Archnot-Boltz

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    Bradley Boltz

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  1. Archnot-Boltz

    CA X13 Availability.

    I'm with you there on the S&M aspect of having the pain with the pleasue (and to be clear, I'm not into S&M!). Many times, I just wished that they would just do periodic patch upgrades as they are developed. It's a major Biache to update previous version files, which I think should be handled by Chief providing some coding that allows you to hit a button to keep the original drawing file and create an upgrade file that is usable with the new version. Seems a shame to not be able to always access an older project.
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    Bow Window Selection

    Wow, another dang "Secret Handshake"! I've been using Chief's inadequate bay and bow windows (as little as humanly possible!) since 1998 and still have to look up how to modify them if I haven't used either for awhile. What does that tell you Chief? (either, I have a lousy memory, which I do or you should address the problem and make this tool or feature more logical and user friendly-and it's not my job to tell you how because I'm not a developer). Doug is a very experienced user and he has to rely on Problem Solver, although it may be described in the most recent manual but for me it was easier to search this forum. Many times in the past, I would bug phone support but today's a Saturday. I searched "Suggestions" first because I know I've brought it up in the past but couldn't find it there because of an anemic search engine (many times it's easier and quicker to do a Google Search because they actually have a fully functioning search engine that doesn't ignore you if you aren't perfectly specific. Now, I'm going over to suggestions and again suggest that Chief rework both Bow and Bay Windows as they've never behaved nor displayed satisfactorily. But thanks to PS and Dermot for answering the question.-BB
  3. Archnot-Boltz

    Staircase on Stringer Capping

    Mr Nestor, you are one slick operator. Very nice videos ( I just checked out one of your screened porch vids), excellent. BB
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    I remember using that one, way back. Haven't seen it in years.
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    Sounds like clean California doesn't want you to burn wood. For sure they're afraid of seismic liabilty.
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    Lew, I've been using Chief since 1998 (version 5, I believe) and don't remember not having the roof tool. When I started, there was no Terrain Tool and the big Work-a-Round Tool was the Interior Soffit Tool and "Electronic White-out". As a matter of fact, it was Chief's (more user friendly) roof tool that pushed me in the direction of purchasing Chief '97 vs. Softplan 9. That and the fact that Softplan was still DOS or just changing and cost around $1500, when Chief had a pre-upgrade sale for $599.00 (if I remember correctly).Back then, version upgrades were under $200.00 and occured every 18 mos to 2yrs (and I looked forward to them until the unnessessary upgrade from V9 to V9.5). BB
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    High or Low? I would think low in proportion to the number of architects that use the Big Boy Programs ( Archicad, Vectorworks, Revit, & ACad). One might venture to say that more homeowner dablers use some incarnation of chief than architects? The majority has to be builders, remodelers and non-licensed "residential designers". The name implies "Architect" unless of course "Chief" refers to Native Americans, which is most certainly does not.
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    Agreed, but tough to show in a plan view isn't it?
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    WHY CAN'T I DO THIS EASILY

    Chief "ARCHITECT"?
  10. Archnot-Boltz

    Foundation wall framing

    Just another dang time wasting Work-a-Round! Please suggest Chief fix all the Pony Wall idiosyncrasies (including alignment controls of Both Pony Walls Layers with upper walls etc). You can do it Nicky!
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    Build Terrain Icon Won't Go Away

    It means that you have RE-Build Terrain Turned Off in the 3d Settings Dialogue. I just found it for rebuild walls/floors/clgs which was aggrevating the heck out of me. I had my rebuild setting turned off because I was trying to speed up my very slow re-draws (large drawing file I think plus plan was created in x5 or 7 and converted to x12 after sitting for a couple of years.
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    Build Terrain Icon Won't Go Away

    I can rarely if ever find anything using this. I just found the "House" (rebuild walls/floors/clgs) icon "fix", same as the this Terrain Issue the user is having issues with by Googling it.
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    Why Does Chief Rebuild the Model for a 2d Cad Line Undo?

    Rock n Roll! You have a better memory than me, Robert. Never hurts to continue or revisit the dialogue. Thanks
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    Why Does Chief Rebuild the Model for a 2d Cad Line Undo?

    When you are drawing 2d CAD items, Chief should not have to redraw the screen and for sure not re-build the model. I don't know if it has to do with the Polyline Solids which are 2d CAD that creates 3d objects and Chief can't or won't differentiate between the two? When CAD tools are activated or in use, couldn't Chief just deal with the 2d? Same with text. Text and CAD items show up automatically on layout sheets without having to resend so why not when working in model space?