Welcome to the Mastering Chief Architect X5 Step by Step Training

Welcome to the Mastering Chief Architect X5 Step by Step Training

Hey Chief Architect Users - Are you:

  • Tired of fighting with Chief Architect to get it to do what you want?
  • Looking for ways to speed up the planning process?
  • Frustrated spending too much time trying to figure out the program?

Would you like to be able to?

  • Discover the most efficient process for starting and completing a plan in Chief?
  • Learn how the program really works in the least amount of time possible?
  • Eliminate the need for workarounds to get the results you want?

You can master Chief Architect and the design process

Over the last 20 years Dan Baumann has helped 1000's of people understand the right way to use Chief Architect. With the creation of his well-organized, to-the-point training sessions listed below you can take advantage of his persistence in finding the best ways to use the program.

Having personally drawn thousands of plans Dan will help you discover the exact process to use and how to do it in the least amount of time. With a little dedication on your part you'll be producing detailed plans faster than you ever thought possible.

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Mastering Chief Architect X5 Step-by-Step

To truly use Chief Architect to its fullest it's important to understand the many tools in the program and their use in the design process. The X5 Step-by-Step series is designed to do just that. Here is where you'll discover how the program thinks and what you can do to get it to do what you want. Follow along as 20 year Chief Architect veteran Dan Baumann leads you though each facet of the inner workings of Chief Architect.

In-depth Optimizing Techniques
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

In the introduction to Chief Architect X5 you'll get a firm understanding of how to navigate the inner working of the program. You 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. 

1. Introduction to Chief Architect (5:51)
2. Dan Baumann's History (1:48)
3. Overview of the User Interface (2:40)
4. Files, File Mngmt, Default Dir. (10:31)

      Turn on "File Extensions" in MS Windows
      File management techniques
      Files Chief creates with the program
5. Save As VS Export Entire Plan (13:40)
      Making copies of layout pages
      Chief backup and archive files
      Plan thumbnails
      Backup Entire Plan
      Zip & send files - Use www.WeTransfer.com
6. Mouse - Left, Right, Center Wheel (7:31)
      Selecting items
      Drawing stairs up and down
      Contextual menu control
      Bending lines, arrows, stairs, roads, etc.
      Zoom and pan
      Drawing walls and Overview of CAD items
7. Customizing the Toolbars (11:25)
      The different kinds of toolbars
      Adding icons to the toolbar
      Resetting the toolbar
      The toolbar data file
      Layer Eyedropper, painter, hider
      Paste in place - add to toolbar and its use
      Custom keystrokes & Printing Hotkey List
8. The Library Browser (16:09)
      Floating versus fixed library browser
      Adding and updating libraries
      Searching for symbols
      Creating and organizing symbols
      Grouping items
      Grouped items and rooms in the library
      Exporting symbols
      Importing items from 3D warehouse
9. "Program Specific" Preferences (5:11)
      Contextual menu control
      Working with program help
      Handle and fill size and colors
      Setting new defaults - Templates explained
      Cursors - Cross hair vs standard
      Select wall before room in 3D
10. Setting "Plan specific" Defaults (9:38)
      Overview of defaults
      Saving items as default
      General plan defaults - Grids, Move, Snaps
      Framing defaults for accurate models
11. General Plan Defaults (5:00)
      Ignore Casing for Opening Resize
      Show Living Area - Use CAD Box for SF
      Working with Home Designer Pro software
      Grid Settings e. Allowed Angles
      Reference Grid

