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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.
  14. I believe it is set in two different groups [places] one for export pdf and another for printing. Make sure you change the right one.
  15. No it defaults to the C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Chief Architect Inc\Chief Architect Premier X12.ini setting Printer%20DPI=600
  16. Export PDF automatically defaults the Destination: to Chief Architect PDF driver, while Print PDF defaults to last printer used. (could still be Chief Architect PDF driver but not necessary)
  17. >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...
  18. 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? BT
  19. 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.
  20. >Do I have to have two separate text boxes on two different default sets for two different scales? NO 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.
  21. Change Your text style, define appropriate label style for your scale. If you have 6" Room Style for 1/4", you may want to define RoomStyle 1" style to be 2.5".
  22. 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 ....
  23. The export to csv is not working for you?