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MHBrown

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  1. Seriously? in VW2018 when I go to edit a 3D symbol OpenGL does not work. How am I supposed to add textures to my symbols? Is this just my version or is VW2018 crippled in this manner? I'm trying to do everything in VW instead of exporting to Strata 3D, but that is looking to be impractical due to all the problems with mapping textures in VW...at least in my particular version.

    MH


  2. I have a feeling everyone knows this, but just in case here it is: texture mapping in VW2018 is badly broken. The Attribute mapping tool barely works and it just now stopped working. Here is how it goes: I click a 3D object and the screen would go blank. I do command-6 to bring it back. Click with the Attribute Mapping tool. Blank screen as the object disappeared into the ether. Command-6 and begin stretching the texture. It only works for so long, however, and eventually the Attribute tool does nothing. Nothing. Did I mention Nothing? In OpenGL mode (so I can actually see the texture) many objects are not able to be selected--even if I lock everything else. Really, this is horrible. It is so horrible, in fact, that this is now a deal breaker. Unless this is fixed VW2018 will be my last version. Add no more"features" until this is fixed. You have gone down the road as a 3D application, so now you have to finish the drill. If I'm doing something wrong, fine. Please tell me. But I did not have this problem in VW 2016 or 2017. Thank you for your time.

    MH


  3. It has been over a year and in VW2018 groups cannot be resized. I have two extruded panels lying on top of each other as a group and I've always been able to grab the handles in front elevation and make them taller or shorter. No more. The scale does not work either and the OIP has ZERO information in it. Texture mapping has gone haywire, too. Are these bugs fixed for 2019. VW should not add any "features" until these bugs are fixed. Very disappointed (MC/VW user since 1995).


  4. I created a Renderworks Background and I can now see it in the Resource Manager. I'd like to edit it, however there does not seem to be an "edit" option anywhere in this expansive window. Am I just missing it? VW 2018 SP2. I'm including a screen shot. It includes everything except "edit." I've gone through all the pull down menus I can find. I know it must be there somewhere, but where?

    Thanks,

    MHBrown

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  5. To, Gadzooks,

    Thank you, but that doesn't work either. I think something was changed in VW, the MacOS, or with the Xerox driver software that has broken the ability to tile VW drawings. This is an unfortunate event for me, limiting the size of my drawings to 11x17. I appreciate your advice, however.

     

    MHBrown


  6. Up to VW2016 I was able to print oversized drawings by tiling the output. I could print at 200 percent over four sheets of 11x17 paper. In VW2018 I cannot seem to do this. Even when I set it up the same way in the Page Set up it only prints to one 11x17 page (though it prints the four quadrants of that sheet in the manner of a tiled sheet: four separate mini-versions of what I'd like filling four separate 11x17 sheets.) Can someone explain what is up with this? I seem to remember a "tile drawing" option or something like that. Has that been removed?

    MH Brown


  7. Thanks, Art. I'll try to create a style and see if I can get that to work. It would be nice as a Viewport preference, too, just as scale is.

     

    To Kevin, I flip a coin and then set my units to either "feet and inches" or "inches." It doesn't matter because ultimately I'll have to change it in my Document Preferences and print one page at a time. Perhaps I wasn't clear in my OP, but I'm not only talking about dimensions under one foot. I'm talking about creating drawings that the builder will be most comfortable using. Most woodworkers prefer inches, for example, so my dimensions would read 43" and not 3'-7". All the other dimensions would follow suit. Someone running a milling machine would prefer 43.00" because that would inform him of the tolerances involved. A house framer may prefer the 3'-7", but drawings should always consider the person using the tape measure on-site. At present, Vectorworks is missing this very fundamental feature. It's probably not sexy enough to promote as a "new feature," so it is not addressed at all. In my mind, however, proper dimensioning should have been near the top of the original MiniCAD features list and have stayed there. 

     

    Thanks to all for the replies!

    MH

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  8. Am I the only person who needs to use different units in a single drawing set? With all the changes and additions to VW over the last few decades, why is something that seems so basic still apparently missing? Please, someone tell me I'm totally wrong and it has been added.

     

    Here is my problem. When I'm dimensioning a site plan, feet and inches works great. But if I'm dimensioning a drawer in the same drawing set, am I expected to use something absurd like 0'-6 1/4"? I'd like to simply have my dimension read 6 1/4". So do I have to have a completely different file based on the units I'm using? Talk about the tail wagging the dog. Please don't tell me to use dual dimensions and just "turn one off." That is not an answer. The correct answer is to be able to select units in the Object Info Palette. When will this be implemented? Is it there now and I'm just missing it? It would be great if someone could point me in the right direction.

