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  1. Good morning @line-weight, I have been playing around with QGIS and CloudCompare for a couple of years. These are pretty amazing softwares that have really been a game changer for us. We are primarliy using this for converting LIDAR imagery that is freely available in BC, Canada. https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d06b37979b0c4709b7fcf2a1ed458e03 The learning curve is pretty steep but it's worth the effort in my opinion. I signed up for this online QGIS course which I can access when I'm working with it. http://www.regrarians.org/qgis-for-mapping-and-design/ Take care and good luck
  2. @AlexanderWalker you might want to check out QGIS. I've been dipping my toes into this software, remarkable tool...quite the learning curve thought. Fortunately I signed up for an online QGIS course (on demand) which is broken up into logical sections. http://www.regrarians.org/qgis-for-mapping-and-design/ I live in BC Canada where we have an online portal. https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d06b37979b0c4709b7fcf2a1ed458e03 QGIS easily exports shape files from DTM that are created within the software.
  3. You might find this article of interest in terms of what monitors are best suited for Mac. https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/
  4. Hello @donna king we have a VW Landmark 2021 license for sale. Feel free to message me.
  5. There are some interesting results in this review.
  6. We purchased a MacBook Pro 16" with the Max chip and 32 GB GPU. We run one LG 24" 4K monitor as well as the laptop screen. I really like the LG 4k monitor (found on the apple site) and will most likely purchase a second one. After seeing some initial reviews on the Mac studio I'm going to stay clear of it, there does not seem to be an easy way to remove dust from the cooling system. We recently lost a Imac Pro to a thermal event most likely caused by dust, logic board and cpu where damaged and not worth spending $3000 plus to repair it. At least with the Macbook Pro we can get inside the machine. We also have a 2012 cheese grater which still runs and is super easy to maintain.
  7. @KarynTwe purchased a 16" Macbook Pro M1 Max with 32gb ram and I'm super impressed. I decided to go with the Max chip as use VW with Twinmotion and QGIS. I can have all three running without any issues dealing with large landscapes. 'm pleased with the choice. Unfortunately our second workstation, an Imac Pro, just died, most likely because of a thermal issue. We know will be looking at the new Mac Studio with a max chip. My 2 cents.
  8. Hi We are selling one of our licenses. Retail for this was $4,250.00 Canadian, we are asking $3,000.00 +GST. Feel free to message me or reply to this post to further discuss.
  9. @Josh SchulmanI was a bit concerned going down this path as I know that laptops often under perform, at least that has been my experience. We couldn't wait until the next generation of desktops come out. If I had the option I may have given the Mac Mini-M1 Max serious consideration. Saying that I'm very happy with the performance of this machine.
  10. Hello @Antonio Vargas Design. I purchased a 16" M1 Max with 32 gb of ram and have had this for 6 weeks or so. I was a bit worried that the 32gb of ram might be a constraint. I have not found that yet. I can have be working on a large site model 70 acres within both VW, and QGIS and it seems to easily handle this. I have witnessed some memory being swapped when I am really pushing things but this has not translated into any change in performance. I'm super impressed.
  11. @Pat Stanford bullseye...You are quite right, thanks for that. The site model and 99% of my work are georeferenced, I now see three section maps which are near the orgin. I assume if I move these closer to the rest of the files contents that it should behave better? I recall a VW webinar when they spoke about user orgin and internal orgin...I guess I'll have to look for that. Thanks again Pat.
  12. Hello everyone. I have an issue with the graphics on a site model I'm working on. In the attached video you can see that when I change the viewing angle of the model I lose large portions of the model from my view. I recall this occurring to me before with another file, I'm just trying to sort out the cause. Thanks in advance for your feedback. Edit. If I change the view plan from Orthogonal to normal perspective the issue disappears. Any ideas as to why that would be? video1790904791.mp4
  13. Update: After much research and debate we purchased a M1 Max with 32 GB Ram and a 2TB drive. Part of our decision was based on the fact that Apple was showing a 6-8 week delivery wait for the 64 GB unit, as well some of the tests we watched on Youtube showed very little performance difference between the 32 and 64 GB models when under stress. We will be putting it through some workflow stress tests in the coming days and if needed we'll return the 32 GB unit and upgrade to the 64 GB. Our first interesting note, on my old Imac Pro 10 core 64 GB ram, VW start up was 32 seconds. On the Macbook pro it was 13 seconds...
  14. We desperately needed to upgrade one of our old work stations, a MacPro 2021, and decided to go with the Macbook pro M1 MAX as well as an external monitor. We opted to go with the LG ultra fine 23.7" 4k model. Previously I was working on a 27" Imac Pro and was concerned with the LG being a smaller screen size and lower resolution. I'm finding that I prefer the 4k over the 5k apple monitor, at 59 years of age my eyes have been changing and not for the better. I'm thinking that if need be I could add another 24" LG.
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