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Everything posted by FRED JOHNSON

  1. Katie, Petri, You both seem to be saying different things. Katie seems to be saying that what Petri did was not possible?? Petri, I went to the site and saw your posted image..THAT is exactly what I want. Would if be too much trouble to explain in a little more detail how you do this; I am somewhat slow understanding some things.
  2. Jim, Thanks for your idea. Seems a little much just to get these into perspective view. I used a hatched poylgon for each on separate layers with different "z" hts and did layer links. Should work but doesn't. I'll try your method and see.
  3. I'm trying to generate room perspectives with a 12" x 12" floor tile and a 24" x 24" ceiling grid. How do I get these to display in perspective view. Using architect 1. I know, I know I will upgrade when I get new computer next year, still on 9.2.2 with G4.
  4. Try www.kalinassociates.com I'm sure they have just what you need.
  5. Michael and Travis, Thank you for you information and great advice. I am a licensed architect who, on occassion, have reviewed and stamped the work of a friend of mine who does nothing but residential work. She is an architectural graduate, has worked in offices with me but has never gone for a licence. I was seeking information for her as I thought there should be a LOT of fully qualified people out there doing just what she is doing. With your help I am encouraging her to join AIBD and get up to snuff business wise. (Now if I could only get her to dump autocad!) Thanks again guys for all your help and suggestions. Fred
  6. I was wondering if there are any residential designers (not licensed architects) out there, and , if so, if anyone can answer a few wquestions. 1. There is some sort of residential designers professional organization? 2. Do you use a form of agreement for services?3. How do you handle liability insurance issues? 4. If your work may require the services of a licensed architect or engineer how do you handle this with the A/E and client? Thanks for any help available.
  7. Jan, yes you are correct in terms of WYSIWYG in the viewport..then you work in 'floating model space" for dims & text, with dimscale set to viewportscale. Some offices work this way, others believe in doing all text and dims in paperspace..either way its much more convoluted than VW.
  8. I have to agree with jan a bit here..with paperspace tabs, which we did in release 14, makes having a whole job in one file (like VW) has made things easier (also no more setting limits!0 The real drawback with AC is there is no WYSIWYG, not that great things can't be done with it, with a little effort.
  9. All the best and we will be looking for good things from you in the future.. Fred Johnson
  10. One thing you might want to consider, vectordepot.com used to have an 'offset wall" tool available which works just like the offdet line tool. This has saved me lots of time in laying out floor plans. Fred
  11. OK a little long winded..my point is that we are in the business of graphic communication to convey an idea or series of instructions for a purpose. As such, we should try to be the best we can be at that endeavor, and try to master as many tools as we can to that end.
  12. My two cents.. the issue of learning to hand draw or more correctly, to think with pencil & paper should be an important one. How many of us have been in a situation, away from our computers/cad when we had to convey some sort of instruction or idea, or solve a problem on a construction site. In those instances a computer is useless (yes you can take a laptop but to set up to solve a particular issue can be very time consuming). the ability to convey your ideas graphically in a clear manner should be a skill that most should be willing to learn as a value in itself. I was taught to be able to study/plan a building and produce the necessary construction documentation using just pencil and paper, yes I've been in this business just short of 40 years and trained as a draftsman in pre technical pen days.
  13. One program you should seriously consider looking at is PowerCadd, which is mac only. In many ways it provides DRAWING TOOLS second to none.
  14. VWA 8.5, OS 9.2 Has anyone figured out a way to import more than one page at a time of a word document into VW? My specifications are in word format and, on smaller jobs, I import the spec pages into VW (paste as picture) and organize a sheet or two. Having to import one page at a time is a pain...I have even changed the page size in word to 8-1/2 x 22 (max. size) but no go..only one 8-1/2 x 11 come in..any help would be welcome
  15. You will need macplot graphic pak with has the proper usb to parallel cable to go from the mac to the 750c, and the proper driver. when you go to 10.x you will have to upgrade to Microspot X or use a gimp driver. A jet direct card would give you a local talk (serial connector) at the plotter and ethernet but is not necessary. Put your money into the driver which comes with the proper cable (and dongle!)
  16. try the gallery at vectordepot.com
  17. OK I see (in the 11 literature) that shear, bending moments and deflection can be calculated for simply loaded beams..can anyone at NA give me a little more information as to how this feature works??
  18. Thanks Peter, Can anyone at NA comment on this feature in VW11 as I have not come across it in any of the literature I've read.
  19. Just wondering what, if any, simple span type structural design software was being used in addition to VWA on the mac, any scripts, or may this sort of thing find its way into VWA in the future?
  20. Andrew, Thanks..that makes more sense as the main problem with ACAD viewports is that they had to be locked or else zooming (in floating model space {working directly in the viewport}) would change the scale of the viewport. But again, how is the actual performance of 11 using 9.2.2?
  21. Can the scale of viewports be locked, similart to ACAD so that when zooming in and out the scale is not lost? or has VW's implementation made this ability no longer necessary. I admit I don't understand how this works and am trying to get info before making the plunge. Also how does VW11 run under OS9.2?
  22. Ray, Thanks a million..just what I was looking for! Fred
  23. I need to print from vectorworks to my HP330 from my G4 powerbook using MacPlot. The G4 only has USB ports and my HP/MacPlot has a serial connection. Does any one know where I can get a usb to serial adapter for my G4, and if so what kind of adapter.
  24. I use both VW and Autocad extensively and am quite familiar with modelspace/paperspace, however the use of paperspace in AC is by no means universal. VW direction is somewhat confusing to me in this regard as there exists many ways to achieve the same result now, which probally is multi-scale drawings on one sheet 95% of the time. Embarking on 1:1 model layers, etc..seems like AC confusion and hassle all over again and too much like why I don't like AC now.
  25. My two cents goes to Don & Dan (4 cents actually). That said, however, the model approach with script file for the elevation sheet saves a ton of work!


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