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  1. There are several cool ways this could be implemented. Drag-Drop a symbol to a Sheet Layer to automatically create a Symbol Viewport Right-Click on a symbol in the RB or on a DL to do the same Symbol creation options - Create SVP In the OIP - Create SVP button. it's clear that this is a really important enhancement- as we regularly create unnecessary Design Layers to host an unnecessary instance of a Symbol simply to be able to create such Viewports
  2. bcd

    Unfold Help

    You need to Extract each of the surfaces - Extract Tool>Tool Preferences>Non-Planar (=Nurbs Surfaces) However from the left: the first and third surfaces are developable and will successfully unfold. the second and fourth have double curvature and will not unfold. You could redraw the piece so be close to the original so that all four surfaces are developable.
  3. Class & Layer Tags could easily populate the unused column in the Navigation Palette Sort order based on Tags, Class name/visibility would ideally also work just as it does now for Layers
  4. Very odd - There's no Show/Hide lights apart from Class / Layer visibilities You can control whether light objects are visible via the VW Preferences>Display but this isn't what you're asking. You can switch Lights on/off individually or via the Visualization Palette Have you tried a restart?
  5. Are you using the original Spotlight Workspace?
  6. It sounds like the Class your lights are assigned to may be turned off.
  7. It would be great to be able to preview a chosen Gobo or pair of Gobos, their rotation and to control the Gobo Focus in the large empty 'comments' panel of the Edit Lighting Device Dialog Box.
  8. Create a Layer with only your object. Create a Design Layer Viewport showing only that Layer Assign a useful class to control visibility of the DLVP Place, Duplicate, Move, Rotate and Lock the DLVP on any other DL
  9. bcd

    unfold unusable

    No, they always detach - I find it useful to color-code more complex surfaces before unfolding
  10. This can't be right. On windows, a Floating View Pane, when set to fullscreen on an second display always obscures floating palettes.
  11. Take a look at Associated Dimensions. These are Dimensions that no only display the length of a wall as a standard Dimension does but which will actually adjust the wall length when you enter a new value.
  12. I've seen this on Sheet Layers also - it looks like it may be a drawing/zoom problem My fix is to move the object and immediately undo.
  13. Your instincts are right. It's always preferable to set up from scratch imo - It's a worthwhile investment. If possible gather responses from several users about the existing Template file before beginning. Diligently reassessing and setting up your Project Template for the transition can not only avoid inheriting buggieness but can help you examine the latest version in more depth and reveal improved functionality, preferences etc. that you may not be taking advantage of. One simple example is the continuing expansion of Styles for many object types. Remember, you can import Classes & Layers from a converted file rather than reconstructing them. Similarly I would also consider setting up your custom Workspace anew
  14. A variation of this is to Reference the Image but select Relative Reference - then as long as the name and relative location is the same each project file can reference an appropriate project logo.
  15. Yes. you can achieve this or something very close- the trick is to name the new logo the same as the old one in the external folder So - say in your source folder place a logo called eg. Logo-TB Edit your TitleBlock Layout and File>Import>Import Image File... and browse to the Logo-TB Be sure to select Reference. Now when you want to replace that logo in all TB's in your file just replace Logo-TB file in the external folder. You may need to Update Reference in the Navigation Palette.
  16. P.S - it would be great if this tool preference could have a tolerance setting - even seemingly identically sized objects are a floating point different to each other and therefore won't be captured
  17. Take a look at the Select Similar tool in the Basic Tool Palette. You can click on the Preferences button in the Mode Bar and choose to select objects with the same Size.
  18. A 122 second HLR in VW2019 becomes a shockingly fast 6 second HLR in VW 2020! Thanks team - my coffee habit is going to take a hit.
  19. Excellent @JuanP thanks for following up - I wouldn't have expected Unifed View could have the ability to override these preferences. I believe I was switching it on/off at one point to experiment. Classes - usually if there is no such object in the file I would expect those classes to Purge. Thanks Tim C also.
  20. A VW2020 file upgraded from VW2019 is exhibiting the following issues: Top/Plan - 3d Display ignores the VW Preferences and is always Orthogonal+Wireframe After stripping the file of everything except a simple extrude there are several Classes that will not delete. Backsaving the file to VW2019 doesn't resolve the issue. The original VW2019 file behaves normally. Test file attached. TEST VW2020 issues.vwx
  21. This one I change depending on the file and the operations. My default is 20 In complex files with intensive tasks I like to keep this low 2-9 to improve VW's performance and bump it back up again for general use.
  22. Thanks for this Niel, My process is very similar to this - eerily so. I prefer 3d Orthogonal however but otherwise... I like to work with Full Screen Cursor, especially when providing training - it allows students to follow the action better: Tools>Options>Vectorworks Preferences >Interactive>Full Screen Cursor Here I turn OFF confirm before save - I always want this backup but not the interruption. I keep 2 or 3 backups - its easy to cull unwanted backups when they're all stored in the same folder. It's also easier to recover a file after a crash by comparing the last saved version to the last auto-saved backup and picking the more recent. I also like to turn on - among others - the QuickPref button Show Other Objects While in Edit Modes. It can be very handy when editing Groups, Annotations, Symbols etc to see or hide surrounding geometry
  23. This I believe is the crux. If the implementation were ideal then there would be one true way or at least one highly recommended way. Dimensions are really useful & often necessary in the Design Layer Dimensions are best laid down in the Sheet Layer I think the grail lies in an automatic 2-way communication and selective visibility between the two. Some observations: There are instances where a Annotation Dimensions on the Sheet Layer will actually affect geometry in the Design Layer (Top/Plan Associated Dimensions can move planar objects) There are instances where Annotations are visible in selected Design Layers AND selected Viewports (Section Lines>Advances>Section Line Instances) There are instances where Dimensions can be placed automatically (Auto-dimension Exterior Walls, (Sheet Layer or Design Layer)) It is possible to quickly switch on/off elements in both Design Layers & Sheet Layers which could be extended to control visiblity of, for example, Dimension Styles (Visibility Tool) Yes - an implementation of a global dimensioning philosophy and workflow so that it is effective, efficient and elegant seems a long way off - but we have hints of the existing functionality, tools and commands that could be bundled, tumbled, expanded and refashioned to deliver a worthy 21st century solution.


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