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  1. On 9/10/2019 at 7:23 AM, fabrica said:


    worth the upgrade price?!!!


    I'm still in shock with how bad the icons in the menus look now .... look very old and amateurish.. (windows 95 ?)






    Agree. The GUI design is headed in the wrong direction.

    Prefer VW2019 to VW2020. 

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  2. 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.


    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! 

  3. On 6/21/2019 at 7:00 PM, Mike Borean said:

    Just installed 2019 SP4 and now the leaders on callouts aren't working!  What the heck?

    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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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


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  6. 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. 



  7. 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.


  8. 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. 



  9. 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
    CB R15-
    CPU Score
    CB R15 - CPU Score – Single Thread GPU CB RB15 – GPU Score OpenGL Performance Heaven Benchmark Score Cinebench Version


    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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  10. On 8/9/2017 at 7:08 PM, JimW said:

    5 hours isn't too bad, remember you're effectively doing 6 (up, down, left, right, front, back) high quality renders all at once.


    Cloud hardware is about on par with that machine perhaps a bit slower. I've suggested to the cloud team that they intriduce an option to elect for better hardware even if it came with a nominal fee, since that's really the only way to speed things up without dropping quality. (Well, without springing for a shiny new iMac Pro with 12 cores, hehe.)


    Have you taken a look at Box Rendering devices. They have desktop or rack formats up to 3.7 GHz, 44 cores!  



     I've been eyeing either a new desktop or mobile workstation. 

  11. 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.

  12. 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 ( 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. VW includes a lot of resources and facilitates customized user-preferred standards. Now the however. The out of the box organization is less than self-evident. For new users, it's like hunting for Easter Eggs, but not as fun being an inefficient use of time. Too much drilling in and out of folders to explore what's buried in each folder. If you want to add a resource to your library, one has to decide whether to add to a type of objects or by vendor or some other way.

    What would be of tremendous help, especially in the USA and I believe Canada is to use CSI's Master Format numbering to categorize resources. Not sure how other Countries do this, but I imagine it's something well-documented like an ISO standard. Perhaps a development goal would be to offer a localized VW Architect tied to regional best-practices and workflows.

    Drawings and Specifications work together to form Contract Documents. Using the same naming and organizing conventions between the two is common sense, a big productivity gain, and an industry standard for decades in the USA.

    Of course AutoDesk Architecture offers excellent out of the box industry standards for the USA Commercial AEC workflow. But notice Graphisoft's ArchiCAD does this as well, and they are owned by the same parent company as Vectorworks. I was surprised how thorough Archicad is localized to the USA's AEC practices. It uses CSI's Master Format for resource classification, and like AutoDesk, it uses National CAD Standards for Class, Model and Sheet naming. So easy to find things. Perhaps your relatives at Graphisoft might help somehow. Using the same standards between consultants makes collaboration much easier. Same concept as IFC, a common standard...

    Yes, AIA/NCS is an option in the Naming Standard. I've tried it. While it's a nice start, there are too many resources which have VWArch class naming embedded. In not time at all, the two naming conventions are fighting each other in the same project. For now, the only sane thing is to use VWArch standard. It's too much for each user to rename all the resources. Only to have to do it over and over with each new release. This is why Autodesk and Graphisoft began to use a well documented industry standard.

    A localized version of Vectorworks would reduce the learning curve overhead of USA firms who want to make the switch to Vectorworks. Even the training material should be localized. As much as I admire the superior metric system, it distracts from the subject matter having to stop and make the conversions. Perhaps for now, publish both side by side. The 2012 Getting Started Guide for Architect switches, unannounced, between Feet/Inches and Metric in one Step of an Exercise.

    Such a wish would require a lot of developer work, but the long-term benefits and marketing potential should be evaluated.


    Webpage with Master Format Numbers


    PDF Document


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