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  1. Mark Aceto

    The Vectorworks Twitch

    And if you're using a Mac, for the love of all things holy, wait until their annual OS sp3 update (and plan for that upgrade cycle when making hardware purchase decisions). In general, I would never expect sp2 of any software to be as stable as sp6, and no one is holding a gun to my head to upgrade. All software/firmware/hardware/automobiles/motorcycles/toothbrushes... have wrinkles to iron out between v1 and v3, so that is to be expected and should be weighed into the decision to upgrade. The decision to upgrade is always a choice, especially when choosing to take the leap for a team. If there's room for improvement on VW end, it's pushing out that sp3 update sooner than March every year. Another solution would be more "point" updates like we're seeing with the 2019 release, especially now that the updater is built into the app itself (vs a standalone installer). Rather than letting the perfect get in the way of the good, it would be nice to see a 2.2 release in January, 2.3 in February... and so on, patching fixes quicker than a 5-month gap in between sp2 and sp3. I'm also being very careful to tip toe around the trap of "put more engineers on this thing" because that is not my intention at all. Just looking for solutions to these pain points.
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    Dynamic / On-Demand UI Display

    Simply adding a Note (text) field to the OIP (like the Dimension tool) would solve this vs. clicking the "Edit Note..." button to open another dialog. Bonus: add the usual text editing options to the OIP. There's plenty of space available on this 3008x1692 scaled display:
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    Dynamic / On-Demand UI Display

    Also, what's up with the Callout tool? Why isn't it as simple to edit as Dimensions (inline or in the OIP)? Is that an architectural thing?
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    Help with Page Set-Up needed

    Something is corrupt in that file because a fresh file gives me this (as it should):
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    Help with Page Set-Up needed

    Experiencing the same bug (which I'd rather not have to override in the next SP):
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    Dynamic / On-Demand UI Display

    Fewer dialogs, more palettes = less friction. Good examples of this: Cinema, Rhino, Maya, Unreal/Twinmotion, Adobe... The most frustrating thing about dialogs is when I'm starting at a blank OIP on a 4k monitor, and I have to dive into a dialog with multiple tabs. This is more often the case with every release. Good examples of OIP efficiency are all the Spotlight PIO's that third party developers designed (and are baked into VW now). I'd much rather draw stairs and ramps using those tools because they're a thousand times faster. The hoist POI is great. Also, the door and window PIO's make great use of the OIP. We all know how dreadful the notorious stair tool is. Same with fencing and railing. And 3 different types of tree PIO's... But that's drifting into continuity. You bring up a good point with the various industry workspaces vs the Lightroom process. As parametric modeling becomes more and more procedural, this seems like the next thing to evolve. Especially, since I use every workspace, and not editing any of them results in far less deleting of the user folder/preferences. I would much rather have a palette or Menu header for each industry than have to separately and pull apart and dock the redundant palettes for every workspace. And that's not to mention that when creating a custom workspace, we can only drag one menu/tool item at a time which is a nonstarter for me (and has been for years). Someone else pointed out how other 3D apps like Cinema display/edit materials vs textures in the resource manager (the iTunes of VW). This would also be a welcome improvement, particularly better previews. Lastly, I have no wish for a Dynamic / On-Demand UI Display. Again, continuity... KISS.
  7. Mark Aceto

    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    All of the 2017 Macs shipped with High Sierra, so you should be fine downgrading from Mojave to HS on those models. The maxed out 2017 iMac and the base 2017 iMac Pro are great options (and priced comparably). Also, check out Apple's refurbished site.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Just got off the phone with 3Dconnexion tech support. They have bug reports for iMac Pro and recent MacBook Pro models. They're tracking it as "mac-48", and hoping to have it fixed by the next driver update. To be clear, this is a "recent Macs" issue; not a Mojave issue.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Having this issue on iMac Pro running High Sierra. @Jim Wilson this topic is drifting from Mojave compatibility to 3Dconnexion compatibility. Could we move these recent posts to a new thread for "3Dconnexion Restart Bug" or something?
  10. Mark Aceto

    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Another solution is continue using High Sierra for the next few months. Apple isn't forcing anyone to upgrade.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    BTW 3Dconnexion just updated the driver 3 days ago (not that anyone would have known that), so I just did another clean install but the issue has not been fixed.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Every time I restart my 2017 iMac Pro (10.13.6), I have to unplug my 3Dconnexion CadMouse, and plug it back in. It's been that way from Day 1 (roughly a year ago). I clean installed the driver with no success. I don't have this issue on my 2014 MacBook Pro (10.13.6). Reading your post makes me suspect there's an issue with iMac Pro hardware and 3Dconnexion firmware. I would love to know if anyone using 3Dconnexion devices is having this same issue on other Mac's, particularly the 2018 MacBook Pro.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Your iStat looks like the iStat for my 2014 MBP with 2GB VRAM hooked up to a 4k display. My iMac Pro hooked up to a 4k display rarely uses more than 25% of that 16GB card ever. I have to really be pushing it to hit 50% (with a bunch of other apps open), so there must be something else going on there.
  14. Mark Aceto

    Twinmotion Plugin + Sync

    Thanks! BTW they just ended a webinar this morning (5 min ago), and mentioned a free 20-day trial that's full featured.
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    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    Well that's just adding insult to injury! See if the those hardware monitors help isolate the issue. Maybe it just seems like iMac Pro is the issue? Also, I'm not sure what's involved in downgrading or doing a clean install with that T2 chip. Might not be as simple as in years past.


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