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  1. I believe that Chief, especially X9 is no longer single threaded when developing plans and standard camera views. I recall reading a statement to this effect a number of years ago here on the forum but can not locate the thread at this time. For what it is worth, a quick demonstration confirms, at least to me, that Chief is multi-threaded in plan preparation. I use a windows gadget (CPU Usage) that displays the % usage of each CPU core/thread. Just the act of opening an inactive camera will cause all the threads to bump to 100% until the view is displayed.
  2. I can not access ChiefTalk when I am connected to the internet through a VPN (Witopia). I did not have this issue with the old forum. Obviously, I can connect when I turn off the VPN feature.
  3. Joe, FWIW, the architect on Bonaire (used to be Netherlands Antilles, now part of the Netherlands) that I sometimes provide rendering services to dimensions everything in mm with no separators and no units indicator (mm is assumed). Don't know if this is standard practice for all architects on Bonaire but it appears to be acceptable for the local plan permit office. ie 1 10 100 1000 10000
  4. It has been quite a while since I watched the training videos and read the documentation so I may be repeating what you already know... If you prefer to not be making multiple copies of your plan and deleting portions of it, another approach which I believe is still valid and produces similar results is to use the layer sets to selectively hide portions of the plan or items in the plan. When doing this in the past, I typically used the approach to turn off things like fixtures, furniture, or items with high face counts that would not be displayed. In one case I had a porch that wrapped almost completely around the second floor of the house. the porch railings had detailed balusters (high face count) so I created multiple layers for the railings/balusters. In the desired 'camera view' set I could then easily turn these items on/off to improve ray trace performance. I found this approach less confusing than keeping track of multiple partial plans, especially if the design wasn't finalized (is it ever?).
  5. Sliders move in 10% increments for me as well. Finer tuning can be done by typing the desired number into the dbx.
  6. Alan, The water material has transparent properties. It is intended to be used in features like swimming pools where the pool bottom, etc is visible. I suspect that to use it successfully as you are intending, you will have to provide bottom materials for the lakes and the stream bed... Just a guess...
  7. Bryce, just to reiterate, as I mentioned last year when this thread started, there was a huge performance difference between OneDrive and Dropbox - with Dropbox being significantly faster. I don't know about the performance of Google Drive. It all depends upon whether Google does 'intelligent' syncing where only the changed parts of a file are updated and not the whole file. OneDrive would update the whole file which was a killer on a library database. I'm not much help here on answering your question other than to confirm that it is likely that one approach is faster than another... If you start using Google Drive and find that it is taking minutes for the syncing to complete and this time is getting in your way from a workflow standpoint, I would suggest getting a free Dropbox account and 'give it a go'. Obvously, if you find the syncing time to be insignificant with Google Drive, no need to change...
  8. Mike, I left the core, manufacture, and bonus library files alone (did not move them to drop box). I only moved the 'Chief Architect Premier X7 Data' folder to Dropbox. This is working fine for me. I didn't want to muck around with the CA core libraries and since it wasn't a big deal to keep them upgraded on each machine I left them alone. For me, it is the user library that changed a lot and I wanted to have an easy way to keep my desktop and laptops in sync.
  9. I agree with Joe on considering a desktop PC for your van. You can easily get two high-end, overclocked desktops for half the price of the laptop you quoted, and I suspect with much superior performance.
  10. Regarding Rapid mode, I disabled this feature after reading the following article: (this is the conclusion page). Granted, this article is a year old now and Samsung may have improved the performance of Rapid mode. The conclusion of the article is: "Although I wouldn't recommend that folks enable RAPID mode as it exists right now, I am encouraged to see Samsung exploring new ways to speed up its SSDs. RAPID mode definitely has the potential to become more appealing as it matures, and it won't be restricted to the 840 EVO for long."
  11. Jintu, would it be giving away too much of your technical advantage to tell us what rendering SW you used? If you chose to remain silent on this, I fully understand! Thanks. (I took a short tour around your website - very impressive - gives me something to aspire towards! )
  12. Scott, unless I missed it somewhere, you have not stated what internet speed your plan is supposed to provide. Are you paying for a higher rate than 7.5 mb/sec? if not, 'nuf said...
  13. Uhm... the limited warranty on my 840 EVO is 3 years. Also, before I turned on the Rapid mode, the little 'help' description stated that it actually improves longevity - this would make sense in that a lot of the reads/writes might never make it to the SSD as they likely stay in the DRAM memory cache (the Samsung Magician looks like it allocated 4 GB RAM on my system). Anyway, I'm nit-picking - thanks again for pointing out this feature!