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  1. DavidJPotter

    Layout Pages

    You create a layout file for EACH printed-scaled page you require. 10 pages = 10 layout files named so you can keep them organized. The major difference between Chief Premier's .layout file and HD Pro's layout file is just that. In Pro requires a single layout file per printed page and in Premier its layout file by default can contain up to 1,000 different pages in a single file. DJP
  2. You can always move a light by way of its dialog box. You can, sometimes with greater difficulty, select a light source in an elevation camera view but light sources/fixtures can be rather small so it requires one to zoom in to gain finer control. All such edits require patience and determination. Keep trying, keeping in mind my advice please. DJP
  3. DavidJPotter

    Drawing Sheet Size

    IT is a mechanical tool, IT doesn't do or keep YOU from doing anything, unless it contains pre-programmed limitations. You, currently are the only sources of any limitations. DJP
  4. DavidJPotter

    Drawing Sheet Size

    In HD Pro, Architectural and Suite 2021 all paper size restrictions have been removed. In past versions the max size was 18x24. What do you have? DJP
  5. Hello David.  Solver tells me you will teach/consult.  Yes?

    1. DavidJPotter


      Yes, $75.00 per hour, I use zoom Meetings for sessions. Please visit this webpage on my website for details and action: http://djpdesigns.com/tutoring.html  Then request an appointment time relative to my published schedule and if no existing conflicts with others I will then schedule an appointment and send you an invitation provided I have your email address.



    2. RimaZK


      Thanks!  I sent you an email.

      Rima Kittley

  6. DavidJPotter

    Home Designer Pro 2021

    I started with Version 4 of Chief Architect in 1994, so I think your math is a little off (there was no Chief Architect of any kind in 1986; (2021-35=1986). That in itself is nothing, just saying... DJP
  7. DavidJPotter

    Clear Story Roof - open below

    The gap can be manually closed in a cross section camera view, you select the wall which will display its edit handles for you to pull the upper wall down or the first floor wall up to fill the gaps. DJP
  8. DavidJPotter

    Clear Story Roof - open below

    That is what "Room Divider" walls are for to separate spaces for differing purposes. DJP
  9. DavidJPotter

    Gable Wall

    Sorry, me either exactly. DJP
  10. DavidJPotter

    Home Designer Pro 2021

    Architects and Engineers commonly use AutoCAD, a strictly 2D software program. The company that makes AutoCAD also has a program called REVIT that is natively 3D like Chief Architect Premier. Auto Desk company also makes an application called Architectural Desktop which is natively 3D in nature. All of those applications are for the use of Professionals and come with a Professional price or monthly rental fee. Most licensed Architects will not accept another's design, no matter the software used, they do their own designs, they are commonly quite slow creating your plans and commonly change a huge fee, sometimes a fraction of what the home's actual cost to build. I have designed countless custom home plans and those houses stand in most of the 50 States, many of them by people like you who developed their own plan file and then shared it with me to fully develop a set pf Architectural plans which can then be used to get bids from contractors and financing from Banks. The finished plans are shared with a State Licensed Structural Engineer who creates the Structural Plans and then together the Architectural and Structural plans are then submitted to a Local Permit Authority to obtain a building permit. Structural Engineers commonly do NOT do Architectural plans, they specialize in Structural design, plans and detailing. Architects are not Engineers and Engineers are not Architects. I am a drafts person and if you do your own plans you are acting as a drafts person only, not as an Architect or Engineer both of which are state licensed. DJP
  11. DavidJPotter


    Yes, within the document which is formatted for a particular paper size. Son on the paper size, if printed to the target paper size will then display scalable content but not otherwise. Home Designer Pro, in plan view displays a virtual scale of 1' = 1'. That is why when you print it, so it fits on a piece of paper, you print it to a scale that fits on the target paper size. That is what scaling is for. DJP
  12. DavidJPotter

    Rope Lighting

    Have you searched here yet? https://www.chiefarchitect.com/3d-library/index.php?r=site/library&search=&x=0&y=0&x=true&soft_8=8&hid_soft_8=8&hid_version_9=1&utm_source=Home+Designer+Architectural+Trial+Version+ DJP
  13. DavidJPotter

    Home Designer 2020 Vs 2021

    This sort of thing is not a "bug", rather it underlines that fact and importance of looking at and being responsible for one's settings and one's own produce. Merely by opening a old plan in a newer version will not, just by that act change the settings that are in a plan. Software does only what it is told by YOU and no one else. If something is found wrong, then it is some decision that you made wrongly or mistakenly. Software is just a complex tool that does what you tell it to or forget to tell it or wrongly tell it. New users often think that the software seems to have intelligence or perhaps an attitude. It has none of those things, it just and only does what you tell it to do, right or wrong. So if you find something askew you just set it right and move on. DJP
  14. DavidJPotter

    Help With Layers/Floorplan View

    If you need that level of control you will need to upgrade at least to Chief Architect Premier Interiors. That application allows you to take any object or groups of objects and place them on any other layer and also lets you create custom layers for the purpose that you wish. Contact Chief Architect sales, customer service or visit the Chief Architect website for pricing and or rental options. DJP
  15. DavidJPotter

    Double Shed Roof Help... Plus Dormer