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    If you select the wall hatching tool, you can Shift-Select and only pick up hatches.
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    X13 release

    Griping about spending $525 annually for your PRIMARY work tool seems misplaced, even if you don't feel like there is $525 of value. If the new upgrade saves you just 5 minutes a day, that is (240 work days x 5 minutes) 20 hours of time saved per year, whether there is a new version or not in that period. And this efficiency is compounded with each successive version. Assuming you're not billing by the hour (in which case, slowness is more profitable), you'd be crazy not to upgrade when you have the chance.
  3. Let us know when you find the holy grail of BIM/CAD programs. There always will be features that another program does better. It may boil down to which program is least painful. I'd suggest whittling down the list to your two top contenders -- knowing what your deal-breakers are -- and then spending some time with each to see how the UI feels to you.
  4. There are a couple of areas of difficulty: 1) Chief does not do slanted walls AT ALL. You can get something that looks similar with a polyline extrusion or a roof, but all openings will need to be cut manually. It's just not set up to work that way. Slanted windows that are fully scheduled in the construction doc's -- forget it. Archicad on the other hand, can do curtain walls, slanted or otherwise, without breaking a sweat. 2) Chief's CAD capabilities are fine functionally, but after you get to a certain point, excessive CAD use in the main file is going to start choking the program. Again, it's fine for "builder's grade" documents, but if you needed, say, 40 sheets of highly detailed CAD details, all referenced to the main file, it will be molasses time. Archicad is routinely used for very large projects, like hotels and office buildings, in addition to highly detailed residences. Chief has generic steel sections, but if you want a W8x36, you will find it in Archicad with exact dimensions for depth, width, flange and web thicknesses, etc. Here's an example of the level of detail possible with an old Victorian, that I really wouldn't want to try in Chief: Regarding the fanboy issue: Revit is more dominant in the U.S., so it can seem like it's more popular, but if you go to the international forums, the statistics change. Dominance does not equate to capability, and I think if you look at some of the more design-oriented firms, you'll find many that use Archicad. Again, Chief is the right tool for many projects, especially in the residential world, I just don't think it's the right tool for what you're trying to do.
  5. I've used both Chief and Archicad for over twenty years. For the type of work you have displayed, I'd say Archicad is the best. It handles slanted walls like a dream and easily allows you to put doors and windows in them, and you can create your own very complex walls with any profile. I'm a big fan of Chief for mainstream projects, but what you are indicating goes way beyond Chief's capabilities. Revit might be okay, but I don't really know the program, and couldn't stand the UI when I tried it.
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    Wall Line Weights

    After playing with this, you're right. This does not work the way I remembered it. "Walls, Main Layer Only" seems to be just a toggle now, with no functionality to the line weight or color.
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    Wall Line Weights

    The "Walls, Main Layer Only" line weight will kick in ONLY if you turn the "Walls, Layers" layer off. This can be useful in a framing plan, for example, where you only want to show the stud boundaries. Similarly, the "Walls, Normal" line weights will kick in only if you turn the "Walls, Layers" layer off, too. This is useful if you only want to show walls as a two-line wall. BTW, I don't think you can enable the "Walls, Main Layer Only" with the "Walls, Normal" function at the same time. If you enable, "Walls, Main Layer Only," the line weights in the Wall Definition DBX are not controlling anymore.
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    That's about the most diplomatic response I've ever seen on this forum!
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    Garage door wont cut grade beam

    Doors don't cut beams, nor should they. (If this is truly a grade beam.) They can cut stem walls, though, which is probably what you need in this location.
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    Make sure that the budget computer's power supply is sized large enough to handle a high end graphics card, which can consume a lot of power.
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    Drawing tablet - Wacom or other

    The keyboard is optional. But with it, you are essentially getting a new laptop. For about 1/2 the price of a new Chief license. In the overall scheme of things, with the time you can save, it's cheap. I love Apple. (And I'm a Windows guy.) EDIT: If you are dead set against Apple iOS, you could get a Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 10. A low end model might set you back about $700 and then you could get Bluebeam Revu for PDF redlining. (about $350). I have a Surface Pro, too, and it's a nice machine, and you can run Chief on it (except for rendering, which is really slow without a dedicated graphics card) but Morpholio Trace might bring back the fun of architecture. That's worth a few hundred bucks, eh?
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    Drawing tablet - Wacom or other

