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  1. Kevin McAllister

    Stairs with no section fill in Clip Cube Viewports

    I think these are known issues. See this thread where I've linked - @Jim Wilson may be able to comment further. My understanding is that eventually all of the PIOs will be fixed so that the geometry sections properly. Kevin
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    Best way to create roof by NURBS curves or Curved Lines

    Benson, these examples are amazing as always! Kevin
  3. One rendered in OpenGL, one in Hidden Line. If I extrude from the front (necessary for certain shapes) the texture version (OpenGL) and the hatch version (Hidden Line) don't share the same alignment. Is this a bug or a limitation? Not sure how you work around this one.... Kevin BRICKS.vwx
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    Snap to Intersection

    Too many bells and whistles. Every view should be like top/plan view in terms of snapping and feel. Screen Aligned mode is the worst case example of everything wrong with the interface. Kevin
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    Creating 3D shapes from 2D shape

    I would start by extruding a heart and filleting the edges using the Fillet Edge tool. Note that you will have more success by having the heart coming to a point for the initial geometry. Soften it after using a fillet. Here's an example file. Ungroup the fillets to see the various steps and the starting point. While both examples look the same in the end, the steps for each are slightly different. Kevin Heart.vwx
  6. Has anyone see a situation where all classes except the class of the selected object (not the active class) turn themselves off while editing in a group? This has happened to me at least twice recently. As soon as it happened I hit undo a couple of times thinking I'd somehow hit a keyboard shortcut to turn off all classes. However, when I exited the group, the class visibilities returned to what they should have been. Not reproducible yet but it feels like a bug. Kevin
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    All classes turning off by themselves when editing in Groups

    A good thought but I've remapped V to the legacy Zoom Out tool which I've added to my workspace. Kevin
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    Vertical extrude of non-planar 2D Polygons

    In Vectorworks objects are always extruded perpendicular to the surface being extruded, not perpendicular to the layer/working plane. To achieve what you want, convert your original object to a NURBS curve, duplicate it, move the duplicate along the Z axis the desired extrusion depth and loft between the original and duplicate curves. An alternate Extrude command which works as you describe would be a good wishlist item. Kevin
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    Intersection snapping not working

    😀 me too. (if things aren't behaving as expected this is one of the first things I check for...) Kevin
  10. 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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    Items staying behind when moving grouped Sheet Layer Viewports

    Thanks to everyone who tested this. I'm going to report the findings back to Tech Support. Hopefully they will log it as a bug. Kevin
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    2019 Title block

    Custom fields need to be linked to text objects in the active title block or they don't show up in the Title Block Border Settings dialog. Kevin
  13. It looks like this was also solved in VW2019 😕 Kevin
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    Mesh & NURBS surfaces section incorrectly

    It looks like the issue may have been fixed in VW2019. I opened your file, updated the viewport and the sections are correct 😕 Kevin
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    Duplicate along path help

    You can also click the "Show Direction" checkbox and all lines/curves in a drawing will show direction arrows (both 2d and 3d NURBS curves). Uncheck it again to turn it off. Kevin
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    Duplicate along path help

    Select the line you're using as your path. In the OIP click reverse direction. Kevin
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    revision marker tool

    I believe the intention is that the revision marker tool is replaced by the new Data Tag tool. If you select the Data Tag tool and you click on the "Active Tag Def." in the mode bar you can choose a revision marker style tag. Kevin
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    Covering a Solid with Foliage

    Are you able to post an example file? I worked through the steps in the VW help and it worked as expected for me. I wonder if your solids object is not a valid object in some way. In my testing I used a generic solid. The Foliage Tool's interface is not particularly user friendly which may be part of the issue. Kevin
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    Snaps and Clip Cube

    I wish I could snap to sections created by the clip cube when in true views (ie. Right, Left, Front, Back etc..). I wish that snapping in general while working with the clip cube was better. Kevin
  20. I personally wish that any rendered marketing image from VW included a how-to post in a forum designated for this specific purpose. Bits and pieces are sometimes shared but they are all over the forums and not easily tracked down. If the marketing image is being created in VW (or using a workflow that includes VW) why not share the how to? It would make for a great resource and it would also help users to understand if/when post processing is needed. Think of it as a Greyscale Gorilla tutorial (https://greyscalegorilla.com/tutorials/#all) for the image. Include files, screen shots and possibly a video tutorial. (Maxon does this with C4D. Releases often have a series of marketing images and then at shows/conferences Maxon has advanced users showing how parts of them were created.) Inspired by this thread - Kevin
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    Subdivision - 2019 movie reproducing

    This is a good time to link to this wish again - Kevin
  22. I would like to see improvements / unification of the Image / PDF Import commands. I should be able to use one import command to import multiple different types of images / graphic files. The import command should be smart enough to distinguish the types so we don't need a long list of import commands to wade through. I often import reference files sent by clients and its not unusual for them to send a mix of screen shots, web references and PDFs. I sometimes find myself choosing the wrong import type and then having to backtrack and repeat myself. I should also be able to select multiple files to import using the shift key in the file dialog. (I know I can drag/drop, which is a much smarter import, but often navigating to a file path using Import is easier.) Thanks, Kevin
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    Text is in outline

    I'm surprised that the options don't show as greyed out if they're not available on a PC. @Jim Wilson do you know why that is? Hidden options are not that easy to troubleshoot.... Kevin
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    Concurrent Open Documents?

    Because I keep everything for a project in a single file whenever possible, I often only have one file open. I open and close other files when I need to access other projects or resources but I tend to close them again when I'm done, knowing that it can affect VW performance depending upon the file sizes. My project files can be quite large because of the one project / one file workflow. Kevin
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    Drafting Aid - Line into Segments - LOCI ISSUE

    I often do my layout work using Screen Plane objects so they easily transfer between views and snaps work as expected. Often its easiest to option drag a shape (a rectangle for window mullions) to create a number of duplicates, drag the first and last shape into place and use Align/Distribute Objects (Command = or Right Click contextual menu) to divide up the space. If you know the spacing, use the Move By Points tool in copy mode to duplicate and space objects. I tend to let VW do the thinking and the math where I can. Working with 2d objects to define a layout and then extruding them (or replacing them using Modify>Convert>Replace with Symbol) is a good strategy. Kevin


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