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  1. No need to run anything OSX on this computer. Just 1 or 2 OS9 compatible programs only.
  2. I have an old macbook which was upgraded to OS 10 +, now I wish to "downgrade" it back to OS 9 (which was what it came with) to use some older software. I have the original restore CD but I don't know exactly how to do the downgrade. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. Pat, Thanks..the single installation thing was what I was looking for. Fred
  4. Pat, Thanks but I do not quite understand your reply..I would be getting a new full package 2009 Architect with Renderworks for new installation on a new computer, not an upgrade of any sort; new from scratch. I am currently still using Architect ver 1 on a G4 (OS 9.2.2) without renderworks so everything will be new, I kept abreast over the various newer versions but will still have a decent learning curve.
  5. I am thinking of upgrading to architect 2009 and I have a simple question: When you order the package with Renderworks is RW intergrated or loaded as a separate package??
  6. Looking to purchase an early version of Renderworks; using VW 8.5 with Architect 1.0 email me at fjj.slap@snet or fjjohnson@snet.net
  7. Peter, I will need to plot sooner than later and x-rip is a lot cheaper than a new plotter. My 330 was refurbished at an HP service shop and is in new working condition - the 430 is just a newer name for the 330 with the same features and gimp may, in fact , drive it. Bottom line: I would consider a 430 if the price was right because, as you said, its got built-in OS support and the 330 won't last forever.
  8. Islandmon, Went to link - Yep, not there.
  9. Katie, Checked the gimp web site, seems the 330 is not supported but both older 220 and 450 are.. so I think I'll plan on X-rip. I need to get all my upgrade costs lined up before I jump in 12.5x Thanks
  10. I am not in a position to compare as, at the moment, I have neither gimp or x-rip. I was just wondering if someone plotting from vw is using gimp in lieu of x-rp and what plotters gimp supports.
  11. Actually Katie X-rip 1.7 (intel macs) still supports the old girl (opps, beg pardon)
  12. I am thinking up upgrading computer to new iMac w/ 10.4x and VW to 12.5. Does the OS still have gimp drivers included or will I need to get X-rip 1.7 to use my old but still going strong HP330?
  13. At $450 its a REAL GOOD Deal considering what you will get.
  14. Guys (& Katie) Thanks for the advice and time..the iMac is it. I'll be ready to purchase something in the next month so at that time I'll compare prices (new vs refurbished, etc.) got price for upgrading to 12.5 and x-rip so I need to keep those in mind.
  15. Just Curious re iMac... refurbished 2.0 Ghz G5 or new Intel.. my son , the graphic designer, has a new intel iMac which has to run non-universal apps photoshop, quark, etc.. and gets lots of sowtware crashes.
  16. I'm thinking that I have one more computer / cad upgrade left in this life (age & stuff) and the only reason to upgrade at all is that although everything works fine now, for what I do (no rendering) its all old stuff (computer, plotter, printer, plot driver)and if any one element goes I would have no choice but to start from scratch. 12.5 seems like such a great upgrade it may be time to bite the bullet sooner than later.
  17. Actually, speed is relative..I'm using Architect 1.0 on a 450 mhz G4 tower with 512 ram and, for what I do, speed, in terms of response to command input, never has been as issue; started with G3. I'm getting older and spend more time as a spec writer than designer. I'm not sure what is meant by "speed", can someone shed some light on what "speed" means to them. I did notice the G4 was faster than the G3, but the time it took to produce a given set of documents did not seem to decrease with the benifit of the faster machine..I also price my services by the hour.
  18. Christiaan, Thanks for the info..guess a new intel Imac will be the way to go, I was probally just fooling myself. QSs?? not sure I know the term.
  19. I'm posting this here as I intend to upgrade my architect package from 1.0 to 12.5 (I know, I know). I have a chance of getting an Emac for a give away price and wondering if anyone was using this machine. It will run VW only and I will also have to update plotter driver. Specs: 1Gz G4 (133MHZ) 1 GB SDRAM Superdrive 17" display ATI Raeon 7500, AGP 4 x support, 32 MB DDR SDRAM
  20. I believe Petri is correct, the ceiling grid is a Hatch. I guess by combining it with the retangle, converting to poly and then to floor object it became my "floor object", and when copied to another layer, my "ceiling object". It would seem that any hatch used this way would correctly represent itself in isometric and perspective views although I don't understand how this should work. Perhaps a 3D ceiling grid object with options might be a good idea, or at least a 2D plug-in.
  21. Katie, Says "Floor". I used the same object, on another layer with wall delta z-height as "z" for the ceiling and inserted light fixtures. Good enough effect for my purposes.
  22. OK, this is what worked: 1. created a layer called floor, made 24' x 24 rectangle, hatched it using the architect 24 x 24 ceiling grid & bucket. 2. grouped the hatched rectangle and used "convert line to poly " command. 3. used the "floor" command to convert the poly object to a floor object with a thickness of 1". 4. made a new layer called walls with a delta z height of 8', drew 3 enclosing ealls over the floor object. 5. Created a layer called model and layer link to floor & wall layers. 6. 2 x 2 "floor" grid appears correctly in all generated isometric and perspective views. QUESTION: Is the ceiling grid tool in the architect toolkit an object or a hatch?
  23. I must admit that I use 3D usually to generate interior room sketch perspectives, which I usually print out and render by hand. Most of my vw stuff is straight 2D construction documents, although I will use walls, plugins, schedules, etc..The good thing about vw is that it has features you can grow with, I'm using Architect 1.01 and have not exhausted all of ITS features.
  24. Katie, Petri, I've manually added the grids for floor & ceiling as I have to get this sketch colored and presented. I will experiment over the weekend with the original model and report back. Thank you both for all your help
  25. Katie, Still don't understand..keep in mind my original post of still using Architect 1.0. The steps should work in that version right? Any steps regarding "viewports" I cannot do. Actually, what I do now is once the right perspective is generated I manually draw in the ceiling and floor tile lines using the floor pattern and reflected ceiling plans as guides. Time consuming but it gets the job done. Just looking for VW to do this for me. Fred


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