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  1. Lighthouse

    rafter tail on high side of roof

    hmmm, I never heard of a truss polyline so that's a good tip, I will check it out. I'm curious to see if there is an advantage of creating polyline solids. thx
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    rafter tail on high side of roof

    I'm trying to create rafter tails on the high side of a roof, where I have a cantilevered overhang. I've tried reversing the roof pitch, and spinning the roof around, etc, but Chief always figures out how to put them on the low side where I don't want them. I know I can create individual rafters out of PS, but I'm trying to do things the right way (auto generate framing, instead of stick building the house on the computer). Any ideas much appreciated!
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    Associate .Plan Files in X10 ....How To....

    shoot, I should have figured out file associations. that worked, thanks
  4. I have x10 and Viewer installed. I have the viewer so I can see the interface that my clients see when they view the plan, so I can walk them though how to use the viewer. However, since I installed Viewer, when I download a bonus library catalog and click to open it, it opens in viewer and does not appear in x10. I have checked "associate program with whatever" (the box that appears when you start CA). I have placed the downloaded content next to other libraries in the x10 folder, but it still does not appear in x10?
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    tutoring on Saved Plan Views

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    tutoring on Saved Plan Views

    After feedback from the forum (thanks to Tommy and Solver), I think Saved Plan Views would be better than annotation sets for my workflow. I like the ability to have multiple plan views open in tabs, and to have external reference files. I have many questions about actually creating and implementing these. Does anyone have time to work with me on this today? I'm happy to pay for the consult. Thanks!
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    help with annotation sets

    I'm wasting a lot of time in producing drawing sets because I have not set up annotation sets. I've watched the videos but it looks labor-intensive to do, and I know many of you have already done it. I would like to pay someone to walk me through it, or better yet just let me copy theirs and show me how to modify. I'm better at designing than producing drawings, so I think someone else's defaults (in terms of font size, dimension defaults, etc) would work fine for me. I mostly do modern work, like to show details in 1 1/2" and 3" scale. Ideally would do this in the very near future. Thanks, David Hornstein
  8. Lighthouse

    simple text layer question

    Hi Steve, thanks for the reply. It's not working for me. I have the 1/4" scale default set to a new layer called "framing text". I have verified that the annotation set is using the 1/4" scale default, and that the default is set to "framing text". However, when I draw a text arrow, it is on the "text" layer, not the "framing text" layer. It appears that there is no way to set the default layer for the text arrow. You are saying that the text arrow uses the text default layer. But that is not what is happening for me
  9. Lighthouse

    simple text layer question

    I'm sure there's an easy answer I'm missing... I've put text on my framing plan on a separate layer called "framing text", so it doesn't show in the default floor plan. However, I cannot get the text arrow to default to that "framing text" layer, it wants to stay on the "text" layer. There does not seem to be a way to set the default layer for the text arrow, and even though my text is set on the "text framing" layer, the arrow is still on the "text" layer. The same is true for text leader lines. How do I get my arrows and leader lines to default to my "framing text" layer? Thanks!!
  10. Lighthouse

    dimension snaps to wrong line

    it's an interesting phenomenon. When I have "reach" set to 6", it easily finds the line my cursor is on, but when reach is set to 36", it finds a line further away. So I guess my understanding of 36" reach was "reach anything within 36", starting with the closest thing", but CA's version is "look for something 36" away to snap to". Good to know, and thanks again
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    dimension snaps to wrong line

    Robert, I'm a complete idiot! I saw "reach", and confused it with the extensions to and from object. So that solves it. But the odd thing is that it still doesn't explain why it would initially choose a line further away than choosing the line I put the cursor on.
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    dimension snaps to wrong line

    Sorry, to clarify, this is in CAD detail, not elevation or section. I was referring to an elevation in a cad detail
  13. Lighthouse

    dimension snaps to wrong line

    How do I control what line in a cad detail the dimension snaps to? I often have a problem in cad details that the dimension snaps to part of the drawing much further away than the thing I'm trying to measure. For example, I have an elevation of a house in a cad detail. I draw two cad lines (on the cad default layer) 10' from the house to show the height of a porch roof. I pull a dimension from one cad line to another. Instead of snapping to those lines, it snaps to a point on the elevation instead. When I click on the dimension line to change the snap point, it doesn't recognize the line as something to snap to. In the dimension dbx, I have "cad objects, lines/sides" checked. It seems like there should be a way to control have far the dimension tool "reaches" for an object to measure. Thanks!
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    explode all cad blocks?

    Is there a way to globally explode cad blocks in a cad detail? I have a problem where some of the line weights of the cad details that I send to layout are too heavy. On the layout page, when the show line weights is toggled off, everything looks fine. However, when I print to pdf, I see the heavier line weights. I have tried selecting all the elements on the cad detail and globally changing the line weights, but it doesn't change the lines that are in cad blocks (there are lots of cad blocks). I can explode each cad block individually and change the line weights, but that's going to take a very long time. So I wondering if there is a way to: 1) get the pdf print to look like the layout page when show lines weights is toggled off 0r 2) globally explode all cad blocks, or somehow change the line weight of cad blocks without exploding them or 3) some other method thanks!!!!!!!!
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    size of temporary dimensions

    right, that's what I did, but as I tried to show in the image, the size of the hashmarks in the 5" dimension line (which is using the arrow dimension default) is smaller than the temp dimension arrow