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  1. DianneDSC

    Has Anyone Switched from VisionRez

    Awe, 60's not old. Haven't you heard.....60 is the new 40 I was 51 when I made the switch.
  2. DianneDSC

    Has Anyone Switched from VisionRez

    That's great news, and not surprised. There's improvement with most every release, and a huge improvement since I started with X6
  3. DianneDSC

    Has Anyone Switched from VisionRez

    Hi Joe and welcome to the Chief. I'm not sure about it being life altering but it definitely will change work life for the better. We, my employee and I, transitioned from VisionRez to Chief in 2014 after discovering it in a magazine I think. My Vrez sales person had told me that Vrez will soon stop developing for AA and switching to Revit. I had no desire to learn Revit. I had been using VRez probably since or 2005. Before that used AA by itself, before that - straight Autocad. (I've been designing houses for a living since 1989). So a similar background as you. In the beginning VRez was being developed and improved, but then the company was sold. It was still so much better for residential than AA only but no comparison to Chief Architect Premier. With experience in Autocad / AA / VisonRez, the transition to Chief was not difficult at all, especially the 3D modeling tools. Everyday was awesome, finding features that were soooo much better than in VRez. The only learning curves I remember was getting used to how to dimension in CA, complete cd's, and missing the stair tools of VRez. Chief has improved stairs since X6 but still not as easy as VRez. For those that have never used VRez, p-lines could be drawn in any shape and converted to stairs. I do not remember struggling with railings either, but it's been awhile. As I remember, Vrez developed their own stair and roof tools rather than using AA's tools. CA's roof tools are better the VRez so it was a wash with the stair tool lacking. Back to the transition to CA: The modeling part was a fun and easy transition (except for stairs). We went through the User's Guide / Tutorial and was using CA exclusively in no time. If a project was still in the design stage, we started over in CA. In some cases, after showing our clients the better visualization tools in CA, we redrew almost completed plans in CA with the client paying extra for this. This process also helped us gain experience, speed, exploration of multiple tools by allowing us to focus not on design, but just the tools. I'm sure with your background, you'll have no problem and it will be fun. I highly recommend purchasing Chief, and with SSA. Awesome new features are added yearly, great support, and a great company.
  4. DianneDSC

    Looking for advice...

    I'll be very interested in your review - interested to know about the cooling aspect, and if the tablet portion can handle 3d views in Chief. Not that using 3D in tablet mode is important, just curious. I had not considered the quadro card as Chief is my only design program. I, too, am looking for a laptop to last 4-6 years. My AW is just shy of 4 years old, and could probably be fine for a little longer. But having something that is zippier would be a nice improvement. Also, having something that is easier to take on site for as-built drawings would be awesome.
  5. DianneDSC

    Looking for advice...

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on the specs of the Surface Book 3, now that they're ready for pre-order. I am considering this as a replacement for my Alienware 17 R3. I believe you had mentioned in another post that you are hoping the SB3 will have a Thunderbolt port, and I do not see that listed in the specs. Is this a deal breaker for you?
  6. I am in the Murfreesboro area and I need someone to "finish" what I have started. I am lost on the roof pitches and a few exterior elements of my plan. Are you interested? I acan send you my files and material I have saved.

  7. DianneDSC

    Plan rotation & X,Y axis

    To follow up on Chopsaw's reply: before you rotate the plot plan, insert the north pointer (under the line toolbar drop down). Make sure the north pointer matches the orientation of your plot plan. Then rotate the north pointer with your plot plan so that the property line bearings stay correct.
  8. Hi

    Let's try to get a local user group meeting set up

    LeRoy G Wells



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      I'm onboard but should wait until this virus is under control. We could, though, do an online meeting but I'd rather do in person. Thanks for messaging me. 

  9. DianneDSC

    WORKSHOP this Friday at 3:00 pm PST

    Terrains would be a good topic, especially using terrain breaks and regular walls, rather than retaining walls. Thanks. Looking forward to the workshop.
  10. DianneDSC

    Any Chief Architect user here in Tennessee

    I'm all in for a Nashville TN area user group. Let's set a date and place to make this happen. General question for those interested: when would usually be the best day / time to meet? Weekend, day during the week, evening during the week?
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    You can adjust the spacing to eliminate the one in the center. Then place one in the center manually, making in the height you want. This manually placed newel will be separate from your railing.
  12. DianneDSC

    Different Layout Drawing Sheet Formats

    I think this is more a reason to be able to have a different page size set for each template in a layout. Even if you print the pages separately, at least the page sizes and orientations won't have to be changed and then changed back. (Suggestion request has already been made.)
  13. DianneDSC

    Anyone ONLY Accept Online Payments?

    Xero offers their Projects feature, included with the "established plan". I am on the "growing plan" so I'm not using the project feature to track time. Even on the growing plan, invoices can have multiple line items and each item can have a different unit used for billing. From Xero's website, it seems the projects feature has an app with stop / start timer that can be used to track time. I'm not sure if the timer is available by logging on through the website. I use Proworkflow for managing my projects and tracking time (they have a stop / start timer or you can manually enter time). I can create invoices in PWF and send to Xero. The integration works very well. Once the invoice is in Xero, I review and modify if needed, approve and email to clients from Xero. Sometimes I'll invoice directly in Xero rather than going through PWF. PWF offers so much more than just tracking project information and time so works better for me than Xero's projects. I use it for scheduling projects and meetings, organizing workload, etc. https://www.proworkflow.com/pricing/ I'm on the Professional plan, and pay extra for the invoices and quotes features. I had been only using Xero for quotes and invoices but being able to do these in PWF has been worth the extra fee. Are you referring to the sales tax feature? I have sales tax rates set up on the invoices and print reports but file the taxes through the state's website.
  14. DianneDSC

    Anyone ONLY Accept Online Payments?

    Xero is an option to Freshbooks or Quickbooks that also emails invoices with links to pay online. Once payment is made, Xero handles all the accounting entries. Xero works with a few payment options such as Stripe and PayPal. I use Stripe even though I have a PayPal account just to keep payments all in the same service. Stripe also allows ACH payments for a lower fee. Once more clients wanted to pay by credit cards, I increased my fees some across all services. I will accept checks, and most builder clients prefer to pay by check. Since I receive notification when a payment has been made through Stripe, but have no notification when a check is mailed, I prefer clients paying online. Also, I don't have to worry about a check being stolen or lost in the mail. When payment is due during a face to face meeting and client wants to pay by credit card, I open the PDF copy of the invoice amd let them enter the info on my computer, tablet, or phone (or email it to them for immediate payment on their device.)
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    Brick edge on patio

    I use a molding polyline with soldier brick material.