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  1. We have been using Lumion for two years but the new subscription costs are just horrible. When choosing a renderer I originally wanted to go with twinmotion, and my team spent a few months playinga round with both. The consenses was that Lumion was quicker in learning and rendering and also had a huge added advantage of been able to create billboards that always faced the front/viewer, and that the renders looked more realistic. We are on windows. I had a member of my team look at this about 12 months ago again and they reported the same feedback. I am wanting to look at this again now that Lumion has confirmed they will no longer be offering perpetual liscences - and at $300 a month per liscence or over $2000 per liscence to upgarde to the last perpetual liscence verison it will kill me to ahve to pay for it - we don't have that many Clients who ask us to render. I am wondering if there are any users on here who have used both Lumion Pro and Twin motion and what their feedback has been - specifically on the following: 1. Ability to create 3D objects that always face the front. 2. Ease of use/learning 3. Hardware Upgardes/Requirements 4. Australian useful items - ie/vegetation, cars 5. Can you import VIZpark or similar high quality trees 6. Support and general communication. For those interested the Laubwerk vegetation does not render in Lumion.
  2. I laughed so much READING THIS - I feel I underrstand you completley.
  3. Is there a way to export multiple worksheets to excel so that each worksheet is on a separate TAB? If not is there a way to export multiple worksheets into individual excel dpreadsheets at the same time. We can only figure out how to export a single worksheet at a time. It is very time consuming and tedious.
  4. Has anyone had a problem with the notes generated from the notes where you set up your notes, crop them onto the sheet sapce and then go back a few days later and it is liek the font size or sapcing of the notes changes - ie/ on closing the document you have set up your cropped VP on the sheet spaces, then when you open the text seems to take up the same width, but be longer. However, you haven't changed the body text size or spacing. The text length no longer fits and individual notes appear to overlap, you then double clock on the text in the design layer and magically it no longer overlaps but is longer so doesn't fit into your crops ont he sheet sapce anymore? It is driving us insane. this problem does not impact on text used in other places within the document, just text generated from the notes database.
  5. Has anyone had a problem with the notes generated from the notes where you set up your notes, crop them onto the sheet sapce and then go back a few days later and it is liek the font size or sapcing of the notes changes - ie/ on closing the document you have set up your cropped VP on the sheet spaces, then when you open the text seems to take up the same width, but be longer. However, you haven't changed the body text size or spacing. The text length no longer fits and individual notes appear to overlap, you then double clock on the text in the design layer and magically it no longer overlaps but is longer so doesn't fit into your crops ont he sheet sapce anymore? It is driving us insane.
  6. It would help if the Plant tool actually contained all the same fields as the Plant Catalogue. We have had the experience of checking the update catalogue option when editing the symbol and it exported the data and got rid of all the previous data. Landscape architects work in a range of different projects and need to be able to manipulate a lot of data but really at a bare minimum it shoudl be easy to do the following: 2D and good 3D Graphics Plan Graphics - switch between Black and White, any chance of linking the pot volume to the pot graphic options - manually having to do this in two locations is just annoying. 3D - really needs to be more compatable with other rendering programs and provide better graphics in service select - have I missed something, where are these in service select? How do you do shadestudies with the trees - ie/deciduous trees create less shade in Winter etc. Most projects now have some sort of requirement to be able to accuraltey model shade. Plus with 3D rendering/videos it is kind of a given. Very Basic Schedules - Minimum Latin and common name, pot volume, Qty, minimum installation - most councils also now need exotic, Native Indigenous, some also requested evergreen or deciduous. Plant Photographs Exitsing Tree Tool needs more fields.
  7. Im very inetrested in the training you are referring to for gettings chedules across multiple pages instead of having to create multiple Viewports? We also have used filemaker to create the type of booklet/pictorial schedule you are doing - it should be simple, but you need a way to link your drawing back to filemaker - which we did by using a Project number. But it just became too much work/too time consuming and no longer do it - plus each yearw e get told the plant catalgue database is getting deleted/updated so don't want to do work which will be wasted. We would also liek to produce materials schedules in the way you are asking for with the palnt schedule. However, we are still doing this in word due to the same VP crop problems you refer to - the same issue applies to Specifications create from the notes database - you ahve to manually create VP, and the numebring can't be edited - so you can't create multiple columns of text and then a separate one and have the numerbing continuous - unless I ahve totally missed something. We only use VW for our Plant Specifications and it is very annoying when you need to add one/delete one and ahve to resize/crop all on the sheet space.
