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  1. Exporting drawing PDFs to iPhoto works fine for viewing and should work as a stopgap measure for the iPad. Each job is a separate album with the plan sheets being the photos of that album. Works great right now on the mac as a quick way to show clients past projects.

  2. dcont,

    Thanks for your help! That works.

    I was sure I had already tried that along with every other possible combination of settings but obviously not. I so wanted to blame the program. Now I have shame :whistle:


  3. dcont,

    That is the problem. The door wall lines do not change regardless of the changes I make to Ceiling-Main attributes. "Use at Creation" is checked. I use a dashed line for Ceiling-Main but the door wall line shows solid. This was not the case in 12.0.1.


  4. After upgrading to 12.5.1 from 12.0.1, wall (header) lines of doors do not take on the "Ceiling-Main" attributes except for visibility settings. In old files opened with 12.5.1 show the wall lines correctly until a change is made to the door. I assume there is a setting I am unaware of and hope someone can help me out. My temporary and maybe permanent fix was to replace the 12.5.1 "Door.vso" with the 12.0.1 "Door-vso".

  5. Terra,

    The Apple iMacs are a great value. If you need portability, the Apple MacBook Pros are great machines. I have owned many Apple computers over the years and have had no major issues (hardware or operating system) with any of them.

    Large format printing can generally be handled by your local print shop via PDF, sparing you the cost and headache of a large printer.

    Good luck with your new business. I wish you much success.

    Go Beavs (just had to do that)

  6. George,

    Nice armoire!


    I have to agree with Islandmon:

    "That desk job looks to be an excellent candidate for the good ol' Table Saw, Router ... and cordless screw gun ; ) "

    The CNC overhead alone could exceed the time required using the good ol' method, unless you contract out the CNC portion to a qualified cabinet maker.

    Building and joining the base components before making the desk top eliminates the need to estimate and apply tolerances. Just fit to resulting size.

  7. Nicholas,

    I have used the ledgestone hatch on one project and did not notice any speed decrease after importing and using it. I did a test on a new document and the ledgestone hatch added 12 KB. Simple hatches add about 4 KB. Very acceptable for the hatch quality and cost.

  8. Anthony,

    The valley angle can be defined and drawn by the rise of roof 1 over the rise of roof 2. Per your first illustration the valley angle (ratio) is a 10/6.

    Example to form valley of 10/12 and 6/12 roof:

    Draw a line 10 units horizontally. From right end of that line, draw a second line 6 units vertical (up). Draw a third line connecting the ends of the first 2 lines (the hypotenuse). That is the left valley.

    Sorry for the long winded explanation. Actually much easier just double clicking on line tool and entering values for X and Y.

  9. David,

    I think Alan and cbaarch replies are on the mark. There are many ways to produce the same results.

    Trying to make VWs perform as AC is to ignore VWs strengths and versatility. Focusing on lines in VWs or AC to produce drawings is to underutilize both programs capabilities.

    And yet another method to perform the "drawing exercise"

    - Double click on Snap to Grid tool

    - Set to symmetrical 1" snap grid/show grid lines

    - With line tool, draw lines with mouse. No keyboard input needed.

  10. AJ,

    The little red squares indicate associative dimensioning. If you make changes to the object size/position, the associated dimension also changes. The red square indicates the dimension/object connection point. It does not print. You can turn associative dimensioning off under menu File: Document settings: Document Preferences.


  11. JNBPN,

    I agree. I would be very nice to have control over how dark the grayed layers/classes are. I have used a couple of methods to work around this. I am sure there are many including adjusting printer output.

    1) Set the Opacity of the background layers to achieve desired graying. Helps to also set the Views of background layers to Top. This works but is not very elegant.

    2) A slightly more elegant solution: In the sheet layer you want the framing backgrounds, duplicate the viewport showing your framing - don't move it - crop it so it is larger than framing viewport - send it to back - set its layers and classes to desired background - set its View to top - in its Advanced properties, set the line weight scale to .01. Produces very small line weights.

    Good luck

  12. megj,

    Are you sure that the polyline selected is a wall? Could it be a polyline object that follows the wall perimeter (area object, building perimeter, ...)? Also, check to make sure the Standard Views setting is "Top/Plan".

    Hope you find a solution.


  13. Kevin,

    Choosing the Leaf Type: "Glass" gives you Muntin options. These setting can be replicated using the "Panel" option but it takes more work.


    I don't think there is a "Clear" option in the door settings. Use a Glazing class (Style-Glazing-1). Edit this class so that its fill attribute is set to solid and its texture (Other tab) is set to your desired glass texture.


    For clear glass edit this class so that its fill attribute is set to "None" or set this class to invisible.


  14. MJW,

    I can not help you out on the PC specific specs except to say go for faster/more than you think you'll need. A few added $100 or couple of $1,000 for better hardware specs is really minor as a business expense when viewed against cost of labor.

    Having the ability to write DVD's is a big plus for sending large files/animations to clients.

    As for the 30" screen. A definite yes but make sure you match your graphics card to the screen requirements. You'll find out that having a large screen allows more program windows open at the same time but maximizing the drawing window is far more valuable. I set mine up with tool palettes on the sides, drawing window at center, no overlap (hate palettes over drawing window). I am currently reworking menus so most often used items are in menus near the screen center (on a 30" screen mousing distance becomes a time and refocus issue).

    Good luck on your purchase and have fun!

    G5 quad, 6.5 GB Ram, 1 TB HDs, 30" Apple Display

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