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  1. P Retondo

    First Hour with 2019 SP3: Productivity: 0%

    Thanks Will for that heads up on the viewport text scaling. That seems counterproductive. Why take a feature that was supposed to deal with having a VP at a different scale from the layer, and make it solve a problem that didn't exist with text in the VP annotation space? Is this what I am hearing? Depressing.
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    Fixing errors in Vectorworks

    The annual subscription (service select) was supposed to have shifted some of the engineering effort from flashbang new features to fixing all the problems longtime users have experienced. I and others have been paying for years for unusable product. My current work is in 2017, despite owning multiple 2018 and 19 licenses. So, NNA, how about delivering a 2020 version that will cause users to come here with rave reviews for stability, bug fixes and speed? Or is the problem upper management not getting it? When VW was run by R Diehl at least we knew an adept engineer was at the top.
  3. I have never figured out a solution except to convert to lines and delete the overlapping lines.
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    Vectorworks Performance Benchmarking

    Just to be clear about what I have said, I think this thread and Jim's comments are an extremely constructive response - not at all an attempt at deflection or obfuscation, rhetorical or otherwise. If you have ever worked on a software project (I have), you will know that testing is probably the most important part of the process. In that regard, developing some benchmark tools, which run the software through a series of speed tests, would be extremely important to be able to know whether the code as written is helping or hindering the specific goal of optimizing the speed of operations. Making the result of benchmark testing available to users, compared across versions, is what both Jim and I would like to see. Not as a way of solving every user's particular problems, but as a way of knowing in general whether a new version of the program is improving performance, or not. Just as getting a faster processor may not solve someone's issue, having a version that benchmarks better may not solve every issue, but it will at the least tell us whether a performance problem is due to a basic software design issue.
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    Vectorworks Performance Benchmarking

    For what it is worth, I'm a strong advocate of NOT being constrained by a software engineer's vision of what I should be designing. Tools that guide the process, or make certain results more efficient to achieve have the potential to seriously crimp creative freedom. BTW, yes, a serious distraction from the topic at hand, which is benchmarking! On that topic: the tests that occur to me as being key are 1) OpenGL 3d navigation, 2) Final Renderworks, 3) operations in sheet layer viewports (which have been subject to slow performance in the past), 4) site model updates, 5) undo certain operations (such as convert polygons to lines), 6) applying linetypes (much slower now than it used to be), 7) populating the resource palette, 8) booting.
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    Vectorworks Performance Benchmarking

    Jim, thanks for the thoughtful response. Obviously, specific dysfunctionality of certain files and workflows are not going to be a good subject for benchmarking. But that doesn't mean benchmarking is useless. On the contrary, having some set of reasonable tests for various aspects of VW (rendering, certain 2d operations, certain sheet layer tasks) would be just enormously helpful, so that we can compare speeds - let's say, going back to VW15 - and get an idea of what we are in for if we upgrade. The other issue you mention is that this would have to be done on different machines, let's say three or four generic representatives of the kinds of machines your users tend to have. It's not an end-all-be-all, but head and shoulders above the information desert we currently face. I tend to think that almost any simplifying decision about files, testing categories, and machine types made by you and your team would be enthusiastically welcomed.
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    ever-decreasing performance of Vectorworks

    Melanie, if you are reading this, the topic is not closed. I sympathize with your problem, and don't have much to offer since I am sticking with v2017, despite owning three v2018 licenses and two v2019 licenses. Jim, VW needs to deal head on with these speed and efficiency perceptions / reality (?) by instituting performance testing and releasing the data. When I buy a processor I look at all the available data, and it is both voluminous and convincing. CAD programs need to do the same thing - if for no other reason than to let their engineers know whether they are doing a good job. When I make the time-consuming commitment to convert my files and resources to a new version, I want to know if my performance is going to be at least equal to the previous version. That's just a simple business decision, and I don't base those on sales department press releases. Processing is ever more heavy, and Melanie I would be interested to know about your video card and it's RAM cache. 16 GB RAM on your computer is not as big as I would target for a new computer - I'd be looking at 32 or 64, minimum.
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    Design Layer raster rendering

    I've always wondered the same thing. It doesn't do anything I can detect.
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    Screen Plane Lock - Please

    Those of us who have worked with VW for a long time have developed systems and workflows that depend on screen plane objects. You may work a different way, but bear in mind that others may not. For my part, I have no use at all for layer plane objects. As you point out, the power of screen plane objects is that they can be copied into a different view and used as geometry to inform design - transferring geometry from plan to section, for example. Think of it like having a layer of trace over your 3d view. If all your plan geometry is layer plane, you can't use it this way.
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    Screen Plane Lock - Please

    Yes, I might even start using 2019 if this is fixed!
  11. P Retondo

    Wacom tablet?

    After much experimentation, what has worked for me for many years is to set the stylus range on my large tablet to a smaller rectangle, about 5-6 inches diagonal. This is comfortable and very workable.
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    Dual Dimension Discovery

    It would be great if we could designate a unit type to each dimension object individually. I run into the problem where some of our site drawings have to be in decimal feet, and the rest of the drawings in feet/inches. As it stands now, changing the units preference changes everything globally, so I have to set up a separate file just for those sheets and viewports that need to be in decimal feet.
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    Screen Plane Lock - Please

    There is a known issue that causes the preference to change from "Screen plane only." If you edit a crop in a sheet layer viewport, it will change the setting and it has to be changed back. This has been known now for at least 2 years, and as far as I know nothing has been done about it. I just automatically reset the preference every time I edit a crop.
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    Vectorworks 2017

    You should talk to your professor about updating the class standard to at least 2018. In the meantime, you can work in 2018 and export your files to 2017 version if they need to be submitted electronically. 2017 and 2018 are pretty similar.
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    Symbols cannot be edited?

    Mike, I think the current system is based on the idea that you may want to edit a symbol in the context of its placement in the drawing. Sometimes that is useful, sometimes not. So if you have toggled "show other objects while in editing modes" in settings, you will see all visible objects in relation to the symbol's placement, allowing you to snap to other objects that are not part of the symbol definition.

 

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