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  1. vectorworks wants to write to the drive that it is on, for example your harddrive or a CD. so like Islandmon says, if you can't write to that drive, VW won't run.
  2. thanks I couldn't figure that out either. I just eventually replaced them all. cheers
  3. the latest MacOSX includes thousands of printer drivers. If you don't get one for your Xerox there is also the EZ software package from the company that originated the CUPS printing system (the OSX printing system) You could upgrade you best machin to Tiger and use it as a test bed to guage how you can make the transition.
  4. HP430, IOGEAR parralell-USB cable, gimp v5 on Tiger, works fine. works almost as good printing to the HP via windows Xp
  5. that darn caps lock again . . . anyway I have been using door labels for the first time and some are one size and some are twice as large. the scale option in the dialog window doesn't seem to do anything. I replaced a few with new ones and they are the large size that I want. Some I can't replace at all resulting in a beachball and freeze-up. any ideas? VW10.5 on an 1.33G iBook with 768RAM.
  6. there is a project north setting in the sun lighting dialog, in the upper right corner
  7. 64bit is useful for accessing huge amounts of memory. it won't make a big diff in day to day tasks. VW can take advantage of mult processors though. hopefully a future version will be able to take advantage of Apple's x-grid architecture. if you have a couple of Macs networkeed you can download the xgrid demo and see how it works.
  8. quote: Originally posted by islandmon: In 1990 with the debut of the PPC RISC processor Apple provide both the 68000&PPC6100 chips on the motherboard to avoid compatibility issues. Ever since that 'bold' transition Apple has placed maximum emphasis on backwards compatibilities within the OS ( Fat binary apps ). For example VW11.5 still uses many of the 'legacy' API ( as indicated by the 'old watch' icon and and not the OSX spinning PinWheel). There's no doubt in my mind that Tiger will provide 'major' benefits for both the G5 processors and 64bit aware apps. Typically the vast majority of VW Users will remain un-affected until NNA recodes the entire app. to the required API & compiler standards, and this will depend on Longhorn development. Until that time arrives OSX will continue to run multiple API's simultaneously with virtually no requirements for user participation in the process. it wasn't 1990 and there was no machine with both processors on the mother board. Many applications were available as "fat" code, they shipped and installed with both 68000 and PPC code and the computer decided which to run. from lowendmac.com, "The 6100/60 was the entry-level Power Mac when Apple introduced the line in March 1994. Built into the Quadra 610 case, the 6100 contains a PDS which can be converted to a NuBus slot with an adapter. To save money, the 6100 uses RAM for video (up to 615 KB, depending on resolution and bit-depth), not separate VRAM. Thus, one way to improve performance is to add a video card, either Apple AV card or a third-party one. (This also makes it possible to run two monitors.) Another is to add a 1 MB level 2 cache, as noted on our benchmark page. More details at PowerMac 6100 Graphics Performance." [ 04-25-2005, 02:28 PM: Message edited by: wv_vectorworker ]
  9. and anyone who has access to Tiger is under a non-disclosure agreement until April 29th. and you should all be aware of Apple's efforts to enforce that agreement.
  10. I use Combinepdf and it works fine, printing to local plotter or to a big local plotting service.
  11. It is also like driving around with the Hulk in the back seat, or a tonne of sand in your box of your pickup, you could be wasting resources you might have spent on something else, like a bigger monitor. Lots of memory saves your computer from writing data to and from your harddrive, which is slower than RAM and puts extra wear on the harddrive. while I am using an iBook with 768MB, I would say max out the Mini cause it only has one slot and if you want to add more memory later you will have the original left over.
  12. there are also cumulative updates for OSX that can be downlaoded and installed so you should only have to reboot once. another good idea would be to keep another hard drive around and just plug that in (basically a mirrored drive) and or another old machine to use to salvage the disc while you get back to work.
  13. the price diff is US$400, enough to buy a nice 17" LCD. I would get the 15" PB for the portability and keep a second monitor wherever you do most of your work. nothing like a two monitor set-up.
