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  1. In VW 2016, I pull down the "Screen Plane Only" from the menu, but it keeps changing. I'll be working along when things start going a little crazy, objects don't snap, rectangles and drawn and disappear, etc. I look and notice that the selection has changed to one of the others: "Working Plane only" or "Screen Plane or Working Plane." I do not nor will I ever want to use anything other than Screen Plane Only in Vectorworks. Is there a way to erase the other two options or otherwise lock it in to Screen Plane only? Thanks for any help on this. MH
  2. I found a couple of bugs In VW 2016: The rotate tool does not always work in views other than Plan. The date stamp does not update, even when refreshing using the info palette. You have to delete the existing date stamp and replace it to get the file name to update. On a Mac, El Capitan, VW build 288897. I'd like to send these to the VW bug report list, but when I click on it I'm routed to tech support. I thought I read someone said there is a place to submit bugs. Is there? Thanks, MHBrown
  3. Thanks Kevin. I can't for the life of me see how that would be the default, but I'll check it out.
  4. That's not really helpful to me because I'm trying to snap the joist to another joist, so I have to see both pieces. If I go into the 2D profile of the extrude to edit it I can't do that. I can't select a "face" of the extrude to use the push-pull tool because it is "inside" the other joist. That's why I need to make it shorter. Furthermore, the most accurate way to snap objects together is to eliminate one of the axes, x, y or z. That way you are certain to snap to the correct spot. Lastly, it makes no sense to have a tool such as the Reshape tool that works in "...a side or front view" and not plan view. What do you have against Plan view? Sure, points would be located on top of each other, but I've been able to drag extrusions under that condition for years in both MC and VW. In short, I want to grab a tool and have it work in all situations. Many of VW's tools seem to be conditional and those conditions do not seem to have a logic behind them. At least I don't see it. Thanks MHBrown
  5. VW 2016 SP1, Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) I notice that the Reshape tool does not work. Here is an example. I am looking in top/plan at an extrusion, a 2x6 joist. I want to make it shorter, so I select the Reshape tool and draw a marquee. I get the little circle with the four radial arrows around a vertex of the extrusion. I move the vertex, but it does not move. I try every possible combination, but none of them accept the movement. Shortening a joist in plan should be simple, but it is not. This tool doesn't work. The joist is sitting at 45 degrees, so I can't simply drag it. I suppose if I could figure out how to change the X-Y coordinates to align with this joist I could do it that way, but that is really the tail wagging the dog. The 3D reshape tool should work, but it doesn't. Can anyone explain why? Thanks, MHBrown
  6. I've now noticed that when I exit the extrude edit window all of the rectangles I've drawn are suddenly visible. This is really a mess.
  7. Thanks to bcd (cute name), but, no, that is nothing like the double-line tool or curved wall tool. I'm talking about something that works like the curved wall tool at a minimum, but more like the polyline tool only instead of drawing joined curves and straight segments it would draw joined curved and straight closed shapes. Additionally, you could snap from point to point. That is what I'm asking for. I already know the workaround you suggest, but clearly that is a ham-handed way to create what I'm talking about. Using your method would require many more steps. If I could draw a complex line with the polyline tool and then use the offset tool as you suggest that would almost be useful (requiring only one extra step). Alas, the offset tool does not work on the lines created with the polyline tool, although there is no reason why it shouldn't. I was fairly clear, I hope, on what I was wishing for. I'm not sure why you suggested something unrelated. MHBrown
  8. This thread is listed as happening in 2010, but obviously it is more recent than that since it is discussing VW2016. Please let me know if this is wrong. If I am speaking from five years in the future (2015) let me warn you that the snapping ability between VW2010 and VW2016 is night and day: as in VW2016 has horrible snapping. VW2016 will snap on the imaginary rectangle that encloses a shape, for example. That's right, the same annoying flaw as Adobe Illustrator. If something is on top of something in VW2016 it is almost impossible to select the lower object...even if it is "sticking out." Yes, just like Illustrator. I'm very disappointed because I used to complain to Adobe how they should look at VW as to how object selection should work. Well, I can't do that anymore. Trying to snap two objects together is equally flawed. I've never had to zoom in super close just to put a couple of corners together. It is slooooowwwwing me down. This has to be fixed. I appreciate Donald's list of solutions above, but these are all things a seasoned VW user will have already tried. I fear this is a software bug and I hope it gets fixed soon. VW has plenty of information to go on from this thread alone that something is not right. Thanks, MHBrown VW2016 SP1 iMac El Capitan
  9. This is so basic that I'm almost embarrassed to ask for it. I think remember asking for this is the late 1990s: a curved double line tool. That's the best name I can come up with, but it's easy to describe. It is exactly like the double line/polygon tool except it draws curved objects. It's also like the curved wall tool. It would snap just like the arc tool (or just like the curved wall tool). Ideally, it could switch between double-line and double-arc as you draw so you could make a series of connected rectangular and curved solids. Form-Z had this tool years ago and probably still has it. To draw a curved solid object in VW now you have laborious work arounds. Let's say you want a "C" shape that is 3" thick and 36" x 18" in size. I have to draw an 180 degree arc 36" in diameter. Draw a concentric arc, 33" in diameter. Clip the smaller arc from the larger arc. Now fill in both ends with rectangles and "add" them to the previous construction. What a pain. Give me a curved double line/object tool. I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one asking for one.
  10. I think I posted it on the wish list in the late 1990s, so I'm not sure it would still be there. It would be better to post it again. I would be very, very surprised if this request is not already on the list. It seems pretty fundamental, especially since there are two tools—double line tool and wall tool—that are very close.
