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    Steve, I'm by no ways a Chief expert, and the guys chiming in are some of the most experienced on the forums, but there are a couple things I think you might need to evaluate CA fully. I know you said you have started the Quick Start videos, but that is only about 5% of the training videos available, on the official site alone. I think you will need to invest some serious time into watching those to get even mildly proficient in using it. I'm a long time AutoCAD and Solidworks CAD user, and I find that actually hinders me when I use Chief, since it seems to have, to me, a very unintuitive approach to drafting. I know you said you only have a limited time to evaluate, but without understanding some basic things like plan defaults, I don't know if you'll be able to make an informed decision. Second, when I started with CA I jumped right in with a project and started drafting away. In the process I did all kinds of things that caused me consternation and problems later on in the drafting process. I would suggest you take the time (after watching some more of those training videos) and setup a blank plan template with all the preference and defaults you want. When I finally did this, it took me half a day...again I'm not the most proficient CA user, but its not a trivial task. Things like dimensioning defaults, non-standard layers, additional saved plan views, annotation fonts, etc. Save that template, then start your real project work. My work flow is much more efficient now that I have done that, then the first couple of projects I did with Chief's standard template. Generally, I've found the forum here and the folks that frequent it a great help. Yea, Eric (Solver) is going to ask if you've read the help, but he also will record a video walking through how to do something without you asking, and for free. Its that kind of community, and honestly the shear amount of training videos available, that helped me settle on Chief over Softplan, Sketch Up, Revit, etc.
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    A graphics card more powerful than a Nvidia 1050 Ti is rarer than a leprechaun's pot of gold...and might cost you as much. The RTX cards are being sold on the secondary market (read scalpers) from 140% (3090) to 210% (3080) higher than MSRP according to a analysis done by Paul's Hardware. And the unfortunate part is there isn't really any relief in sight as scalpers are making plenty of profit, so that means demand will stay high, along with the chip foundries being constrained and prioritizing other industries like automotive instead of graphics cards. Probably the best path to get one of the mid-tier RTX cards is in a prebuilt system from one of the large OEMs...they obviously have more leverage in the supply chain and less susceptible to bot purchases.
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    Keystone jack symbols

    Yea, I thought about that. There is a mega collection of wall plates on 3D Warehouse (link), but not sure how to pick just one model out for one symbol. I'm actually pretty proficient in Solidworks and AutoCAD (probably part of my problem using Chief sometime I think), but its taking the solid model and bring it into Chief and getting the CAD block associated with it, etc that has me hesitant. If there isn't anything already done out there, I'll be doing what you suggest I'm sure. Thanks, --Jamie
  4. Hi folks, I was wondering if anyone has come across any symbols for multiple port keystone jacks? I typically use anything from a 3-port single gang up to a 12-port double gang. Usually has CAT5e or CAT6a jacks, but also use them for multimedia spots that include RCA, HDMI, etc. The base Chief library items are one or two port and I haven't spotted a bonus library that tackles this. Thanks, --Jamie
  5. Hi folks, I'm looking for some one-on-one help with a residential plan. I would like for someone to work with me to get a stacked U-shaped stair case to match the attached pictures. In addition, I need some help developing the roof planes to approximately match the attached pictures. Looking for an expert to walk me through the how/why of the methods they use, as opposed to just fixing the plan (the whole teach a person to fish thing). However, the ultimate aim is to have these areas modeled correctly. I've attached pictures of the upper and lower portions of the stairs, a few pictures of the roof line, and a stripped down plan. Anyone interested, please PM me with rates/costs and any other pertinent information or questions. Appreciate the help, --Jamie Example_Files.zip
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    evil roof design

    Do we have a signature bot now?! That would be awesome...Eric's post count might be cut in half --Jamie
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    CA training options

