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  1. Hi, In the past few months, I've found a number of layouts that are displaying Rich Text like the box shrunk. I tend to find it most often on my electrical circuit numbers. For example, I will have a number of circuits numbers "55", send to layout and everything looks fine. I then open it and all you see is "5", like the actual box was too small. If I open and then hit OK, the text goes back to what it should. I've attached a screenshot where you can see the ones I fixed and the ones that are truncated. If it matters, I have Auto Height and Auto Width checked, CAD Style Font Sizing, and Rotate with Plan all selected. Any suggestions as to how to correct this?
  2. Well that's good to know. So you guys don't run into delays or slow movement when you show the project in 3D? I assumed I was going to have to have something with high RAM like my desktop.
  3. I have a 15’ x 15’ conference room that I’d like to setup with a large TV I can display CA. The purpose is to use some rendering samples to WOW an initial prospect and to have existing clients come to my office for design reviews (no rendering, just floor plans). And of course for large Zoom meetings as well. I imagine the system would only be used for these events and not for normal drafting. Can anybody recommend a micro computer or suggested specs for one? Due to the limited use, Im not sure if the high ram and video card are needed. Any suggestions for other equipment and TV size would also be appreciated.
  4. Hi, I'm trying to organize my materials and material list and have run into a few items I'm hoping can be resolved. Insulation - the default insulation in CA shows you the number of 12 x 16 x 48" batts. I'd like to know the total SF of the insulation. I copied the CA insulation to my own folder and changed the Materials List Calculation to Area. It nows give me the SF that I want, but the insulation is no longer listed under Insulation in the Material List, it is listed under Wallboard. Anybody know how to correct this? For that matter, most of my drywall shows up under Wallboard like it should, but I have a small amount that shows up under Siding. How do I control what heading/ID a material will fall under? Cabinets and Countertops - I'd like to list all my cabinets individually, but then my total countertop to SF. Is there a way to separate the two? Eliminate From Categories - how to prevent CA from showing Sub Category - what is this column??? Thanks
  5. Back to Working Sets. How are you guys using them? I realize its a plan set that never goes to layout, but what specifically are you using it for if it never goes to layout? @joey_martin I agree it is somewhat complicated. I guess I'd like to fully understand it before I ditche it. The anno's and layers have worked fine for me so far.
  6. Thanks Humble Chief. So it appears that I don't even need to mess with my Annotation Sets any longer. Set the defaults for them, then use Plan Views to control the views, what layers text goes to, etc. Is this correct?
  7. SNestor, If I don't assign an Annotation set to every Plan View then my arrows, text, callouts, etc won't go to the right layer. Which means to turn on the text for the electrical plan will also turn on text for the Floor Plan. What am I not understanding? MarkMC What do you mean that you use it for a working set and never send to layout. What exactly do you do on your Working Set?
  8. For the past number of years, I have been using Layer Sets and Annotation Sets to control the views being sent to Layout. Now I've been introduced to Plan Views and am getting a little confused over them all. From what I now understand, it's somewhat of a hierarchy: 1. Plan Views - control annotation sets, layer sets, and a few other items that layer/annotation do not control (reference display, floor, etc.) 2. Annotation Sets - control dimensions, text, etc. for that specific annotation set. They also control Layer Sets. 3. Layer Sets - control what "layer" is turned on in the view and what is turned off In light of this recent knowledge, It now seems that I should predominantly be using Plan Views to control what is being seen in the plan window, for it controls the annotation set, which controls the layer sets. So if I want to switch from the floor plan to the electrical plan, simply change the Plan View to Electrical Plan. Is all of this correct? If I am understanding this correctly, then it seems that I should have a common set of views/layers/annotations. For example if I have a layer called "Framing 2 Layer Set", then I should have an annotation set called "Framing 2 Annotations" and a Plan View called "Framing 2 Plan View", which of course all tie together. Is all of this correct? Finally, how are Working Plan View and Working Layer Sets utilized? It's only one view, so can't understand how it is helpful. Thanks How is the Working Plan ust
  9. I have routine keynotes that I use on every plan. Ex. my Foundation Plan always has a keynote indicating control joints, depressed shower pans, etc. etc. Is there a way to save these so that I can simply call up that Keynote Schedule that is pre-populated and I then place the symbols in the corresponding places. I realize I can create this manually; however, I'd like it to auto-add in new keynotes I ad. Thanks
  10. lol l She's already done that. Working on getting her into the digital world now.
