64 Bit Version
Visual Building v5 is now available as both a 32 bit and 64 bit application. The installer contains both versions and will determine automatically which version to install depending upon if you have either a 32 bit or 64 bit hardware and Windows.
Previous versions of Visual Building were 32 bit programs, and were therefore limited to running in 32 bit mode, even if you had a 64 Bit hardware and a 64 Bit Windows. This is why Visual Building installed in Program Files (x86) on a 64 Bit system. If you have a 64 Bit System then Visual Building v5 will now be installed as a 64 Bit application and acquire all the performance advantages of a 64 Bit application. This is especially of importance for large projects that now have access to all your available RAM.
Many of competitors are still only able to supply you with 32 bit applications. Current and previous 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows can only allocate a maximum of 2 GB of memory to each running process, regardless how much real or virtual memory is available on a particular machine. A 64-bit system is not subject to the same memory limitation. A 64-bit processor has a theoretical maximum addressable memory size so large it is measured in multiples called petabytes (1 petabyte = 1 million gigabytes). Currently, 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 support up to 192 GB of installed memory.
Drawing Services Pricing
"How much will it cost to create a drawing? " is a very similar question to "How much does it cost to build a house?"
Likewise the answer starts with "That depends upon...."
Our drawing services are broken down into the following categories:
2D + 3D plan
2D + 3D model
We find it easier to quote for a drawing based upon its data source, its use and floor plan size.
Data source will be:
Measurements only supplied in sketch or text form
Existing printed 2D plan suitable for scanning
Existing CAD 2D plan suitable for importing as DXF file
Use will be
2D Plan suitable for Estate Agent use
2D plan + 3D plan suitable for Estate Agent use
2D plan + 3D model suitable for Estate Agent use
2D plan + 3D model suitable for planning application
Floor plan size:
This would be the total floor area drawn.
Some example quotes:
2D plan only
To produce a 2D plan only suitable for an estate agent to use in a brochure or uploading to an online service. These quotes assume measurements supplied in sketch form.
2 Bedroom Flat: from £20
3 Bedroom Terrace: from £254 Bedroom Detached House: from £30
2D + 3D plan
To produce a 2D + 3D plan suitable for an estate agent to use in a brochure or uploading to an online service. These quotes assume measurements supplied in sketch form.
2 Bedroom Flat: from £50
3 Bedroom Terrace: from £60
4 Bedroom Detached House: from £70
2D plan + 3D model
To produce a 2D plan + 3D model suitable for supporting a planning application. These quotes assume measurements supplied in sketch form.
2 Bedroom Flat: from £200
3 Bedroom Terrace: from £300
4 Bedroom Detached House: from £400
To produce a 2D plan + 3D model suitable for use for visualisation purposes. These quotes assume existing printed plan supplied.
2 Bedroom Flat: from £100
3 Bedroom Terrace: from £150
4 Bedroom Detached House: from £200
Repeat / Bulk Orders
To support and encourage repeat / multiple orders we offer a rebate against orders placed each month at the following rate:
multiple orders >= 5 orders per month: 5%
multiple orders >= 10 orders per month: 7%
multiple orders >= 25 orders per month: 8%
multiple orders >= 50 orders per month: 10%
All prices exclude VAT
Initial orders are subject to 50% payable on placing order and 50% payable within 7 days of delivery. This 50% upfront payment is not required after 3 months of multiple orders
Fire Escape Plans International Use
Visual Building's Fire Escape Plan Catalogue uses symbols that comform to ISO standards and are specifically for UK and European users. However where it is possible to use additional language symbols. The following is an example as used in the Middle East to provide additional language support in Arabic, Sinhala (Srilanka), Hindi (India) and Bangladesh languages. These symbols are provided as graphical symbols and are easy to create for any language.
Where ISO standard symbols are not applicable it is easy to create and substitute alternative symbols.
Please contact Visual Building for the availability of additional languages and symbols.
Visual Building Install Instructions
2 Locate and start the Visual Building install program
When the Visual Building install file has downloaded, it should automatically run.
2.1 Select Language for the installation
The installer is available in English, German and French. Select your language and click on OK.
2.2 Welcome Panel
The next panel will comfirm the Visual Building version that you are installing.
2.3 License Panel
Please read the license agreement and click I accept the agreement and then click on the Next button.
2.4 Select Destination Folder
You now have the opportunity to change the default installation location. Click Next to continue.
2.5 Select Folder
You now have the opportunity to change the default folder name and option to create an entry in your Start Menu. Click Next to continue.
2.6 Select User Interface
There are 2 user interface styles, the new Ribbon style and the older Toolbar style. We reccommend the Ribbon, but you can swith between styles at any time no matter which version you select.
2.7 Create Desktop Icon
You now have the opportunity to create a desktop icon. Click Next to continue.
2.8 Start Install
A summary of all your selections is displayed. Click the Install button to start the installation.
2.9 Wait for Installation
The installation will take 15 - 30 minutes depending upon the speed of your DVD player and computer.
2.10 Installation Completes
When installatin is complete click the Finish button to run Visual Building.
If you have not yet purchased a Visual Building license you may do so in our online store.
If you have already purchased a Visual Building license then proceed to Visual Building License Instructions.
Visual Building v4 Released
We are pleased to announce the availability of the following new Visual Building versions:
Visual Building Lite v4
Visual Building Basic v4
Visual Building Professional v4
Visual Building Premium v4
Release v4 contains several new features across all versions, however the most important and powerful new features are in Visual Building Premium.
Registered users will automatically receive an update link to update their existing versions, or upgrade to a higher version.
FREE Visual Building Training Course Released
For full details see www.visualbuilding.co.uk/freetraining
Here is a list of all news letters posted previously- just in case you missed something. However. due to the popularity of the forum, we now prefer to make announcements via the forum. Visit the forum.
Visual Building Released
Visual Building does not contain any animation tools. With free products like Unity 4 available, we didnt need to.
Unity 4 is a tool for developing interactive content and deploying it anywhere. Whether you’re creating games, architectural walkthroughs, online training simulations or interactive art, Unity is the tool that will allow you to quickly achieve stunning results. Visual Building is being used to create realistic buildings for game content, developed with Unity.
For more infomation about Unity and obtaining a free license please visit www.unity3D.com
Here is a list of buildings and other projects imported into Unity which then allows you to create your own 3D model to present within a web browser from your web page.
These were created with the free version of Unity. Please note that you will need to download the small free Unity Web Player to view.
Remember, these are not videos and so the user can interact with the presentation, such as removing a roof, change a wall colour, or change a demonstration path or view.