Where is my Flat Regions Specification ELEVATION option????


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I'm trying to edit the elevation of a flat region. But when I open the Specification Dialog, I'm missing the Elevation option on the left. I'm supremely frustrated. This is what I'm seeing.



These are the instructions I'm following from the HomeDesigner Pro website. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-00854/stepping-terrain-for-a-terraced-flower-bed.html



What am I missing?!?! I've been trying for three hours to figure out a work around and I'm tearing my hair out!!


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Thank you. I've updated my signature.

I'm using Home Designer Pro 2019


And I've been searching all over the built-in help system for three hours. The web site, the knowledge base, even this forum. Research is actually something I'm fairly adept at, I've been managing projects on my own for years, but I can't find an answer to this. Why am I missing the "Elevation" option under "Flat Region Specifications"? 

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Trust me, that's not the problem.


The instructions say

  1. Once placed, use the Select Objects Select-Objects.png?1437075654 tool to select the Flat Region and choose Open Object Open.png?1437075654 to display the Flat Region Specification dialog.
  2. On the Elevation panel, verify that the Elevation is set to 0" and click OK to close the Flat Region Specification dialog.
  3. Repeat this process to create several additional Flat Regions which will become the steps in the garden terrace.

If we look at my screenshot ...



1. I have a Flat Region selected (upper left of plan.) I have opened the object. I am therefore viewing the "Flat Region Specification" dialog.

2. On the left of the dialog, I have: "Polyline, Selected Line, Line Style, and Fill Style" panel options.

ergo, there is no "elevation panel"


The tutorial I'm following for creating a stepped terraced or stepped terrain was published July of 2015 and is applicable to Home Designer Pro. Ergo, it should be applicable to later versions. (See the next screen shot.)



I have even created a blank file, added a terrain perimeter, added a flat region, and then opened the flat region to attempt to edit it's elevation.


Still no elevation option.

And yet, when I add elevation lines, they provide the appropriate option



Somehow, my program is not enabling elevation "objects," specifically flat regions, to edit their elevation.

I'm hoping someone has seen this before, and/or knows a work around for terraced regions.


Thank you.


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I took a look at the article you are following and noticed it's from 2015. I'm guessing the program changed and the article was not updated.




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Thank you so much! That accomplished what I was hoping for. I was bypassing the "elevation feature" menu and and simply building a "flat region." After that first mention of the "elevation feature" in the tutorial, every subsequent mention of the "feature" referred to it as a "flat region," and between that and the fact that opening the object gave me a "flat region specifications" box, I made the assumption that a 'flat region' was an "elevation feature." I bow to your greater understanding.


Jo_Ann....perhaps in the future, when a poster has listed the steps they took, Step 1- Step 2- Step 3, and you tell them to double check Step 2, specify that you don't mean the second step they executed, but actual step number two from the tutorial that was referenced. That would have been so much more helpful that "you're doing it wrong"

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