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  1. para-CAD

    How do I Scale up a Site Plan?

    resize it in autocad I used the scale at the bottom. It's drawn weird on purpose.....many of the called lengths are close but not precise. (to scale 1 to 1) Puckett Drive Siteplan.dwg
  2. so the only problem is that the rails are locked to the platform size and stringer. I can get it close for 2D plans, but 3D model looks wrong unless I drop the top stringer
  3. Okay. I will give it a try. yes!! Thanks Charles.
  4. I'm having trouble building stairs in CA the way I build them in reality. Is there an easy way to set the top tread flush with the upper floor and not dropped one step? Thanks for any help. Page 33 has the image of what I'm talking about.
  5. I think I learned from someone on here how to change my system fonts. It might have been Renerabbit. The font that I chose is San Francisco pro display. I like it even better than Arial for all my text on my plans.
  6. So I just loaded x12 beta on my 2015 MBP to have a mobile option. This message just popped up. "Chief Architect Premier X12" would like to record this computer screen. This is the first I've ever seen this message. No such message ever popped up on my WIN 10 box nor any previous CA installs on macOS. I don't think I accidentally pressed some hot key combination to initiate this action, but I could have since I wasn't paying attention to everything I was doing until the pop up got my attention. I'm guessing this is some kind of macOS system security thing...but being not sure, I'm about to DENY. I can screen record with other apps if I need that capability. Thought I'd share and see if this is a normal thing.
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    Specs on drawings, or in spec book

    My county wants all kinds of code language on the plans. Then they started to request that the code language be placed on the relevant sheet and not “buried” in a specification sheet “that no one will read.” This tends to make some plans a bit busy. I think it’s dependent on who is reviewing the plans and how lazy/busy they are as to their level of code language required. the two newest ones are the pellet stove installed to manufacturers specs and the GWB under stairwell language, both located on the plans at the location. now I’m getting push back on prescriptive hand-cut roof designs. They want to see them “engineered”. Uh, that’s what’s in the tables in the code book people! Lastly, it seems that the more info/detail you put into a design, the more they dig into it. Sometimes leaving things minimalist seems to get through permitting easier. I called the ICC and was given verbal permission over the phone to copy and paste various amounts of code language. Her exact words were not more than five pages consecutively. She said something about it being allowed under Creative Commons license or some kind of thing. I recommend paying for the online access to the codes at the ICC. They make their $$$ and you have easy access to the codes.
  8. para-CAD

    X12 New Features are listed Here

    X12 should be a blast! Bring it on.....spring-time Christmas!!! As far as regional terminology goes - I find it almost entertaining how some of the most mundane and small things become issues for people. I "learn't" me some framing in Texas. When I moved to WA state, I was speaking a completely foreign language with the building terms I had used in Texas. The really odd ducks up here were the ones who felt almost religiously compelled to correct me. Like they were saving me. Now sometimes I purposely say things wrong just to see if people call me on it or not. Most are probably thinking I'm stupid, but every once in a while I hook one and we have fun. Y'all have a great 2020! Let's see this economy ROAR!
  9. para-CAD

    X12 New Features are listed Here

    Great job, Chief!
  10. para-CAD

    Stairs - Risers and Treads

    I love stairs. I built these on Thanksgiving Day. (Basement set) And the second set last Saturday. (First floor set) three more stairs and the roof to go. that last one was a CA section exported to AutoCAD. Chief isn’t production-level accurate but I can Calc everything so it’s great for the picture.
  11. para-CAD

    freehand drawing on screen for collaboration?

    I use Cisco WebEx. It has a whiteboard feature that can be pretty useful.
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    Cross Platform: OBS (Free) Mac: ScreenFlow 9
  13. NVMe SSDs are awesome. They read/write about 6 times faster than typical SSDs. someone pretty smart did a thread that showed the best matchup of h/w to maximize CA performance somewhere.
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    Printing to PDF - File size WAY to large

    I used to do 2400 DPI but someone on here said NO HIGHER THAN 600 so I tried that. Even 300 works well. The largest plan I've created was around 80MB.....easy peasy.
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    The font you like, and all caps or not, and why

    I'm a former framer. I agree that the artsy part of a plan's font choice held minimal value to me in building the structure. I hated when the plans became a bit scuffed up and the hand written fonts were even more illegible. Now-a-days, I guess I would have a PDF of every plan on my phone or tablet as a back up so I could have a pristine reference copy. But I don't frame any more so who knows. Commercial plans (hotels/apartments) were typically arial or similar and were designed for maximum clarity. If some want/like the simulated handwritten look. Fine. Whatever. As long as the information is clear and easily understood, that should be the driving focus....make it easy to build it according to plan. 2 cents