DougDM

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  1. Thank You Joe. Your suggestion seems to have taken care of it..
  2. This is a first for me. In my plan file, under Project Browser, I'm showing three plan files plus an open Layout. My current Layout, and current plan, but within my current plan files Project Browser there is two other versions of my plans with different dates? Typically I open a plan from the First Fl Floor Plan View from my layout, This way I'm assured I'm opening the correct version of my plan file. Now for whatever reason (only this plan) when I open my plan from layout I noticed two other plans in Project Browser. Two earlier revisions (Dated), I opened each one and obviously they do not contain the latest changes I made to the working file. Can I UN-link the other two without screwing up the one my Layout is referencing? When I'm done for the day, I save the plan file via "save as" with current date and close it, then I "save as" the Layout with current date and close it. Every other day I'll do a Back Up Entire Layout to a New Folder Names with current date. Thank You, Doug PS, any insight as to how this may have happen would be appreciated. Perhaps my save procedure has gone awry..
  3. Why are you scaling it? (as mentioned, make a layer set with only those layers needed by engineer) Send it to him 1:1, in plan view you are at 1:1 as he should be when opening the dwg. Two ways you can do it, Go to the view you want him to see, export as dwg. Name the dwg file based on the view as if you were sending to layout. Or use the Cad Detail from View tool of each view he needs to see and export that as dwg. Repeat this with all the views he needs regardless the method you use. You'll then him all the created DWG's, He then can then import each view in to one DWG and align as needed. (just like he would draw it in AC. Or he can open the plan view and Xref all other views....Keep in mind, he draws at 1:1 as we do....if he needs to add text or dims, hell set his scale to the scale required in paper space. (Annotative text and dims) then he creates view-ports in paper space and scales his View-ports in Paper space as we do in layout. Hope that makes sense.
  4. Hey Eric, It's an As-built...the existing deck ledgers are bolted through Brick veneer to rim joist of house. If I do an auto frame or re- frame basement ceiling (1st fl. floor framing), CA re-frames the deck through the brick and puts the ledgers against existing framing, as if brick didn't exist. I manually framed it and don't want it changed or re-framed the way CA wants to... which is wrong. Thanks for looking, Doug
  5. I need to re frame my 1st fl floor framing, But I don't want my deck framing to re frame....how do I keep it from re- framing, aside from locking layers, which doesn't work. Thanks
  6. Thanks Eric. Yeah I was going to, I thought being this topic was so on point and would save having to repeat veer bat um everything that was already said here. As far as returns, I'm so used to posting on FB and having to go back and edit every time you hit enter cause hitting enter in FB it posts instead of entering a return, I never know when I post something till I hit enter, will it post or actually do a return. A 50-50% shot at that.
  7. I apologize for Hijacking this post, Just that you guys have more or less nailed a problem I'm having... I suppose in reverse. I have a custom window label, Just the word "Existing- WxH" in an As-Built plan, (no macros). I have all the windows checked to be included in the windows schedule because they will be getting swapped out for new windows. But I don't want the schedule call out changing the word Existing- WxH. So I unchecked Use Call Out for Label in the schedule DBX, Yet the schedule is still taking over the custom label err go removing the word Existing-WxH. I need the schedule to reflect Existing -WxH as it's label the As-Built plan and (in the comments field in the schedule) I will type "R.O. will Accept XYZ window". If I uncheck include window in schedule naturally I lose the window and it's no longer in the schedule. Not realizing what was going on while I was editing the schedule's comment column, when I returned to plan view all the windows had call outs W01, W02 etc., tpical if I wanted the call outs, even though I had unchecked Use Call Out for Label. I was unable to get my custom label back without removing the window from the schedule or deleting the schedule all together. Am I missing something? Thanks for any assistance and again I apologize if butting in.
  8. Thanks Eric, I knew it was easy... Just had to ask the right person. Enjoy your day off. Doug
  9. I'm sure it's been asked, perhaps even by me yrs ago. Try an recall years ago, I can't recall yesterday. ...Can't find anything in search. Can we or is it possible to add a storm door to an existing front door. We don't have Levels as we do in adding a transom window, (or do we). It's more of adding a more realistic representation than anything else. Thanks for any feed back. Doug
  10. Flattening is only done if you have Tiff, PNG files being sent to printer or converted to a JPG format. They can handle layers where JPEGS can’t. So they must be flattened prior to printing. Same with a PSD file from Photoshop. Keeping a layered copy means you can always go back and edit the original. Once something is flattened in to a single layer, you can no longer edit individual layers. But you can do global adjustments.
