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Ross Harris

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  1. Here's hoping! I personally found the new titleblock a huge step up in functionality; the only niggle I have is the revision system and to a lesser extent a sheet list showing the most current revision - but certainly felt like a job half done. The VAA titleblocks were a huge amount of work to update..when I go back to older projects I replace them 😁

  2. The problem with issues and the the revisions system is that when you only apply them to the sheet it screws up the system over the whole set. If you apply them to the whole set it gets confusing as it shows revisions to sheets with no revisions/issue changes.

    For example (applies to Issues as well):

    Revision 1: Sheets 1,2 & 3 have a revision so become rev 1. in the title block

    Revision 2: Sheet 2 has a change - sheet 1 &3 stay on rev 1 sheet 2 goes to rev 2

    Revision 3: Sheet 1 has a revision - Sheet 1 goes to rev 3, sheet 2 rev 2 and sheet 1 rev 1


    There is no way in the current system to make the revision flow chronologically - the current system would call sheet 1 rev 2, sheet 2 rev2 and shet 3 rev 1 - very confusing making it look like only two revisions have occurred when there have been three. Revisions and issues should be a project wide system not a title block thing.

    Revit has a brilliant system for this along with sheet list that adds revisions. You set the issue/revision number/letter in the rev/issue manager and any cloud you tag is auto numbered to the current active rev/issue- once this is signed of the rev/issue is completed in the manager and the title blocks only show the highest revision/issue. Next issue/change is automatically activated when closing off the last rev/issue. 


  3. On 9/4/2018 at 10:48 PM, herbieherb said:

     I would rather consider whether Apple is still a reliable hardware supplier. 

    Just look at the joke the updated Mac Pro is turning into. How does a computer take over two years plus to develop when the hardware is abundantly available? It’s probably the case that’s taking all the time.... Seriously, how does this say to professionals they are listening, considering people are grimly hanging onto the last tower models propped up by aftermarket parts and drivers, or the few brought a flower pot - the one they finally sucked it up and apologised for it being a lemon... even it’s specs were way off beam. It’s further proof that they have little investment in the desktop, despite the claims of how ‘critical’ macOS and the desktop is to them. They are a company propped up by a line of phones with the iMac as an accessory while they desperately look for the next phenomenon....

    i’ve got An iMac in the lounge and I love using it and the integration with my iPhone (apart from photos - it sucks, and the rort iCloud is) but I can’t justify the cost of a decent machine in my business with their lack of interest in getting a worthwhile machine and monitor to the market and software deprecation being a major red flag.

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  4. 9 hours ago, line-weight said:

    I really do hope that VW have gone some way to addressing all this with VW2019

    Hopefully! Jim has commented the focus on 2019 was quality... but after 3 service packs and still the issues prevail, it points to larger issues in the software that can’t be fixed by patching. I really do hope 2019 is a stellar release... but on the flip side, Aus/NZ customers are gonna have to wait 2-3 months to update after release for it to be ‘localised’.

    11 hours ago, Gadzooks said:

    Always a difficult call.

    Certainly is - and there have been times when I’ve wondered if I’d done the right thing coming from Revit. Little things like the the callout tool, the laborious way to add additional dimensions... which become big things after a while. My right click menu has become stupidly big to get around some of the issues and save my hand (I’ve already got a trackball to combat RSI). 

    Having to make a decision to buy into a platform and workflow in the demo period is always a push - VW has some amazing tools that have made my life much better, but not being able to fully assess the impact of things like manual viewport updates and general instability leaves a taste in the mouth when the quirks and issues start to overtake productivity.

    I’m possibly setting up an office with three other designers and a planner; two of them use Archicad, the other on Revit looking to change. There will be no question where he will go when he sees the issues I have, and as much as I‘ve talked up the good points of VW, especially when I start swearing on multiple crashes, blacked out renders and getting coffee every time I need to render viewports... So it’s looking more and more like I’ll need to upskill to be able to share the workload between colleagues- 2019 will almost be a deal breaker if it’s a lemon.


