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new CA X7 user here. Working on setting up defaults, preferences etc prior to drawings anything. I am a 27 year ACAD and ADT user with established drawing layout, look to my CD's. Im looking to use CA X7 for 3d modeling and for construction documents. I want to use my existing title block, object layer color, line weight and line types and look that i currently have in ACAD. I'm looking for some guideance from an experienced user (in both platforms preferred) to help in setting up CA. I would love to discuss further if anyone is interested.

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I have not done your particular thing so this is a bit of a guess.  I think you will have to import your info into chief as a DWG file.  You may need to fine tune the line weights and color.  I have only done this with engineer info like surveys etc.

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Yes, your title block is just 2D CAD so it can be imported, resized and placed on your layout template. You really need to study "Annotation Sets", "Layer Sets" as well as all the basic introduction videos to the basic tools and procedures. Going from strictly 2D to 3D is a large change for you.

 

DJP

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17 minutes ago, DavidJPotter said:

Yes, your title block is just 2D CAD so it can be imported, resized and placed on your layout template. You really need to study "Annotation Sets", "Layer Sets" as well as all the basic introduction videos to the basic tools and procedures. Going from strictly 2D to 3D is a large change for you.

 

DJP

I have experience in 3d using architectural desktop and revit so i have good understanding of how things are drawn. My concern is getting my cd's to look (on paper and on screen) like they do now in autodesk environment.

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If new to Chief check out the Documentation if you don't already have it... the Tutorial Guide Steps you through many things (600pgs) , not sure if the X7 version is still available or as good but most of the basics are there as some stuff hasn't changed in years... :

 

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/documentation.html

 

the Knowledge Base (KB) is worth checking out too:

 

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/database.html

 

eg creating layouts....https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00737/creating-and-using-layout-templates.html

 

or this sections of the Videos   (caveat is that SSA maybe needed for Videos)

 

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/#playlist-105

 

 

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