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  1. On 3/18/2022 at 11:21 AM, E|FA said:

    I've been considering this, but my concern is that after using the 27" iMac 5K display any lesser picture quality will be hard to work with.  That leaves only the Apple Studio and LG 5K as options.  They are close enough in price that with Apple's added features (ports, webcam, speakers) I would probably go that way.  At this point I'm going to wait and see what the next Mac Mini release will be before making a decision. 


    I'm curious to hear if anyone else has gone from a 27" 5K iMac to another brand's 4K (Dell, BenQ, etc) and if they are happy with the change.   

    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.

  2. 9 minutes ago, KarynT said:

    I’m in the same situation on deciding which laptop configuration to select. I work on mid-sized residential landscape design with increasing use of 3d & render works, & DWG imports. My current laptop is a 2019 MacBook Pro i9/32gb ram running VW 2021 (though soon to be switching to VW2022.) I have 2 monitors in my system: Apple thunderbolt 27” + an LG ultra fine 27”.

    My thoughts are either the 16” MacBook Pro M1 with 32GB + 2T drive or the M1 Max 24 core with 32GB + the 2T drive.

    (Yes, I do need to stick with the laptop mode.)


    Thank you for chiming to help me spend money while making my life a little easier at the computer!

    @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.

  3. 4 hours ago, Josh Schulman said:

    I'm wondering about this as well. I have a Mac Pro from 2013 with 3.5 Ghz 6-Core Xeon and 64 GB memory. I run VW2022 and have to render on it as well. Does it make sense to get a souped up laptop to replace it or do I wait for the M1 desktops to come out?

    @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.

  4. 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.


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  5. @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.

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  6. 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?


  7. 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...


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  8. 18 hours ago, E|FA said:

    As far as monitors are concerned, I'm nervous that anything I buy will be visually annoying now that I'm used to the 27" iMac Retina display.  My eyes are getting worse with age, and VW UI icon design legibility has gotten worse as well.  Based on online research, I'm thinking of these 27" & 32" BenQ models that have a "CAD/CAM" setting.  Both are 3840x2160, so one has a larger screen size while the other has better pixel density (the 27" iMac is 5120 × 2880):





     Does anyone have any monitor advice or wisdom to offer?   

    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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  9. @line-weight thanks for tagging me on this post. Great to here that your Mac mini is having a better time with VW and TM. I also noted the system requirements page and the fact that the M1 Pro or max chip is not supported (as well as Monterey).

    I have spent quite a bit of time looking on the web for info and find that it's a bit confusing especially when I see video like this. It seems like TW motion is running fine with a new M1 Pro unit.


  10. Thank you very much for your valued feedback @zoomer
    Our timing to purchase a new unit is not great given the lack of testing as you noted.

    I agree that 64 gb for ram on a long term machine is a good idea.

    Years ago I purchased an Imac and with the lower cost chip, at the time I believe it was an i5, big mistake.

    Thank you again, we shall see where this journey takes us.

  11. Hello everyone

    There has been some discussion both on this forum and on many Youtube channels about the differences between the M1 Pro and Max chips.

    We are needing to replace one of our workstations, a 2012 Mac Pro, that has served us very well over the past decade. We are considering a Macbook Pro and find it difficult to determine how important the Pro vs Max chip upgrade would be to our workflow using VW and Twinmotion. We would be purchasing the maximum amount of RAM available in each case, either 32 GB for the Pro and 64 GB for the Max chip.

    We seem to be getting into much larger land design projects, the latest using an 800+ acre site model.

    I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has made the leap to the new M1 Macbook pro, what configuration they decided on, and how they find the performance. One video which has caused some doubt in my mind regarding the Max chip set is shown below. Saying that the stress test used is most likely not going to be replicated in our day to day workflow.

    My gut instinct is that the Pro chip with 32 GB of unified memory would be more than enough.

    Thank you in advance for any comments or feedback.


  12. @line-weight a question for you if you don't mind, how does your mac mini perform with both VW and Twinmotion open?

    We are looking to add a M1 Macbook pro but trying to sort out our requirements and how the Max vs Pro chips might meet those.

    We were going to hold out for the updated Mac mini but can't wait that long. Thanks 

  13. @jeff prince @Tom W. @Benson Shaw thank you very much for looking at this.


    @jeff prince yes I pulled these contours from QGIS (which I'm in a steep learning curve, I'm taking a fantastic online course which is a huge help) with the hopes of creating a site model. The model you created looks great, thanks! It might be a bit flatter than actual as my contour intervals where 2 meter.

    Jeff I'm not sure how you discovered the Modify by record tool but it worked like a charm. I discovered that I made an error while exporting from QGIS as I did not extract the Z value correctly. No worries as VW has the tool to change this. Amazing.

    I'm also surprised that the resulting model is pretty stable given it's 850 acres.

    Thank you all so much for helping me learn more about this software. I

    850 acre site model.jpg

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  14. Hello Everyone, i hope you are all having a great day.

    I have been trying to import a shapefile which was created (exported) in QGIS.

    The shapefile has the elevation data within it but when I import this via Import Shapefile command I get contours but these are regular polylines.


    When I've imported shapefiles in the past it's been a pretty stratighforward event.

    Thanks in advance to any help.

    Below images are screen shots from QGIS showing the elevation data, then on VW.



    Shape file import.vwx

  15. Hello everyone.


    A question that I'm sure has a straightforward answer. I have a small curved retaining wall that's base is going to follow the existing terrain.

    I'm trying to provide a stone mason with the area or face of the wall in sq ft but for the life of me I don't see any area measurements available in the OIP.

    Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.




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