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    Terrain Guru needed

    Your works are quite difficult to achieve. Very impressive. You might be the TERRAIN GURU that has been looked for, so long.
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    Export to 3DS Max

    This is interesting. How? Is there a warning message from Max? You could send me your Chief plan if you don't mind. I could check it for you.
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    Export to 3DS Max

    If 3ds export from Chief fails due to vertex limitation, Collada (dae) format also works fine. Alternatively vrml file format works great, but wrl has two negatives: 1-) This file format, by default, triangulates the surfaces. I hate the model in 3D Max with many triangles. 2-) When you import vrml model into Max, you have to use standard materials for transparent surfaces. You can't assign Vray Material on window glasses for instance.
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    Export to 3DS Max

    This is my favourite way, quoting from another topic in the forum:
  5. Hi Portrait, I´d like to ask you a question, see if you can help me. I´ve imported a chief model into 3ds Max following the steps you posted in a thread and it works well separating the materials. For me at the moment it´s easier to do the model in chief and work on the materials for the final render in 3d Max. Is it possible to apply materials in 3D Max per items? At the moment if I change one object´s material (ex. door frame) it changes all the other objects in the design that use that material. Could i just bring the model from chief, make everything white and start applying materials item per item? Many thanks for your help.

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      Yes, what you have asked is -of course- possible. But it needs more intermediate 3D Max skills, and some familiarity with material properties. It's very difficult to tell how to achieve this, but i tried in the attached pdf file with very basic instructions.

      I assumed that you had basic 3D Max skills, so i'm sorry if i'm wrong and the language is under your level.

      Hope that helps you a little bit.

      Best regards,



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      Hi Portrait! It worked!!! I followed the instructions in your pdf and seems to work well. Thank you soooo much for your help. Regards from Spain!


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      Great to hear that it worked! Always ask me if you have further questions. Greetings from Turkey!

  6. I think so. I'm using Xeon processors for years, and i'm extremely glad with them. It's about the programs you use. If the only professional software that i use was Chief, then i would consider switching to i7 processors for my next system.
  7. " it seems that typical renderings in 3D space are primarily just GPU heavy, correct? And Ray Trace is what pushes the CPU?" Right. Chief's raytracer engine leans on the CPU. What you ask is a very tough question to answer, because at the end it's a personel choice. I can recommend you to check out the benchmark reports, it might be helpful to decide which processor is the most beneficial for your budget: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html Generally speaking, Xeon processors are for professional work and better than i3+i5 and i7 series. However, you will see that some of the i7 processors are performing better than a lot of Xeon processors.
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    Hello, Here is the video of our latest design - a soccer stadium. Chief Architect X8, Sketch Up, 3D Studio Max, Lumion were the main programs for the 3D model and presentation. Video post-processing was only made for fun, and we used the cheap and great program Adobe Premiere Elements for this task. Even though we demand improved terrain tools for years, i might say that Chief's terrain features are still the best for an architect. Chief in this project was primarily used for terrain and landscape design.
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    Kevin, i like your design style. Straightforward, mature, and no unnecessary ornaments... Keep up great work!
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    Max. Fence Height

    Actually i didn't define a second floor, but looks like a good idea. Thanks.
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    Max. Fence Height

    Hello, I'm designing an amateur soccer stadium, and need to add fences around the pitch. Our required height is 4800 mm, however the maximum height for the newels and the panels that Chief allows is 3200 mm. Is there a way to overcome this limitation?
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    Hey Jintu, i don't think we did something special about it. We should have only changed the material color to light blue. I'll check this again tomorrow.
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    Exporting To 3D Studio Max

    No you can't. But he/she can do this. Basically you need to export your model in fbx format. (Vrml and dae may also do the job.) Since Chief doesn't generate fbx files, you need to convert the 3ds model to the fbx file. These are my steps for exporting to 3D Max: 1-) Export your Chief model in 3ds format. (Done) 2-) Import the 3ds file into 3D Max. 3-) Export the model from 3D Max as a fbx file. (Now we have our Chief model in fbx format.) 4-) Re-import the Chief model in fbx format into 3D Max by using "Link fbx" option. This will allow them to seperate objects by material.
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    One of my assistants was bored of working on this technical school project, so he decided to make it a dance school. Thanks to the shadows on elevations. I loved it!
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    Time to Show YOUR GOODIES!

    Jon, it's nice. We always complain about Chief's terrain tools, but one should try Revit to see how terrible the landscaping tools could be.