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Mat Caird

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. win2k VWA10

    I often get runtime errors editing roofs. I simply haven't got the time to try and reproduce the bug, but I am interested in what a runtime error is.

    Is it caused by a conflict with VW and a device driver?

    Is it code not ported properly from MAC OS?

    What else?

    Any insights would be appreciated.

  5. here's what I would do (in VWA10)

    AEC|create roof from walls

    save your work

    go to top/plan view

    select the roof

    move the mouse toward one of the selction markers at the gable end - the pointer arrow changes to a hand

    left click

    choose "gable end" from the window


    save your work

    move the mouse arrow to the other end where you want the gable end

    do as above

    save your work

    I've found that it will crash more often than not, so save your work each time you do anythinG!

    There is also a "roof face" command, but u shouldn't need it to do as the picture in the link you posted.

  6. I'm trying to draw a grid bubble in the (-)Y direction (ie down the screen). It looks great until I change anything in the OIP. If I change the text size, the grid lines stop pointing in the x direction, flip 90degress, and start pointing in the Y direction. What gives?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Thanks both for your help.

    Katie, I would have hoped "Going from 1:10 to 1:50, the text should" ... actually print on paper the same size. This means then that 2.5mm text on the 1:10 layer will be 12.5mm high on the 1:50 layer.

    However, the more I play with this, the more I realise I'm trying to do something which simply isn't possible.

    thanks again u 2

  8. Thanks for your reply Andy.

    No luck though, I looked at every layer scale, and the scale text box is checked. Still, if I edit|copy text from a layer with a scale of 1:10, and edit|paste onto a 1:50 layer, the text dosen't scale up like it should.

    I just tried it on VWA9.5 and the behaviour is the same.

    Please tell me, how do you cut and paste text between layers of different scales?

    Thanks again

  9. Hi Katie


    But try this - create a wall with a 30mm white cavity, 100mm black cavity, 10mm grey cavity. Insert a door, enable a trim of about 100mm.

    now when you flip the door, the portion of wall behind the trim also flips. I guess the workaround is to set trims to none..

    Thanks for replying [smile]

  10. I have a similar thing, but only at the peak. The bottom is fine. I used the comand create roof from Poly...so it is a roof, not a roof face.

    However, on another part of the same building, I have a roof face which is square cut mitre correctly...

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