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Tom Klaber

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  1. Tom Klaber

    Worksheets in Space!

    There is this VERY frustrating phenomenon where worksheets open somewhere off screen when working in dual monitor set-ups. To fix - we have to go to display settings - move from EXTEND to DUPLICATE - this moves the worksheet on screen - then move back to dual. I have not figured out why this happens. The only thing I can think of is that the worksheet "remembers" its last location - and this somehow gets corrupted if the file is opened on a dual setup after being opened in a single screen setup. Whatever the cause - all worksheets should always open center screen.
  2. It would be great if class names and definitions were an external referenced resource so you can change lots of projects at once.
  3. This is a little thing - but setting a custom text size is a pain. It would be great if the text size input in the OIP was always a live type in box - that way you could just type in the size you want. There could still be the arrow to select standard sizes, but for custom sizes, it would save you from having to go to the drop down, select custom size, have the custom size dialog pop up, input the size, then press OK. This is especially frustrating when you do not know what size you want and are doing some trial and error. I would bet, even if I was going to use a standard size - that I would type in 12 rather than going to the drop down....
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    Bicycle Entourage

    byicycles
  5. I am not sure why, but you can not separate the fill opacity from the pen opacity for Spaces. This is a bummer - we like to create color-coded rooms with labels. Unfortunately, the label is controlled by the pen style - so when we want a 50% opacity - then the label fades to 50% too. Seems odd to introduce the separate opacity control, but then not roll it out to all the tools.
  6. We have lots of cars, boats, planes...but no bikes? This should be added.
  7. Tom Klaber

    Materials

    That seems like it would be handled by classes. Maybe New is the default but then have class overrides for existing and demo.
  8. Tom Klaber

    Battlestations

    I like the podcasting set up on the side - dual operating systems - very nice! I took new office space - the desks are smaller so my 40" now dwarfs everything.
  9. Markers that are linked to viewports should automatically create PDF interlinks to the pages they refer to - so when a PDF is published, people can click on a marker and be taken to the page where that marker points.
  10. Plant objects do not show the selection highlight. Makes it very difficult to know if you have the object selected.
  11. I just bought a CUK (Computer Upgrade King) house brand laptop as an emergency backup, and I have to say I am quite happy. 1070 8 gb GPU, i17 8th gen processor, 32gb ram - 1800 bucks. Its thin, light, and inconspicuous. Luckly there is no branding on it at all (especially with a name like CUK). At 600-800 dollars less then similarly spec machines, it feels like a good deal. At that price we can afford to upgrade almost a full year sooner.
  12. Tom Klaber

    to renew or not to renew (that is the question)

    @zoomer I think you bring up a good point. It is not just about money or bug fixes and the up and downsides of upgrading, you also have to consider the up downsides of not upgrading. The "upgrade pain" of you do it every year is realitvely small. Most projects can be upgrade a single version with only small inconveniences. If you wait 3+ years between upgrading, bow the upgrade pain is LARGE, so large that existing projects are not upgraded and age out in third existing version. This means that you are bow running at least 2 versions simulataeously witch is a pain and is a recipe for mistakes. I think you are are also less likely to try out and incorperate new workflows if you have 3+ years of new stuff to test, learn, and incorperate. Every year there are 5 newish things that might help us. We test those features and try them out on it projects and decide to incorporate or not. If we had 15-20 new workflows to evaluate, it would be too much at one time and we would miss out on some improvements. Like dirty dishes, better to do them every night then to let them stack up. Then the job is huge, and the spaghetti sauce is glued on.
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    to renew or not to renew (that is the question)

    @Kevin McAllister I totally agree. The new title block perfectly represents what seems to be amiss in the development process. Set and Issue management is one of the big shortfalls of the program. It at first was heartening to see that VW agreed enough to try and address the issue -but then so utterly disappointing with the solution they came up with - which simply made what worked about the old system harder to use without any tangible upside. This was an issue that needed to be reconceptualized from the ground up, but what we got was a title block that was simply wrapped in the same style system used to control doors and windows and the result is as one would expect.
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