  11. It’s reaching for something… do an all in selection window and see if anything is floating around up there. It’s happened to me, Not with story pole but just with dimensioning. You might use all on layer set to see if anything is hidden. It’s not supposed to reach for anything on an off layer, but it has happened. You may have created a solid on a wrong floor without realizing it. Just throwing out some thoughts. Also change to right side and see if it’s still up in space. Let us know.
  12. Never mind, I figured it out....My text "LINE SPACING" in Rich Text is set as a default to 75%, cause the CA default is 100% (to much space between lines of text). Weird that it only affects scales of 1" -1'-0" and above. Below that I can keep my text spacing to 75% and leader centers as it should.
  13. So, I needed a few new defaults, 1', 1-1/2" 2" & 3" = 1'-0" I set them up as I normally set up a new Layer Set. via browser, edit new defaults. However, regardless of settings my leaders are not centering on associated text strings, Any idea of why would be helpful or a fix would be better. Thanks so much, Doug
  14. Whoops, I forgot the hot key,” Control - “ should work.
  15. Thanks all for your comments. I do appreciate everyone’s suggestions, especially about having a hot key to delete FB. LOL. Seriously though, this is something so basic in the world of drafting, it’s amazing it’s never really been solved. Heck, even it the world of Rivet it can’t be done, not easily that is. What amazes me is it can be done in Inventor. Hidden lines that is. If I were a programmer, “if grade is present” true| set layer to Below Grade| set line type dashed| color set to white| follow grade. See how easy that is, come on ladies and gents, you can do it.
  16. Thanks Rich, aside from that work around which I’ve used many times, and the request to CA was probably me 10 yrs ago. It just seems to be a programming thing being the terrain is a real diving line. Where the building can clear or break the building pad, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in reverse where the terrain breaks the foundation, sets the line type and or layer set. When a roof plane is created, the roof outline is dashed. I can’t believe there is something to that , that would clue a programmer. With today’s technology, I just don’t see it as not being possible.
  17. Thanks Rob for understanding the issues.
  18. Thanks, I’ve done the same, along with several other methods. I do believe I’ve sent in suggestions to CA years ago to no avail. Hoping they read these q&a’s. Amazing that more haven’t suggested it. I found that cad boxes with dashed lines to be the quickest after sending a section to cad from view. But it was always an absolute last thing I’d do so as not to lose the live views. Once I knew there is no returning to a live view I’d group select all foundation lines and make them dashed, then just trace over the verticals from grade up. It goes pretty quick unless last minute changes need to be made. If it’s a real big job, I’ll make a copy of my plan file before sending views to cad. That way if there are last minute changes, I have the copy just prior to converting. If I send in another request, I’ll let you know.
  19. Awesome setting, been using CA since I think since around 1995 ish. I’ve been using work arounds to do just what it does. Maybe it wasn’t available yrs back or just never noticed it. Alaskan_son, if you lived closer to NJ, I’d treat ya to a few cold ones. Cheers just the same. I can’t believe that browsing Q&A I found this little goodie. Like being reborn. Cheers….
  20. Would love to hear how others are dealing with/creating dashed/ hidden line type lines for below grade elevation views. Since version 8 or 9, whenever I started with CA I have probably tried more ways to do this and yet to find something I can say works flawlessly or without a ton of time doing it. Here it is X13, and still nothing. No I’m not complaining, just can’t believe we can’t do it, or can we and I missed the boat. From using boxes with hatch patterns to double dipping the send to layout, stacking the two view ports, rolling one up and the other down, dealing with alignment, just to reveal dashed lines. Like I said, not complaining just frustrated. Thanks for any suggestions.
  21. I fixed it, this plan file has several conceptual roof planes within the same area over the deck. I.E. different roof styles over the deck. One looks the same as shown but has an extended overhang section at the eve to cover a cantilevered grilling area (not shown in the attachments). Two roof planes were occupying the same space and I believe the fascia's were fighting for the same space.. I changed the over hang of the one and it appeared. All I know is its fixed, thanks guys for looking. The attachment shows the other roof occupying the same space as the first. The extension I think was cutting into the straight fascia there by hiding it.
  22. Yes I did, It's the same as all the other roof planes. Still drawing manually?.... I do, always have and always will.
  23. Hey all, hope all is well. So even with all layer on, can't find the fascia board. see attached All other fascias are showing. Any ideas? I've tried rebuilding, deleting and new roof plane, Tried manual and Auto. This one is just now showing. I'm sure it's a setting I'm missing somewhere. Thanks, Doug