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  1. mthd97

    X13 release

    In the end, we all do have a right to expect Chief Architect to improve and keep its place in the market. It’s simple, if you do good work, you win more work and respect, if you don’t you loose out. The improvements and new features added to each version can influence others to consider using CA as an option for their business model. There are many different professions using CA and for many purposes. Not everyone needs CA to be better or more widely flexible in what it can and can’t design, in the way of residential housing. I personally think that Chief Architect can grow further in its chosen field of residential construction. People are wanting more and more customisation options in their home designs these days. I think it’s better to use a residential based program if that is possible than having to use a commercial program to get the design work done. My thoughts.
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    X13 release

    I think it’s very good to show our support for CA. Since RM uses other cad, like I do, it’s an extra incentive to see that CA is doing the job for him and others that use other software as well. Let’s see what goodies we get in X13 once it is released to the public.
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    X13 release

    Well it’s always good when admin clarifies the situation. I must say, I haven’t seen two upgrades in one 12 month period of SSA yet ? But hey, there is always a first time for that to happen in the future. Still no guarantees. I personally don’t think that jumping ship to SoftPlan is the answer. I do understand that the pandemic can definitely slow down production when people need to isolate. Peoples lives are definitely more important than a new upgrade. Looking forward to see what improvements are made and what new features we may get in X13. All in good fun.
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    X13 release

    DougDM, it all about being fair and your complaint is quite legitimate and fair. It’s good for admin to consider wether SSA is really relevant, when they are obviously having trouble producing a sufficient upgrade within a 12 month cycle. Initially that was the goal for them to produce an upgrade within a 12 month period. They should consider going back to their original system of an upgrade charge when a new version is released. In Archicad you get an upgrade in the framework of a yearly fee that has a set 12 month period starting from July each year. Every subscriber is on that 12 month period from July to June the next year and everyone gets the upgrade without fail for that yearly fee. Of course Archicad costs allot more than Chief but you do get allot more and as it is fully created for commercial construction projects. Something for CA to think about in order to be fair in what they do with an SSA program that will guarantee an upgrade during the 12 month period of SSA. My thoughts about them being fair.
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    CA X13 Availability.

    You still kicking around Lew ? BIM and 3D model interoperability was something we talked about allot. Have they made much progress in that direction yet ?
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    X13 release

    I haven’t been up to date with CA since retiring from home design work. When it’s in beta, it usually comes out within a couple of months. My guess will be, “any day now” but hey it’s only a guess. These beta boys don’t take that long. Yes, I hope it will be worth the wait and SSA is worth the money. To get back on board from previous versions, should definitely not be that steep with an SSA program in force. If you want previous users back on board, then please consider cutting back the upgrade charges. Why not just have a flat fee for any previous expired versions, plus SSA to be current ? Does it really need to be more than a few hundred dollars plus SSA ? For example when X13 comes out, if a person has an expired version of X12 why not just charge SSA. For X11 and later, a single small flat fee plus SSA ? You can only try it and see what happens over the course of a year or to the next release. In the end, if the next version is sufficient enough, you should hope to see the current and past users get back on board or to stay on board. It puts CA under pressure to keep producing more excellent versions of its program. Something to think about anyway. Enjoy.
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    I think they've fixed floor and ceiling elevations.

    Yes, it can be confusing, setting and moving roof heights and we just have to accept that for now. It is not the logical way to do things in real life, as we usually build from the ground up. Lew, I agree about room height or wall locks too. This thread got side tracked to wall stud heights for a while. So what is the next step? Explode all the room module control's then regroup them after we make changes. Maybe we could have a room rebuild hierarchy? Have a lock the room height tab for each room then mark the room to move up or down or stay put after a rebuild? So these can control how the room modules move and have any adjoing stairs follow the room they are connected to? Hey, I am no computer programmer but there should be a more effective way and that's why we have SSA and upgrades.
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    I think they've fixed floor and ceiling elevations.

    Thanks for veryfying that for us in Chief X10, Richard. You only know how good it works when you test a project inside the program, like you have done. I can honestly say that I was hoping that was the case in X10, giving room stability like you have found. I am glad I upgraded to X10 and I feel more motivated to do full timber frame split level home inside CA again now. 3d room module blocks is one way CA achieves speed but the accuracy used to drop with these room module blocks jumping around when changes are made. I don't think CA will change this system but I do think there are many more ways to gain even more stability and uniformity.
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    X10 Private Beta Testing Phase

    Busy beta testers, I look forward to your comments on X10 when the non-disclosure period is over. Also look forward to the X10 complete upgrade list of features and improvements too!
  10. Depends on the level of customization you are aiming for ? You will never get a perfect take off system but you will get close if your houses are not too complicated. All software has limitations. Learning work arounds take time with a higher level of complications. Do your research on this site first before choosing.
  11. Hi Glenn, that was a question, that is where that came from. Thanks now I can see what you prefer to use to build your framing. CA is not going to create metal soldiers for us automatically. I am not going to waste hours fighting the program or prove that I can come up with a work around to get my framing close as possible to what I deem is standard practice for Carpenters in my area. If I have a Builder client breathing down my neck to give him the timber framing quantity so he can put in his price I would hold him up and he may miss the job. Besides I am not well enough to work overtime as a slave and not get paid for CA testing. Every person who uses CA has the right like you to choose how they use it and what extra time it takes to do their job. If you are good at using the program to produce framing, then get a job with CA producing Videos for us to save time. Thanks and I respect that you are a proficient user. I like CA to produce an unframed close to perfect model first then have it produce the framing close to what I want then edit the framing manually. Then manipulate the model so the cross section is as close as possible to perfect. Thanks mate all the best.
  12. Looks like Ceiling Plane tool is best used to define the dropped Ceiling Height ? When it comes to framing it out, it is a different ball game to get the right joist direction and build type. I was thinking that you should get double floor joists over a top plate external wall with a platform floor frame ? The programming logic needs to be more simple and straight forward when it comes to dbx settings and this is how CA becomes confusing. You guys here understand timber framing like most of us do. Most Architects tend to think spatially without the framing in mind. Maybe if we could separate the dbx to have a tab, that just shows the spaces of the rooms and separate tab for controling the structure and framing spaces and how it builds including joist direction etc.? I would rather manually edit the framing than mess with the dbx setting to get framing to build right every time for every method under the sun.
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    There you have it, I am hoping for an SSA renewal discount as our dollar has been quite low for a nuber of years now. 72 cents so if SSA $495.00 US we have to pay around the $700.00 AU mark.
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    I think X9 sneak peek information shows that more important things have been added to make our 3d modeling easier. I like the niche tool, cupboard counter top overhangs to all sides, cupboard doors and draws shown open. The short room ceiling etc are all good for the product for interior design. When you look at the categories CA caters for, everyone gets a specific improvement they need. For structure the sill plate set down is good too. I could go on but waiting on XX and future versions we all have to wiegh up the resources we spend on CAD product's too see if we are investing wisely. There are a few things I like about Revit a some things I don't like about it. In the end we all have limited time to make an analysis of the software we will choose and we can't know all the positives and negatives before we buy and try it out.