  14. OSX 10.3 is journaled, and it is constantly "optimising files on the harddrive (consolidating files in contigious space). Optimisation is also run when you install software. Repairing disk permissions is another thing, and should be done on a regular basis. Boot from your install CD. Open the Disc Utility from the file menu. Run Repar Disk permissions. Couldn't be simpler. Lots of expert advice on OSX at www.osxhints.com
  15. Printing to an Hp430 from 10.3.8/vw10.5 over a network via Windows XP. no problem but slow. quality is fine
  16. draw rectangles and extrude them for verticle measures.
  17. maybe it thinks you have used up all your licenses? it checks across the network to see how many instances of vw are running . . .
  18. I respectfully think that your problem is based on an unusual implimentation of the previous version of VW. I would think of a sheet as a collection of vellum prints(layers and classes), the vellums can be shuffled in and out of the stack to get the desired effect. the new view ports are simply strechy vellums, you can stretch or rotate them to get different overall combinations in the stack.
  19. I have an iBook with the firmware mod to extend to an external monitor. it works fine. I plug in an external keyboard and mouse for CAD work. an iCurve stand works really nice too. the motion sensor might come in handy if you are a clutz and think you might drop your machine while it is running. the motion sensor may also have some interesting uses in the future, do a google search on it for some fun reading and movies. I can think of some useful things to do with it.
  20. sounds like somebody just doesn't know how to use the software or have an imagination to get the results they need. I do the drawings for an architect who likes to present hardline cad drawings to clients, a big mistake I think. Many changes come back simply because the clients needs to feel they have some input in what looks like a finished product. the ironic part is we can easily make 3d and plans look "sketchy" and less threatening, without plug-ins and upgrades. There are endless possibilities, it just requires learning the software and using your imagination. a good trainer can also make a huge difference.
  21. that is exactly where the comes (goes) in.
  22. I use an iBook with a Acer AL1713 at the office, and a Sony 16" CRT at home. Dongle has not been a problem. I use an iCurve stand for the iBook, and plug in a standard keyboard and mouse. Are you sure there is no navigation software for Mac, I seem to recall reading about someone installing a Powerbook on a gimbal on a sailboat . . . http://www.gpsnavx.com/ [ 03-14-2005, 03:06 PM: Message edited by: wv_vectorworker ]
  23. quote: Originally posted by mike m oz: But to get good quality you don't use the OSX save to PDF option. Instead use this procedure I discovered purely by accident after being very frustrated with the quality of the OS X Save to PDF option on a Mac. (The standard of VW drawings printed this way is very low quality with poor linework and lousy colours. In my view it verges on the unuseable.) The procedure I now use produces very good results. - When printing select Output Options and choose Save as File : Postscript. This creates a postscript file. (Do not select the PDF option!) - Double clicking on this postscript file will open it up in Preview. In doing this Preview converts the PS file to a PDF file. - Save As a PDF file by just adding .pdf to the file name. - Do a get info on the file created (Command+I) and change the 'Open With' application to Acrobat Reader The quality is excellent - the linework is crisp and the colour translation is good. The only drawback is it can only be done one sheet at a time. On the NNA site I have read that to use Batch printing you need to purchase Adobe Distiller for OS X so that you can select it as a Printer. NB I have since discovered that there is a way around the batchprint issuer - there is some good information and procedures for printing in OSX on the MiniCAD Design Tools website http://www.monitor.net/%7edbelfm/mcadtools.htm There are also other good tips and tools on this site. (Thanks to VectorBits for providing the link) very interesting Mike but I have printed pdf's produced to a HP plotter without detecting any difference in quality, some other thing is wrong maybe?
  24. just a clarification for others who may not be aware of it. a reader may get the impression it is not possible. why bother making a dig at windows users. "I'm aware OSX has it built in" not really talking to you. just letting users know it is possible to make pdf's on OSX, as some may misinterpret your remark, which could be taken as a sideways dig,eh? it does have to be done on a sheet by sheet basis, then CombinePDf can be used to assemble it into a multi-sheet issue.
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