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  1. I'm using the latest version of Vectorworks Architect 2020 on a 16" MacBook Pro, OS Catalina. I do a lot of furniture models and like to use interpolated NURBS surfaces to create cushions. What I like to do is extrude the shape I need and extract one of the surfaces as a NURBS surface; then I use the Interpolated Surface tool to manipulate it. The problem is this: if the extracted surface is not a rectangle I get a message saying I must use an "untrimmed" surface. Well, it IS untrimmed. It's not trimmed at all, it's just not rectangular. There is a button in the OIP with the word "untrim," which I can click. That converts whatever shape I have into a rectangle. Strange. Why would I want to do that? If I wanted a rectangle I would have created one. I discovered, however, that the Interpolation seems to only work on rectangle-shaped NURBS surfaces. It doesn't work on anything else. Is this true? Is there something I am missing? It seems so limiting that I must be doing something wrong. Thanks for any advice. Mike
  2. I'm using VW 2020 SP3.1 on MacBook Pro 16", Catalina OS The 3D fillet tools seems to be failing far more often than it used to. Attached is a typical example, in this case an extruded polyline. Even a fillet as small as 1/8" will not work. It is a very efficient polyline with very few vertices. I've even converted it to a generic solid with no luck. These are objects that used to fillet (if that's a verb) just fine; suddenly, with this version, they have only worked about a third of the time. Any ideas? Thanks, MHBrown
  3. This is hard to describe, so I attached a screenshot. But I'll give it a try. When I open a file in VW2020 SP3.1 it puts itself into a tab. Each subsequent file I open is placed in a tab. This makes it easy to switch between files, so is generally pretty handy for me. If, however, I click the little gray "X" to close all the files I'm left with the giant gray rectangle shown in the screenshot. There is no red dot in the upper left corner to close it; I can only either minimize it or fit it to my screen. Why would I need to minimize this box of nothing? Even worse, why would I want to have it fill my screen, hiding everything on my screen with a gray rectangle. In short, this is a pointless--and pretty obnoxious--impediment to getting work done. It must go. I've tried to find a preference like "Hide Useless Objects," but have found none. How do I rid myself of this meddlesome box? What Einstein at VW thought this was a splendid idea? Am I the only one who finds this annoying? Thanks for any advice. MHBrown
  4. Thanks, Pat, I think I tried all that, but I'll give it another try. I'm pretty sure those don't work while in Edit Symbol mode, but I'll double check. I hope I'm wrong! Mike
  5. There is still a huge bug that persists from at least VW2018. That is when you go into a 3D symbol to edit, you cannot draw a 2D object in any view but top plan. It is outrageous that his still exists and makes it nearly impossible to edit symbols. This along with the long-standing bug of having 3D symbols take on the orientation of the symbol instance that was clicked on makes symbol updates exceedingly laborious. These have been known bugs for a while. Please let me know where I need to post them...again... to get some action. Thanks, MHBrown
  6. Thanks for your help, Kevin. What is VSS? Some sort of secret society? I've paid in advance for a year for my VW subscription and I got the desktop app. I am signed in to Vectorworks Cloud Services which, call me crazy, makes me think that I can use the Vectorworks Cloud Service that pops up on my rendering choices. Just how many additional hoops do I need to jump through? Is Vectorworks Cloud Services the same thing as VSS? It seems a little more complicated than it needs to be. I like the idea of having the rendering take place off site. When I look at the Help menu it doesn't say anything about having to sign up for more. I don't know how large the rendering is because I have not rendered it yet, but is is only 300 frames (10 seconds). Thanks again for you help! Mike
  7. Using VW2020 with OS Catalina. I have an animation to render, so I thought I'd try Vectorworks Cloud Services. I received the attached message. Does this mean I'm not signed up with my yearly subscription payment or does this service just not work? Thanks, Mike
  8. This has happened to me many times and I think I figured out a work-around. For me, this seemed to happen with files that were created in VW2018 and opened in VW2020. I completely scrapped files created in a previous version and re-created them with "untitled" VW2020 files. So far, these "pure" files have not been losing their handles...not much anyway. I'm very carful not to copy and paste anything into them that came from another file. That's hard to do after working with MiniCAD/VW for nearly 25 years. This is a serious problem because I'd venture to say that every user--as in 100%--who is not coming new to VW will always be opening files created in a previous version. I have not been able to isolate what exactly it is that is incompatible between the versions. That will be impossible to determine unless you are digging into the code, I suspect. But it's worth a try. Thanks Mike
  9. The Fillet tool randomly not working on some edges is more of a problem since I use that a lot when modeling furniture (think of the rounded edges of a Barco lounge chair). I'll try your solution and see if it works on the usually-dependable Align tool. It is very hit-and-miss, however, so I only have observational data. I can't really do a properly designed test. Thanks, Mike
  10. Thanks, Stephan, the multiple panes solved it for a while, but it came back. I'm trying out an idea. I'm starting with a new 2020 document with no legacy parts from VW2018 or '19. So far, pretty good. The Align tool stopped working when trying to Align to Left with a poly line and an extrusion (while in Front view). Both objects were 3D entities. The control handles have returned, however, and I'm going to try to do an Extrude Along Path with a 3D NURBS curve. That will be a good test. Also, I will see if the 3D Fillet tool is working again. Yesterday it refused to put a fillet on some objects. I'm not having luck with the deform tool, but I think it is common knowledge that these tools are horrible at best, so I can't make any inferences from them. Thanks for the tips! Mike
  11. Hmmm...that seems to have brought the handles back. Thanks! I wonder if it will help with the fillet tool suddenly saying my extrude is locked and cannot be executed.I'll check and see if it helps the Other Objects in Groups problem.
  12. Thanks, Matt. I'll try that. I never use multiple view panes, but lately I've entered into it by mistake a couple of times. Maybe that is it. I'll try it out. Mike
  13. This problem apparently appeared in 2010, nearly a decade ago. It will probably never be fixed.
  14. For what it's worth, I'm using a new MacBook Pro 16" with 32GB ram and 8GB of VRAM (graphics card). Mike
  15. As a rule, I recreate workspaces in the new version. Not because I'm trying to avoid conflicts, but more because I'm not sure what I want in my workspace. I'm always tweaking it, so I tend to want to start over. I pull in some legacy tools, like the data stamp, but I don't do too much modification otherwise.


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