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  1. Kevin,


    Did you read my original post?

    I put my post here as it only involves VW at present.

    I am only trying to go out of VW and straight back in using the MVR. I have not introduced any third party software yet.


    I have read the wiki here https://gdtf-share.com/wiki/MVR_File_Description#Node_Definition:_Matrix and can see the rotation is defined but it is either getting lost during an export or import in VW...or maybe it never existed in the first place?


  2. I fully understand that you cannot state a date but I was hoping for a ball park estimate of which Month it is expected to fall into.

    I would also like to think you could tell me if the 2 fixes I am looking for are due to be implemented in SP3 (subject to all working out OK) or they are definately not due to be implemented.


    I don't think I am asking anything unreasonable here...just some basic info. After all, you are the guys who decided to market the hell out this MVR thing so please be prepared to give answers when people ask. 

  3. Sorry, but your last post did not tell me anything.


    Please let me know if the fixture rotation info and scale definition will be fixed in SP3?

    Also provide an estimated date for SP3.



  4. I don't use Vision at all and have no intention of using it.


    I want to use MVR to work with other software and at present, there is no chance of that.


    Problems at present that need addressing are:

    1. Fixture rotation info
    2. Scale Definition (when you import  into say Sketchup or C4D the scales are wrong)
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  5. Thanks for the reply.


    On 11/13/2018 at 3:28 PM, BSeigel said:
    On 11/12/2018 at 7:09 PM, Simon Allan said:

    Why are the lights being replaced with a "place holder" and not the actual fixture?

    This has to do with the way that programs using MVR treat lighting fixtures. Not every program uses a lighting device in the same way that Vectorworks does, instead they often use native geometry and parameters for how the lighting device should appear and function in their program. For this reason MVR contains info for a light's 3D location as well as some info about the light. The receiving program then decides what object belongs at that location, what attached info is relevant, and how it should behave. 

    I guess I understand but would have assumed that going out and then back into VW would mean the fixtures would have been there and not place holders. Maybe my expectations are too high 🙂


    On 11/13/2018 at 3:28 PM, BSeigel said:
    On 11/12/2018 at 7:09 PM, Simon Allan said:

    Why do the light place holders contain no 3D rotation info for my lights as it was present in the original VWX file?

    I would have to check up on this, but I might assume it has to do with the first answer. The rotation information is being applied to the geometry of a lighting fixture in a VWX file that is not being transferred through MVR. If true, this would be a sensible optimization for the future. 

    To not have rotation transferred makes the purpose of MVR a bit redundant. I really can't see how MVR is "supported" without this most basic of functions.


    On 11/13/2018 at 3:28 PM, BSeigel said:
    On 11/12/2018 at 7:09 PM, Simon Allan said:

    Why do the trusses come back as groups?

    Not certain what the reason for this is. But I have had several experiences where similar objects ended up grouped together. Another thing I'll need to ask about, but it may just be to simplify the drawing.

    Please let me know when you have the answer to this.


    On 11/13/2018 at 3:28 PM, BSeigel said:
    On 11/12/2018 at 7:09 PM, Simon Allan said:

    Why has everything other than the lights and the fan lost its class information?

    This sounds like it is working as designed. MVR was created to contain information about lighting devices, 3D Geometry/Locations, and textures. All other info may be extraneous and could lead to larger file sizes and possibly less performance. 

    Seems odd that some objects follow one rule and other objects do not.



    Hopefully you can provide some more concrete answers soon as the more I look the more I feel that MVR is really not supported in anyway that makes it usable in its current form. I know you mentioned that it is still being developed and optimised but you guys really need to calm down on your marketing if that is the case.

  6. Hi,


    I have been experimenting with the MVR import and export functions and have some strange things I don't understand. I am hoping to get some answers/guidance 🙂


    I have attached 3 files:

    The VWX Test Export is a simple scene with some truss and lights. Everything is classed and lights and truss have rotation settings on them.

    The MVR Test export is the MVR export of the file above.

    The MVR Test Import is the file above (MVR) being re imported and saved as a VWX file.


    I have not included any other software yet as I wanted to see what happened when I just went 'Out and In' to VW with the same file via the MVR import/export feature. This is to try and gain a better understanding of how the MVR feature is working (or not working) before trying to get it supported in any other software.


    So my questions are (relating to the "Test Import from Export" vwx file):

    1. Why are the lights being replaced with a "place holder" and not the actual fixture?
    2. Why do the light place holders contain no 3D rotation info for my lights as it was present in the original VWX file?
    3. Why do the trusses come back as groups?
    4. Why has everything other than the lights and the fan lost its class information?



    MVR Test Export_Rev02.vwx

    MVR Test Import from Export_Rev02.vwx

    MVR Test Export_Rev02.mvr.zip

  7. Great list Kevin.


    In regards point 1, I currently only use it to render my sheet layer VPs and I usually just want PDFs so all is good there...when it works!

    If I understand you correctly, you would like the cloud to render your design layer VPs whilst you are working on the drawing? If so, I think this would be very valuable and would make my day so much more productive! Not sure about saving a rendered file back as I would much prefer to have a sync button (like project sharing) to notify that VPs had been rendered and after a sync they all appeared.


