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  1. When you mentioned during the teasers that not many new features would be released and that time was focused on fixing and implementing 2.0 versions of existing features, I had high hopes. I'm not sure how basic texturing where free software trounces Vectorworks 25 year old+ implementation wouldn't fall into "We wanted to focus more on existing systems that needed improvement this year". Year after year, I just can't understand how this isn't a priority. If Vectorworks is suppose to provide presentation worthy drawings, how can texture mapping, what ultimately covers every 3d object, not be deemed a priority. after waiting decades, I have ultimately given up hope of ever seeing this.
  2. This could be very handy to simplify rendering times for previews. My Question is, will we be able to control the level of 3d detail displayed in a viewport while using the same scale? For example: Can I duplicate a viewport and have one set to high detail and have one set to low detail?
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    Teaser Tuesday - Resource Manager 2.0

    The biggest thing I want from the Resource Browser is to have a toggle for "preserve folder hierarchy" and have it stick. It would make life keeping symbols organized a billion times easier. Jim, Please make my day and say they fixed this. Since they already have this option built into the import dialog, it should be trivial to make the selection stick. I am also glad search is being improved. I used it a couple of times and stopped. The lag was just too much for me to bare and I have a 12 core Mac Pro with a fast SSD. If that Lag gets cut down big time, this is a feature I would love to use.
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    High spec PC to run VW2017?

    I also picked up a 12 core Mac after they reduced the price. I got to say I am more impressed with it than I thought I would be. Its really the the combination of the total package. CPU's are fast at rendering. Graphics buttery smooth even with complex open gl models. Dead quiet if that matters to you. But the ssd in there is killer fast and makes a huge difference. with the reduced price, It's not a bad value.
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    Mac Pro Upgrade in the Works

    Yah. an expandable case like the old cheese grater design is more probable. I just find the use of the word "Modular" a little more mysterious. When I think modules I think of little boxes that snap together like lego. You choose the processor module you want and snap it to the separate GPU and Storage modules. If you need PCI expansion, you buy that module and snap it on, if you need more CPU's just buy another CPU module and snap that on. etc... Sounds fantasy like, but that's the first thing I though of when I heard "Module"
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    Mac Pro Upgrade in the Works

    It took them 4 years to figure this out... This exact scenario should have played out 1 to 2 years ago. They saved me by a thread. I was literally days away from switching our entire company to PC. The big thing in this announcement is the commitment and game plan for us pro users. I was going to switch because their communication and lack of action made it appear that they were out of the pro market. Knowing there is a future on the Mac, I think I'll pick up a lower priced 12 core to get me by. I'm looking forward to see what this "modular" design will be like. It would be great if you could just plug in more cores if thats what you need (okay I think I'm dreaming now)
  7. Its really sad that in this day and age we still have to jump through hoops to do basic texturing. All the improvements in VW2017 stopped me from jumping ship but man my texture frustration is coming back with a vengeance. I sure hope VW2018 has an answer to UV mapping or the pitch forks will start coming out again.
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    The Resource List is Empty

    I've seen the message (The resource list is empty) a few times now. For some reason, my Heliodons don't have a 2d graphic, they just show a Locus. When I go into settings for the Heliodon, there is a button labeled "2D Graphic" which pops open a mini resource browser with the words "The resource list is Empty" I have checked my application folder and the library folder does contain a file called "Heliodon" with 2d graphics. I've tried importing these images into my file and although they do import, it still doesn't show up in the Heliodon settings. My Questions is. How do I get the Heliodon to see 2 graphics?
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    macOS Sierra - Experiences with VW '16 / '17

    I've also had some things go invisible on me today with SP2 but I haven't upgraded to Sierra yet. So this may be more of a SP2 thing rather than a Sierra thing. I too tried changing compatibility settings under preferences and that had no effect. A little different for me though. I could see the objects in wireframe but not in Open GL. When I used select all, the objects would hi-light in orange so I knew they were there and if I did a fast render everything showed up. Just invisible in Open GL. It only happened once and fixed itself on restart so I didn't worry about it too much. From the fix list, it does look like they worked on a few things with the compatibility settings. I guess they have a little more work to do...
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    VW2017 TV Screen glow

    I don't seem to be having problems with the glows I use with just a simple colour (like your example above) because upping the glow percentage above 100% would not be an issue in that case. My problem is when I'm using an image (the source of the glow) and the image itself is an integral part of the scene (like a TV). If the glow is set too low, you can't see any affect, If the glow is set too high, the image washes out. I've been trying out various things that Jim suggested and although I'm getting close, I'm still not 100% happy. I'll figure it out. PS. I don't think the backlit shader recognizes glows as light sources, well at least I couldn't make it happen.
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    VW2017 TV Screen glow

    Thanks again Jim... That makes total sense. I really like your idea of a white glow behind. I'll give it a try.
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    VW2017 TV Screen glow

    Thanks Jim I tried your suggestion out by just replacing glow with backlight but it resulted in a very washed out image with no glow. I am going to experiment with it a bit more but I'm a bit confused by your explanation. When you say it takes its like(light) from a light object. Does that mean I'm suppose to have a light source behind the screen as per your video example (i.e. place an area light directly behind the screen)? or does backlit sort of work like glow where the texture itself is emitting light?
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    VW2017 TV Screen glow

    Ever since 2017, the glows on my TV screen images don't seem to project as much glow as they use to. I am talking about the subtle lighting you get on the walls, floor and ceiling that gives the appearance that the TV is giving off light. Pre 2017, I would simply import an image into the color shader, Set my Reflectivity to glow with the emit light check box ticked on and it worked nicely. Now I can barely see the effect. I've tried increasing the glow but as soon as you go past 100, the image starts getting washed out. Has anyone else noticed this? How are you guys doing your screen textures?
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    SP 2 notes and library update fixed

    I see some of the fixes were made to Mac OS Sierra. Is Vectorworks Sierra approved yet? I don't remember seeing anything that said it was certified yet.
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    SP 2 notes and library update fixed

    Wow... that's quite the list of fixes. I guess they really did hire a bunch more people. Anyways... so far SP2 has been a major improvement for me. I had major lag when editing textures and major lag before doing any renderings. This happened for me in VW2016 as well. All lag is gone, its almost like like I got a brand new computer. Very happy so far.


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