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Opening 2 layouts at one time

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To open 2 layouts at one time,  I believe we hold down control key,  correct?

 

I am on a mac,  it does not seem to work,  can anybody open two layouts on a mac,  thanks

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Hold on. I don't think you can open 2 layouts at all. You have to open a second instance of Chief. And yes, the way to do that is to hold down control while opening a second instance.

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Yeah Im with Michael - I can't get 2 layout files to open.

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I misspoke.  Yes I want to open 2 instances of CA.  On a MAC I cannot.  I have opened 2 instances of CA when I was working on my PC back in the Ice Age,  but now in the information age,  using a MAC,  I cannot open 2 instances of CA.

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Hold on. I don't think you can open 2 layouts at all. You have to open a second instance of Chief. And yes, the way to do that is to hold down control while opening a second instance.

 

Yes,  and once you open the 2nd instance,  you can have 2 layouts open.  Can anybody do this on a MAC?

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Yes, and once you open the 2nd instance, you can have 2 layouts open. Can anybody do this on a MAC?

Gotcha. I thought you were just trying to simply open a second layout.

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golly-gees I guess you are right.  I never thought about opening 2 apps.

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Scott - you have to launch the 2nd app through your terminal window.

 

1. Launch your terminal.

 

2. Type "open -n -a "APPLICATION NAME"

 

I believe you can make a shortcut/script so you have an icon if you want to launch in the future.  Obviously dont type the quotation marks.

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YES, I DO IT ALL THE TIME HOLDING DOWN THE CONTROL KEY ON WINDOWS

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I've always been curious why people would need to open up multiple instances of Chief. I think I've only ever done that one time and I don't remember why… Probably just to see if it worked.

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I sometimes want to transfer some data or a detail that is resident in one layout to another. I used to copy paste to a CAD detail window (plan file) then then send to a new layout but a direct way to copy-paste from one layout to another could sometimes be useful.

 

DJP

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Yes, to transfer info from one layout to another especially from an old version to the latest. and Template info.

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Michael:

 

I would use multiple instances when doing presentations to a client

 

that way I could show various aspects of the plan or layout without losing position on the main presentation

 

but - NEVER - EVER - do updates while doing this - it can cause file corruption

 

to be safe I would make a copy of the plan and use that for the presentation

then throw it away afterwards

 

Lew

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when studying a new version of chief versus an older version

 

I would start both versions and then hop back and forth to see how a feature was changed etc

 

Lew

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when studying a new version of chief versus an older version

 

I would start both versions and then hop back and forth to see how a feature was changed etc

 

Lew

 

Having 2 different VERSIONS open I have done quite a bit.  Its the 2 instances of the same version I just haven't found a need for yet. 

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Michel:

 

make a copy of a plan

 

then open three instances of Chief

 

then open the layout and start walking thru the pages

 

then pretend the client asks a question about framing or the foundation or ???

 

use one of the instances to do camera views to answer the question

 

while that is going on use the third instance to show something else at the same time

 

presentations can wander around - especially during the early design stages

 

when done with that question go back to the layout and start the "planned" presentation again

 

probably a zillion ways to use at least two instances to avoid losing "place"

 

Lew

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Lew,

 

Can't we do that now in one Chief instance by creating a view in  a new window or on another monitor?

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Funny this topic came up...yesterday I accidentally had the same layout file opened twice in the same instance of Chief. I don't know how. I freaked because I didn't want to lose my work so I closed it ASAP. And yes, I am positive. Glitch I've never seen before.

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Funny this topic came up...yesterday I accidentally had the same layout file opened twice in the same instance of Chief. I don't know how. I freaked because I didn't want to lose my work so I closed it ASAP. And yes, I am positive. Glitch I've never seen before.

 

Weeeeiiiiird!!  That would have probably freaked me out a little too.

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Glenn:

 

maybe ???

 

I only use one 38" monitor

 

I found it a good way to hop around a plan - like having bookmarks etc

 

if you can do it all in the same instance of chief - good

 

whatever works

 

Lew

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