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  1. mjunderdog1

    Working with text boxes causes spinning beach ball delays

    I am running 2018 SP4 (Build 435714) (64-bit) I have not done any OS updates recently. Certainly not within any recent time period before 4-days ago, when I started having this problem. Again, I was using VWX regularly in the days prior to the onset of the issue, with no problems. The ONLY thing I did to the machine, which, I anecdotally recall was right before the start of the text box problem, was to reset the NVRAM. I did that because my MacBook Pro was experiencing internet connection failure, after waking up from "sleep." Not always, but, annoyingly too often. And one of the fixes was the NVRAM reset. But, to be clear, I am not certain that the text box problem started immediately after the NVRAM reset. It just seems to be about the same time. It has been suggested to me, by another, more experienced user, that I do a clean reinstall 2018. This same user says 2019 is a "sh*tty build", and he reco'd me not to update.
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    Working with text boxes causes spinning beach ball delays

    just an update; more info... ANYTIME I work have to work with a text box, I am having the issue. In a design layer, in a sheet, anywhere. For example, just last night, as I was doing my best to avoid text boxes; just working on drawing in my fixtures, without concerning myself with any notes. I noticed that, somehow, my usual fixture label legend, was missing its channel field, even tho, the channel hex container was still there. I went into the label legend manager to try and fix this, and, as soon as I touched a text box, I got the same problem. I, too, recently updated to the latest service pack, but, I had been working in VWX for several days, without the issue. So, for me, I don't think it was the service pack.
  3. mjunderdog1

    Working with text boxes causes spinning beach ball delays

    I have tried that. Still experiencing problem. And even so, I have had MULTIPLE apps open, before, and did not experience this problem. The only thing I did, recently, that might be related, was that I reset my NVRAM, due to another, non-VWX issue I was having with my MacBook Pro. I will have to contact tech support. Thanks for the input.
  4. Hello all, I have just recently (Today as a matter of fact) started to experience issues with text boxes. Whether I try and insert a new text box, or, just try and click on, and edit, an existing text box, I am getting the annoying "spinning beach ball" (Mac OS). It usually lasts about 15 seconds or so. This is a brand new issue. I was working all morning, and yesterday, and did not experience this crap at all. Does anyone have any ideas about what this could be? Thanks. MJ MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) OS 10.14.3 2.9 GHz Intel Core I7 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDR3
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    labels arbitrarily move far away from fixtures

    good to know, markdd. I, too, have found a workaround: select the offending fixtures, go into the OIP and click the "replace fixture" button. Replace with the exact same fixture, and, viola! It corrected the issue for me.
  6. Hello VWX peeps, I am having another intermittent, but, seemingly "randomly persistent" issue. That is, often, after I've worked on a fixture or a group of fixtures, their labels, i.e. channel, or circuit, will move a distance away from the actual fixture. There seems to be no pattern, and, when this issue happens, the distances that the labels move also seem to have no pattern. sometimes they're far away. Sometimes they're only 50-60' feet away. This one, in attached screenshot, is 300-400' away. I had just grouped several fixtures, and numbered their channels, via the shift-option-command-N function. At first I saw that the channel hexagons appeared right where they should. Then, when, I tried numbering a second group of fixtures, I noticed that the channel hexes had move the distance you see in the screengrab. Anyone know what is going on here? And how I can remedy this? Thanks. Regards,
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    hybrid objects can only be rotated...

    thanks, again, markdd. Just your pointing me towards possibly having turned off "unified view" led me to the fix. I still had "unified view" turned on, but, going there made me remember that "vague recollection" I mentioned in my post. I had, at some point, ventured into "unified view options" and checked ON the box "center view on activated layer." That made the view center on the "page center", which was usually the center of the, how shall I say it...."watermarked" overlay of the design layer page, i.e. a Arch D page. Anyhoo, I've unchecked it, and, now that issue is gone. I'm posting pix and explanations here, even though you already know the deal, to help any future VWX-ers that run into the same problem, and, don't know how to fix it. Cheers! Regards, MJ
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    hybrid objects can only be rotated...

    Thanks a bunch markdd. I've used you advise and was able to make it work. One other non-related question: recently I did something, where, now, when I change design layer, my top plan view gets moved somewhere away from where the "meat" of my drawing is. It used to not happen in this drawing, nor in previous revisions of this drawing,, but, it did happen in one, or two, other files. I did recently update my Spotlight preferences, as well as sniffing around thru my workspace properties; trying to find answers to the above, as well as other questions. I have a vague recollection of, perhaps, some click-box that specifies where to center the view, but, I can't recollect if that was real, or in some vague hazy, frustration induced dream. Anyone know if that's just an option I inadvertently selected, somewhere? Thanks. Regards, MJ
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    hybrid objects can only be rotated...

