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  1. Yes, we all have to be aware of those who want to take our plan & run albeit in DWG format or others. Copyright protection on your plans is a must.
  2. 3D collaboration can be done in a number of ways. As mentioned above and also some people here like to export their 3D model views into other 3D rendering applications as well to work on them. Ideally for Chief Architect users, it’s good if the interior designers have a copy of Chief Interiors or even if you can do your model in home designer pro first or similar products ? For this to work with other Chief related products, you will need to confirm file transfers between these applications. Sending a 2D DWG file for the interior designer to draw their own walls over is another good option particularly if they have their own dedicated interior design software. Placing and editing cabinets and objects is very easy to use in Chief Architect. I think the first thing you need to know is, what application will your interior designer be using and then take it from there.
  3. Thanks Glenn, I think you answered my question in your first reply ? “Room Labels” are the answer because the room type will determine how the model will build. The room label will automatically add certain parameters into the room DBX for us. Just like “Open Below” does and so forth. Would it be possible for the programmers to create extra room labels that create the conditions mentioned in the two linked articles above ? “Split level Room” creates those parameters automatically without the confusion of following all those steps above. It can prompt us for a level to be inserted, either positive for shifting the room up or negative for setting the whole room down including the ceiling in this case. ”Split Level Entry” creates those parameters automatically as well, following the steps above to create this condition. Something to think about for X15 ? I and others like the “KISS” method or “Keep It Simple Stupid” lol.
  4. Hi Glenn, don’t get me wrong, I like many things in Chief Architect and it is superior to other cad in lots of ways like cabinets and framing. It’s a very complete package for for home designing. Other more commercial developed cad software tools are too focused on commercial buildings and interoperability and they are leaving a gap for home design focused software like Chief to develop more into. I would like to see you post a video on your method of creating a split level home so we can all save time in the process. I would also like to hear from you what improvements Chief Architect could make so that this process is more efficient and streamlined. Like I said, I don’t expect Chief to change to how other software works but I do expect it to make simple split level homes much easier to create. Hope you are doing well in Australia. Current method link below. https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00932/creating-a-split-level-structure.html Split level entry with a landing, link below. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-00269/creating-a-split-level-entry-with-a-landing.html
  5. This is a perfect example of why I think Chief Architect needs to change the way it works with room modules being all interconnected. Sure you could leave the home designer versions stay just like they are. With Chief Architect Premier you could have the programmers re-write the software ware so that we can disconnect the room modules or in other words explode them. Then be able to edit individual elements like foundations, walls, roofs etc like other software can do because they don’t have a room module system like this in the first place. They have separate 3 dimensional areas that are usually defined by a cad line system of some sort, not by solid interconnected elements like Chief does. Ultimately if you could reconnect all your room modules again with a click and keep all your edited elements in place. That would be amazing. This is just a dream and I don’t really think Chief Architect will ever be able to work like I am proposing in the future either. Chief is good for single and multi story homes but when the level is split it becomes complicated just like this situation illustrates. Thank you for the links and videos references and yes I would need to watch them a few times through to get to know how to do this modification correctly. Anybody else up for the challenge ?
  6. Success ! I was also able to get CAV9.5 working on the XPPC with 32bit windows XP pro. The drivers above were not quite old enough to run the HASP dongle for V9.5 but they are old enough to run for V10. I was able to manually install the driver for the HASP/USB key lock dongle for V9.5 from my installation CD, once I found the file. This is a good security protection measure because if you don’t have the right CD key and dongle to go with it, you will not be able to run CA at all. We paid big money back then to use Chief Architect and for the subsequent upgrades. I am very happy with my brand new PC with XP windows 32bit pro on it. I can access my old plans from previous versions no problem now. I have never seen XP run so fast. I do have an I7 2600 quad core CPU with 4GB ram installed, as XP will only see 4GB ram. My old 32bit XP PC was very sluggish and about to die so I upgraded for plan file storage of all my old plans and layouts. Cost me about $500 US delivered but it was well worth it. And of course my time but hey that’s cool. I don’t even have to edit the font now, I am very happy with the results. I am not quite sharp enough to start from scratch these days as I am retired. I hope this post helps others out there who have been using CA for nearly a quarter of a century ? Have fun using CA.
