Backdrops are images that display behind the model in 3D views, and new backdrops can be created using a variety of graphic file formats.
Create detail drawings in your plan using the Auto Detail tool, CAD blocks from the library or manually using the CAD tools.
The Cross Section/Elevation Camera Specification dialog provides these settings to Back Clip after a certain distance, as well as Clip to Sides.
Cabinet elevations can be easily created using the Wall Elevation and CAD Detail From View tools. Trim unnecessary lines using the Trim Objects tool.
Use one of several fire materials to create a three-dimensional flame by applying the flame material to a 3d object such as a cylinder.
Creating a screenshot is easy to accomplish by following the instructions applicable for your operating system linked here.
The Create Walkthrough Path tool allows you to record a video walking through your structure slowly and panning at key points to create a video presentation for your clients.
Create 2D plan views with rendered 3D characteristics to post in a portfolio, on a website, or in a brochure by overlaying a floor plan on top of a 3D model.
Create an Isometric cutaway view by using invisible walls to separate the areas and different floor structures to show the layers.
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To see framing in elevation views make sure framing has been generated and that the appropriate layers are set to display in those views.
Views set to Update on Demand may experience a loss in quality as you zoom and pan on the layout page. To restore a view’s resolution, simply update it.
This message displays when you do not have an up-to-date video card driver provided by the manufacturer, often described as an installed client driver.
You may receive this message if you have an outdated video driver or an unsupported video card.
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If you have a spherical backdrop image that you would like to use, you can import it into the Backdrops library and then specify it as Spherical.
In Chief Architect, you have the ability to choose from a list of currently installed video codecs to be used while recording a walkthrough.
Rotate or spin an overview camera by using keyboard commands or using the Mouse Orbit camera tool. If necessary you can change the focal point of the camera.
3D Camera views will not generate properly if your video card does not meet the minimum system requirements, has an outdated video driver, or if it is not capable of rendering certain types of views. Follow the instructions in this article to check the video card's information, update its driver, and adjust the Render Preferences if necessary. If these preliminary steps do not resolve the camera view issue you are encountering, follow the steps to submit additional system and program information to our Technical Support team for advanced troubleshooting.
The display of patterns in Orthographic Views can be turned on or off, using the Toggle Patterns option from the 3D menu.
The Floor Camera tool creates views of the current floor only. The ceiling and anything above it is not generated, and neither is anything below the floor. Use the Full Camera tool instead.
If you have an object in the distance, the program will generate the view to include that object and camera views may be difficult to see.
Spikes can display in 3D views if there is an object connection problem in the plan.
Reasons why materials would flicker include plan placement, large terrain, materials occupying the same space and video card.
Turning off the display of Layout Box labels is quick and easy.
The display of foundation walls, slabs, curbs, piers and footings is controlled in the Layer Display Options dialog. The Foundations layer controls the display of ALL objects on Floor 0 in 3D views, but does not affect floor plan view.
Choose from a variety of cross section planes to create an adjustable cross section view from within a render view using the Cross Section Slider.
The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open file.
You can use the Sun Angle tool to specify the exact latitude and longitude, as well as date and time, and then produce sunlight and shadows based on that information.
View, manage, and share 360° Panorama renderings all within your Chief Architect Online Account.
3D Viewer Models can be viewed directly in a web browser, on a social media profile such as Facebook or Twitter, or be embedded directly into a website.