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  1. AN Design


    Just installed the new VW 2024, Where is WinDoor, I have been using it for the past 12 Years, and it was part of the VW2023 Partner products ? Thanks
  2. My mac studio M2 max arrived this week, awesome, retiring my M1 max, macbook Pro 14” as a back up. I have 3 different offices I work out of, Business office, Home office and my beach home office, all set up the same with the following-Uplift desks, Back up batteries, Kensington SlimBlades, Extended keyboards, 8TB G-Drives on site, 43” LG monitors, use my Ipad pro in side car mode. I started w/ Vectorworks in 1987, but it was called Blueprint 2.0 back then, then Mini Cad, then vectorworks in late 90’s. Over the years I always chose the largest monitor I could afford, 30” apple cinema display, Ben Q’s at 32”, but the LG’s preform wonderful, and with that massive screen which causes you to back up a bit 22 / 24” I could not imagine that multiple screens could offer more. I set up the trackball to open up dashboard with a click, and have 4 screens set up in dashboard ( VW /. Mail, calendar & messages / Safari. and Client notes on the last. I generally buy the latest MAC every year, (write off) and ever since I had the Trash Can Mac, I switched to lap tops, which thus far handled the load that VW thru at it, But I never used the screen, so rather than going for the the M2 macbook pro, I decided on the Studio - More Power Vs Portability Mac Studio With the following configuration: Apple M2 Max with 12‑core CPU, 38‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine 96GB unified memory 2TB SSD storage Front: Two USB-C ports, one SDXC card slot Back: Four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one 10Gb Ethernet port, one 3.5 mm headphone jack I would highly recommend going this way if you rarely use the lap top as a lap top, It fits in my brief case fine, just ordered 3 power cables, 1 for each office, and set up is just a few min. Hope this helps
  3. I have been thru many monitors over the years, even had the 30" Cinema Display back in the day and its still working fine. However I have 3 workstation areas, Home, Work and Beach office's. I use the same LG 43" ISP 4k at each location with my MacBook Pro 14" M1 Pro Max , and they work flawlessly, with USB 3 Connection at 60MHZ Why bother with dual monitors, this is so much easier. Will take you a day or so to get used to it, as screen distance is more like 24" vs 18". Best Buy currently has best price vs B&H as My associate just bought 2 from them. Hope this helps. Do not run HDMI it takes you down to 30MHZ. USB c/ and Mini display port work great.
  4. I have used many, all hooked up to 43” 4k monitor. I have the set up at 3 work locations. ‘I have been using the OWC dock, but the last one I got about 9 mths ago went south, so I trashed it and went with the Brydge Pro dock, which is fantastic. I go the display port route that allows for 4k at 60hz, frees up the USB-C for my external back up.drive. the other USB-C is out put to my macbook pro 16”, all USB’s are used, RJ for internet, so simple, all i do is plug in 1 USB-C to the mac, and it’s up and running, plus the hub supplies 100w power as well. Hope that helps
  5. Call me, as I have an office in Pinehurst, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. VW user since 1986. 910-315-9901 David Nichols- Over 2000 projects completed in both of your criteria.
  6. After the last SP update to VW 2018 the Framing tool now hangs, and VW becomes unresponsive (spinning beach ball) Have to force quit the application. Does this on all files, without exception.
  7. Up until version 2019, I have always created a Layer link for the creation of a model. I then use this model by creating a hidden line rendering of the model for my elevations. This has never been an issue Up until 2019. The new version locks all associated layers I linked to the model, which was true with previous versions. But I choose to make a copy of in Hidden line. 2019 will not accomplish this task. Does anyone have a solution
  8. When creating a roof after latest service pack vw2018 the roof will now totally disappear if geometry is changed, ie could not create roof dialog appears, previously you could continue to make changes to data points, and the roof would eventually come back to life. For the life of me I do not understand why the team at vw cannot get the basic tools up to date, as others have mentioned about the stair tool. I guess new bells and whistles entice new customers. Regards all.
  9. After latest SP of VW2016 my roof now displays multiple planes that do not exist. This happens in hidden line, open Gl or any other view other than top plan, and thus I must ungroup the roof in order to display the roof correctly. I have never had this issue before. what is needed to resolve this issue as its costing me time in completing my work. Attached screen shot shows roof in top plan view ® and same roof Hidden Line (L)
  10. contact me, as i have done numerous pole barn, horse barn, timber frame and bent designs, biggest factor is determining weight of structure vs lift, per your wind zone. Footing design will allow you to resolve lift issue if present. andesign@embarqmail.com, i can send you some designs which may help you with your design work. you are also correct in that a structural engineer may not be needed, if dealing with a competent inspector.. regards David N
  11. I'm in the same boat, still on Mavericks and holding out on primary computer. Have made the move on my other Mac Pro (2012) & MacBook Pro with El Capitan and have seen no issues. Will wait until SP1 for 2016 and SP5 for 2015 and 10.11.1 release, will test at that point and then migrate.
  12. Been using Kensington Turbo Track ball with Vectorworks / MiniCad since 1995, never any issues with drivers or software, and once you get used to a track ball (2 days) you will never go back to a mouse. Switched to slim blade version 2 years ago. Have 6 Turbo's dating back 10 years and they all work fine, plug in and go. Check it out, you will not regret.
  13. I too am experiencing sudden crashes w/ SP2, happens most often w/ paste in place as well as selection of a wall or text and then hitting copy.
  14. no issues running vw 2012 / 2013 / 2014 on mavericks. actually more stable than 2014 in my opinion. Using vw since 1986 was called Blueprint then. Just installed on the NEW MacPro, received it Tuesday and runs flawlessly. This new Mac is scary fast, opened all software on my system, and 12 vw files and it still rendered a complex model in Final Renderworks in about 5 seconds
  15. Same issues with dimensions, a lot of them are missing and some just extend out to space and others are not where they were when I closed the file. This release is so buggy and so full of issues, that i've gone back to 2012 with all its issues. Roof is a total joke, and I am unable to create a roof on a complex house without the file crashing or freezing up.
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