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  1. Jim: A companion for Chief is Planswift You export .jpg's from Chief and import into Planswift then do your material lists with pricing Lew
  2. maybe things have changed but years ago tech support got very grumpy about my having moved the locations they started to insist any issues I had were due to having moved the locations you may want to discuss with tech support the best way to approach this issue Lew
  3. Hi: what version do you currently have ? I would recommend getting the latest version X13 I think it is best to stay current I would recommend at least X10 (X11?) which introduces plansets Lew
  4. I'm surprised you had any luck with CTW tool at all I never could, I rarely hear of anyone that uses the tool, especially successfully I suspect you will just have to change them to windows manually ? Lew
  5. my partner and I worked with Chiefers with older versions so we kept the last two versions active plus the current version working with older versions than two back became a mental hassle David Potter has EVERY version installed including all of the HD products and all their versions sometimes you have to tell the client - sorry... Lew
  6. I'm curious if this would work probably not open X12 for a new empty plan open X13 for the current plan use edit area all floors for the entire plan in X13 use ctlv-v to paste the X13 plan into X12 new plan probably have a lot of cleanup assuming it even copies over Lew
  7. Yep, I was one that found it annoying that I couldn't place a temp dim. when a dim was already in the area Lew
  8. Glenn and others have the ability to do multiple buildings in one plan I found it easier to use the symbol method make a change to a building - create the symbol - insert the symbol repeat if needed which is the better method ? Lew
  9. be aware that Windows 11 is coming so get a PC that is capable of upgrading to win 11 without hassles Lew
  10. Will I be able to make a complete set of drawings with Home Designer Professional? Hi: maybe using HD PRO ? however, the layout is for one page at a time with a max size of 12 x 18 while PRO has many manual tools like roofs and framing and cabinets there are limitations to the software that may cause "hinderance" - maybe not start with PRO for $500 and if the limitations become an issue you can upgrade to Premier and the $500 is applied to the upgrade after your are done - Chief Premier can be sold for about 80% of the cost the cad tools in PRO or Premier are different than in Autocad so there is learning curve for using the software there is a comparison chart on CA's website for seeing the feature differences between PRO and Premier keep in mind PRO is $500 while Premier is $3000 hence the various limitations in PRO many projects have been done in PRO if you can live with the limitations personally I have suggested that PRO be called Deluxe the PRO name gives the impression that it is meant for building professionals and that may be a stretch ... Lew Lew
  11. I suspect CA is no longer selling X12 ??? If not, then you would need to find a license for sale on this forum or on Ebay any seller should be willing to verify they have a valid license if its a second seat license it should be cheaper than a primary seat but you may have to buy another primary seat if getting it from Ebay you can set up a search on Ebay and get an email each time another sale starts besides posting here you could contact CA's sales dept by calling them Lew
  12. Ryan: the last time I tried that - many versions ago - it left some pieces and parts behind that's when I made the recommendation - perhaps it works now I let my partner do stairs (terrain, roofs) Lew
  13. I recommended over a decade ago that Chief allow for Stair assemblies such that each piece and part is attached like branches and ornaments on a Christmas tree then the entire assembly/block can be moved around at will try creating a multi-floor complex stairwell system and then move "everything" over 1" it currently becomes a real hassle to do so Lew
  14. I usually created layout for 24 x 36 with 1" border all around for 22 x 34 space then I could print at 50% on 11 x 17 paper if needed Lew
  15. It's kind of sad to give someone correct information and get downvoted for it. I feel the same about giving an opinion downvotes are for children and those with petty grievances Lew