Learn to Swap Out ARE Practice Vignettes to ARE 3.1

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Young Architect Friends,

I’m getting into video and I just made one for you!

I have always want to learn how to make, edit and produce good online videos and I’ve recently started working on another blogging project which will have a ton of video. Since I’m just getting started, I apologize in advance if this video is a little bit awkward.

Let me explain the video that I just made for you.

Within the past 48 hours 3 people have asked me to help them with swapping out the ARE 4.0 vignette background with the old ARE 3.1 practice vignettes.

Since its easier to just show you, rather then attempt to explain it.  I recorded you a quick video!

Click here to download the ARE 3.1.zip file 

One thing I failed to explain in the video, is why you don’t need that chart that tells you which .DWG is for which exam.

The reason is because in ARE 3.1 all the 7 exams vignettes were inside one software. You installed the software once and practice all your ARE 3.1 vignettes on the same exact software.

One of the changes they made in 4.0 is that they make you install new software for each exam. So in 4.0 you don’t have a folder filled with .DWG’s to decipher which one is which.

Make sense?!??

I hope this helps and please leave me comments on this blogpost.


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Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect who lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with his Labrador Retriever. He is passionate about helping Young Architects change the world. In his free time, Michael likes to take very long bicycle rides across America. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In.

    Michael Riscica - December 22, 2015

    Nope. The cloud based version does not let you have access to the files.

Mike J - July 17, 2016

Will this work on mac or just windows?

Canon Manley - September 6, 2016

Hey man… NCARB has shifted over to cloud based practice programs… alas I don’t have the actual CDS practice vignette executable… Any way you can hook that up? Thanks!

    Michael Riscica - September 10, 2016

    I dunno. Let me get back to you. Try finding it in the internet archive or the wayback machine.

Kyle - October 11, 2016

Great video, very helpful for practicing multiple vignettes. I did this successfully for CDS but for PPP I’m getting an error when I start re-start the program with a different .CAD file loaded in. It looks like this:

Warning: one or more of the following files have changed:
Author File: (date), (time), xxx bytes
*Dwg File: (date), (time), xxx bytes*
Help File: (date), (time), xxx bytes
Exe File: (date), (time), xxx bytes
Current information:
Author File: (date), (time), xxx bytes
*Dwg File: (date), (time), xxx bytes*
Help File: (date), (time), xxx bytes
Exe File: (date), (time), xxx bytes

I notice all the file sizes are the same between the “Solution” and the “Current information” except he DWG files which are different sizes. I imagine this is what’s causing the error, but I can’t seem to fix it. All the layers match, I use the same file name, and they are all scaled the same. Any ideas on how to fix it?

Phebe - October 15, 2016

it works, finally, somehow i thought it is way more complicated than i thought….

Atousa Shafizadeh - October 23, 2016

Thanks a lot!!! Do you have the pdf of the program for those alternative vignette by any chance?

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