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Can you tell me if it's possible/how to import a detail drawing (a Simpson shear wall detail)? Is it possible to edit the A,B,C dimensions and change to the numbers I need to fit my specific plan?

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What format is the detail in?

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If the detail is a .dwg or .dxf then yes. Simply explode the CAD block and have at it. 

 

There is a Simpson library though that may have something you need.

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The details I found on Simpson site are dwg, dxf and pdf but they are on 24 x 36 sheets with many drawings that don't pertain to this plan. I would like to take the detail I need and fill in dimensions for my plan. This is a PDF example. I couldn't open dwg or dxf apparently need to download a app I don't have yet. 

SW_WSW11_2DO_Cad_MULT_Instld_Detail-Sheet.pdf

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Just add the entire page to a CAD detail box in Chief and explode & delete. I have that same page, and many others, for I-Joists and open floor trusses for example. You don't need a CAD editor, Chief will let you do what you want.

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I find it better to use .DWGs if possible....but Joey is right.

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When I download dwg my computer says I need to download a app to open. What app should I use?

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2 minutes ago, Green1 said:

What app should I use?

 

Chief

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Open the dwg in Chief.

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3 minutes ago, Green1 said:

When I download dwg my computer says I need to download a app to open. What app should I use?

Dont try opening it from your file location.  Open the plan you want in chief and use "import" to pull it into chief.

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Wow, That is cool. Last question. Text is yellow. How do I change it to black?

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1 hour ago, Green1 said:

When I download dwg my computer says I need to download a app to open. What app should I use?

 

Chief can't Open DWG or DXF Files directly that is why Windows says it needs another App , but like many CAD Programs Chief can Import both File Types via the DWG\DXF Import Wizard instead. 

 

The colours can be an Issue as many AutoCad users like a Black background, and lines maybe white, so sometimes you will need to change Chief background to Black or a Dark grey ( Preferences>Colors) so you can see all the linework and Text etc. then you should be able to select it and change it's colours / linetype /etc etc as normal. I find quite often putting it on a new layer doesn't always help as it Imports with the color option to use the layer for color unchecked.

 

M.

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28 minutes ago, Green1 said:

Wow, That is cool. Last question. Text is yellow. How do I change it to black?

Use the select all or shift select option to select the text only and change it. 

 

Having said that, I add the text to it's own layer (TEXT_DETAILS) so that I can control the color through the layer options.

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