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  1. Text. Text does not work when editing a 3D symbol. I want to add some dimensional text to a 3D symbol. In previous versions, I would double-click to edit, look at front elevation view, type my text, convert to poly lines, extrude, and place in position. Now when I try this the curser moves as if I'm typing text, but nothing appears. Add this to the list of things that do not work in editing windows.

    Thanks,

    Mike

    VW 2020 SP4

    MBP 16", Catalina 10.15.6

    32GB RAM


  2. Hi, Jeremy,

    The 3D fillet tool fails all the time on all sorts of curved shapes, so it is not specific to this shape. I've tried applying smaller and smaller fillets until one works, but that is not a solution since it is not the fillet I want. It seems to be a problem with how the tool is coded.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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  3. 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


  4. 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

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  5. 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

    Screen Shot 2020-06-03 at 8.57.12 AM.png


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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

    Screen Shot 2020-03-06 at 9.53.49 AM.png


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. 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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  13. This problem apparently appeared in 2010, nearly a decade ago. It will probably never be fixed. Here is a file that has all the problems: objects are still shown in groups, The paths of the chair leg extrudes have no handles. They are NURBS curves, but any poly line has no handles. Control handles are missing on 2D and 3D objects (just the annoying yellow outline that I WISH I could turn off.)

     

    Please do NOT say that this is all because it is a file created in an earlier version. EVERY file from EVERY user except those new to VW was created in an earlier version.

     

    Stacking Chairs, Sonic A1.vwx


  14. Hi, Kevin,

    It seems to happen with editing paths for Extrude Along Path and other similar situations. If something is a simple group, it usually works. It happens in all files. I'm a little puzzled by your comment that this happens in files "...brought forward from older versions." I believe 100% of VW users outside of the group starting with v2020 is bringing in files from other versions. That compatibility should be the number 1 concern of the programmers since is affects every single user in the established user base. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be copying all my VW2018 files and pasting in to blank 2020 files? That would be laborious since the sheets, views, layers, etc. don't transfer....unless I'm missing something. I usually just open the old file and save it as the new version. Is that not the correct way to do it?

    Thanks,

    Mike


  15. Pretty big bug here. Not as big a the missing control handles bug, but still big.

    Although I have "show other objects while in editing mode" deselected, VW is still showing everything while I am editing. I am finding VW2020 to be a bug-infested mess and I am somewhat embarrassed since I recommended it to my company, coming from VW 2018. What is up with this? Is anyone else experiencing objects not hiding themselves while editing? I could not find a topic on this in the forums. VW2020 Mac Catalina

    Mike


  16. Will, this is not a "bug" as in some minor inconvenience. It makes VW 2020 unusable. Un-usable as in "not able to be used." Imagine a car that has a "bug" in that the engine has been filled with cement and, for good measure, set on fire. It that a "bug" with the car? No. It is a serious problem. At the moment I'm looking at creating a curved metal tube chair leg using a carefully constructed NURBS curve consisting of bends and straight sections. It has to be right. Now, why don't you tell me how I'm supposed to manipulate this--or another object--without seeing the control handles? I might as well turn off the monitor. I do not have another version of VW on my computer, nor should I have to. It has been over a month now since your post above and I have not seen any action on this major, major problem. "Bug" indeed. All of VW's great tools are essentially neutered while I wait or struggle, blindly monkey-clicking all around the vicinity where the handles should be, but. are. not. As you can tell I'm a little upset by this and I apologize for my stern affect, but I feel I need to light a fire under someone. Please fix this.


  17. Thanks, Kevin, but I'm not sure I completely understand what you are trying to tell me. What is an "msg"? Is that a gradient? If so, then are you saying to save it as an alpha channel in Photoshop? I thought an alpha channel was basically a transparent background. That's how I've always used it, but I suppose I should try it. Then, once I have this TIFF file, where do I place it when I pull it into VectorWorks? Does it go in the "image mask" field of the Texture Map edit window (under transparency)? When I do that I end up with a texture that seems like it should work, but none of the mapping controls work in the Object Info window. I'm not sure it should be this difficult, so I must be doing something wrong that is very simple. I'll keep trying!

    Thanks,

    Mike

 

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