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  2. PassiveBrad

    How to convert a terrain DWG file to TXT file

    I have Home Designer Pro 2012 and i am trying to import a dxf file from my surveyor but I get an error as shown I have never attempted this before. I can not find any help with this. Does it work better as txt files?
  3. DavidJPotter

    Text, Notes

    I verified your assertion in my trial copy of HD Pro 2020. The problem is that no Home Designer Pro software can assign any object ( 2D or 3D) to layers other than their pre-programmed home layers, sorry. I Chief Premier you can create custom layer names and assign any object to any other layer but that is part of what you get spending more money for the software, sorry. DJP
  4. rfcomm2k

    Master Material List

    I asked this back in 2015 and did not get a satisfactory answer. Now that I upgraded to HD2020, I am posing the question again. And yes David, I already watched the online tutorial and looked up the reference manual. I understand that every project will have its own material list. But I want to be able to maintain a single master list of the material pricing. When I estimate jobs right now I use an Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of items in it. I have to input every single wall, every floor, ceiling, roof, etc to get to the final number. I use this primarily for ordering material, not so much for pricing a job for the customer. For that I do it differently. It would be nice to be able to maintain a master list in the same manner that I currently maintain my spreadsheet by updating the material costs occasionally. But, unless I am doing it wrong, when I open the master list, it is empty. Even though I have created several lists for projects. Which now leads me to my next question. When I input a price for an item in the project material list, the total cost is less than it should be. For example, 20 sheets of Exterior ply costs $300 at $15 each. But the program calcs this at $292.50.
  5. Thanks for your reply Eric, I am a big fan on CA and went to them first. I spoke with a sales rep. She was not aware of any product that would be useful to create a conceptual land plan. She suggested I pose the question to the forum.I I am trying to create is a conceptual land plan that illustrates the splitting off of five acre parcels from a larger one hundred acre parcel. It would be a preliminary sketch plan for marketing purposes. If anyone out there has a suggestion I would appreciate your suggestions.
  6. ta2four

    User Defined Walls not working

    Hi David, Thanks for posting the video. The issue with my plan was actually a display setting. (Now I feel a bit embarrassed). As you pointed out in the video, the "Walls, Main Layer Only" option was set in my plan and when that was turned off the walls appeared normally. I'm in the (bad) habit (I guess) of selecting all of the wall display options so that all of the wall types (etc) get displayed. I totally missed the fact that the "Walls, Main Layer Only" option would override the other wall display options (such as "Walls, Layers"). So all is good. Just so you know, I didn't upload my complete plan. It was 27MB and I really didn't want to share it, but at the same time I realize that you have to share stuff if you want expert help. I deleted the attic, main floor and the garage from the file. That's why there was no roof. The plan I attached is just my basement. I don't have the template picklist as you show in the video. I suspect that the picklist is a Chief Architect option and not available in Home Designer Pro. In my case my double-wall should really be the MAIN LAYER which would be composed of 3 layers of my wall-type (the 2x4, the 1" air gap and the 2x4/2x6). You can't do that in Home Designer Pro, only one of the layers can be selected as the main layer. I'm not really sure how I would fix this, I guess I'd be better off just creating a wall with a single layer that included the widths of all the structural components. I'm not sure if the material lists would be correct if I did this though. Anyways, that is for another day. Thanks for your support. Tim
  7. BrewerDesign

    Text, Notes

    HD Pro 2020 -- I see "Text, Notes" in the list on the Layer Display Options dialog box from a plan view. I can't find any other reference to this "Text, Notes". Seems it would be handy to separate some text for display. Thanks.
  8. I've not done it, but don't know why it would be a problem. It's just CAD, not taxing on the system. Why not call and talk to someone in sales?
  9. LawB10

    simple shed roof

    Why are you manually doing that? What solver showed you is the easiest for that design. You are not going to get much of a shed with a 1" pitch. Start by turning on auto rebuild roofs, then build a 2nd floor, start with a 8" pitch, gable the side walls and high shed the front wall, click on the back wall and lower the pitch.
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  11. I would like to use HD or other CA software to create a conceptual land plan for splitting up a large 100 acre parcel in to smaller 5 and 10 acre parcels. I am wondering if anyone has had success creating this type of land plan with a CA product.
  12. 2build

    simple shed roof

    Thanks. I figured how to make a roof pane to manually get the shed roof. I guess my issue with the cut in the wall is that the roof is following the slope. If I delete the roof, reduce the wall height to standard and let the gable take it to the top of the shed, will all my interior walls get rebuilt as attic?
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  14. solver

    simple shed roof

    Click and read.
  15. DavidJPotter

    simple shed roof

    https://youtu.be/WasdN_LYi_o No need to stretch the walls if you set the walls up properly (see the link to a YouTube Tutorial video please) DJP
  16. 2build

    simple shed roof

    I was able to stretch the walls manually, but I still can't get the roof drawn correctly. I have also changed all the interior walls to attic walls, but don't know how to regenerate their height to match the outside walls. florence trapazoid.plan
  17. 2build

    simple shed roof

    I am trying to get HD Pro to put a simple shed roof over my rectangle. I created one long wall to be 8'. The other is 12' by setting in the component object although the 3d view without the roof shows all the walls at the same height. The ends are set to shed roof. When I build a single roof plane, It either generates the plane at a ridge height of almost 30 ft, or cuts my wall and makes a flat roof. what am I doing wrong?
  18. solver

