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  1. On 5/20/2021 at 2:57 PM, JBenghiat said:


    I know this is an old post, but I'm compiling wishlist items for ProjectionViz https://benghiatlighting.com/software/products/pv-1

    Thanks for the nod @trashcan — just one clarification — #1 is already possible. Just tell the object not to draw the screen surface. That lets you place the focus coordinate directly onto the object receiving the projection. In fact, I specifically designed the tool to help with projections that don't fall onto screens.

    Most of the above list is already possible, including rotating the projector to any angle (and still correctly computing lens shift limits). The latest version even re-orients the 3D component of a projector symbol.


    I tried installing a trial with v2022 but it doesn't work (no issues with installing on v2021). Any idea when it will be compatible with v2022?

  2. 28 minutes ago, line-weight said:


    Yes I think it is. I already saw it in 2021 but only when using "narrow perspective" for a kind of telephoto view of something. In 2022 something has changed and it is happening in "normal perspective" views.


    That checks out on my end because I see it happening in Narrow Perspective. I'll file a bug report for this.

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  3. 6 hours ago, line-weight said:

    Changing the "crease angle" improves things a bit but it doesn't make the problem go away. It seems to be worse in more complex models. And is present in perspective but not orthogonal views.


    You just reminded me of something. I have this issue with the LED video screen object in both v2021 and v2022. When I'm zoomed in, it looks great. But when I zoom out, it looks like your example above. That to me sounds like a VGM LOD issue (lower res for objects further away). @Josh Loy what do you think?

  4. 21 hours ago, Shparenkov said:

    Does anyone has unresponsive at all top menu bar?


    The way the window is grey out like that seems to indicate the app is not active. And I've never seen an all white canvas like that. Other thing that comes to mind is there's a dialog like the Publish Log that's hiding under a window, and needs to be closed first.

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  5. On 9/15/2021 at 10:28 AM, EAlexander said:

    SHADED (formerly OpenGL) gives me a lot of lines and hatch artifacts (there is NOT overlapping geo), but as I zoom in more, it clears up.


    Is the creasing angle set to 0 ? That usually takes care of that for me.

  6. On 7/31/2017 at 8:57 AM, PVA - Jim said:

    Unfortunately, Directional lights and Heliodons (which are basically a special Directional light) can not have Lit Fog. This makes it very difficult to create "God Rays" coming from windows and skylights.

    You can do it with a Spot light placed very far away (so that the rays seem parallel rather than coming from a point just outside the window) but this is limiting since you can't make it interact with a physical sky like you can a Heliodon. It does allow direct control of the color however.

    I am not sure if this is a limitation of the Lit Fog tech we use or if it was just disabled because of how long renders trying to create lit fog infinitely far away from the scene would take.


    Add this to the Vectorworks Paradox list (2 or 3 tools that almost get the job done).

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  7. 13 hours ago, jcogdell said:

    I will make an enhancement request, this is happening because the house rigging point tool converts the symbol into a parametric object which then blocks the record being visible in the data pane.

    If you ungroup the hanging point object after insertion the data record will become visible, however this will break the house rigging point object and convert it back into a symbol

    From my understanding this is the default behavior in Vectorworks whenever a symbol is converted to a parametric object by a tool and the few exceptions to this rule (like lighting devices and trusses) have been specially engineered to allow specific records to still be visible in the data pane


    Thanks for the reply, Jesse. I could have sworn that the house rigging point PIO didn't block the record but maybe I manually added it the first time? This seems like another example of "works as designed" instead of "works as expected" behavior. Anyway, thanks for submitting the VE for this.

  8. @Mi&D I believe the hardware from 2017 is exactly the same today, so it's only the firmware and software that's been updated. You may need a Windows machine to update the firmware (of the device itself).

    If you want the joystick axes to function like it does in the Trainer app, you'll have to change the (inside out and backwards) default settings to the screenshot found here:


    Also note:

    • VW does not support rolling, so that kills 2 of the "6 degrees of freedom"
    • The SpaceMouse itself has its own tool modes that you'll need to toggle through


  9. 12 hours ago, AlanW said:

    @Mark AcetoHi, all you mentioned is so simple and quick, you get a result in a few minutes. No going back for us. There is nothing that cant be done in a few minutes if you take the time to learn the program like most things.


    Would love to know how you accomplish the following in TM:

    • Displacement mapping
    • Interior shadows under furniture without using a decal to fake it
    • Glass reflections without using a probe to fake it
    • VW lighting devices
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