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  1. My sentiments exactly on having the ability to copy and rotate section and elevation cameras.
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    3D PDF

    Chop I am not exactly following your question. I believe that it is only the Pro Platinum version of TurboCAD that exports to the 3D PDF format. As far as importing PDF files I believe that it is only 2D PDF that can be imported. So, TurboCAD is only good for exporting the 3D file, not for viewing it as I understand it. When I opened the file it opened in Bluebeam for me, which is my default program. I do see that multiple layers are available in the file as well as solid fills. One of the reasons that I do not use the 3D PDF format much anymore is not that it is not very useful, but rather that the viewing programs available seem to be to difficult for people to learn how to use and so they just don't bother. That makes it hard for me to want to continue creating these files when folks don't use them anywhere near there full potential. My 2 cents. I think the answer to your question is that the rendering options available in the viewer app being used controls how the objects are seen on screen. Good question though. I would kind of like to know the answer to your question, as I understand it, as well. I think that it would require seeing the 3DS file from Chief that Zbrant57 used to understand this situation a little better.
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    3D PDF

    Glad to see that things worked out for you.
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    3D PDF

    I used to use it quite often a few years back, but not so much anymore as others have pointed out. The method I used was to export from CA as a 3DS file and import into TurboCAD Pro Platinum then export as a U3D or 3D PDF file. So far as I know this method still works. Getting the objects on correct layers can turn out to be a bit of work though. Maybe there is a better format that maintains layer assignments that I am not aware of. Hope this is helpful.
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    3D Solids Webinar Today 12 PM PST.

    Joe You can also find it in the Announcements Forum here on Chieftalk. Should be an interesting Webinar.
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    Looking for ideas for framing

    rck-teck I do this quite often, I get quite a few contractors who are not exactly framers, but want to do the work themselves. This becomes more important when the plan has specific framing requirements from an engineer. I also get requests from plans examiners that want as much detail as they can get on the location of hold downs. Probably as much for the plans examiners and the field inspectors as it is for the construction crews. As Chopsaw says, the wall detail is a good place to add text and related info, but it can get a bit time consuming and possibly error prone due to having to keep CAD Symbols in their proper locations. What, to me, would be ideal is to capture 3D hardware symbols from the model. This way everything could be placed correctly and ideally carry offset info as well. I would also like to have the ability to display the 3D hardware in the model inside the Wall Detail that would contain it.
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    Tiny Bubbles in Ray Trace

    My guess is that this is what is referred to as fireflies in other rendering programs. The solution is, like you have found, to allow more time to refine the image. The other issue is on the development side where the programmers find alternative ways to render the scene from a technical standpoint that does not produce fireflies in the first place. This has been an issue for a lot of programs, not just Chief.
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    Have you tried using Solids yet? The reason I ask is that for design purposes, it is sometimes nice to have a little less distraction when evaluation space requirements. What I like about this approach is that I can create solid to represent any body type and size that I want. It is also kind of cool to play with the material definitions as well.
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    Linking Section and Detail numbers

    The last time I used Revit was version 2017. IMO it is a great program, but ultimately it arrives at the same flaws we find in other programs such as Chief, and that is that in an effort to provide a simple/easy to operate application they keep adding more and more stuff that integrates with even more stuff in a way that is anything but simple. Not a bad thing in the sense that they are getting more powerful, but still a rather large learning curve. Google is definitely your friend when using Revit in that many others before you have struggled with accomplishing the same simple tasks and have provided their solutions. What I do like about Chief is their focus on providing a wide range of tools for you to use however you may choose to use them. Whereas, Revit tends to work toward doing things for you. Not a bad thing since they are seeking to provide features that many people want, and in a rather polished fashion at that. From my experience Chief is a very powerful program as well, and it is capable of accomplishing rather large projects as well. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress toward making Chief do all the things you want to do.
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    Getting a Divorce...

    You might want to look at a few other videos on programs such as Revit, which is an automated architectural design program, similar to Chief, and it is also a structural design software as well. I would like to point out that the pace of development of these other programs is progressing at a rapid pace, but the curious thing is that many of the so called new features being released have been around in traditional CAD programs since the late 1980's and early 1990's. My point is that it I think it would be good thing for Chief to accommodate as many existing technologies as possible and I believe they are, just not at the pace of some of their competitors. Back to the Future, as in 1991, is happening all around us. The question is how will Chief adapt.
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    Getting a Divorce...

    Nestor Curious why you think AC is a 2D program. AC can actually do 3D very well, just not automated out of the box. One of the things that I have always loved about AC is it's ability to program so many things yourself. The difference that I see is that with AC you can do just about anything you could think you might want to do, but you either have to do everything yourself, or buy a slew of add on programs to automate things. That brings with it a whole new level of expense and complication. With Chief you get a great deal of tools built in that allow you to quickly put together a 3D model, but you miss out on some very powerful capabilities that are available in a traditional CAD program as well. Chief started out with basic 3D modeling tools and symbols created by Chief and other vendors in outside programs until the symbol tools where released. IMO Chief still does not have the 3D Solid tools that were available in other CAD programs those many years ago. That is why I still see a need for both, but my program of choice is not AC for a lot of reasons.
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    Having trouble offsetting a bounding box

    This has been a very interesting topic to follow along with. Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents as well. I agree that a bit more work would be in order to make this process work better. I set the bounding box using two one inch cubes, one for lower left and the other for upper right in a similar fashion to what Joe is doing. Being able to set these cubes to invisible would be a nice feature as well. I set the material to glass, and at this size it is not that big of a deal. I really like Michael's suggestion of having the option to control the offset of the bounding box borders. I would like to add an additional feature as well and that would be to have the option of disabling the insertion feature so that 3D symbols could easily overlap and be set to a common reference point. This would then easily accommodate complex assemblies. That in combination with the replace geometry feature would, for all practical purposes, enable the use of other more powerful 3D modeling tools to provide a kind of instancing feature of complex assemblies within Chief. It seems to me that this topic could stand to be taken up in the suggestions forum.
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    Linking Section and Detail numbers

    It is a bit complicated to set up, and also time consuming to maintain, but CA's cameras will capture and automatically update whatever you set them up to do. From what I remember, Revit will automatically link to one view and one view only. With Chief you can set up as many links as your heart desires, but you have to do it yourself. I actually prefer the way Chief does it, but I do wish is was easier to work with.
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    CNC and factory built panels

    My experience is somewhat similar to Shane's in regards to setting up individual wall panels for each unit of a multi-story Hotel building. The panels were manufactured off site using metal framing and other various materials.. Each floor had special requirements regarding the gauge of the metal being used and shear bracing requirements. We had no need for CNC on this particular project, but the design challenges we encountered I believe would be similar regardless of the size of the buildings. All of the shop drawings, floor plans, installations drawings and Submittals were accomplished using Chief Architect alone. Good luck
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    Architectural Plans Needed

    I am in Tigard Oregon. If you would like to discuss your projects, send me a MP. Rod