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  1. Scott, We are looking for a firm to take these initial projects cradle-to-grave.
  2. I'm looking for a Chief-based Design/Build firm near Venice FL to complete: as-is drawings of existing 1900SQFT house in CA x12 format; collaborative design of two bathrooms; permitting and construction of bathrooms; I would like to get the design phase started by the end of February 2021.
  3. They're in a Bonus Library now... https://www.chiefarchitect.com/3d-library/?r=site/library&x=true&search=Cabinet Hardware
  4. Hey Dustin--has anybody placed Substance file as source integration for materials/textures into the development pipeline yet? Hint, hint!
  5. CA Bonus Lib--Recreation No.2 Theater and Music
  6. My mistake. I know I've done this recently--memory is fading fast.
  7. Draw a polyline around the structure you need to change. Select the polyline, then: Edit Area>Edit Area (All Floors). Then: Transform/Replicate>Move>Z Axis. And, follow DSH's advice for maintaining zero.
  8. The file you've posted is a backup file and CA gets confused with those.
  9. It's because CA reads material variance on imports. You need to create materials in SketchUp prior to importing into CA. I assigned the colors (materials) in the attached model using SketchUp. That way, when imported into CA, I can apply whatever fabric I choose. Poltrona Frau - Dream B - Armchair.skp
  10. I'd go with the ASUS. The Alienware and ASUS have similar specs, but the ASUS is almost 3lbs lighter.
  11. What's your basis for "Top"? $$ volume? The number of plans produced? Design awards received? Etc., etc., etc. I would hazard a guess that most designers and architects don't define their aesthetic acumen by the toolset used. So, do you wish to rephrase? Be more specific.
  12. No PS. That view is a single light (Sun) at 72dpi 20 passes which takes about 8-10 minutes. The technical landscape/site plan is still achievable in CA. There are a few elements lacking (display styles for plan view, multidirectional gradients, etc.) but CA is still a robust platform for all technical/construction drawings.
  13. It is, it is! And if I were to pop it into layout then I could get all label-y with it.
  14. In addition to Eric's method, I've become a great fan of the CAD to Walls feature for organic (curved) walls. The beauty is by letting CA determine the best walls connections in an organic structure you don't end up with unmanageable wall breaks. I stink at organic pool shapes, but by using CAD to Walls I've knocked out some pretty groovy designs.
  15. Kuiken Bros. has some nice details you can plug in or modify to suit your design. https://www.kuikenbrothers.com/design-guide-categories/coffered-ceilings/
  16. I have good success using GPS data points from the survey or from Geoplaner (https://www.geoplaner.com/) if I'm looking for a headstart on lot placement without the need for absolute accuracy. That said, data points ALWAYS need some cleanup. What I would like is some automation in determining how much material is added/removed from the baseline lot with the use of terrain tools. Computers are s'posed to be really good at math, right?
  17. It's the weekend. Check back on Monday.
  18. Research and download a symbol directly from the Nanawall web site: https://www.nanawall.com/
  19. I use pCon Planner to edit the dwg file before importing into CA. It allows layer access and I can create a "clean" file version for importing terrain data. https://pcon-planner.com/en/
  20. Do research or ask your attorney about work-for-hire contracts. There are cases that a client will want all work product (plans, sketches, notes, etc.) as part of the contract. My jumpoff point for negotiation is triple whatever usual is for the project type.
  21. The short answer is no. Revit and CA do not use the same mechanisms to define 3D so any 3D you would bring from Revit would come into CA as "dumb" symbols. The method is to have the architect export to 2D dwg or dxf then import and trace to recreate in Chief.