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  1. I recommend copy / pasting images directly into the layout file. No path needed, simply double click the image and ensure Save in Plan is checked.
  2. The central window resizes the adjacent size windows to the OOB default each time Chief X14 is opened. It remains as I set it for the duration of each session.
  3. Yeah, I found this odd. X13 always opens them in the same location and size. Whatever, between X13 and X14, Chief has gotten very costly. You can't soar with the eagles when...
  4. Does anyone else have the issue in X14 that the side windows reset each time X14 is opened? For me, X14 will not remember my side window sizes. This has never been a problem before.
  5. Correct. Correct Sort of. They are based on the size of the door slab.
  6. It seems to be relative to the size of the marker, not the length of the marker line. In my case, the marker size is 2" and 16" away is where it generates. Increasing the marker size moves it further away and decreasing the marker size moves it closer. Reducing my marker size isn't an option, but I'd still like this to be quite a bit closer automatically...
  7. Does anyone know where Chief gets the settings to: locate the Storypole dimension (relative to the building) control the distance from the dimension string to the elevation marker? To me it looks like #1 comes from the active dimension defaults and is relative to the outermost surface. My 1st line offset is set to 24" so the storypole generates 24" away from the gutter. If I turn off the gutter, it then generates 24" away from edge of the roof surface (saving me some valuable page space), but also annoying because I like it right on the grid line (because I'm picky about dimension spacing and alignment and consistency). But my elevation markers are generating 16" away from the dimension string (this takes up too much space on my page). I can't find any setting that control this.
  8. Here, most doors have an exterior jamb thickness of 3/4" and a R.O. gap of 3/8". So, I simply add 1 1/8" for the R.O. Perhaps the bigger issue is that doors really aren't accurate are they? A 3068 exterior door slab is around 35 5/8" wide x 79" high, depending on the manufacturer. And Chief seems to think that exterior doors should rub the floor! Last time I checked, most residential exterior door thresholds raise the door above the floor by 1"-2". When you raise an exterior door in Chief, Chief no longer does a very good job with the 'sill' and sometimes has difficulty with the framing as well. As for a transom window above a door... simply add the door jamb thickness to the door slab width for the correct window width. If the transom is mulled to the top of the door, Chief will have difficulty modelling this correctly and a workaround will usually be required.
  9. If anyone is interested in a catalog of Sliding Patio Doors made to match Ply-Gem Canada standard configurations and sizes, feel free to PM me. Product website links are below:
  10. Chief will not properly clad a flush eave correctly unless.....(wait for it)...the exterior wall has at least 2 exterior layers!! This should be addressed because 1 exterior layer should be enough!! With 1 Exterior Layer: With 2 Exterior Layers:
  11. I'm still looking for a place to use it! Wouldn't a tool that aligned drawings be more useful? Even in a template plan, one still needs to remove floorplans and then replace them so that each plan view is in the same place from page to page. Or if Elevation views could be auto aligned vertically or horizontally when on the same page.
  12. Using the polyline method, you can recreate the fog effect similar to Sketchup. A polyline with a partial transparent fill that covers a portion, and then is replicated slightly offset to a value that is less than it's width. That would result in multiple overlaps of the polyline which would get harder and harder to see through, sort of like fog / distance. Either method is a simple way to distinguish between old / new for reno's and additions. The example below could probably be better, but it printed nicely!
  13. I don't know about that, but thanks! Keep in mind that you can use similar methods to show all sorts of things. For example, a portion could show just framing / foundation and another portion could show the elevation view. Or part B&W, part color.
  14. That would be a matter of opinion, not a hard and fast rule. That being said, it's easy to satisfy that requirement. Send the view to layout. Copy-paste-in-place. Set one of the views to have pattern lines that are white. Use the draw order tools to place it on top of the other view. Crop the layout box as neeed. Takes longer to write the description than it does to actually do it!
  15. SIlly question, but did you refresh all the layout boxes after that?
  16. Even with a high material shading contrast, I also get the correct color in layout as long as 'Apply Shading Contrast' is unchecked.
  17. I set the material shading contrast to 0%. Then, in layout, all the cabinets have the exact same color as the color for the material regardless of whether Apply Shading Contrast is checked.
  18. Short answer...No, not to the door symbol. The quickest and simplest way is to add a polyline with that same fill on the same layer as the door.
  19. Until recently, the camera retained and displayed that information even if a layout file wasn't open. In fact, cameras generated in older plans that remain in a template plan (or other plan) still behave that way while newly generated cameras do not. Only Chief knows if it was an intentional alteration or not. As for myself, I preferred the previous function, where the page info was retained.
  20. The elevation views are already sent to layout, with the correct settings. You did that 10 years ago when you set up your default plan.
  21. Wow, that's pretty good! I aspire to do it like Joey!
  22. x 5 materials = 10x the work, right? I wasn't saying it's too much work, just that it's more. And, if you change materials, you'll need to remember to edit the pattern lines each time, assuming you have a specific weight and color in mind.
  23. Yes, send to layout using Plot Lines. Uncheck Use Edge Line Defaults and Use Pattern Line Defaults. Then the edge lines will be defined by the layer and the pattern lines will be defined by the material. More control but about 10 times the work.
  24. Or Grid Snaps? don't use it?