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  1. @Renerabbitt I guess I trashed the other video. @Kbird1 understood. The core issue is any wall type that gets assigned to a railing/post2beam seems to have the same problem. I hope the video shows the detail.
  2. Is there a way to control the 2D symbol for any custom wall type, stock wall type, stock railing or deck railing, that is set to have a railing (post2beam, etc.) so that it will show up in the wall schedule with a 2D symbol versus a blank 2D symbol? I created a custom wall type where I set a hatch pattern to a main layer, but it no longer works for some reason.
  3. @solver I did try to make the front and rear walls act the same way. To some extent it did, meaning I could check the box, assign a pony wall type, and upper wall. But when I assigned the top to Stucco-4, it reassigned the rest of the entire wall on either side of the porches (non-raised room areas). When you click the top wall, it auto selects the other sections, from there it seems to get more confused as you try and reassign the pony and top section, it just refreshes with no change. So I guess the moral is the raised room method is great if you are willing to accept the any of the exterior walls to be of the same type (in this case CBS in the front and back). @SNestor FYI
  4. @solver Eric, thanks once again for the informative video. The trick was the checkbox on the butting roof. For this model, using this method is by far easier than the 2-story method, at least for concept. I see chief extended the front and rear walls up (CBS in this case), which is certainly fair. In practice however, we would likely build the front and rear walls upper walls as the same wall type for simplicity and cost (no second block-up and tie-beam pour, one crew, etc.). Given this, I will check to see if I can use the same checkbox method on that front wall. If not I suspect I will be forced to used the "second- story-open-below" method, or maybe make the front/rear walls have a pony wall of CBS below and matching frame wall above. Open to suggestions on other or better methods. P.S. I will try and remove the grid in any future plan posts :-)
  5. Here is a sample plan that works well, that I raised a center room ceiling, and it looks great except for: The generated attic walls can not be set via a color when the second porch is added on. I went in, changed the type to standard exterior siding, clicked off attic wall, but I can not change the exterior color. Then I changed it back to attic, but can not change the exterior, but the interior changes. I understand CA can generate attic walls, and I guess because the exterior of those generated walls is not under roof due to the lower ceiling heights of the two adjoining rooms, it is not possible? I thought I had it when I assigned the attic walls a real wall type. I saw one video from CA Version 8, and the author was very additament that raising ceilings and dropping floors is not the way, using multiple floors is with open below room type to do this type of thing, Truth? The one CA video of dropping a floor and raising a ceiling is not like this plan, but that is where I got the idea so I wanted to try it again. I have had success with the second story open-below approach. Much of that is CBS on the bottom and frame up top, and I just seem to have to fight the corner layers and stuff like that often, sometimes its easy, sometimes its not. I can not seem to put my finger on what I am doing wrong. It almost seems that CA likes certain layouts and pukes on others. I also saw a CA video when this exact multi-dimensional thing happened, and the trick was to pull the wall up through the attic wall, and that seemed to work. I left it odd colors to see it. UPDATE: However, I can not set the bottom portion of the wall to drywall using the material painter, the whole wall changes all the way up to the roof. Regardless, changing the type of attic wall seemed to have no effect on the outcome, the only thing that worked was number 2. I did not check what the effect on the wall schedules will be yet. What is the best way to drop an exterior porch 4" but with no curb like a garage? I have been wrestling with the mono slab settings but to no avail, the foundation generation just keeps producing the same output. I tied railing walls, exterior wall types, same thing. I have gotten it to work, but sometimes its like it just ignores it. So the best practice is what it the best way to do a plan like the attached? This one is simple, the real ones have lots of dimension to them. Go two story with open below, or just like I did in this one? RaisedRoofPorchGames.plan
  6. Paste-Hold-Position = ctrl-alt-v in my windows world. I use it all the time when I update multiple plan versions where something a client likes in one version should go to the other remaining versions until they make a decision, or top copy cool configurations from one plan to another if I did not make them a block or whatever. The operation is useful, but loses context between floors if things change between the floors. I think my OP using the markers was misleading, it could be any object, and I do not think my intent was clear enough. I see how the mid-point snaps and the point to point center can work in a similar manner. My question was originally focused on the use of reference display by design. I want to retain the positioned item as a reference until I am done with layout overall through multiple floors. There are many posts on here that show where a shower recess or sanitary trap should be placed in a slab for the plumber, and it works slick on construction docs. So I decided to take that same concept up in floors. The item in this case would be something like an electrical chase, plumbing supply/vent, laundry chute, etc. It is a super nice feature to be able to set the reference floor, and have the items carry through that can be used for placement as you go up. ctrl-alv-v gets the copy done, but the reference is gone unless you set it up. I appreciate all the inputs as I learn from them all!
  7. Ok, looks like I have some more learning to do. Just so I am clear, the methods you are suggesting @rgardner and @glennw are working with multi-floor and the reference display?
  8. I did try the center modes alone and I could not get the center tool to focus correctly without me modifying what was accessible in the reference display, meaning I could not get the center tool to focus on what was actually in the floor below. That is what caused me to look further. Still not right?
