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By Rob
#142675
Given the nature of AC windows (a separate plan, S/E, detail window etc) where we can not see model updates simultaneously and we work in one window at the time raises a question: Do we really need multi-window environment?

Why do we have so elaborately structured Navigator/Organiser which can handle it all. Do you ever switch between windows manually (that is clicking on a window rather than on a viewpoint in Navigator)?

I used to work with two monitors having Plan and 3D windows open but I can not really see benefits as the 3D window does not show changes on plan instantly. That virtually equals pressing a button 'go to 3D'. And now we have Trace&Reference tool that diminishes a need to see other view in a different window for a rough visual reference.

give me some thoughts fellas....
#142678
I usually use Exposé to switch between windows, so having only one window would kill my productivity.

The pattern I use is AC standard shortcuts to move between the main windows (F2, F3, F4). For all others I select the views on plan and right+click to select open in new window and keep all windows open. In one project I had over 50 opened at the same time.

As the construction drawings start to get finalized I spend more time in the View Map tab of the Navigator to verify that everything is correctly defined.
I have also selected multiple views in the Navigator and open them all so that I can start closing them one by one as I finish the changes that I am working on. It is a good way to know that you are finishing that step of the project.
#142690
Brett Brown wrote:So why didn't either of you vote? This is the only good thing about Revit

Because it is not really a wish? No specific proposition to vote "yes" to .

I think multiple windows are essential but so far poorly implemented - see http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/vie ... hp?t=27702
#142691
Paul King wrote:
Brett Brown wrote:So why didn't either of you vote? This is the only good thing about Revit

Because it is not really a wish as worded? No specific proposition to vote "yes" to .

I think multiple windows are essential but so far poorly implemented in ArchiCAD - see http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/vie ... hp?t=27702
#142697
I must admit I have not cast my vote because honestly I am not sure. The multi-windows environment has been in AC since its very conceiving (I think) so it is a kind of AC fundamental feature BUT is it really working? I am just curious if we can happily live without it... as I actually could.

An example would be Microstation. I understand the multi-windows environment there as all changes propagate themselves instantly in all windows.
The pattern I use is AC standard shortcuts to move between the main windows (F2, F3, F4). For all others I select the views on plan and right+click to select open in new window and keep all windows open. In one project I had over 50 opened at the same time.
my point here is: would it be a big deal for you to navigate through all viewpoints by either Navigator or rightclick or keyboard as opposed to using Expose (which does not apply for Win users or at least I am not aware of such a feature there)? How often do you actually click on the window itself to get to the particular viewpoint?


May be by ditching this system would/could significantly speed-up AC engine and simplify the work environment... that is just my speculation though.
#142701
One of my colleagues here has lots of windows open, none of them maximised, so he can click in the relevant one to bring it to the front (if in fact he does select the right window). I prefer to do everything via the View Map so I know I have correct layers and settings, and have windows maximised so I can see the big picture. I haven't got used to resizing windows all the time like others here do. Old dog, new tricks etc.

Point being - people work in different ways so different methods suit.
#142708
s2art wrote: I prefer to do everything via the View Map so I know I have correct layers and settings, and have windows maximised so I can see the big picture
Stuart, besides eliminating a source of errors, this way of working also makes Archicad a little more stable, and taxes the machine less, especially if you have other memory- and processor-hungry programs open. I try to recommend it all the time.