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  1. Many roofs are done with trusses. It is common to have an energy heel of around 14". Locking the baseline will keep the energy heel the same.
  2. Your asking about a window above a roof line. I think what you mean is the CEILING not the roof. But I'm guessing.
  3. Create layer sets that are specific to that view and make an annotation set that applies text to that layer. You can then set up a plan view set that uses just those layers when you send it to the layout.
  4. You might try using 2 stairways. Make one wider than the other so the railings will be outside the other stairway. Set the wider stair to have treads risers and stringer of "no material. You might need to adjust the start and finish heights of the wider one so the newels will drop to the bottom of the real stairway stringers. I have used this for various reasons on other stairs but not to get the look your going for so I can not confirm that it will work. It is just a thought at this point.
  5. This is a wild guess. Open the dbx for the lower wall and make sure the material is set to "default". Then confirm that the walls definition is set to be a material of "concrete".
  6. You might have used the material painter at some point to change the surface of an exterior wall. Open the walls, go to materials (exterior layer) and click on the use default button.
  7. Click on the room that is your deck. Open up the dialog box. Open "deck". Highlight "automatically regenerate deck framing". It will then re-appear. A deck sees the joists and planking as part of the framing.
  8. Before you rebuild all your trusses, I would address the need for an energy heel in the truss design. With a snow load that you mentioned, you would need a 14" energy heel so the insulation does not need to be compacted down to fit inside your 9.5" space. This is pretty common practice in areas with snow.
  9. Copy the text you generated in Microsoft and paste it into a text box within CA.
  10. You could make one out of polyline solids. This one took about 5 min.
  11. It can be done but it is tricky. This is a picture of one I did.
  12. Make sure they are not set to "absolute" instead of "from finished floor". It might be there but in the basement.
  13. I would check with a truss manufacturer to see if they can even build this.
  14. You may need to post the plan for a better answer. I will take a shot at a solution though. Pull that roof plane toward the front by an inch and it might generate what you are looking for.
  15. Try the default settings under the plan heading. Upper part of that dbx check "ignore casing for opening size".
  16. I meant to put this in tips and techniques.
  17. Maximize the speed of chief with some common sense. I do a lot of work for other designers and I see quite an array of things come across my desk. Some things just should not be on a plan if speed is a concern. Sometimes the culprits are required because of the clients needs or a desire to have a really pretty picture of what a project will look like. My comments are for people creating building plans for permit submission and actual use in the field to build a house. I have listed what I call the toaster and blender effects of a plan. This is what to avoid. 1. The small and meaningless objects (toaster, blender, pictures on the wall, carpets, curtains, coat hooks). The list goes on and on but I think you get the idea. 2. Items with big face counts for no reason. I had a client once send me a plan file with a toilet that had a face count of 32,000 (They are usually around 54). 3. Unnecessary items. Things like plants, overly complex terrains, furniture etc. They may look interesting in a picture but the crew building the house does not need to see them. 4. Pictures. If you must use a picture (try not to), use a jpeg. PDF files imported into a plan can bring your system to a stand still. There are many more examples but hopefully, you get the idea. I recently used a manufacturer download of cable rails. My system was noticeably impacted. I replaced it with the cable from CA and the problem went away. As I stated before - This information is for people that need to move quick to complete plans. If your focus is not in that direction then keep on importing these things into your plan. It will work fine, just slightly slower. I hope this is information is helpful.
  18. You can also set the post placement at a high number, like 1000', so it will not generate any posts or columns. Then place columns wherever you want.
  19. Look at you image in 3d camera. Click on the material definition button (it looks like a rainbow). Then click on the tile. That will open a dbx with the parameters of the material. The fifth item down the list is is "offset and angle" You can change it there.
  20. You may have turned them off. There is a toggle button that does that.