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Joe Dunfee

Another user contacted me after he noticed that the thread was removed, and also my new thread asking about that thread that disappeared. Bricsys is not creating good feelings with what they are doing. At least be open about it, and let the users know when a thread is removed, and why. Otherwise, it starts to feel there is a secret censorship group, that has secret rules about what gets removed, and you are just left guessing about what is permitted and what is not. I think most users respect Bricsys' right to control content on their forum. But, being secretive about it is not what users expect.

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  • I recently got a price to upgrade from v14 Platinum to v21 Pro. But, in reality it is not a simple upgrade, because Bricsys has been separating some of the features into different versions. So my upgrade would lose some of the features I had in Pla…
  • I guess that is why I dislike on-line documentation. Eventually it will be taken away. And even on-line authorization is in the same category. Companies fail all the time. And once you can no longer authorize a perpetual license, your license isn'…
  • Note that there are three identical threads. The forum is sometimes sluggish, and hitting the post button more than once seems to create duplicates. Anyway, the normal answer to the question is that a custom program is probably doing the changes. …
  • I would knock 5% points off the grade for each time the student overrides the dimensions value. 10% off for each block they explode without a good reason to. (sorry, couldn't resist the temptation) -joe
  • In v14, just the regular Center snap will snap to the geometric center of a rectangular polyline. Though, not any other sort of shape. -Joe
  • In v14, BricsCAD, the center snap will work for rectangles. -Joe
  • By "extremely basic" I was thinking that the user didn't do any customization with the tools that allowed macros and custom programs, or loading existing utility programs, LISP etc. The main thing that brought me to BricsCAD, that other 3rd party D…
  • Unless you are talking about extremely basic CAD usage, I disagree. Knowledge of how a word processor works is pretty easy to transfer to other programs. But, a CAD program has quite a lot more knowledge needed that is not necessarily transferable…
  • I disagree about support for someone upgrading, vs new users. An experienced user only has to deal with whatever was new. Also, in spite of the excellent support I have always received from Bricsys, people in general are increasingly trained to go…
  • @Jamie Fraser said: This is a significant departure from Bricsys’ pricing model that I would urge it to reconsider. Agreed. And it is really weird that maintenance is optional if you buy new, but mandatory if you upgrade. The support that…
  • You are correct, price for the upgrade alone, is not a good argument . What I omitted to say was that I have used Solidworks extensively in the past. And it is a more developed parametric modeler. Also, it is much easier to hire an experienced…
  • While my company has not had a lot of extra money to spend, the de-featuring of my v14 Pro license, and the increased cost of the upgrades were certainly disincentives. For me, the parametric blocks is a feature that I really want to have. But, th…
  • The price will be whatever the market will pay. In general, I think BricsCAD has lost a lot of its pricing advantage. -Joe
  • The "new forum" is this one... and it has been out for at least a year, so not really new. I think on the older version, there were some other forum areas, including one about administration. -Joe
  • I kept getting a "try again in 30 seconds" message from the forum any time I tried to post. But, apparently it went through the first time. There may be 3 or 4 copies of my post. -Joe
  • The good news is that we seem to have a decent judge. But, of course, winning does not necessarily guarantee payment, if the customer has been juggling other debts. And the government's reaction to Covid-19 has hurt a great many businesses, so i…
  • Of course, we normally give out DWGs to customers, for the other contractors to use. Our company is now a lot more restrictive about when they give out DWGs. A contract and deposit has to be paid first, and the payments have to be kept more curren…
  • Our contract and log of extensive e-mail correspondence, with dwg attachments would be proof. And the drawings submitted for the permit was an obvious mistake. So, hopefully the lawsuit will be quickly done. If they did such a blatant violation of …
  • It seems we have two threads running with a duplicate post from me. I kept getting error messages from the server at Bricsys, which said to try again later. Anyway, I am sure I can't evade a highly knowledgeable user from successfully purging any …
  • Most of my drawing are complex, with many layers. So, if I were to create a drawing with the kind of finesse he includes, I would wait until the design were truely finished. Then, I would create copies of the drawings, so that each version can real…
  • I know this request is old. But, for future readers, know that your BricsCAD dealer can extend the time for the trail versions, if you ask them. -joe
  • The better quality ToF cameras I see now are at 640 x 480 resolution. I am really curious about what they do when a single pixel sees two different depths, such as at the corner of a wall, or an element of a truss. -Joe
  • The challenge with the Time-of-Flight type of sensor is if they can see small things, like the trusses in the roof of most industrial facilities. Of course, the "flying spot' of many of these types of scanners can easily miss these types of targets…
  • Thanks for the detailed instructions about how to discover the list that the forum has tried to keep hidden... is there a conspiracy? But, sadly, the list is all about scanners designed to scan things much smaller than a warehouse. Though, if the …
  • Steven, were you going to include a list? Sometimes the cost is primarily a technology issue that later gets solved. Lasers used to be quite expensive, and now they are in the $1 store. Just think of what it would have cost to have a computer in …
  • I didn't actually describe photogrammertry in my post. What I was describing with the laser is technically called "structured light scanning". This is where the laser is mounted near the camera, at a known distance and at a known angle. The lase…
  • @Steven_g said: at 60 I'm probably too old to 'teach an old dog new tricks' but to me BIM just comes across as marketing hype, There is no question, that the more complex a program gets, the harder it is to understand what it is doing or think…
  • @Michael Mayer said: I think it is a better idea to model in 3D a (B)IM Model and let the Software generate the 2D drawings. Where all plans automatically get updated with changes. Years ago I tried Vectorworks on Mac. As you inserted th…
  • There are many industries for which 2D drafting is the best choice. The main reason is that a drawing is actually an abstraction of reality. For example, in a plan view of a refrigeration chamber, I need to indicate where each panel is located. Th…
  • Jason, thank you for that script, though it would not work for me exactly as-is. This is because some of the dimensions are in Archectural units (feet-inch fraction) , some are decimal feet, and some are fractions alone. So, while most of the primar…
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