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  1. Joey, I have a curiosity question. What part of Windows 8.1 do you hate? I stay in the desktop mode, have it basically configured just like Windows 7 and previous Windows OS's - works great for me. I especially like Windows 8 because is handles multiple monitors much better (on PC has three monitors, the other has two).


    From what I've read recently, Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been. The funky 'modern UI' stuff now display as re-sizable windows when in desktop mode and for those that want it, the start menu is back (never used it so didn't miss it). Also, Windows 10 is supposed to finally scale correctly even for the UHD monitors. Oh, and technical preview of Windows 10 was released last Tuesday.

  2. My signature shows my most recent computers. One desktop is home built, the other is HP. I've been happy with both approaches. Purchased the HP in June and have been VERY pleased with it. The liquid cooling is quiet and the six cores add a little extra pop for ray traces. This model also allows overclocking.

    Don't own a MAC so won't comment on that OS. Windows 8.1 in desktop mode works great. From what I've read recently, if you have Windows 8.1, you will get a free upgrade from Microsoft to Windows 10.

  3. Joe, care to elaborate? I'll start with an ignorant guess that this is a 'window' symbol?


    edit: just read the 'niche' post - now I understand your posting without much reference...


    My question remains - will CA allow you to save this as a window symbol? I know, I should make one for myself and try it to see what happens... 

  4. Steve, pretty tricky on the back area - hadn't thought to add an 'additional room'   :) .


    Your roof area over the main bedroom is also much cleaner. I modified too many of the room heights, should have changed just the main bedroom, or just the front towers, I modified both.


    Ross, go with Steve's version, much neater.

  5. Steve, go for it!


    I too was seeing a lot of window conflicts. 

    I don't see how the hip/gable combination in the back is even physically possible.


    Attached is the front view.  Notice the jumble of hips in the roof, certainly not the clean hip in the sketch (the benefit of sketches, they can violate physics).


    I can send the plan that I have modified if you want. I will also check on Steve's version - maybe it is all finished!


  6. Ross, 


    A couple of questions (see attached)


    1) in the sketches, the front view shows the garage side wall as being a gable roof/wall, the back view looks like a hip?...

    2) in the front view, the two 'towers' in the front, are these roofs expected to be lower than the main roof? If so, they can't be much lower with the windows on the right..



  7. I'm not using a Mac so can not verify this, but on a Windows machine the step would as follows if I wanted to import a .dae file:
    1) download the .skp file from the warehouse
    2) open the .skp file in SketchUp
    3) In SketchUp I would 'EXPORT 3D model' in .dae format
    4) import model in the .dae format into Chief.

    This of course means you need to install the free version of SketchUp on your Mac...

  8. I don't have an opinion either way as to which should be "king" but I think annosets are more for condocs, while layersets are for both condocs and the design process, which might explain why there are so many more layersets.  Your can't annotate in 3D views, but having varying layersets in different 3D views is very helpful during the design process, which aren't the same layersets you want for condoc views.

    Bingo! Well stated.

  9. Actually, both sinks are low, it is just that the material on the right sink countertop is different. The cabinets were originally spec'd at 34 1/2" with 0" countertop which left an air gap that you are seeing.

    Adjust the cabinets as shown in the attached image and you will get what I think you want.

    Oh, one last observation, the right sink should be centered in the cabinet.




    Ugh, looks like no spell check in this forum, I'm in trouble. :huh:


    Not sure what OS and web browser you are using but for me in Windows 8.1, both IE and Google Chrome web browsers are quick to alert me when I do 'creative' spelling on this forum...

  11.  FYI, the Intel Core i5-2450m @ 2.5 ghz is DUAL core, 4 threads. 


    So, a couple of debugging thoughts that you might consider...


    1) Compare the 'rebuild' on different plans - is it just this plan or is it consistently occurring on all plans. Could just be a CA plan issue, not your laptop if it happens on only the one plan.


    2) if you determine it is not the plan, you could post the plan and ask others to run a test on the plan to see if or how long the rebuild takes. This might give you a handle on the 'horsepower' of your laptop compared to other machines. For example, I have a couple year old laptop with a Core i7-2670QM (quad core, 8 thread) 2.2 GHz that works well.




  12. the triumvirate of Office 365/SharePoint Online/OneDrive is just heads-and-shoulders above for collaboration with complex sharing (multi-organizational), permissions and full library features.


    Like I said, do your research.


    Bon Dia,



    BTW: my avatar pic was taken on the old dock @ Sand Dollar about 20 yrs ago.  (I miss the old Green Parrot!)

    Bon tardes Jon,


    I'm not anti-SharePoint at all - as I mentioned earlier I used to be a mini-evangelist for it within the 'large organization' environment where I worked. I highlighted your comment above where I agree that it would/does definitely shine. Your link also helped highlight present OOB functionality.


    Regarding research: it is ongoing, and that includes asking evangelists why they prefer the solution they are evangelizing. :)  


    If I were more than a part-time, one-man-band, I would seriously consider a SharePoint solution. Hopefully this discussion will get the thought wheels turning for others that do have significant collaboration needs. Thank you for taking the time to share.


