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  1. Wow man, this was my next thought on how I could use "Room Type" and define them in a commercial template as such. Then if the "Room Type" was "Business", "Assembly", "Educational", etc. It would automatically update the label and update the occupancy calculation. Super powerful tool and kicking myself for nothing thinking of this stuff sooner.
  2. Amazing! Thank you so much! This works perfectly. Now the next step will be taking that result and multiplying it by .2 to get inches required for openable door clearance code requirement. Any thoughts? It would be an if / then scenario. Ultimate goal would be to get the second number in this graph to display required door opening clearance. Minimum is 32" but if it exceeds 32" then I would want it to show the actual required amount. Then I'll need a macro that will count width of doors provided (if labeled "egress') in the room The end goal would be to just have these in the library that I could paste into the room depending on the room type. But I'd love to take it a step further and only need one object that could be place in any room and pick up the room type and change the calculation as needed based on the room type definition. (see my post below in response to Rabbit)
  3. Morning all... I'm trying to create a macro to calculate the occupancy load of a room by taking the interior square footage of the room and dividing it by the occupancy load for occupancy type. Using ChatGPT I got the result of this macro that should help me get the result I need but it's not working. I assume I first have to get rid of the unit text in order to divide by the occupant load I want to divide by. So this is the code it came up with. Anyone ruby script people know what is wrong here? Does this need to be different because it's in CA? Any help would be appreciated. source_information = %room.area.internal% numeric_part = source_information.match(/\d+/)[0] numeric_value = numeric_part.to_i result = numeric_value / 20 puts result
  4. Funny, I searched "Room Numbers" and got none of these results otherwise I wouldn't have posted it
  5. Good morning folks. Since we are getting into more commercial work it is more common for us to display room numbers on plans. I noticed that the schedule has an option to show room numbers but there is no macro for us to be able to include room numbers to display in a text box or even in the room label that I can find. Is this a possibility or are we stuck manually entering in room numbers?
  6. Talking to a Pella rep this morning I had mentioned the library and named the series we have access to, and they told me that those names / series are about 5 years outdated. I realize that this is something that is probably not a priority for CA, but I just want to advise whoever that you might want to look into updating your Manufacturer libraries to current specifications/names. If you use Pella windows in the Manufacturers Catalogue, I was advised they can get close to what those were, but they are not the same anymore.
  7. Smoothing angle fixed it. Thank you. Even though I have "Always Ask" checked it doesn't ask me anymore when I go to adjust it. It's what I'm used to seeing and that's why it's never been an issue until recently. Not sure why it's not asking me anymore.
  8. This has never happened until recently. When I go to stretch a tub to fit the specified dimension I need it loses it's 2D info. When I click "generate block" in the 2D section of the tub dbx it won't generate the symbol or won't automatically update when the setting is set to auto generate. It's just a box showing the drains. Any Thoughts?
  9. That's what I was afraid of. I figured it was still too complex to not have some sort of process going. I plan on just doing like you said and exporting daily/weekly and having them reimport the library as needed. If they create library objects/details I usually have them export it to the library folder and then I reimport to my library then export the entire library with new items added. Then just have them import that full library weekly. I appreciate the feedback Rabbit!
  10. I'm sure this one has been talked to death but I did a search and couldn't find any topics right away. So with X15 can we now share a single User Library if we keep it in a shared cloud environment? We use MS Teams and work mostly remotely. I have all of our templates pointed to one shared folder in our Chief Architect Teams folder. I have all of our library objects that are created by an individual shared to a folder so we can all import those objects, details, etc so we have all keep a similar updated library. I also maintain the most comprehensive User Library and export it often so people can reimport the whole user library if needed. This is obviously a lot of work. My goal would be to move our user library to that location in teams and point everyone's CA program to that location and share that User Library with everyone. Meaning when we all open our CA that folder directory points to that file to load the User Library. In the past when I tried that we would get overwritten libraries and people would lose folders worth of library objects. I thought this was already resolved and possible but I just want to make sure I'm safe to move forward on this work flow, or are we still waiting for that feature to become a thing? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  11. Bumping for effect. I would really like to know if there is a good solution to this or if I'm stuck doing what I've always done.
