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  2. tekbench

    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    I'm following up on this. I, honestly, have been using 2019 on a daily basis for a couple of weeks now. With the ConnectCAD plug-in for wiring diagraming. We had a Holiday break, but I did some 3D architectural design on a sauna in my spare time. Full rendering, lots of layers. 2019, SP1 (Build 456974) has been working just fine for me. I DO still have a sluggish file if there is a huge PDF associated with it, but I am not mad about that. The PDF is huge, has hundreds of thousands of lines and I was less than clean about importing it. IF i have three or four big VW files open, they can start to slow down some functionality. I'll occasionally be running a Windows Virtual Machine in the background, along with AutoCAD 2018 for Mac. Then it starts to drag pretty bad. I'd expect this. Macbook Pro (15", late 2016 touchbar) 2.7 GHz intel core i7 16 GB ram Radeon Pro 460 graphics card with 4 GIG RAM.
  3. ConcourseDM

    Renderworks - is it worth the effort

    Apologies there. These renders were directly out of VWX Renderworks 2014. Using the 'Realistic Interior Final'. Got to say, it surprised me when I saw it. Here's another couple done at the same time, although these are a bit more brash in their design.
  4. grant_PD

    Edit symbol in 2019, not great

    Unless I'm doing something wrong, I'm not very impressed with the new edit symbol "rules" regarding 2d and 3d objects. If I am working inside a 3D symbol, and I want to make a relationship between 2 objects, I cannot draw a line (2d) object to examine that relationship. The line disappears. If I try to say, draw a rectangle and then extrude it, I cannot do that because the rectangle immediately disappears (and stays selected?) but I cannot extrude it and make it part of the 3d family. I feel like there are many many more hoops for me to jump through in order to edit symbols now.
  5. I am also having multiple problems with VW2018 SP6 on Mojave. 1. Freezing: It seems random and can last from a couple of minutes to 10-15 minutes. The FORCE QUIT window shows VW as “not responding”. This happens multiple times a day. The available memory can be high or low. 2. Jumping to other functions: It will sporatically jump into a different view, or pop up a dialog for some functiion I am not using at the time. Seems random, but changing the window view is most common. 3. Push/Pull, Fillet, Chamfer, Add, Subtract will work when they feel like it. Sometimes just changing the view will make it work. I have to use all kinds of work arounds to get the job done. Sometimes I have to redraw the whole object to get a component right (think hours). It may happen on a complicated dwg (lots of mods creating internal conflicts), or a simple one with no mods.
  6. HEengineering

    Renderworks - is it worth the effort

    Not intended to be smart. More curious as to how others approach. Looks great either way!
  7. zoomer

    Non-CAD software question for architects

    Unfortunately all browser based online solutions. Cross platform solutions very welcome : - Linux, Windows (and Mac) in this order - Desktop App - perpetual - offline
  8. zoomer

    Non-CAD software question for architects

    Interesting. My opinion may be a bit off topic as I a a Freelancer. But I have problems finding adequate replacement of my Mac Software for Windows. Time Tracking for me is essential as you want to separate the time you spend in front of the Monitor from the time you effectively got work done. 1. Timings + Grand Total for Mac Combo (Time/App Tracking + Invoices, from Media Atelier, Switzerland) 2. One man show here 3. + offline + classic perpetual license no subscription + affordable + true Mac App + iCloud option if needed Time Tracking : + allows graphical, manual editing of time Bars (auto tracking never really worked for me, like phone calls : Telephone Meeting or private call, private or office browsing or mailing ...) + calender-like or list views + Text input, comments option + iCloud option if needed + Projects, Clients, hurly rates, tax options, ... - App Tracking hard to read and tedious to setup - still some work needed when detailed hour exports needed Invoices : + custom Invoice Template creation + eMail option + automatic exchange of tracking data from Timings + auto sorting to specific clients and projects after exchange + semi automation to create and send Invoices + manual paid status + automatic notifications + rebate and some editing options - little glitches, like sending eMails to more than one recipient - still some manual input needed here and there 4. Not really. Automatic Notifications if you would forget your Invoices otherwise. If you are getting paid late there might be simple reasons like forgetting, SPAM folders, absences, holidays, typos, ....or bad will. All cases the Software can't help as more than a simple phone call. Or a lawyer in more serious cases 😉
  9. Christiaan

    Non-CAD software question for architects

    We use Avaza for time-keeping. Despite it being a whole task management and billing suite we only use the time-keeping aspect of it. Mainly because it's cheaper than other offerings and because we use Asana for task management. We tried using Avaza for task management but it was too clunky compared to Asana. We haven't integrated billing with time-keeping. Partly because of technophobic office management but also because we don't bill by the hour. We bill by project milestone/progress. We've tried Harvest, Toggl, amongst others. Generally they charge far too much for what they're offering, usually a per user per month fee. Ultimately what I'd like to do is integrate our billing and time keeping so that we can assess profitably of projects at a glance. We could probably do that now with Avaza but I need to need to discuss it further with my director.
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  11. Anyone know why a VW window element might refuse to bind/join to the wall object its supposed to be in? They're both on the same elevation/layer. Is there a checkbox I'm missing in my settings because other people are not having this issue with the same objects in the same file. (its a project file) Thanks!
  12. TomKen