12. Plan and Layout Templates (4:37)
      Opening and saving templates
      Templates from a current plan or layout
      Templates supplied with Chief
      Create templates with predefined defaults
13. Favorite "Must Know" Keystrokes (9:01)
      Shift+A + Auto Dimension
      Ctrl+S = Save
      F1 = Help (Plus other help resources)
      2 = Join roof edges (Fillet to remove breaks)
      3 = Break line
      CTRL = Unrestricted in all views
      F6 and F6+Shift - Fill screen options
      Space bar = Select all
      Group selecting items -- Icon + Shift Key
      Printing a keystroke list
      Add custom keystrokes - Point to point
      Delete objects menu -- CTRL+space
      Rest to Defaults menu
      CTRL + Tab to switch views
      CTRL+C=Copy - Drag or CTRL+V=Paste
      TAB key & Next button - Go to next item
14. Zoom Tools (1:27)
      Mouse Function
      Zoom window = Shift+Z
      Zoom Extents = F6
15. Camera Tools (20:42)
      Render versus vector camera
      Review of different cameras
      Review of types of camera views
      Cross Section Slider
      Saving cameras
      Adjusting 3D view defaults
      What auto rebuild walls/floors/ceilings does
      Water Color Camera with Line Overlay
      Changing and adding backdrops in 3D views
      See all levels in the Overview camera
      Simple setting for the Raytrace Render
16. Selecting and Grouping Items (12:47)
      Marquee select defaults
      Group selecting specific items in your plan
      Creating a group of items -- Block
      Using All Off layer set to display specific items
      Managing CAD blocks - Purge CAD Blocks
17. Recorded 3D Walkthrough (14:50)
18. What Are Annotation Sets (5:16)
19. Text Tools (10:32)

      Setting default plan fonts in Annotations
      Text with arrow - Setting # of arrows
      Rich text - copy paste from word, excel
      Plain text
      Using the Cloud outline tool
20. Lines with Arrows - Bending Lines (2:06)
21. Adding Callouts & Markers (9:32)
22. Time Log & Export to Spread Sheet (5:59)
23. Using the Loan Calculator (1:31)

Total Running Time: 3 Hours, 8 Minutes

Tips and Procedures That Work
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

The purpose of this section is to give you an overview of some of the steps that go into creating an accurate plan. A roadmap of the best procedures to start a plan that is full of tips and tricks that will save you a lot of time. While it's not a workshop that demonstrates some of the steps needed to do a complete working drawing, you will discover many procedures not found anywhere else and come away with a better understanding of how Chief Architect works.

1. Introduction (2:16)
      The 4 parts of Chief Architect
      What Chief can and cannot do
2. The ultimate goal of drawing with Chief (3:23)
3. Creating & Show the As-Built (14:06)

      Understand what you're drawing
      Start your plan by drawing a Cross Section
      Creating the As-Built outline in your plan
4. Steps When Starting a New Plan (12:47)
      Open a new template and save it.
      Setting defaults for the plan
      Set dimension's to surface for As-Builts
      Double Sill plate on foundation walls
5. Adding Walls to Your Plan (12:19)
      What are Island Rooms in Chief
      Creating wall types -- As-Built wall types
      Layout and dimension walls
      Copy and Paste between plans
      Lining up walls using temp wall
6. Bringing Old Plans Forward into X5 (8:50)
      Dimensioning Basics and Settings
      Basic Cabinet info
7. Adding more elements to the plan (5:21)
8. Roof Basics (10:28)

      Finding Center Points
      Manually adding and editing roofs

9. Adding a Room Addition (18:42)
      Adding foundations manually
      Adding a roof manually to the addition
      Adjusting floor and ceiling heights
      Using 2D CAD to layout posts and beams
      Converting CAD items to 3D
      Point to Point Move
      Shortcut Key for Point to Point Move
10. Creating a Layout Page (11:32)
      Applying Text Macros
      Default's - Cameras Settings
      Adding Callouts
      Adjusting one level camera
      Types of views you can add to a Layout
11. Common Questions (5:13)
      Temporary Dimensions not showing
      Line Weight not showing
      Arch center points showing on screen
      Materials on Exterior Walls not changing
12. Non-Chief Software Tools (10:44)
      ZoomIt to Draw on Screen
      WeTransfer.com -- Send up to 2 gigs
      DropBox to Share Files with others
      LogmeIn - Access computers by remote
      (Great for Chief password control)
13. Q. Breaks in foundation walls (4:59

