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Cadplan Architecture

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  1. Welcome to Vectorworks, you made the right choice! I use it daily for architectural design and love it for it's ease of use, flexibility and simplicity, however it does have some well known basic issues which need sorting out and you have just discovered one of them! Vectorworks text capabilities are indeed crap, we all need to make presentations and if you're used an industry standard like inDesign, for example, then VW text is stone age, even if you try to edit a large text block there is a weird time lag and when you finish typing you have to wait for the text to appear more slowly than you typed it in. We shouldn't need to have to sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud for simple publishing of our lovely projects, VW should give us that ability surely as it's really top end re 3D modelling and realistic rendering etc. In addition to text there are other basic functions still in need improving after years of asking on this forum, e.g. the window tool, the door tool, and the stair tool but nothing gets done yet every year we get asked for £800-£1000 to 'upgrade' to the latest version. I use 2016 and 2020 and VW 2020 has exactly the same text issue. Yes it is embarrassing in this day and age as other software is ahead now in certain respects. (rant over)
  2. I would love to be on Big Sur Pat but we have three 2016 licences, two with 2017 legacy, to upgrade all to even VW 2020 would cost a small fortune and to be honest the gains would be minimal as we mainly use VW 2D for detailing, one machine also has CS5. It's annoying that Vectorworks still hasn't had any real improvements to the stair tool, or the windows and doors tool. It still won't allow us to have bifold doors with an uneven number of leafs.
  3. Jeff would youi be able to post a couple of examples orf your drawing numbering?
  4. Uneathed, I'm impressed by your job file size, ours are around 1.5GB or more even for a simple extension, I think it's partly because we seem to be duplicating the VW for each concept revision, but also the photos taken on site are taking a huge amount of space. How do you keep your files so compact?
  5. Hi Jeff, I'm of the same opinion re having one file, I also put revisions on different layers. I just use the VW sheet numbering but the planning sheets have a P prefix. It's more the numbering convention that i'm interested hear different peoples' approach.
  6. unearthed, thanks, your file sizes must be large?! I'm really looking for a really simple approach for small one-off project. We design around fifty house extensions each year and non are super complicated.
  7. Thank you Art V It sounds like your projects are a lot different from mine.
  8. I'm really thinking here about small one or two person studios rather than a large Architects practice as there seem to be different conventions of varying complexity out there. I would be interested to hear how other people organise their drawings when working on small residential projects or similar. What I mean is; Do you have one VW file for drawing up your site survey with the 'as existing' plans and elevations sheet layers and then generate another for the design stage? If you have a new drawing for the design stage; Do you then use duplicate design layers and sheet layers for each revision to the design, or do you generate a new file for each revision? Secondly; how do you number your drawings and each revision that you issue? Lastly; Do you use multiple classes or try to restrict to just a few e.g. mainly the None class? I tend to keep my numbering quite simple with just one drawing with the project number as the main ID, then a series of sheet layers for the revisions, but you never stop learning! Thanks all
  9. If I use door IDs on my ground and first floor plans they start to 01 for both. Is there a way to perhaps add a GF or FF prefix or maybe enable the numbering to continue from the ground floor to the first floor? e.g. if I have 10 rooms downstairs and 5 upstairs could they be numbered 01 to 15?
  10. I'm using walls today and Reverse Sides flips all the components and keeps the inner and out faces of the wall in position, e.g. it flips around the centre line of the wall. Is this what you mean? reverse sides 2.mov
  11. VW 2016 is the earliest that will run on El Capitan, I understand your frustration but it's just progress. I have an old 2006 iMac that I keep a copy of VW 2009 on for very occasional use, old Macs are cheap so that might be a option for you to have a second Mac that you just use for Vectorworks. Alernatively you might be able to pick up a version of VW2016.
  12. it's possible to get older stand-alone versions that used a dongle, around 2009.
  13. I’ve thought that for years, sadly Vectorworks doesn’t seem interested in improving the situation.
  14. Thanks for all the input folks, I am now set up with both Zoom and Team Viewer, they are both about the same in the way they work, Zoom is perhaps a bit more 'Mac' looking. This is just great as there is no need now for clients to come into the office to have a physical design meeting and at this time of course it's major. I discovered another trick; you can record yourself working on a Vectorworks project in full screen mode using Quick Time Player and with the microphone activated and make a short movie while you are having your online meeting and then send a copy via a transfer website. It's good as it means that clients will then have a copy to show others in their family who may not have been able to be there and everyone can get involve. This is the Apple support link to using QT- https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201066 My only regret is that I didn't do this years ago, it's going to be so cool!
  15. So cool. Does the client have to download Team Viewer?
  16. Thanks Wesley, I use Team Viewer but didn't know that it can be used for screen sharing. How do you set it up?
  17. I just wondered if anyone has a way of working with clients remotely? What I mean is a way of sharing your Vectorworks screen in real time so they can participate in the design process from time to time? is this possible with Zoom?
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