    Laser Measures

    Look at the software that people use to do real-estate floor plans. I was using Chief Architect, a surface pro and a bluetooth laser measure. The walls in chief can be pushed by the dimension line input. So I would draw a wall then have the laser input the dimension to move the wall. There is other software out there that can do the same thing. So when I left the Site I already had my floor plan.
  13. Matt Panzer

    Un-joined walls

    Yes. That's what I meant. Thank you. I suspected that was the case.
  14. TomKen

    Un-joined walls

    I am also playing whack-a-mole rejoining walls. This happens when using project sharing, we have four people working on the same project. I have no idea what triggers the problem though.
  15. Robert Anderson

    Non-CAD software question for architects

    I'm interested in helping architects do more efficient business (I know, boring!) I'd like to know what kind of Time and Billing software is used by Vectorworks firms: What kind? Do you use it yourself, or do you delegate its use to administrative staff? What do you like / dislike about it? Does it help you keep your receivables low?
  16. Jeremiah Russell

    Un-joined walls

    @Matt Panzer The entire wall comes unjoined. I don't know what custom component joins are. I use the join wall tool, not the join component tool. Is that what you meant?
  17. Matt Panzer

    Un-joined walls

    @Jeremiah Russell, Thank you for the information. This will be helpful as we continue testing! What about my last question: Are the walls becoming completely unjoined or is it only custom component joins that come undone?
  18. Jeremiah Russell

    Un-joined walls

    @Matt Panzer It's generally noticed after I have have saved, committed and closed the file then come back to the working file. I do not notice it happening while I'm working in the file. However that's not to say it doesn't happen. One thing I can think of is that all my wall types are different. This particular project is an old historic masonry building and so I have about 15 different wall thicknesses all as their own wall style but with the same class and texture assignments. There are also a fair number of wall projection elements for pilasters at the perimeter of the exterior walls. That may or may not have something to do with it. Thanks!
  19. ConcourseDM

    Renderworks - is it worth the effort

    Yes, I thought there would be some smart arse comment to that. That's the orchid in it...and yes, I'm sure I could have created image prop, so here is the JPEG. Obviously no reflection in the mirror.
  20. Thanks @cberg and @Hans-Olav Looks like you have a similar set up to digitalcarbon above, with the grid planes being simple rectangles with no fill. Before figuring out how the data tag thing works... I'm trying to work out how to get the grid lines to show as dotted in my section viewports. It seems to draw the 'cut' through the rectangle (even though it has no fill) in the linetype set in the gridline's attributes - which is fine; however it is also I think drawing the far edge of it, in the solid linetype I have set for 'objects beyond section plane', which makes the line appear solid. How are you getting around this? ***edit - have solved this I think by converting the rectangle to a polygon and then 'hide edges' for the two vertical edges. Now it seems to work fine in section viewport.
  21. Matt Panzer

    Un-joined walls

    Unfortunately, I do not know what causes this. We are, however, trying to figure out what triggers this problem. We have not been able to get a reproducible case but we are currently testing for this (and other project sharing related issues). I certainly understand your frustration and want this issue resolved. Do you know if this happens after you "Save and Commit", close the working file, and then reopen it? If you have any idea what triggers the problem, please let me know. One more question: Are the walls becoming completely unjoined or is it custom component joins that come undone?
  22. HEengineering

    Renderworks - is it worth the effort

    if no post production why in the PSD file format?
  23. Jeremiah Russell

    Un-joined walls

    @Matt Panzer I do not have any idea what might be causing the problem. I am using Project Sharing, though it isn't necessary right now. I am using Design Layer Referencing but not within the building model. The references are for 2D details on separate design layers not tied to stories. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  24. My experience was that the "Location-History" and potential Offsets between Edit Mode and Reality are some kind of temporary. I don't know what the exact steps where (like Editing another Extrude in between or such) but I experienced that at some point the Edit Mode vs Reality Distorsion comes back into Sync or heal itself. (Which doesn't make it much better but unpredictable) Also I think the 2D Geometry of Extrudes has some kind of own "Plane" mode like Screen Plane ... I think it was called "Extrude Plane" (?) which could be changed (?) but didn't do any good for me (?) either.
  25. Hi Hans! That's what we wound up doing in our model. I was exploring this a few months ago!
  26. Hi @cberg I just tried what you described in the post above, and it work quite well at least in this simple file. It can be enhanced by classing the horizontal and vertical gridlines grid.vwx
  27. Aaah I see. Its a lot more stable in the annotation on a sheet layer, sorry for the confusion.
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