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  1. True, plus that it is free which means it can be used for sharing GIS info with those who cannot afford ArcGIS. It is probably also the most ArcGIS comparable program of the GIS applications in the sense that a lot of basic things work in a similar way. I use QGIS, Global Mapper and BricsCAD with Spatial Manager (the latter has a standalone desktop version as well, besides Acad and other CAD plugins) as well as Vectorworks Landscape for GIS projects and at clients office ArcGIS if I am on their systems. Both QGIS and Global Mapper can open the ArcGIS geodatabase files etc. without much trouble and then use them for extracting/exporting data usable for Vectorworks. Data exchange from Vectorworks with ArcGIS and v.v. through shapefiles has never been a major issue in all these years. So I am a bit curious what it is regarding the use of Esri products in relation to Vectorworks that is the area of interest. Is it connectivity to e.g. ArcGIS online, direct import of geodatabase files, something else?
  2. From a Mac perspective it looks like a good upgrade compared to your current system. However... because of the Cinebench test above I did a Cinebench on my Ryzen 7 2700X (2018) system and for single core it beats my system but not for multicore performance. When looking at the current (late 2020/early 2021) processors I'm not convinced that for power users the M1 is the best option for upgrading, especially if you have a more recent system, because it is "just" some 10% faster for single core performance and some 15% slower for multicore performance compared to Intel/Ryzen CPU's, unless you cannot wait. If you can wait then like @zoomer I'd suggest to wait for the next M-chip (M2?) to see how that turns out.
  3. I agree with @jeff prince that Rhino is probably the best bang for the buck for complex surfaces. Rhino combined with the Xnurbs plugin might be an ever better solution as it will generate such surfaces that are in multiple directions more easily than doing it manually. Though there are surfaces possible where you have to make manual corrections anyway.
  4. For internal only use they did develop in-house solutions, hosted on an internal network system which is similar to a cloud solution in a lot of ways. For collaboration with 3rd parties (sometimes companies of similar size in case of joint ventures) it was basically necessary to use commercial software, sometimes mandated by their clients. Some software can be hosted on an in-house cloud and it is only a matter of exchanging data from one in-house cloud to another or if that was not feasible then they would negotiate a separate "common cloud" for just the participants that the software provider would set up on servers separate from their servers used for "ordinary clients" like us. It is one of the reasons that companies like Autodesk are no longer interested in small(er) clients, they are not big enough to be able to afford the costs for their "solutions" that would generate the revenues and profits they are after. Large corporate clients are what they are looking for these days because once they are in they can have a long term relationship that will generate long term revenues.
  5. From what I have read only VW2020 and VW2021 are (officially) supported on M1 running MacOS 11.3. Because I am using Windows I can't test if it does work with older versions of Vectorworks. This article does advise not to upgrade to Big Sur for versions older than VW2020 because they cannot guarantee it will work properly but it also doesn't state it can't work at all. https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/articles.html/articles/tech-bulletins/apple-macos-110big-sur-compatibility-r825/ If you have a license for VW2017 then you could contact your local VW support office and ask them if they can provide you with a download link for VW2017 and explain why you need it. I had a similar situation years back when switching from the localized language version to the US international English version and they were kind enough to provide the (then) previous US international English version as well as I already was on VSS for the localized version for a few years.
  6. Modify>Convert>Convert to generic solids is the menu option you could try. I don't seem to have a roof object (using Landmark) so can't test it on that one. It may be that the object is not supported for conversion to generic solid but at least you could try to see if it works. If it does then it might be an option to get what you are looking for.
  7. Well.... that depends a bit. If you are a multi-billion dollar company with a legal department to back you up I'm sure you can negotiate some requirements regarding security etc. to take a chance. I know of some very large corporations that have their e-mail system hosted by Microsoft cloud service etc. and that falls basically in the same category regarding data security. Often these companies can also negotiate an in-house cloud system to keep their data safe(r). For us more modest people without those dollars and legal departments the chance of assuring similar data security is far less likely. This is one of the reasons why I am not so keen about 3rd party cloud only hosted services like this when it comes to confidential client data. (Meaning that in order for the software to work properly on documents the documents have to be hosted on the software provider's cloud servers)
  8. Unfortunately it is for North America only at the moment.
  9. Did you try converting the roof to a generic solid and then clip? You will end up with a generic solid object instead of a roof object but this may not be an issue if the main purpose is visualization.
  10. If you are on VSS you can still download older VW versions installer files from your VSS account. The best thing to do if possible is to keep a backup copy of installer files, once the latest service pack came out I download the installer file from my VSS account for backup purposes just in case I may need to install an older version. Some software only have small installer programs that download the install files and then start installing, on Windows you can open the temporary files folder to try catching the install files for backup. Maybe this is possible on Mac as well.
  11. I'm doing options 3 and 4 🙂 Windows' longer shelf life when it comes to software programs is really useful if from time to time you have to use older software that is no longer updated and for which there is no equivalent software that can open the old files. Regardless of what OS you are using at some point you will need to upgrade if you want to keep current with the software. Even the longer shelf life of Windows has become shorter when it comes to Windows versions supported by the most recent versions of software requiring you to update Windows. Fortunately Windows still supports 32-bit programs unlike Apple so most older software will continue to run under Windows 10 but not always anymore. Programs like VirtualBox may help to some extent. Nowadays OS and hardware compatibility is often not a matter of OS changes but of software program changes supporting only the most recent OS version(s) and requiring increasingly more powerful hardware. Despite that I still think that there is too much code bloat because of less efficient code writing and/or code updating after installing updates. E.g. Adobe Acrobat CC on Windows is running some 20 processes in the background where other large software programs are using only 1 or 2 processes. This has to negatively affect your computer's performance when multiple software programs are doing similar things and I have heard from others that e.g. uninstalling Adobe software did improve performance in general. Taking a look at installed software and once in a while do a clean install of the OS and software you really use to remove bloat may help squeezing out another year of use for your system.
  12. Unfortunately not... their use of Macs is equally outdated as the architect's dress code ((mostly) black clothes etc) so it is actually appropriate to show those old Macs. 😁 Not sure why a supposedly creative profession as architecture seems to have basically one overly used "dress code".
  13. Too late, I'm a former Mac user so have been there done that when it comes to choosing Mac hardware, in those days (before iMac) you had to pay attention to hardware as well if you wanted to make sure you would get the right Mac for your purposes. 😁
  14. In that case the 16GB should be good for a while, it is tempting to get the iMac mini as a 2nd computer next to my Windows setup but given what I have seen/read so far I may end up being a bit disappointed for where I would need it the most. It is just too bad that not all of my software is available for Mac (yet) or I might consider switching back to Mac if pricing would be comparable to a similar Windows setup. Microsoft is being a bit too messy lately with Windows and other updates causing issues.
  15. The following two links may give you some ideas: https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/68263-slope-wall-or-incline-wall/&tab=comments#comment-337423 https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/53275-how-to-model-mansard-roof-and-walls-in-vectorworks/&tab=comments#comment-268869 Doing a search for Mansard will give you more posts about this.

 

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