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  1. Peter, I very much want to do exactly what you describe: have two textures with the wood grain at 90° to each other. I can duplicate a RW texture, but don't see how to rotate the orientation. Help?
  2. I hadn't explored the menu quite deeply enough. I had to turn on the dual plane option so the menu gave me both choices. Thanks for your reply.
  3. How do I change the default Plane for new 2D elements drawn in 3D views? On the Object Info pallet the Plane menu allows (generally) for both 3D and Screen. Surely there's a way to toggle the default so one doesn't have to make the change on the pallet for every new element. I suspect this is fairly simple, but it's eluding me today!
  4. Travis

    Anyone want to sell VW 2014 Architect

    I can confirm that VW2015 runs fine on OS High Sierra (10.12.6). I don't have a copy of VW2014 to test. My copy, however, is not available.
  5. Travis

    Default drawing window size

    Thanks, both. Yes, VW is quitting normally/successfully. I tried dragging the preferences file out onto the desktop, launched VW (same 2/3 window), resized the window to take up 95% of the screen; quit; relaunched: same 2/3-sized window. (things that make you scratch your head and say choice words) I'll try tech support. Oddly, when I launched VW18 the first time it opened a full-screen window. I thought, 'Great. Problem solved.' Then, I converted a couple files forward from VW17 and the 2/3-glitch came with. To stay. :\
  6. About half way through this year, my default drawing window—regardless what file I open, even creating a new document—is about 2/3 wide across my screen rather than full size. So, I grab the bottom right corner and drag it across and go to work. It's driving me crazy, mostly because it hasn't always been like this. I'm sure I've 'stored' some kind of default somewhere, but I'll be switched if I can figure out where. Perhaps in my custom workspace? If so, I can't seem to figure how to set it back. Any help much appreciated!
  7. Travis

    Bi-Parting Door in archway

    Peter sometimes has all the good ideas.
  8. Travis

    VW signaling a strategy change?

    Hmm. Of course NNA is in business to generate revenue for its ongoing success. But with three service packs released for v2008, I don't see how you can say they've ignored bugs. That's not to say they address all known bugs, but who does (or could)? No software house I know of maintains more than (perhaps) one release prior to the current one. Additionally, it seems reasonable to this non-programmer that the best way to address some perceived "bugs" is to evolve through, or even pass, them. For example, there have been "bugs" for years in the some of the more arcane geometry of both 2D and 3D elements. I have been particularly frustrated by the inability to "snap" to 3D midpoints when working in wireframe. Is this a "bug" because I can snap in another program but not in VW? For both of these issues, it seems the best answer might have been switching to the Parasolid kernal. Does this mean NNA doesn't care about them in the prior version? Of course not. Rather, I see it as caring a great deal: they not only solved my gripes but did so by giving me more than I could have known was possible. As to your other issue re the value of each upgrade, it seems to me you'll have to arrive at a conclusion based on your circumstances. I simply wouldn't be willing to buy a new car just because they changed the shape of the fenders and moved the headlights a bit. Truthfully, the workstation productivity increases in each of the last four VW versions have easily paid for the upgrade cost in the first two or three weeks. If you're billing $100 per hour and can be more productive by one hour per week, the re-coup rate is just over a month. We usually (and will this time) make the upgrade switch in Dec/Jan during our slower season: we can watch these boards for tips from early adopters, we usually start with at least the first or second service pack already in place, and we have more time to adapt all the "bring forward" items (workspaces, templates, symbol libraries, other work-flow-related stuff) when we're not quite so buried trying to keep clients happy. With NNA's recent (last two years?) change to a reliable, annual upgrade cycle, we're able to budget both time and money to review and then adopt (if appropriate) their offering. Makes a lot of sense, even for our small (4 seats) shop. Do what works best for your business
  9. Travis

    The Ultimate Live Section

    OK, my friend, it's finally confirmed: you have too much time on your hands! Nice dose of humor. I'm not sure I want to supply all our clients with ready-made skeletons. Most of them already have several in the closet! Good day!
  10. Travis

    Printing imported pdf

    I can see it on screen, but printing (even to PDF) yields No Joy. Was able to print it from another computer in our office. Maybe I'm missing something from the install. Will do a clean install over the weekend and hope. Thanks,
  11. Travis

    Printing imported pdf

    I've imported another architect's sheet (in PDF format) onto it's own design layer and then viewported it onto a sheet layer for output with other viewports overlaid. For some reason, the PDF layer doesn't print. Is anyone else having this problem? And maybe learned a trick I can't seem to discover yet? Thanks in advance,
  12. Travis

    Is there a faster way than offsetting?

    Super, When using walls, be sure to just move one wall AND make certain the Wall Join option is turned on at the top of your drawing window. If a square were drawn with the Wall tool and I wanted a rectangle, I would just grab the center handle of a single wall and drag it. The two adjoining walls will "stretch" right along with the wall being moved. If you find a corner that's come apart, just use the Wall Join tool to "heal" the corner. (Make sure it's set to the correct option: "L" or "T" joint.) Good luck,
  13. Travis

    Is there a faster way than offsetting?

    Ride, Set the double-line tool to one of your specified widths (say 80mm) and to create polygon (NOT lines). Draw a door frame. You now have a polygon with both inside and outside lines. When you double-click the polygon, you'll get the 2D Reshape tool. Click outside the polygon and draw a marquee/box around one end of the door frame. All of the vertices inside the marquee will now move together. Either drag (visually) or enter the distance to change the "length" of the door frame. All this without altering the 80mm offset between inside and outside lines. A similar approach can be taken with your face frames: you'll just have to do some Add Surface steps to get a single polygon. One key paradigm to conquering VW is to think in terms of objects rather than lines. Good luck,
  14. Travis

    Font kerning

    Gilly, et al, Depending on what you're trying to do, you can change the letter spacing by converting TrueType to polys. Then group the wording, enter the group and adjust spacing, etc, as needed. It's just very inefficient, especially compared to AI. But, it you're trying to lay out a sign panel or something that has relatively few letters, it works well. Good luck,
  15. Travis

    New imacs

    It seems that one doesn't actually have a video card option. The card you mention is only available with the fastest processor on the largest screen available for the iMac. I'd be inclined to make the choice based on those other two features, and let the video take care of itself. We always buy the fastest processor and at least 2gb (better yet, 4gb) of memory that the budget will allow. In the case of the iMac, spending the extra $300 (however many pounds Sterling that is) for the faster processor will almost certainly be returned many times over in improved productivity. Good luck,

 

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