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  1. Yep. I bet a molding or even a polyline solid would be the quickest and most stable. In similar situations I have even resorted to symbols.
  2. You are correct. If X7, X8 or X9 are renamed (and appear to be missing) I will get an error message. I lost X4, X5, and X6 "Textures" folder in a hard drive failure. I get "Missing Textures" error on my old custom materials. I requested this same feature back in 2008. Could not hurt to ask for it again. I was just hoping that Chief already had a work around, or some super Chief users had figured out a way to designate a specific "Textures" folder as a default. Thanks anyway! Kay EDIT... I posted this topic in "Suggestions"
  3. My X7, X8, X9, and X10 “Textures” folders are pretty much repeats. Each "Textures" folder is about 7GB. I would like to consolidate all previous "Textures" folders into one folder and delete all the duplication. How can I instruct Chief to search in one folder for all .jpgs? Is this possible, or is this a bad idea?
  4. Thanks for the responses, guys!. Clients made a decision. Kindest regards to all, Kay
  5. Thanks, I am forwarding your info to my clients! Kay
  6. I am currently working with a couple building their 2400 square foot, one story, retirement home in Colorado They sent me a paper and pencil blueprint, and I entered it into X9. After seeing their home in 3D, they want to make some modifications. While I can help them change their plan and make it look the way they want, I do not offer full construction documents. Are there any Colorado CA users out there who would be wiling to step in at this stage and complete the construction documents? I will send the original paper pencil drawings and the the X9 .plan file so you will need not start from scratch. Thanks, Kay
  7. KayNordby

    Living Room Final

    Chief has come a long way! I am really impressed with what folks have accomplished using just Chief. One of these days I want to give it a go. I just never seem to find the time to learn something new.
  8. KayNordby

    Living Room Final

    Thank you very much! I stopped using Chief for rendering long ago, before they improved the Chief render engine. There are some really nice renderings being done now, just using Chief, but I have not learned how to do them. Going from Chief to Maxwell requires export out to several different software programs before the model is render ready for Maxwell. Tedious. Maxwell Render engine is good, but it is also very SLOW and it take monster CPU power. Wish there was a better faster way!
  9. KayNordby

    Living Room Final

    Thank you very much! I always build my house models in Chief, but rendering is not done in Chief. I export a .3ds then render in Maxwell Render.
  10. Yep, there is an option for any mesh to "hide to global illumination" in Blender and Maxwell. I was just wishing that I could get the same effect while doing the shadow renderings in Chief. Would be so cool! I have tried the Spherical Panoramic Backdrops, but I cannot get the control I want regarding North South East & West placement... maybe I have just not fiddled with it enough. Thanks for the reply. I will give it a go!
  11. I often build huge cylinders to represent a client's distant view. I paint them with a panorama made from lot photos. The cylinder cast a giant shadow over the terrain and house. Is there a way to set the property of a symbol so that it will NOT cast a shadow?
  12. A gal contacted me who needs to hire a contractor for her home's remodel. I just do the PPPs... (Pretty Pixel Pictures), so I am not the right person for the job. She needs... A contractor to give her a bid for the remodel of her home in Lancaster TX Someone who will go measure her existing home, and develop AS-BUILT drawings Someone who will show her 3D renderings of what the proposed remodel will look like when completed. I have her name, email, and phone number to give you if you are interested. Thanks, Kay
  13. Hey John “I think we might have a winner with this one! These are the exact errors I'm getting. All things being verified as working properly, this is the turd in the punch bowl variable that might be causing the issue since there are already known issues acknowledged by Chief with bringing x7 files forward - mainly the issue with the roof overhang encroaching into an interior room in 3d and elevation views, which I'm having a big issue with.” ​Have you gotten any answers from tech support regarding what to do? For now I am just going to use X7 for my X7 created .plan files. Thanks, Kay
  14. Thanks Graham. Yes, the problem happened when I used a camera that had been created in X7 but also when I open a new camera in X8. I talked to tech support and they asked me to send them the file. As you said, many things have changed from X7 to X8 and one of them is how X8 displays shadows. I had shadows "on" in the X7 plan when I "backed up entire plan." Shadows in X7 did slow down the camera views, but in my opinion they looked more natural than the new X8 shadows. If you turn on X8 "legacy shadows," camera views are slow and the shadows are poor. In my opinion, X8 legacy shadows are not worth the wait. Thanks for the reply! Kay