  7. Hi, I bought my new PC set up with XP 32 bit pro installed on it. I have never seen XP run so fast lol. I installed CAV9.5 and the premium content CDs 1 & 2 and I manually installed the 32 bit driver for the HASP/USB key and the program would not recognise the key once again. Although this is a 64 bit machine or motherboard, it was able to run CAV10 from my old XP 32 bit hard drive that I connected with a USB adapter kit. I was able to open the layout file from my old job that I did with version 9.5 with CAV10 from a back up CD that I saved all my plans and layouts on. All the stacked layouts plans cross sections etc showed up fine. The font may have to be adjusted slightly but apart from that I am very happy with the results. I think this worked because CAV10 was designed to run on XP 32bit and 64bit as well, from what I can gather ? If you want to go back further than that, to open old plan files, you will definitely need an older O/S with a 32 bit machine to do so. Read the program specifications for the older versions of Chief before you buy. I am glad that it worked but because I have many plans that I saved and did with much older versions of Chief. That’s why I could justify the expense of a brand new gaming PC with XP pro 32 bit installed on it. Gamers also like windows 98SE and they still have these machines running this old O/S just for pc games. Thanks to them we can use much older versions of the program if we really need to. Once again have fun using Chief Architect and the current version X14 looks great to me with all the improvements. Update: I did a fresh install on this new PC of CAV10 and everything went well and it’s working fine. I can easily open all my Chief plans & layouts from older versions with CAV10. From what I remember, there was not much of a variation in the plan and layout files from opening them with V10. So I am content with that and if the re-modeling of this older house plan is minimal ? I will probably edit the plan with V10 so I don’t have to re create a new set of full layouts. All to save time. Thank you to all for your suggestions.
  8. Conclusion for all who are interested. You must have a 32 bit operating system to install the correct drivers for HASP/USB key locks in order to run CAV10 or lower. You can have a 64 bit PC with a 32 bit O/S but you probably need windows XP if possible ? Please be careful when you google drivers because you end up finding driver scan programs that want to install their software on your PC. This was the best site for me to find the old drivers. “DeviceInBox” website. ALADDIN USB KEY DRIVER V.7.54 WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA, WINDOWS 7, WINDOWS 8, WINDOWS 8.1, WINDOWS 10 You may have to do a manual install and please note that there are two folders containing HASP drivers, 32 bit & 64 bit, for the download above. I manually installed the driver for my HASP key lock and since all my PC’s are 64 bit with 64 bit O/S the 32 bit drivers would not install for me. So if your PC can run CAV10 its probably because it has a 32 bit O/S and you have been able to install the correct driver ? I chose to purchase a new PC with 32 bit windows pro SP3 installed from eBay Australia. You can find gaming PC’s in the US eBay site with windows XP installed on them. like DJP did, you can have a dual boot with windows XP 32 bit installed. I tried to do that but my PC would not cooperate, probably because W7 64bit was already installed on it and it didn’t like the older O/S. If you have IT experience you may be able get into the BIOS yourself to create dual boot ? I recommend you get an IT specialist to do that for you if you can’t because you can ruin the PC if you do not know what you are doing. Have fun using Chief.
