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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sorry, Will, I mistakenly thought you worked for VW. Can someone from VW please comment on this?
  6. 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.
  7. Can Vectorworks 2020 export into SketchUP? I can't seem to find an answer.
  8. 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
  9. When I create a museum exhibition component, I sometimes place it on a floor that "disappears" into the background. I've been doing this in Strata Studio for years, but I'm trying to get away from having to export for rendering. I'd like to keep everything in Vectorworks. In Strata, I simply add a transparency mask gradient in the texture map that goes from black to white. Where it is black, the entire mapped image shows through. White is 100 percent transparent. An object with this texture applied smoothly goes from solid to transparent and is a nice effect for renderings. I do it with ceilings as well. I can't, however, see how to do this in VectorWorks 2020. When I google it, I get the same question, but it is from years ago: 2009, 2013, etc. Nothing modern. Any ideas are very helpful. Thanks! Mike
  10. I'm using VW2020 on a MacPro running Catalina. When I place a Renderworks camera into my design layer (while in Top/Plan view) I get the correct object information window, but there is no trace of the camera. As soon as I click to place it, it disappears. I have been adding Renderworks cameras for as long as there has been a Renderworks, so I know how to do it. I know there are visibility preferences, but the settings do not seem to affect the camera visibility. Does anyone have an idea as to why this file is not showing cameras? When I open a new, untitled file any placed cameras appear, so it seems to be some setting in the misbehaving file. Thanks, Mike
  11. Thanks for the tips. Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare the VW file before exporting? Should I convert it to something like NURBS solids or generic solids? I worry that some of the geometry won't be interpreted accurately when exported (such as Extrude Along Path or Solid Subtractions/Additions). Thanks, Mike
  12. Hi, All, I'm creating 3D models of furniture to be placed on my website to be downloaded by designers for use in their modeling. Needless to say, there are lots of different CAD packages being used out there. I'm trying to keep the geometry simple. My question is how should I convert the VW models so that they will export cleanly? Making them 3D NURBS seemed to work well when I exported them as DWG/DFX and 3D Studio Max formats. Or should I leave the models in their VW formats and just export them? I have some exotic shapes created using subdivisions, sweeps, extrude-along-paths, etc. I'm not sure if I leave them all as they are that they will export into something useful for someone using AutoCAD or one of the other dozen or so modeling applications out there. I hope this makes sense and someone can give me some tips on 1.) how to prepare a VW model for export and 2.) the best format in which to export it when the end-user software is unknown. Thanks for any help! Mike Brown VW 2020, MacBook Pro, OS10.15.1 (Catalina)
  13. Objects I click on do not show the little blue handles. Nor do they stay enclosed in an orange outline (which I'd LOVE to disable somehow). Please see the attached screen shot that shows, I think, that I am not in the oft-triggered "disabled" mode by clicking "u" my mistake. I am in a mode that should allow selections. Also, note that my cursor arrow is white. It should be black. Why is it white? I'm finding VW 2020 to be pretty buggy and I'm not happy. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? I need to know when I have selected something. MacBook Pro 16", Catalina, VW 2020 SP latest version (today's). Thanks, Mike
  14. Thanks, that worked. However, I don't ever remember having to have that extra step in earlier versions of Vectorworks (or MiniCAD, for that matter, going back to 1995).
