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  1. Actually, it turns out that I didn't want a loft--a floor level above the main floor but under the same roof. I wanted a "shelf ceiling"--a ceiling under the main room's plate line, like a plant shelf over a closet. A shelf ceiling is described here: Creating a Room with a Short Ceiling or Plant Shelf Closet Effect (
  2. I have a model of a basic 20 x 20 garage on a slab with a hip roof. I was able to get the plate at 9' 4" by saying that's where I wanted the ceiling that I then said I didn't want. So far, so good. I can't seem to make the right set of incantations to create a loft space. The loft is framed with 2x6 at 16", plywood above, gyp. bd. ceiling below. The ceiling is 7' 4" from the ground. I used a basic interior wall to create the loft, planning to make the wall invisible later. The Loft "room" has a ceiling height of 7'4", and Roof Over This Room and Flat Ceiling Over This R
  3. I'll be curious what you find out. I'm using a Bosch laser measure, and I understand that the same companies (Bosch, Leica) offer $1500+ models that collect data points as they spin. I'm also familiar with Matterport, which supports virtual walk-throughs. I haven't heard of LIDAR with an iPad, but I'm curious.
  4. Problem solved. I started with Dell Inspiron 3847 (Intel 4 Core i5-4460 @3.20GHz), 16GB RAM. I refuse to consider that an antique. I tried a number of graphics cards (thanks, Amazon return policy) and ended with AMD RX 560D-4G D5 from Yeston. 4GB GDDR5 128bit Gaming Video Card, PCI Express 3.0 x 8, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Desktop Computer Low Profile GPU with VGA/DVI-D/HDMI Tri-Ports $260 from Amazon: The MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ventus 2X Overclocked Graphics Card 12GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Dual-Fan After
  5. I installed a basic Nvidia GeForce GT 710 and I get the same error. My current specs are: Windows 10 64-bit 8 GB of RAM (16 GB, actually) Video Card - Nvidia GeForce GT 710 2 GB of RAM DirectX 12 If that looks familiar, it's from the CA web site: System Requirements | Chief Architect
  6. I installed X13 just now, and it tells me that my integrated Intel graphics aren't good enough. (It was good enough for X12.) Specifically, all 3D views are turned off. I'm on a Dell desktop, so I can install a graphics card. What would Chief and Chief Users recommend? Dell Inspiron 3847 (Intel 4 Core i5-4460 @3.20GHz), 16GB RAM Intel HD Graphics 4600, 1GB RAM
  7. First day with Chief Architect, so this is a newbie tip for sure. I came across Edit > Preferences > CAD. In the Sun Angle section, you want to set your project's latitude and longitude. The default is Blanchard, Idaho. You don't have to change it for every project in the same region, but if you're in Texas, it will likely make a difference. My tip is how to find your latitude and longitude. Go to Search for a specific address, or your town, and look at the URL in the address bar: The URL will start something like this:
  8. Thanks, lbuttery and Kbird1. I confirmed what you said with CA Sales just now. An additional license is, to some extent, a second-class citizen. It is "locked" to the primary, which can be awkward when partners split up. It's worth the extra money to avoid that, so my partner, who is 1,000 miles away, bought her own first-class license, as did I. I'm excited to join the CA family--it's too hard to make Revit work for simple Type V residential. /alastair/
  9. If my architectural partner and I buy a full license and an additional license, will we have problems down the road? What if one of us wants to buy SSA? Do we have to manage both licenses in lock step, or can they diverge over time? Will ChiefArchitect contact only one of us with notices and upgrades?