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    Black shadow areas in PBR

    I've been stuck on that phrase all week, it's like a jingle you can't get out of your head and you hum it everywhere and anywhere :-)
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    Black shadow areas in PBR

    Roland, I just had the same experience and no sooner did I find your post didn't I solve my problem :-) -- I have a return client from 2010 that wants to build the same house (with a few modifications) as the 2010 build burnt to the ground :-( -- so I make a couple of adjustments and proceed to ray-trace but the area under the entrance system comes out black,,,, -- I fiddled and messed with a number of settings without success BUT out of the blue I decided to start from scratch and use Chiefs Ray-trace Wizard, I enter all the same settings as I originally tried and presto, Bob's your uncle, it worked,,,,, -- So what setting was causing the black shadows? I have no idea :-) Give it a try if you haven't already... R,
  3. Eureka - I found the issue. In preparing a sample plan from a new template file for this discussion (a file free of my manipulation) I discovered that the issue has nothing to do with a stepped wall as I may have implied in my earlier post (or maybe I didn't). As you can see from the snapshot with the green siding the foundation wall is showing a gap the depth of the slab, the gap is the result of my pulling the concrete wall down under the terrain. This is when I realized it wasn't the result of an old template file I normally use but in clicking a couple of buttons here's what I found out: In X9 the Wall Specification - Structures tab the check box for "go through floors" is off. That has worked just fine for many Chief software releases, in X10 the Wall Specification - Structures tab the check box for "go through floors" is also off, sssssooooooo, I turn it on! and sure enough it works. (now I can use "align pony wall with main layer outside" as initially intended) So there are two ways to look at this issue, 1) that particular function didn't work correctly until now or 2) that particular function doesn't work correctly now :-) Either way, I'm good to go and I hope I saved someone else the headache of trying to figure out why there's a gap in the foundation wall.
  4. I have to get a plan out here asap, let me follow up on this tomorrow - it's 9:11 here so done for the day once I send an email out,,,, Thanks - tbc
  5. That said the only fix I could find is by changing the wall alignment (to align with outside edge) and that's skews my foundation from the main part of the building so not a good fix. I'd go as far as saying this is a bug. This also occurred in a new plan, mind you the new plan was from a template from X9. Let me try a brand new plan, Yep, just confirmed it's broken in a brand spaken new plan as well,,, not brought forward.
  6. Hi there, The attached says it all. In X9 the walkout pony walls are fine. In X10 not so much (and nothing at all was done to the plan from 9 to 10) as the slab is exposed through the wall. The pony wall is aligned by "Main Layer Outside" and again this works in X9. BUT, in X10 if I align walls by outside edge this gap goes away. I didn't see any other post on this issue but did give it a good look. Thoughts?
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    ray trace crashes

    I did some digging and found the thread that solved my problem. It turns out I was missing the DLL file and that corrected the problem. Keep in mind this was a Chief Upgrade from X8 to X9 issue. Take a look and see if it's similar you what your issue is Amaliya,,,, R,
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    ray trace crashes

    I had a lot of problems with my old computer, so I gave it to my sister and bought a new one :-) Is this the error you're getting Amaliya?
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    X10 slower

    I find the 3D view issue very painful and concerning. I only have a couple of files converted to X10 and may just go back and use X9.
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    Garbage Bin - Commercial

    Thanks a bunch, that's perfect!!! (and noted for future reference). R,
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    Garbage Bin - Commercial

    It's been so long since that I've looked for a "unique" symbol I forget where to find such a beast. I need a commercial size garbage bin to go in the parking lot of a small apartment building. Was it google symbols or similar where I find "unique" items? Thanks Ron
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    Ray Trace problem again

    Broken Ray Trace - Here we go again,,,, I won't followup on a thread I started earlier this year as it was very painful. That said, my attempt to ray trace yields an error as attached. Details: Chief version - x9 Has it been working - yes Is windows up to date - yes, I reinstalled windows 7 and reformatted my HHD earlier this year o n account of a dll problem, Latest Chief update - a week ago. Did I try it on a simple cabinet - yes, did it work - no Have I installed the latest windows updates - yes, Does the function work on my second computer - yes. so that means it's something on my home computer, Are my video drivers up to date - yes, I guess I'll just beat it around a bit to see what happens.
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    Drop Down Stairs

    Is that for living space above the garage Greg? My client is just using that space for storage. Thanks for the link js and Michael. Ron
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    Drop Down Stairs

    Did I see a symbol or topic on drop down stairs somewhere here recently? I need to access my attic in the garage and I'm going to do it using a set of pull downs,,,, Thanks
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    Bay / Bow Windows - exploding

    That's fabulous Dave, thanks a bunch.