Jim Smith

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  1. I would really like the Eye Dropper to work from one File to another.
  2. I know that Layer Links were replace years ago by Viewports, but I was thinking about using Layer Linking in a project. As this is a legacy Menu tool, are there any known issues that might corrupt a 2017 file?
  3. I would like to be able to have a Callout that has a leader line on both sides as below. To do this now we have to duplicate, undo, delete, group, mirror rotate, move.
  4. Cheezies & Gum
  5. One of the congenital problems with Stairs is something that works seamlessly with just about every other tool; Copy & Paste. This may have been fixed in 2017, I don't know as I only use the tool sparingly to help with some math.
  6. I like the idea of giving the Grid both a thickness & a Z value My present work-a-round: - Keep the Polygon that produces the Ceiling Grid & Extrude it - Raise both objects to the correct z height
  7. YES PLEASE! & I'm 100% with Zoomer here:
  8. I often see issues with Door ID's in Plan view i.e., Flipped or Mirrored Text, Tags that either will not move, or will jump.
  9. I didn't think one could turn all the Auto Class stuff off. Is it the case that one can REALLY turn Auto Classing REALLY & truly off?
  10. As our Building Code Changed in 2015 and we need 860 clear path of travel. As most North American Door manufactures generally don't make a 860 clear commercial door the alternative is to go from the old standard 915 (36") door to a 965 (38") door. We have found the need due to space considerations, to use a 915 door so we have specified special order doors. The result is we need to show #11 in some instances to prove to a building official that we have 860 CLEAR path of travel through a door. So we draw the frame stop in & mark all doors SIM. Having #11 would be great! (So would a standard 925 or 930 commercial door btw)
  11. Eric for what it's worth, here are my thoughts on the subject: 2D vs 3D This seems to be an issue that is best answered based on the size of the project & the payback in time for 3D and how well the PIO's work. For some items one must still model in 3D so one must weigh what's the best use of time. Many detail items now are better added in 2D in the Annotation Layer 3D is a waste of time. Take a handrail as an example. Modelled in 3D or using a PIO (the results are poor) take far longer to both accomplish & to render; then there's the increase to file size. As the PIO's get better, adding graphics in Annotation will reduce in importance. 3D Digital Delivery I see this as the way of the future. Someone will still need to curate the process & this will mean presenting some kind of documentation. Where are we going with this? Once OPENBIM or some other format is accepted as the lingua franca then I can see Cities adopting it & doing so quickly as it saves time & thus operation costs. For example, the City of Toronto for about 2 years, has ONLY accepted digital applications & digital documents. The challenge will be archiving for the public record and data security.
  12. Any update on this tool on the schedule?
  13. So not ready for AEC yet. I was hopeful about an number of apps, but they still don't compare to a tape & a notebook &/or a laser device. Someday, but I may out of the biz by then.
  14. As our Building Code Changed in 2015 and we need 860 clear path of travel. As most North American Door manufactures generally don't make a 860 clear commercial door the alternative is to go from the old standard 915 (36") door to a 965 (38") door. We have found the need due to space considerations, to use a 915 door so we have specified special order doors. The result is we need to show #11 in some instances to prove to a building official that we have 860 CLEAR path of travel through a door. So we draw the frame stop in & mark all doors SIM. Having #11 would be great! (So would a standard 925 or 930 commercial door btw)