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  1. Hi, MarkMc. I know this is an old topic but I'm working with rope lights at the moment. I just want to add some lights behind a mirror. To do this, I convert a polyline into a ropelight, then I convert the ropelight to a symbol, rotate it and.... this is the final step where I am stuck. I can't find the option to convert the symbol into an electrical one. Any ideas?
  2. No problem, Robert. I think now I get an idea about how to make holes in ceilings. I just need to practize.
  3. I think I get it. Well... It doesn't look too "beautiful" but it's a start.
  4. Thanks for the help, Robert. I'm getting problems to upload stuff to the forum. I don't know why. I've tryed to attach the plan. I don't know if it will work.
  5. Thanks for the help! When I select the Explode Tray Ceiling tool it seems nothing happens. If I go to the plan view, I only can apply breaks on the molding, but not on the outer ceiling
  6. Hallo! I'm working with ceiliing planes but I need to make a hole to set the curtains and I don't know how to do it. I have tryed to make the hole with a polyline and, then, turn it into a "hole in ceiling platform". Have tryed with the "hole in the roof" too but I can't manage to get what I'm looking for. In fact, I don't know if I need to work on the roof of the room or in the floor of the room above. The right thing would be to make the hole all around the room (on the ceiling plane, of course). I think it would look more aesthetic. Many thanks in advance!
  7. In my case, it is not worth since I don't work professionally with Chief Architect. I just make my own designs as a way to relax. I think that's the best option for me. I'm not planning to build anything serious with symbols; just replacing some textures or remove some elements that I don't need.
  8. Hi, Joe! I have managed to use the "Delete Surface Tool" and it worked for what I wanted to do (just delete). I didn't know what this tool was for. The create new Symbol worked aswel so I guess I have something done in my list of learnings. Hi, DBCooper! The tool I use more is the polyline square or box, or just the triangle shape. What I can do for the moment is reall simple: some moldings or figures to fill spaces; not much. I can't think about makind a perfect symbol. It's impossible for the moment! I try to use symbols from the library, change textures and so on. Hi, Mick! It would be really welcome! I'm working with the basic knowledge now. * By the way: Very interesting the use of the soffit. I'll make some tries in the future
  9. Hi, everybody I would like to know how you edit symbols or CAD blocks. I don’t have much experience creating my own objects so I usually download them from pages like 3D Warehouse. Most of the times I need to make changes or remove elements included in these objects so I just load the symbol, go to Edit CAD block and try to modify what I need in the CAD Block window. When the object is ready, I just add it to the library, but when I try to reload again the symbol previously created I can’t see it in the 3D view. I’m sure I’m missing some steps or, probably, I can’t understand how symbols work. Many thanks for the help!
  10. Where is the "Inserts Into Wall" option? It sounds interesting. Maybe I can try to build carefully my own shape with a polyline, convert it into a symbol and do the rest. I know Chief loves to snap. In fact, sometimes I have some problems with that so I use the Ctrl key to avoid it. Anyway, I must confess the snap option has saved my live 95% of the times. For me it's difficult to create a balanced shape, specially with curves. I'm not too quick with the tools.
  11. I'm a bit stuck in all of this. The doorway doesn't look well cos it's made by hand (I don't have any kind of method to do it). I just use a polyline to make like a "guide" over the wall. I don't know what I need the solid polyline for. I think I'm lost
  12. I keep on getting problems with the black screen so I'll have to think about another graphic card or, maybe, a new computer (the one I have is old). I have walked my first step with the wall ellevation view. Many thanks for the help
  13. Hi, David! Many thanks for stopping by. Any detail about how you made the hole with the polyline solid?
  14. Thanks, Mick! I've just installed the version 526.98 but, for the moment, there's any change at all. I'll restart my computer and see what happens. One last question not related to this: Is there any way to make a doorway like the one in the picture below? I have tried all door tools and I can make the arch on top but not the sides.
  15. I have a bit of more light now. It's not enough yet but I think this option can help. I have configured Chief Architect for a high performance with my graphic card. Now it seems the soft is a bit faster. Anyway, I keep on getting problems with the dark screen in the night view. Probably there's something I'm missing or it's just a problem of my card.
  16. What do you mean with "invisible" lights? Maybe some hidden lights behind a forniture or something? The problem is that it's not posible to edit the GPU Ray Tracing in my case. I don't know why. My computer is not a laptop but it's old. In my signature you can check my hardware specifications.
  17. Many thanks for the links, Susan! I'll check them out in the upcoming days since I've been working with lights configuration and it's a bit messy. I have recessed lights in the dark area but they don't reflect enough. Probably they need a proper configuration. For the moment lights in the plan are too weak. I was checking my shader model and it seems it's enough for the programme. Maybe I should come back to version X12. Probably X14 is too much for my graphic card (and for me too!).
  18. Talking about lights is complicated. I’ve been checking some of the links you sent and making tries in Chief Architect but the result is not clear. For example, I’m working on a ship cabin design but I don’t know why the first room of the suite is dark and the second one is full of light in the physically based view. Then, I think my graphic card is not working properly. I love night views but when I click on “toggle sunlight” the preview screen becomes totally black (it only happens with this option) and I need to remove the camera and open it again. There are so many questions about lighting… Maybe it would be better to talk about this in other post in order to avoid a mess for users...
  19. I know. I'm getting big fights with lights since I don't know how to set them. By default (tilt angle: -90º,) they look like in the pictures. I can't notice much difference between 2850 lumens and 100; I don't know why. I always try to play with the standard view and physically based one but they both are totally different and that messes me up.
  20. True! I didn't know how to do it but I think I have found the way. As always, tons of thanks, Mick!
  21. Right. I was planning to cover the hole up with a 3D solid and then adding the lights but I was not sure about the proper method so I left it.
  22. Here it goes. What is strange for me is I though the process would be more complicated. I could build those walls by myself but I didn't think about it.
  23. I don’t know if I understood correctly the plan. Is it just a good amount of walls together? In that case, it’s possible to apply different covers on each one but I don’t know if this is the right way to do the work.
  24. Exactly, GeneDavis. This is the reason why I'm interested in finding out the proper way to do it.
  25. Hi, Mick! Many thanks for your help! Honestly, I don’t know exactly what you did with the doorway and the room view. I only work with this one to apply changes directly to the room and I understand I must work only with the doorway in this case. The only thing I can do with it is just fill the hole left with a 3D Solid but I understand this is not the correct way to do it. Talking about ceilings in the doorway (room specification) I’m lost. Then, in the case of the wall coverings, I think they only can be applied on the sides (interior and exterior). Sure! If you can share the plan to take a look it will be welcome. I guess I'll discover many new things.