  11. I have a client that wants to manipulate some floor plan ideas I've put together to try some of her own ideas. Does anybody have a recommendation for the easiest way for her to do this? Does CA make something for the client-side that will do this (I believe the "viewer" is only for viewing and not manipulating)? Or is there other software out there anybody has used?
  12. I'm actually the GC. I've been in residential remodeling for 15+ years and have been doing all the design work in CA for about 8. We do use PM software and have a pretty good system in place. The issue is that some of our subs do fantastic work; however, are not that great at anything except the physical work. Due to, we do a lot of things to try and help them out with it, hence my questions here. I was hoping that someone has used or seen a creative method of ensuring everyone is using the correct drawings. We can tell them, email them, remove the old drawings from the system, stomp our feet and everything else. But if the system doesn't work for them, then it's not going to get done.
  13. I've never really used the revision table before, for most of my jobs do not have that many changes that are significant. I have a project now that the client is on the third set of revisions and all three are substantial. Due to, it's critical that the subs are working off the most recent plan set. How have you seen this process take place so that the subs always know what the most recent set is? Granted the revision table shows three sets of revisions with dates, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fourth set laying around that they haven't downloaded yet.
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    This is all helpful information. Thanks guys.
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    Is there a way to make the schedule list the items in a specific order? For example, all my walls start with an "N" for new and "E" for existing. I'd like the wall schedule to be organized with all the "E" walls listed first, then the "N" walls. Also, in the CA tutorials, they show to place schedules on a CAD detail and then send to layout. Is there any specific reason for this, rather than simply creating it in the .plan file? When I'm double checking my walls, windows and doors, I find it easier to work with when its sitting next to the floor plan layout.
  16. Didn't think of those either Michael. Thanks
  17. Thanks Eric. That helps a lot. I'll work with that for a few weeks and see how it goes. Thanks for putting the time into this.
  18. I made it as a piece of molding. Are you saying that the molding won't work as casing?
  19. An example of a custom layer is I'm currently doing a house that has some custom pop-outs in the stucco, so I've placed them on their own layer. The largest issue is simply navigating the list. Honestly, just looking for another method to organize them.
  20. Yes, that is exactly the bullnose corners I'm looking for. How did you do it? I actually found a solution to the door swing. In the Door Schedule, there is an option for which side of the door the hinge is on.
  21. I'm looking for a different method to name and organize my layers. The default method that comes with Chief is a little cumbersome because I have to remember the first word to find what I'm looking for. This is even more difficult when I create a custom layer for a project. I realize I can use the filter, but when you're changing the layer of an actual object, there is no filter. Anybody have a system they are using that they like? Or is there something I don't know about chief that will simplify this?
  22. I am trying to customize some interior doors with 3/4" bull nosed edges for casing and then I'd like the label to indicate the swing direction of the door. I've been able to create the bull nosed casing; however, it does not sit flush with the outside wall. Regarding the door swing label, I was not able to find a default macro for it. How do I make the casing sit back flush with the drywall edge? Any suggestions on the door swing label? Custom macro of some kind? Thanks
  23. Parkwest, I'll check it out. Glenn, I've been looking for some 3D versions and will try your suggestion. I think the main think I'm having difficulty with is the dirt and trying to make it look like the real dirt in a picture. For that matter, I have that issue with a lot of items. For ex., for my projects using slump block, I have a Texture image of slump block that I have made white. I can then use that image and blend the texture with a color. My theory was then I could make whatever color of block I'd like. The issue I have, is I can never make it look like a photo. I've even tried sampling the block in an actual photo and applying that. The end result is WAY off from the color in the photo. Any suggestions on improving the accuracy of this?
  24. Yep, those too. I have a collection of dessert vegetation that is pretty realistic. The problem is I can't get the whole landscape looking realistic. Any suggestion are appreciated.