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  1. Sometimes you can bypass the Rescheck requirement by citing the code and going with the 'perscriptive' option which requires a certain minimum insulation/windows/etc. In michigan there's an option on the energy compliance sheet that you just check a box and you're good. If you have to do some exporting, I find (on a mac) that you can just export the 'thermal envelope data' and plug it into rescheck online version and it's pretty simple.
  2. Yikes I can't believe they put windows with horizontal panes in an otherwise well-done dormer.
  3. Can't believe I missed this so long ago but the Thermal Envelope data is a nice feature. Would be even better if it could be linked to a live schedule instead of an export. Anyway my question is how can we get a 'clean' export of the data? Right now it comes in with the units attached to the numbers in teh spreadsheet and that's a real PITA. Not a biggie but one of those 'I wonder why' things
  4. Just set them up in your template off to the side and move them up when you want them. Then they're already set the way you want them, and already synced to your template layout file. Done and done. I have three for each direction:
  5. - B/W didn't help it - The former layout prints no problems (but it was from a while back so could be other issues) I ended up moving it over to a new layout file and prints just fine: Now here's the test: Turn on the watermark and what happens to the print? (save it first!) Looks like it works just fine...
  6. Having issues exporting a layout set where the file exports a blank looking pdf. However if you inspect the pdf a bit you'll see that the text is there, but everything is just white. Here is a pdf with the issue: Plans - Evangelista - Estimate Review - Sep 5.pdf It's a small file so I assume only the text is getting added to the pdf not the vectorwork or the live views. Also should know: - Other layout files plot just fine, it's just this one .layout - Relinking the model to a different one does not help - Sending it to printer instead of pdf creates a blank sheet - Previews in print dialog show as white - I had played around with adding a watermark to this layout, which is the only thing that is different than usual (from what I can tell) Any ideas on what could be going on? Plans - Evangelista - Estimate Review - Sep 5.pdf
  7. Agreed the plant images are basically unusable - even the multi-poly trees are not good-looking enough to be worth bogging down the model. I've been doing renderings in TM but even there they don't have many of the big trees around here - Maples, Oaks, Hickory...
  8. One thing that should be addressed is that Chief should offer a standard 'Master List' with dang-near everything on there. Would be great if they hosted it on their website (with some kind of disclaimer obviously) and updated it every season or so. Problem is that all framing should be already on there (beacuse we're not creating anything new like that) and a basic window, door, etc. etc... just a 'ballpark' type of Master List would be excellent because I could export it and give to the builders just for gut check type measurements. Maybe we should crowdsource a Master List together here at the forum. Would be a lot easier if we had all of us pricing things and adding them to a list than one of us chasing down prices for every part of our project like a General ...
  9. Here's how you can make some nice looking demo elevations with red dashed linework. Start with demo layer having the dashed + red linework style. Then go 3D to vector view - and try to turn off the 'color' of the wall textures. Problem is it turns off the linework red color too, which you want to preserve: My hack is just to turn the 'material color' to white for the textures on the existing model: And the final result is pretty nice: Then you can send this to your layout view as a static image -> Or you can coordinate the demo elevations, which now look like this: Final product - demo elevations with dashed, colored linework showing demo areas: Does anybody have an easier idea? There could probably be some changes to the software to allow for 'plot lines' views with colored + dashed linework (or maybe there already is?) but currently this seems like the best way to do it. Kyle
  10. Good idea - ok so time to make better use of' saved plan views' I guess
  11. Hmm so I would need to set up different Annosets for the different type of dimensioning I do, and the Auto Dimensions can be controlled by the Annoset defaults? That could work. I will give it a try and report back.
  12. Just revisiting this again - I wish that each of the different automatic dimension types could be on a different layer, because depending on what you're showing you want different dimensions to show up. For example, I would like my outside corners and perhaps my overall dimension on the roof plan, but I don't need my window centerlines on there. For site plan, I would want just my overall dimensions perhaps. Here they are - I keep overall, outside corners, and centerline dimensions on different layers and show them in different colors so I can keep track of them. It would be great if we could tie the auto-dimensions to these different layers
  13. This is how I always end up doing it. The Bay/Box window controls are too weak for a finished product, though they are useful during conceptual design