Total Running Time: 2 Hours, 1 Minute

Mastering Chief's 2D CAD Tools
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

Chief Architect is an outstanding 2D and 3D CAD program. It has tools that help make drawing and modeling easier and you'll get more accurately results. In this workshop you'll discover the right way to use the many CAD tools. With an understanding of how things like, snaps, X-Y-Z, trim, fillet, chamfer and many other functions work in Chief, you'll have a much better understanding of why all of those tools are in the program, how to use them and how they save you time throughout the drawing process

1. Intro to Chief's 2D CAD tools (9:57)
      a. Where to use the 2D CAD in Chief
      b. Draw on Floorplans
      c. Draw in Saved Camera View
      d. Draw in a CAD Detail Window
      e. Labels & Borders on the Layout Page
2. Think in terms of CAD -- X, Y, Z (2:12)
3. Everything is CAD polylines (12:19)

      a. What are Polylines
      b. Polylines within walls
      c. Stairs have a line in them
      d. Roads and Sidewalks have lines
      e. Snapping things together
4. Review of items on Toolbars (17:21)
      a. CAD Polyline menu overview
      b. Changing Coordinates & Number Styles
      c. Lines, Arcs, Circles, Box Tools, Splines
      d. Rotate around a current point
      e. CAD Defaults
5. CAD Controls and Settings (8:49)
      a. Concentric Jump
      b. Moving Handles on polyline shapes
      c. CAD Detail windows
      d. Working with Current Layer
      e. Grid Snaps
      f. Marquee Select and Group Select
6. CAD Detail Windows (2:57)
      a. Converting views to CAD Details
      b. Renaming CAD detail windows
      c. Setting Current CAD layers
7. Review of common CAD tools (5:17)
      a. Bumping and pushing functions
      b. Angle snaps
      c. Setting grid display and snaps
      d. Show Arc Centers
      e. Snap Tools - why you need snaps
      f. How snaps work in different views
      g. Color On-Off = F8
      h. Line weight i. Print preview
      j. Temporary dimensions
      k. Edit Polyline Parts
      l. Arc Centers
8. CAD Tools In Chief (4:55)
      a. Copy and Copy in Place
      b. Polyline Union
      c. Polyline Intersection
      d. Polyline Subtraction
      e. Revision Clouds
      f. Object Layer Properties

9. Creating a CAD Detail Part 1 (18:40)

      a. Draw Section before the 3D Model
      b. Sizing CAD Boxes
      c. Changing fill, line color, style, etc.
      d. Ways to Copy items
      e. Copy and Point to Point Move
      f. Snapping items into place
      g. Break Tool - #3 Key
      h. Creating filled boxes like earth
      i. Moving items to Back
      j. Joists with Multiple Copy
      k. Copy/Move with Transform Replicate
10. Creating a CAD Detail Part 2 (11:27)
      a. Working with Angled CAD Items
      b. Absolute angle
      c. Switching number styles
      d. Adjusting line weights
      e. Hatching types
      f. Make Parallel/Perpendicular
      g. Additional angles
      h. Adding Text
      i. Copy and Reflect
11. Grouping and Detail Libraries (9:57)
      a. The Make Block tool
      b. Adding items to Libraries
      c. Getting libraries and exploding blocks
12. Trim and Extend Tools (3:48)
      a. Trim and Extend Lines
      b. Trim and Extend Framing Items
      c. Trim and Extend Center Items
13. Countertops & Misc CAD Tools (13:58)
      a. Breaking
      b. Fillet and Chamfer
      c. Convert Line to Arc & make Arc Tangent
      d. Convert items to 2D, Convert to 3D
      e. Creating custom soffits
      f. Holes in slabs and countertops
      g. Convert lines to splines
      h. Convert view to CAD
      i. Centering objects tool
14. Align and Distribute Tools (4:11)
15. Multiple Copy Function (4:54)
16. Make 2 Arc Tangent (9:15)

Total Running Time: 2 Hours, 13 Minutes

Dimensioning, Walls and Pony Walls
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

Understanding how to dimension your plans and do it quickly is the focus of this workshop. You'll discover the procedures and the tools used to layout everything correctly for a complete set of working documents. In Part 1 you'll also also get an introduction to walls.

