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  1. Alan,

    In Acad, selection boxes made from left to right capture only geometry enclosed. As you know, selection boxes from right to left captures anything crossed. The setting is in preferences. I don't know if it works with the alt key depressed.


  2. Back in the '90's, I started using CA for design work. So fast that, but the 2D line work was time consuming. For details, I used Acad. I had plans that were both CA and Acad. I had matching border and title blocks. I now use CA for all projects for design and presentation then export to Acad for construction documents. I use Acad LT now. I gave up Acad full when I left a teaching job that provided the full version. To upgrade to full from my own license was going to be close to $3,000 and I had no need for the 3D capability. Acad requires a great deal of effort to become proficient. Adjusting the lines and layers is simple enough for me in Acad. Both programs have a learning curve required for proficiency. I experimented with Revit for the school, but that learning curve was more than I wanted for the Drafting program. I implemented CA for the one class in Architectural Drafting. Much friendlier for the students.

  3. It matters if you have large gravity loads, poor soil, unbalanced fill, etc.


    Most of my work has been commercial and any construction requires a certified soil report that includes the recommended foundation as part of the Soil Engineers Report that is submitted along with the CD's. The Engineer of Record will not review plans without it. This has been a guideline for submitting for several years now.I am not sure about residential as most of my residential has been additions and repair to existing structures. V-zone structures along the coast always require the soil reports with piling design recommendations.

  4. It really doesn't matter how it's done - the reality is that the Stem Wall portion of the foundation is almost never as wide as the footing..


    Joe is correct. In my area, block is the typical stem wall choice due to the forming required for a concrete wall. This example was used because of the existing grade for this project. We do not have a frost line in Florida. The footing is designed for the psf required for the perimeter based on the soil load capacity. Same would apply for a mono-slab.

  5. I don't have a step by step answer, but 1. Hole in terrain, 2. Block foundation wall, 3. Cross section view to create polyline solid for the ramp. The guardrail is required and is a fence. The slab is just a slab drive. There is a sump at the bottom (not shown exactly). There are design guides for truck wells online. The actual project has a leveler installed that I did not do for the graphic.

  6. Jim - your railing rises nice and smoothly but the ones in the videos for the 360 + are segmented.

    What is the difference? I guess I will actually have to play with it to find out.


    I did this with CA, but did some CAD work to determine the step, baluster and handrail. Code requires a certain depth of step at a certain point in the path. I used cad to draw the step. Converted to polyline solid. There was some trial and error to get the size and the angle of the next step. The baluster is just a solid and the handrail a molding polyline (I think). The step, baluster and handrail segment were then copied (number of treads), moved  (Z height of the riser) and rotated (degrees) about a point placed in the center of the column. The landing is just a slab or polyline solid at the floor level. The glass handrails shown are also done with polyline solids. I would never have figured out the CA stair method. Kudos to the pros that discovered that. 

  7. Video still large, I also tried all the settings in Flash but no go.

    He's using the free program Jing by Techsmith. I used it for screen shots before I took the plunge to Snagit. I checked, and it does have the video option that I never tried. I haven't used the Snagit for videos as much as I probably could, but it seems better from what I'm seeing.

  8. Alan,

    I made this in CA a couple of years ago. The building has been built and my views look very much like the completed building. I used polyline solids and it went fairly quick. They can be stretched in length easily. This was just for the model and could have spent a little more time to finesse the detail. It was good enough for the fabricator to make them. I don't recall if I did a cad detail for them. 


  9. I use "Snagit" for screen capture videos, very simple and easy to do in less time, uses "MP4" format, everyone can view it. No walkthrough to set up. Just record your camera views. Your voice will also record to tell your client what you did and why.



    I took Perry's advice and bought the program. I did the trial first and did have to get a microphone. I've sent a couple of MP4's already and got a good response. The program is relatively inexpensive and much easier than the walk through. It has limited editing of the video and no editing of the audio. Haven't tried anything interior, but should work just fine. Whatever is on your screen can be recorded. I think more refinement will require Camtasia.

  10. Drafting plans is the place where material management and job cost starts. Knowing how many square feet of drywall will end up being, is insufficient information, for instance. Waste is generated  when the drop offs cannot be used effectively or the increased finishing is incurred due to design. Just as an example. Anyone bidding a job will take this into consideration. The computer can be amazing, but it needs to be able to tell you that you just cut 23" off of something that you will not likely be able to use effectively. The designer can often save or add costs to any project. All of the cost of construction for 2nd floor will increase because everybody and everything has to be taken by man or machine to another level that isn't as convenient, for instance. "Craftsman Estimator" by Craftsman publishing had some of this  at one time. I haven't looked at it for quite awhile and I have know idea whether it integrates with any CAD software. The material list built in CA may have more value if you can figure waste and breakage based on experience. Your knowledge and the ability to provide useful information is absolutely good business policy.