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    How to rotate my plan (view) in HD architect 2021

    Oh - I see. he says he has Architect - he means HD Architectural then. Better he just upgrades then. Then the software will do what he wants it to do - perhaps? Thanks Eric.
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    How to rotate my plan (view) in HD architect 2021

    Hi - I worked on a plan design in HDPro ( not sure if you have Chief Architect or HD Architectural ) that had a couple of odd angled walls that they were non rectilinear (90degree) apart to each other - not ideal but allows a bit more design freedom I guess. I discovered in the 'General Plan defaults' - double click on 'Select Objects' pointer.... I entered the angles I wanted to establish and worked away from there. On the screen image attached I added 25 and 35 degrees for example. Also the plan (part) I worked on with odd angles. Hope this helps you.
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    Best way to simulate tree shadows?

    OK - so can i ask what aspect under this preference will allow for tree shadows in HDPro2021?
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    Print size limitations

    For a pdf plan copy - in HDPro2021, My experience has been to 'Customise sheet sizes' firstly in print dialogue/menu to the size you want A1 - or size as whatever;; Follow - File\print\customise sheet sizes; Then, - under print layout\destination window select 'Chief Architect save as PDF'; Next confirm same paper size' Then, 'Save as PDF'. Now with the larger sheet sizes on HDPro2021. All great.
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    Posts under a shed roof protrude through roof

    Check out - for waterproof decking detail on installation.
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    How To Use An Image As a Tracing Template?

    Stage5 - I'll offer my experience on exactly the same issue; There are various free transparency tools on line that an image can be modified with prior to using into HDPro? Photoshop has an opacity adjustment. As I am on a Mac I have used a PNG image transparency tool EG which works well., When I have traced walls of a sketch plan - I just keep all visible by moving them to the display front for clarity. Its quite workable for my uses.
  7. Hi QA Forum.... I have attached a plan of a project that I cannot resolve or see where my defaults and specification of structure has given the result - I need direction with this please; The three pics detail the results that was the outcome - and I suspect I have mixed up the defaults somewhere - but cannot see where exactly; All was fine with all walls, roofs, foundations etc - until I added some external steel clad walls to the edge of the garage doors creating an alcove or extended area forward of the garage doors - pretty straightforward - and now I have these other walls that have appeared ( as shown in the images attached ) The plan file is here also for anyone who has the urge to investigate a solution on it. I am sure it must be something I have or have not told the structure defaults - but I am lost as to what that is exactly. I just cannot see it - it needs more experienced eyes. Thanks in advance. AbbottSt_Version3.plan
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    A works in progress - unusual wall outcome results.....

    OK - I just drew them as regular walls - the area enclosed by them is not defined. ( But could probably be 'Garage' also ) And as 'solver' says - the cladding can extend past or below the floor line, as it does, if its floor level is defined under the Room Specification 'structure' tab as a minus (-) value. ( In this case its left at 0 because the garage is sitting at 800mm ) Sorry I'm metric....The model or plan file, is attached so you can have look into it if you want. ( its metric also..)
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    A works in progress - unusual wall outcome results.....

    OK - it seems that room names is everything, well - it certainly helped here. I've sorted out the wall woes thru refinement of joins and relationship to the 'Garage' room definition. Again all important things really. As for the door and floor elevation - sorted that in the new room ' structure'. Thanks for the simple lead Eric.
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    A works in progress - unusual wall outcome results.....

    If I try to redraw the wall thats the problem(I assume) - I get the " the operation modifies automatically generated walls". If I proceed with the operation - the wall disappears - but then re-appears? I can't define the garage it seems for some reason? I can not select it as a room? Thanks Eric. OK - Found the problem with Garage room naming - thats all OK now, however it has complicated the appearance of the garage door and floor elevations. My goodness.
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    Adjacent material appearance....

    OK - I made the two rooms into one room as you suggested - and jackpot, floor finish looks correct across the two spaces; No need t do anything else. Now why didn't I think of that. I will next time - so thank you again Chief_Content. Thanks to all other for their input also.
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    Adjacent material appearance....

    I applied a material I have used from the HDPro Library for the floor finish to two adjoining rooms. The material appears differently in each room as shown in the attached image taken from the model; Does anyone have any suggestions please as to why this could be; All the specs for the floor material to both rooms is identical - yet I have this accidental and non cohesive look. The material delineation is quite noticeable. I have deleted the material and re-applied other similar materials to the floor and the same instance occurs. I did not include the plan file as I was simply after first impressions and comments - if any? - as to what the cause might be. That's all - Many thanks to you all.
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    Adjacent material appearance....

