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  1. hi

    I've been playing with subdivion primitive forms. Is there a way to convert them to real solids? When I do a section, it shows only the surface. For example look at the picture: I created an amorphic form, but when I sliced it (substracted from it vertical solid forms) I got an empty solid..



    Vectorworks 2018 SP6


  2. Hello

    My vectorworks visibility option in the navigation pallete  (for the design layers) is gone 😐.

    I attached a pic of my screen.  I do see  it on my classes, but not on my design layers.

    Ive restart my Vectorworks, change files, etc.

    Any ideas?




    Vectorworks 2018 SP3


  3. Hi everyone

    I remember when I started using Minicad, I used to create my renders in Artlantis because I had no idea how to add textures in Minicad. My logic made me look always for the textures  inside the atribute palette. Years later I learn to use renderwoks and since then Im happy using Vectorworks to create my renders. I got used to find my textures in the resourse palette and object info window. 


    But I still think, that the Render Options should not be insite the Object Info Palette, but in the Atributes one (or may be a new window just for the render options)



    Vectorworks 2018

  4. hi Art V


    1. Picture A - screen capture of my export settings. I also saw that my dimensions were converted to polygons... in my case this is not important.

     The Municipality personal that examine our plans use Autodesk Design Review, and I'm not sure if it's possible to change the  lwdisplay. I will do a test later.


    2. Im talking about exporting to DWF a file that contains a pdf image. Any image format will not be exported to DWF.


    4. I tried disableing the "adjust flipped text" and didnt work.  This is probably a bug.


    I'm using VW Architect 2018 sp1



  5. On 24.10.2017 at 10:31 AM, Nina Ivanova said:

    Hello Joey,


    Would you, please, send more info and examples about what exactly does not work when you export DWF files from Vectorworks?


    Thank you,


    Hi Nina

    I could send you some files, but they are to big to attach them here. Here are some of the problems I see when we create a DWF file:

    We try to create a DWF file from a Sheet layer.


    1. The line weigth of some drawings is altered. At first we thought is was a problem with the scale, but, since some parts of the drawing  appear to be right and some you cant even understand because the line weight is to big  we knew the prob is something else. The weird thing is that the diferent line weights change in a drawing that was made entirely in the same layer. See pic # 1. In this case, also the line weight of the text was altered.

    2. VW will not export images or pdf.  The "export 2d fills, export images and images files, etc is activated.

    3. The same problems occur we we also export to: DWF binary, DWF text, DWF compressed binary and DWFx. I dont know what is the difference between these formats, but we tried them also. Same thing with versions 4.2, 5.5 and 6.

    4.Most of the times we have to mirror some of our viewports in the sheet layer to obtain the result we want. When we do this, it looks fine on VW, but the letters will flip when we export to dwf. See the info inside the left square on the uploaded example. Our work is made in hebrew, but you can see that also the numbers were flipped.


    We hope there is something VW can resolve this problem. The vectorworks community in israel is depending on this! : (











  6. Hi Jim


    I can write in hebrew in any font, but the name of layers, classes, etc will appear like in the example uploaded. It happens when I open a file that was made in an ealier version (in my case VW 2017).


    And when I print to PDF, the words will always flip.. I tried using many fonts.


    I uploaded also an example file.









  7. You're right. Never thought about that and I will talk with my colleagues about this issue.I wish they could open their standards. For now, the vectorworks community in Israel is having a hard time with this.

    I know that they prefer DWF over PDF because they can measure  lengths and areas. 


    Anyhow...Vectorworks has "export to DWF" and doesnt work.. 



  8. Hello to everyone


    The Municipality of our contry has change the way we used to present the architectural plans, from a printed to a digital way. They choose that all the plans should be presented in a DWF format, and it does'nt seem to work in Vectorworks. My collegues are exporting the Vectorworks file to Autocad, and then from Autocad to DWF. 




    Vectorworks 2018 SP1

    Windows 7

  9. On 13.7.2017 at 3:41 PM, Rossford said:

    I have drawn straight lines as polygons by adding a mid-point for 3 points instead of 2. Then it is a polygon you can measure.  We do this for our drain lines which are linear, and we always check to make sure someone didn't cheat before selecting all of that class for measurements.

    thanks Rossford! your method made my life easier :)

  10. hello


    I've been dealing with this issue for a long time ...I thought it was not of a big deal until now that I have to repeat this process everytime I need to quantify the length of floor panels.

    The plans were made in an old Vectorworks version and in the most primitive way, so the easiest way I found was to draw polygons arround the walls and then select all of them and see in the OIP the total sum of the polygons lengths. The problem comes when the length is of a straight line (meaning I couldnt form a polygon) then it will not be added to the perimeter sum. 

    So ok, lets select all the polygons and find the total sum of their lengths, do the same with the lines and then just add both values... Now I see that the OIP will not give you the sum of all the lines lengths while selected :(....thats a must.. no?



  11. Hi

    I like to use the Pen (thin distance) artistic render on my proyects. It would be neat if the render could calculate the pen thikness of the whole model and not just from each element. In the example A,  you can see each element generates its pen thikness individually. It only works when I add all the solids together (example B) , but normally you don't add all your solids in a complex 3D model.


    It would be also great if the sketch render could also calculate its pen thikness through distance. :)





  12. Hi everyone


    Im getting an odd result with the camera match option. For the Camera Match object I have a photo with a nice and clear perspective view, making it very easy to manage and arrange the control lines (R1 R2 L1 L2 V1...). I'm uploading some pics and the VW file of the  columns I want to add to a long corridor. 


    Pic1 - the columns im trying to add

    Pic2- the Match opbject picture with the arranged control lines

    Pic3- the desired result

    Pic4- Camera Match result.


    Sometimes I get a message that the control lines are reversed, Im not sure why.


    any thoughts?



    VW 2017 SP3




    desired result.jpg



  13. Hi,  

    I'm having problems making a brick texture come alive with displacement mapping. I uploaded the file.

    I have 2 problems:


    1. In the Preview window of Edit Texture options,  it seems like the gap between the bricks increases out of the surface instead of the brick itself.

    2. I've checked that the displacement mapping in the renderwork style is enable and it still will not show any changes in the texture surface after rendering it.


    What am I doing wrong?


    VW2017 SP3


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