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  1. Wow, thanks everyone! This was really helpful. I combined a few things you all pointed out, and came up with this: I got a little silly with it- I made a nurbs curve that was the outer ring (I know my Z-Heights are a little off...), and then drew a line tangential to the center circle. Extruded a little rectangle along that path, and then duplicate arrayed that around the circle. And then spent quite a while adjusting the end points of the Extrude Along Path to connect to the Z height to the outer nurbs curve. Things that didn't totally work- none of the bars are curved, so they all cut right through each other. Still some work to do, but partway there! I did try to use a texture, but couldn't find one that fit exactly what I wanted it to look like. Thanks again, all. Privileged to have this forum.
  2. Hi all, I'm trying to model this lamp for a client, and was wondering if anyone had any brilliant ideas of how to create the outside portion. I've been thinking about Deform Tool, Surface Array, and Marionette, but I haven't gotten to any perfect options yet. The trick that's messing with my brain is the radial spoke-style repetition. NURBS curves don't seem like the best idea because all of the pieces are essentially straight. I've been trying to think if there's a way to tell the program to connect rectangles from an interior NURBS curve to an exterior one, on the tangent in some way... I also understand that my best option may just be to draw all of the spokes. I'm partially treating it as an exercise for myself to expand out of the basic functions and learn more about advanced modeling techniques. Any ideas are welcome! Thanks!
  3. @markdd Have we seen any updates with this issue? It happened in a drawing for me the other day, which is really preventing me from adopting schematic views…
  4. Hi all, I exported a couple of walk-through videos the other day, and all of my reflection was shiny as glass, even with blurriness turned on in the rendering style (tried with multiple rendering styles) and blur on in the texture. I checked it against a render on a viewport with the same renderworks style, and the blurriness worked there. Any thoughts? Is it just getting rid of it because it's so expensive for the renders? Thanks! Peter Windows 10, Vectorworks 2020 v3.1
  5. Hi Mark, Thanks for the quick response! I'm still having trouble making it work. I've attached a simple file I was playing with- I have a boom that I made into a CPMV Viewport with a light on it, and am getting no output. When I duplicate the same light out of the definition layer, it turns on fine. No rush, but if you have a moment to take a look at it, I'd appreciate it! Peter PMV Tests.vwx
  6. Hi all! I've been having trouble with one aspect of Plot and Model View. I finally figured out how to use it properly this year thanks to @markdd's awesome webinar about rendering. The thing I can't make work right now is rendering with the lights in the PMV Viewport on. The lights on the boom in the definition layer turn on, but they hit the exterior wall of the theatre. Anyone have thoughts? Thanks!
  7. I spoke too soon. I saw that it booted fully and showed me my workspace, and thought it worked. I tried to open a file today, and it got as ar as opening the file then freezing and going black. Now I'm not sure what's wrong. Any thoughts, Jim? Or anyone else?
  8. Thanks so much, Jim! This is exactly what I needed and all is well now. All the best, Peter
  9. Hi Jim, Here's the file you asked for! Thanks for being willing to help! Peter DxDiag.txt
  10. When I doubleclick the shortcut to open VW 2018, it seems to load right up until the point I would use it, and then crashes and I receive the attached error. It does show up with my serial number and looks like it's going to open, but it doesn't work. It's even tried opening a file, giving me the file name in the tab on the upper left, but then crashes. The most recent one even showed me the font remapping window and waited, until I agreed to the remapping it was suggesting, then it quit. Does anyone have any thoughts? Background: my other laptop broke so I just purchased a new one (HP Spectre x360 15, 2017 model, Windows 10), and tried to load everything on it. All files were opening on the old one yesterday. Same files on the new one, no luck. I just downloaded the newest release of VW2018.
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