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  1. I know I'm necroposting, but I had a bunch of layers in my template that I could not find for the life of me... I finally realized that I could simply "merge" them all into a user layer that I actually was using.  

    In fact, it's possible to merge user layers into system layers, you just need to pick them in the right order. 


    Just an option for those of us looking to clean up our templates. 


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  2. Through Preferences, I've managed to tell the DBX to not include web results and to preview in Standard rendering mode, but every time I open the DBX I have to go tell it to show me filtered results in Tile Mode.

    Every time I close the DBX, it defaults back to showing filtered results in List Mode.

    I have hit that "lock panel" icon a million times, seems like it doesn't change a thing. What am I doing wrong? 




  3. I'm trying to work out how to put together a Braced Wall Panel schedule. I might be looking at it backwards, but here goes. 

    The way I've been doing it / the way my regional municipalities like to see it is, for example: 


    Wall 'A' will be CS-WSP. The overall wall is 24' long, and along it there are two 3' wide windows, which gives us two CS-WSP sections that are 7' wide and one that is 4' wide.


    I want an object or a polyline that I could assign as parts of Wall "A", and would add together the different sections along 'A' so that they could relay in the schedule that the total CS-WSP provided along 'A' is 18'. There are additional things that it would be great to relay, but if we could start there, I'd be off to the races.  


    How should I go about making something like that?

    I saw that there was discussion about this back in 2018 and that Joe_Carrick had developed something, but I imagine that much has changed in the last 5 years... 




  4. Thank you for your answers: 


    The Object Eyedropper does include Fill Style if the object is a closed polyline: It doesn't if the object is a CAD block, that's where my confusion was coming from.

    The Fill Style Eyedropper seems to do the trick for CAD blocks.


    Thanks again

  5. The properties that you can assign to other objects using the Object Eyedropper tool doesn't include Fill Style. 

    Is there some other way to copy Fill Style to various objects?

    I'm trying to build up my library of details and I want to keep a consistent look to them... It would be much easier if I could copy/paste fill styles among various CAD objects. 

  6. I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong that is giving me inconsistent roof framing results.


    In the attached plan (an OOTB CA plan template, BTW), leftmost example is using an Auto Floating Dormer. In Framing Camera 2, you see that the automatic framing doesn't create the valley framing where the dormer should join the main roof. 

    Then in the middle example, I built the roof & dormers according to the instructions in this video. But now what we see is that the framing at the "rear" dormer is correct, but the "front" dormer isn't building correctly. Please do note that I downloaded the file associated with that video and its framing builds correctly. I've pored through it and really can't figure out how my file is different or what's making hers work correctly and what's making mine not work. . 

    One thing that's definitely apparent is that the framing pretty consistently builds correctly when the dormer is above the outer-most wall of the building. In the case of the middle example, the dormer is built above the building's exterior wall (and its framing doesn't build correctly, whereas in the rightmost example the dormer is above the porch "wall". That said, the aforementioned example builds the dormer above the exterior wall, rather than the porch railing wall. 


    I guess what I'd like to know is: When I run up against the missing valley framing, is there a series of steps that I can take to correct it consistently?




  7. Hi bought the pro version and feel a bit like a kid with a learner's permit getting handed the keys to a McLaren. 


    I was going to ask how to change/add the Macro Designations text, but figured out that's it's in the "Macro Input 1" custom field, and then I found a link to the video that shows us how to do exactly that: This is wonderful! 



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  8. Ryan,

    I think the answer you're looking for is in the Schedule Specification DBX: Uncheck "Use Callout for Label" in the "Labels" category.  


    EDIT: Oh, wait, I think I see Ryan's issue. I have a bunch of windows already in my project and I need to select all of them to update their macro: I need to make sure to select: Suppress Label: False in the Match Properties DBX... 


  9. Thanks Rob, That definitely worked and I'll keep it in my back pocket.

    That said, I still have a lot to learn (in general and) about macros.


    ...Which socratically leads me to a question: Could a macro pick up the "count" for door & window headers?  


    Thank you both!

  10. Thanks for your response, but I'm not sure I follow: 

    When you draw a 5-1/4" x 14" beam, does it display in your schedule as (3) 1-3/4" x 14" ?

    If so, how have you made the schedule do that? 


  11. Its typical in my designs to specify multi-ply beams, for instance a (3) 1-3/4" * 11 7/8" LVL for a mid-span floor beam, (2) 2X6 for a window header. 

    Chief has functionality in the window & door header DBX's to specify the "count", but then it doesn't show up quite right in the framing schedule:  The Quantity column shows the overall quantity of framing members, rather than the number of 'sets'... 

    In the attached example, the framing schedule should say qty: (4) "T01" headers, then define a "T01" header as a (2) 2x6. The attached example further illustrates the problem with the way that OOTB Chief calculates framing members: one of those windows has (3) 2x6's - That should show up as something besides a "T01". 

    Similarly, I want the roof beam to be a (3) 1-3/4" x 11-7/8" - Right now, it shows as three separate "T02" members, but in reality the members are bolted together into one beam, so I want it to show in the schedule as Qty: 1 "T02", where a "T02" is a (3) 1-3/4" x 11-7/8" LVL. 


    Does anyone have a good workflow to get their framing schedule to reflect what I'm suggesting above?