1. Introduction and Goals for Dimensioning (0:39)
2. Setting Dimensioning Defaults (14:08)
      Defaults Dialog,  Setup Tab      
      Dimension Types, Primary and Secondary
      Locate Objects for As-Built -- To Surface
      Walls -- Dimension to this line
      Locate items on other dimension types
      Temporary Dimension Defaults
      Setting Interior Walls to No Locate
      Adding Final Dimensions to plans
3. Changing Scale on Dimensions (8:31)
      Group Selecting Dimensions
      Adding 2 sets of dimensions
      Definition of an Annotation Set
      Annotations are Part of Plan Defaults
4. Manual Dimensioning Basics (10:26)
      The Different Types of Dimensions
      Dimensioning walls, windows and other items
      Move edge versus move entire object with Handles
      Set Dimensions with Diamond Handles
      Adding and Removing Dimensions Manually
      Goal - Reduce the amount of Fractions in the plan
5. Temporary Dimensions (2:39)
      How Temp Dimensions Work
      Setting Temp Dimensions Defaults
6. Manual Dimension Types (8:44)
      End To End
      Angular Dimensions
      Interior Dimensions
      Point to Point Dimension
      Baseline Dimension
      Running Dimensions
      Center Line Dimensions
      Tape Measure
7. Auto Dimensions -- Shift + A (8:13)
      Delete Dimensions as a Group
      Setting auto dimension defaults Walls
      How auto exterior dimensions work
      Using auto interior dimensions. NKBA and Regular
      Dimension Wall Elevations

8. Dimension Procedures (5:09)
      Review Dimension Procedures
      Dimension Kitchen Window Casing using CAD Lines
      Group Selecting Dimensions
9. Doing Final Dimensions on a Plan (5:27)
      Put Dimensions on a Final Dimension Layer
      Adding some Tools to a Toolbar
      Hold "S" Key To Eliminate Snap
10. Techniques to Measure an As-built (5:04)
      Take lots of Pictures
      Measure in a Pattern
11. Laying Out Walls (3:65)
      Using the Correct Wall Types
      Lining up a Ponywall Main Layers
      Setting Wall Defaults
12. Working with Walls (13:58)
      Setting up a New Wall Type
      Changing Material Colors
      How Material Textures Work in Chief
      Replacing a Wall with a Different Wall
      Defining the Main Layer of a Wall
      Adding Wall Layers
13. Creating Rooms Using Walls (8:02)
      Using Walls for Other Plans, Export - Import
      Working with the Wall Handles
      Setting Wall Handle Location
      Group Selecting Walls
      Flipping Wall Layers
      Breaking Walls CTRL + B
14. Adjusting Walls (10:43)
      Adjusting Wall Heights Automatically and Manually
      Reshaping Walls and Drawing them Correctly
      Walls are Containers that Hold Framing Boxes
      Balloon Through Ceiling Setting
      Group Selecting walls
      Gap in Bottom of a Wall
15. Other Wall Types (7:02)
      Attic Walls -- Stored on The Attic Level
      Aligning Tough To Align Walls

Total Running Time: 1 Hour, 53 Minutes

Levels, Platforms, Foundations, Garages
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

It's not a 2D world anymore! If you've been in the industry long enough you no doubt remember the days of 2D drawing with pen and paper. Welcome to the digital age. In this session you'll discover what it takes to create an accurate 3D model. It's a key step in creating accurate sections and elevations.

