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Old 06-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #323
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@ Cameron - The Adobe products are the best for graphic creation (non-3d). If you like Illustrator and are into drawing, you may also find it more natural to use a Wacom tablet instead of mouse and keyboard. They are setup to be used like a pen/pencil so line drawing is natural. Cheers!
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:59 PM   #324
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Bowmans, thanks for the tip. Outside of Autocad and Vectorworks, my knowledge of graphics software is zero. I still do a lot of hand drawing and then rely upon my draughting software to create presentation and production drawings. Some day, I may venture into uncharted territory, but right now, I'm still getting used to Vectorworks.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:09 AM   #325
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I picked up on a tip on the webs that said to use the apple store app on my current iPhone. Had one reserved in about 1 min. Kind of funny that my current iPhone reserved it's replacement. It probably was upset with itself, and yes it does have feelings.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:49 AM   #327
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I Now fall in two camps. Run Linux for the desktop machine, and just getting used to the new addition. iPad!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:35 AM   #328
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I Now fall in two camps. Run Linux for the desktop machine, and just getting used to the new addition. iPad!!
The iPad is pretty amazing. We're out in the Airstream this weekend and I'm using the pad to send this. We've had our iPad ever since the 3G was released at the end of April. I discover something new on it every day and it just blows me away.

If you haven't already done so, check out the Star Walk app. It's great for checking out the night sky while camping. Just hold it up to the sky and it will display and identify what you're looking at. As you move it moves with you. It's so amazing that it's spooky!!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:46 AM   #329
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... the 128K model, cost about $3,500 including the dot matrix printer in 1984 even with the academic discount that my wife obtained. That's when $3,500 was real money.

It's astonishing to see how much the price/performance equation has changed over the years. I bought a hard disk drive for my Wang 2200 minicomputer in 1979. It had 10 megabytes of storage capacity, 5 meg fixed and 5 meg removable on a platter about 2 feet in diameter. The drive was so heavy that two people could barely lift it. The price: $30,000!!!! Now, you can buy a terabyte for about $250. That is 100,000 times as much capacity for less than 1% of the 1979 price. Truly amazing.
LOL - truly amazing is an understatement!!! In 1992 I paid over $500 for a 40MB external hard drive for my Mac LC. Now I can get a 1TB external for my iMac for a fraction of that.

I'm also convinced that this iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac thing is part of one great big cult. If so then what a way to go!!!
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I started draughting before computers really came onto the scene. We never had computers at university and it was several years before I worked at an office that used them. Most offices that were computerized ran Autocad, but a few were out there that ran on macs and used minicad (the precursor to vectorworks). Now that I've given up my PC's, I've switched to Vectorworks and am enjoying it. I'm just starting out and learning, so it will be a while before this software becomes 'second nature' like Autocad. Still do all my design by hand though. I'd be lost without pen and paper. Next up is to learn sketch up.
Cam - I've been an Adobe Illustrator user for several years now. When I switched back to a Mac I did a cross-platform upgrade and got the CS5 suite. It's a pretty incredible graphics package.

I'll have to check out SketchUp. It looks pretty cool and best of all Google offers a free version.
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I'll have to check out SketchUp. It looks pretty cool and best of all Google offers a free version.
I wanted a drafting app with dimensioning and was able to get SketchUp Pro for free as an academic.

I used to be a draftsman (mostly Summers in college) and have used other CAD programs years ago. I had high hopes for SketchUp but after a few attempts on simple drawings, I was disappointed. Frankly, this is the worst interface I can imagine for a CAD app. If there was an easy way to just do a 2D drawing and then optionally turn it into a 3D rendering, that would be ideal and logical to me. But, to start in the 3D imaging mode and having to add and subtract 3D objects to accomplish even the simplest tasks is extremely cumbersome. It's very, very hard to get objects sized correctly.

Perhaps, I've done something wrong. Perhaps, I must climb the steep learning curve. Perhaps, there is something better. For me, I'll just go back to paper and pencil.
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About two years ago I bought my wife a killer Dell Vostro 17" laptop. At the time, Vista was the only operating system available. Last fall we upgraded her to Windows 7 which is a really dumbed-down operating system in my opinion. After a few month, she was so disgusted with it we bought her an Apple Macbook Pro 15". The $1,600 Dell has been collecting dust ever since. She says that the Mac is what computing should be all about.

I have to use a Dell laptop with XP at work, but if I had my choice, I would go with the Mac.
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I Now fall in two camps. Run Linux for the desktop machine, and just getting used to the new addition. iPad!!
We just picked up a 3G iPad ourselves. It's maiden voyage was to the Moraine View rally last weekend. It passed with flying colors. Unfortunately with all the rain and clouds, we didn't run the star app which as someone else noted pretty cool. On the other end we gave the weather app a good workout, watching the radar for the end of the storms.

I'm glad we held out for the 3G version rather than the one which is WiFi only.......although if you have one of those Verizon or Sprint MiFi cards you can get away with the WiFi iPad only.

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Should you get the shiney new object?

A flow chart to help decide.

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A flow chart to help decide.

Funny!! I like this!
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