  12. Here is a section of what I build in CA With this scenario I use furred frame walls on the interior of the concrete. They obviously build to the slab above but they are supposed to support the floor joists above so I need that ceiling to build over top of the walls. Again, I usually just fix it with CAD but would like to know if this is a scenario that can be done with CA auto features.
  13. See Photo For reference. Does anyone have a video on how to build a basement like this using a monolithic foundation scenario? I've tried everything to get this to work right and I just can't seem to ever get the floors to work correctly. I love the way monolithic slabs look in cross section view (chamfers, wall extensions, etc) and I'd love to use the auto features as much as possible. This is one scenario I can never make work, so I have to default to drawing my own foundations every time. Our foundation slabs are poured over top of the basement so I'm able to use the "Floor below room" setting on the first floor. Then in the basement I set the floor height from the bottom of the slab and then use the ceiling finish tab to build my ceiling structure under the slab. This always works for me to display basements like this and make the first floor work. However, I'm limited in using many auto features and have to do a lot of editing on cross sections. Just trying to see if there is a way that I'm not aware of to make this work.
  14. To be specific it was a "Post" from framing and a "Slab" footing that my employee blocked. I had blocked general framing objects that I used to build a truss and wanted to temporarily block them so I could move them into place all at once.
  15. When taking two objects, say a framing post and a 3D Solid, I block them together and suddenly the block disappears in the 2D view but not the 3D view. It is no able to be selected in the 3D view like it's locked. Of course, first inclination is to check layers to make sure they aren't turned off and/or locked. Doesn't matter if I turn the "All on" layer set on it still doesn't show up or in 3D view I can unlock all objects and it's still not selectable meaning it cannot be exploded. This also was confirmed with one of my employees on Friday, while on a video call with him. I'll be adding a support ticket but just curious if anyone else has been seeing this issue.
  16. With 3D scan technology it would not be hard to scan an existing piece of furniture in a showroom, import it to sketchup, clean it up and the import into CA. The fabric swatches might be able to be downloaded from the manufacturer and utilized to create a custom piece of furniture... or send a picture to someone and hire them to model it as close as possible. There are tons of talented people out there who would be able to knock these out for you pretty quickly and might fit in the design budget without a problem. Then before you know it you have a library of custom furniture that you can use and reuse on your next designs.
  17. With CA X14 and beyond the PBR Real Time ray tracing is a game changer. I'm not sure why you would feel you need another software especially for interiors. Now the VR aspect, at least for me, has a way to go but my clients are super impressed with the outcome of our walk throughs with them. As far as textures and materials go there are a ton of resources out there that can help you understand images and mapping, etc. There are free online resources to create those normal maps, metal maps, etc. And I'm sure there are plent of people on here that would be willing to teach you how to get the best out of the software with a small fee. As far as exporting you have a ton of options, Just go to a 3D view and then go to File > Export and you can see all of the file types that are available.
  18. I think they more or less achieved this by giving us the "retain roof" option so you can manually draw a roof plane and then turn autoroofs back on and force it to work with your roof plane. Auto roofs always get me close enough and I manually draw to finish it up, it's what I have done for years, just never seen it act like this with such a simple change to the ceiling heights.
  19. I started with 9' plates on the whole house, wanted to raise the plates on the porch and that bedroom to make that entry more dramatic. With autoroofs this should be a normal work flow should it not? I eventually found that by raising the interior rooms to 10' behind the bedroom resolved the issue but it still didn't achieve it in the way that would actually be framed. So I just ended up starting from there and finishing the roofs manually. Attached is what I was trying to get it to do.
  20. X15 working with Autoroofs. The main plate height for the whole house is 9' I raised the front porch to be 10' which created the weird thing on the corner. So I adjusted the height of the room behind the porch to 10' and this is what happened. Any insight for you autoroof people? I usually manually roof but I figured this one was easy enough. Apparently not. ha.
  21. Thank goodness for the offset on handrails. That's a long overdue feature. Love to see the live materials list as well. This will be huge for us going forward.
  22. Thanks Joe, I'll try that. Pony wall doesn't work unfortunately. But the "No Definition" and "No locate" are great ideas thanks
  23. Then how do I deal with the 14' of brick wall above it in elevation view? Pony Wall?