1. Introduction (1:31)
2. What Chief Does as You Draw (10:35)

      Thinking in 3D -- Chief is a CAD program
      Goal -- Create Accurate Model in 3D
      Facts about how the program works
      Overview of Adjusting Floor Heights
      Setting Floor Defaults
      Saved Cross Section Cameras
      Dimension a Section
3. Steps to Take in a Plan (13:27)
      Draw with Accurate Walls
      Using a CAD detail to determineheights
      Using the Fill In The Blank Sections
      Making the Split Level
      Default settings for platforms
      Reset to Defaults
      Using Stairs to Determine Floor Height
       Drawing a Room Within a Room
4. Adding Other Floors and Rooms (21:28)
      Adding a Garage Room
      Room Names Control Room Function
      Room Labels and Settings & Total Living Area
      Using CAD Shapes to Calculate Living Area
      Adding a 2nd Floor
      Editing New Floor Defaults
      Working with Cross Sections
      Callouts in Cross Section

5. Adjusting Heights & Adding Foundations (10.21)
      Setting Ceiling Heights in Foundations
      How Room Name "Garage" affects Foundations
      Adjusting Foundation Rooms
      Adding Footings for a Foundation Wall
      Changing Floor Thicknesses
      Adding Tall Rooms -- 2 Story Entry (2:16)
      The preferred way to create a 2 story room
      Use Open Below to make a 2 Story Room
      Balloon Framing Walls
7. Adjusting Garage Foundations (1:15)
8. Adjusting Foundations (4:53)

      Aligning Foundation Walls with Walls Above
      Moving Items Into Place
      Using the Align Walls Tool
      Use the Bump Wall Technique
9. Aligning Foundation Walls (12:54)
      Changing walls to Brick
      Creating a Brick Ledge
      Creating a Brick Pony Wall
      Aligning Pony Walls
      Troubleshooting a Wall That Doesn't Align
10. Misc. Foundation Settings (4:15)
      Adding a Floor Finish in a Foundation
      Ceiling Heights
      Creating Step Footings and Vertical Footings
      Creating a Crawl Space
11. Total Running Time (So Far): 1 Hour, 23 Minutes

Stairs, Ramps, Decks and Porches
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

It's not a 2D world anymore! If you've been in the industry long enough you no doubt remember the days of 2D drawing with pen and paper. Welcome to the digital age. In this session you'll discover what it takes to create an accurate 3D model. It's a key step in creating accurate sections and elevations.

1. Introduction (1:55)
2. Overview of Stairs (4:25)
      Deck Room Defaults
      Drawing Straight Run Stairs
      Drawing Click Stairs
3. Stairs Dialogue (4:25)
     Proper techniques to add stairs
4. Creating a Hole in the Floor (6:31)
      Adding tall rooms
      Working with open below
5. Question on Click Stairs (5:08)
6. Adding and Adjusting Starter Treads (3:47)
7. Flared and Curved Starter Treads (1:07)
8. Overview of Different Types of Stairs (1:15)
9. Drawing an L-Shaped Stair (4:25)
10. Drawing a U-Shaped Stair (2:21)
11. Creating Landings Manually (4:37)
12. Overview of Winders (6:37)
13. Intersecting Walls and Stairs (5:30)
14. Creating Winders Manually (3:57)
15. How to Draw Closed Skirt Style Stairs (2:17)
16. Curved Stairs Overview (7:01)
      Drawing Stairs to Follow Curved Walls
      Right Mouse Button Draws Stairs Dow
      Question About Setting Radius of Curved Stairs
      Drawing Stairs Down Instead of Up
17. Hole in the Ground when Stairs Go Down (1:23)
18. Using Symbols for Accurate 2D Stairs (4:24)
19. 3D Sloping Ceiling Above a Staircase (3:21)
20. Representing Stacked Staircases in Plan (3:17)