  11. I can't believe that there is still no way to draw curved solids analogous to the double-line tool. The entire list of "improvements" is mostly, if not all, enhancements that are not critical. I can't tell you how many times I've needed a curved solids tool. Sometimes I try to use the round wall tool as a workaround, but walls are so clumsy to use (if you aren't building wall that is) it becomes useless. What is so hard about taking the Arc tool and all its ways of creating arcs and making it work for solids of any thickness? THAT would be something worthy of a list. VW2016 is nothing more than VW2011 v.5. Big deal. Disappointed here.
  12. I just upgraded to the latest version of VW Arch 2016 two days ago (6 November 2015). I believe I'm using the first version of OS 10.11, which I think they are calling El Capitan, or something insipid like that. I'm on a late 2012 iMac with the 1GB video card and 16GB of RAM. It may work since I upgraded, but there is no way to know until the situation comes up again in my normal workflow.
  13. Thanks, but does anyone NOT have a custom workspace? Regardless, that for the tip. I'll just keep an eye out for commands that don't work anymore and switch them to something else.
  14. I'm using VW Arch 2013 at home and I tried the Import Sketchup menu command. Nothing happened. It didn't try to import. It didn't do anything. Nothing came into my blank VW document. Yes, I did select all and Command-6. Trust me, nothing happened. I'm sure VW Arch 2016, which I use at work, will behave the same. What is the point of having a menu command that is empty? VW help suggests importing SU files as DWG/DXF, which, of course, is nonsense. SU files are grayed out when importing is set to DWG/DXF. I'm not sure I understand VW's reasoning here. MHBrown
  15. OK. I found something that works similarly under File/Publish as opposed to the Cloud menu. This seems to work fine, but I wonder why it was moved? MHBrown
  16. In VW2016, the export PDF (batch) is grayed out. It says it is missing the plug-in. I've used this in just about every version of VW and I don't ever remember installing a plug-in. There is something referred to as "Publish" under the Cloud menu, but anything and everything having to do with the "Cloud" or "cloud" is useless and too primitive for my use. I've looked, but I can't find the batch PDF export plug-in anywhere. Am I looking in the wrong place? So far very unhappy with VW2016. Thanks, MHBrown
  17. I think Kevin has it figured, though the switch to top/plan view didn't work either. It happens when I'm inside a symbol. I suppose I'll send it to the bug list. I'll also add the Date Stamp, which no longer updates the file name. This is really dangerous since I depend on that to keep my title block with the correct name. Yes, I realize I have to manually go to the object info and de-select/select the "show file name" field, but that no longer works. My title block is a symbol (obviously) so maybe that is the problem. Pretty annoying. MHBrown
  18. What is wrong with VW2016? I'm in an extrude edit window. I don't like the profile that I have. As I have done since MiniCAD 5 or 7, I draw a new rectangle that has the correct size, but when I do the rectangle is on the screen for just a moment and then disappears! Whatever is causing this to happen, I want to turn off. I do not care if it is some sort of "new" way of drawing. VW is NOT a 3D drawing app. It is a very good 2D app for creating 3D drawings. Please let me know what I can do to remove this unwanted feature (although I find it hard to see how having a drawing vanish immediately as it is drawn is a feature.) Thanks in advance for any help. MHBrown
  19. Yet another problem with VW2016. 1. Edit a 3D symbol 2. Look at it is one of the side views 3. Draw a rectangle to help guide changes. 4. Save while there. 5. Nothing, nothing, nothing can be selected. Command-6 shows nothing, Command-A shows nothing. The object is gone. 6. Suddenly, you are back in the original window with the object as you changed it. 7. Summary: you cannot Save the file while in conditions 1 - 6. Is anyone else seeing this type of problem? Thanks, MH
  20. Thanks, The Command-` will send me to the Rotate menu as long as there is only one document open. I've been using this for years, so I can't remember if it was something I customized. I'm using VW2016, but I'm sure I was using it with 2011 or '12. I've never needed to toggle through different documents. Anyway, it doesn't sound like it is a huge bug, but is sounds like there are general issues with some of the keyboard shortcuts. Maybe I'll start from scratch; I changed and added a number of them. MH
  21. Before I submit this as a bug, is anyone else seeing this? The default keyboard command for Rotate is supposed to be Command -` (just to the left of the numeral 1 on a Mac keyboard). When I do this in VW2016, however, it sends me to another open document. Anyone else see this? Thanks, Mike
  22. Thanks. By the way, when I place two squares, circles or any filled shapes on top of each other their respective colors blend. For example, if I put a green triangle over a yellow triangle the intersection becomes a mixture of the two. Is this a bug or a feature? It's not the latter because now I can't tell what is clipping what. With the continued absence of a double line curve tool, the quickest way to create curved solids is by clipping two concentric arcs of different radii. This is hard when the colors mix. How do I turn this awful bug/feature off? Thanks in advance for any help...if it's a bug I'll report it, of course. Thanks, MHB
  23. Is there a bug list somewhere for VW2016? The "Bug Submit" at the right goes to an "oops" page. I found a bug where if you try to change a radius on an arc by entering + XX" nothing happens. If you leave the inch symbol off and just put in XX, then it works. This is with units set to "Feet and Inches." MHBrown
  24. I'm I the only person who wants the double line tool to also make curved double line entities? It would be just like the round wall tool, except not a wall tool. I don't understand how this type of tool is not considered fundamental? If I want to draw a curved solid I have to draw two arcs, make one radius smaller than the other and clip it. The I have to stitch them all together. I would be nice to have all the functionality of the arc tool, but to draw double lines. Is it there and I'm I just missing it? I hope so. Thanks, MHBrown


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