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  1. I was trying to slice a sphere in to equal segments, as you do on a Thursday morning.


    I came across a strange phenomenon! I used the split tool in equal increments starting from the middle of the sphere and working upwards the sphere started "collapsing" on its self.

    I have attached some screen shots to try and explain, I am using 2020 SP 2.1 is this a known issue?


    I found a work around by starting my trimming exercise from the top to the middle and then copying and flipping the results for the lower half.


    Happy Spherical slicing day


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  2. Is there any way to use layer tags as a worksheet criteria?


    We have a main inventory on our front page that auto counts symbols of all different types with different records attached. When we duplicate a layer to try a different symbol layout or show a second position on worksheets our worksheet then adds all these duplicate fixtures.


    Rather than going in to the worksheet and setting each criteria to ignore the new layers (there are a lot) it would be nice to say to ignore all layers with a certain tag, lets say an "Ignore" tag. Is this possible or failing that does anyone have any cunning ways of accomplishing the same result.





  3. I have just wasted at least 2 hrs trying to arrange sheets ready for publishing, we have a drawing with 26 sheets, and I am spending at least 25% of my time looking at a spinning ball!!


    It has taken me 20 minutes to arrange 4 very basic viewports and update text.

    It feels as every mouse click initiates a wait sequence of spinning ball and fans spinning at top speed.


    Is there a process for having drawings analyzed for problems?

  4. We have a powerful machine in our office we would like to use for doing our publishing so we can free up resources on our personal machines.


    We are using a piece of software that looks for new files in a folder and then runs a script on discovery.

    Our ideal workflow would be to send a vwx file to this watch folder over the network and then when it is discovered it opens in vwx, vwx then does a publish to a set folder and then closes the vwx file.


    Is this even possible any tips would be appreciated.





  5. It is mainly the viewports in our sheets when we publish a packet, it consists of Hidden line, open GL, and artistic renders but that varies depending on the project.

    We have VSS, we did a test between the time on a local and cloud render and found the local was quicker, that was last year though so I may try again.


    We are in the process of setting up a machine that just deals with our publishing so we can continue working on other drawings whilst it is working its magic.

    It would be nice to have an option within the publish menu/dialog box to send the publish to a local network machine in a similar way to sending to the cloud.


    To be able to harness the power of dormant network machines for the renders would be a nice option, especially on some of the bigger drawings.

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  6. I have an extrude with a perforated metal texture, it shows fine in open GL, Wireframe and Artistic White Model.


    When I place that extrude within a symbol or if I change it in to a symbol it no longer shows up in the Artistic White Model render and a bunch of other render modes but it does show up in Open GL and Hidden line!


    Is there a sneaky trick to get this to show up in the other renders, unfortunately removing it from the symbol and placing it on its own is not an option.






    (the top object in the screen grabs is the extrude on its own and the bottom is the symbol with the extrude inside)

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  7. I managed to find a way to "cheat" it. As it stands, all hoist symbols on the drawing have their dimension display automatically orientated to be pointing towards the hoist origin.

    I added a new hoist origin in the bottom right hand corner, refreshed the hoists so they all have the dimension display orientated the same, refreshed the worksheet, deleted the new hoist origin and then refreshed the hoists so they were showing the correct x,y dimensions again.


    Simple :D


    Well at least the display in the worksheet is aligned and it pleases my OCD, until I find a better solution.

  8. Thanks Pat, I will add this to the wishlist forum.


    The main problem with the hoist symbols is that the orientation of the dimension display is dependent on if it is placed to the left or right of the center line, whilst this makes sense on our drawing I don't understand how the worksheets choose what symbol to reference, it must be referencing some from the minus side and others from the plus side.

    I'm not sure if it looks at the first instance of the symbol placed in the drawing or maybe from the top down. I will have to experiment next time I get some down time.



  9. We use worksheets to produce our key for hoist symbols.

    When we use the image function to get the 2D symbol some symbols have the dimension display flipped and others don't, this means when we turn off the label class the symbols are not aligned correctly.


    I have attached some screen shots to illustrate.





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  10. I am trying to get a model uploaded to web view to show a client.

    Problem is that the textures are showing up very low res, where is the setting to adjust this? I have set GL render to Very High and Web view quality to Very High


    Any suggestions





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  11. I am using a worksheet function to automatically display symbols in the key.

    I set the row height to 16 points and my image is set to 15 points, if extra symbols are added to the drawing upon re-calculating the worksheet  the new rows are defaulting to auto fit!


    is there an overall option somewhere that I am overlooking or is this a bug?



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  12. I am trying to add some info together in a cell of a worksheet and I want it to appear as such " LED Wall @ 12' x 32' " I can do the last apostrophe by using the trailing function in the cell dialog but when I try putting the apostrophe as the foot symbol actually in the header it is obviously  not letting me as that is the syntax to display a character. how can I get around this?


    This is what I have to make it work but I want to add the apostrophe's in to this!


    =CONCAT('LED Wall @ ', ('VS4-LED'.'ArrayWdth'), ' x ', ('VS4-LED'.'ArrayHght'))





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