  9. Thank you Mick, for this resource and information, I will definitely read up on this and test it out. I have found drivers for Windows 10 & 7, the HASP/USB key lights go on but the program fails to recognise the hardware lock as per the error message again. I will have to uninstall CAV9.5 and reinstall it again and hopefully it will load the correct drivers and the error message will go away during the loading process ? If that happens ? I am back in business again. “Windows 7 64-bit Disable Driver Signature Enforcement“ Here is a YT video link to a tutorial, Incase someone needs to try this as Driver Signature Enforcement applies as far back as 64bit windows 7, 8 & 10. I will let you know if this fixes the problem for me ? I tried this boot up option for my windows 7 64bit PC and tried to install CAV9.5 install was successful. I got this screen notification below, the problem was when I once again booted in DSE mode and put in the CD key in, the hardware lock was not recognized. I booted it again normally and still had the same problem. I installed Sentinel SDK 8.0.1 prior to installing CAV9.5 also in DSE mode and the light came on the HASP/USB dongle and pc notified me that it was successfully installed. Please note that later version of Sentinel LDK may not have the legacy drivers as reported on the Thales website. Sentinel LDK software must be prior to version 8.15 as reported by Thales. I may still have to find more Aladdin legacy drivers online for it to work ? I will try CAV10 to see if that will work on this windows 7 64bit PC first. I will update this post with my results later on. Just as well I am semi retired otherwise I would just buy an XP PC with 32 bit pro loaded on it and hope for the best lol ? Thank you all for your help so far. CAV10 installed ok on the windows 7 64bit and still the HASP key is not being recognized. Please see the first picture for the error message. I don’t understand why CA cant provide us with the correct drivers to be able to run this legacy software on our newer systems ? We have all invested much time in drawing plans for previous clients and its common sense to go back to your older files and update plans from there. Thats it for me, I am done. I am buying an brand new windows XP pro 32 bit gaming pc to do the job for me. Thank your for all your help fellow users. Have fun.
  10. Thank you Bob, I will give that a try as well. I decided against getting an old laptop PC with XP on it because they don’t quite have enough memory on them. Plus they are used and they will not last long. I have managed to find a brand new PC with XP on it, probably leftover unsold stock ? I think the older PC’s were totally 32 bit architecture and I believe that’s where the problem lies ? Probably up for $500 US or more ? I have a spare PC that I have tried to boot my old XP 32bit hard drive on it but it didn’t load properly. I think the problem is that is a 64 bit architecture PC and that’s why it will not work ? Having sufficient back up is very important in this business. I have backed up my work on floppy disks, Zip disks, CD’s and USB drives in the past. I managed to find a CD with all my plans from V10 & 9.5 back to V6.0 on it, I will try those CD files and hope they are not corrupt ? I don’t give up easily and if I have to buy an old PC to back up my past work properly, then I will. Accessing some old plan files and remodeling them saves allot of time. Software providers just don’t care enough about that as shown by this problem once again, I found this site below but I think these drivers will only work on a XP 32 bit architecture not on a XP 64 bit architecture pc ? https://www.rainbow.com.my/support.php?id=1 Thank you all for your suggestions. I will let you know when I have the problem fully resolved.
  11. Thank you Bob, I will give that a try as well. I decided against getting an old laptop PC with XP on it because they don’t quite have enough memory on them. Plus they are used and they will not last long. I have managed to find a brand new PC with XP on it, probably leftover unsold stock ? I think the older PC’s were totally 32 bit architecture and I believe that’s where the problem lies ? Probably up for $500 US or more ? I have a spare PC that I have tried to boot my old XP 32bit hard drive on it but it didn’t load properly. I think the problem is that is a 64 bit architecture PC and that’s why it will not work ? Having sufficient back up is very important in this business. I have backed up my work on floppy disks, Zip disks, CD’s and USB drives in the past. I managed to find a CD with all my plans from V10 & 9.5 back to V6.0 on it, I will try those CD files and hope they are not corrupt ? I don’t give up easily and if I have to buy an old PC to back up my past work properly, then I will. Accessing some old plan files and remodeling them saves allot of time. Software providers just don’t care enough about that as shown by this problem once again, I found this site below but I think these drivers will only work on a XP 32 bit architecture not on a XP 64 bit architecture pc ? https://www.rainbow.com.my/support.php?id=1 Thank you all for your suggestions. I will let you know when I have the problem fully resolved.
