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  1. Very interesting. Although I am aware of SketchUp, I haven't used it, so I'm unfamiliar with its capabilities. I'd be curious to know if its your hardware that improves the rendering speed and how fast a similar image would render in Chief? Any ideas?
  2. Here's a link to a great article that shows how Real Time Ray Tracing is starting to enter the market. It's getting closer with graphic card designers looking to make it happen in an "affordable" way.
  3. I think I had the same problem with the chimney that I placed in our 2 story house. I worked it a different looks right in a camera view, but the framing is totally wrong. I'll fix it with your points. Thanks
  4. I just came across an interesting video (not specific to Chief) entitled "Ray tracing explained: The future of hyper-realistic graphics ". I thought it was interesting enough to post here (not sure if this was the right forum or not). If you have 10 minutes to kill while eating lunch check it out.
  5. This is not a Chief problem and I should have GOOGLED this problem before posting here. I later found that this problem not only existed in Chief, but also was happening in Excel and other programs. What was happening was the mouse left click button was making intermittent contact and/or creating a double bounce. It turns out to be a pure mechanical problem with the mouse left click switch. For those of you interested here is the URL that helped me. Note there are a number of posts in the link which describe frustration and failure and after working with the small switch and the spring contact mechanism. My solution was a bit more delicate in that I opened the case on the switch by carefully using the tip of an Exacto knife blade to pry the side hold downs lose. Then I DIDN'T remove the copper spring/contact. What I did was slide the Exacto knife blade in between the contact points several times. Note this has to be done very carefully as you could easily knock the spring contact out of the switch!! This in effect burnished the contacts and removed any oxidation on the contacts. It now works like new and saved me from buying a new mouse. ORIGINAL POST..... All of the sudden my Logitech M210 wireless mouse has started doing weird things. When I try to zoom into a specific area on an X9 Premier drawing, it starts to show the capture area box and then on its own stops as if I've released the left mouse button and zooms in, doesn't capture all the area I needed and is typically looks as if I've zoomed to a very small area. All other activity with the mouse appear to work normally... only when trying to zoom does it weird out. I've changed the battery, cleaned all the mouse parts and no change. Are there any other things someone might suggest. (Yeah I know...replace the mouse). Note: another hardwired mouse works fine. I'm hoping there is something else that I could check out. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  6. I just wanted to pass along a website that I thought was kind of interesting. Have you ever had a request for a specific paint color code from a particular paint manufacturer and was wondering what the RGB values of it were so you could simulate it in Chief? The EasyRGB site provides a unique search engine to professionally handle color data and commercial colors references. · Find similar colors in different collections · Match color data to commercial colors · Create harmonies, themes and complements · Convert color data into different standards Check out the site…..
  7. It always amazes me .... making a pool out of road. That would have been the last thing I would have thought of . Great water visual effect. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Michael / David... thank you both for your feedback. As you might guess I'm nowhere near learning all the nuances of CA and reading posts here is one of the most enlightening things for me and I’m sure, all of us in the early stages of learning CA. I now have to agree that using a Material Region is the way to go. This was very simple and was easy to break the material region lines to get to the actual effect I wanted to achieve. My initial thought that this was a “Fail” was based on watching the CA’s “Room Divider” training video #5220. I had thought the room divider they showed tied to the bottom and end corner of the wall, but upon closer review it actually ties to the center of the end wall (not the effect I was after). It’s doing exactly what it was designed to do. Again thanks for your insight and help. In the future, I’m going to come here for input before wasting Support’s time.
  9. In the attached sample plan, I wanted to divide a Kitchen/Living Room area into two parts, to allow different flooring materials to be placed. However, when I snap a "room divider" wall between Points A (lower right corner of the wall) and Point B (the lower left corner of the cabinet) the interior wall shrinks to the left. It also looks like the room divider is snapping to the center of the wall edge rather than the corner. I made a before (left plan) and after (middle plan) of the same area to illustrate the problem that occurs. I put in a couple of CAD lines to show how the wall is shrinking. If you grab the end of the room divider wall and try to move it back to the lower corner of the wall, the wall just shrinks more. Note that the room divider wall also extends from Point B to Point C for room division to occur, because cabinets never participate in Room Definition. The right side plan has a 1/32" line collinear to wall that is then extended down to Point B and on to Point C. WORKAROUND PROVIDED BY SUPPORT Start by drawing a short collinear line segment from the corner of the wall and then extend the room divider down to the corner of the cabinet. I found this collinear line can be around 1/32 inch which makes it cosmetically a non-issue. Making it smaller will probably work, but it gets hard to snap to the collinear line. Support has submitted this issue to the developers. Maybe someone knows another way to do this. Hope this helps. John Room Divider Question - X8.plan
  10. Thanks Mike...I know someone that will like this link.
  11. I'll be using these. Thanks for sharing.
  12. I've seen references to ICC a couple of times when I was playing with printer I know who to go for help if I ever need to be dead on for colors. For now I'll continue to use stock colors as previously mentioned. It never ceases to amaze me how much expertise is available on this forum!!
  13. Can any of the beta testers or CA staff verify that the 3Dconnexion mouse will also function as a navigation device in a plan view? The YouTube Sneek Peek video only shows it being used for navigating a camera view.
  14. Curt, Very nice looking fireplace and thanks for the great explanation and the logs!