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  1. Hi @JuanP I also have a similar question- about lighting in Vectorworks, and how they will work with Twinmotion (and also Redshift) When working with lighting consultants (as we do for most of our projects), we are generally given a 2D CAD drawing with lighting points. With this information, we meticulously re-create the lighting points in Lumion/Enscape in order to achieve a good render. This process takes a lot of time, and each time the lighting design changes we have to modify it in Lumion/Twimmotion/Enscape. So, we'd like to use an alternate workflow, in which our lighting designer provides lighting points as 2D/3D hybrid symbols, and we import these lighting points into Vectorworks. With the Vectorworks model complete with lighting points, we then export the entire model into Lumion/Twinmotion/Enscape (and hopefully next year, Redshift) for rendering. These hybrid symbols furnished by the lighting consultant can be complete with lighting IFC information (as you'd know, the IFC part 'describes' the luminary for rendering purposes). With these 2D/3D hybrid symbols, we can have correct 2D symbols appearing in architectural RCPs, and the 3D also has illumination data. This workflow (for lighting consultant to give accurate 2D+3D information) can save us a lot of time from re-creating what the lighting consultant proposed. Can you enquire with Twinmotion and Redshift whether their packages can pick up these types of 2D/3D symbols as lighting points? Many thanks, Julian
  2. Hi @JuanP if I may follow up on some of these answers: FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS (1) When Redshift arrives for 2022, will it have full functionalities of Redshift? Or would it be a 'lite' version that doesn't give us full control. (2) We can't wait to see the Twinmotion Direct-link released, can you give Epic Games a gentle nudge to hurry them along? A SUGGESTION - Redshift and lighting IFC I'd like to end with suggestion for VW/Redshift, which will make the process of rendering in VW faster and easier, particularly when working with lighting designers (I do for most of my projects). Lighting designers generally give us a 2D drawing with lighting points, and we have to meticulously re-create these lighting in our 3D model in order to create a render. This process takes a lot of time, and we are basically doing the job that the lighting design should do. So, we've developed an alternative workflow, where we ask our lighting designer to provide lighting points as 2D/3D hybrid symbols, complete with IFC information for the 3D part (as you'd already know, the IFC part describes the luminary for rendering purposes). With these 2D/3D hybrid symbols, we can have correct 2D symbols appearing in architectural RCPs, and the 3D contained within has IFC data, which can light our 3D model for the purpose of rendering. This workflow (for lighting designers to give accurate 2D+3D information) can save us a lot of time in re-creating what the lighting designer proposed. So, ny suggestion is for Redshift to be able to read these 2D/3D hybrid lighting symbol, and pick up any IFC lighting information inside the symbol for rendering.
  3. Hi @JuanP would you be able to share any updates on the development of the Twinmotion Direct-Link plugin? Our Mac-based office is still tossing up between buy some Lumion licences, or wait for Twinmotion Direct Link to come out. If we can have Directlink with Twinmotion then we can stay on the same Mac Platform for our rendering operations, which is what we prefer. Thanks.
  4. I see that the iPad 2020 has LiDar mapping. Does it mean that it can take point cloud models of interior space or exterior location maps of a site and import into Vectorworks? Any suggestions how this workflow may happen?
  5. @mbft I didn’t try the above two things you mentioned but will give it a try. however, a robust, well tested program shouldn’t require us to waste time to find awkward ‘workarounds’. data took seemed like a good idea when developed by the engineers, but in reality wasted so much of our office hours that we would have been better if to manually tag everything in the first place. @klvanov can you please swiftly attend to this? Also I note I cannot tag you in posts, and if you blocked me from doing so because of my Previous complaints about data tagging tool I suggest you remove the block, otherwise I’ll ask the forum moderator to do so
  6. I just tried using 'print' instead of 'publish' to see if this issue resolves. It didnt. We have a perfectly tagged drawing that we simply can't send out because when we try to output it weI lose our tags SO, this is becoming a frustrating catch-22 for us. Tag-print-lose tag-Tag-print -lose tags. Can someone at Vectorworks fix this immediately? Data tags was touted as one of the crowning achievements in VW2020 but gosh it just doesn't work!!! Am I supposed to send my contractors a screen grab??? How very unprofessional This we reported this issue in another form on March 13th in another post but it now still persist. Frustrating and unacceptable!
  7. Hi @KIvanov @Luka Stefanovic We are on VW2020SP3. The Data Tags disconnects upon 'publishing' a sheet. This is really really frustrating. Others seem to have the same problem at the following post. https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/70078-data-tags-moving-or-losing-connection/#comment-347880
  8. We continue to get this constantly and we are frustrated as hell. A drawing seems perfectly fine with data tags reporting the correct information. But upon publishing, the data tag blanks out, and we get data tags with no content. We then retag them. This is such a waste of time, we do this over and over and over again. We are on 2020SP3 btw.