    JPickup - thank you. please excuse my green-ness.... but, is there a way to remove the 2D component to a hybrid symbol? I don't see such an option in the Tools menu. or any menu for that matter. I created a symbol, for my diamond truss, from my grouped trussing objects. Perhaps the easy thing to do would be remove the 2D from that symbol. But, again, I don't know if there is a method for that. markdd, thank you. I see where you can do that. Funny thing is, in one file (File 1 - the one with the circle truss in my previous post) I can 3D rotate an inserted truss, using your suggested method. But, in my current file, (File 2- the one with the diamond truss) I can't. I inserted a straight truss, in exactly the same manner, in both files. Same result. Yes in File 1, No in File 2. FYI - File 2 is a later revision of File 1. So, there might be some setting I've changed, from the File 1 to File 2? For further info purposes, the first attachment shows the OIP for the File 2 truss, I inserted. Please note, the OIP does not even have the option to check/uncheck "draw in 3D only". Here is a screenshot of the OIP, in File 1, of the same truss, created in exactly the same steps. As you can see, this OIP does have that checkbox option. ! After all that, I stumbled upon a way to make it work! While composing this post, I was toggling back and forth to my 2 VWX files. During that process, I imported symbols into my rotatable File 1, that I was using in File 2. Symbols that were already imported into File 2, directly from the VWX Resource Libraries. Then, I inadvertently imported those same truss symbols, from File 1 to File 2. I've just inserted the 45˚ truss, by double-clicking on the newly re-imported symbol, and then inserting it into the drawing, and, for some unknown reason, I can 3D rotate it now. Glad it's working, but, still MADDENING! Thanks to all for your help. Regards, MJ
  10. Hello VWX peeps, I am getting increasingly frustrated when it comes to rotating objects in 3D. I have created a diamond truss structure, from symbols imported from VWX's resource library. I cannot, for the life of me, get it to allow me to rotate it, in anything other than top plan view. I get the following error, shown in the first attachment I say "yes" to the dialog box query, because, one would assume that whatever is preventing me from rotating this object, will be fixed when I agree to the software's suggestion! But, alas, no. I am still unable to rotate it WHAT SETTING AM I MISSING THAT IS PRECLUDING ME FROM ROTATING IN 3D? This program would be worthless if it were true that you could only rotate stuff in top plan. That being said, I created a circle truss, in another file, where I don't have that error message. I can rotate it as I please. But, I don't know what was different from that circle truss, to the diamond truss, or anything else I put in my drawing. Absolutely maddening! Help please! Thanks. Regards, MJ
  11. Hello all, My vectorworks 2018, sp4, shows dimensions for all new truss symbols, only in metric units. That same info record shows both metric and imp for a truss's weight, but for some strange reason, all truss lengths are in metric. This is in contrast to lighting instruments, which have both metric and imperial info records. I've checked my document settings, and, they are set for imperial "feet & inches." Does anyone know how to change this? Thanks MJ VWX 2018, SP4 / Retina MBP late 2016.
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    unable to import dwg files in 2014

    I just started having problems importing any CAD file, other than DWF. I know for a fact, a couple of months ago, I was able to import a DWG file for a show I was working on. Since then, I haven't tried to repeat that task until just now. In fact, I rarely opened VWX at all in about 2 months. But, today, I tried to import a DWG file and the program could not "recognize" a DWG file to import. Nor, did it give me an option to import a DWG file. The only CAD option is a DWF file. anyone know what the problem is? Thanks. Regards, MJ Late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina Mavericks OS X 10.9.2 Vectorworks Spotlight 2014
  13. So, I recently upgrade my machine to Mac OSX10.9 "Mavericks" and now my Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 won't even open. I keep getting the error box. Is 2009 not compatible at all with 10.9? Or is there something else? I only ask that, because, several months ago, I began experiencing the same error's opening the program. And, I literally did nothing other than wait a few days. When I attempted to re-open a few days later, no problems. And no problems since then, until just now. I last used the program 3 weeks ago. I did upgrade my OS right after that. Thanks. Regards, MJ Late 2008 MacBook Pro OSX10.9
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    Video problems when zooming, etc.

    Using VW2009 for mac on a late 2008 MacBook Pro, on OSX 10.8.4. When I don't have my Samsung 22" monitor attached as extended desktop, my drawing goes haywire (losing visibility of most of my drawing) whenever I use the mousewheel or trackpad (2 finger swipe) to zoom in or out. This happens when I'm working on just my laptop, or whenever I'm using an external monitor that ISN'T my home Samsung monitor. Also, when I do use a hotel flat-screen, even with the external desktop outputting 1080p, the drawing onscreen is badly pixelated. Even with the difference between a 22" monitor and a 42" TV, this should not happen, should it? I'm using my mini-display port to DVI straight into my Samsung. I've tried using my mini-display to other connectors, i.e. mini-display port to VGA, or mini-display port to DVI to HDMI, on various different monitors (usually hotel flat-screen TVs) and I always have the above mentioned problems. I don't know if it's my video card. If so, why will it work perfectly fine when connected to my home external monitor? Or, if my Mac, the mini-display port & VW Spotlight have problems working together with other types of connectors. Or, if it's a setting within the VW Spotlight program. If so, then, again, why would it work fine with my home setup. I've had this problem for as long as I can remember, including before I upgraded to new OSX. Anyone have any ideas? Thank you. MJ VW Spotlight 2009 Late 2008 MacBook Pro OSX 10.8.4 Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M & 9600M GT
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    Imported symbol not showing in Sheets or Viewports

    Thanks, Pat! That did the trick! On a separate note, does anyone know how to edit the symbol and move the default position of a particular label, i.e. Fixture number? Currently, my symbol for MAC Aura is so small, and the fixture number label currently just sits pretty obstructively on the symbol. One can simply move the label in each fixture, but I'm looking for a global editing fix. And, Editing the 2D component of the symbol shows none of the labels. Thanks. mj

 

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