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Kevin McAllister

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  1. Just now, fabrica said:

    @Kevin McAllister I put a few similar tools together (long click to open) to shorten the top bar ...


    Screenshot 2023-09-22 at 15.56.51.png


    I actually want to dock my palette as is - two rows aligned as I use them. Its generally organized 3d tools on the top / 2d tools on the bottom. Yes, I could change it to be organized as a single row, but I've used it this way for ten years or more so I know where to find everything easily. The horizontal palette uses up much less space than the vertical palettes at the side of the screen and is better organized.




  2. On 8/18/2023 at 7:55 AM, Kevin McAllister said:

    This looks awesome. I"m guessing @Stephan Moenninghoff was involved.


    Can I dock a tool bar across the top yet? I've used horizontal tool bars forever and this has been my biggest wish....




    Docking tool bars at the top is still a bit of a dud. Here's my current toolbar and what happens when I dock it. It should be able to dock without changing its aspect ratio or reflowing the tools. I also tried docking more than one palette next to each other but that's not possible either. Tool position is important.


    How I like my tools organized (undocked to do this)...




    Vs. what you currently get when docking....




    The idea of rearrangeable tiles extends to the mode bar where everything is justifying left instead of being able to be placed where a user wants it across the mode bar.




  3. 7 hours ago, Nikolay Zhelyazkov said:

    Hello @Kevin McAllister,


    In VW 2024 in the Publish dialog there is a column for the Sheet Layer stacking order. If you sort by it you should get the same result as the navigation palette.


    Let me know if this helps.


    Best Regards,

    Nikolay Zhelyazkov


    This is so exciting! I've installed it but I haven't setup my workspace so I'm not using it yet. Here's some incentive to make it happen sooner. Thank you!!



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  4. There's some degree of irony that I first published this wish in 2015. This still frustrates me every time I use the Publish dialog. I have no idea why the sheet order in the Publish dialog and the sheet order in the Navigation Palette Sheet List work differently. Why can't this be made consistent?


    Here's today's example. First the publish dialog sheet layer list (which is a dog's breakfast) - 



    And my sheet layer list in the Navigation Palette (nicely organized) - 




    Could this at least make it on the Road Map?






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  5. 4 minutes ago, uglycat said:

    So will anyone answer if windows gets the new UI improvements other than just the dark theme? 

    I"m sure it does. The Vectorworks interface is the same across both platforms. The only reason why dark theme was different was because on a Mac it's operating system based.


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  6. 5 minutes ago, zoomer said:

    I thought AO is part of the scene lighting setting.

    I usually do RW Global Illumination Renders,

    so I activate my Ambient Light (but set it to zero) just to get access to AO.

    (30-50%, distance 0,5 m)


    AO also works in Shaded Mode.

    In VW I use AO mostly for Shaded Mode as my RW Renderings were usually

    done in C4D where AO was a separate Render Effect (?)


    It is part of scene lighting but its controlled differently depending upon the render settings of a sheet layer viewport. Renderworks render setting styles control it directly. For shaded render mode you need to set it by clicking the Lighting Options button for the viewport itself. Shaded render doesn't have direct controls using the Background Render Settings button like Renderworks does.




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  7. 55 minutes ago, Tom W. said:


    I agree. Although not sure what would be more logical: to include these settings as part of VP Styles or allow Shaded RW Styles as I've seen requested a few times e.g.



    In its current implementation it would need to be part of Viewport Styles, since its an option for the viewport under Lighting Options....




  8. 20 minutes ago, Tom W. said:

    Isn't Ambient Info controlled by the Renderworks Style? Or do you mean we need an option for Shaded Renderworks Styles?

    I mostly use the Shaded style (formerly OpenGL), which doesn't control ambient occlusion. I think ambient occlusion is only controlled by Renderworks rendering styles. Its all a bit of a dogs breakfast of organization. Likely why people wished for Viewport styles, to bring it all under one umbrella.



  9. Do viewport styles control lighting options like ambient occlusion? The inconsistency of how this is controlled by render settings is one of the reasons why render styles weren't a successful as they should have been....




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  10. 51 minutes ago, James Russell said:

    However I've also found people aren't aware/appreciative of the slightly hidden 'sticky suspended snapping' shortcut (done by a quick double-tap of the ` key), which I've probably committed to muscle memory in lieu of your suggested GUI/interface change.


    I definitely use the sticky suspend snapping, which is what prompted the wish 🙂 People who trace over a lot of bitmap scans will understand the need for both......


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  11. 9 hours ago, rudybeuc@gmail.com said:

    I wish there was an aspect ratio property in the OIP for bitmaps that could be locked.

    This has been wished for here many times. Definitely still needed.


    9 hours ago, bcd said:

    Hold Shift when dragging

    Definitely the Vectorworkaround.....


    Another workaround is to draw two parallel lines to represent the common dimension of all the bitmaps you want to scale, align them to one and resize them each to the other using Shift as mentioned above.




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  12. Ok, its weirder than described. For me I can only duplicate the bug when using a stacked Dual Dimension. Side by Side Dual Dimensions don't exhibit the same issue. It may not be related to the fraction type specifically....


    Screen shots below of Standard , Diagonally Stacked and Vertically Stacked dimension examples.





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  13. 14 hours ago, Andy Broomell said:

    Just filed VB-199061. Hope it gets some attention.

    I hope it gets acknowledged at being important. Unfortunately diagonal fractions has a checkered past..... its one of those features that's been unreliable from the start. I was very excited about it at the start but then the problems appeared.....


    I'm going to file it too.




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  14. Awesome! Now show me that the viewports don't jump back to the centre of the page when you change their view. Or viewports that don't renumber when you duplicate a whole sheet....




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  15. 12 hours ago, Tom W. said:


    I never knew you could do this! Edit a Polyline's 'history'. Although it only seems to let you do so much before locking you out... Good to know though - thank you!



    Yes, Command [ on a Mac. I use it all the time. Something everyone should know how to do!




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