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    Twinmotion Plugin + Sync

    Any news on the live sync plugin?
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    @jeff prince Glad to help 👍 BTW - that looks really cool!!
  3. Is there a tag function that can report the length of a line? Bracing in NZ is represented on a plan view by a dashed line along a wall (between other walls and windows/doors) and the length of each line equates a a figure representing bracing units. I've made a tag that will pick up the line name and sequentially number the braces, but I need it to pick up the line length... is this possible? I have a worksheet schedule that can report the line (via class), brace type (via attached record) and length - but I can't get it to automatically sequentially number the line entries...
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    VW Reference file

    Piece of cake! In the site file, go to View>Create Viewport - when the 'create viewport' dialog opens, go to the layer drop down and select your site layer. The 'select viewport source' dialog box will open - select the 'external document' radio button, then click 'choose' and browse to your building file. Once selected, Click OK and that should be it 😀 It will help immensely if the building ground floor has been modeled at a z height of 0 upward - you'll need to lift the building model once imported to the site model file up to the correct level relating to the site mesh - the finished floor level will be in the OIP whenthe referenced model is selected.
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    Scale Bar

    What would be awesome is if you could select the scale manually - so you could have an A1 scale bar and an A3 scale bar on the same page and be able to place it on the sheet layer rather than inside the annotation layer, so you don't have to keep adjusting its position if you move the viewport...
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    Computers + Managing the Fleet

    I've been building my machines since I bought my first machine from a shop in 1999 for writing and recording music... when my friend (and my band's bass player) ripped the side off it it was completely de-mystified.. this big case had hardly anything in it... I few years back I worked for a small structural engineering firm (the PC's were built by an IT company) who wanted to roll out Revit; my machine crashed every 1-2 hours (they blamed the software (cos it ran AutoCAD OK). I'd had a guts full of this after a week and informed the boss I was looking inside (he freaked out) - as I expected all budget parts, but the company assured him it was up to spec. To his credit he let me build a machine for Revit and it never crashed again... so I ended up building a few more and we never had any major PC problem while I was there (the network and appalling server install is another story... 😲) I guess my point is if you can find a company that will build a machine to your spec so that you know exactly whats in them will enable upgrading with better CPU's (socket/chipset allowing), more RAM, new video cards etc - it'll absolutely cushion the massive cost in doing a full system upgrades if they have upgrade tweaks. I've used nothing but Corsair (PSU, Ram), ASUS & Gigabyte (mainboard), either ASUS, EVGA or Sapphire (graphics) & Dell monitors for around 10 years now and the builds have been rock solid. With more stuff directly on the mainboard (wifi and bluetooth etc) driver issues are virtually non existent now and I can pack it into smaller cases. This is where vendors like Dell etc will change things based on profit margins - they might sell a grunty machine, but it might have a budget motherboard chipset bottlenecking the GPU... these specs are really hard to get out of these companies and why I'd totally avoid them. Apologies for the spiel - hopefully there's something useful in it 😁
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    Win 10 Tweaks

    Nothing for Linux as far as I know 🤔I sit on the bleachers watching the linux world..occasionally checking out a release
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    Win 10 Tweaks

    There's a free app in the Microsoft store called quick look that does just that 👍
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    STRUCTURAL MEMBER BUG(s)

    Bump. @Jim Wilson is there anything official on Structural Tool issues? Great tool on paper but completely unusable... especially in polyline insertion mode
  10. And to make it more confusing in NZ.... my Nulook windows (NZ aluminium window manufacturer) architects manual has all the windows like the left example!
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    Section / Elevation Settings

    Ohh its such a frustrating and rigid piece of expensive rubbish... Where to begin... Site modelling is practically nonexistant, every thing you model to reuse has to be a 'family' - these have preset parameters of what it can be called and classed as that are fixed (unlike VW classes where you make your own), no window tool (again needs to be a family - and to be useful made parametric - this is HOURS of work), it will say it can't do a certain thing you want it to do and not tell you why - just throws up cryptic error windows, free form modelling is arcane (massing even more so!) and hits PC performance, working in 3d was next to impossible (but I think they've gone some way to making it easier), so many more things...oh and cost😱 Even though VW has its fair share of issues and weird ways of doing things, I love it so much more than Revit or Archicad. Plus this forum - its one of the best I've found for product support, company interaction, sense of community and users voices to improve the product. @Acip79 I stopped using hatches long ago - it was time consuming and fiddly. I build my components with textures with no hatches (i get them from here most off the time) and then create my viewports when I make up the sheet sets. If your computer isn't that powerful, you can do some lower quality renders or use Open GL for background rendering to see what the output like is to save time, then make them higher quality for the set that goes out. I always use hidden line without hatches to give the background render a nice edge.
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    Section / Elevation Settings