21. Adding LED Strip Lights (4:21)
22. Overview of Ramps (4:54)
      Adjusting Ramp Thickness
      Automatically Connecting Ramps Ground Below
23. Fence Overview (3:56)
24. Creating Custom Ballusters and Fences (2:43)
25. Creating Custom Panels (3:57)
26. Deck Overview (7:39)
27. Showing Posts & Footers Without Terrain (2:21)
28. Auto-Dimensioning Railings (3:08)
29. Skirting Overview (4:00)
30. Creating Custom Railing (4:43)
31. Adding Stairs to a Deck (8:05)
      Wrapping Stairs
      Adding Skirt Boards Below a Deck
32. Using a Fence to Create Skirting (4:24)
33. Screen Porch Overview (2:42)
34. Modifying Posts (2:04)
35. Walls & Viewing Newels/Ballusters (1:56)
36. Adding a Gable (1:34)
37. Adding Material to the Underside of a Roof (5:56)
38. Extending Posts (1:34)
39. Adding a Screen Door (13:33)
      Adding Screen
      Adding Mulls to a Door
      Finishing Adding Screen
40. Atrium Room Overview (2:43)
41. Conclusion (1:09)

Total Running Time: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Automatic and Manual Roofs
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

The Automatic roof tools in Chief allow you to quickly model many roof ideas. But it's the manual roof tools that allow you to really get the results that you want. In this workshop you'll discover the steps to add virtually any roof system to your plan. We'll start by discussing what the Automatic roof tool really does and then take you step by step thought how to manually add, edit and create the right roof for your model.

1. Introduction and overview to roofs (2:15)
2. What automatic roof tool does (19:20)
      Why adding roofs can be so confusing
      No database to draw information from
      No structural in Chief roofs or anywhere
      No baselines over interior walls - exterior only
      The auto roof tool does not build hip roofs
      Understanding what a roof baseline is
      Auto roofs are used to start a roof
      Adding and removing roof labels
      Overview of the auto roof tool menu
      Wall settings that affect automatic roofs
      Change pitch above individual walls
3. Auto Roof Tool Rules and Tips (7:11)
      Auto Roof tool common rules
      Changing the roof thickness
      Using temporary walls to add roofs
      Adding a gable above part of a wall
      Using temporary ceiling heights to add roofs
4. Introduction to Manual Roofs (7:18)
      How manual roof tools work
      Rules of how the join tool works
      The join tool works 100% of the time
      Roof planes covering a wall
      Walls extend up to roof planes
      Reshaped wall not affected by roof
      Reset Default wall top and bottom
5. Using the Manual Roof Tools (15:34)
      When to stop using the Auto Roof tool
      Group selecting roof planes
      Settings for roof planes
      Review of the roof menu
6. Adding roof planes manually (15:26)
      Tiling the window while drawing roofs
      Drawing baselines
      Joining hip to hip
      Joining ridge to ridge
      Joining ridge to hip
      Removing break points in a roof edge
      Joining valleys
      Joining ridge to fascia
      Understanding the choices in moving roofs
      Creating a gable - use of negative dim.
      Why roof edges won't join

7. Reshaping and changing roof planes (13:17)

      Reshaping roof polylines
      Change the 3D orientation of roof planes
      Ceiling plane for a vaulted ceiling
      Tilting a roof in 3D
      Rejoining roof edges
      Reshaping roof planes
      Changing and/or removing attic walls
      Adding new roof planes
      Changing groups of roof planes
      Remove ridge cap
      Changing framing options in roofs
8. Roof amenities (7:06)
      Adding skylights
      Types of laptops to use in the field
      Changing roof materials
9. Roof examples (20:30)
      Creating a 1-1/2 Story building
      Room name attic
      Adding knee walls
      Change material on Roof Butting into wall
      Adding roof returns
      Adding the 2nd floor roof manually
      Raising and lowering roof planes
      Creating valley on room below
10. Dormers (16:22)
      Once roof is in add walls
      Finding the height of a knee wall
      Adding dormers manually
      Using a skylight to create a roof hole
      Using the auto dormer tools
      Add an auto floating dormer
      Reshaping a roof and removing edges
      Changing the dormer sidewalls
      Using invisible line style
11. Curved Rood Planes (7:16)
      Creating a swooped roof
      Curving roof edges
12. Creating a flat roof (4:44)
13. Using dormers to create roofs (4:51)
      Review of join edges
Total Running Time: 2 Hours, 21 Minutes

Assemble Great Looking Plans Using the Layout
Mastering Chief Architect X5 Training at ChiefExperts.com

Assemble Great Looking Plans using the Layout Assembling your plans on the layout is often accomplished when everything else is completed. In this workshop you'll get an understanding of how the floorplans, elevations, sections, CAD detail windows, 3D views and more are setup and assembled onto a layout. You'll also discover the importance of layers and layer-sets and how they work with everything that you do. This workshop includes a complete set of layout templates.

