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Mat Caird

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  1. Your dell..my HP P4 HT, 512 Ram hasn't crashed since I bought it 2 months ago. Do you get error messages? My dell laptop crashes ALL THE TIME rnuning VW, C4d, autocad, pshop - apparently something overheats and the system just dies....but I can leave winamp or dvd's running all day and it never crashes.
  2. the numeric keyboard does it....try it and see
  3. Try switching to the 3d view "top" before you place the object. Or, switch to the 3d view of the object that you desire, do a convert "copy to lines", then select the 2d copy, and the 3d object and create a symbol. Then, when you place it in your 2d drawing, on a 2d view, you will see the 2d component of the symbol exactly where you want it.
  4. I agree with Andy M - You really need both VW and C4d, (and the vw exchange plugin). The result you get using both will be much more impressive to the client. C4d trees, furniture etc are readily available on the net, and those are the props that your client will respond to. I find that clients who need a 3d wlkthrough have no imagination, so you must 'dress up' your models to the max. Also, as regards to time, I think the workflow in C4d will make for a faster result than you'd get using renderworks, regardless of rendering speed. And when you factor in 'preview renders' to check scaling of materials etc, C4d will kill RW. You will save days literally, before you even start the final animation. That's my 2 cents ...
  5. You need to be in a 3d view in VW before you export - press 5 on the numeric keyboard to get the current layer into 3d top view. You may need to use layerlinks to get all you layers into 3d before you export.
  6. I agree; VW is WAY easier to use, WAY better results, WAY better value. As for offset and fillet, I find they are mostly irrelevent in the VW environment. You tend to deal with objects (doors, tables, bits of timber, bolts, steel sections etc), where offset dosen't really apply.
  7. So I used the create standard sheets command, with the predefined style "condoc C", scale 1:50, print area ISO A2.... The title block looks just how I want it, except it's slightly the wrong size (to be expected). So I switch layers to sheet-floorplan 1, and double click the drawing border, but "this object has no edit behaviour". ie, I can't resize it. So Robert, if the drawing border arch PIO is symbol based, where do I find and edit this symbol? Thanks. Mat.
  8. Well Bruce, I use the setup assistant all the time. I am new to VW, and one of the main reasons I migrated to VW (from ACad), was for the setup assistant features. I have wasted time trying to understand how it all works etc, and have basically given up trying to fight it. Now if I wanna draw a bed on a floorplan, I use the create standard sheets coommand, and add the furn/equip plan sheet. It does mean I have TOO MANY layers and classes etc but what can you do? I did write a script to turn all classes on, and that way if I lose an object, at least I can find it again. One thing that bugs me the most though, is if I edit one of the standard sheets, then later on have to add another sheet use the create standard sheets command, all the other sheets are reset to the standard. I think there's a workaround for this (layermap thingy), but I'm trying to earn $1,000,000 this year...and mucking 'round isn't helping. For the NNa people to consider: The matrix does get VERY large...too large really. And I'm sure it would help everyone understand the setup commands if they were more thoroughly described in the user manual. Also, we need MORE CONTROL. We don't always want a seperate piece of paper showing furniture! It doesn't hurt the builder to see furniture on his working drawings! I note that the setup commands are much improved from VWA9 - Thanks you!
  9. He's right you know: when you have a model of 2 floors and a basement, the ceiling height/slab thickness on floor 1 does look *wrong*. Compare it with a model of 1 floor and a basement, and then the diagram is self explanatory....
  10. Thanks for replying Katie No the PIO objects that wont change are not inserted in anything. The PIo objects I have problems with include: drawing label & north arrow. If I copy them into a blank (default) drawing, the line thickness does change as required.
  11. So if I insert the drawing title object into a blank document, I can adjust the line thickness in the normal, using the attributes pallette. But, on some of my drawings, I cannot adjust the line thickness. Any ideas? win2k, VWA10. Technique; Select the drawing label object, change the line thickness in the attributes pallette. Result; in some drawings it changes, in others it does not.
  12. Actually, I flipped my profile object first, b4 extrude along path, and got the result I wanted.
  13. Hi all I am trying to extrude along a path, and the profile object gets flipped, and ends up facing 'into' the center of the open polygon. ANy ideas? |YThanks in advance
  14. Thanks for your reply Katie Yes the redlines class line is set to red. If I select the redline object, the attributes pallette shows pen as "class style", and the color swatch is red - yet the object is definitley black...Any further ideas? - Note that there are other colored lines on the drawing. I used your suggestion to class the PIO objects, and it is absolutely perfect of course. I set the door PIO to class Door-Main, and the Window PIO to class Window-Main (VWA10 - I woulda thought this would be done by NNA as part of the architect industry series??).
