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  1. You could simply pull a window blind out of the library and drop it into your plan and adjust placement in a 3d view. The blind will be independent of the full lite doors so you will have to manually adjust placement, but it should work fine. I typed "Window Blinds" into the library search bar and found a handful of options.
  2. I like to use a tall cabinet, take off the doors, remove the toe kick, then add base molding. You can easily adjust the size, the material, the color, the moldings. They move as a fixed unit if you need to slide them. Very easy to control and very stable. Hope this helps.
  3. @Mackenzie, You are doing really well to tackle an attic while being so new to Chief! I find attics to be one of the trickiest parts to the program. You might want to consider calling up Chief and asking for a private session with one of their personal trainers who will go through your plan with you step by step, teach you how the tools work, and can answer your questions as you work together. I've used them many times and found it really helpful - especially when I've needed to figure something out to get a job completed. Good luck! Susan
  4. I have an old 2019 MacBook Pro hooked up to an even older Apple LED Cinema Display and I've had no issues with crashing in any 3d views (I don't use PBR on this setup) or library. Not sure this helps considering my setup is much less sophisticated, but it works well for me. p.s. One other note...when I purchased my MacBook Pro, I was told I had to get the 16" and not the 14". The 2019 16" has 2 graphics cards whereas the 14" did not. Not sure how things work now that Apple has switched to the M chips.
  5. Thank you @robdyck and @Renerabbitt for the tutorial on how to get rid of a stray surface using 3d view! Really appreciate your help.
  6. Wow! Thank you @Renerabbitt I went back in and zoomed way in to see a little round circle on the far edge of the box. Is that what you found and deleted? May I ask how you deleted it? I don't seem to be able to isolate it from the rest of the box. I'd just like to know for future reference. Thanks.
  7. Hi Robert, Here is the link to the object. It is on the manufacturer's website. Thank you for giving it a go! Susan
  8. Thank you TeaTime. No luck and I think it's something the company needs to fix on their end, but I was able to find a work around and get the object to work well enough for the time being.
  9. Hi, I downloaded a .skp file from a brand that I've downloaded from before (successfully), but this particular object came with a huge bounding box. I opened up the dialog box and found the place to adjust the size of the bounding box, but haven't been successful in fixing the issue. Also, I'm not able to get a thumbnail to generate from this object in my library. Suggestions? Thanks! Susan
  10. Daniella, You can try moving the mirror in a 3d view, an elevation view, or a plan view. Sometimes one view is easier than the other. Click on the mirror and if it does not highlight, let go of the mouse and press "tab" once and it should highlight the mirror. Be sure to try all 3 options if you're having trouble and try zooming in - that can help too. I'm assuming this is just a plain mirror that you selected out of the library and placed on the wall and not something embedded in the tile? Also, you might want to fill in your "signature" so we know what version of Chief you are working in and whether you are on a Mac or a PC. Click on your name to get a drop down menu to take you to settings and then click on signature. Susan
  11. Welcome! Looks like you are doing a great job for being so new to the program. As Mark mentioned, while in plan view, click on tub filler or mirror or shelf to highlight it, then hold the Command button down while moving the mouse to more easily move the highlighted object. For more learning, try the training videos on Or try on demand training through (see attachment). Good luck!
  12. Our business is set up on Google and we use Google Meet all the time to work remotely since my team is in Boston and I moved to CO. We send the client a link to the meeting and if it is a new client, I always do a test run with them before the meeting to make sure they have what they need on their end to log into the meeting. Generally very easy for a client and once they've logged into the meeting, I simply share my screen so everyone can see what I'm doing in Chief. I've also used Zoom to work remotely and shared my screen. Hope this helps!
  13. @vikiw_bend @Rich_Winsor can contact the manufacturer and request a catalog update for an existing catalog. I just sent an email letting them know that Hardie needs an update. Susan
  14. @DesignGallery There are dozens of ways to manage your files and save files, but this is the system we use. It requires some "housekeeping" but it works well for us and we're able to find things easily. Regarding Material files / images: There are 2 of us on our team who open and work on plan / layout files on a regular basis and this is what we do: 1. If we import a jpg or a pdf onto a layout or plan, we double click on it to open up the dialog box and select "Save to plan". 2. We each have a file in our User Library of custom made materials that we share with each other if we've made additions. Right mouse click on the folder in your User Library and select "export library" to create a download to share. 3. We make sure that each of us has the same Chief library catalogs downloaded. 4. Yes, sometimes things slip through the cracks and we have to recreate a material, but not often. Regarding file management: Please see my previous post. This was written when we were using X14 but we have kept the same method in practice because it works well for us. The key is to the "housekeeping" of moving old layout files and plan files out of the folder that is downloaded to the desktop. This makes things easy to find and keeps old files hidden, but easily accessible. I hope this helps and please don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. Susan
  15. If you are ok with using something more "stock" than custom, Chief does offer hoop mullion doors in their Core Catalog that are ready to use. See attached screenshot to find the doors. Chief Architect Core Catalogs / Architectural / Cabinet Doors, Drawers, Panels / Doors / Hoop Mullion.
  16. I played around with this feature several years back. I was able to print out 3d models on my Lulzbot TAZ 3d printer fairly easily, but I found colored renderings to be more helpful to clients than the printed 3d model. How were you planning to use the 3d models? Maybe I'll give this another try!
  17. Welcome! That is a great new feature and I use it often.
  18. Are you referring to the "Depth Cue" feature?
  19. You could post in the Suggestions Forum a request to have the Rev a Shelf items in the Chief catalog be broken apart to allow for adjusting of individual materials.
  20. This is a very helpful video for anyone learning to use the substance player:
  21. Essentially you need to create an electrical symbol for the 6 gang switch and change the 2D CAD block for it so it shows the way you want it to in your electrical schedule. Here is one way to create a 6 gang symbol that shows as 6 switches in elevation and 3d views, but shows up as a single switch labeled 6 gang in the Electrical Schedule. Open a plan and draw an interior wall. Place a 3 gang switch from the library. Place another 3 gang right next to the first one and have them overlap quite a bit as shown in attachment. Select the two 3 gang switches and turn them into a Symbol. The dialog box that opens will allow you to name this new symbol 6 gang. Do not close the dialog box yet. While still in this dialog box: Make sure Show Advanced Options is also checked. Dialog box opens. Select Options / Wall Mounted / Switch Same dialog box: Select General / set the height at 44" off the floor and 1/2" off the wall. Same dialog box: Select 2D Block and select Single Pole. This will allow your big 6 gang switch to show up in plan as a single pole. Now you have a 6 gang symbol that is on the Electrical Layer, shows up in your Electrical Schedule, and looks like a single pole switch, but is labeled 6 gang. I'm sure there are other ways of accomplishing this and if anyone wants to chime in, please do, but this method works for me. Susan
  22. I wasn't able to open your OIP.jfif, but I'm guessing from your title that you are looking for a black, grid style shower door like the attached image? If so, it is easily created: Select "glass panel door" from the door dialog box. Remove the casings. Add "Lites". Change the "Panel frame widths" to 1". Add a door handle and shower door hinges. Paint the frame black.