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  1. Mike Oz, You should write the tech manual! Nice explanation graphic! A
  2. Not sure where to post this but I am getting the following error in my help system now. This happens when I got to launch help in VW 2012. "An error occurred while opening the help system. The "VWHelp" folder may be missing or contain invalid data. Please contact technical support for assistance."
  3. when I try to update a viewport I get the following error message and don't know how to resolve it. Now I can't open up a major drawing and am dead in the water under a deadline! no, changing the name doesn't help because there seems to be one million of these suckers and I keep going and going and never finish....
  4. What if you have a Workspace that already has the Z-key set to something different than the new Snap Loupe? Where do you find how to set Snap Loupe to another key? A
  5. There were many cool new features shown and explained at VectorFest that went way beyond the marketing information on the NNA website. That is sort of the point of the event itself and why they called it "training." And that was the point being made in the Architosh article: that people should go to VectorFest if they can! No software company can cover every single feature on their website when the features number over a hundred. I think the specific number mentioned was 90+. I leave it to NNA to answer the detailed questions above. AFR.
  6. Katie, I appreciate the quick reply but that's not what I mean. I am are of that method however. Let me explain more clearly. I remember a way in this program in which you can define a polygon for example and draw it offset from any combination of vertices that you can select. So maybe in my example I'm clicking on a combinatin of lines, polys, etc and put together they constitute a "path" that my mouse is going to follow. Off of this path I want the polygon or double-line tool to offset to one side of the "path". What I don't want is to have that varied set of lines and polys offset to one direction because I don't want that stuff duplicated again. The long way around this is to create a polygon that represents the "offset space" and then follow the path of lines and polys, walls, etc to the point of stopping. Then use one side of that "spacer poly" as my guide for the stuff I originally wanted offset. Then go back and select and delete the spacer poly. I don't know why I'm struggling to find what I'm looking for, but it probably has something to do with the fact that it's Friday and I'm tired. Thanks again.
  7. I seem to have forgotten how to do a controlled offset tracing style. I want to trace the vertices of a given series of lines, polys, etc as a guide and have off set from that guide a double line. There used to be way to do this....? Using the Custom Control Line mode while using the double line tool doesn't work. I can't put in an offset value greater than half the distance of the separation factor for the double line. What gives? Am I'm using the wrong tool or am I just too late in this very long week to think straight anymore? Thanks for the reply!
  8. quote: Originally posted by aersloat: What kind of plot files? For what purpose? If you just need to get something output so that a service bureau can plot the files there are at least two free options: 1> output the files in adobe acrobat format (.pdf) using the OSX printer drivers. There are extensive discussions elsewhere in the forums regarding the many options for creating and editing pdf files. 2> get your service bureau to download the free vectorworks viewer, which will let them open and print your files. As far as buying a plotter is concerned... if you browse the forum topics you will find that there aren't really any good low cost options yet. HP's higher end postscript plotters work great (the 1055cm for instance) but the plotters which rely on software ripping don't work natively yet. There are 3rd party products on their way, but they aren't quite ready yet (microspot). I agree with this poster. At even at this time there are few good options at the lower end of the cost spectrum. The HP postscript plotters are expensive but they are well worth their price, especially if you value your time. In our mixed (Win/Mac/Linux) environment, the HP800ps works exceptionally well under OS 9, works satisfactory under Win2000, and has ok performance under OS X. The problem with OS X is the lack of advanced support for printers at this time. And Apple is to blame there. But on the Mac, a good hardware-based Postscript solution (whatever size printer) is going to give you the most problem free printing. Just my 2 cents!
  9. Andy, I am glad to hear from someone so quickly and I have already put in a good call with Nem folks. Yes, I do believe that the DTM can produce elegant results if all goes as planned. As for the larger model I am having a hard time on, I'm not yet sure if it has to do with size, complexity overload or my version of VectorWorks is faulted in some way (VW Arch. 9.5.1). I understand from my call with Nem. that many of the little tips and tricks will be included in the next updated manuals.
  10. This is really directed at Robert. I am currently experimenting using all of the 3D tools in VW Architect for an article, starting with landforms. I have found that the DTM site modeling functions are completely unpredictable in their results. Conceptually, the DTM is elegant, however the manual is horrible and doesn't walk you through the the typical process (who cares about all of the little ways you can create DTM data, most architects are going to use 2D polys to 3D polys). Two weeks ago I created a sweet little model with a shaded hull. Getting the hull figured out was a bit tricky because you need to make it a fill, I believe. But it worked. Today I can't even a larger model to present. Have any of you had these types of problems? Is it just me or is the DTM radically unpredictable in its results and usability? Feedback from anyone would be appreciated. Thanks. Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Ed. Architosh.com [ 07-10-2002: Message edited by: Architosh ]
  11. Multiprocessing with VectorWorks has been discussed in the Architosh interview with Sean. See this site for a reference link as well. Apple's biggest problem is getting faster single processor machines. While certainly MP Macs are clearly the way to go with OS X and beyond, for some developers it might not make much sense to thread their apps just for this smaller market of OS X users. It looks like 2002 and 2003 may be the catching up years for PowerPC. The G5 appears to be sampling successfully at 1.6GHz. And on the Wintel side Intel and AMD are now beginning MegaHertz Myth Talk too. It doesn't make much sense for Intel to push Pentiums to 3GHz when they are trying to sell much more expensive 64-bit Itaniums at just under 1 GHz. Even the informed IT manager will get currious about the advantages of Itanium in workstations if Pentiums outpace them MHz -wise so much.
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