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Basic rollout shelves can be specified for a cabinet by checking the Rollout checkbox located in the Cabinet Shelf Specification dialog. A specific rollout shelf or drawer symbol can also be chosen from the library, if desired.
Use the Soffit tool to create a coffered ceiling. Moldings can easily be applied to soffits and the soffits can easily be replicated along a ceiling using the Transform/Replicate or Multiple Copy edit tools.
In Chief Architect programs, opening indicators can be displayed in vector-based views by toggling the 'Opening Indicators' layer on in the Layer Display Options or Active Layer Display Options side window. Starting in X13, additional options relating to opening indicators can be defined on the Opening Indicators panel of the Window or Door Specification dialog.
The shader model can be identified using a Microsoft utility called DirectX Capabilities Viewer. If the shader model is older than version 6, but the graphics card or chip is fairly new, the display driver may need to be updated.
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets can be added to your plans using the dedicated GFCI Outlet tool in X13 and newer versions, or by locating and placing the GFCI library symbol in X12 and prior versions.
Use the instructions in this article to backup Chief Architect content in the event a computer malfunction occurs. Additionally, it's helpful to have this same content backed up so that it can be transferred to another computer.
Access the Plan View Specification dialog to change how pony walls are displayed for the active plan view. Choose from the following options: upper wall, lower wall, upper wall and lower wall outline, upper wall outline and lower wall, or upper wall and lower wall.
The process for creating beams or joists with decorative ends will vary based on the Chief Architect version you're using. Please see this article for more information on creating framing members with decorative ends.
The Chief Architect and Home Designer trial versions can be converted to full working versions when you purchase the same version as your trial, which allows you to keep the plan you have been working on.
If you are having trouble installing your Chief Architect or Home Designer software program, or are receiving an error message or program crash working in the program, submit your technical issue to Technical Support using the online Support Center. If you have a question on how to accomplish a particular task in the software, check out these other resources for Training help.