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  1. While some of your points are well taken you are the first person here to mention politics. It is not easier for any of us to swallow but until you are a Software vendor you can't understand what happens to your revenue stream as your product product matures. I have used a couple of CAD programs that ceased to exist and in hindsight may have payed a yearly fee to keep time alive. That said, depends on the yearly fee. If I were a new user I probably would not pay $199/month. I avoided Autodesk when they went subscription.. Understandably a casual user as you are it is though.. As Eric mentioned a lower tier may be your option.
  2. I wish Chief would get rid of the voting nonsense.. This in not Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter..Every I see my wife spend her time upvoting on Instagram, I go nearly crazy.
  3. Until January 10th NOTHING changes.. Buy all the new Licenses you wish w/ $595 SSA before that date.. it's why they may get a bump in sales before then..
  4. Very good point but Chief has no idea what the revenue stream in the future will now look like so probably can't predict what resources can be added to improve Chief. Adding to my previous post.. The new pricepoint means Chief now directly competes with Vectorworks, Revit, and Archicad.. I think that is rough considering Chief's rough edges. I think increasing SSA to say.. $950 would have been a better idea but I am sure they thought of that before settling on this.
  5. The only thing guaranteed is change (potential pain).. and people dislike change.. I have been a Datacad user for YEARS but stopped upgrading a few years ago since they had reached maturity and were adding very little.. They now have a maintenance model which I will have to pay up to catch up but I likely won't as they are implementing 3D Autocad style. I understand they need the money but the idea that they stop improving (REAL improvements) while I pay every year bugs me .. probably because of what I got used to "buying" software. Ownership or rental is a weird subject as far as Digital things go. You rent a car/house right..? but they degrade and heed maintenance which Software doesn't (unless OS forced). Music.. Mariah Carey makes a mint off that Christmas song literally forever.. mostly from advertising. Where this will take Chief is very hard to predict. I have feeling they make a windfall before January 10th partly from those that were on the fence with SSA (only $595) and those that may want a new license in the next couple of years may front-run the new subscription model. If I am making $200k/year what is $2k for THE most important tool I use right..? All this is great until there is a big economic slowdown. The rent as needed idea IS likely the best but it must be nearly impossible to implement..
  6. Soooo simple... once you think the way Chief thinks.. Many thanks Mick..
  7. Hello, Haven't work in Chief for some time.. should more consistently for muscle memory..! At the entry of this house the Stone walls and brick walls are all set to 5" overhangs.. However the Roof (First Floor) is requiring quite different manual overhang to look the same in 3d. Looks like the overhangs are 5" from the brick rather than main layer. I've checked the walls.. no answer there.. Thanks 4795 Merlendale Ct Court.plan
  8. I bought an MSI laptop in June and Chief ran fine until November, then the problem began.. I dearly miss Windows 7..
  9. Had 3D issues in Chief last last month.. Chief support had me disable disabling this as well. It is an audio utility some gaming laptops come with..
  10. Steve, Physically Based Rendering was added to Chief a couple of versions ago.. The intent I think is to address what you are experiencing, the wait for rendering passes. PBR is MUCH, MUCH faster (essentially live renders) than Ray-tracing with quality that is very close to better.. ONCE you figure it out.. Graham is excellent at it... Many have stopped Raytracing once PBR is learned.. PBR VS Raytracing - General Q & A - ChiefTalk Forum (chiefarchitect.com) ps. check your messages..
  11. Andrew.. so sorry.. My notifications was not on.. Yes in Concepts you can draw straight crisp lines and well as curves, ellipses, Circles.. etc. And when done you can export dxf or SVG vector files..
  12. Yes 15" the sweet spot for me.. the smallest form factor that can accommodate a 10-key numeric keypad... I keep it's monitor off and connect to 2 monitors via mini-display port and hdmi..works great. Datacad is still recognizable compared to it's DOS ancestors but much improved.. stopped upgrading 3 versions ago as it's 3D effort is similar to Chief's 2D effort.. weak when compared to programs that started as 3D or 2D, respectively.. It's a 2D dream.
  13. Funny I just moved from Desktop to Laptop... depends on how mobile you need to be. Laptops have come a looong way... Hubs are now available for extra connections and the expansion argument is diminishing.. IMO. These days I tend replace the whole thing every 4 years rather than upgrading parts. The ideal still may be a superfast desktop AND an ok Laptop for when you need to be mobile.. OR a Desktop small enough to be portable (depends on what kind of mobility is needed), while having better cooling than fast Laptops.. this is what I got..
  14. These duplicates however, locate the same material when you right-click and show in folder.. Not a huge deal ultimately, but weird.