picked a challenge for my first CA project, a very complex remodel. I am the owner, working closely with a contractor. I'm in Phase 3, seeking a permit to excavate a garage into a hillside, the roof of which will be a front yard. There are existing stairs (public) that go up the hill adjacent to my property, as shown. I've looked at terrain in help, watched videos, etc., and I'm getting there, with combination of foundation walls, terrain breaks, stairs, elevations regions, points, etc, but this is a GRIND for me. I'm trying to get the terrain between the garage and the stairs to be a few inches ABOVE the height of the garage roof. The garage roof will actually be artificial grass. 1. Are there PARTICULAR videos or help topics that you can suggest to move me along at 20 mph, rather than just 5 mph? 2. Similar question about elevations for house floors and terrain. Floor 1 starts at 0", but elevations are absolute to sea level. Ugh. In my plan, they seem out of sync. Street at front of upslope site is 98 feet above sea level. Chief is showing it at -41 feet. My first floor, at 0", is about 20 feet above the street, or 120' above sea level. How do calibrate terrain to sea level? Thanks,
  5. Is there a way to have the different configurations of doors and windows in the same wall, perhaps on different layers or plan views, so that I can quickly swap between two different plan AND 3D views? I am building a space that I want to be flexible for the future, without having to make any structural changes: either open space as part of a "separate" in-law unit, or possibly 2 bedrooms incorporated into the house above. Open space has 2 windows, then door, then 2 more windows. 2 bedrooms have 1 window, then door, then wall, then door, then window UNDER the same headers.
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    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    Hi David! I'm getting closer.... Have spend shelter in place watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of Chief help pop-ups. I'm much improved. Still, Chief can be frustrating. But not nearly as bad as the local planning department...
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    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    By your accurate description, I am whacky. But you have provided me with a map. Thanks. And yes, by "ground elevation" I meant the level of the terrain in my model, as set by a line, at the entrance to Floor 1.
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    Elevation / Terrain doozy

    Thanks Robert. Perimeter has no elevation associated with it, per help. So I put an elevation line in at the entrance to the first floor. To have the ground be at Floor 1 = 0", I had to make the ground elevation be -280". Then I created other elevation data above and below that to build my slope. The result is that Chief is telling me that the front of my lot is 32' below sea, when in reality, it is 98' above sea level. ???
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    Ray trace 3D object shadows

    Would one of you be so kind to tell me what PBR stands for? Thanks.
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    3Dconnexion Spacemouse on Mac

    Spacemouse has very limited functionality on MacOS running Catalina (10.15). Under Mojave (10.14) it did MOST of the things it can do on Windows, so worth it. Under Catalina is has become worthless. The ball is in Chief's court, per my notes below (after multiple calls back and forth between 3DX and CA).
  11. Cleaning up layer sets, old layers, and trying to be efficient with my various views. In a layer set, I can see used layers. Is there a way to see the reverse: "Go to" a layer and see which layer sets it's in.?
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    How to: "Which layer sets contain a particular layer?"

    Thank you. So far, I've found it used in an old 3D view, though I still haven't found what it is. Will keep plugging!
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    How to: "Which layer sets contain a particular layer?"

    Thanks all. Chopsaw's summary of my original question is correct. Also, I'm on a Mac, so I can't use his trick to buzz through my currently too-many layer sets. I have a layer called "Layer 3," from when I was just beginning. I have no idea what's on it. But there is a + sign in the layer description, showing that it IS being used, SOMEWHERE. I went to "all off" layer set and set "Layer 3" to display. I can't find anything, on any floor. I've used select all, made sure that I'm looking at my whole workspace, etc. It SEEMS like it's a layer that I should delete in my cleanup. But given the disorganized way that I created this file, it could contain work that I don't want to delete, and which I should simply put on a layer that makes sense (now that I understand layers and layer sets). Any suggestions?
  14. Just curious. I should have watched a lot of them sooner!
  15. Hi all. Thank you in advance. I'm inexperienced in this forum, and "experienced" in CA via brute force. Which means that I've got a very confused plan, which, however, I HAVE used to get permits, for MY OWN complex residential remodel. In California, we get permits any way we can! I've finally committed to learning to use CA correctly so that I can create "accurate" renderings for marketing purposes to help virtually sell this house during pandemic. Please forgive my apparent lack of manners and 1st order stupids in plan. I believe that I HAVE changed all the layers in my reference display layer set to red. That change doesn't show. If however, I define reference set lines as dashes rather than solid, THAT change does show. There is other related display stuff happening that I don't understand - other things show up dashed.... I don't yet know how to upload images, so have attached PDFs. My plan is 158 MB. I couldn't upload it. Discouraging way to start my day! Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 9.42.53 AM.pdf Screen Shot 2020-05-08 at 9.43.13 AM.pdf
  16. Alaska, You brilliant. Me Tarzan. That's why I called them "1st order stupids." Thank you.
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    reference floor layer set x12

