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  1. For most it probably isn't worth it. But the copy/paste method you mentioned looks to be the way to do it. Our superiors and clients go nuts for photorealism wherever we can provide it, so hopefully this will add an extra "wow" factor. Purely for aesthetic purposes and photorealism, our Chief models are only used to export to Lumion for renders. Since we've started making 360 renders where clients can look wherever they want, I thought it would be a nice touch to have the recessed can lights actually recess into the ceiling. I haven't done much with actual ceiling planes, but I toyed around with that some and I seem to get the same results and issues I'm finding in my current method: It works, but I can't add the hole to the symbol's CAD block to automatically cut into the ceiling when I place the light. That was a good thought, though. Thank you all for your comments! I think the best solution currently is to place the light as floor mounted with an offset to match the ceiling height, add the hole in the ceiling, then select both and copy/paste as needed. It's a little clunky, but it'll get the job done.
  2. Here is a screenshot as an example. It's hard to get an image that reads well, but the light goes up into the ceiling a bit. This is with that last method I mentioned, so it's possible, but the hole in ceiling doesn't seem to work as part of a CAD block so I'm not sure how practical it will be to use. My hope was to set that CAD block as the symbol's default so it would create the hole anytime I placed the symbol and we wouldn't need to manually place one for every light in every home.
  3. It actually goes up into the ceiling by about an inch, so when I set it to be ceiling and flush mounted the ceiling finish covers the LED part of the light. The default symbols in Chief have the same issue, so they're not truly "recessed" which is most of what my company uses in their homes. It's not a major issue, but it would be a nice touch to have for realism now that we're creating 360 panorama renders of our models so I figured I would try to figure it out in my down time.
  4. Hello! I've made a custom symbol for recessed can lights, and I'm wondering if there's a way to cut a hole in the ceiling for it without cutting through the roof? We have started making 360 panorama renders for some of our home models at work, so I'd like to get the models as realistic as possible now that clients could look up into the lights. I've seen and done the method to create a CAD line and convert it to Hole in Roof/Custom Ceiling, but that creates a hole in both the ceiling and the roof, which doesn't look great for our exterior shots. We can make a separate model for those interiors if need be, but I'd like to just make one for everything if possible. I've also tried to just convert a CAD circle to a Hole in Ceiling Platform, but that moves the can light symbol up above the ceiling with the hole. Is my only option to use the ceiling platform hole and change the symbol to go off the floor's elevation rather than be ceiling mounted? Edit: New additional question, using the last method I mentioned with the hole in ceiling and the can light as floor mounted. Is there a way to add the Hole in Ceiling to a CAD block so it automatically creates that hole anytime I place the symbol? I'm trying the same method I've used for sinks to cut a hole in a countertop, but it doesn't seem to be working.
  5. That's okay. That's what I thought, but I figured it was worth a shot to ask. Thank you!
  6. Hey all, Is there a way to control what Chief names each material as it's importing a model as a collada (.dae) file? At my company, we use Chief to build the base model and then export as a collada file to import into Lumion to render. Lumion's latest version has the ability to automatically replace materials with "glass" or "water" in the name with those kinds of materials when importing, but for some reason Chief will randomly assign names to materials during the collada export process like "mat127-material," regardless of what they are named in the material settings. Other export processes will keep the material names, but those have their own problems in Lumion. The 3DS format, for example, is the best alternative, but it changes the scale of the model. I can't seem to find anywhere in the preferences to mess with export settings, though. It's nothing that totally breaks our workflow, as it only takes a couple seconds to replace the material, but it would be a nice little quality-of-life feature we could take advantage of if we could get Chief to cooperate.
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    Trouble deleting layers

    Hello! I'm working on a huge plan right now, and it's starting to run really sluggishly so I decided to take some time out to troubleshoot and clean up the file a bit. I've done a few suggested things (purge unused materials and CAD symbols, for example), and moved on to my layers. When I started the file, I imported all individual layers of the CAD file so I could work on the plan bit by bit, but it also resulted in a lot of unnecessary data being added to the scene. I'm trying to go through and delete all the layers I don't need or have finished with, but most of them won't let me. Some will claim there's still something on them despite nothing showing up when I hit Control+A, and others will switch to "Used in defaults," after I deleted everything on them. But I don't know what that means, and I can't figure out where in the defaults they're being used so I can turn it off. The layers that claim they aren't empty when they should be are bugging me, too. Control+A, zooming out and dragging a box over the scene never select anything for me to delete, but they still say "in use." I may be able to provide a back-up if necessary, though I'm not sure my company will allow it and, again, it's a very large plan. Can anyone help?
