mgianzero

Do I need to upgrade to Chief Architect Premiere to show multiple plan options?

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I own just a hobbyist who owns a copy of Home Designer Pro that I've used for a couple of years to draw out some remodeling options for my current home.  But, with all the options we have to move walls, closets, and even reconfigure bathrooms, it gets hard to manage which file has what.  

 

I really want to be able to select different layers (thinking this is the best approach) to share multiple plans with my wife (and builder) as to what all my remodeling options are.  But I wanted just one file to do this.  I'm noticing that Chief Architect Premiere has more control over layering than Home Designer Pro.   Do I need to upgrade to CA Premiere just to do this?  And is this the best approach?

 

Sorry, but I didn't find much information about this online.  I also don't know how to exactly search for what I'm looking for.

 

Marc

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That's a big expense.

 

Here are a couple of suggestions that are free.

 

Use the Thumbnail feature. Generate a thumbnail (make sure it's set to large) in plan view. Then when opening the file, you will see an image of the plan.

 

After you have a plan complete, print it and add the filename. Use the printed copies to find the plan name.

 

If your remodeling is confined to a single level, put your as built plan on level 1 and your changes on levels 2,3 etc.

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Marc another suggestion is to rent premiere for the time you think you need it for your project since Chief has a rental option

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2 hours ago, mgianzero said:

And is this the best approach?

I started using Chief Premier Version 4 on Windows 3.1 in 1994 for a remodeling firm. The only viable method whether you use Premier or Pro is to have a relationally correct  "As Built" model. Then save as copies of it to make differing versions of your remodeling ideas. Placing them all in one file is not recommended nor is it workable. Do not waste your time with the "one plan file wish".

 

DJP

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2 hours ago, DavidJPotter said:

........ Do not waste your time with the "one plan file wish".

 

DJP

 

This is very sage advice.  

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It's just to easy to change what plan views in the layout so I agree the save as method will work for you.

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Note:  Chief can have 30 floors in a plan

 

so putting the alternative options on another floor may be desirable ?

 

it has been requested for over a decade that Chief allow for TOTAL layer control

so that the model and various options reside in one plan

 

besides layersets and annosets - Chief should have Plansets

 

I believe Softplan has a feature that allows this

 

Lew

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