    Thanks Solver and Ridge. I think I have it set correctly, BUT IT'S STILL NOT CHANGING TO RED. Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 11.12.26 PM.pdf
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    reference floor layer set x12

    Hi Solver and maybe DianeP, I have a very similar question. I switched to X-12 today, 5/7/20. I have tried several ways (inc. all listed above) to change everything displayed in my reference display layer set from black to red. It won't change. Thanks, Joe Until I figure out how to put in my signature: X-12, MacPowerBook
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    wrong colored deck rim joist ....

    ONE rim joist one deck out of three is wrong color and I can't figure out why. I'm sure that there are plenty of other problems in this plan, but for purposes of design review, that one dang white board is killing me! Thanks. 99_Hillside_v3.plan
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    Hillside renovation

    Learning Chief while building project.
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    Hillside remodel.png

    From the album: Hillside renovation

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    wrong colored deck rim joist ....

    Thanks all! It's fixed. Not correctly, but it works for me. ALL my deck railings happen to be "interior railings." That one just didn't have the correct exterior material. As to the project... This is my FIRST project in Chief. One of the hardest things was that the 2nd floor is actually a split level, with two different floor heights. And my 4th floor is actually a combination of Floors 4 and 5.... On the other hand, I am learning more quickly than the local building department is able to process permits, and the market is screaming hot, so going slowly has, ironically, been to my benefit, even with expensive borrowed money..... But the little technical challenges have sometimes driven me insane. Nice to know I'm not the only one, and that this forum is probably my saving grace. THANK YOU ALL !
  23. Hi all, I've done a plan for a house that I'm developing / building, ie, I'm my own client. I've got a bunch of CA experience, but occasionally find myself in a "bang-head-into wall" loop when I can't find how to do something. Sometime it's really hard, or can't be done. Mostly, I just don't have the experience. I'd like to pay for sort-of-on-call help. Example: white trim on deck should be brown. dang white trim that needs to be brown.pdf ... Thanks, Joe
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    tech support for occasional drafting challenges

    Thanks Solver. By image directly you mean screen shot, PNG? Like this?
  25. Chief Architect drafting help Hi Cody, I do major remodels of single family residences in the San Francisco Bay Area. 5 years into this phas of my career. Currently working on a complicated project that has 4 stories that step up a hill. My projects are in the $2 - $4 millions range, and I’m currently working on two. I am now doing my own architecture, having learned enough of CA Premier, X9 to be dangerous. The challenge is that I’m new enough at this that somewhat regularly I hit drawing issues that are not that complicated, but I just haven’t yet learned how to do them. So, I’m looking of coaching / help / take over part of the drafting to keep this project moving forward. I can share files remotely. Your location is not that important. I’m looking or someone who is competent, and fun to work with. Current projects need a few critical and currently, urgent inputs. But in the future, it could be pretty steady drafting work to flesh out what I LIKE to do, but can’t, because I have to acquire design and keep my crews busy. Basically, I have regular opportunities, by my architectural drafting skills are a key bottleneck. My builder, engineer and I know the local codes. But the planning and building departments here a extremely persnickety, and they want close to perfect plans, which I simply can’t produce. I LOVE what I’m doing, and am successful at it. But I can’t do it all. Is there a possibility to work together? Please contact me at, or on my cell at 415-601-8891. My most active current project is at: I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Joe Preis CEO, Longitude Properties, Inc. 415-601-8891 cell