    I totally agree with all your other points.

    I would also like to see the ability to adjust layer and class states when using the web app to view a .VGX file. It would also be helpful to have the ability to save some layer/class "presets" so the viewer could easily switch between them.

  8. Thanks for the help Kevin!


    I think you have found part of my issue in that I was doing a bit of A and a bit of B and thus causing a conflict.


    My setup is now as follows:

    Desktop app uses a folder that is NOT on DB but is local to the machine. 

    Web app has the DB folder integrated and all "works" as it should.


    Using the web app makes me think the desktop app is a little redundant, other than using it for viewing the status of files. I don't place VWX in it and sync because, as previously mentioned, it is way too slow.

    I am guessing that the "HOME" folder on the web app will sync with my local folder who path I specified in the desktop app? Not sure if I will use this as I have DB but it is there just in case I guess...but time will tell.


    I am still getting one file that won't generate in the cloud and it keeps failing and saying "Generation Failed" and the reason is "vectorworks crashed". Sadly I can't send this file to support due very strict NDA's. I am slowly removing parts of the file to see if something is causing this but so far I have no joy.


    When I do have it working it seems to work OK...but definitely needs some improvements! 

    I will check out your other post on the wishlist...thanks.

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  9. Hi,


    I tried to find the answer in the help file but had no luck...hopefully someone here will know.


    I uploaded a 150mb file to my dropbox that is connected to my VW cloud services and all uploaded OK in  matter of minutes.

    When I open the cloud app on my desktop the 'Status' says "upload pending". So my questions are:


    1, How long does it take to start to upload after I hit sync files (my preferences are set to manual sync) as the time it takes seems to be very random?

    2, Does this upload time get impacted much by file size even though the file is already uploaded to dropbox?

    3, Is my internet speed (not that great) or VW/DB internet speeds in any way affect the process AFTER it has been uploaded to my dropbox?

    4, I often get upload errors. Usually the bigger the file, the more chance things go wrong. Is there a file size limit as I even have issues on this small 150mb file?


    When it works, it works great but more often than not I end up walking away from it as things go wrong far too often.


    Any answers/guidance appreciated.



  10. Thanks for the file Mark. It also worked at my end.


    I am no closer to solving this but I did start a new drawing with the same truss piece and all was good. I then exported the same piece from my original drawing and replaced the truss in the new drawing and I get the same issue again with HL not working correctly.

    I guess this means something is not right in my original drawing and has somehow affected the HL not working as it should with the truss symbols that are in it.


    Not sure what to try next...either way I have already spent way too much time on this 😞


    VW2019 seems to be full of weird issues...especially when creating symbols which is what I was doing at the time.

  11. @markdd All checked and all OK


    @Kevin McAllister Rigging-Truss-Truss. I have tried restarting and no joy. I can also see everything as normal when in wireframe, or any other render mode...except for HL.


    Like I said before, it renders OK on a DL.


    The truss item I am using in this example is "Truss Corner Tyler Truss 4 Way" from the VW library. Would be curious to see if the same happens at your end too.

  12. Not sure if I am missing something but I cannot seem to find why my viewports will not render Hidden line correctly.

    It only seems to affect the truss.

    Attached picture shows two viewports which are identical except for one is Hidden line and the other is Final Polygon Shaded.


    As you can see, the HL one looks as though it is still seeing the "Simplified" class but as you can see, it is turned off.

    Hidden line renders OK when on a design layer. Just seems to be an issue in VP's on sheet layers.

    Tried restarting, but no change.


    Pilot error...or a bug???



  13. Cant agree more with the comments already posted here. Whenever I know I have a day in VW, I know it is going to be a sh*t day and that is a sad state of affairs...especially considering the money I pay each year.


    A lot of the drawing I do in VW is what I would call typical size shows where there are 500-1000 fixtures. These fixture counts are easily reached in todays productions and VW becomes very hard, if not impossible to use. I have a fairly fast Mac Pro and even when I hand the drawing to someone on a fast Windows machine they also experience the same issues.


    Like others, I would be happy to see no new features added and just make the program function like it should do but what worries me is that will never happen. I recently got a questionnaire from VW about making a cloud based version and that just made me realise they don't have a clue about the current user base and the struggles we face daily in a business where time is usually our number one enemy. They just seem to be interested in adding extra stuff that is of no real use to certainly me and most of the users I know.


    Sad times.

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  14. Hi All,


    1. Is it possible to see the a lighting symbols "fixture mode" in the Instrument summary?



    2. I have some lighting symbols set to a custom class where the outline is now red. Is it possible for the instrument summary to show this fixture rather than the "default" symbol colour (black outline)?

    I want to avoid changing the colour of the symbol in the resource browser as it will mean too many variants of the same symbol.


    I am thinking I need to use a report for more control, but not sure of the best approach as some experiments have not produced what I am after.


    Any help appreciated.



  15. Hi All,


    If I create a custom lighting symbol, is it possible to add fixture modes to it?

    I see they are available for VW stock library fixtures and I know I can assign one of them once the custom symbol is created but I would like to add all the relevant modes for the fixture when I create it.


    I just can't seem to find how you access this info, or create it myself, when creating your own symbols.




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