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Ian M.

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  1. This conversation explains why there is a software program called MeshLab (https://www.meshlab.net).  I have downloaded it, but stopped in my tracks when I saw all the tools and options.  I feel confident that it can solve the issues that have been discussed above, but I definitely don't have any of the necessary skills yet.


    I would love to hear from the Vectorworks community which point cloud file format they like to use?  There are so many options that I hardly know where to start on deciding which format to use.


    I really like https://3dscannerapp.com


    If a Vectorworks user has created a new tool and posted it to the Vectorworks forum, how would I access that tool? I have searched for instructions, but I must be using the wrong search terms. 

    Thanks in advance for any help.


  3. 27 minutes ago, zoomer said:


    I think rotated Plan View has to improve in general.

    It is not unlikely that a Building, or part of it, needs to be aligned to View Pane.

    And it should be easier to make all object creation and editing to align with that

    angle abberation.


    Maybe it would work if you activate a custom rotated UCS before you place

    your Spaces or Annotations (?)

    The "Rotate Plan" command has been easy to use, so it is frustrating that there are tools that don't work well in that mode.  I was wondering about a custom UCS, so thank you for confirming that notion for me.  I haven't worked with that very much and I worry that I will screw something else up...

  4. I am working in a "Rotated Plan" view.  I created a "Space" object, but it sets the label at the original orientation.  Using the "Settings" button in the OIP, I corrected the "Label Angle" to match the rotated plan angle.  This successfully oriented the space label, but it also rotated the space boundary. How can I use the "Space" object so that the boundary sticks in place, but the label orients the way I would like it to?



  5. I want to give the property line a fill color, and give that fill a transparency, but the transparency is applied to the entire property line object including the boundary line and annotations.  Other Vectorworks objects seem to understand the attributes palette's instructions regarding "Fill" vs. "Line" - am I missing something, or is this just another piece that is not fully integrated?

  6. I am here because I drew a 3d Poly to represent an audio cabling run.  Since the cable is expensive, it would be great to have a worksheet quickly add up and compare the lengths of various routing combinations. This would seem like a very import function to have for ducting, cabling, piping, etc. Is there a tool in the piping or ducting tool set that does this?

  7. No answer to the question?!


    I am having the same issue.  The Object Info Palette won't display any information about the selected object. In my case I am editing a viewport.  I can double-click to enter the "annotations" edit mode, but a "select all" produces no results in the OIP, but I have just been making annotations.


    I have Vectorworks 2022 running on an

    12.3.1 (21E258)

    MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)

    Apple M1 Pro

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  8. 19 hours ago, cberg said:

    I downloaded and learned it after somebody on the VW site recommended it.  I was able to successfully convert a complex point cloud scan into a mesh.  The software takes a long time to process.  I followed these instructions. 



    ...and was it worth the effort? 🤔


    Which file format do you find is the best to use?

  9. The "Canvas" app on my LIDAR equipped iPhone allows for the quick capture of as-built conditions, then you pay Canvas to do the legwork on converting all those points into more usable vector objects.  They offer several output options: Sketchup, Revit, Chief Architect, 2020 and "2D Floor Plan and charge $0.15 per square foot.  The Revit option comes with .rvt, .dwg and .ifc files.  I found the .ifc to be the easiest to work with.

  10. On 3/2/2022 at 9:43 AM, cberg said:

    I would love to bring the whole project into VW 2022.  But I think point clouds don't render in shaded section viewports.


    In 2022 are 2d objects layer plane?  


    I'm having the same issue with VW 2022 - I can't get point clouds in LAS format to render.  They show up briefly when using the flyover tool.  The "OpenGL" rendering option that I had in 2019 did the trick, so what is the replacement rendering option in VW 2022?

  11. On 4/17/2021 at 10:18 PM, Pat Stanford said:

    VW2019 is not rated to be compatible with Big Sur. 


    It doesn't matter if you were having this problem before to not, you are almost guaranteed to have problems with the setup you are now running.



    This image shows a chart of Windows operating systems, not Macintosh.  I couldn't find a similar chart for Mac OS and Vectorworks versions?


    I was running 2019 on Mojave, but now on Monterey I have to zoom in or out to get the screen to refresh.

  12. ...and many years later, and many versions later, I am having the same issue with Vectorworks 2019 running on a new MacBook Pro 16" with M1 Pro chip and OS Monterey.  The same file works fine on my older MacBook Pro with Intel i7 chip running OS Mojave.


    Is it the chip, or the operating system?

  13. I am encountering this issue on a new MacBook Pro 16" with M1 Pro chip running Vectorworks 2019.  Every edit requires zooming in or out to get the screen to refresh.  Running the same file on my MacBook Pro Intel For i7 with Mac Os Mojave, there is no problem.

  14. @MultipleWaysI think I have the same issue. My alternate understanding of the original question is, would it be possible to split a General Notes object into two parts (or more) as you can in many word processing programs. For example, on a Notes sheet where you need to carry the text over to the next column?  I have databases of notes from different agencies, and they seem to be constantly adding or changing the notes.  I organize my notes in columns on my Notes sheet, but there isn't a way to coordinate the formatting of each General Notes object over the whole sheet, such that adding an item to one General Notes object would trigger an adjustment in the others.  If Vectorworks had broader word processing capabilities, the worksheet could be organized into columns with the content filling from one column to the next automatically as notes were added or removed. 

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