  8. Okay, I think I got it now. Thank you all so much!
  9. Wow, thank you both! What did you do differently? The only thing I see that's changed is the size of the symbol in the object settings, but that should be stretching to fit anyway and doesn't fix it for my original symbol.
  10. I've tried messing with the origin both in CA and the original Blender file before exporting, but CA seems to ignore the Blender origins. I've attached the symbol as both a Chief library file (with the current best settings I can find applied) and the original dae. Low Cost DW2.calibz Low Cost DW2.dae
  11. I didn't think so initially since the dishwashers included in CA and the bonus catalogs didn't have them set up, but those seem to stretch on their own whereas mine won't. I've copied all the symbol and object settings I can find from one of the bonus dishwashers, but it still doesn't stretch in the X or Z dimensions. So I tried the stretch planes since that is what Evolution suggested I check.
  12. Oh I see now, I was expecting a toggle so I overlooked the stretch planes boxes. Thank you! I guess I'll just have to play around with the values until I find what works. The CA tutorial video helps a bit, but I'm still not totally understanding it. I assume having to set the origin offset for the dishwasher's Z position to -4 because of the toe kick is throwing everything off. The smallest I can get right now is a 1-2 inch gap at the top, and it doesn't seem to want to stretch in the width at all. I've attached what it currently looks like and the best settings I've found so far. I can't seem to get it to do this well trying a stretch zone rather than two planes.
  13. I don't see "stretch plain" anywhere in the settings for my symbols or the CA symbols. I created them in Blender and imported them myself as .dae files, but in the past I've managed to get all of my other custom models to behave properly (wall-mounted, doors, insets, etc). I did search the Forum, but the only threads I could find were relatively old, and the solutions weren't really applicable.
  14. I'm having trouble making the custom dishwasher models I created and imported behave like the others in Chief. When I try to use mine, they leave a gap between the top of the dishwasher and the bottom of the countertop. I'm importing them as interior fixtures, checking the "Inserts into Cabinet Front" box in the Symbol Options, changing the origin offset so it sits how I'd like it to, I've even tried matching all the symbol and object settings that the other dishwashers have, no matter how insignificant they seem. The ones already in Chief (the GE catalog, specifically) seem to stretch to match the cabinet they're placed in, at least in height, so this gap doesn't happen or isn't visible. I could just change the height of the object before placing it, I guess, but I don't understand why my imported models would behave differently with all of the same object and symbol settings applied. Can anyone help?
  15. I work in an office setting with two coworkers, and we are trying to figure out a way to have one shared User Library. Our current setup has one computer hosting all of our project files, with each of our individual computers having remote access to the file directory. Our computers have Chief set up individually, with our own libraries and data directories currently. Our primary desire is to share the libraries we've each created for materials and color swatches, as well as custom models. We do work for 40-50 facilities, and they like to change up their materials and colors relatively often, so keeping all of it coordinated and organized can be difficult. Our desire is to have a shared User Library on the host computer that we all have access to, that will update itself without us having to constantly export and import the libraries for each other. Kind of like how Chief will automatically check for updates to the library catalogs you can download from the website. This way if one of us creates new items in our own library, it will update for everyone. I've searched Google and the forums multiple times over the last couple days and have found that it should be possible, but the "solutions" are either for a much older version of Chief, the people involved don't describe how they set it up, or they use an extra 3rd-party application to help. Our company is extremely strict about what we install on our machines, so we can't guarantee they would approve a small program we download from what they may consider to be a questionable site. The specific solution i'm thinking of was set up for OneDrive, too, so i'm not sure it would even work for us. OneDrive is a potential option, but again, we'd like to avoid the extra programs involved in that solution. Surely there should be a way to set this up with Chief alone by now? I tried creating a folder on our shared drive and redirecting my own User Library there, but it didn't update itself when I scanned after having a coworker make a change to one of the libraries I had created and re-export it to said folder. Thanks in advance!