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About Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

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    Architect
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    home.gci.net/~combs/
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    Motorcycling, Motorcycle Racing
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    Anchorage, AK, USA
  1. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Drawing Changes Not Visible Until Change of Zoom

    We've noticed here in Alaska that Vectorworks 2017 SP3 has an issue related to the wall join tool as well as other tools in that one cannot view the changes made unless one zooms in or out and then the change shows up. We've tried different setting in VW Preferences, but nothing seems to make a difference. We are on the latest Mac Pros with the latest OS 10.12.4 with plenty of RAM. Anyone else having this problem?
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    2015 Bug On Space Tool

    When using the space tool after a while I can't select the space text to move it around--it won't let me select the blue square because there is no square. I save, quit Vectorworks, restart VW and then it works for a while. I've spoken with our Vectorworks User Group Leader Roger Williams and he said that this not only happens on the space tool, but other objects as well. He was the one whom suggested shutting VW down and restarting it. This is a major bug that needs to be fixed in the next SP Release. Anyone else have the same problem and if so, how did you fix it? Thanks. Sam, AIA -- Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect Combs & Combs, AIA, Architecture, Interiors & Art 7480 Upper O'Malley Road Anchorage, Alaska 99507-6207 Phone: 907-346-3990 Cell Phone: 907-250-4207 Fax: 907-346-3990C*C Email: samcombs@gci.net Web Site: http://www.combsandcombsaia.com/
  3. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Stair Wars!

    Is it just me or is our stair tool still not the sharpest in the toolbox?! Been playing around with VW2012 and just updated to SP2 and all of a sudden a stair that wasn?t on my upper level appeared! I did go in and changed where the break line occurred and voila!, there it was. The stair tool seems to still be slower than molasses when opening and closing settings and sometimes you have to zoom out for the changes to show up. I wish there was a better solution for stairs. Hello New Zealand (Jonathan) and Australia (Julian)--any solutions on the horizon? With the new stories tool (which is an adventure in itself) we seem to have returned to the old days where it is easier to have a stair show up on different levels and just show up in a model as one stair, which is an improvement. But, try and move the stair around either with nudging or the move tool and it is like waiting for Godot. When you use the move tool, the okay button blinks for a minute or so as if to tell you?are you really serious and want to move this thing?! And then it does move like a herd of turtles. My wish for a serious SP update would be a much more workable stair tool that does not move at a glacial pace! My system: Mac OS 10.6.8, Mac Pro 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 8 GB RAM
  4. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Vectorworks 11 keeps crashing

    Katie, There are no particular actions that casue VW11 to crash. Sometimes it is with zooming in on something, sometimes it is nudging an object-it varies. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  5. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Vectorworks 11 keeps crashing

    I, too, have had problems with VW11 crashing in Mac OS10.2.8. I run Disk Utilities once a week along with Disk Warrior and Norton Disk Doctor. VW9 was a big problem with crashes, VW10 seemed to be very stable, but VW11 seems to crash repeatedly. I save every 5 minutes, but it is very annoying to have VW11 crash so often. I can email a file in, but my files are rather large and even stuffing them would leave a rather large file. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect Combs & Combs, AIA, Architecture, Interiors & Art G4 500mhz Dual Processor 1.5gb RAM Mac OS 10.2.8 VectorWorks 11 Dual Monitors-19? & 21?
  6. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Plot to file problems with XRIP

    I send files to my printer-Digital Blueprint in a pdf format with no severe problems. There seems to be some slight corruption at their end, but nothing too serious. I would try sending them in a pdf format.
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    Walk-Thru Very Slow

    Has anyone noticed that when you attempt to do a walk-thru with a building that the process is very slow and when one stops-the drawing regenerates itself? This happens in wireframe-I haven't even tried it in another rendering option. I haven't noticed this before, but yesterday I was attempting to do a walkthru with clients and it was very, very slow. Our User Group leader has noticed the same thing as well. My computer specs are below, so anyone with suggestions, please let me know. Thanks! Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect Combs & Combs, AIA, Architecture, Interiors & Art G4 500mhz Dual Processor 1.5gb RAM Mac OS 10.2.8 VectoWorks 10.5.1 Dual Monitors-19? & 21?
  8. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Plot to file problems with XRIP

    I guess I would have to say that I have used MicroSpot's software for several years now and have never had one problem with the software. I started using MicroSpot after I gave up on HP's RIP software. HP makes great printers (I have three-455CA, Business Inkjet 2600, and a 5500), but their software for the 455CA always managed to corrupt itself after using it for a while without any notice and with no reason. I know that I am not the only one that had these problems from the many posts I've seen. I am now using Mac OS 10.2.8 with VW 10.5.1 and XRip with no problems. I tried to use Gimp Print, but could never get it to work. I guess I would have to say time is money and MicroSpot's products have only cost me money and not time. Any product that I don't have to continually mess with is the one I will continue to use. Note they didn't pay to say this, but hey, if they give me my next upgrade for free, I won't argue!
  9. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    OSX 10.2.8 and VW 10.5