    Yes - of course. You are spot on there - I do have a doorway between the rooms (not wall/room divider) - both rooms have different ceiling treatments - one has a flat ceiling - the other is raked or sloped to the roof structure; I am not immediately familiar as to how I combine two rooms into one - but I will explore the content of your suggestion. Thank you. Plan file is attached. Black_DualOcc_Interiors.plan
  14. I recently upgraded from HDPro 2018 - to the current version 2020. All good - some great new bells and whistles. I like it allot. However, I notice that the great feature under Print - 'Print Model' has been removed. I queried this with 'support' and they confirmed it was dropped a while back. Well as I have jumped 2 versions - and it is in HDPro 2018 - I guess it happened in 2019? I am disappointed to see this clever devise print option disappear. Not everyone can step into stl files and a 3D printer as the alternative - it seems. Under tools - I see 'Loan Calculator' - and 'Reverse Plan' remain in 2020. Well all I can say is if someone can't use a calculator on a loan summary and can't learn how to mirror a plan manually instead of using these two features- then I am really surprised. These are surely two redundant tools? Could I suggest trading these two rather simple 'Tools' - for a return of Print Model please kind sirs? Keep up the good work.
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    Island End Panel

    Why not just use the 'partition' tool - I do; It works very well.
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    Cursor lag in HD Pro 2017 on 2019 iMac

    I'm using HDPro2020 and I have an iMac 2012 (512Mb int. graphics) running OS High Sierra - and there has always been a bit of cursor lag; Thats just the Mac I have researched and I just work with it. It happens on other programs I use also. That spinning beachball is very familiar to me running HDPro - but the software HDPro2020 makes up for it. I have recently also read that the system configuration recommendations on the HDPro website/CA page - recommend a 4Gb 'gaming' graphics/video card - not a workstation video card. Are you working on plan files opened in the iCloud - or directly from from your hard-drive - as access to cloud can add to 'the lag' I realised.
  17. Hi there ddiyanni - Are you talking a contoured plan of lots that can be displayed in 3D window - or just a 2D plan of lots view sort of thing? There are tools in HDPro that could be used to create this presentation either way I believe; ( I believe ) Lets know how you want to present this subdivision. Its a matter of application I believe. Cheers.
  18. G'day there - I recently added further regarding your tilting sun sail shades query on the forum. It may be of interest to you - using the roof tool and other objects.


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    Tilting Sun Sail Shades in HD Pro 2020

    As it is that I am not one for giving up - quite that easily. All the tools and objects are here in HDPro - imo.
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    How to increase roof thickness?

    When I build roof planes, other than the auto generated roof types - to have the changes or structural sizes become visible or effective - I use the 'Rebuild 3D' button - see pic;
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    Tilting Sun Sail Shades in HD Pro 2020

    I have found options with the available library 'Exterior Sail Shades'.....the quad butterfly and quad kite work well. A height adjustment on the 'quad flat' version - to introduce pitch to the sail - might be nice. Maybe a suggestion for one of the other forums? Smooth sailing.
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    Plumbing lines

    In my opinion and for my work to date, there are plenty enough tools in HDPro to do either of the tasks you seek to do - either by utilising non-parametric two dimensional (CAD) line-work or by adaption of other simple-parametric objects etc. For example - a soffit could be dimensionally construed, and placed, to represent HVAC ductwork etc. Leave all of the serious nuts and bolts detailing to the Mechanical/Hydraulic Engineer - after all, that's his/her arena. ( Isn't it? )
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    Vale - 'Print Model' feature.

    Duplex does not necessarily follow any rule regarding one plan being a mirror of the other; solar access is not guaranteed to be beneficial to both occupancys thru simple mirroring of a shared neighbouring layout; further, thinking outside the box is a better approach in my opinion rather than assuming plans in a duplex are a mirrored copy of each other automatically. Mirroring of objects etc is already available without a dedicated reverse plan tool. Bring back print model.
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    Terrain Import and moving your design

    Hi - I have had similar issues where I have designed walls that are not rectilinear to the X and Y orthographic directions too; Apparently the software is setup for nicely placed walls at 90 degrees to each other - I was told. Following a one-on-one computer lesson with the Chief Architect gurus - I learnt about prescribed or 'Allowed' angle settings in the Plan Defaults. This tells the software that these strange angles, or rotated angles are ok. It sorted out my problem - it may assist in yours. See Plan Defaults image. I believe it is better to rotate the site to suit the location of the building - and not rotate the model.
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    Siding over roof lines

    Hi there....I have had similar issue in the past, have you tried just material painting tool on that area; Also on the mismatched fascia or verge board...paint it to match the others? I recall solving my model issue that way. the other thing I now check is the room definition for the outside porch area; ive also learnt this the hard's the good part of's smart. im a novice with it and every day is learning the ropes.......but still I use it in a similar way to yourself... the manuals and books did help me though. give them a go it saved me some time I must say. They are good tools to have. cheers.