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Tom Foster

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  • Shape is BIM by another name - the OP says he doesn't want BIM but specifically that kind of 3D that erects itself automatically from a 2D, but only works by assuming extremely simple and standard conditions. You'd have to convince the OP that Shape…
  • Steven, I didn't know you were into photogrammetry - would have talked to you about it if I'd known.
  • Thanks Joe - you obviouisly didn't need my simple lecture - in fact have explained some things in plain language that i've struggled to understand from online experts!
  • Not sure if any of the above is Photogrammetry, as opposed to laser-radar type scanning? In Photogrammetry a large no of still photos are taken from many different positions so any given object or point is seen in several perspectives; from that th…
  • @James Maeding said: If one vendor such as Autodesk has the best stuff ... But do they? Complaints about Revit seem to say no, and buyers feel more trapped, than driven to choose 'the best'. Like James, I find the buyers' whingeing complain…
  • Interesting to note that the three progressive Cad orgs mentioned - ODA, Graebert, Brics - are all European. Graebert and Brics are competitors but ODA serves them both.
  • Grabowski, in latest upFront.ezine (subscribe: grabowski@telus.net) says: "Architects understand their needs better than do software-only houses, and so perhaps a neo-IntelliCAD effort is necessary. This is conceivable, as large architecture firms …
  • That ability, to Show/Hide individual elements within a BLOCK, incl via Structure Panel, was there in early versions of V19 but was removed. So it's not technically impossible, just something like incompatible with Autocad, or causing invisibility o…
  • ScottS are you able, as the design develops and elaborates, to progressively move objects from the Existing 'building' into the Removed 'building' (it remains in the same position in space). And to slice existing objects, so that part of it remains …
  • I'd forgotten that - the thread is quite a read, a frozen portrait of a moment in history! I certainly didn't grasp the solution then, and so remember it, like I do now - it's magic!
  • That's awesome. But you had me fiddling with the Tab key - 'dab dab (not tab) on Ctrl' I wd have understood straight away!
  • Yes, that would be handy - used to draw those a lot on the drawing board.
  • @ScottC said: I use a lot of 3d blocks, with multiple parts each on different layers within the block. To activate layiso, you are supposed to select the part whose layer you want to isolate. When I do that, the layer I'm actually sele…
  • Lately, I've been working in Xray renderstyle, for this v reason. Then frequently going to 2Dwireframe, which isn't actually a renderstyle but is the 'native' un-messed-with style, so is the only style that's fully accurate for snapping, and coinci…
  • The real drag when editing Blocks in situ e.g to edit-align elements in the Block with surrounding elements in the drawing, is that HideObject won't work in a RefEdit (or BEdit) session, not even on elements within the Block being RefEdited, let alo…
  • Can't that be fixed in Customise>Mouse>Double-click actions?
  • It depends whether you want to edit Blocks in situ e.g to edit-align elements in the Block with surrounding elements in the drawing, as I do constantly. In that case RefEdit does it. If you want to edit the Block just with reference to itself, then …
  • In Customise>Mouse>Double-click actions - and you may want to do it as a Partial CUI rather than modifying the Main CUI - I'll let someone else explain what that means and how to do it! RefEdit used to have the double-click action until the n…
  • May 8, not secret AFAIK
  • For a start, BIM skips depicting the brick, instead straight to a kind of sheet material called 'brickwork' - and not just depicts but specifies its numerous non-pictorial qualities (incl the brick, and the mortar, and the wall-ties etc but non-pict…
  • Nicely put, Damian. 3D models would be even more useful, for building purposes anyway, if equiped to easily reveal what's happening in muliti-layer situations, often including layers of 'near zero' thickness. This is something that a 3D model can d…
  • That 3D will replace 'drawings' is more developers' ideology than practitioners' reality; that 'singularity' will never arrive because the 3D model alone, even with added data structure, remains impractically insufficient. Sure, 'drawing' will evolv…
  • There's no such thing as 3D drafting - what you do in 3D is construct a model. A 3D model is near useless for conveying construction or manufacturing instructions, except as a backup illustration - you can't rely on the builder or toolmaker/enginee…
  • Glad it's not just me - I'm finding Ctrl+Z and Undo unpredictable, often undoing multiple steps, which I get just one chance to Redo - trying again after that, it's 'There is nothing to Redo'. I can't find a setting that puts this behaviour right -…
    in Undo buggy Comment by Tom Foster May 26
  • Could we have facility to make up our own rule sets? called LODs if you like but that means something specific in CAD nowadays. Two or three different setups that I'd standardise on, prob different from anyone else's.
  • @Tom Foster said: I'd like multiple attachments per post. Wot you said, but also what I mean is attachments as in Attaching a dwg or jpg, or several all within one post, instead of one at a time per post so sometimes have to make multiple po…
  • @Michael Mayer said: I was navigating yet again to find where in the twelfth nested level of support folder hell hides .... Are you using the old offline Help chm? I've got used to the online Menu bar>Help>Help Help (don't panic - fals…
  • I'll vote for @Michael Mayer said: Selecting parts of a Text with an option to "quote" would be nice. See? that was quite clunky, to delete most of what was imported! I'd like multiple attachments per post.
  • Thanks Hans, one day soon I will get round to Bimsection, meanwhile just used Flatshot - magic, is exactly what I wanted, straight away transforms my ability to 2D-draw funny off-angle architecture, the only catch being the need to create a 3D model…
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