  15. Being a relatively new user, I cannot work out why my Redlines (created with the redline tool) are black on the screen. I can't change 'em either. Note that other objects are colored correctly. Also, why do PIO's created from the Objects Pallette not go into an appropriate class - eg, windows should surely go into the Window-Main class??? And why, when I create a new wall time, and "assign to existing class", do they not go into the existing class I have assigned 'em. Thanks!
  16. I have a drawing underway, and wish to add some extra sheets to it. I have modified the Iso borders but they are all working perfectly, the issue manager works fine etc. So I go into FILE | SETUP | DOCUMENT SETUP and ensure that the "use border settings as preferences when sheets are created" is ticked. Then I go to FILE | SETUP | CREATE STANDARD SHEETS and I attempt to add the sheet "Site Plan (General)". Use sheet border is ticked. In the sheets to be created dialog, I see all the existing sheets, plus the new one. They all have "w/border". So I press OK and the script runs, and removes all my borders from every sheet. So what is happening?
  17. I would love to be able to edit the "issue manager" tool, but of course the script is locked. I read in an earlier post that NNA do not want to have to trouble-shoot erros caused by users such as myself, who tend to wreck things, then get confused and blame someone else (ie NNA). Hence locking the supplied scripts. So, why not "force" the user to duplicate the locked scripts before editing them - 4 lines of code at most? That way, both NNA and the users get what they want...
  18. this might be way off track, but try this: Set "show lineweight" to on Pull the symbol/pio out of the wall If there is an "unhealed" wall join visible, heal it Reinsert the symbol as it was Voila! This just worked twice in a row for me, with a mysterious thick line appearing in a door PIO and a window symbol. Both times there was an "unhealed" wall join. Sounds like a bug of sorts
  19. u can customise the right click menu in VW10 - it works very well.
  20. Hi Is mod-slab-1 used to draw the floor for mod-floor-1? If yes, why does the setup commands put mod-slab-1 above the mod-floor-1 in the layer order, thus obscuring anything drawn on mod-floor-1? Thanks
  21. The analogy is a piece of paper...it's the same size as the final plot will be. You "cut holes" in the paper to form the "viewports". You then "look through" the "viewport" to the cad model (building) behind. You can specify the scale at which to view the model. If the scale is 1:5 say, then obviously the entire model will not be seen through the viewport. You "pan" the model around so that only portion of the model you wish to print is visible through the viewport. You can can also specify the 3d view. I guess one big advantage is the ability to move the viewports around on the sheet without moving the actual model. I have noticed that since migrating to VW (from ACAD), I do produce more sheets per project. I think this is because I still haven't become truly comfortable with the multitude of layers and layerlinks required to produce a model.
  22. my 2 cents: Viewports are good for having drawings of different scale on the same sheet, particularly details. EG, do a cross section, then lintle detail (over the window), and the footing detail. All three drawings fit easily on the same sheet. No opaque white masks. Also, I see a better way of organising elevations (4 per printed sheet): each viewport contains a layerlink to the 3d model, but from a different standard view (front, left, right etc). Any changes to the model automatically update on the elevation sheet. But I agree with you guys about not forcing a new paradigm onto experienced users. Viewports would be a great feature for Acad converts though. Note that not all acad users use the viewport functionality. Some are blissfully ignorant, and still produce good drawings.
  23. The transition to VW10 from Acad is not really any different than VW9. The concepts of layers and 3d/2d are still the same. One thing I noted was the VW10 user manual was much better than the VW9 version. Maybe I understood more of the concepts after 4 months of exposure, or it may have better content. I suspect the content has improved. I made the switch in May this year, and feel more and more proficient all the time. I have so far done 2 houses, and a museum (albeit a small maritime building)- complete sets of documentation, as well as numerous other small jobs. It's working pretty well really, and the standard of presentaion coming out the office is SO MUCH better than what we could squeeze out of ACAD2000. Good luck.
  24. yeah there's a number stamp tool - I think I added it to my workspace, but it's definitly there
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