  15. I am drawing at 1:8 (1 1/2" =1'0") and it used to show up just fine at that scale (or any scale) in VW2018. It doesn't show at all now. Also, I'm bummed that holding down the space bar no longer gives you the Pan tool. That was very handy. It appears to try to work, but it does not. One thing at a time, however, and the camera tool is not working. Why on Earth would the camera tool be linked to the font size, anyway? That is absurd. A camera has nothing to do with a font. I can't think of two more unrelated elements. Does anyone else see the tiny, near invisible, camera in their drawings? I'm just trying to separate the bugs from the "new features." Usually, I'm just doing something wrong in a new version, so I'm hoping it is human error this time as well. Mike
  16. This is not looking good. Three problems right out of the gate. I placed a RW camera into my scene. It is not visible. It is tiny, tiny, tiny. It is so small cannot be adjusted. I have it to show name in 2D and 3D in wireframe in the hope of having it give me something to adjust. Nope. It is awful. What is up with this release? Is it just me or if everyone finding bugs everywhere? MacBook Pro 16", 32GB RAM, 3GB video card, Catalina OS. Mike
  17. Although I have unchecked "Show other objects" while editing (including "gray others") the other objects continue to show while I am editing. For example, I am trying to edit an Extrude Along Path object. When I double click on it, I select "path." It takes me to the familiar editing window, but all the other stuff is still there. I have de-selected Show Other Objects in the VW preferences, but it apparently does not work anymore or I am not doing something obvious--probably the latter if history is a guide. As an aside is there a way to turn all guidelines off? This includes the annoying red lines that cross in the center of my workspace. I want nothing...and I mean nothing...in my drawing that I did not put there. I want it all off, as in a blank void of nothingness. In the meantime, is anyone else having a problem with isolating objects they are editing? I can't see what I'm doing with all my other drawing stuff in the way. VW 2020, MacBook Pro, OS Catalina. Thanks for any help! Mike
  18. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. I just started using VW 2020 and five minutes into my new file I get a glitch. I draw a rectangle and extrude it. I go to change the color of the line from black to Aqua. When I do this, the rectangle remains selected and then nothing works. Nothing. I can move the mouse around, but nothing works. This is on a MacPro 16" running Catalina, with 32GB RAM and the 8GB video card. Anyone else seeing this? The only thing in this new file is the extruded rectangle...which still has a black line, by the way. The color never changed, either. Bummer. Mike
  19. Of course, all the lights are back, but now I'm getting the viewports rendering as solid white as has been reported here before. I think I have to restart for that. I hope these problems are resolved in VW2020 which I will be installing soon. Mike
  20. I got my wish for something simple. Somehow, someway, the VW Preferences had "Never" for show lights. I must have created a hot key for that and somehow accidentally clicked that combination. I totally forgot about that. Thanks for suggesting that I look at that. All the lights have come back, but it's odd that even a new document had that setting. I suppose that's because it was a VW Pref and not a Document pref. Thanks for solving the mystery: human error as it often is. Mike
  21. I have VW Architect, so I'm not sure what the Spotlight Workspace is. Is there a "show lights" or "hide lights" hot key I may have pressed my mistake? Mike
  22. Thank you for responding, but I don't think it is something simple like that. I wish it were! I opened a blank VW file, which has only two classes as you know: dimension and None. I cannot place a light in that file, either. Mike
  23. I'm using VW2018 with SP6 on a MacBook Pro running OS Sierra. All of a sudden, I cannot place any lights in my files. I click the light tool as I've done thousands of times before, click in my drawing and nothing places. I opened a file that I knew had dozens of lights and none of the lights were there. The renderings created from that model were all over the place as far as lighting: some dark, some super bright. Mostly dark. Has anyone had this experience? If so, what did you do to get it back? I sorta need lights in my renderings. Thanks, Mike
  24. Thanks to all. I was able to create a flat plywood form--just as the carpenter would do. I then used the deform tool to bend the two ends into the "boat" shape. I must say, however, that the deform tool was very hard to use. It looks so easy on the VW video, but my shape took over an hour of monkey clicking to make behave. I had this rugby ball shaped flat that I looked at in front view to do the bend. In front view it's just a skinny rectangle, but I had to do it in that view to see when my bend was the proper angle. It just never seemed to "take." Suddenly, it did. Any tips on using this somewhat ornery tool (at least to me)? Again, thank you for all the helpful tips on importing the existing on-line model. Thanks, Mike


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