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  1. All great points made in recent posts above. I am always on the lookout for automation of 3d detailing. The best I have seen so far for this specific thing is Plusspec, a Sketchup plugin that has real materials (even labelled insulation batts!) and intelligent lintels over windows that change profile with span and timber trusses and rafters/hips that are generated as part of a roof component. Mostly tailored for Australian single storey buildings and material suppliers at the moment however. I am in UK.
  2. That is the key for me. Any competent draftsman can draw plans and elevations quickly in 2d. To me the power if 3d and BIM should lie in AI and machine learning for section production with accuracy and easy editing/material selection. Lots of correction with line drawing over blanked out incorrect fills negates the advantages.
  3. Ps. The above may have seemed off topic. However I am on a similar position to the headline writer except I am the opposite ie I am a user of VW for 15+ years who is looking at Revit for things like accurate representation of architectural sections drawn from the model base plans. Our new architect is an experienced Revit user. She is in the middle of a VW Architect trial to fit into our ecosystem and is finding it a disappointment. We need to meet in the middle somehow either by me showing her VW can compete on BIM or her persuading me to switch.
  4. Thankyou all for your time and interest. Let’s see what the pool of knowledge produced. I am really fast at producing 2d sections out of my head. It comes with age 🙂. To me a BIM system should have a degree of automation written by someone who can put a building together. I shouldn’t have to trace over a 4 lines section with no fills. I was looking to see what the VW settings are like for what I thought would be a a really simple starting point - a tiled, insulated timber pitched roof section. It fell over so I went back to 2d as I have for many years. If the intelligence is there in the app, let’s see who can reveal it for us.
  5. The aim is to spend less time on hand drawn sections but I could not send this to a builder!! Builders already think architects could not tile a roof if they tried.
  6. Thankyou so much for taking the trouble to comment. No - not hand assembled!! I am in the process of prising myself away from 2d. It was simply a case of using ‘create roof from polygon’ command. Then selecting a standard roof build up and replacing the default build up. Then changing the visibility on the viewport from solid black fill to more detail.
  7. Can anyone solve this section viewport issue - roof tiles face upside down on one side and correctly on the other.
  8. Can anyone solve this section viewport issue - roof tiles face upside down on one side and correctly on the other.
  9. It is worth noting the history of WYSIWYG interfaces 1. Xerox Parc 2. Mac 3. Windows Without that we may all still have command line word processor commands for all CAD functions. Despite adapting to a graphical interface, Autocad still retains a command line. Although we complain, without Graphsoft Minicad (Graphisoft is the Archicad company,) an excellent CAD app would be hard to find. So whereas we complain, unless Nemetschek had agreed, after purchasing both companies, to continue developing in both Apple and MS environments, we would not have the option to choose. The issue of compatibilty and upgrades is something we have to live with to retain our choices. I appreciate the continuing efforts of Nemetschek to maintain the options in an ever changing environment.
  10. Not necessarily. All is fine now. I was driven crazy when first using Mojave with VW 2019 but have recovered after a year of rest and rehab. Catalina is now OK also with 2019 so I assume 2020 is too. I cancelled Service Select after losing so many months of productive work last year and now cannot justify spending £1100 for the 'upgrade' to 2020. I don't mind paying for additional features but object to paying annually for unfinished compatibility. There are long debates on this last issue (is it Apple's fault or developers, timing of OS release vs VW releases etc) so please don't anyone restart that one.
  11. Well here we go... I took the plunge six months after the official release of Catalina and having failed to renew the Service Select. I have downloaded Catalina and have been running VW 2019 with good success. It is as stable as it was under Mojave six months into that update (the first three months of Mojave/VW2019 were a nightmare). As others have said, wait six months after each Apple OS and Vectorworks annual update and you have far less chance of losing productive time while the two catch up with each other and iron out incompatibilities.
  12. Still waiting for someone to confirm that VW 2019 is OK with Catalina
  13. Another way would be for software vendors to test the actual release of OSX rather than beta only and not issue upgrades the same month as apple releases their latest version of the OS. As several have said on this forum, the final release of OSX can differ from beta. Appx 6 months stagger may be adequate assurance that the latest software version will be reasonably compatible with the latest OS. From the experience with Mojave, it took many vendors 6 months after release to catch up. This would restore confidence that subscribers are only funding upgrades rather than collaborating on compatibility testing.
  14. We are being offered massive discounts to upgrade to 2020/resubscribe to VSS. I am pleased I unsubscribed. Otherwise I would have been gutted to see the 40% off promotions two months after the deadline. Last year’s issues were too much time, trouble and stress for me. A year on, I have to say that Mojave and the current 2019 SP are working fine so that will be the status quo for me for a good while yet...
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