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  1. I am having issues with sending layouts to save as PDF where the perspective camera views are not "printing" correctly. In some of the previews it shows correctly but when I save as PDF the images are skewed or half missing. See the picture with the Mac I am running and the image of the pdf issues. Anyone else having this? I just upgraded to X13. I never had this. problem in X12. The cameras work fine for me in the plan.
  2. I own a design studio in Austin Texas and am looking for a designers and assistants to produce renderings and detailed layouts for custom cabinetry and millwork projects. We work closely with our shop so the designers need to have a high level of understanding of custom cabinetry and millwork construction. We are only looking to work with US based folks and strongly prefer local to Austin TX as some in person availability will be needed for certain projects.

  3. Howdy Justin,

    I can help you! Just email me or give me a call at 210 744-7489. I am in north San Antonio with a daughter at UT Austin (so trips to Austin are cool). BTW, David Potter (512 518-3161) is another local knowledgeable designer/trainer who is in Austin.

    Here is some information about me and how I work:

    I am a creative designer who has acquired unique experiences and perspectives from my collection of work as a designer and builder. I have degrees in structural engineering (BS Rice University) and architectural engineering (MS University of Texas at Austin) and have planned, designed, developed and built various, diverse projects over my 30-year career. 

    I am a member of the American Institute of Building Design ("AIBD"), which provides quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials and building codes. AIBD holds its members to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

    I utilize the latest technology like GoToMeeting to work with customers live online and OBS Live to record "how-to" videos for builders, designers and DIYers, instructing home design using Chief Architect.

    I have worked with owners, builders, designers and architects from all over the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and England. I offer time-saving design assistance as well as expert training in Chief Architect. I am available to design your home from concept to working drawings, assist you in learning Chief Architect and/or improve your existing home design.

    Whether you need a home designer or just a few hours of training, I can accommodate you.

    I work in prepaid blocks of time (20-hour minimum for design work and 3-hour minimum for training). Once I receive payment, I schedule the time. (Training students can use the time in 1-hour minimum blocks of time.) When I complete the time, I will send you the plan or you can purchase another block of time. You keep any time credit left over for future help for up to six months after purchase. This method gives you the flexibility to hire me for the work you desire without a long-term commitment. There is no obligation for you to pay for additional blocks of time. My current hourly rate is $95. I am very fair with my billable hours and do not charge for nonproductive time. I invoice via PayPal with the accounting and design agreement attached. I add a 3% technical service fee (rounded) to pay for online meetings, online file sharing and storage, online 3D viewer, etc. and charge a flat 30 minutes for initial calls, discussions and emails; setting up job file folders, accounting, organizing emails and to do list; sharing Dropbox folder, etc.

    I will send you a 20-hour invoice, if that is acceptable, so we can get started. Just let me know.


    Charles K. Volz
    Castlerock Designer Homes
    947 Cheyenne Creek
    San Antonio, Texas 78258
    Phone:  210 744-7489
    Email:   CVRE@sbcglobal.net
    Skype:   CharlesVolz
    Web:     CastlerockDesignerHomes.com

  4. Well as of now I guess all of this has failed. Still glitchy even on laptop screen only. I suppose its time to send to the repair man and see if it's hardware. if not machine might be too small? I think we have ruled out file defect as the others have loaded on their units and not found the issue. Tech support finally got back to me and said they tested my file on a similar MacBook and found it to run some what slow.
  5. Greg this is great info. I'm using thunderbolt 3 to with hdmi on the other end. Not sure if its 4k rated but it was a better one from Office Depot or apple I think not an amazon deal Sometimes I wonder if the Magic Mouse 2 and keyboard are slow to respond. Normally its not an issue but as I type this my mouse keeps disconnecting and re connecting
  6. Hi everyone. Thanks again so much for all the input. I’ve learned a lot! So far I’m wondering if running the 50” 4K tv is just too much for this graphics card. I tried this a while back With poor results but now Again plugged into my 32” lg monitor and it seems to not experience the lag when running that monitor alone. Also tried on my wife’s 2020 Mackbook with the the same specs as mine and it did a little better but struggled when plugged into the tv. Funny on hers it did fine on tv until I filled the screen with CA or went full screen in CA. I guess this points to requiring too much graphics load to go out from my computer? I’m a business guy and designer not a Tech geek so this has all been so irritating. But for real I think I owe you all lunch next time you’re in Austin! Electroment thanks I see you have 32gb and 8gb video. That’s probably what I need. renerabbit I tried to find a way to reinstall video drivers but Apple thinks it can handle that automatically during normal updates and diagnostics. Not as a separate process at least that I can find. I did reset the ram at start up but not sure if that did the trick. I guess the moral of the story is get a way bigger graphics card next time...or soon
  7. Thanks everyone! I wiped my whole computer and reloaded OS. Then reloaded X12. No improvement. I tried to reduce resolution Johnny. All I can see if scale. I need to make things smaller on the huge screen to utilize the extra space it gives, but is that what puts a higher load on graphics? I don't see a way to reduce output and still get more stuff on the screen (and icons and text not be gigantic) Wondering if this computer just can't handle it? Lots of you seem to use desktops
  8. HI everyone and thanks! I have checked the preferences. I have not been able to find a second place to dictate a particular programs use of graphics card but the main switch it set to always use full graphics even on battery Regarding the textures: I have downloaded the Wood Mode cabinetry catalog from CA and one of the missing textures is a wood laminate from wood mode. I have used it a lot as a textured finish that resembles wire brushed oak pretty well which most of our projects have here or there. Could this texture from that catalog have a glitch? Again tech support didn't have any trouble with that. As for task load: I basically always am using 6-10 of my 16gb ram even when I'm not running anything. CPU is always very low 2-20% usage. I've cleared all caches, don't go to crummy websites, and basically don't have anything else loaded besides apple software besides chief and clean my Mac. Also Quickbooks and epson wifi printer drivers. Literally nothing else. I deleted chrome because I don't want my whole to be tracked (or at least not as much). I also deleted dropbox because it seemed to slow things down and they too wanted to have an open window into my computers soul. Not sure how to eliminate some of these processes. Many of them are "root" and not my user name
  9. ugh. I'm learning a lot from this! Graphics switching was clicked (to make it switch back and forth). Clicking to stay on all the time didn't solve the glitch though.
  10. Thanks everyone! At last I guess it’s a hardware thing on my end. I’ll look for driver fix first then might have to wipe and start over cheers!
  11. Thanks renerabbitt. I've thought that must be it. All the stuff I've tried seems to say its all up to date but I think I might just get aggressive and wipe it all and start over. Really appreciate all your help!
  12. If its a driver how can I resolve? I tried a CA template and not sure if its any different. Of course a smaller test plan. I opened a file in X12 I made in X10 and it seems to have the same issue which I don't recall it having then
  13. Thanks renerabbitt. Layers didn't make any change. Drag and drop in plan view is okay. I'm using a 50" Vizio 505 led tvwith "120hz" refresh rate run via thunderbolt. It "might" be a little better run off of laptop alone. Still seems to be intermittent. I use Magic Mouse which has always been great for CA. I have a LG 32" computer monitor that was about the same. Do I need to wipe my hard drive and reinstall the whole computer and X12?
  14. Thanks everyone. I've tried all and Still no luck. And CA tech support can't replicate the problem when I send in various files that have the issue. Looking for that elusive loose bolt Does anyone run eGPU with a matchbook pro?
  15. The eye dropper is also horribly slow even in elevation views