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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 https://www.planswift.com/estimating/general-contractors-estimating-software/ 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