    Yeah, that old puck with the crosshairs and the tablet menu was amazing for AutoCAD. I've tried to implement a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet without success, but maybe I didn't give it enough time. I found it difficult to be precise with the point entry as a tap, and the lack of additional buttons on the pen slowed me down without the keyboard shortcuts. However, even though my main desktop is Windows, I have an iPad Pro with both Morpholio Trace and Procreate. An iPad with an Apple Pencil and these apps is AWESOME, and worth the money for these apps alone, not to mention having the LiDAR on the iPad Pro. I have no problem going back and forth between the iPad and Windows. The key to making this work is having a "paper-like" screen protector that makes using the pencil feel more like a paper experience. It also works really well with note-taking apps like Notability. I frankly wouldn't mind doing everything on the iPad Pro (recommend the 12.9 inch model), except keeping the desktop mostly for Chief. The iPad is great for taking to jobsites or meetings where you then have a camera as well as handwriting. In Notability for example, you can do a punch list that includes photographs of the issues, and email to everyone directly from the jobsite when you're finished.
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    Construction Documentation

    Of course, they vary. But these details were supposedly developed for a U.S. market. I don't know of any geographic areas that don't have any wind loads, at least, that still would require shear transfer detailing.
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    Construction Documentation

    The problem with this library, and frankly, many of the details in Chief Architect's own detail library, is that they assume no shear transfer and no uplift forces. If you put shear blocking between the rafters to account for shear transfer from roof to top plate, for example, you defeat the whole ventilation scheme in the detail. The waterproofing aspects are also a little sketchy. The concern, of course, is that someone who doesn't understand engineering and standard building practice may use these details unwittingly as-is.
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    Construction Documentation

    You might try going to Amazon books and searching under "Architectural Working Drawings". There are a number of classics, like the ones by Wakita, Liebing, Spence, and others. Not cheap, but no professional education is.
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    This is interesting, anybody seen this?

    I like this phrasing, and it's probably very accurate.
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    Chief 10 key

    You can rent the current version for $200/mo. Couldn't you explain that due to inflation your fees are now higher years later? This might cover the extra expense of the software rental.
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    Why? Because people who need to draw walls like this are not Chief's target market, and never were. (And likely will never be.)
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    Hi Tom, Just saw this. I'm not here as often as I used to be. But, some general thoughts are below. First, for interior slabs, I certainly wouldn't use less than 5" and 6" would be better. 4" is a pretty chintzy garage slab, and likely to crack. I'd use #3 rebar, say at 12" E.W., rather than WWF. If walls are not loadbearlng or designed for shear, they don't need thickened footings beneath them, and don't need preset anchors or drilled expansion bolts. Powder-driven pins would be the typical way to secure these to the slab. In a nutshell, I highly recommend getting your structure fully engineered based on actual soil conditions and local seismic/wind values. HTH...
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    Ipad Pro Users

    Really nice sketch!! I think clients respond well to these sketches since it looks like they're working with an artistic/creative type. (And they are!) Good point about the screen protector. I use that, too. No fun drawing on glass.
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    Ipad Pro Users

    I have lately become highly impressed with the Morpholio Trace app on an iPad. The pro version is, I think, $20/yr. You can bring a set of PDFs to the jobsite and mark them up, also using as many layers of tracing paper as you need if you want to discuss anything with a contractor or client. The UI is amazing, and includes all sorts of drawing aids and tools. It's brought the fun back into sketching ideas by hand.
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    Ipad Pro Users

    Chief Architect is not available for iPad because it is a different OS for mobile devices. (Although I guess a laptop is still fairly mobile. ) The iPad Pro uses a similar operating system to the iPhone. You can use the Chief Viewer, but that's about it. iPad Pro is a wonderful device, but it won't run Chief.
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    BTU Rating

    I would trust the T-24 calc's more than this calculator.
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    BTU Rating

    While there is some good information on this website, I would not be willing to use this calculator. It does not account for insulation or glazing area, so it provides only a rough approximation. If you have a highly insulated house, and carefully designed glazing with a high-efficiency AC unit, using this calculator will probably lead to the AC unit being oversized and therefore cycling too often, with a resulting loss of efficiency.
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    ADU question..... fire separation?

    A JADU is not a separate dwelling unit. An ADU is. Therefore, fire separation requirements between a JADU and the rest of the house probably don't apply. As an example: But worth checking with the City, rather than here.