  9. Hi @Frank Brault . Today. I find myself needing to present Sanitary Fittings and Tapware selections to my client, and it reminded by how useful it would be to attach multiple images of the tap to the '3D object' in the model. That would make my task of presenting our selection to my client much easier Would you be able to have further conversations with your engineer to see if this is possible? This would be useful for all Vectorworks users.
  10. Apologies, but from the standpoint of our business, SAAS is a bad excuse to coerce businesses to not physically own their data, and be hijacked to a ransom when they later want a divorce. We’ve been resisting all attempts to SAAS and hope Vectorworks would be not prey to such nonsense. We are quite able to take care of our own hardware and security needs, and do not wish to see the entire digital world mindlessness and blindly falling into this trap.
  11. Just did a search and found that such algorithm/tool is indeed available... https://www.pixplant.com would be good to have something like this built into Vectorworks
  12. Great idea. To be able to create seamless, non-repetitive tiling textures without having to interact with photoshop would be a great advantage. Even better if there was a built in algorithm to automate this process for us.
  13. Hi Vectorworks engineer. Are we just ignoring this issue? Doesn't look good at all if people ask me 'why does your drawing look so strange' and I say, 'oh, haha its because of Vectorworks, but no one there bothers to acknowledge this problem'. Still happening in version 2020, btw.
  14. Today, an engineer asked us to provide a 3D model of a slide we are designing. Instead of exporting the entire house, I would like to just 'clip cube' the extents of the slide, and export to a 3D format he can read. But there is no easy way to do this now. I would like to be able to export clip cube.
  15. And an easily-accessible button for ‘recalculate this worksheet’. Instead of clicking through menus.
  16. @rohantheboat agree with all of your above points and posts. There’s no hiding that orbiting in VW is cumbersome and unintuitive. I myself have a 3D connection and have for many used the above-mentioned tricks to make orbit behave normally (eg ‘select the object to orbit around’). Your point is that, there’s already a better way that the logic of orbiting can work with, which is already in existence out there (sketchup), where you don’t need to define your centre of orbit for a smooth orbiting experience, it somehow just works! it would be great if such orbiting algorithms can appear in Vectorworks, so we don’t have the pain of making the correct selection (ie ‘right click’ -‘force select’) before orbiting. It’s too many steps as a navigation process while modelling. I may just add one other Orbiting suggestion while we are at it - we should be customise/able to set as default ‘orbiting from TOP/plan activates OpenGL’. I can’t ever see a situation when I’m orbiting from Tap/Plan that I’d need to see the model in wireframe. So, it is just a simple ‘certainty’ in my workflow that I have to additionally and manually switch to OpenGL everytime I orbit firm Top/Plan. It seems redundant as a workflow process.
  17. @jeff prince what issues did you find with your MacBook Pro and twinmotion? @Hans-Olav I am about to buy a few Vega 64 cards (8GB) for our 2010 Mac pros. Can you share your experience with twinmotion using the vega cards?
  18. @Frank Brault I sincerely hope you can help with the attaching image to record issue. As with the horizontal listing issue, I feel this is too important issue to be buried here with the image issue, so I will make a seperate Wishlist posting.
  19. It would be great to have 'overall' included in the way we set texture of a class. Like enclosed. I often find myself clicking the same texture 6 times unnecessarily. I
  20. Hi Frank, we are aware of the =IMAGE function, but the real-life usage that it is appropriate for is very limited, and we have largely removed that from our worksheets. We really need the ability to attach multiple images to a record. None of these workarounds you are suggesting really resolves the issue I'm trying to raise. If you see the need for it, can you please put through a feature request for it? --------------------------------- In regards to the 'endless list' must go downwards and not sideways, does not really add-up. This is the reason: when we have a really list, it will list downwards. Currently there is no way to make the list ‘break’ and fill multiple A3 pages. so regardless of whether the endless list lists downwards or lists sideways, you still need to layout the continuous list properly on a piece of paper for all the information to the printable. So, the said reason to not have a horizontal list is not really valid. Moreover, door and window schedule should be as below- sideway listed with a large image. It is simply not feasible with vertical listing.
  21. Wow I'm ecstatic! Thanks @Tom Klaber for starting this post and making us aware of Smartpaste. Thanks @GioPet for the great product and thanks @Matt Panzer for helping us follow up!
  22. HI @Frank Brault thank you for your attention to this matter. Do you think image attachment to Records is something that can be implemented? I would love to see this on Vectorworks. On a separate worksheet issue, while I have your attention: HORIZONTAL WORKSHEETS In scheduling for design, some worksheets are much better with a horizontal listing What I mean is a list that lists from left to right, instead of top to bottom, which is the only possible way now. This is useful for listing architectural items such as doors in a door schedule. Could this be possible in the future?
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