  8. I think we work in a similar method - we have a server, people open their individual project files and save them back to the same server. If they are working oversease or similar they do the same via teamviewer with no significant lag time. However, the problems happen when the files are over about 250MG which usually is because of referenced in material - architectural models, multistorey buildings or just because of aerial images, people don't checkout items, people forget to save and commit for over a day, the server is backing up at the same time, more than one staff member saves and commits at the same time, or someone decided to save to their desktop and not the server, or creates two individual files. So yes a lot can go wrong, but the main problems we have are the larger files sizes with our small team of 5 or so working on the same project. Without a doubt though, there have been times when a person has saved and committed, another has refreshed 20minutes later and the data just isn't transferred across, no error message or any indication that it went wrong, sometimes it seems to magically appear hours later. Obviously there is a far amount of user behaviour involved but with those larger files it does seem a constant battle - even when everyone is working at the office.
  9. We just put all the details onto a standard sheet in a grid formation ensuring all details are drawn in a consistend manner. what we would to do is be able to use some sort of marker on the plan to cross reference to the deatil. I am curious on how other people do this and also how it is handled in 3D which we are transferring for on all projects.
  10. Yes this is a problem we face also. We actually have to keep a totally separate word document with our full text in it so that we can check spelling and grammar and then copy and past into the database. It really does limit the use of the database tool. Also the database tool is tricky with spacing of text also. It seems like one of the weakest tools currently so I guess that is one of the reasons its not used, plus its got that tendency to link to the user copy of individual users database ratehr than an office wide database which also kind of makes it redundant.
  11. I agree also, would be much better if you edited anything on a layer for this layer to be checked out without even having to select it as an option.
  12. We have problems running the spell check when we have individuals in their working file. For instance, it seems we can check out a sheet, manually select the blocks of text ont he sheet and run the spell check without a problem, but this is tedious as there mights be 5 or 100 individual or so sheets. However, if we run a spell check on the design layers or multple sheets we have the problem of the spell check going through all the document, getting to the end and then freezing, or causing the file to crash and then disconnecting to the master file so not been able to save and commit and changes from that person. Are other people having this issue? We are working around it by only doing a spell check when one person has their working file open and everyone else is closed - but this is far from ideal.
  13. We have an ongoing problem across multiple files and with different worksheets we use to create the Planting Schedule. When using a project sharing file someone can update the planting plan, update the schedule and have everything displaysed correctley. Then a different person, or the same person opens the file again and the schedules are blank and have to be recalculated. This is very annoying as it takes extra time that shouldn't need to be spent and even worse you can batch and issue an entire project and then find that the one page that ahs a palnt schedule int he middle of the set is just blank. All the ehadings appear, and sometimes the rows with no data also appear, or sometimes its just the ehadings with no rows where the plants should appear. It ahs been a problem since we started using 2022. We are also using the current service patch. The responce we had froms ervice select was that its because we don't remake our schedules each year. I'm not sure this is the only way to fix this problem - sureley as projects go for so long it is simply not feasible to doa dn drag in the new schedule into every project. We have a small office but we would still work on 20 projects a year (which on average run for 2 years but often up to 5), most with multiple plant scheudles - which are often customised in soem way for that Council, that project or that Client. Do other people have this problem? Is the only solution to create a new schedule each year and repalce the current ones in any project you upgrade?
  14. I ahve noticed this option doesn't work as well as previously, ie/ you select 1 tight outline and it still looks like it uses two outlines around the massed graphic. Has anyone else noticed this?
  15. I think we are having a similar problem - when using a symbol from our library all parameters come in as set to individual instance - which means that we are manually having to open each item and select by style which is fixing it for that project and appears to get everything to show up as it used to. this is very time consuming. Are we missing something - is there a function e can select first which ensures all parameters are set to use style so our symbols come into the file like this. It is seriously making every planting plan take twice to four times as long.
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