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  1. Building on what Chop said, you could assign one can to the 'ceiling' light, and assign the other can to a fixture you don't use so they would both be available in the electrical fixtures. Or you can add custom icons for any library item you would like. You could add them both to your electrical toolbar (or other). There's a lot of flexibility for creating custom library icons.
  2. I have an Alienware R9 and am not having any crashes with Chief or otherwise. Is the 8 GB in your signature RAM? If so, that may be your problem.
  3. This one drives me crazy. A layout template seems like the perfect solution, but it's a PITA to get the live views recropped and repositioned every time. This template feature should shine when showing clients multiple options but I've started sending screen shots because it's more reliable and efficient. I've reported it. Please do the same so we can get it fixed, including the PDF size, blurriness, etc.
  4. Same here. Makes me think I'm back at a Town Hall Dance listening to In Aggada Da Vida. Not a bad thing but....
  5. This is how I have been handling it. People seem to use the reference set to show stairs so I was hoping I was missing something. Thank you,
  6. Is it possible of a lower level stair set with a break line to appear without the break line in the reference display? Showing the break on the upper level isn't correct IMHO. I would like it to appear as a full stair, just as it does in an open below situation. Two stairs on different layers, one with a break line, one without?
  7. I use a version of the extended toolbar for everything. Same toolbars in all views. I like the tools in the same place (muscle memory). I use empty spaces to keep things stable. I'm not sure if it matters but, I sync my Chief folder between my desktop and laptop. The screen is smaller on the laptop so I had to arrange my toolbars to fit that screen, otherwise when I switched to the desktop, everything was messed up. Rob, in you CAD screenshot above, you have the three little arrows at the end indicating there are icons off the screen. That always caused trouble for me. One I got everything on screen and spaced correctly with empty space icons, I no longer had moving toolbars. I don't switch between toolbar modes because that seemed to be a problem for me. I never seemed to be able to switch back to my default toolbar without the jumping icons and having to reset toolbars.
  8. Another and quicker way: Select the door icon, then shift select all the doors. Make your changes. If you need some doors out of the selection, you can control select each individually. For windows, select the window icon. You are now in window mode. Shift select all the windows. You can use this same selection method with any icon tool (cabinets, electrical, roofs, windows and doors, etc). Getting into the desired mode basically creates a filtered selection for that mode alone.
  9. This is one of my favorite architectural details. I use them a lot on my houses. Love it at the kitchen sink! I too wish the box bay tool worked better. If it did, I might have one on every house!
  10. Hi Dermot, I had this happen again on another plan a few days ago. I haven't sent it in but will try to by the end of the week. Folks, please send your plans in so this can be fixed. In my case, it was reproduceable on one elevation but not another.
  11. Hi Dermot, Even with 'Show Single Label for Entire Unit' checked, the component windows still appear in the schedule. This did work, but was broken at some point (X13?). Currently, you have to open each window and check 'suppress label'.
  12. Assuming you had X12 or earlier on the laptop, you can migrate your library and defaults after an installation. This will bring your User Library into X13 as well. I'm not at my computer but I believe it's in preferences. Then you can update catalogs to download all the content. If the laptop is new, it's more difficult but you can move the desktop files to the laptop, or a cloud, and update catalogs.
  13. This was in reference to the OP's first question regarding slow layout speed. Live views slow the layout down. I often copy my layout file for final construction plans and delete all camera views so the layout doesn't bog down. Others turn their live views to plot lines so they can effectively work, then turn them back to live view for printing.
  14. I have sent these issue into tech support. 1. Some people turn their camera views to plot lines to speed up layouts, then turn them back to update on demand to print. 2. Frustrating for sure when you're trying to show a client multiple options. The best option I've found is to copy plan and layout to a new folder and not change the plan name. The layout will stay linked. The downside is all the plans have the same name. It also makes having a default layout template (with views already sent from a template plan) less than ideal. Please report it so we can get it fixed.
  15. Amen Alan, this is a real PITA for as-builts. With as-builts I'm often going back and forth between SPVs so not having the temporary defaults change with my SPV, is frustrating. We now need multiple temporary dimension defaults to match our dimension defaults, or must adjust them each time we change Saved Plan Views, or toggle them off. I never understood why temporary dimensions weren't controlled in dimension defaults. Now with always-on temporary dimensions and SPVs, it makes sense to control temporary dimensions with our dimension defaults and have them automatically change with our SPVs.