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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!)

  12. 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?

  13. 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?

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