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I have zero experience with Cinema (or Rhino, or SketchUp, or other 3d modeling software). Does Cinema have some kind of optimization that automatically treats duplicates as equivalents of vwx symbol instances? The vwx file size of 1Mb for the 100 symbol instances doesn't seem out of line. The curve in my ball foot profile is vwx highest resolution. Visually, there is NO difference between the instances and the duplicates. File navigation in vwx is definitely better with the symbols.
I'm concerned that vwx file size is typically larger than other related software, as are many other users. I definitely don't want Vectorworks to have bloatware file size (or does it already?). But is big vwx file really a problem? Just because it is a big number? Are the main issues file transfer and storage? Or are performance issues also attributable to big file size - navigation, render/redraw, tool lag, save & backup lags, crashes, etc? Probably some relationship there, but file size may not be the only factor.
I see some lag in my bigger files, but not usually a standstill. In my limited use, the software is generally very stable. And I'm on a 4 year old Retina laptop.
Ok...I think I figured out what the issue is. I had "Use Shape" selected inadvertently (this is the default setting, see below) Even though you could hardly see it there was a little rectangle in the center of the label (and it was solid). That is why the label showed up as a group. Once I create the label without the "Use Shape" selected I no longer have that issue.
However, I still cannot create a solid label from the start. I can have nothing selected and set the attribute to solid, but when I select the label tool the attribute goes to none. But at least when I am done creating labels I only have to select them all and select solid one time.
If Vectorworks would just give us a good contour label tool this problem would go away for me :-)