    [off topic] Have you been to Bonaire recently? Significant change has occurred over the last 20 years, as with every place. We now do the snow-bird thing - spend the Fall/Winter/part of Spring on Bonaire and the Spring/Summer in Oregon. Works for us!  :)

  13. Hi Jon,


    From your posts, you are clearly a SharePoint advocate. I'm struggling to see how a generic SharePoint solution will help. Let's assume that I decided to get an Office365/OneDrive/Sharepoint subscription, then what? OOTB, I think that SharePoint doesn't really do much except provide a collaborative web front-end with maybe the ability to create workflows (see my reference above to the aeccloud blog post) - This is based on my admittedly dated familiarity with SharePoint. If you are using a SharePoint solution, please elaborate/enlighten me about how it is helping you. What are the issues that a SP solution solves and how much effort is required to create this solution? 


    One limitation I have found, at least from my perspective is the OneDrive storage. I used OneDrive for a while as my 'file store/sync source' for CA plans between computers but found the sync latency to be long, especially for large files such as the User_Library.calib because OneDrive is a 'dumb sync' and pushes an entire file when a change occurs. I switched to Dropbox because of its 'smart sync' where only the changed portions of a large file are pushed over the internet. Dropbox provided a huge performance improvement.


    Thank you for any insights you have time to provide. 

  14. The conclusion I am about to write will seem obvious to most, but I was curious about the present state of DVCS (distributed version control systems) and who knows, I might want to write some code again...

    I'm posting this mostly for completeness in case someone else was curious.

    I spent some time today exploring, getting an account, installing git, and running through the basic tutorial. If I were a software developer or web developer, this looks like a great solution (especially the cost of 'free' for 5 or less collaborators).

    However, in the FAQ section, I found this:

    Have a lot of binaries such as images or sounds?
    Keep in mind Bitbucket is a code hosting service not a file sharing service. If a lot of your files are extremely large or if your files are binaries or executables, you should understand Git or Mercurial will not work well with them. You'll find that even locally your repository is barely usable. Moreover, Bitbucket can't display diffs on binaries.
    For binary or executable storage, we recommend you look into file hosting services such as DropBox, rsync, rsnapshot, rdiff-backup, and so forth. Still not sure what to do? Review this post on stackoverflow for more ideas.


    In other places they said small binaries are OK but obviously, the real purpose of bitbucket/git is version control of code. The only purpose of putting binaries, such as a .plan file into the system would be to document each version of the plan.


    At this point, I'm feeling that the extra overhead of checkout/committing seems much greater than just making a date-stamped version of a plan file (like CA does for archive files) when necessary, write a small text file noting the state of the plan/layout file and storing everything in Dropbox. This doesn't solve the sharing/file locking issue for multi-user offices, but will work well for me since this has been my approach all along (except for the recent addition of Dropbox as a store/sync service).

  15. Jon, thanks for the pointer to AEC SharePoint possibilities. 


    I am generally familiar with SharePoint. In my previous work life as a engineering manager at a Fortune 20 electronics company, one of my avocations was evangelizing about how SharePoint could help us with program management. This was in the early days of SharePoint (around the time Gig-werks was formed). I went so far as to set up my own servers, install SharePoint, and create some program sites. About six-months later corporate IT shut me down because they were creating their own SharePoint farm for the corporation - good for them.


    In my Google search I found the following blog entry: where he did an excellent job describing what SharePoint is and is not. It was a good refresher read for me and was good background as I investigated what appears to the be the leader in AEC SharePoint solutions - the Gig-werks company you referenced. A large portion of the Gig-werks solution would apply to a lot of different industries - appeared to be a good project/program management tool. However, what caught my attention was the statement made in one of the YouTube presentations that their target audience was 100 seats to 3,000 seats. Their solution included some LOB (line of business) solutions provided by ISVs (independent software vendors) that would seem to require a fairly large capital investment in software, and that could only be recovered by a lot of users - and thus only affordable by a large AEC company. I would love to play with their solution but it looked like overkill for small shops and completely out of the question for 1 person shops.


    The Gig-Werks solution looked wonderful but I'm not looking for a complete program management workflow solution, I'm mostly interested in just the file management aspect that can be provided by an SCM, if it is inexpensive and 'light weight'. While I'm looking, I guess I'll continue to rely on copied files and Dropbox...

  16. Recently, Todd (4hotshoez) posted a question about file management on a network. Doug Park responded with pointers to two tools, one was git. After spending yesterday afternoon exploring Git, I am wondering if there is anyone using this tool for CA file management? 


    While the primary target audience of Git is software development teams, it appears it could be used for CA team development projects (or even for individual users wanting better control of their development process).


    What I am curious about is whether using this type of tool falls into the 'misapplication of tool' category or just that one would be using a small subset of the designed capabilities since CA projects don't tend to easily fit into code branching and merging scenarios :-).

  17. You may have it on it P. Not grid rounding but distance rounding.

    But... from the help file:

    Rounding Method - Specify how the sections of dimension lines that locate more than two objects are rounded.
    • Grid Rounding ensures that the sum of the parts of a dimension line add up to the whole distance. To produce this result, some sections may not be rounded accurately. This is the recommended rounding method and is selected by default.
    • Distance Rounding addresses each section of a dimension line individually, which could result in the sum of these sections not being equal to the whole. This option is selected by default for files created in Version 8 or prior but is not recommended for newer files. See Compatibility With Previous Versions.
    I could easily be misunderstanding the issue presented by the OP, but I don't think the rounding method in the dimensions dbx applies to the issue...