    Katie, I actually use Norton Utilities more than I use the Apple Disk Utility. Norton seems to find and fix more than the Disk Utility. Should I be running the Disk Utility more often?
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    vectorworks crashes when I save my files

    I am beginning to think that the problems everyone is having with VW 10.5 is Mac OS 10.2.8. It seems that a variety of VW versions are having problems with 10.2.8. Just an observation.
  11. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    OSX 10.2.8 and VW 10.5

    I posted the following response to someones' concerns about OS 10.2.8 and VW 10.5 on the VectorWorks User Discussion List. It should alert you to some concerns we are having with the combination of these two: I received the 10.5 disk, installed it, and the next day, the hard drive that it was on totally failed (no problems or warnings previous to that. It was the original hard drive that came with my G4.) What happened was that I was working in VectorWorks 10.5 on a project, talking with Nemetschek Tech Support and all of a sudden I got a message to the effect that VectorWorks was out of memory (I am on Mac OS 10.2.8 on a Dual 500 mhz G4 with 1.5 gb of ram), to save and quit VW. I did so, backed up the file I was working with on my other partitioned drives and my Peerless Backup, restarted and every single one of my back-up files was corrupted. I had copied over good files that were backed up with the corrupted file. Needless to say I was not a happy camper having lost two days of work. Note that I save my files every five minutes. With Mac OSX and VW10 there have been quite a bit of instability with the program, i.e., unexpected crashes of VW. Allegedly, this is not supposed to happen in the UNIX environment-hah, hah! Maybe Apple should work on this a bit more. We shall see with Panther. I could not save the hard drive and had to buy a totally new one. I had backed up my other drawings and projects on other partitioned hard drives and my Peerless, but I still lost a lot of information Last week I had VW crash again and I lost 6 hours worth of work, even though the file had been saved every five minutes. This is pretty scary and very troubling. I did not have to change hard drives again, fortunately. I guess at this time, I could not recommend to anyone to use the 10.5 upgrade until the bugs are worked out. I do like quite a few features on 10.5, so I have been using both 10.5 and 10.1.2, i.e., going back and forth. But, just like a car you don't quite trust to take out of town-it's ok around the block-I just don't trust 10.5 as yet. I can see from this Discussion List and the Tech Board on the Nemetschek site, that there are quite a few others that are experiencing similar challenges. I am sure the gang a Nemetschek will work this all out. Okay, I didn't have to say that just because I was featured in the eDispatch this month! They usually seem to get around to the fixes and we all move on for the better. -- Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect Combs & Combs, AIA, Architecture, Interiors & Art 7480 Upper O'Malley Road Anchorage, Alaska 99507-6207 Phone: 907-346-3990 Cell Phone: 907-250-4207 Fax: 907-346-3990C*C Email: samcombs@gci.net Web Site: http://home.gci.net/~combs/
  12. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    10.5 Worksheet & Other 10.5 Problems

    I just noticed that when I try to use my previously established Worksheets in 10.5 there are some serious problems. When I try to fill in a door number it gives me this " ######" (note that this is not an allowed space problem-ther is plenty of room for the data) and when I try to fill out something else in the schedule I get this " 1.010e+2". What gives? Anyone have this experience? Note that when I go back to 10.1.2 with the same file, there are absolutely no problems with the same worksheets. This is very disapointing-I thought that this was a major update. These are not the only problems with 10.5-there seem to be many more bugs. I am working on a Mac G4, dual 500mhz, 1.5gb ram, Mac OS 10.2.6 and dual monitors. Suggestions from anyone will be appreciated. In the meantime, I will go back to 10.1.2. Thanks! Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect
  13. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Text Corruption In 10.1.2?

    I just found out a way to solve this problem. When you go to print, go to VectorWorks preferences, check "Disable driver text rotation". This solves the problem. I still don't know what causes this-does anyone know?
  14. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    Text Corruption In 10.1.2?

    I know that others are having similar problems, i.e., when opening a file and renaming it to begin another set of drawings-the text corrupts. Title Block text, note text, drawing/detail text is in another font, turned at right angles, just generally a mess. Note that on screen the text looks fine. It is just when I print on my printers-HP2600, HP455CA & Kyocera-Mita 1810, that the text comes out corrupted. Anyone know how to fix this and what causes this? Thanks! Mac OS10.2.6 VectorWorks 10.1.2 G4 500mhz Dual Processors 1.5 GB Ram VW 10 on the primary partition in Mac OS 10.2.6-40 GB Total Disk Space: 120 GB
  15. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB

    autosave

    Upgrade to Mac OS 10.2 and VW10 and the default will finally be yes. All you have to do is hit return. I believe that this has been an Apple default rather than a VW default. (At least that is what Nemetschek has told me!) This has always been a gripe of mine, but finally is fixed. If you are on a PC-I don't know what the solution is.

 

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