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Peter Neufeld

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  1. Thanks Justin for this information and that diagram is very useful. I'm sure the button for 'Change Cross Section' used to be in the OIP but I can only get to this now by right clicking the Truss object and finding it in the contextual menu. Is that the only way to access 'Change Cross Section'? Thanks, Peter
  2. Fantastic! Thanks Conrad for this new forum - and for an amazing piece of software that is ConnectCAD! It is so useful I don't think that anyone who has to put any type of system together willl ever look back. Cheers, Peter
  3. Hello, I agree with the comments here. In my beginners class for professionals, within the first 90 minutes, I get them to change the selection colour to a light blue and the pre-selection to a light green with a delay timer of a few seconds. Jeremy's use of the thicker width to overlap the preselection colour is a good idea without a delay. However having a timer delay mostly avoids the issue. I find working for a long time that the blue and green are easier on the eyes than the orange. Cheers, Peter
  4. I know it’s not what you want to hear, but another advantage of Dropbox is the LAN Sync preference. This means that for those in the office, interaction with the Project File will occur across the local network, so syncing is much faster. Only those working remotely will be actually using the cloud. Cheers, Peter
  5. I advised this to someone recently which reduces the steps: 1. Duplicate the layer the Site Model is in for safekeeping the original Existing Site Modifiers (just in case, for reference). 2. Go to a 'Top' view and change the Existing Site Model to be viewed as 3D Contours. 3. Ungroup. These 3D polygons now include the shape of the modified existing terrain. 4. Select them all and use them as the source data for a new Site Model. Then there'll be no conflict between the existing and proposed Site Modifiers as the existing are gone. It begs the question as to why there are conflicts between Existing and Proposed Site Modifiers in the first place... Cheers, Peter
  6. Dear Scott, Yes of course thanks for pointing that out, you're absolutely right in that case! Maybe there's something in the pipeline about this, I'm sure this is being monitored. Cheers, Peter
  7. Dear Mike, I think it's because if you had a rigging point directly above the truss, then it doesn't make sense to use a bridle, rather instead a dead hang or hoist. As Martijn attests the bridles work as expected provided they're not directly parallel to the structural beam/house point. Cheers, Peter
  8. Dear Mike, Why not post the file here (strip out all the non relevant bits) and some of us might be able to help. Or of course contact your local tech support. There's usually a reason for these things! Cheers, Peter
  9. Dear Alan, Yes but it makes a series of NURBS surfaces which isn't a solid. In spite of my movie taking 46 seconds from start to finish doping it for real and making a solid I can do using the SubDiv tool in 23 seconds! Cheers, Peter
  10. It is my understanding in tech support that it will have an effect on performance. When you think about it, the program has to 'remember' all those steps. Like grouping incessantly within groups, it's just inefficient. However I am not an engineer but this is what I have been told. The other thing is that for bug testing it is very difficult to know the cause of a crash if you have so many undos. We always recommend keeping the default number at 20. I remember the old days when we only had one! Cheers, Peter
  11. Exactly - personal preference after all. I think with the Force Select contextual menu option (and now live data viz!) it's easier than ever to know where you are - layer wise. Cheers, Peter
  12. Dear Neil, Here are my essentials: Interactive Cursor Pre Selection Highlighting Timer: Set to 5 seconds Nothing more annoying than everything highlighting as you move the mouse across a busy plan. Interactive appearance settings (So you can easily see the difference between the two) Object Highlighting active layer: Blue Object Highlighting - Pre Selection - Active layer: Green and General Editing Modes Border: Red (So you can more readily see when you're editing something). Selection and Snap box size made slightly smaller. Autosave: Off (unless I am working on a job in which case it's set to 20 operations and 5 back ups). Cheers, Peter
  13. Yes but the default lighting in the SLVP is whatever lights are on or off on the design layer - which can then be overridden for later with the Vis palette. Cheers, Peter
  14. Dear Symo, Not sure what you mean by sheet layer overrides - do you mean class overrides which are also great? Either way the Vis Palette allows great control over the lighting for viewports. Cheers, Peter


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