ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

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Alfred Scott
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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by Alfred Scott » Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:13 pm

I’m happy to help any software company to develop their software to incorporate any and all features of WildTools by providing the source code of WildTools which they can then use in their own programming. I’ve already done this with FormZ so it’s simple to pass along to High Design. I’ve got a conversation going now with GRAPHISOFT.

I really can’t learn to program in another environment or program.

Right now I’m working on exporting a PowerCADD drawing as SVG and then Matt Arnold has some improvements to show window muntins in the Doors & Windows palette.

Alfred

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by MWolfe » Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:08 pm

Thanks Alfred!

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by dnathanc » Fri Sep 10, 2021 7:49 pm

I'd be very interested in more details on the Graphisoft discussion, if / when you can share them. I'm almost ready to shift entirely to Archicad but just can't pull the trigger due to limited 2D drafting capabilities. If they intend to implement a more substantial offering in the future it would ease my mind about the decision quite a lot.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by Andrea_S » Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:21 pm

Alfred Scott wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:28 pm
I am the developer of WildTools, and I'd be happy to help you any way I can. The XML format is a great addition to PowerCADD and I'm sure it's just the thing you need to do a translation. However, there are always subtle things about how things work in PowerCADD that might not be obvious from the xml interface.

It would be helpful for me to have your direct contact information, like mine below.
Hello Alfred! Thank you, your insight would be much appreciated, there are indeed some sections in the XML that are not extremely clear.
I'm sending you my contact info via pm.
S. Shubin wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:35 pm
In case you don’t know — WildTools is a major plug-in for PowerCADD. It is a HUGE part of the PowerCADD community...
Thanks for all the info & links!

There are definitely many tools that would complement HighDesign very well. We'll see what can be done in the future.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by BaughbLabs » Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:54 pm

Andrea:

I'm sure I speak for a lot of people here: Thank you

For me, the ability to import my PCAD files into High Design and have all the formatting intact is HUGE!
FYI, Alfred is a good egg and a great resource.

Looking forward to seeing the progress on this.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by EduardoJB » Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:42 am

Well, this is great news… I did like High Design when I tried it and would make the jump if the future is viable for an architect who’s getting too old to try to learn things that shouldn’t be so complicated. Wild Tools would complement HD very well and make the transition very tempting.

Andrea, please keep us posted. HD will get quite a bit of new users if things progress.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by pep » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:31 pm

POWERCADD user of over 25 years in Architecture. I will miss it.

I am looking for my next move.

I demoed "HIGH DESIGN"
My comments are:
The interface is great, it has the right core tools, and the price is great.

Cons: Do not like the paperspace thing - I have wooked in Autocad and never liked that concept..
There is a learning curve to learn it (High Design) and there seams to be little learning support or really good explanatory guides.

What about "MACDRAFT PRO"? Has anyone tried it? It is very powercadd like. My demo is going well so far and is easy to learn
Thoughts?

PEP the Architect

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by Andrea_S » Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:10 am

pep wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:31 pm
I demoed "HIGH DESIGN"
My comments are:
The interface is great, it has the right core tools, and the price is great.

Cons: Do not like the paperspace thing - I have wooked in Autocad and never liked that concept..
There is a learning curve to learn it (High Design) and there seams to be little learning support or really good explanatory guides.
Hi Pep, thanks for your comments! Layout sheets and viewports in HighDesign are optional: you can also assemble your drawings using only the drafting sheets and draw directly inside a page frame, like you would do on a drawing board.
We're expanding the documentation in the near future.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by fred johnson » Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:21 pm

I must say that in reviewing the documentation at the web site the package seems comprehensive and possibly a worthy successor to PC. I was very impressed with the implementation of the "paper space/model space" concept which, I feel, compares very well with both AutoCAD and Vectorworks,
while adding some very attractive features. Through the forum many topics are being discussed and there is a robust company presence there and what seems to be a very active community of users. Were I not beyond the the stage of needing another CAD program to use I would give High Design VERY SERIOUS consideration and I intend to follow its development as I have done with PC/WT.

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Re: ILEXSOFT High Design Users?

Post by S. Shubin » Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:22 pm

pep wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:31 pm
… seems to be little learning support
I’ve owned HighDesign Pro since the end of September of last year

I’ve written their tech-support about the following items

1. how to change which way a window faces in a wall
2. About aligning elements on one layout, with elements on another layout
3. About how to find where all the symbols were
4. About tile patterns not displaying properly in a viewport

Within the program, under the Help menu, there is a tech support item which will open up a page in your browser that will allow you to open up a support ticket. So I don’t have a record of the exact dates I sent my questions to tech as my questions did not go out through my email program. But I do see the dates when they responded to me by email. Best I can remember, they always answered by the next business day.

On the first three items above, I was given excellent help to the questions. As far as I’m concerned, I could not have received better responses. They showed me how to do what I wanted to do. And it was easy to understand what was being said — that is to say, even though they’re in Italy, it did not sound like English was their second language. Their email responses were as good or better than companies I’ve dealt with here in the US, as far as their English grammar goes.

Now as to my 4th question to their tech support, you can read one of Andrea’s posts in this string to see that this problem is going to be handled in their next update

So I really don’t think tech-support is an issue unless you have to have an answer within an hour. In that case you might try the forum although I wouldn’t bank on somebody getting back to me within an hour in any forum. Some forums are better than others. But I just wouldn’t bank on any forum for a quick response.

I’ve never bothered to place any questions in the HighDesign forums, because the responses I received via email worked out well for me

I will state this, and that is, I believe you’re more likely to receive a timely response, that answers your questions satisfactorily, if you’re able to clearly and concisely get your question across to them.

If you can do screen grabs and add annotation in red on top — in order to show what problem you’re having — that’s a good thing.

If you know how to make little GIF’s where you can do a short repeating video showing what it is you’re trying to do – that’s good too. Often or more times than not, if tech will allow photos to be sent, then they usually will allow GIF’s, as long as they aren’t too big.

If the companies customer support program will allow you to send a little video, where you could do a little narration on top of your video screen capture, that’s even better yet.

Take time to clearly and concisely state and illustrate your question — If you want an answer that’s right to the heart of the issue

Below are programs I utilize to help me illustrate what it is I’m trying to say when sending emails or messages, or if the chat support will allow me to send a file or a video or a GIF

ImgPlay Pro $8 (iPhone GIF’s)
LumaFusion $30 (video editor, iPhone & iPad)
QuickTime Player (video screen recording, Mac)
Screen Recording (video screen recording, iPhone)
Photos (screen capture edit & mark up, iPhone)
Affinity Photo and Designer (photo & image crop & mark up & file size reduction, Mac) Each of these Affinity programs is normally $50 but I got them on sale for $25 each. If you had to, you could just get Affinity Photo
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