When I create a materials list, a complete list of all the materials and objects in my plan file is created. I don't need all of this information, how do I control what information displays in a materials list?
There are two main ways to control what information is included in a Materials List:
Before it is created using the Preferences dialog.
After it has been created using the Materials List Display Options dialog.
You can also control how framing is reported
To set up Materials List Preferences
The Preferences dialog allows you to control what information is included in a Materials List before it is created.
Select Edit> Preferences from the menu on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences on a Mac.
On the Materials List panel of the Preferences dialog:
Uncheck the boxes beside any category that you do not wish to include in a Materials List when it is first created.
On the Report Style panel:
Uncheck the boxes beside the name of any Column that you do not wish to include in a Materials List when it is first created.
On the Categories panel:
Materials List categories do not have subcategories by default; however, you can create subcategories to include additional information about a variety of objects in materials lists.
Subcategories are also useful for creating customized schedules. To learn more, see the Related Articles Section at the bottom of this article.
The Materials List Display Options dialog lets you control what is included in a Materials List after it's created.
To use the Materials List Display Options dialog
Open a Chief Architect plan in which you would like to access the Material List Display Options dialog. In order to generate a Materials List, the plan should include at least one architectural object.
Select Tools> Materials List> Calculate From All Floors from the menu to generate a Materials List.
In the Materials List window, select Tools> Display Options from the menu to open the Material List Display Options dialog.
The Categories panel is similar to the Materials List panel of the Preferences dialog. Check the box beside each category that you would like to include in the current Materials List.
The Columns panel is similar to the Report Style panel of the Preferences dialog. Check the box beside each column name that you wish to use. Click the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the columns' order.
On the Options panel, you can specify which floor the Materials List describes as well as limit the scope of the list to those provided by a single supplier.
You can also control change the way framing materials are reported by controlling the structural member reporting.
To control structural member reporting
Select the reporting method you wish to use from the drop down menu near the top left of the materials list.
For more information on modifying your structuralmember reporting, please view the related article on creating a cut list offraming materials in the related articles section below.