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FRED JOHNSON

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  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. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

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