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Kevin McAllister

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  1. Kevin McAllister

    UVW Unwrap

    You can convert the object to NURBS surface and use Model>3D Powerpack>Unfold Surfaces. Unfortunately it just piles all the pieces into a pile instead of arranging them logically. If you have access to Rhino, it has a much better unfold command called UnrollSrf with referencing and labels. Kevin
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    Until Next Time

    @Jim Wilson this is unexpected news. I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work, support, and the advancements you've achieved over your years here. You will be greatly missed but you've set a great standard for your successors. Wishing you health, happiness and success for the future. Happy rendering, CNC'ing and 3d printing! Kevin
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    Reducing LW of 3D objects

    If the lines in your example are indicating the surface curves, you can adjust the Hidden Line Render Setting for Smoothing Angle to control whether they appear or not. Not ideal, but it does give some control. Kevin
  4. I'd be curious to know myself. For years arcs behaved the same as your second example. A few versions ago it changed and now arcs extrude to wedge shaped solids. I've often wondered why they revert to a wireframe surface when the fill is set to none. Its like they partly maintained their old behaviour. @Jim Wilson do you know why this is? Kevin
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    surface hatches not lining up with open GL

    I had this issue recently with an extrude. I was told by Tech Support that perimeter mapping isn't yet fully supported for surface hatches. As you discovered the solution is to switch to Auto-Align Plane. Kevin
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    Creating Drape Surface not subtracting edges

    I'm not sure you'll get that draped NURBS surface to trim. Its quite complex and won't slice using the Split Tool which is a bad sign. The resulting drape ends up with a bit of an odd top edge too. I often make table cloths using the soft goods tool instead. I've attached an example file. The image below shows a comparison between the draped surface and a table skirt created with softgoods. If you draw and circle and use the "Create Objects from Shapes" menu command you can convert it to a Softgoods object. Kevin Table Using Soft Goods.vwx
  7. I am wondering if anyone else has seen an issue where some annotations objects stay behind when moving grouped Sheet Layer Viewports. The issue corrects itself when the viewports are ungrouped again. Its been bothering me for a while and I finally got around to Bug Submitting it this morning. Tech Support was unable to replicate the issue so I wondered if anyone else has experienced it. I am able to reproduce it in any file with sheet layer viewports, including a file started from scratch. The issue only appears if your graphics settings are set to Best Performance. I suppose it may be system specific but I have plenty of horsepower with an iMac Pro. I've attached my simple test file. Thanks, Kevin Before moving the grouped viewports - After moving the grouped viewports. Note the test text, figure and red cross are in the viewport annotations and should move with the grouped viewports. Viewport Move Test.vwx
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    ^ things staying behind when moving grouped viewports is definitely a bug. See this thread - Kevin
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    Cased Openings in Horizontal Section Cuts

    Looks like a bug. I could easily reproduce it here. It seems to affect the Cased Opening and Opening configurations. Kevin Edit - I filed this as a bug. Horizontal Section Cut Doors.vwx
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    Dashed lines

    ^ this method or using the Extract tool in surface mode with the tool options set to create planar surfaces will get you what you need. Kevin
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    Sweep-jagged edges

    The two settings that would normally affect this are 3d Conversion Resolution on the 3D tab of the Vectorworks Preferences and the segment angle of the Sweep itself. The segment angle is already very high (I would normally set mine to around 5 degrees) so I did some testing with the 3d Conversion Resolution. The results were odd and not what I expected. For whatever reason, the curves got smoother when I reduced my 3d Conversion Resolution (I normally set it at high) to Medium or Low. For the moment I would suggest you try adjusting your 3d Conversion Resolution and see if it resolves your issue. @Jim Wilson would you know why reducing the quality of the 3d Conversion Resolution would make things smoother? Here are some images of what I'm seeing. Does the 3d Conversion Resolution override the Sweep segment angle or vice versa? While not completely smooth, the lower 3d Conversion Resolution settings are visibly cleaner which is not what I would expect. Kevin
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    Ungrouping not working in 2019 (SP1) pc

    I remember having a group I couldn't ungroup. I couldn't reproduce it again afterwards. What type of objects do your groups contain? Are you working in 2d or 3d? Does it happen in the design layers and the sheet layers? Kevin
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    Projection onto surface - fail

    ^ Sometimes cut and paste will work. Its always worth a try. Kevin
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    Projection onto surface - fail

    Note that when using the Project tool your "curves" can be 2d polylines, they don't have to be NURBS curves. If its just text of a specific font you need, use Text Along Path to create your extruded letters since it will essentially place them for you. Kevin
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    Compliant Mechanisms

    Here's a link to download some of the objects related to the video if you want to print your own - https://www.compliantmechanisms.byu.edu/maker-resources Kevin
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    Compliant Mechanisms

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it. Kein
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    Quick way to identify a file's VW version

    @Jim Wilson would you be able to combine this with the existing wish - Kevin
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    Wall Recesses need to stay put

    I had the same issue with some wall projections in VW2018. In the end I rebuilt them as symbols because they were just too high maintenance. Kevin
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    Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API

    From today's press release about SP3 and the LiveSync plug-in from Lumion - "The LiveSync plug-in is developed by Lumion and is the first partner plug-in to use a new Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API, created by Vectorworks. The VGS API provides live access to the Vectorworks 3D scene and enables third parties to connect Vectorworks to any 3D visualization engine imaginable." @Jim Wilson is there any more information about the VGS API and how it might benefit us? Kevin
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    Wishing for vray compatibility

    This post in a similar topic might be of interest to you - Kevin
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    ^ I wondered about that when I was told to lower my setting on an iMac Pro..... Kevin
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    I'm super excited this longstanding bug seems to be solved. So far in testing NURBS surfaces scale and render correctly. Kevin
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    Items staying behind when moving grouped Sheet Layer Viewports

    Thanks Marissa! I appreciate it. Kevin
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    How to rotate (I dont even know!)?

    Fixed in VW2019 SP3. Kevin
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    Items staying behind when moving grouped Sheet Layer Viewports

    This issue still remains in VW2019 SP3. After initially submitting it as a bug back in February I tried following up with Tech Support a couple of times because their response was more like tech support and I'm not sure they filed it as a bug. My emails were never answered. @Jim Wilson has this been filed as a bug? I'm worried its been missed and wasn't submitted. Thanks, Kevin

 

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