    Kitchen Cabinets without sides

    Use the Shelf tool.
  19. iitgrad

    Kitchen Cabinets without sides

    How can I create these shelves without the sides?
  20. 447Debbie

    Wall Colors

    Thanks. I'll do it that way. I was thinking it would be set it in the defaults dialogue but maybe the Wall Type Definition Dialogue will accomplish the same thing.
  21. DavidJPotter

    Wall Colors

    Just as in the video I made above, you can use "Wall Types - Define" dialog to change also exterior and interior materials. You can adjust all interior 4 walls to display different shades or materials and also then change the interior Sheetrock layer to display something of your own choice as opposed to drywall, you just do it by wall type instead of wall by wall. You can make individual wall layer material changes per wall by opening a single wall and then assigning a custom material to one side or the other by way of its "Materials Tab", You can control a room via its "Room Specification Dialog - Materials Tab - Walls" but just for a single room. Global defaults for walls are set in "Edit - Default Settings - Walls" for the entire plan. You have so many options and tools to control wall materials and fills that it can be a little confusing (I have not mentioned what Eric referred to using the "Materials Eyedropper and Materials Spray Can" tools for changing materials). That tool has four separate modes (component- a single 3D surface, Object - colors the entire object selected, Room- alters every object in the selected group to your new custom material selection, Floor- colors all objects of the type selected on the entire floor and lastly Plan Mode- that recolors all object types of the type selected to the intended material). As you can see misuse of these tools can destroy a plan file or save you a lot of time. The best way to be competent is to study the Reference Manual on these tools and settings and then practice using them until you are SURE that you fully understand their uses and what to avoid doing. DJP
  22. 447Debbie

    Wall Colors

    What I want to do is change a default somewhere so that I can go into the wall and then tell it to use the default color. Then, if I change color schemes in the future, I only have to change the default in one place, and all walls will update with the new color. Here is part of the problem. I've set the interior of the exterior wall default at Accessible Gray. I click thru to "Done", and it's yellow. I go back and check and the default settings window tells me that Accessible Gray is the color of the wall, yet the wall is the yellow like it's the drywall default. This is the interior of an exterior wall. I have the same issue with interior walls only they default to another gray when I tell it to use a default and I can't even find where that color is set as the default. EDITED TO ADD: The ONLY way I can get the gray color onto the wall is to go in and change it to black, or green, something other than Accessible Gray (which is defined as the default.) Then click thru to Done. Let the walls go black, or green......then go back into the wall colors and choose Accessible Gray manually and not tell it to use the default.
  23. DavidJPotter

    Wall Colors

    https://youtu.be/eNa2udiVL7g A short YouTube video showing you a way to accomplish what I "think" you want to do in HD Pro 2020. DJP
  24. DavidJPotter

    User Defined Walls not working

    https://youtu.be/3KVfZbPY5ns A short YouTube video of me working on your plan DJP
  25. Rookie65

    Wall Colors

    Are you talking about the yellow that shows the "framing", or are you trying to paint the walls to be a different color? If it's for the framing, try changing the "fill style" of the wall.
  26. 447Debbie

    Wall Colors

    The object painter tools aren't my toolbar. When I click view toolbars, they don't populate. It's 2 1/2 years later and I still can't get wall colors to work. I want to set the default color in one place, then go tell the room specification, or the wall specification, or the material applier, to use the default but it doesn't work. I can open a wall, tell it set the default, it actually says it on the default, but when I look in the 3d viewer it's the yellow from the drywall. So, I went into the wall specification and changed drywall to the color I want, but still can't tell the wall to use the default as it still reverts back to the yellow from the drywall. Which default setting needs to be the color I want and why are there more than three different places to specify the default color?
  27. Fredo649

    Labels

    Thanks , I may create my own text. as you say .
  28. Rookie65

    Labels

    The only way I have been able to do that is when opening up the item's label tab in the DBX is to either tap the space bar to move it horizontally or the enter key to move it down further. I suppose you could also set the item to not show the label and enter a text description at the size font you desire and place it manually?
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