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  1. 1 hour ago, Archnot-Boltz said:

    Just another dang time wasting Work-a-Round! Please suggest Chief fix all the Pony Wall idiosyncrasies (including alignment controls of Both Pony Walls Layers with upper walls etc). You can do it Nicky!


    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. 

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  2. 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.



  3. 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...



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  4. 11 hours ago, decorators3 said:

    sorry if I was a little confusing..


    I created my plan under the KITCHEN AND BATH under the Saved plan  views control - i have the following options WORK PLAN VIEW-CONSTRUTCIN PLAN VIEW-ELECTRICAL PLAN VIEW-MECHANICAL PLAN VIEW-KITCHEN AND BATH PAN VIEW..


    HOWEVER Under the residential saved plan view control I see many other options (ie) floor plan view dimensional - floor plan shell - framing etc.. These do not show up in the kitchen and bath saved plan view control.


    I was asking how I can change my completed floor plan from the KB template to imperial residential template which offer more plan views


    Maybe I am missing something.. anyway thanks for your reply


    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.

  5. 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]

  6. 19 hours ago, skoz44 said:


    I'm trying to organize my materials and material list and have run into a few items I'm hoping can be resolved.

    • Insulation - the default insulation in CA shows you the number of 12 x 16 x 48" batts.  I'd like to know the total SF of the insulation.  I copied the CA insulation to my own folder and changed the Materials List Calculation to Area.  It nows give me the SF that I want, but the insulation is no longer listed under Insulation in the Material List, it is listed under Wallboard.  Anybody know how to correct this?
      • For that matter, most of my drywall shows up under Wallboard like it should, but I have a small amount that shows up under Siding.  How do I control what heading/ID a material will fall under?
    • Cabinets and Countertops - I'd like to list all my cabinets individually, but then my total countertop to SF.  Is there a way to separate the two?
    • Eliminate From Categories - how to prevent CA from showing
    • Sub Category - what is this column???




    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




  7. 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

  8. 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


    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

  9. >so that the print dialog is always correct for a particular layout file...

    >I must be missing something simple...


    Yes, sorry the meaningful description of the issue.

    dialog settings, like what? Landscape, Printer Name, CollateCopies, DoubleSided, PaperOrientation, Watermark, Range, Scale, Print in Color...


  10. 1) Are there particular Sun Angles that you consider when placing a house? How many sun angle do you define per plan?


    e.g. January XX, 9am? April ??


    2) Can't get sun angle to cast a show on interior? Is this normal?



  11. Just like with everything else, you check Plan Default> Text callouts markers> Notes = to see what exactly it says.

    You hilight the note itself and see what text default it says.

    You select the schedule... and check ALDO 

    Are you using a custom style?


    I recommend create at least 3 styles: "Notes 1/4" Style", "Notes 1/2" Style", "Notes 1" Style".

    As a general rule: Never apply custom style to any Notes, Text,  always use

    either a layer style or a plan style. 


    Without a plan I can only guess.




  12. >Do I have to have two separate text boxes on two different default sets for two different scales? 




    You should be using PlanViews....Let's say you have Kitchen and Bath PlanView that is linked to NKBA 1" (kitchen and Bath layerset).

    In that layerset click on room label, hit Text style, define >> Copy >> Name new style: Room Label Style 1"

    In that style specify let's say font size: 2".


    Now if you return to Working Plan view your label will be in "Room Label Style" and in NKBA it will display as Room Label Style 1".


    Send each plan view into your layout.

  13. 3 hours ago, Chopsaw said:


    The formatting is almost impossible to work with.


    You are right this would have to be a VBA Macro to parse this..... 


    September 14, 2020 1:07:15 AM,September 14, 2020 1:18:47 AM,00:11:32,BT, SomeText

    It should have been tab separated and like "2020-09-14 1:07:15 AM", or at least quoted, or may be XML or Json. Currently with two commas only VBA cann get this

    I do not understand why field that contains "," separators are not quoted during CSV exports


    Well why don't some one makes a suggestion, see if @Dermot comment on this....


    With ActiveSheet.QueryTables.Add(Connection ....