Want to plan a ride/drive and just need to know a rough distance for a few options; grab the pen, Map > measure distance, scribble, scribble, scribble, done.
The “Pen Directions” option does the same, with turn instructions, between each end of an inked line but tends to be too aggressive enforcing minimum distance between them to plan fun meandering rides.
The Surface Book standard SD memory card slot is a great feature. My SLR & Compact cameras both use them but my phone, bike, and car cameras use Micro-SD. It is easy enough to use an adaptor for them but it sticks out so bagging, travelling, with it in is risky.
I noticed PB Tech stocked the “BaseQi Aluminium Micro SD Adapter” which takes a Micro-SD. It fits flush, with a recess to enable easy extraction, so I can leave the adaptor in the slot. It’s a convenient way to always have an adaptor available but in future, should I need more storage, it will be handy as an extension drive.
I was browsing the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) site, saw a poster for a Boeing related exhibition while cycling today, and stumbled upon an exhibition of one of my Product Design Diploma (mid 1980s at UNITEC) Tutor’s work.
Gifford Jackson taught us design drawing (a mixture of illustration, rendering and drafting) sharing his decades of experience working in the US (New York in the 1950s – 60s) and his own New Zealand practice. He was old school, everything by eye and hand, and used his incredible portfolio of maritime and industrial design drawings in the classes.
I remember a refined, elderly (to a teenager, although he was then in his mid-60s) and patient man who quietly inspired by example and entertained with stories from his amazing career. This included meeting, working with, US design icons like Donald Desky, Walter Dorwin Teague, Carl Otto, and Harold van Doren. For Kiwi design students they were people you just read about in textbooks.
Gifford died (aged 93) in 2015 but his life, and character, was captured in these 2013 interviews by Michael Smythe:
Discover just how close Auckland came to a world-class integrated public transport system in the 1970s. This exhibition, in the Walsh Memorial Library, tells the story of the Auckland Rapid Transit (ART) scheme through vivid illustrations by New Zealand’s ‘godfather’ of industrial design, Gifford Jackson.
Jackson was employed to develop concept drawings of the interior and exterior design of the ART locomotives and carriages. The ART project brought together a team of engineers, town planners and others to plan a rapid rail system – nicknamed ‘Robbie’s Rapid Rail’ after its staunchest supporter, Mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson. The ART system never eventuated, with the plans shelved in 1975 following a change in government.
More than forty years after the ART scheme was abandoned, works are now underway for the completion of Auckland’s first underground rail network – the City Rail Link.
The museum would like to acknowledge MOTAT volunteer Richard Croker for his generosity in donating the artworks. This is the first time an original rendering has been on display since Jackson created the works in 1974.
The Walsh Memorial Library is located at MOTAT 1 on Great North road. Open hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Normal MOTAT admission fees apply.
Image: Gifford Jackson. (July 1974). Auckland Rapid Transit: Concept for train 124 and passenger platform. Richard Croker Collection, ART-2017-8.6. Walsh Memorial Library, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Updated 2018-11-27: Russell Brown has some better images of Gifford’s ART work on Public Address The lost ART
I got a chance to try the latest Enscape3D 2.4 update Web Standalone sharing feature this evening and was very impressed. It offers a no plug-in model interaction very similar to the full desktop Enscape application or the previous .exe packages. The big advantage is “no install” as although the package.exe’s worked well many environments prevent use of them. Creating the export is, typically Enscape, a simple button click and short wait (impressively short) while the model uploads. All the assets in the Revit file transfer so no concerns about losing custom materials etc.
The browser does have to be WebGL capable (so Chrome) and, here's where the tweaking comes in, will use whatever hardware the machine can offer. I tried it on a modest HP Compact running a 70 inch Sharp Touchscreen at work and it was ok, although a more powerful machine would be better. On my Surface Book 2 even with the Chrome>Advanced>System>Use Hardware Acceleration when available setting enabled Chrome only used the integrated graphics in the Clipboard Tablet. It runs Intel UHD 620, like many standard laptops, and was a bit choppy while fly/walk navigating but still very useable.
I had to go to Control Panel>Graphics Settings and force Chrome.exe to run in High Performance mode to get the best from the hardware.
That done, after a browser restart, the model responsiveness transformed for both rendering (of lighting changes) and fly/walk navigation. Task Manager confirmed the Book 2’s Nvidia GTX 1060 was doing its thing, soon further confirmed by the hiss of cooling fans spinning up!
For more about the latest Enscape V2.4 see the video below or their blog post.