    Around 30 secs for the elevation in the screenshot in my post with a 12 core Threadripper. Sheet layer dpi is set to 200 - I've found it to be the best trade off for file size vs. clarity. Revit does what I generate now on the fly and in live viewports that you could zoom in and would be super crisp - this was my biggest beef when I switched (still is...). This is the main reason I can't consider a Mac, I'd be rendering forever and would not help my coffee intake at all... I do so much of the design in 3D I only ever create elevation viewports when I'm ready to publish the plans - it forced me to be more disciplined with classing and setting up a structure that is quick to turn on/off what you need (especially when clients make changes 😡) in order to do one render pass through my two elevation sheets. The clients seem to like the output - so that's all that matters to me and I can go get a coffee 😁
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    Section / Elevation Settings

    Here are my elevation go-to settings.. took a long while to get somethign I.m happy with since moving from Revit. These settings pretty much give me what "hidden line" did in Revit.. very confusing initially!
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    PDF to VW

    If you ungroup the imported (or you can drag and drop) vector based PDF you’ll have all the line work. You’ll find you will have to ungroup it a few times to get there.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    This is perfect I think.....
  16. Ditto for 3dConnexion - can't live without my Spacemouse on the left!
  17. Used and abused the mx570 trackball for years... upgraded to the MX ergo - has a tiltable body and is even more comfy 😁
  18. The data tag has sooo many potential uses that can also clean up areas that are inflexible - like property line dimensions and bearings. Can the current system that places a label dead in the center of the boundary line segment be fully replaced with the data tag? This could allow for multiple units (or other customisations 😀) in the tag and where you have a group of short boundaries, allow for placement off the line with a leader line to the boundary segment so you don’t end up with in an unreadable mess and/or having to hide them (then some council numbskull will declare that every boundary dimension must be shown.... even if it’s totally irrelevant 🙄).
  19. On the back of this thread revision clouds linked too the revisions in the title block manager would be a great way to streamline the process. This could allow them to be tagged with a data tag making the process less manual and more coordinated = less mistakes/forgotten annotations
  20. @Nikolay Zhelyazkov that would be absolutely awesome 😁👍
  21. @Nikolay Zhelyazkov - I'm not sure a vwx would be much help as most of how it would work would be behind the scenes. How I would envisage the system to work would need the title block manager to have a revision manager that works holistically with a revamped cloud tool, data tag, title block and sheet list as so: Manager: You set the revision up first (lets call this Revision 'A') before you cloud the changes. Manager: This would need the ability to 'close off' a revision so that the next revision becomes active i.e. rev 'B' and so on.. Cloud Tool: The cloud tool would need to capture the active revision for tagging purposes and placing the correct revision in the title block. When a revision is closed off (lets say 'A') new clouds would be created with revision 'B' data. Clouds would also need to update the title block if placed in the annotation/sheet layer. Data Tag: Scrap the revision tag tool and incorporate this into the data tag - there is tonnes of potential for the new data tag to be a one stop shop for many duties - this would be perfect and reduce the number of tools. With the data tag pulling the revision numbers from the cloud in the design layer/annotation/sheet layer these should be able to be added when the cloud is drawn or added later (Cloud tool/OIP pref?) and should be fully drag able with a leader line attached to the cloud for optimum positioning. Title Blocks: Title blocks reflect the current revision of the sheet pulled from the highest revision cloud present Sheet list: Should include the sheet, title, current revision and date at a minimum, but should be able to list the past revisions that have occurred on each sheet and the corresponding dates. Other folks might have more in depth requirements here... Typical workflow: Open title block manager, go to the revision tab create first revision (A) Cloud changes - automatically adds tags, updates title blocks and sheet lists as you cloud. Close revision of in manager, revision B loaded as active and ready for clouds... At present its: Cloud changes Tag each cloud with revision tag tool Update title block manager for each sheet Make sure the sheet list recalcs and shows the revision. So much room for error and labour intensive...
  22. I was watching a video on Archicad and looking at their detailing methods - it has a very intuitive callout tool in terms of positioning and sizing, much like Revit; three clicks and you’re done. The current VW tool has an RSI inducing number of clicks and menu selections to place the object and its bubble - both the other platforms have the first click to start the rectangle, second to finish the rectangle and the third to place the marker bubble with the leader line following it wherever you place it. Altering the marker bubble location is also easy - click the middle and move it with the leader line following. VW’s tool is overtly complex to do what should be a simple thing. I’ve reverted to copying a few different shapes around - not a good solution as it is easy to miss linking to a viewport. I propose the callout tool has a three click functionality plus easier marker placement post object insertion and just for kicks, a pop up dialogue to link the viewport - this could be a preference to allow in case that behaviour gets annoying to some users...
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    So is the 2018 Mac Mini a viable VW machine?

    Yeah - the price you pay for a fancy case! Down here in NZ, Vega cards are like hens teeth..so you've gotta take a punt on ebay or similar. Are they hooked up to Mac mini's or laptops?
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    So is the 2018 Mac Mini a viable VW machine?

    And then this gets released 🙂 https://9to5mac.com/2018/12/20/blackmagic-egpu-pro-vega-56-apple-store/

 

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