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  1. For that amount, send him a thank-you note for highlighting that your business and billing practices need to be improved. That's probably $500 worth of useful information right there. You've probably already collectively wasted $500 in time dealing with this issue.
  2. This is not exactly correct. If you don't initiate foreclosure proceedings within the statutory time period, then the lien becomes an unenforceable cloud on the title, which the holder statutorily can sue you to remove. If you want to be paid when/if the house is sold, then you need to file an abstract of judgment, after you get a judgment, of course.
  3. I have a side business in collecting civil judgments on a contingency basis. You have some good advice already: 1) Unless you know the lien laws for the state you're filing in, you may not be able to enforce it ultimately, and then you will be on the hook financially for removing the unenforceable "cloud" on the title. It could end up costing YOU. It will also be very expensive to enforce, assuming that a foreclosure is even possible in your client's state. 2) Small claims court is likely the best bet, assuming that the claim limitations are acceptable. Depending on how your agreement is written, you MIGHT be able to file the suit in your OWN jurisdiction. (I'd check with an attorney.) Then, you can "domesticate" the judgment to your client's state and do the garnishment there. A judgment is very powerful. You might be able to just levy a bank account, file a wage garnishment, have the sheriff levy property for an auction, and other fun stuff. A collection agency probably will just make annoying phone calls or write letters. This is something you can do yourself. 3) Change your business practices so you don't find yourself in this position again.
  4. Since the recent advent of multiple reference files in Chief, I don't think the difference (or benefit of AC) in this area is as great as it used to be. I would also consider that Chief has had essentially the same functionality as AC's Graphic Overrides for quite a bit longer than AC. Further, the wood framing features in CA far surpass anything that AC has or probably will ever have. Once X14 gets some of its beta issues ironed out, unless you are firm with multiple employees who need to work on the same project at the same time, I don't think the choice is so obvious anymore, at least if you are primarily residentially-based.
  5. Need someone to finish house plans and not sure where to post. Very new to this site. 

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      Richard_Morrison

      In the "Seeking Services" section.

  6. When the public beta was released, it included a note about adjusting vertical text spacing in schedules. There has been a longtime problem where a number of common fonts would sit directly on the grid lines with no space, and these fonts now look perfect in schedules. So it seems they added some padding below the text to adjust how text sits in schedule cells, but maybe the fix has flowed over to other areas?
  7. It is. This is really the first version that I think would make me view Archicad as unnecessary. Linked callout labels in Layout is huge, as is resizable fractional dimensions. If I didn't already have Archicad, I don't think I'd miss that much.
  8. I am shocked that there isn't more enthusiasm being shown for what I think is one of the best version updates in a long time!
  9. 1) Change room height to 9' studs. 2) Change roof structure to match trusses. 3) Turn on truss layer in section view.
  10. You can do this however you want, but in general, architects are selling a LICENSE for one-time use of a plan. I personally don't have a problem with sending a client the floor plans, and even elevations, of a design because these are not reusable with the type of work that I do. It will have usual disclaimers, of course. However, if you "sell" the details, etc. then the purchaser likely has the right to reuse these to their heart's content, and you no longer have the legal right to reuse your own intellectual capital. Not good.
  11. Since the "L" key currently starts the line command, any command with starts with "L" will initiate the line command and additional letters are superfluous. You could change the Line command to "L,I" and then "L,A" will be acceptable.
  12. No, but I think this is a GREAT idea!
  13. I could guess. Designer info is stored in the preferences file, not in the plan/layout file. If you aren't syncing the preferences file, then it won't show up in Preferences.
  14. I recommend you make friends with Active Layer Display Options. (In the same vicinity as the Project & Library Browsers.) It will save you a bunch of time hunting down where things can be changed.
  15. I've been doing this for years, but X11, I believe, was the version where cloud syncing toolbars and libraries became officially available. See https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-03090/moving-library-content-to-the-cloud-or-other-custom-location.html I personally like Dropbox, because it has had the the fastest syncing, which is important if you have a very large User Library. I also keep my project files in Dropbox, so that I just open the other computer and everything I've done is already there, including new library objects I've created.