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  1. I think you're on the right track. You could break down the facade using the built-in wall tools with some manual modeling of the details. Creating the basic geometry and applying a brick pattern texture would get you a pretty convincing rendering without needing to model every detail.
  2. One workaround is to apply the pattern to a polygon using a free program like nanoCAD, then save a DWG and import into Vectorworks. A little clumsy, but it works.
  3. Good to know, thanks. Interesting that the bug also occurs with stacked curved walls.
  4. Is there a way to eliminate the vertical line between the two curved walls shown below? The walls are tangent, but the line still shows even when increasing the smoothing angle in the viewport settings. The line doesn't a ppear in an OpenGL render. curved wall test.vwx
  5. I think part of the issue may be that Backup & Sync doesn't work with company-wide Shared Drives, only your personal My Drive. With G-Suite, it's useful to have Shared Drives for teams that aren't "owned" by individuals. I'm also not certain that Backup & Sync is always compatible with G-Suite (depending on the individual company's configuration maybe?). https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7638428?hl=en
  6. Does anyone know if this is the case with OneDrive also? Is there a potential for corrupted project files if multiple users are checking out layers or attempting to commit changes simultaneously? I also didn't see the documentation stating Google File Stream is not supported and we've been getting all kinds of corrupted project files and lost work. Trying to decide on OneDrive (free) or Dropbox (paid). The speed isn't too much of an issue since we usually only have 3 users on a project, but if there is less chance of corrupting the project file on Dropbox it might push us in that direction. Prior to this we had been successfully sharing projects over our local network, but now we're all working remotely and looking for other solutions. Thanks for any suggestions or insights.
  7. Expanding on this, I wish there was a way to delete used colors and replace them with another color in the document (much like the prompt you get when deleting a Class that is in use). For example, I often end up with two different named colors like "Gray-50" and "50% Gray" that are otherwise identical (often happens when importing other resources). It would be nice to consolidate the colors.
  8. There is an option to change the gray level when publishing a PDF, but it sounds like you're looking for something in the design space.
  9. Vectorworks can import a number of 3D formats, but not all of them come in with textures. If you can import your model as 3DS or OBJ you should be able to bring in textures along with the 3D geometry. I've had the most luck with OBJ. I've found materials usually require some adjustment once imported, even if the textures come through. If your model isn't available in one of those formats, you can try installing Blender (blender.org) which can import a number of other formats, then re-export from there.
  10. Thanks for confirming. I did manage to get what I needed using Blender and importing it. The original file I was working with was a 1 arc-second GeoTIFF that I was using as a displacement map. Sample attached.
  11. Is there a way within Vectorworks to bake a displacement map texture to actual 3D geometry? I've mapped a digital elevation model (DEM) image to a simple plane that I would like to convert to use as a site model. Thanks!
  12. Is there an easy way to gather all referenced files (DWGs, images, PDFs, etc.) from a VW project into one folder? I'm pulling together some files to send to a vendor and we've made extensive use of referenced files that are spread out across our network drive. Just wondering if there is something similar to InDesign's "publish" feature that automatically packages all the relevant files in one folder instead of having to manually locate them all. Thanks!
  13. I'm having an issue in Vectorworks 2019 when exporting the model space to DWG. When I open the file in AutoCAD (or re-import to VW), it seems all walls are converted to 3D polygons. Is there a way to retain them as solids? Other objects (extrudes, generic solids) are coming in as expected. I've attached a screengrab of my export settings and a sample file I've been using to test. I'm able to export walls as solids in other formats (SAT, STL, etc), but then I lose any layer/class information. dwg test.vwx
  14. In the circle's Object Info Palette, is "Plane" set to Screen or Layer? If you set it to Layer you should be able to move the object in 3D. (Screen plane objects don't have any 3D orientation—they always appear as though drawn directly on your computer screen.)
  15. Hello, Is there a function to return a wall style component name using its "Function" attribute in a worksheet? I'd like to make a schedule similar to the image below. I can get close using a database header of =COMPONENTNAME(1), =COMPONENTNAME(2), etc... but it falls apart if I don't have exactly 3 components in a wall type. Thanks for suggestions!

 

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