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  1. I am having a difficult time deciding whether to stick with Vectorworks or to purchase Archicad. Don't get me wrong, I think Vectorworks is an absolutely fantastic program, and the tech support site is excellent. My concerns are that I am an Architect (sole practitioner for now) , and find that the ability to quickly comunicate 3d changes in my building model to my clients, while continuing efficient 2d documentation of the project is like pulling teeth. Vectorworks models well, and the drafting environment is fantastic. But the integration of the two is very poor. I used Archicad for a few years back in 96, 97, and 98, and quite honestly it's model and documentation hybrid environment was far superior back then than VWA is even today. The cost is really not an issue. If I made the move, I am sure the cost would offset itself in coordination productivilty. My main concern is speed and support. I use mac OS X, and VWA works fantastically on it. It is very fast. I have heard that Archicad is slow on mac, but that may only be because people don't have good video cards, etc...I don't know. Does anyone have any experience using both programs? Any thoughts on the subject? Thanks in advance for any input.
  2. I am having a difficult time deciding whether to stick with Vectorworks or to purchase Archicad. Don't get me wrong, I think Vectorworks is an absolutely fantastic program, and the tech support site is excellent. My concerns are that I am an Architect (sole practitioner for now) , and find that the ability to quickly comunicate 3d changes in my building model to my clients, while continuing efficient 2d documentation of the project is like pulling teeth. Vectorworks models well, and the drafting environment is fantastic. But the integration of the two is very poor. I used Archicad for a few years back in 96, 97, and 98, and quite honestly it's model and documentation hybrid environment was far superior back then than VWA is even today. The cost is really not an issue. If I made the move, I am sure the cost would offset itself in coordination productivilty. My main concern is speed and support. I use mac OS X, and VWA works fantastically on it. It is very fast. I have heard that Archicad is slow on mac, but that may only be because people don't have good video cards, etc...I don't know. Does anyone have any experience using both programs? Any thoughts on the subject? Thanks in advance for any input.
  3. I just tried using a different card. Same result using an ati xclaim 3d 8meg.
  4. It has the same problem eother way (both ways).
  5. I am having a problem with OPEN GL rendering. I can only do a rendering using open GL when zoomed way out. When I try to zoom in, the image disappears. However, in perspective mode, I can zoom to my hearts content. What's up? OSX 10.2.3, VWA 9.5.3 and 10.01.
  6. Hi - I am modeling a complex roof that is too complicated to use the "roof tool". Alternatively, I am using the roof surface tool and building each roof surcface separately. Everything is working fine, except I cannot extrude my gable walls to the underside of the roof above. I swear I remember doing this a while back. How?
  7. It is a new blank document. Other new documents are unaffected as of yet. The symbol is a parametric simple door. This only happens when inserting in walls that I have previously drawn. If I draw a new wall, and insert, all is clear. I also noticed that this only happens for doors drawn as "2d only". Doors drawn as "3d" are unaffected. VWA 9.5.3 official release...not beta.
  8. Since installing OSX.2.2, I am having VWA9.5.3 crash while inserting doors in walls. Anyone else having this problem?
  9. I would like to duplicate a plug-in object such as the revision tool and create a new object for wall labeling. I figured out how to duplicate plug-in objects, but I cannot figure out how to edit the 2d components of plug-in objects. Is this possible...without getting into written script?
  10. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have been trying to figure that one out for what seems like months. Your reply is much appreciated.
  11. I do not want to use Vectorworks default classes for many objects. For instance, I would like Window-main to be A-GLAZ and I would like Vert Trans-Main to be A-FLOR-STRS. I tried to change the class name in the class dialog box, but everytime I insert a new door or stairs, it reverts back to the VectorWorks defaults. Anyone know how I can change this frustrating behavior?
  12. I do not want to use Vectorworks default classes for many objects. For instance, I would like Window-main to be A-GLAZ and I would like Vert Trans-Main to be A-FLOR-STRS. I tried to change the class name in the class dialog box, but everytime I insert a new door or stairs, it reverts back to the VectorWorks defaults. Anyone know how I can change this frustrating behavior?
  13. I just logged on to post the exact same comment. I will also eventually migrate to VWA10. But I will not migrate until I receive my moneys worth of VWA 9.5. In order to get my moneys worth out of VWA 9.5, I am going to want to see a non-beta version of the final release. Is this going to happen?

 

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