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  1. Clint Alderman

    v.2020 now available

    Good example of why it’s a best practice to have a user group to test review UX design. The icon is attractive. My first guess of it’s function would be a calendar wizard. It would take much to make this look more like a worksheet.
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    v.2020 now available

    Agree. The outline style is just visually unprofessional. Worse, the outline style is confusing. When looking over the tools, I saw two logs next to one log, and wondered what the log icons were for... ugh, double lines and single lines. No. Don't do that. I really like using Vectorworks. Hats off for all the work to improve it. But the visual look warrants much more investment from the company. You do need to address it. The Mac GUI has always looked better than the Windows GUI, which I use. I wish we either had a Dark mode, or a White mode. This in the middle wishy washy blah Windos GUI is visually weak. I'm sure designing a new style guide for icons for a program of this size is hard. But just stop. Now. Take a break. Revert if possible. Then research or hire someone who know how to design professional GUI design. Start over. And why not ask for feed back on the design concepts before you implement the design? I don't think anyone would have voted for the VW2020 icon style. I'm wondering if you have competitors working on this. It's really not good. What would be helpful is to revert back to VW2019 and just improve the contrast of the pallets, especially the Object Info pallet. There is not enough contrast between the background and the buttons. Don't increase the outline contrast. That would add visual clutter. Either lighten the background, or darken the buttons. And why is there not a consist use of colors in all palettes? The Attribute palette uses the same color for the background and the buttons. I would prefer if the background were White rather than the light gray it is now. Sign me up if you want some feedback on a new GUI design. Sorry to rant on this one item. But if I didn't care, I wouldn't bother to watch things go from poor to worse.
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    v.2020 now available

    Agree. The GUI design is headed in the wrong direction. Prefer VW2019 to VW2020.
  4. Learning to use GIS has been on my to-do list for a few years. Excited to see how this new VW GIS feature performs! FYI, QGIS is a 17-year old open source GIS project. It's available on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android(beta) and looks to be very capable. https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ I know ESRI dominates the GSI world. But, I wonder if QGIS might be useful to un-trap some of the resources in ESRI-world and become useful in VW. Kudos VW Developers!
  5. Looks good. As the Teaser Tuesdays are demonstrated, can you list the device info: brand, cpu, gpu, ram, etc?
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    Installed SP4 not callouts aren't working right

    After restarting my PC, and reopeing VW, the callout works. After installing the 2019 SP 4, I opened a file to edit. I guess, after installing an update, you need to restart the computer.
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    Installed SP4 not callouts aren't working right

    Not working for me either. Well, everything works except no leaders. Even if you add a leader...no leader, only the text box shows. Same issue whether a new file from the Blank template, or in an existing file. Existing callout leaders look fine until you add a leader, then the original leader disappears.
  8. The Sheet Grids are helpful for layout. But they don't usually need to be printed. Why not make them non-printing by default? If there is a need to print, have a per sheet toggle to print, and even a global toggle in the Publish Dialog to print or not. A related wish is for a non-printing class, and even a non-printing design layer. A similar concept is found in word processors for Formatting Marks, which even if visual, will not print.
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    NAS Users

    Hi, I've been using the 4-bay Synology 414 NAS for about 5 years. Created project folders on the NAS and then mapped them as drives on my PC Desktop (cat5) and Notebook (wireless). Also put a VW Resources folder on the NAS so both machines link to the same folder. Configure that in VW Preferences. Been very pleased. At times, the notebook via wireless felt sluggish. Switched to a Synology router and have not had that issue since. The NAS has two RJ-45 network ports. If you have a managed switch (which I'm considering) it is supposed to eliminate data traffic bottlenecks...I think. Synology also has an app called Drive which works similar to Dropbox. This is handy for current projects that I can sync to my notebook and take it on the road and have access to the data on the notebook. If you're looking to buy, get the Plus Series: https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/series/plus
  10. Background info: An architect client uses Revit. They usually export to DWG and that works okay, but it seems to be somewhat of a hassle for them. Not sure why. They have shared some Revit files, but the import feature in VW 2017 and 2018 does not produce a usable VW file. I asked them to try an export to IFC. The didn't know how to do that... So, I'm looking for a best practice guide to give to them for exporting Revit to IFC. Request To Vectorworks: PLEASE publish a straightforward step by step process for a Revit user to export an IFC file which will be usable for VW. If this exists, I couldn't find it. A VW webpage dedicated to a Revit to IFC Workflow would be very helpful for VW users. We can send our Revit clients to it. This would also be a great marketing opportunity to Revit users who may be interesting in switching to VW. Thanks!
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    Best Practice Workflow To Export Revit to IFC For Vectorworks

    Not from this forum. I did search for Revit export to IFC and found some step by step guides. Haven’t asked the architect to try it yet.
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    Printer recommendation

    Look at the ink cartridges. HP are 30-38ml at $30-$35 each. $1.00/ml Canon are 130ml at $65 each. $0.50/ml Aside from any other feature comparison, Canon has a cheaper operating cost with a lot fewer cartridge changes. Several years ago I was comparing HP and Epson and chose Epson because of the ink system had larger cartridges and was far cheaper per ml. HP does make good printers with nice features, but every time I compare, it seems like they make printers to sell ink.
  13. What is B- thing? I can’t figure out from the thread or searching the forums.
  14. Clint Alderman

    Vectorworks Dark Interface for Windows 10

    Jweston, see Uglycat's second post above.
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    Vectorworks Dark Interface for Windows 10

