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  1. ArchiCAD has this 'feature'. If there is no dongle present the program will start up in Demo Mode. (No save, print etc.) -Jto
  2. ArchiCAD 10 is now available as Universal Binary in Beta (with VERY LITTLE problems, I might add, and very soon to be released as final UB) for anybody with a valid license to test-run. Newtek have recently demo'ed UB versions of Lightwave. Cinema4D is UB, Modo 201 is UB, Art-Lantis Studio is UB and Cheetah 3D is UB... All I can say is I hope NNA are doing LOTS of debugging in the time it's taken to get things to UB...! -Jacques
  3. LEAFS, You need to uninstall you mouse driver software supplied by the manufacturer and delete the driver's '.plist' file in your preferences directory. You should now be able to use your middle mouse button to zoom and pan. HTH. -Jacques
  4. Hi All, I have found that you need to uninstall all the mouse driver software supplied by the manufacturer and use OS X's built in mouse driver. Also remember to trash your mouse driver software '.plist' file in your preferences directory. Your middle mouse button should work for panning and zooming. -Jacques
  5. Peter, I have to agree re the principals taking a hand in the production of work. In our office of about 15, we have 2 directors and 1 associate, and ALL of them produce drawings (Some even have mistakes on!). That way, they also understand the project better, from the smallest detail to the larger overall view of the project. -JTo
  6. quote: Originally posted by david bertrand: ... old Amiga, which was powered by a 68060. Now those were good times! Sorry, a bit off topic...I had a A1200...Fantastic machine...Even at 14Mhz (68020) with only 2mb of RAM!!! Pity... Anyway...What model and speed is your Powerbook David? -JTo
  7. Page 24 of the "Whats new in 12" document...Yippee!!!
  8. Obtaining 100% real world scale on a CRT/LCD would be VERY difficult, as a fixed area on the screen is dependant on a) Screen resolution. b) Pixel Per inch (PPI) density. (72, 96, 110 etc) c) Pixel Aspect Ratio. d) physical screen size (One 20inch is not always the same as another 20inch...believe it or not. For the program to display a fixed scale you would need the user to measure a line on the screen and then have the program scale all display information relative to that measurement. In short, it's just not worth the time and effort! Accept that it is VERY CLOSE!
  9. alan, Yep, ghosting, what about playing back an animation of a fly-through? It's not going to nice to look at your 160 mb rendered animation that took a whole day and a half to render and then have ghosting artifacts! Multimedia is playing a bigger and more inportant part in todays architecture office. We move with the times or fall by the wayside. edit: We had an el-cheapo Samsung LCD that the planners used and you should have seen the video playback on that...Pathetic. But yes, >16ms is most common, or the norm these days. but you'll still find the cheap and nasties. [ 08-04-2005, 05:11 PM: Message edited by: Jacques ]
  10. Ion, I think you pressed the "submit post" button 2 seconds before me! -J
  11. Tom, Tom, it sounds as though you're after a "move with base point" feature??? I don't think VW has this as a built in plug-in. I would advise looking at www.vectorbits.com and their Vectormove feature. (not free, but cheap) There is also a plug-in called "Point 2 Point" at www.vectordepot.com (free) Hope that helps.
  12. Jason, Whilst there are things to look at like veiwing angle and contrast / brightness ratios, make sure the monitor you get has a fast response time...Don't go for anything less than 16ms. You may notice ghosting if you choose a monitor with slower response times. Take the Viewsonic mentioned above, it has a FANTASTIC 4ms response time...The fastest I've seen to date! And yes, go for DVI. Good hunting! HTH.
  13. At the moment the Dell 2005 FPW is on special in the UK for ?390. Thats about ?150 cheaper than the 20" inch from Apple...Bargain! -Jacques.
  14. mike, Why we don't have the functionality of the stretch and copy tools from Vectorbits as standard in the Vectorworks package is beyond me...They just seem like the right way 'copy' and 'stretch' should work...
  15. Hugo, How about Duplicate along path, with a set distance? -Jto
  16. Eddie, I'm no OS X File system buff, but I moved all my CAD and other applications from my main OS X mount partition (The one with applications, Library, users etc) to another partition and I have not had a single problem with permissions. For some reason OS X does not seem to care what the permissions are on other non-boot partitions...You can't even repair permissions with Disk Utility on a non boot partition. I now keep all my application on my 'Applications' partition. I have not had a single problem with any other apps. Just to let you know. I don't know why it works for me...Lucky?!? If I have a system problem, I only have to back up my Users folder, and if required, format my System partition and re-install...While my Apps and data sit pretty on another partition. This way, the system data is somewhat independant from my more valuable Applications and other data. -Jacques.
  17. chey, Have a look at this review... http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/Graphics/mac_X800_XT_review/ -jacques.
  18. chey, I would firstly ask what your other system specs are? Most importantly, how much ram do you have and what version of OS X are you running. Replacing your currnet card with an x800 XT will get you some improvement, but not as much say going from 512mb ram to 1.5gb. You're current card is drool worthy, make no mistake! Renderworks makes use of the CPU more than the GPU, with I think only OpenGL operation benefitting from a faster card. You can't try VW on a demo machine at an Apple store before you buy? -Jacques.
  19. Mike and John... Do you mean cavity return, say at end of of wall and say, window openings? I can't think of a way but to create a custom 'endcap', like in ArchiCAD. Yes, this would be nice as a built in feature in VW. -jacques
  20. Drake! You're a STAR mate!!! ...That worked for me! It even works on the 'Save as PDF' button on OS X. No need for Acrobat, unless you want higher res prints. Now I just need to see if it affects any other programs. Thanks again! -Jacques.
  21. Can anybody confirm if this is still an issue on OS X 10.4 (Tiger) ? Just curious... Thanks. -Jacques
  22. Balus, Open the image (bitmap) with Preview, then go to File - Export...Select ".pict" for the format....HTH. -Jacques.
  23. It would be nice to be able to set the drawing background colour to something other than Black or White. Working on either of these for prolonged periods of time REALLY hurts the eyes, even on an adjusted LCD screen. I know a lot of people say, we'll, paper is white...Yes, but special bulbs are available to reduce the glare from paper...And working on an oversized rectangle is not quite what I had in mind... Regards, Jacques.
  24. Michael, Knowing full well what is required in UK re. Planning, Building Regs etc, I can honestly say I don't do a single bit of 3D in VW, but only 2D...And use SketchUp for the 3D studies...I've even had to use AutoCAD for a bit again as required by some of the other consultants. Doesn't matter for me. I don't mind using either AutoCAD of VW. Both have +'s and -'s...More -'s on the ACAD side... I've had very good results with the the SketchUp + VW combo's...I know you can achieve almost the same results with VW, but I prefer SketchUp. That's just my preference. Believe it or not, I've even done a few CAD drawings done and then gone over them by hand, to get that true hand drawn look. Some watercolour over them with a nice SketchUp model goes very well with the planners! VW is a fantastic 2D & 3D package, I just don't need the 3D side as I've found a better tool for 3D things. Use the right tool for the right job, and make sure you feel comfortable with the tool! All the best!
  25. quote: Originally posted by NickB: Jacques, how do you produce your PDFs? Nick Have a look here... OSX PDF printing I will soon be looking at going to Acrobat though... -Jacques
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