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  1. After trying different ways, I found a way that works, and the measurements come out precise. I'll post it here in case someone else is having trouble in the future and finds this. I had a lot to do a plot plan for that had a radius at the front, and at the rear, but this should work for any number of radius. Instead of doing as the tutorial suggests, and placing input points and then drawing a line between them with angle snaps turned off, use CAD>Lines>Input Line and use the chord measurement for the length, and the quadrant bearing info. Do that for each radius until th
  2. The instructions in the current tutorial guide for X11d say to say a radius on a lot line until last, then draw a straight line, use the change to arc tool, and change the radius properties to match, then remove the temporary handles. That works great when there is only one radius on a lot. What if there are more than one? Enter the chord length of the first one, and go back later and change it to an arc and set the specific parameters? I'm trying to wrap my head around if using the chord length and chord direction (bearing) will place the mark in the precise location? Intuitively it seems
  3. It's great now. The only way I could make that wall taller after the fact was to go to the 3D view and drag it up. The problem I had once I created a room out of the patio was the default ceiling height was for 9' plate height, not 11', and I hadn't changed it. Once I changed that and generated a roof it was great. Next time I draw something similar I will define the patio as a room first, set the ceiling height, and the affected walls should adjust on their own, right? That makes more sense. Thanks again.
  4. I actually live in a version of that plan on a daylight basement. Here is an actual pic.
  5. Where you show a gable in that drawing is actually a hip on the plan we build, but the lower portion comes down adjacent to the tall wall, sort of like you have it drawn, and the door to get onto the patio is in that taller wall.
  6. Thanks for the help, it is genuinely appreciated. I mostly just want the elevation drawings to look right when I create the construction drawings.
  7. I'm not sure what you mean by manually framing? That section of wall is always balloon framed. We have built a version of this plan a lot. This is a plan, that due to the plate height being over 10', we have engineered each time for the shear walls and such. The taller part of the wall is only visible on the patio. It's a plan that we build on a lot of view properties. There are transom windows above the windows in the living areas, so there is a lot of glass on the view side, which is also where the patio is. The patio is at 11' to facilitate the size and number of windows. Making those
  8. I figured it out. The ceiling in the patio "room" was too low. I set it to the height of the adjacent walls and beams and it generated the roof fine.
  9. I used the function to define a room area, and when I click in the area the patio shades like a room. I open it up and designate it as a patio. I've clicked on each of the beams and the height of the beams matches the adjacent walls. When I had it generate a roof it placed the plane of the roof just under the beams. The plan I am modifying is one we build a lot, but we are making some small changes to the plan we already own. We sell 10+ of this floor plan each year. To answer your question about why one wall solver, it is a plan with a 32' wide by 12' deep covered porch. The
  10. Thanks. I hadn't thought about designating the covered patio area as a room. I will have to try the various ways to accomplish that. I need to get it figured out as we have a lot of plans with large covered patio's. I will say that so far it seems as though Softplan had more "smart" object alignment. I understand there is a new alignment tool or two in 12. I obviously need to figure them out.
  11. To change the height of only one wall in a room, is going to 3D view as it says in the documentation really the only way to do it? Select the wall and drag to resize. That isn't a horrible solution, but why doesn't the wall being resized snap to the height of an adjacent wall when you get close? It seems difficult at best to get them aligned perfectly. I'm having a similar problem drawing posts with beams that serve to support trusses over an attached patio. I am drawing them as roof beams with posts. The posts won't snap to line up with a side of a wall I want them to align w
  12. Removed. Found Answer.
  13. Previous Softplan user. I tried a trial version of Chief for a week, and spent the week also checking out quite a few of the excellent video's and reading through the tutorial guide and users reference guide. During that time I had one technical question that I submitted via email. I received a quick, very thorough reply. The quick, helpful reply put it over the top for me, and I rented the full version and plan to use it for a couple months prior to purchasing. Yesterday I had a question on properly importing additional library catalogs. I figured I would try out the phone s
  14. Thanks for the help, it is genuinely appreciated. I was able to accomplish it by changing the size from 6" plan size to 2". I need to experiment with text more. As much as I have clicked on the text I haven't seen anything that looks like a rotation handle, but I've obviously missed it. I've been able to enter -90 to get it to rotate to the right like I wanted.
  15. I have X11 and X12, currently using X12. Will add that to my signature.