    Hey folks, I have an opportunity to go to the Atlanta Chief Architect 2-day training seminar this year, and wanted to get some feedback from anyone that has done CA-sponsored training recently. I've gone through about 95% of the training videos done by CA, that was probably the number one thing that drew me here as opposed to some of the other design software out there. While I consider myself intermediate in skills and knowledge, I am far from efficient with my time and process. I often am redoing steps as I get farther into a plan and probably doing things the most convoluted way possible. So, the two options I was looking at to help improve my skills were the 2-day seminar mentioned above and the live Intermediate webinar courses put on by CA. Obviously, I think the 2-day in-person training will probably be better, but is it worth the 4X cost vs the webinar? Not to mention being absent from the "day job" for two whole days. I'm really just wanting to hear from people that have taken one or both of these training and what their thoughts are. Thanks, --Jamie
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    End truss question

    Hey folks, I was wondering does CA automatically form gable wall end trusses around openings? I'm asking because obviously its not for me, but before I spend an hours researching why its not working, I wanted to see if its even functionally that is present. Thanks, --Jamie
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    2D demonstration of a shed Help

    If you are getting the fixture dialog box when you double click or hit ctrl+E, then it looks like you missed a key step in Chopsaw's post. You need to convert the view to a CAD detail. Search help for how to accomplish that. Once its a CAD detail, the entire view is made up of polylines, so you should be able to get the exact length, angle, etc when you double click on a segment. --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Well, life got in the way of things for a few weeks, but I finally had time to get back and look at this. Chopsaw - your method looks to generate exactly what I would expect for an end truss, thanks. I tried everything you mentioned except the new wall definition without framing, and I am still getting a truss that has a big opening in it. The change in the wall definition to remove framing seems to work, but deleting the framing layer makes the wall thickness ~1". I'd like to avoid having a workaround that deviates from reality so drastically. Anyone have an idea why the end trusses are generating like they are? Another workaround that I can think of is having the gable walls balloon through (as Chopsaw mentions) and have them frame traditionally. However, this does reflect how the building will be built, and the end trusses wouldn't show up in the truss schedule, which I would like it to. Appreciate the input. Thanks, --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Thanks Eric, Chopsaw, and Glenn. I got the truss to form correctly on the top plate. New issue is I'm trying to change the two out-most trusses to dropped gable end trusses, and they change from the attic configuration, but not to what I would expect. They have this big honking hole in the middle like I have a window there, but there are no openings on the gable wall. I suspect its something to do with the little attic walls I have on the Attic floor, then opening is approximately the same width as those walls, but I'm not sure what settings would affect the truss framing like this. Without any windows, I would expect the end truss to be straight studs 16" o.c. Any ideas? Two Story with Porch - Truss.plan
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Hey everyone, thanks for the quick replies. Chopsaw - I have the no birdsmouth checked in the defaults, but doesn't seem to make a difference. Glen - I've deleted and recreated the truss several times, but same thing happens...definition of insanity? Eric - Do you have a complete screenshot of the dbx? I have my options setup as shown, but it is still bearing on the interior of the top plate. As for the "Ignore top floor" option, I'm following CA's KB article about creating a loft area, which instructs to select that option when building the roof planes. Not sure how I would get the FROG otherwise. Thanks, --Jamie
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    Truss bottom cord lenght

    Hi folks, I have a 24' wide building I'm trying to generate an attic truss over. Is there a setting that controls where the bottom cord of the truss bears on the top plate? In the left tab below, I would like the top cord/bottom cord intersection to be on the outside of the main framing layer (left side of the 2x4 wall). This would of course lead to a 24' length for the dimension that is 23'-6 3/8" now in the right tab. What am I missing here? Thanks, --Jamie Two Story with Porch - Truss.plan
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    Symbol labels

    I assume if we've jumped to Ruby programming right off the bat there isn't a system/dialog box option I'm overlooking or don't know about? Thanks, --Jamie
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    Symbol labels

    Hi folks, Is there a way to control the justification of symbol labels? I would like the text to be centered in the example below. I've been into the Fixture Specifications dbx and don't see any options for the label justification. Thanks, --Jamie