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  1. How about, simple way to get Topography data, parcel boundaries without Surveyor data: 1) Get Parlay trial 2) Open GoogleEarth and draw a rectangle on parcel boundary over parlay. Or if you know where property bounds are just draw them without PARLAY. [my state also offers parcel , topo layers so parlay is not needed. 3) Right click on your boundary shape, and click save as KMZ file. 4) Download Global Mapper [and may be patch], tell it to install DWG autocad addon. 5) Open GlobalMapper, say Open Datafile and load your property boundary. 6) Once loaded, use get external data and choose topography provider of your choice. 7) Select Analysis create topography, choose like 2 ft lines... 8) Once created: hit digitizer to select your boundary again (will be displayed hashed). 9) Specify export as "Autocad 2018" with elevation labels 10) Right click on topography layer and select LAYER> EXPORT> DWG > [Click on the 3rd tab] and select clip to boundary. 11) Specify your favorite location for DWG. Now DWG can be imported into ChiefArchitect (alternatively you can do this as an image). Whole process takes 5 minutes if you know where to click. Again my state offers both TOPO and PARCEL layers because they think that no one outside of the industry would know how to use them.
  2. Condition (1) Stepped foundation similar to this (2) Stepped walls are foundation pony walls with light weight construction walls above. Goal is to display the slab with no framing. Just like The issue: turning off Framing wall and foundation wall on the same layer
  3. Exactly, while at it can we specify max plate length like [16'] to avoid 120' single plates and properly account for studs at plate ends. Yes we can chop every single wall into 16' sections and if anything moves you are SOL.
  4. I also found that: (0) Countless times material duplicated, specifically these two: "Color -White" and "Fir Stud 16 o.c" (1) Sometimes merging materials causes X12 to crash violently. (Offender: Material OSB) (2) Merging materials "works well" in the material dialog, but as soon as you OK's that dialog you get an error in the plan stating "Failed to merge" [I am aware they must have been dissimilar]. But the fact is why O why material merging dialog does not report that. Another observation was software had no issues merging "Color -White"'s and "Fir Stud 16 o.c"''s when requested. So they had to be similar. BT
  5. Yes, draw your walls using interior wall or straight foundation wall tool and change your wall type to your library wall type. Not the other way around. I think software does not always recompute correctly.
  6. You probably draw: -temporary rectangle with a polyline. -draw diagonal line from corner to corner, software should automatically figure out the center of this "Hypotenuse" -You can get the length of your diagonal line if you want to, but don't have to. -Now select the circle about center, draw the circle from one corner until it locks to the center of your hypotenuse. -repeat from the other side. These arcs could be equal or unequal the principle is the same. You may not need this rectangle, it just gives a clue as far as where the transition will be...
  7. Select a plan view you like, right click and say duplicate. Or you can export plan views/layersets from another plan. Question is if you really need those "floor plan view dimensional"? They can be created under 1 minute exactly the way you want! You can right click on any existing plan view and select duplicate, now duplicate your layerset, in that layer set turn off everything other than exterior walls and dimensions. Assign this new layerset to your new Plan View. Done.
  8. Apologies, slightly difficult to understand what you are asking... If this is truly a "Plan View" - you can have as many of them as you need, specify whatever the layerset or anno set you need. If You are talking about Plan ( template defaults: like residential template ) - these control the initial defaults when you started to work on your plan. If you completed your plan [I have completed a floor plan] - it doesn't really matter what template was used initially. [unless you used metric template in place of imperial]
  9. 1) In the material list change "=automatic_count" to "=automatic_count.to_f * 5.34" [without quotes] and change formatting to SQ FT. Where 5.34 = 16x48/144 2) Eliminate From Categories - how to prevent CA from showing Sub Category - what is this column??? Most brutal way possible - select your column, object properties> components and click delete [don't worry the circle thingy reverts back] or you can change the category. 3) Create a polyline and get to to display sq ft in place of the countertop
  10. I suspect it is corrupted and also suggest taking a copy from the archive folder Go to Edit>Preferences>Folders> My Folder Data Lookup archive see if there is a copy In general every layout/plan has a header: 01 ca b2 0b 00 00 If it is corrupt CA will not open
  11. Hmm, I was taught in school that you can not have a framed cripple wall because of axial momentums. Solid or trusses...
  12. Building analysis: sq ft by room type <bedrooms> vs bathrooms vs closets vs living and family vs kitchen, garage deck etc Custom Room label: displays different label based on PlanView [layerset], lighting requirement, ventilation, etc Custom Windows Labels: Show windows differently per PlanView [layerset] or display or not headers info (DH, CSMT RH etc) Custom Door labels PlanView [layerset] Suggested forced lighting requirements: suggested footcandles by room type Generates roof plane statistics: sq ft etc Building Requirement macros (long texts centrally managed) Window Stats (golden ratio, egress, size is standard vs custom per manuf etc ) Stair Stats OIP's Some engineering: basic uniform load, basic wall load & basic area; selecting beam displays deflection limits L/240, or L/360; select window displays number of kings studs HVAC basic guesses... Given BTU load guess circular duct and couple rect ducts and number of diffusers (nothing like RightJ) Roof stats Basic Building cost using room type and polylines
  13. Code42 scanning / backup takes a lot of resources I do not believe it matters how powerful your CPU is. When It does the full scan you will fill it.