1. Introduction (2:28)
      Overview of layout pages
      Layout files are .layout - It's a separate file
2. Types of views on a layout (3:49)
      Layouts hold 6 types of views
      #1 - Floorplans - linked to plan
      #2 - 2D CAD details -- drawing on the layout
      #3 - Saved elevation/section cameras
      #4 - CAD & text on the layout itself
      #5 - Pictures/render views
      #6 - 3D vector (camera) views
3. Linking items on a Layout Page (10:08)
      Overview of layout tools
      Edit lines on the layout with edit layout
      Layout Tools
      Display View Port borders
      Re-Link viewports to .Plan files
      Copy and Re-link plans and layouts
4. Important things to know about layouts (10:51)
      Camera lines created by the 3D Model
      Switching to Vector cameras
      Lines drawn with the CAD tools
      Edit camera lines on a Layout
      Inserting and Deleting Pages
      Moving Items and Views to different pages
      Drawing items on a layout page
      Copy and paste views on different layout page
      Switch Layer Sets in copied views
5. Examine the Layers in a plan and layout (2:34)
      Layers for the layout versus the view ports
      Overview of layers and layer sets for plan views
      Keeping everything in one plan file
      Everything has to be on a layer
      How to find items on a layer using all on/off
6. Steps for creating a layout (24:23)
      Finish the plan first if possible
      Opening and creating a layout template
      Create borders on the layout
      Adding Macros and Contact Info
      Using macros for page numbering
      Use macros for page names and more
      Adding Pictures for a Logo and Save in Plan
      Setting page and printer size
      Print on Multiple sheets
      Get the PDF995 print driver
      Set up Large Page that can print 50% size
      Saving a Layout as a Template
      Sending scaled views to a page
      Adding Items to page 0
      Setting up the master border

7. Sending views to a layout (10:22)
      Send to layout -- menu and icon
      Turn off create copy of layer set
      Copying views to different pages, change layer set
      Untitled Layout saved with the first plan added to it
      Changing view scale and types of views
      Copy, paste and change layer sets in plan views
      Plan views ports link to the plan
8. Adding CAD details to a layout (2:44)
      What is a CAD detail?
      CAD detail management and how it works
      Draw in the CAD detail view and not on layout
9. Elevations and Sections on a Layout (12:22)
      Understanding the 2 types of lines in a section
      The 3 types of elevation cameras
      Sending elevation views to layout
      3D lines generated by cameras
      Updating camera lines in elevations
      Editing camera lines on a layout
      Display the Auto Callouts in Views
      Using the Scale Macro - Display View Scale
      Don't draw CAD lines on layout views
      Group select camera lines & changing line weight
      Using back-clip cross section
      Adding detail to camera sections
10. Adding 3D Views to the Layout (2:48)
      Sending render views to layout
      Render views versus vector views
      Saving cameras
      Adding photos to a layout - send versus copy paste
      Save graphics to a layout
      3D views are not linked to plan
      Saving cameras in the plan view
      Editing camera lines
11. Changing the Layout Page Size (6:16)
      Do a save as of the Layout file
      Clean all items off the pages
      Changing boarders for the new page size
      X and Y Scaling Explained
12. Adding Auto View Labels (2:43)
      Using Macros to auto define a view
      Part of View label, Not camera label
13. Printing the layouts to printer or PDF (5:49)
      Best place to get prints made
14. Sending Large Files using WeTrasfer.com (2:51)
15. Printing large layouts on multiple sheets (2:02)
16. Scaling Views and Changing Layout Size (4:50)

      Changing the label size on a viewport

Total Running Time: 1 Hour, 47 Minutes