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  5. Exactly - I’m getting frustrated with consistent freezing, crashing where it just vanishes - I’ve had to set 5m auto backup intervals because it’s so random. I moved a slab in small project today and it hung - tried the same thing a few different ways an the only thing that fixed it was saving with a new name!! 

    Sketch lines on forground hidden line now refuse to show on new projects... I have to turn sketch off to get hidden lines back, custom render works will all of a sudden stop working properly until I restart VW.... the callout tool that was ‘enhanced’ a version or two back was nothing short of half baked... the ‘sticky’...I could go on. When it goes, it runs great... until it starts slowing down...

    i’m 99.9% certain my issues aren’t the pc... I still have a Revit license to maintain for the last Revit project nearing completion and have been using a colleagues spare archicad seat to see if the grass is greener, both softwares run great to the point of ultimately reliable...

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  6. I'll second all that with regards to time spent drinking coffee looking at the teapot vs. hourly rate down the toilet. I don't do a lot of rendering - most of my work is top plan and drafting in viewport over model sections, but the update times for elevations, 3d's and model changes in edit section view re-renders were grating with an i7 4.2ghz quad core - its probably the biggest single issue I have with VW; coming from Revit there was no need to update anything and is the primary reason I can't move a couple of colleagues over the light. 

    The reduced time in those process alone makes me more productive, which makes me feel better overall.

    Plus given the VGM updates coming, more cores are worth considering. 


  7. I used intel cpus for ages and tried the threadripper - not looking back! I would go threadripper with a Corsair AIO cooler - I have the 12 core OC’d to 3.9 ghz and it absolutely flies. I’ve read that you should be able to OC the 16 core cpu up to the same. They are dead easy to OC as well.

  8. I've had a run of part upgrades to try and get something that has the best of both worlds in terms of 2d & openGL performance, render speed and stability. I use a iMac on and off and it just seems way more stable.. but there's not much to pick from for fast rendering...

    Anyho, I built a water cooledAMD 1920X Threadripper 12 core ( my shop ran out of 16 core  versions at the time)  OC'd to 3.9ghz (would crash during high res renders at 4.0ghz !), Corsair H115i AIO, 32 gb Ram and a GTX1080 Ti and the thing absolutely flies and is mostly stable - I think the main issues now are around Windoor as adding or eydropping a door/window every now and again will make VW vanish. At its stock clock speed it was noticeably glitchy on good perf and compatibility - but once OC'd it flew - these CPU's are dead easy to OC as well..

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  9. Check out https://www.revitcity.com/downloads.php this was my go to resource when I was working at a Revit practice... all user submitted content and some really cool stuff and great community feel like this place - the autodesk forum is pretty hostile...

     Being in NZ, the Revit library is next to useless - there is some really cool stuff submitted by NZers at Revit city that really saved the day and time.. something like this for VW users would be awesome and would help with localised products or standard 2d details like cladding corners/junctions, spouting extrusion symbols - so much stuff.

    I try to model something I use frequently once a month too improve my modelling skills, so I’d be keen to upload stuff and happily let others with better skills improve improve them if they felt like it.

    An export to routine could be added to the resource manager - when you export a spiffy 3D/2d symbol to your local liberty file then upload it to the online resource.

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  10. I’ve bounced between my 12 core threadripper (now overclocked to 4ghz) with 32gb ram, 1080gtz and my wife’s 27" iMac with a core i5 3.4ghz quad core with 8gb ram and a 4gb video card and it is considerably more responsive and stable than the pc. Aside from the sluggish zooming the oip flashes like a disco when you update something or even just selecting some thing - and then eventually it’ll just vanish like it was never open (if anyone was a Cubase user circa v3 it was dubbed a ‘poof’) 9 times out of 10 doing something with Windoor. The Mac doesn’t do this, crash and is considerably snappier - it’s low end by comparison. Overclocking the pc only made a marginal difference.. so I’m of the opinion after a/b-ing things the Mac version is more refined in using system resources. Now if Apple can just hurry up with those (fingers crossed they match imacs) monitors...

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