Are you looking to use it for camera layout or for bandwidth/storage calculation?
I think it's far more valuable / rare for camera layout than for calculation.
IPVMU Certified | 07/08/13 10:29pm
I want to use it for camera layout to see angles and FoV. I usually use the manufacturer's lens calculators but this JVSG seems to come with lots of bells and whistles.
It's definitely better than manufacturer lens calculator (with honorary mention to the Pelco camera tool and 3D Design Tool). Also, compare to CCTVCad for a similar non manufacturer tool.
IPVMU Certified | 07/09/13 10:43am
I use it all the time. Especially effective to show prospects the FOV and 3D views of prosective cameras.
IPVMU Certified | 06/17/16 08:53pm
Is JVSG and AutoCAD still the only two options 3 years later?
If I didn't already own the Pro version, I would probably use the IPVM Calculator instead. I know that they are working on a few needed features (camera height, etc) that will eliminate the need for JVSG all together in time. For the most part, it is plenty good enough. For the most demanding jobs, JVSG still has an edge. The Pro version even more so.
IPVMU Certified | 06/17/16 10:16pm
Sketch-up is kinda cool. I don't have a real job, so I haven't played with it a while...
I have a Pro license to JVSG and have used it for many years, but now with my subscription to IPVM I find the Google map integration works so much better for most of my layout, my typical systems are outdoor locations. I think that each tool has pros and cons, and the price of either is not budget breaking. For system design the most tools in your collection the better. Before I had either of these I used the FLIR Raven alot, importing Google earth clips into it worked very well.
I'm trying it now, here are a few of my initial observations/frustrations:
Very difficult to select objects like walls, boxes etc..
They don't have an "Undo" function anywhere that I can find.
Very easy to accidentally move a whole layer.
I'll try to add more as I use it more.