     

    Thanks,

    MH

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  9. I used to be able to export a set of VW saved sheets as a PDF. This straightforward, elegant system has been replaced in VW2018 by what I find to be an awkward and broken "Publish" command. When I invoke this, it neither gives me a chance to name the file nor choose where it goes. It acts like it is printing the file, but it doesn't print (by the way, if I wanted to print I'd choose print!!) When I press "Select Folder," it does not send the file to that folder. I have no idea where it goes, if it goes, or what name to search for (if you recall, there is not opportunity to name the file.) The "File Export Options" does nothing when selected. There is a menu with poorly named choices, but nothing happens regardless to what is selected. I get an annoying message that the Publishing was successful, but it is not. It then automatically opens my Vectorworks 2018 folder. This is a seriously rotten system and it needs to be fixed. It should work like this: 1. Publish (or export) to PDF 2. Choose files 3. Save as a set? yes/no 4. Name set 5. Choose Destination Folder 5. Options: PDF quality 6. Start.

    It is pretty simple. Please fix it.

    MHBrown


  10. Has anyone else noticed that the Data Stamp still doesn't work in the newest version, VW2017? Specifically, the file name does not update automatically nor will it update by "refreshing" in the info palette. The date updates using the info palette, but the file name will not change. The same workaround as we previous versions is required: delete the existing stamp and replace it with a new one every time you update your file. Is this just happening to me or is it still a bug for the bug list?

     

    MHBrown


  11. The best thing was the way it has been since at least MiniCAD 5 (ca. 1995) and that is to have unfilled things render as wireframe and the wireframe renders in the color selected. It's pretty straightforward and very useful since transparencies are not supported in all rendering styles. Even with a house, it might be nice to leave the window glass as unfilled so that they can be rendered as "transparent" in hidden line. A complicated programming fix would be for VW2018 to include a "Render transparent objects as wireframe" option for the rendering styles that do not support transparency. Or just fix what has been, in my opinion, broken in the move to VW2017.

     


  12. Thanks to everyone! The only problem with giving my acrylic a fill is that I think they will render as solid when I do a hidden line rendering. I'll try the NURBS "trick" and see if that works. I'll do a little experimenting and see what works. Again, thanks for everyone's help.

     

    MHBrown


  13. Thanks to all, but lost in this is the fact that since Renderworks was offered with VW, it has always rendered unfilled objects as wireframe. The "wire" having the color selected by the users pen choice. Is this no longer the case? It's always been an easy way to create a transparent effect in renderings (good enough for my purposes) without the rendering time "hit" taken when rendering transparency. They can't be completely transparent or my client will think all the objects on the cases are uncovered. I don't want to give them real geometry (i.e., each box made out of five 1/4" transparent panels) because of the rendering hit there. It has always been simpler to just leave them unfilled and give the lines a "glass" color. Light blue seems to get the idea across. By the way, Jim, don't extruded rectangles have "...actual 3D geometry"? Lastly, will they always render black now and not blue? Should I change them all to NURBS curves? If I do give them a fill, can I control the transparency without making a texture map that is 90 percent transparent? Hope that makes sense. Thanks to all for the help!

    MHBrown


  14. Just installed VW2017 and the High Quality Renderworks seems to have a bug. When rendered in VW2016 the solid black lines seen in this rendering (representing clear acrylic tops) render the color they are drawn at: light blue. As you can see in this image, VW2017 renders them black. I'm using the SP4 version of 2017. Any ideas? I tried changing to Custom Renderworks and tweaking a bit, but the results are the same. I'm on an iMac, with 16GB RAM running OS10.12.6

     

    Thanks,

    MHBrown

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  15. Thanks for the help, Pat. It is the most simple of spreadsheets. The first column has about 100 numerals (some have initial letters, i.e. "R915"). The second column has the names of the objects that correspond to the numeral. For example: "456 Shoe" would have "456" in the first column and "Shoe" in the second column, but both in the same row. It's just like an Excel spread sheet. I want to put them all in numerical order, so it is a simple numerical sort by the first column. It does not get any simpler, nor more fundamental. My workaround is to do it in Excel and copy/past into the VW sheet. That works OK. I don't really think a script should have to be written for something this basic or is this VW worksheet for something other than what I thought it was for?

     

    MHBrown


  16. In VW2016 I created a simple worksheet of objects. Each object has a unique number that may be "123" or "R123" with the numerals "123" representing any of the 1,000 combinations of three digits. These numbers are in the first column. The second column simply has the name of the objects. I was given a list of objects that was not in order, thinking I'd just enter them as listed and I'd sort them once they were in the worksheet. I figured there would be, I don't know, a "Sort" command. Well, I think there is a sort icon, but it is grayed out. So my question is, why does this version of VectorWorks have light gray dummy icons that seem to do nothing? No matter what I do, it will not sort. Any ideas as to why?

     

    Thanks,

    MHBrown


  17. I'm using Mac VW2016 sp3 and this ancient bug is popping up again. This problem has persisted since at least 2008. Has it never been fixed? Why am I getting this message? I have 16GB of RAM and VW is only addressing around 500GB according to Activity Monitor. It also says I'm using 8.44 GB of memory total, about half of what is installed. Clearly, this is a bug, but is there a work around to reset it so it stops popping up? Back in 2008 and 2009 there were some suggestions, but I assume those are not valid any more. What is up with this? Why has it not been fixed...or am I the only one seeing it?

     

    Thanks,

    MHBrown

 

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