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  1. Multiple solution: You can add macros to the Room Label Defaults and the additional information will get added below the room label: ...or you can add the information after the Room Name in your specific room... ...or you can use a text box copied and pasted in any desired room. Just to name a few.
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  3. HAHAHA. I'm so sorry about that. I think I accidentally jumped to the bottom of the thread after reading the question and missed all the in between posts. I'm gonna delete my answer.
  4. I have a handful of different tools I've developed for this exact purpose. Here's one quick example: I can set you up with a customized system if you'd like. Just email me at if you want to discuss further, or consider signing up for Michael's Mailer email subscription service and maybe it will be one of the items I give away one of these weeks By the way, its more than just a simple macro. Chief doesn't give us the required name:value pairs to pick up on terrain elevation.
  5. If you create an Architectural Block out of one or more objects (polyline solid, molding polyline, etc.), then resizing won't even be an option so it will ONLY move and the various Move/Resize toggles won't show up when you click on the dimension.
  6. Wrap that same code in % signs and use the room NVPublisher where indicated and you can simply place it into a text box. No need to place in the default label or connect to anything with an arrow. See below: %"CLG:" + (room.ceiling_elevation-room.floor_elevation).to_ft.round .to_s + "'"%
  7. You need to be in a 3D view for those tools to work.
  8. Holy cow that's an old driver. I'm surprised you haven't had more problems sooner.
  9. Click on the 2D Symbol tab and either select Always or click Generate Block.
  10. I was typing when @DBCooper responded so you'll get some redundant info here, but... It depends on what type of object you're working with. If it's a single symbol, you can just: Right click on the object in your library Click Open Object or Open Symbol Click on the 3D tab Select the Z axis to rotate about Click the Rotate+ or Rotate- button a couple times to rotate 180 degrees If its an Architectural Block, you'll probably just have to do as you described.
  11. I think the quickest way to distinguish between them is to temporarily toggle your Temporary Dimensions off and then back on. Where'dya go? There you are!
  12. Default Settings>Floors & Rooms>Floor/Ceiling Platform>Floor Structure Uncheck "Framing" for your plywood layer. That setting, coupled with the joist direction lines is causing an extra structural layer to generate and push your ceiling down.
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  15. If you change the settings I described, this would not be the case. What I'm saying is that you have 2 ways of controlling all those elevation lines and you're boxing yourself in by not using the Layer Set instead of Edge Line Defaults. I would really encourage you to learn to use the Layer Set instead of Edge Line Defaults. It will save you a lot of time and give you more possibilities.
  16. You have to stop using Edge Line Defaults. If you check Use Edge Line Defaults, the line style, weight, and color are all being overridden with a solid line using the color and weight you have selected for your Edge Line Defaults. if however you uncheck Use Edge Line Defaults, your Edge Lines are all controlled by the Camera’s Layer Set. If you open that Camera, go to Active Layer Display options, Select All, and then change all line styles to match your Edge Line Defaults, you should get the same results you had before except that your below grade lines will now behave the Override settings.
  17. Those controls have actually been there since X15 and they are mentioned in the Help files as well:
  18. Ya, I guess it depends on whether you want 2 instances or whether you just want access to the same instance.
  19. Actually, all you have to do is hold down the Control key while Chief opens in the second desktop. Its the same way we open a second instance on the current desktop as well. I was thinking the goal was multiple instances.
  20. Just change all the line styles for all the layers in the required cameras' layerset(s) to use whatever linestyle you're using for your Edge Line Defaults. It should essentially have the same effect.
  21. My guess? You have Use Edge Line Defaults selected for that Layout Box. This would override any other line style settings being used for that view (except possibly Pattern Lines).
  22. Default Settings>Materials>Terrain/Property Line
  23. This is exactly right, however the OP was attempting to rotate the North Arrow to precisely the right angle, and although its been over 8 years since my post, I assume I was trying to point him toward adjusting the Number Style so he could view it and then adjust that angle right there in the dialog using the same format. Anyway, in order to enter precise degress, minutes, and seconds. Enter in the following format: Example Angle 1: 21° 45' 34" What to enter in Angle field: 21 45 34 Example Angle 2: 21° 45' 00" What to enter in Angle field: 21 45 Example Angle 3: 0° 0' 34" What to enter in Angle field: 0 0 34 The trailing zeros are optional as are the minute(') and second(") notations.
  24. As Joe said, Chief doesn't provide the name:value pairs that you need. The macros you're using are special "Global macros" or intraChief string substitution macros that I don't believe are even run through the Ruby interpreter. Regarding your syntax: You're not getting the expected results because although you've defined your method, you've never actually called on that method. Getting wall heights into a wall schedule can be done by the way. It just requires a more complex system that is slightly less automatic. If you want to st up a private consult, I can set you up with the basics.
  25. I don't think you're getting any responses here because most people who understand the issue are wondering why you don't just try it. Draw a single wall, follow Rob's advice from that other thread, generate a materials list, and take a look at a 3D view. You'll have your answers faster than the time it took to type of this response : )