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About JNWArchitect

  • Birthday 08/04/1961

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  1. Hello- I am in need of assistance with creating a 'realistic' image of a custom home for marketing purposes. I thought I could provide the service to my client, but my video card does not support PBR. The files are attached. Please feel free to contact me to discuss. Looking for a proposal / bid to generate one or two views for their marketing of the home. The existing file is fairly basic and may need some additional work to maximize the effect. Thank you. Jon Westphal - Architect (916) 804-0183 jon@jnwarchitect.com Using X13 on a Dell XPS Desktop 1933_Base_062321.zip
  2. Thanks again for all the great help in this forum! I had forgotten about the Edit all Floors option...
  3. I received a 'preliminary' file from a client where they drew all of the buildings in a multi-building complex in one .plan file. I'd like to separate then into individual .plan files to create the construction documents sets. Which I plan to do using the 'save-as' command and deleting the buildings I don't need thus creating a separate .plan file for each building. The trouble is that I'd like them to all be aligned with the XY axis for each building. Some of the plans drawn are 15-30 degrees or some amount off of horizontal which makes dealing with them more difficult. Is there an easy way to rotate the plans to align with the XY axis? I'd hate to have to re-draw them all since they're fairly complete right now. Using X12 for now, but I just downloaded X13. Thanks
  4. Couldn't find info in a search of this forum... Need to show horizontal railings at stairs - Project has six rails that follow the stair slope. Also, How do you add a library 'panel' to the stair dialog? (I was looking at cable railings from the on-line content, but not sure how to get it into the stair dialog.)
  5. Hi guys (& gals) I have looked through the forums but cannot seem to find how to get casing on three sides of a window, but not the bottom. The windows sit on top of a brick wainscot w/ no trim on the exterior. Thanks in advance!
  6. My windows taskbar will pop-up and cover my Chief bar when I get reminders in one of the programs that are listed in the windows taskbar. I usually can just delete / clear the reminder and the windows taskbar rehides itself
  7. Alaskan_son- I just was simplifying my response as I didn’t have the file available and I had 22-25 layout sets in the drawings. You are probably correct with the plan archive file comment and I will look into it this week. It really looks to me like it wasn’t saved when or where I thought it was.
  8. Just to update... The actual 'layout' file was not lost. It was most, but not all of the 'layout sets' that were sent to that layout that went 'missing'. (& still are) I had a site plan and several portions of that site plan at a different scale (layout sets 1,2 & 3) a main floor plan (layout set 4), a second floor plan (layout set 5) and some of the elevations (layout sets 6,7 & 8) that still show up correctly on my main LAYOUT sheet. Unfortunately, there were a lot more (~dozen) layout sets that no longer are linked between the .plan file and the .layout file. (Ceiling plan, roof plan,several interior elevations, electrical plan - 1st floor, electrical plan -2nd floor, etc.) Those were layout sets 9, 10, 11 and higher. These are still missing. I had printed the file to a PDF before they disappeared so I was able to use that to get the deadline met (kinda) However, once I receive plan check corrections, I'm sure I'll have to spend the time to 'regenerate' the missing layout sets. Still, I appreciate all of the kind words, help and encouragement from all of you! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!
  9. Thanks Dermot for your response, but I have one folder for all of my project files. Within that folder they are separated by job number and within each of those i have a drawing folder (along with correspondence and images folders) This has been my standard operating procedure since i first started using CAD. (AutoCAD for twenty years prior) I have not changed folders or drives at all, recently or otherwise. The weird thing is that it seems like the plan file was not saved after the last session. But i save things religiously since I've had issues before by NOT saving a file. The fact that there isn't even a .bak file for the plan file in ANY folder (archives or otherwise) is also puzzling. I think it is the holiday grinch! No, seriously! Every single year around Christmas time my computer does something to cause me serious headache. One year the entire hard drive crashed and i had many projects that i had to re-do. (Now I back up regularly as well. - Come to think of it, I better check those archives...) Anyway, I appreciate all of your guy's help, but I think i'm just scr**wed again.
  10. There is no "Archive" folder in my Chief Architect Premier (X11) folder... The Tools>Layout>Referenced plan Files didn't do anything. It is linked to the correct plan file, but for some reason that plan file is missing the data. I appreciate your help though... just looks like i get to spend more time (that I do not have) to re-do everything. :-( I was able to find the archive file in the OneDrive folder (which i never use), but there wasn't anything different in that file that would help.
  11. Just spent most of last Saturday working on a set of custom home plans. Opened the Layout drawing today and got a notification that several (many) of the plan drawings sent to layout were missing. Had no option but to cancel out of each alert box and then found that many of the plan files sent to the Layout were no longer there! All of my reflected ceiling plans, electrical plans and 8 exterior elevations no longer were linked between .plan and .layout. AND the plan files don't even show the data! Fortunately, I made a PDF of the file before i closed it last weekend that I can use temporarily (you know... the year end code-change rush!) , but I'll now need to spend another bunch of hours recreating the drawings. (I attached the A5 & A6 sheets as they appeared last weekend, but now even the .plan files don't show this info.) Love the program, but this kind of s**t drives me nuts! 1933_Base.layout 1933_Base.plan A5_121219.pdf A6_121219.pdf
  12. Thanks - i just wasn't sure what to search for
  13. I need to divide a line into several equal spaces. Is there a command that will take a line and split it evenly into x spaces? I'm sure i'm missing something pretty simple here...
  14. Thanks guys for the great responses! No offense taken Renerabbitt, I admit I'm a self-trained 'noob' with just over a year of learning the program and probably did some many things 'unorthodox-ly'. I was just trying to get something to the client for their initial review and like everyone else, my time was limited. Solver & SNestor, Wow! I really appreciate the time you guys took to make & provide the videos! They were extremely helpful! (I also know now where to look on YouTube for them) The roof command is admittedly a weak spot for me. (One of several!) And I NEVER would have thought to use a 'railing wall' for the covered porch area! Great idea & it makes sense. The support from the folks in this forum makes using the program so much better than others I have used. I am signed up for the training sessions in Coeur d'Alene in September, so hopefully I can become more proficient and 'bother' you guys less on the forum. Sincerely appreciate the time & effort! Thanks again!