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Everything posted by FRED JOHNSON

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. I have never been able to get acceptable results with the trace bitmap tool. I have switched to using Adobe Streamline for this sort of thing, and it doesn't do a great job but better than VW. Is there any plan to improve the sensitivity of this tool in the future?
  5. Does VWA 11 include a command for offseting walls? This has been one of my favorite tool (script command)
  6. "command-period" seems to work, "escape" does not. Thanks Bryan and Katie
  7. OK got model of 3 story building and wireframe looks good..select "final hidden line" rendering mode and it looks like its going to take forever once it starts. Is there a keyboard combination to STOP the rendering. Mac OS 9, VW 8.5 + Architect
  8. 1. You give each layer the "print scale" desired. when you select the print command the driver should present you with the available choice of sheet sizes. 2. select the line tool, click to start the line, tab into the edit window, type "4'" move the mouse in the direction you want the line to grow and click. 3. Layout tabs in Acad represent paperspace viewports for the purpose of printing specific drawing areas to a specific scale - VW has no equal function, use the layer scale and sheets. 4. ACAD is 1:1, VW is "print scale by layer. Note: All of the above and much more is covered in the manual. Hope this gets you started!
  9. go to http://www.monitor.net/~dbelfm/mcadtools.htm for download "4 views"
  10. Far to tedious...someone wrote a script somewhere (which I have) which prints all 4 elevation views on a separate sheet, still linked to the model. Have to search for the site...
  11. Don, That is the method I use for 2D Plans, I only use layer links for models, and saved sheets for different model views (perspective) I know its more involved, but I keep drawings in separate files, sometimes separated after things have jelled.
  12. Thanks Ray, I will give it a try (still think its a desirable feature)
  13. sorry, did not see machine and driver info at top of post. Not using x-rip but the problem seems driver set-up related. What steps have you taken in this direction?
  14. first of all, some questions: windows or mac?, if mac what driver? Have you set up the ploter and paper size per HP's directions in the 350 manual, what options are listed by the driver in "page set-up? Your plotter should work fine for the sheet size listed, more info might help to isolate the issue.
  15. Has it ever been considered to have text auto-class, similar to dimensions. This would seem to be a great feature and, for me anyhow, an obvious step.
  16. I use "Mr Hand" available from Objects Online.com, I believe. It is not as fine as archqix.shx but is a good hand drawn font. You also might consider "Graphite" and "Stylus". HTH
  17. Peter & Bryan Thanks for your info I had already figured it by Peter's method (and checking the manual) It was so easy to do I feel stupid for asking the question.
  18. I have found vw great for generating quick interior space perspective views. I have a situation which has me stumpped...having drawn a soffit on a separate layer how do I extrude two round ducts on either side of it? I generally print out a draft and do a hand overlay with color for presentations; I have sketched in the ducts by hand but would really like to know how to do this. HELP PLEASE!!
  19. were these tests conducted with quartz imaging on or off ... is vw speed affected by quartz??
  20. I'm still using 8.5 (architect) and I find (also being from the "old School") the time spennt in doing it the old way but using as many of the vw features as possible has been cost effective. For instance, I use the window elevation symbols but switching to elevation view, converting to group and inserting in my elevations which are usually drawn on the plan/top view. I did download a script which turns the model into 4 flat elevations on a separate sheet which is a timesaver. Cross-sections I do manually so I can "build" them as I work.
  21. Is it possible to import a PDF file directly into VW10 and be able to edit the vector information? somewhere I thought I heard that this was a new feature.
  22. Just as a thought, I have used Adobe Streamline to autotrace a scanned siteplan, then save it as dfx file to import into VW. Streamline does a lousy job with pictures but is fairly good with vector bitmaps.
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