    Well done! Thanks for figuring this out. Very helpful.
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    Vectorworks Dark Interface for Windows 10

    That looks very nice. I’ve tried to do this and not getting the same results. 1. I’m getting a white border around all buttons and other elements. 2. The application title bar background color is not black or dark gray like your screen shot. Perhaps you could share your theme and color settings screenshots. I’ve tried multiple options and not making progress. Thanks!
  17. Yes, good catch! I fixed it. Thanks!
  18. The testing chart was very interesting. I tested my two rigs, one being the SurfaceBook w/ Performance Base. Computer Name Computer Model OS CPU CPU Cores(c)/Threads(t) CB R15- CPU Score CB R15 - CPU Score – Single Thread GPU CB RB15 – GPU Score OpenGL Performance Heaven Benchmark Score Cinebench Version PCT3500 Dell Precision T3500 Windows 10 64bit Xeon W3670 @ 3.20 GHz 6c / 12t 741 101 Quadro K5000 59.74 Good R15 PCSB- PE Microsoft SurfaceBook w/ Performance Base Windows 10 64bit Core i7-6600U @ 2.6 > 2.81 GHz 2c / 4t 318 136 GeForce GTX 965M 69.77 Good R15 This SurfaceBook runs VW and other apps great, and beats the T3500 for OpenGL renderin. For non-OpenGL rendering, I'll revert to the 6-core (12 logical processors) T3500 which is much faster.
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    Bonus Teaser - Cloud Services Website Upgrade

    +1 For MS OneDrive. And, longshot +1 for personal NAS cloud services such as Synology Cloud Services, https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/feature/cloud_service. Oh, and BTW, really impressed with all the development and appreciate the Teaser Tuesdays. Good job you all!
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    Teaser Tuesday - Rendered Panoramas - Vectorworks 2018

    Have you taken a look at Box Rendering devices. They have desktop or rack formats up to 3.7 GHz, 44 cores! http://www.boxx.com/products/rendering-and-simulation I've been eyeing either a new desktop or mobile workstation.
  21. Clint Alderman

    A custom drawing label using nested symbols

    pma2011, thanks for doing this. I was wanting to make modifications as well and figured I would need to do something like this. And there you did it already. Great job. This looks like it will work. Though I'm still struggling attaching records. Sure wish VW would enable making modifications and applying text styles to the drawing label. It should not be this hard.
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    VW 2013 has become a crashing monster

    Trouble here too with VW 2013 64-bit. Looks to be graphics drivers. In my case, ADM V7900. I noticed others are using NVIDA. Would be interesting if it was a graphics driver with that brand also. Was using the latest ADM graphics driver (9.003.3.3) per WK recommendations. Was crashing opening a particular drawing and sometimes just starting VW. Switch to the current Windows driver using Device Manager and search. No VW crash, but there's a problem with this driver and Acrobat and Air being blurry. Installed an older driver from ADM website (FirePro_8.982.8.3). No VW crash. And no issues with Acrobat and Air being blurry. So far... VW has a lot of information about graphic card issues. But one still has to hunt and peck to find a suitable driver. I do wish that VW would work directly with ADM and NVIDA, like Adobe, AutoDesk and others do to make a performance driver.
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    Geometry in 2013

    It would be helpful if someone from VW Tech would reply: 1. Acknowledge the issue. 2. Explain why VW fails to render curves properly on screen. 3. Inform us if there will ever be a fix. On screen curves look great for early 1990s CAD. They are completely unacceptable today. Don't blame the graphics card. It's VW. I've noticed that when printing either to PDF or local printer, the output is great. So, why the on-screen issues? It's time to move this issue to the top of the development list.
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    Kudos VW 2013 Rollout

    With the release of VW 2013, some deserved praise is due to the leadership team, the development team, the marketing/sales team, the training resources team, and the web team - and whoever else was involved in an impressive release roll-out. Interest is usually and rightfully focused on the features, but how the story is told reveals something about the soul of a company. This is the third release (all via the web) I've seen, and each better than the former. This one is leaps and bounds better in that the information about this Vectorworks release has an obviously fresh, polished look and unified feel. And it's more than eye-candy. In particular, the quality and quantity of the 2013 training resources via the website are a pleasant surprise. These are new works and they are well organized to show off the new features in a practical manner. I've just began to work my way through them and wish I had more time. It is evident, this resource took a lot of upfront commitment, team coordination and dogged follow-through. Regarding features and functionality, we all have our wish list. Some things "finally" delivered, several surprises, and of course some wishes yet fulfilled. But things are definitely moving in a healthy direction with an apparent corporate-level commitment to advance the company product line along multiple paths. Very welcome news to quail rumors of stagnation or worse. At some point, I'd like to see the visual design excellence demonstrated in the web and print graphics spill over to a rework of the Windows GUI. It is so washed-out compared to the Mac Cocoa style. Something less 1990's, but please not the MS ribbon. Perhaps something professional and proven like the Tango project which Firefox, VM Ware and others use. I suspect a GUI refresh will come about before too long following the pending Windows 8 GUI disaster to descend on the masses. And especially after seeing a job well done on the core application development, new partnerships and the impressive audio-visual roll-out effort. So good job all. Pour a round or two, take a bow, and then get back to work on VW 2014... you raised the bar of this user's expectations, and it's appreciated.
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    Linked Text Wrapping

    Text wrapping still not working in VW2012...

 

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