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1 of 14 In-depth Optimizing Techniques
1 of 14 In-depth Optimizing Techniques In the introduction to Chief Architect X6 you'll get a firm understanding of how to navigate the inner working of the program. You'll get an Overview of Chiefs 4 main parts, Optimal Toolbar Settings, proper use of the mouse, things you must know about defaults and preferences, best keystroke shortcut, navigating the menus and icons, zoom tools, cameras, important time saving tips and you'll also learn many of the functions of the text tools and call outs. . . . more
Part 3. Completing the Working Documents
Webinar Playback from 6-17-2014 MEMBERS
Part 3. Completing the Working Documents Detailing your plan is challenging and often the most tedious part of the process. In this session, we'll discuss the best methods to create your section and plan details. We'll then assemble the different views of your plan on the layout including floorplans, elevations, 3D views, render views and more. You'll be ready to hit the print button and review your completed plan. . . . more
Part 2. Adding Details to the Model
Webinar Playback from 6-12-2014 MEMBERS
Part 2. Adding Details to the Model Continuing through the checklist, we'll add elements like windows, doors, cabinets and more. You'll see how to add these things so they will end up in the correct views for the working drawings and how to make sure everything is proceeding accurately. Of course during this session you'll learn many ways on the optimal use of the program. . . . more
Part 1. Introduction to Chief Architect X6 - Planning and Starting Your Design
Webinar Playback from 6-10-2014 MEMBERS
Part 1. Introduction to Chief Architect X6 - Planning and Starting Your Design Here is where the fun begins. With a checklist that lays out the best practices for using Chief Architect to complete a set of plans, you'll get a brief overview of the program with a brief tour of the toolbars, defaults and other main parts of the program. Then we'll dig into the process of discovery that makes it easier to start a plan. We'll lay out walls, roofs, stairs that form the basis of our the model and the things ultimately needed for the working drawings. . . . more
Working with Decks & Porches in Chief Architect X6
Webinar Playback from 6-19-2014 MEMBERS
Working with Decks & Porches in Chief Architect X6 In this Tip-Time Webinar Dan discusses some common techniques used when drawing decks and porches with Chief Architect. Dan reveals many shortcuts and a few insights into some problem areas with decks and porches. . . . more
Chief Architect Plan Layout Strategies
Webinar Playback from 5-22-2014 MEMBERS
Chief Architect Plan Layout Strategies There are many ways to start a plan in Chief Architect and in most cases you'll end up with a set of drawings that work well. This presentation will demonstrate some steps to follow that may help you get your plan and model finished quicker. Plus you'll see many tips that will also save you some time . . . more
Creating a Job Sign, Graphics and More
Webinar Playback from 5-8-2014 MEMBERS
Creating a Job Sign, Graphics and More In this Tip-Time Webinar Dan discusses how to add some graphics like Job Site Signs and other images to your plan to enhance the render views and make you look like a true pro on all of your designs. There are also lots of other great questions that get explored.t questions that get explored. . . . more
Solving 8 More Mistakes Chief Architect Users Make Part 2
Webinar Playback from 5-1-2014 FREE
Solving 8 More Mistakes Chief Architect Users Make Part 2 In Part 2 of Mistakes Chief Users make we look at some common items like creating the As-Built, scaling photos, model pre-planning, simple layout strategies, the importance of layers and of course the things that throws most people - Roofs. . . . more
Solving 8 Mistakes Chief Architect Users Make Part 1
Webinar Playback from 4-24-2014 FREE
Solving 8 Mistakes Chief Architect Users Make Part 1 Chief Architect users tend to make some of the same mistakes over and over. Things like dimensioning, preferences and more. While many of these are not necessarily "mistakes" but probably more just not knowing a process that works more effectively. Discover what they are and ideas to make improvements. . . . more
Using FaceBook to Target Market Your Business by Ken Horst
Webinar Playback from 4-3-2014 FREE
Using FaceBook to Target Market Your Business by Ken Horst FaceBook has tools that allow you to target market exactly want you want to who you want to market to. Ken will show you exactly how to do it while he offers you many tips on social media. The Fishing for Clients analogy works great and makes it easy to understand this topic. . . . more
Lessons on Importing and Working with DWG, PDF and JPG Files In Chief Architect, Plus Open Forum Q&A
Webinar Playback from 3-13-2014 for MEMBERS
Lessons on Importing and Working with DWG, PDF and JPG Files In Chief Architect, Plus Open Forum Q&A Discover what it takes to work with DWG and other files types in Chief Architect. See how easy it is to clean up the Layers of an imported file and why using PDF files in Chief is not a good idea and how to solve it. . . . more
Creating Cool 3D Details with Chief Architect Moldings and Slabs
Webinar Playback from 3-14-2013 MEMBERS
Creating Cool 3D Details with Chief Architect Moldings and Slabs Did you know that just about any 2D CAD line or object can become a 3D Item in Chief Architect? Join me for a free webinar where I'll show you a bunch of examples of how easy it is to draw just about anything and have it show up in 3D. . . . more
Tips Time - Text, Schedules, CAD Tools
Replay from 4-18-2012 MEMBERS
Tips Time - Text, Schedules, CAD Tools This workshop covers Schdeules, Text on a Layout Page, Elevations Not Showing on Layout, Saving Layouts to Flash Drives, Using DropBox to Store Your Plans, Using Chief on Different Computers, Curved Windows and Walls, Equally Spaced Items on an Arch . . . more
Simple and Complex Deck Planning Techniques
Replay from 3-13-2012 MEMBERS
Simple and Complex Deck Planning Techniques This workshop covers - Review of Boat Deck, Starting a Deck Plan, Follow Stairs Tool, Handrails, Wrapping Trim Board and Offseting Railing, Deck Stairs . . . more
Creating Split Level Plans
Replay from 2-28-2012 MEMBERS
Creating Split Level Plans For many one of the more annoying aspects of Chief is adding and adjusting the floor and ceiling platforms into the correct positions. In this workshop you'll learn what the program is looking for and quick ways to get it done. We'll explore various types of split levels including Split Entry, Modified and more. . . . more
Tips Time Workshop - Custom Windows, Furred Walls and Pre-Construction Form
Replay from 2-15-2012 MEMBERS
Tips Time Workshop - Custom Windows, Furred Walls and Pre-Construction Form In this workshop you'll discover how to create custom windows that work great for commercial projects. You'll also learn how to make a screen material, storm doors, recessed windows and how to fur basement walls. The included Pre-Construction from has been used successfully to keep homeowners on your side. It really works. . . . more
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