Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:54 PM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 06:00 AM
and its main drawback apart from the cost is its american and your gauranteed to lose some hair getting to grips with it ,its not for the squeamish.and not really for self builders.
(Message edited by agb657 on February 12, 2009)
Posted 12 February 2009 - 07:24 AM
I've used it for twelve years (I know I said ten years in an earlier post, but have found the original invoice in the interim), upgrading every few years, although I haven't upgraded the last five years because I thought I'd let my current version grow old gracefully with me!
The last version still came with full PRINTED documentation, which means you can dip into the book at your elbow instead of having to trawl through a pdf and print off a relevent page or two.
Don't know whether TurboCad gives you the sun (or moon) positions. I think that, like Caliwag, "I'll carry on pointing at the sky, and generally waving my arms about, which seems to work."
(Message edited by joiner on February 12, 2009)
Posted 12 February 2009 - 07:28 AM
Cost wise it si a bit on the high side esp with weak pound. We curr work version X1 and will be upgrading to X2 shortly.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 07:33 AM
TurboCAD v15 Pro - Architectural Edition
not sure what you are dissagreeing with me about, Oh the hair loss and yankee terminology ? maybe thats just me LoL
Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:39 AM
i would be interested in what training you and your guys had video/online etc with Chief.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:47 AM
When I first started using CAD I tried both TuboCad (it came as a freebie 'lite' version on one of the computer mags) and (fully featured) AutoCad and even in the lite version TurboCad had a few more features that it made it easier/faster to "draw" with (despite being cheaper). I used the lite version for a year and then upgraded to the full Pro version when it had proved its worth.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 06:30 PM
It was a combination of video tutorials & trial and error. For the most part the tool is intuitive, with everything snapping into place with just a click.
Most recruits find roofs a bit difficult to begin with, but once they have understood the fundamentals re roof construction it becomes a piece of cake.
The beauty is you draw once, and everything is immediately available: 2d sections, interior & exterior 3 D rendered views, glasshouse views, HVAC, electrical & Drainage layouts and the list goes on. There is no need for any other bolt on apps. Any changes automatically updated in all layers, layouts.
I researched the lot before settling on CA v 10 a few years ago, and would say its defn more cost effective than lots of other products.
There are many great products out there, but this one ticks most of the boxes.
Would be happy to share tips & tricks if needed.
Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:24 AM
I like it a lot and so do my customers, it did take some getting used too, the Chieftalk forum i find very useful.
Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:05 AM
Posted 19 June 2009 - 05:42 AM
I am in the process of developing a new design delivery process which allows clients to walk through their design in real time on the web. I would appreciate if anyone has the time to take a look at give me some feed back.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:18 AM
Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:15 AM
I used ArchiCAD for the primary building modeling.
Working on the finishes and the whole polishing of the presentation. A lot to learn...
Example 1 was the first attempt, Example 2 is the second attempt. I will be revisiting both as I refine techniques and libraries.
The translation of the ground surfaces wasn't that good, so I may change the method to heavy bump mapping rather than texture mapping and see if this helps.
The client for example 2 loved being able to go through the design. As he is in another country it was a little difficult to set up a meeting so it worked well.
Thanks for your comments.
Posted 13 February 2010 - 08:43 AM
Richard and Annie
Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:06 AM
In my experience it's always good to arrive at a client and fine they have formulated some ideas of what they want which you can build upon. So, go ahead formulate some ideas. Have fun.
Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:10 AM
The other use of words/verbal is to really kick-start the feel of the interiors (for it is the interior is surely where it should all start...assuming you have the site analysis under your belt)...cosy/spartan/warm/crisp/light/non-cellular/visually busy/woody/retro etc etc and all combinations...this really is where the fun starts.
You'll quickly realise that design is like the old joke about the content of a spittoon...it's all in one. Sorry about that image.
In case you haven't found and absorbed it, I have appended a few free notes on design appraoches: before the architect's clock starts ticking, on a link above (thanks to admin)
Enjoy and keep us posted.
Sorry about the rambling sentences!
Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:13 AM
Archicad is good and so is Revit as they draw 'walls' and roofs and other elements, not just lines but they need a powerful PC to use it.
One member suggested a pen and paper and to be honest, for initial ideas, i couldnt agree more and its what most of us so called professionals actually do first off!