Excuse me if I will miss something, I am testing Visual Arq just out of curiosity and don’t have time to dig deep in it. So if I will say that I can’t do something there is also a chance that I don’t know about some functionality or that functionality may be hidden too deep to use it comfortably.
Anyway, I think Visual ARQ is an interesting project and I can imagine myself using it in the future. But before that, and before it will become fully mature software (and hence less open to changes) I would like to mention some things which worry me.
Lag on the start of the command because of Panel opening. – It feels like working on a much worse computer.
2. Drawing walls at angles
Drawing walls at right angles are very uncomfortable. Dealing with it as it is with drawing curves in Rhino is not enough. Both Revit and Archicad have it better. Some more dynamic, easy to access, responsive guidelines would be welcome.
3. Moving Walls
Moving walls in a perpendicular direction, automatic wall extensions, etc. This is crucial.
One of the reasons I (and others I know) don’t like Archicad, Revit in that field has it so much better, so much more intuitive and pleasing. Simple doodling walls is probably the first experience we have with software like that and we can call it an equivalent of hand sketching.
Sketching tasks like that should be as little distracting as it is possible.
When I align Gumball to Object it gets in a way of one wall control point.
Much better use would be if Gumball could be automatically placed in the center of the Wall. (And I don’t mean manually relocating Gumball for every Wall )
Issue with that is that red scale handlebar will interfere with one of the Wall end points.
4. Visual feedback
Note how much visual feedback I receive when I draw this walls - guidelines, length, angle, different popup icons. All of that is extremely helpful and prevent from making slight errors. As I said earlier, automatic guidelines from vanilla version of Rhino are not working that great with VA Walls.
5. Trim/Extend Walls
Under _vaWallExtend command, there is what Attach is in Revit. What I refer to is extending/trimming walls on the floor plan. Sorry, I couldn’t find any quick way to do it in VA. This normally needs to be done in the blink of an eye.
I Especially like that Revit is showing lines that previews what piece of a wall is going to be trimmed.
Rhino / Visual ARQ