  12. Thank you Dermot, I will definitely try that suggestion. I am not sure on how to relink the layout file to the updated plan file. If I cant figure it out, I will ask. I will purchase a good small used gaming laptop here in Australia that runs XP 32 bit pro to view my old plan files from CAV10 and earlier. I can get one for under a $100 US. That’s the “Lew Buttery” method lol. I tried to boot my old XP hard dive last night, that has all my old programs on it. It nearly started then stopped part way. I think I have to repair my Windows XP installation to get it to load properly. like I said, I don’t give up that easily. have fun.
  13. The plan file I opened was definitely a V9.5 plan and it opened it no problem with X2 and later. I may have to do the X8 save the plan to see if I can also open the layout file as well ? I have saved copies of the layout files on USB thumb drives as well as on older hard drives that I can access with a kit. Those layout files unfortunately didn’t open for me either. I moved house recently and shredded the hard copy of the plans for this job. I may be able to search for a PDF file of the plans, if I indeed made a PDF copy that we should always do for backup. As Ben Palmer suggested and he is right as I agree that it would be best to re do the whole plan in the latest version of the program. The reason being is that this house is split level and has half set down levels in it as well. Unfortunately very older versions of the program struggled with this type of design especially with external stairs and in trying to get the floor levels correct as well. I know that Chief Architect works with room cubic modules that are all interconnected and that raises issues when these modules are set down or raised up. That’s why I had problems in the past with this type of design in the very older versions of the program. I hope that most of these issues would have been ironed out by now ? I have been retired since mid 2014 and I have upgraded up to version X10 so far. I am coming out of retirement now part time to do some more work. I am very tenacious and don’t give up easily but there comes a time when you have to give up or you will just waste too much time fighting an old operating system. If I had my time over again I think I would chose Macintosh operating systems rather windows. But having said that, Windows 10 is pretty good so far and I hope that Windows 11 would be on a par with Mac ? Does anyone have a link to the “Aladdin virtual device driver for windows” for either windows 7 or 10 ? That’s what the install error messages are about with CAV10 & 9.5. I think it would be more than fair for CA to put this link on its support page for this issue above and please stop giving us all the run around. We use cad software to save our time and not to waste it. Thank you all for your input and suggestions so far.
  14. Thank your Dermot, my plan was done in CAV9.5 and the problem is that my layout files will not open in later versions of the program. X2 will open the plan files right up to X10 so far but they will not open the layout file that I need because that’s where the plans are all stacked edited etc. A person called Bobby S had a driver ID of 7.92.0.0 from 2019. I managed to install that driver but the program didn’t run even though the dongle light was on. The operating system was asking for further installing of the driver or on another machine it was asking to troubleshoot the driver. I download a diagnostics tool from Thales to test the drivers and they come up as not working. My guess is, that they are old 32 bit drivers from the windows XP drivers cache ? These cannot be downloaded from Thales because they are out of date but if you happen to be a vendor you may be able to access those old drivers for us ? I will give Bob Medvetz suggestion a try first. The pictures below show the install error numbers, the first one is from the V9.5 install and the second is the V10 install. I have no clue what they mean because I am not an IT specialist. A simple download link to the drivers needed would be enough for me and many others of us to use to get our old plans as drawn open including layout files. I would then print the plans as a pdf and then work on them in my latest version of the program. How hard is that for CA ?
  15. Yes Bob, I have read this and CA support are asking us to go to Thales and ask them for support to get the old drivers for the HASP/USB dongles on our older versions of the program to work. I haven’t asked them yet but I will if I can’t get it to work on my surface pro 3 tablet. Thank you for your help. Hi Bob, I was able to install CAV9.5 to MSSP3 tablet no driver was available for the HASP/USB dongle. I tried asking Thales but they replied that I needed to contact the Vendor for support. The Vendor is Chief Architect in this case so they will need to help us with this issue if they are indeed willing and able to do so ? Thank you once again.