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    Design Essentials 2012 compatiblity with Windows 10

    May be only tangentially relevant, but I recently found that the most recent version (2020 Architectural) wouldn't run on what I'd always thought of as a really high-end laptop (bought a few years ago). Apparently the graphics card needs to be pretty sprightly to meet the demands this ever-advancing application places on it these days. CA support were very helpful, but these are the system requirements these days! It could be that the problem was that the manufacturer has not produced a driver specifically for Windows 10, though I suspect the graphics adapter is just a generation too early. I'd hope that with the 2012 version you won't encounter this problem, but if it installs and won't run, it might be worth looking carefully at your graphics adapter.
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    Bow Windows

    Much appreciated.
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    Bow Windows

    Am I right in thinking that the "Bow Window" facility in HD Architectural 2020 is fixed at five lights? (Bay has three.)
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    Measurements - a real beginner question

    I'm just starting out again on a remodelling project which had to be shelved some years ago. I've upgraded from HD Interiors 2014 to HD Architectural 2020. I'm also tinkering with Room Planner. The first thing I need to do is get an accurate set of reference measurements! I've invested in a Bluetooth laser measure (Leica Disto D2 - works well), and I've tried out three apps with it. ImageMeter Pro (under £4) works really well - it's quick and easy to annotate photos of the site with measurements. Leica Disto Plan (free for what I need). The "Sketch on Photo" facility works well (though I prefer ImageMeter). Problem: I've tried the "Sketch Plan" facility and I found it a real struggle to achieve the definitive "reference" set of measurements I want to be able to return to. Every measurement I input seems to change others already entered. That's after several attempts at my first room! I did have "snapping" turned on, but that seemed to make it worse. Without snapping, drawing a passable shape, then entering the measurements produces a recognisable but crazy version of the initial sketch (as the app tries to draw it to scale) but without the assumption that walls which were initially sketched at 90° to each other have to stay that way! At least the figures stay as entered - I've become fearful of relying on measurements which were actually changed by the app's idiosyncracies. Room Planner. Very impressive, though it takes a while to figure out how to do things with a very limited set of "adjustments". Again, I felt I had to battle with the app as changing one measurement led to unwanted changes in others already entered. As I got more familiar with how to use it, I found I could get a room approximately right - but what I want is a room that's exactly right. More disturbingly, when imported into Home Designer, the figures aren't exactly what I entered in Room Designer - though this may be due to HD being more picky about precisely which part of a wall's structure you're referring to. What I want is a set of accurate measurements I can come back to if/when I need to. It seems to me that for all the attractiveness of creating a scale drawing right there on my mobile, I may be better off simply with annotated photos, and that brings me back to ImageMeter. Question: Am I missing something! Advice from old hands (and young ones) warmly appreciated.
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    Struggling with my Bay window (3 problems)

    All studied very carefully. It might be a day or two before I can try this out for real, though. Much appreciated!
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    Struggling with my Bay window (3 problems)

    I hope this isn't duplicated - the reply I've just written has vanished. Thanks, David: well put. This is impressive software that deserves respect. I've tried fiddling quickly with the settings Mick suggested, but I can't get the plywood to disappear. I don't have an option in defaults to control whether exterior doors are 'Recessed' - I'm using HD Interiors, which has less options. (See screenshot). Meanwhile, I'm getting marvellous results with the furniture - specifying tables and cabinets to match what we're thinking of buying, and dropping them into place before whirling round in 3D. It's helping so much with the decisions we need to make this week. I'll tackle the walls later this week - I'm rather thinking the errors Mick pointed out are what's causing the plywood manifestation. Thank you so much for your help - it's greatly valued.
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    Struggling with my Bay window (3 problems)

    I can't tell you how grateful I am for this! Yes, I'm a complete beginner, and learning from my mistakes. That 'soffit' was my equivalent of a yardstick on the ground - it was created to give me a visual indication of how far out the curved walls should come. The unexplained error message pre-dates that. I'll remove it once I'm sure I no longer need it. We have to order some furniture shortly - today as it happens - and I'll need to spend the rest of the afternoon planning what we should try to fit in before heading off to the store, so I'll have to correct my walls later in the week. I'd been nudging two rooms (Forest and Garden rooms) to the exact correct size, to make this an accurate planning task, and I hadn't thought to consider the impact on the upper floor! I'm very grateful for your taking the trouble to point out these errors. I'll certainly try the fix you suggest for the 'plywood' and I'll report back. Meanwhile, I'm attaching a couple of photos of the (real) house, which is here: The walls of the bay are the same thickness as the main walls (39cm) and most of the bulk of those walls lies inside, with wooden surfaces making a convenient seat. From the main room, you access the bay by passing through an arch formed mainly by a supporting member which holds up the (non-bay) walls of the upper floor. I find I don't have a decent photo of this - the detail already uploaded is the only one I have. (Note to self...) I must say I'm a bit dismayed to realise the bay walls in my plan aren't aligned, and that two seem to overlap! I suspect I'll struggle to figure out how to correct this. Anyway - I have to concentrate on furniture (and another deadline) for the next 48 hours or so, but thank you so much for your interest and your help. I owe you a pint!
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    Struggling with my Bay window (3 problems)

    Thanks, David. I've just deleted and re-uploaded a zip file of bits and pieces, so that may have caused the problem you found - sorry! If you do have a few minutes then it might be worth refreshing your browser with F5. Yes, it certainly does take some practice - there's a lot to learn. I did do better when I turned off the snaps (all of them). I've found by experimentation that the 'plywood' only appears when I try to install any kind of door at that exact spot. I'm stumped! Likely to slope off to bed shortly - it's gone midnight here.
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    Struggling with my Bay window (3 problems)

    Working on my first ever plan in HD Interiors. (Well impressed). I have three problems - I hope it's ok to aggregate them here. Firstly, every time I save, or undo, I get a message "A Zero width cabinet has had its width changed to bne inch...". Presumably I've left a spurious object in my plan, but how do I find it? I've created a bay, after studying carefully the exact construction of my house. I've added a pair of curved exterior walls (which jumped around all over the place as I was trying to draw them!), plus a straight exterior wall section between them, where I want to put a pair of glass doors. However, the left one (seen from the inside) is always obscured with what looks like a sheet of plywood. I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of this, entirely without success. What am I doing wrong? Finally, the configuration of what I'm calling a bay window is as shown in the uploaded photo - the main wall of the bay provides something like a window seat. I've tried (again) everything I can think of to get this into my model, but I've failed. If there's anyone out there with a few minutes to put a newcomer straight, I'd certainly be grateful! Phil Herlihy, London
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    Beginner - multiple floor levels

    Most helpful - thank you. I'll try this out later today.
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    Beginner - multiple floor levels

    Struggling to get going with this wonderful package (Home Designer Interiors 2014), even after watching dozens of videos. The house I'm trying to model has a basement, and a garage. The basement extends under just a corner of the house, about a quarter of the floor area of the main floors. The garage is about two feet lower than the "first floor" (US terminology - we Brits call this the Ground floor). Any tips on how to approach these issues? A pointer to an article perhaps? Thanks in advance! Phil, London