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  1. No questions other than "What were they smoking?"
  2. I am on board with those who posted objections to someone using a "borrowed" copy of the software. The reason that this software is as good as it is is a result of us all paying our fair share. The company has a low cost alternative for DIY users like the original poster. I suggest that he buy a copy of Home Designer and join that forum where I am sure he will get a warm and helpful reception. As for the poster's hurt feelings, I have some sympathy but not much. CA is an investment that I treasure and I have suggested to CA that users should use a code when registering for this forum that certified who has a valid licence and who doesn't. I would not ban none licenced users who are seeking information about the usefulness of CA or are doing a comparison. But if you and not certified maybe a time limit. Say 90 days to post. Anyone could still view but not post after 90 days.
  3. Here is an example of a curved stair and landing. I included the plan file so that you can experiment with it. I am guessing that a much taller first storey would be required to get the double curved stairs because of the number of risers that would be required.Curved Stairs and Landing.plan
  4. To Chief Architect empolyee mLongChief, thank you for the detailed post. That was really instructive. I agree with Robert that the contextual help file makes no mention of any of this. The file should be edited to include the information in the post.
  5. In Facebook, use [SHIFT-ENTER] to create a new paragraph without posting.
  6. Steve, From the context help file on wall framing. Wall Specify how wall studs are created. Check Build Wall Framing to build wall framing for the entire model. Framing is built in walls with one or more layers specified as Framing. Not available in the Framing Defaults dialog. See Wall Type Definitions. Specify the Default Stud Thickness for all wall Framing layers in the plan. Stud depth is equal to the thickness of each wall layer that has a Framing material. Note: If the Stud Thickness is equal to the stud depth, only one stud will be created at wall corners. Specify the Default Stud Spacing for all wall Framing layers in the plan, starting from the Framing Reference Marker, if one is present. See Framing Reference Markers. Stud Depth - The depth of each wall stud is determined by the thickness of its wall layer, which is set in the Wall Type Definitions dialog. See Wall Type Definitions Dialog. When Allow Automatic Balloon Framing is checked, walls adjacent to Open Below rooms are balloon-framed. Uncheck this box to instead produce wall plates separated by rim joists instead. See Effects of Room Functions. When I tried this, whether or not the Allow Balloon Framing was checked or not, it did not generate balloon framing. This is true for exterior walls and interior walls it seem. I think you should submit a trouble ticket.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions Mark.
  8. Using Michael's macro and text hybrid, %room.standard_area.to_sq_m.round(2).to_s.sub(".", ",")% m2 but inserting a superscript 2 after the 'm' using CA special characters would give you exactly what you are after. The comma is customarily used in Europe in place of a decimal point. So this is the resulting output.
  9. This is a two storey garage that I designed for a client. It is a 1-1/2 storey. If that is something like you are seeking, I would be happy to just send you the plan file and maybe you can modify it to get it close to what you want. Regards Doug Norton Measurite.
  10. I have noticed that, but I use the macro for other things as well, such as in another macro that totals the glass area of a floor.
  11. Ah ha!!! The window label is determined by the schedule call out. So I can end up with this.... Just what I wanted. Thanks again Michael. Here are the macros that drive that label. This is what the label text is. And here is the Glass Area Macro
  12. When placing window labels on plan drawings, using a macro the window area is included to help the plans examiner evaluate the clear glass area to satisfy the code requirement of daylight available for a given room size like this. Unfortunately when the window schedule is created the label is automatically changed to Even though there is an option to include the schedule number in the window label and even if I have this selected the label just shows the schedule number only. Is there a setting to show the schedule number AND the window label?