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  1. Thanks for pointing that out. I have edited my post!
  2. I believe this is officially the 'c' key . The 'x' key is to resize the object. The 'Alt' key allows resizing from a corner and the 'z' key allows movement of the object.
  3. I also used to add these lines manually. I had to stop because I'm too busy but it is my preferred way of clarifying the context of the leader line. Please add this to the 'Suggestions' topic!
  4. Set the new wall to be a 'furred wall'. Draw it close, then move it into place using the temporary dimension tool.
  5. 1. Make sure that all walls are set to use the default top and bottom heights. 2. Review the sill plate settings for the foundation walls and make sure they are all the same. 3. Review the Extension setting for the main floor exterior wall and make sure it is how you'd like it.
  6. Have you tried using live views in layout? Personally, I would NEVER touch a live view with a 10 foot pole mouse, cursor...?!
  7. 1. Open terrain perimeter, turn on Auto Rebuild Terrain 2. On the right side of the building, add more elevation data to even out the terrain to your desired elevation. Chief seems to build terrain in a wave (think grade 11 graphing math). So, when you get a wave where the crest is too high, add data to lower that crest. 3. When using a terrain break hidden in a retaining wall, set the transition distance to 1" or 2". ORIGINAL ALTERED:
  8. I usually open all images (in Chief) to be exported at once (group select in project browser), then simply move through the export process 1 at a time. After the first images is saved to the correct folder, the same folder always re-opens so saving is super quick.
  9. Why print them at all? Why not save them using a jpg format? It's much quicker. If you save the images at the active window size, the export is essentially instant for a standard render technique. Yes, you'll still need to export them one at a time...
  10. Twinmotion exports all selected media using a single function. And for 30 views it would be much faster. It would mean that you would need to export the model and setup all your camera views in Twinmotion. Chief really needs to adopt this functionality. I have suggested to them that the aspect ratio should be able to be defined per camera, without affecting the main drawing window size.
  11. Is there any way to auto access the heel height measurement of a roof plane for use in a schedule (or other reporting method)?
  12. Make sure the file is not open in Chief when you try to upload it.
  13. Manual cad work. There are no layers that display a runner.
  14. I could fix this very quickly for you if you posted your plan file. If you are 2 days into this, you should really consider either paying for some training or hiring out the roof. You may be surprised how little you'd need to pay because for an expert, that roof is only several minutes of work! Post your plan or send me a PM with a file link and I'll fix this one for you just to be helpful!
  15. To start, there are no side gables. There are only gables at the front and rear.
  16. I would probably just take a back-clipped section view and manually rotate the light and pull it down to the correct elevation. It won't 'attach' to the stairs, because the underside of the stair is not recognized as a ceiling surface. I'd place one light correctly, then copy the other lights into place using the point-to-point tool while in the back-clipped section view.
  17. You can easily purge materials in the Plan Materials dialog, and the same goes for CAD blocks. The next items to strip out would probably be unused CAD details, Cross sections, furniture, and framing. However, I'd be hesitant to strip a plan too much just for the sake of backup. I'd get a larger backup drive before I started stripping files; if you need to re-use those plan files, it's nice when they are as complete as possible.
  18. It's already on the 3d warehouse!
  19. In my region, almost every deck has a roof over because of heat, so similar to your original point, that means the posts are out at the corners. And in my region, we use only flush beams with hangers. It makes for a stronger, more wind resistant structure and is simpler to finish. Again, a regional thing, but most decks here a covered with a vinyl decking membrane and the perimeters are clad with pre-finished aluminum fascia. So, I've had those structural components saved to my library for as long as I can remember.
  20. To make things simpler for yourself, you can make a cad block of a framing post, beam, and slab footing and then add that to your library. You can preset all the materials, layer settings, labels and even add a text arrow to for the label. Select all, make a cad block and add to your library if you use the same types all the time.
  21. A good place to start defining text size is in context to your most used plan scale setting. For 1/4" scale, define your text. Then, ensure all other scale factors are set accordingly. Example: 1/4" scale: 4.5" = 3/32" 1/8" scale: 9" = 3/32" 1/2" scale: 2.25" = 3/32" 1" scale: 1.125" = 3/32" 2" scale: 0.5625" = 3/32" 3/16" scale: 6" = 3/32" 1:100 scale: 9.375" = 3/32" 1:200 scale: 18.75" = 3/32" I have all my default sets based on scale factor as opposed to the plan view type. This makes it quick and simple to adjust on the fly when a different scale factor is required for a particular view, like when a building grows to beyond the page boundary, and a smaller scale factor is then necessary. This is also exceptionally easy to setup in Chief because they provide a guide to calculate this for you.
  22. The first few times you use X15, the library will be very slow. After a a few sessions and several hours, it responds normally.
  23. The back left, and the right side are from the backdrop.