Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Top iPad Apps

Many of my friends and family have been getting iPads in the last year, and most of them want to know which apps I use and why. The iPad comes with several apps built in, so I don't want to cover those. I wanted to cover the apps that I use most from the iTunes store.

Yesterday I was with my good friend Geoff. He recently got an iPad and wanted to use it for business. I was making a list of apps that Geoff should get, then I thought I should compile a full list of the most useful apps for business:

  • Evernote
  • Skype
  • Google
  • Google Drive
  • Kindle
  • Dropbox
  • Blogsy
  • Facebook
These are my everyday apps. I might add more to the list as I research the features of the apps on this list. I will also be expanding on this list with icons, screen shots and how to use the apps on the subscriber area.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Architectural Technologist Likes New Searchable Website for Vectorworks

The Architectural Technologist has been a subscriber to the Vector-workout Subscription service for several years, and still finds that there is more to learn about Vectorworks. I recently updated my web site to make it searchable and this has been a big bonus for the Architectural Technologist.
 Jon has added a new search function on the WordPress site and it’s so easy to use...
So no excuses, just search, I did and could not stop, I added other search items and stayed here for ages watching and reading... 
You can read his full article here...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

SST_1208 Creating a Solar Study in Vectorworks

Vectorworks can be used for quick 3D modeling. You can use Vectorworks for lighting. If you combne both of these, you can use Vectorworks to create a solar study.

A solar study can be used at the very early stages of the design to check the way the sun lights your building. It can be used to check how your building will affect the adjoining buildings. You can use it to check the lighting in landscapes, and so on.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Short sharp Training for Vectorworks Now Includes Special Interest Group Movies

Since February 2012 the  Vector-workout  subscription service has been offering special interest group webinars. These webinars are an interactive online session about a particular topic. The webinars are interactive, allowing the attendees to talk to each other, ask questions, and discuss the solution. Often these webinars cover difficult or complex situations. Sometimes they just cover situations where the users had forgotten what the solution was.

There are a special interest group sessions for Building Information Modeling and sessions for Landmark. This allows users to choose whether they want to learn Vectorworks from an architectural point of view or from a landscaping point of view.  having a special interest group like this allows the users to focus on the topics that suit that profession. For example, when dealing with roofing, from an architectural point of view there might be one solution, but from a landscape point of view that might have to be a different way of solving the problem. Having a special-interest group for each profession makes it easy to show them the solution.

The sessions are recorded and the movies for each session are posted online for the subscribers. Until now, there has not been a simple way to store and recall these movies. Now, we have a solution for storing and retrieving these movies. This allows me to record each session and post each section individually on the subscriber website.

As you can see from this picture, each online session has a brief description of what was included in the movie. This will allow you to search the website to find the topics that we covered. The order of the topics  shows you where to look for the topic and the movie. So topics at the top of the contents are at the beginning of the movie, while topics at the bottom of the list are at the end of the movie.

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Graphic Card Recommendations for Vectorworks

If you are thinking of buying a new computer, you should pay very careful attention to the graphics card recommendations for Vectorworks. If you purchase a new computer that does not match the graphics card recommendations, you will have constant trouble with the computer.

If you are thinking of upgrading your Vectorworks with your existing computer, you should also pay very careful attention to the graphics card recommendations. Upgrading your Vectorworks to a computer with a less than satisfactory graphics card will result in constant frustration.

The Vectorworks knowledge base has several articles about graphics card recommendations:
Vectorworks 2012 System Recommendations

Video/Graphics Card Guidelines for Vectorworks - 9/13/2011

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Follow me on twitter

If you have heard of twitter and you have a twitter account, then you should follow me. I have recently started to tweet when I add blogs, movies, or manuals to the subscriber web site. If you follow me, you will see my tweets, and this will make it easier for you to keep up date on the new information.

If you have heard of me, but you do not have a twitter account, you should get one. It's easy to sign up to twitter, just go to and sign up.

When you have signed in, you can search for me, just search for archoncad, that's me.

If you want to follow me, click on the Follow button to follow all my tweets