  9. I put together this test plan to find out the best way to center an object, or more specifically a room on a second floor over a point on a floor below. Sometimes that point may be in the center, others over a place on the floor below. I did some extensive research on this forum, google, and the reference guide, and I am looking to see if I am missing anything. What I found so far us by using the reference display and the control of it, I can use reference markers/points and construction lines on the floor below, which and allowed them to display to the floor above via the reference display control. All of it works fine which the exception of the construction lines that appear to be mutable on any layer, so they can be moved if you are not careful, yes, you can lock them, put them on a layer, whatever. But I also found if I allow walls-normal to show through the reference set, you can center on the room without the markers, so that is nice because you do not need the markers in that use case. But I consider the reference markers/points to be the most versatile and effective as they serve well to place points of interest anywhere that can be used to center objects on from the floors above. Plan it attached.ReferenceLayerLocationAnchors.plan Am I missing any better techniques? Thanks in advance. ReferenceLayerLocationAnchors.plan
  10. Wow, two things solved at once! The window and the walls, and the magic attic walls. Thank you very much for the effort Eric. I had the same results as you did following your video. The little gaps are easily concealed by a small amount of cheating and will not affect the elevations. As a side note, I centered the clerestory. When I did that the roof planes matched up nicely but I still had to tweak them manually as you showed. I find these in practice/observation to be centered, probably for the same reasons. I have never built one yet, should be fun.
  11. Hi All, I am trying to build a "coastal" raised center on a normal roof, I am not exactly what the technical name of this style is, but for lack of a better word, and enclosed widow peak that is open below. Looking for best way to do this... so far I have tried: 1) Second story with open below 2) Single story with a room created by room divider wall types, with a raised ceiling. Both of these work with a flat ceiling in the main room, but if I want it to join on a vaulted ceiling in the main room, that is where I can not get it all to match up. I was under the impression that it is bad form to manually move walls in rooms as it can cause CA issues downstream. I imagine I can do custom roof planes as well. But best to ask here first for the best advice! Thanks in advance. TraversRoof.plan
  12. I keep trying to get an account and the creation fails with no explanation other than "sorry, try again later". Will this be available on other mediums?
  13. Figured as much, thanks everyone. I have learned over time how much power is contained in this forum, which is why I always double-check my thoughts with yall.
  14. @GeneDavis Later sets of plan files, or layer sets?
  15. X13: I have a plan that is a full blueprint of an existing home for multiple renovations. As a result there are many dimensions. The work will be performed in phases requiring separate plan viewpoints focusing on the work included in any one permit. What I want to do is turn off all dimensions in a plan except those that are focused on the permit work. An example is moving one structural wall in a 2-story house. I just need 2-3 dimensions to show the wall movement as the floor plan is not significant as compared to the engineering detail. But I want to retain all the dimensions for the rest of the plan. What is the fastest way to achieve this? I looked at the various layer sets and layer set control of dimension types. What would be great is to turn off all dimensions, add my manual, point2point, end2end, etc., but they all appear to be associated with the core dimensions layer versus granularity of these types. The reference guide is not giving me any real ideas. Am I missing some control here? Or, is the answer just to put a few dimensions on their own layer (assuming that can be done). TIA = Thanks in Advance!
  16. Wow..... lucky me! Thank 'yall so much, stopped me from thinking I was nuts (ok... well as best I can...)!
  17. Thanks @MarkMc, as I was driving this AM, I thought about that file association bit. Nice to have that validation. One last question, the last 5 files at the bottom, on the same day, there is an XXX_auto_save.plan/layout, XXX_auto_save_bak.plan/layout, and finally an XXXAutoBackup.plan I looked in the reference. Apparently the auto_save is for normal operation, the "bak" file is for abnormal termination, which is clearly what happened a few hours later. But I can not find any reference to the _AutoBackup in the reference manual. Any idea where this file came from?
  18. I have an unusual one for me. I have X12 and X13 on same box. I do most work in x13. I have PLAN that I was up late last night working in X13. I hit the "Win-L" key to lock the screen when done. To my recollection I did not close out X13, nor did I do a manual save. Maybe windows flaked out, and auto-rebooted on an upgrade. Bottom line, for some reason I lost some very detailed tedious work (ugh). My autosave is set for every 10 minutes. I went into manage autoarchive management, and I see a few saved the plan and layout file about the right time. They are under the X13 archieve, all looks good. But when I click on one, it jumps into X12, and asks if I want to do a CA upgrade, any ideas? The CA setup looks legit. I have negated the invitation to upgrade to date as to not honk everything up :-). The screen shot follows, I am interested in the ~2AM times at the end. What is the "BAK" files versus the not "BAK" files on the same day (all this AM)?
  19. In my area I am only seeing Revit in large public sector government stuff, used to document existing buildings, etc., taking advantage of all the collaboration and project management stuff. The feds are the only ones that will pay for that type of detail and precision around configuration management. In the commercial private sector world (i.e. offices, retail space, etc.), I mainly see Autocad. In the small public sector stuff, I see some revit here and there, but mostly autocad. If I pursue thing.. and if I get the job, I will stick to the basics. Use CA for all the concepts, but when it get locked down, each MEP will get to do their own thing and supply a sealed PDF. Thanks for the inputs all.
  20. Never a silver bullet, and the configuration mgmt on these big projects can be a full time job. No surprises, thanks for the input. Here in Merritt Island, would love the chance to connect. East of Orlando on the coast.
  21. I have a big commercial job potential, i am wary due to all the details in the various requirements for MEP. Has anyone been doing this in CA? What I am seeing in the field is each MEP is engineered, and supplied separately (assuming in Autocad). Looking for any advice.
  22. When edit from library, it looks like it opens a temporary CAD block, which looks to be a "scratch plan". That works.
  23. How robust is the out of the box experience with this overall? My truss company would love to see this as well.