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    Reselling HDP 2015 License

    Hi everyone, I've finished designing my house, so I no longer need my license for HDP 2015. I paid $500 initially, plus the $200 upgrade last year; anyone interested? Any idea what a fair price is? I promise it's as good as new ;-) I've been told that customer service can handle the license transfer for a fee, but I haven't followed that up yet. Let me know if you're interested and we can work out some details. Best, Mark Holmes
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    Reselling HDP 2015 License

    Hi everyone, I've finished designing my house, so I no longer need my license for HDP 2015. I paid $500 initially, plus the $200 upgrade last year; anyone interested? Any idea what a fair price is? I promise it's as good as new ;-) I've been told that customer service can handle the license transfer for a fee, but I haven't followed that up yet. Let me know if you're interested and we can work out some details. Best, Mark Holmes
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    Mac OS: 2-3 Minute Software Hangs

    ntiliff, Are you running Mavericks? I noticed a huge slowdown in general tasks after upgrading. If you search Apple's forums, you can see many other people have experienced this; their solutions are quite varied... but generally an area to look at is the amount of RAM. I just upgraded from 4gb to 16gb, and it seems to help. How much do you have? warrenwest, MacBooks do have dedicated graphics, they're just not typically as powerful (or upgradeable) as desktops. And this type of long, intermittent hang is not typical in my experience with slow graphic cards and chips... you'd normally just get slower rendering (or outright render aberrations or failures, which I've seen too). Seems unrelated, but hard to tell, as I can't reproduce it reliably. Chief Architect was responsive to my questions regarding the 3-minute hangs, but had no useful solution. Mark
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    Import elevation data

    That's helpful for the next project that I start from scratch. But now I have elevation point data embedded in an existing file that is getting bogged down. Is there a way to delete that data? I've experimented a lot with various layers and can't seem to isolate and remove the data. The tools that explicitly deal with terrain (either 'clear terrain' or CMD-SPACE and delete terrain data) doesn't remove the imported point data. Thoughts? Thanks, Mark
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    Import elevation data

    Hi David, I paid a surveyor to create topo data, figured out the somewhat awkward process of importing the various layers (key is to turn of the auto origin reorientation), and saved my final topo/elevation data as a separate file. It looks good. In a separate file I was working on my house designs, got my house to a good place, then copied and pasted the house data into the file with the topo data. It all works.... but it's PAINFULLY slow to edit--even with all terrain displays turned off. Not only that, but I can't see to delete the elevation data; you can 'clear terrain', but this doesn't work, it's still really bogged down. Do you know of any way to get rid of this data once it's imported? I tried making a big Selection Area - All Floors to try and cut/paste the house data only into a new file, but it doesn't work properly. Any suggestions? Thanks, Mark Holmes HDP2015 running natively on a Macbook Pro
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    Mac OS: 2-3 Minute Software Hangs

    Hi folks, I recently upgraded to HDP 2015, which I'd been running on my Mac using Bootcamp/Windows. It's very nice to have HDP running natively on my MacBook Pro. It's basically working fine, but I do have a strange issue that I'm discussing with tech support now; I'd love to hear if anyone else is seeing the same thing? In a nutshell, several times a day, the software will freeze, showing the spinning beach-ball, for 2-3 minutes. If I wait long enough, it will always come back as though nothing happened. I can find no pattern to the timing, activity, tool, function, etc. that I'm using: it appears random, but happens several times a day. During the freeze, Activity Monitor will show the app in red, listing it as 'Not Responding', which usually means it's dead. But it always comes back. Anyone else seen this? I'm running a MacBook Pro that is several years old, but with the current OS and HDP 2015. - Mark
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    creating a new CAD layer in HD pro

    It seems like user-defined layers are exclusive to the Chief Architect products. I would make a strong request that the developers find a better way to differentiate it's pro-sumer and pro software packages. Limiting the layering and grouping in something like HDP is a really poor choice, and really at odds with some of the other very sophisticated things HDP can do. I have incredible control of so much minutia, and yet I can't create a simple layer to store related objects (architectural or CAD, created or imported) to turn on and off, lock or unlock, etc. Layering and grouping (basic functions found in most all graphics applications) are so fundamental to doing any kind of design work, it honestly shocked me when I finally figured out that there was only one, fixed layer for importing CAD elements. I understand it's a marketing choice to cripple software into different price-point levels; but this choice is really too crippling. At the very least, offer a few user-defined layers in HDP; having to mix things like imported TOPO data and my Sketchup-designed timber trusses makes absolutely no sense. - Mark