October 19, 2017
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ChiefSymbols®   3D Rotate   Power Tool for Chief Architect
Introduction
Chief Architect® allows the user to create a 3D object of any shape inside Chief by drawing a closed polyline, and then to convert the 2D profile to a “Slab” to give it depth in 3D -  but there's no way to orient a slab inside Chief Architect to any angle other than a multiple of 90 degrees. There are other methods, as well - such as revolving 2D CAD profiles - to create 3D objects in Chief, but no way to tilt them, either.  Instead, to use these 3D objects in Chief in any position other than that in which created, the user must export the object and rotate it using another, often expensive and complicated, CAD program.
Recognizing the need for a simple and inexpensive solution to the rotation problem, Cardiff Consultants developed ChiefSymbols® 3D Rotate. This easy-to-use, yet powerful, program allows even a novice user quickly and easily to reorient three-dimensional models, whether created in Chief Architect or in another program,  vastly increasing the ability of Chief users to make their own custom symbols as needed. Chief users who are not proficient in an advanced CAD modeling program, as well as those who want to avoid the expense and learning curve associated with these programs, will now be able to take full advantage of Chief’s 3D modeling capabilities to create their own symbols quickly, easily, and inexpensively - and to take full advantage of symbols available from other sources, as well.
Additionally, 3D Rotate is a full-featured CAD viewer application for AutoCAD® Drawing files (.dwg) and for Drawing Exchange Format files (.dxf), permitting inspection of 3D models from any vantage point in four modes:  Wireframe, Hidden Line, Shaded, and Shaded with Lines Hidden.
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