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    Best reference materials?

    Just curious about your recommendations for VW reference materials. I've read the user's manual (very accurate, but very dry, very technical and not very useful most of the time), VW by Project (pretty useful, but pretty basic) and Home Design with VWA (very detailed step-by-step stuff, but not a lot of theory; i.e., "how," not "why"). I go back and forth between Autocad, which has a world of reference material available, to SoftPlan, which has no material available, to VW, to HighDesign, etc. I'd like to settle on a single application, but it's very frustrating to have to spend all day fiddling with something to make it work the way I want it to. Often it's just easier to switch to another application that I know how to manipulate quicker. Fire away...
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    Problems with Model Setup...

    Katie - 11.0.1. Andy
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    Problems with Model Setup...

    Originally posted on the VW Architect forum, but somebody said it sounded like an installation problem, so I thought I'd reprint it here... Howdy, all - new user here. In fact, this is the first time I've actually tried to test out my new software, and I seem to be having a problem. I open Architect, fresh, new drawing, document setup: okay, but when I select File>Setup>Model Setup, I get an Alert that says, "There was a problem with the LayerNameStds worksheet. This procedure cannot run without it." What gives?
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    Process to create a floorplan...

    Jim - So, with VW, am I going to have to draw simple shapes and then snap walls to them each time I want to draw a floorplan? I realize you were answering a specific question I was asking, but I'm trying to look ahead a little. Put another way, is there a simple way to rough out the wall layout, and then fine-tune their placement to achieve a desired result? Thanks again for taking the time to help me out...
  5. While I'm waiting for a reply to my other post (about not being able to run Model Setup), I thought I'd poke your brains some more. I recently purchased (and subsequently returned) SoftPlan Lite. I wasn't happy with the Lite version's limitations, and I wasn't willing to spend twice the money to get the full version. That having been said, SP made it pretty easy to draw a floorplan. For those of you not familiar with it, you simply select the wall tool, rough out the sketch, dimension the drawing, and then adjust the dimensions to the exact size. The walls are moved accordingly, and you have a drawing. I guess my question here is, how do VW users go about creating a floorplan with the software? It seems like a very powerful system, and the manuals are very detailed (if dry). The training CDs are also very detailed (also dry). Do you draw the walls, then dimension them accordingly, then create the 3D views? Or do you create the rooms with 3D objects, and then create walls from the spaces? Just so we're all on the same sheet of music, let's say I have two projects to complete. The first one is a simple building, a barn. It'll be 32' x 40' with a gambrel roof. I'm going to create it from scratch. The second project is a 4500sf residence, which I'll be copying from an existing blueprint. For that one, I will obviously have all the dimensions, framing details, etc. I just want an electronic version of the paper document. Assume I have no facility to scan and import. Thanks in advance for any tips. Hopefully somebody can figure out my Model Setup problem, and I can start fiddling with my expensive new toy.
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    Problem with Model Setup

    Say what, Jonathan? Did you mean to post that reply here, or at another thread?
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    Problem with Model Setup

    Okay, I have this file installed where it should be. Do I need to do something with it? For what it's worth, I'm running VW 11.0.1 on a slot-loading iMac DV 450mhz. The program appears to be running fine otherwise.
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    Problem with Model Setup

    Howdy, all - new user here. In fact, this is the first time I've actually tried to test out my new software, and I seem to be having a problem. I open Architect, fresh, new drawing, document setup: okay, but when I select File>Setup>Model Setup, I get an Alert that says, "There was a problem with the LayerNameStds worksheet. This procedure cannot run without it." What gives?
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    Best way to learn?

    Jonathan - At a hundred bucks a pop, I think I'll figure out another way to figure it all out. Thanks for the input, though. Everybody else - Sounds like I just need to dive in. I've got a couple of non-deadline small projects I can fiddle with. I think I've decided to watch as much of the training CDs as I can, and then start playing with the software. I'll refer to the manual as needed. Thanks for your input. Wish me luck...
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    Best way to learn?

    Howdy, all - new user here, and I need some advice from some of you who've been around the block. What is the best way to learn the program? I have the printed manuals, of course, and I have three training CDs. I've been reading the manuals straight through, but I'm wondering if I'd be better off going through the CDs first, and then using the manuals as more of a reference. Also, any recommendations for third-party how-to books? Thanks in advance...

 

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