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Ross Harris

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  1. Some very nice additions to the road map 👌
  2. '19 was good, '21 was mint right out of the gate... '22.. a bit petulant. Worst was `18... was actively looking to switch then, but decided to stick it out and '19 put a bit of a smile back. All PC.
  3. Archicad is about to go from $550 per month to $1100 per month in this neck of the woods... Revit is holding at $495 per month with VW $330 per month... still the best bang for buck.
  4. I don't think it's a case of prioritizing windows users, macs don't support hardware based raytracing which is what twinmotions pathtracer requires. Enscape utilizes raytracing and Nvidia's DLSS for AI based upsampling. So with apple not willing to play ball with raytracing hardware and other advances by more open entities rendering is going to streak ahead on windows machines.
  5. Just tested this - the text colour of a text style will change colour when assigned to a class with a different colour to the text style - but it unstyles the text in the process. What would be desirable I think, is for it to keep the text styled while still adopting class parameters like colour, so that if the text style is edited, will still update throughout the file.
  6. Cheers 🙂 I've noticed it looks subtly better switching to Redshift - and renders a bit quicker too. The font is called DINCond I found after a hunt for a decent free condensed DIN font. I used the Barlow condensed google font for a while too - that looks very similar.
  7. I put a heliodon (sun) on the layer that will be in the viewport (usually floor or a site layer) for some shading and use custom Renderworks for background render set to high in the render options (not the OIP). I'll sometimes use hidden line in the foreground render options - depends what I'm going for. Elevation sheet layer dpi to 200 or 300. It took me lots of experimenting to work out a style that replicated what I used to output in revit, but what I doing now is considerably better I think! When experimenting with render settings always save before hand so if you end up committing accidentally (start with low quality settings!) to something that will take way too long you can force quit VW if you can't stop the render. Happy experimenting!
  8. Data tags are the way to go. I've not used the Windoor tags for ages - way more flexible. Pretty sure there is a video on the university on how to create them.
  9. Did you want the actual sill component or just the window to look like it was made from an extrusion? I've managed to get the standard window tool to play ball.. windoor on the other hand leaves the sill thickness below the window on both sides and turning internal trim off turns off the reveal. ARGH. I've had far more 'joy' getting the standard tool to look more like reality lately...
  10. Ross Harris

    2021 Issues

    ctrl alt del, open task manager, select the the startup tab and disable every application that doesn't need to run at startup. Pays to google what you are disabling in some cases, as the names of some application executable in the list aren't obvious..
  11. Windoor doesn't do do stops either unfortunately...
  12. Since data tags arrived, I've stopped using the windoor tags and made custom data tags that you can tag windoor objects in either the design layer or viewport annotations - so much more flexible. There is a video on the ozcad site covering them and also how to display user field data as well.
  13. Exactly - I used surface array and a small extrude of a profiled metal cladding to make the roof and wall cladding on the attached - it gives infinitely more realism to renders than displacement mapping can or where this isn't available.
  14. Yep for the mx ergo and 3dconnexion space mouse. Never leave home without ‘em. I struggle to use VW without the space mouse these days.
  15. I've got Big Sur on a 15" 2019 MBP, 2.3ghz 8 core, 32gb RAM running a Radeon RX580 8gb card in an eGPU with two 27" dell monitors at 2560x1440 - VW 2021 SP2 working as well as it did on Catalina except for fuzzy toolbar icons on the dell monitors running at native resolution.. all the other palettes and quick prefs are nice and crisp .
  16. @JuanPI'm still having the jumping issue mentioned above with the latest beta driver build r3278 - is there any feedback on this issue you can share?
  17. I do residential and light commercial - and model everything in VW, including the site and the 2d detailing work. These latter two areas alone are where I find ArchiCAD falls over, and I've found modelling in VW so much more direct and intuitive as well - especially for structural members. I also find its the little things - like add surface and clip surface, then extrude or convert to slab to name one, that speed up my work; I find Archicad's workflow arduous. V2021 made a number of great usability tweaks - the only major gripe I have left is updating viewports - which will hopefully evaporate once Redshift integration comes along..
  18. Can vouch for InteriorCAD xs - phenomenal product.
  19. Ross Harris

    PC Build

    If you can, hold out for the nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics cards being released for next week... they are significantly more powerful (and very well priced) than the RTX 2000 cards. Bear in mind that VW graphics requirements go up every year and 2021 will likely need more graphics oomph looking at the first teaser Tuesday.
  20. I’ve made custom drawing labels with the data tag tool - works not to bad and is totally customisable.
  21. @PatStanford very true! Survey dwgs can have so much rubbish in them - depends on how good their cad person/team is. I’ve ripped a couple of surveyors for their rubbish files... at least vectorworks will still Import the file regardless of of object distance. Revit will refuse any file import that has objects over 4km apart (if I’m remembering correctly) - that was the first time I had to ask a surveyors cad person fix their mess up..! The zebra effect on 3D objects is the main giveaway for far put objects/origin distance issues. Scale is another issue I’ve struck too - I’ve had files from one particular surveyor that were always double the stated on dimensions or boundary lines. I asked colleagues who are on Revit and ArchiCAD to import and see if they had the same problem after the surveyor said it was mine or vectorworks fault. Oddly enough after pointing out two other people on different platforms had the same issue, the next version came through right... 🤔
  22. Similar to Boh's method, I create a design layer viewport (DLVP) of the building on the site layer that has the DTM (always generated from a surveyors dwg) on it - this way I can accurately set the finished floor level in real world figures by setting the z height of the DLVP in the object info palette - it has saved my bacon on a few occasions where the builder or surveyor stuffed up the datums and fingers get pointed to me saying "are you gonna pay for this?. You draw the plan wrong!" That would be no... see here on the model? See ya! Anyho, referencing the building to the DTM keeps north correct (its usually always up) and takes out the potential to move it stuffing up solar studies. Its easy to create a DLVP of the site and send that to the building layers once the siting has been established to make the foundation suite the site contours and you've then got the site layer as a backup to any potential disputes.
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