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  1. Bruce Kieffer

    Why is a push/pulled NURBS surface a tapered extrude?

    Hum, can anyone answer this for me?
  2. If I create a NURBS surface and then use the push/pull tool to extract it, why is the resulting 3D object a tapered extrude rather than an extrude? I see no taper.
  3. Pat, How do we get this moved to the bug reports?
  4. I can make it work on a 2D object, but not a 3D object. The resulting 2D split objects are open polylines. I can double click the 3D object and go into 2D edit mode and then split that, close the ployline, exit, and then the 3D object is split. None of that is how it should work. I created a test file and uploaded it here. Split Tool No Workie.vwx
  5. I've run into this too with solid additions and subtractions. This one may be a bit harder to fix for Vectorworks since the commands are grayed out so you can't even do the operations in the first place unless they are on the same layer. Once again, Vectorworks Help makes no mention of the need for the objects to be on the same layer. I guess these are things we just have to learn by spending time with the app. They could add the info to the tooltip, they certainly need to add it to the Help. I've always used classes to separate my objects, and only recently have I started using more layers. Most of my drawings in the past were of one thing (a piece of furniture) where I only used layers to show completely different things, like cutting layouts. Presently, I'm working on remodeling my house, so my Vectorworks drawing for this is much more complex, and I must use layers to quickly separate out large groups of similar objects like walls, floor, ceiling, cabinets, and fixtures. Reviewing your issue with solid additions has given me a better understanding of layers, and here's what I've learned: Vectorworks IS showing us the active layer when we select multiple objects on different layers. The active layer selected objects are outlined in green, and they have blue handles (these colors changed be changed in the Interactive Appearance Settings), and the non-active layer selected objects are outlined in red, and they have white handles. I will watch this more closely in the future. Back to the Split Tool: I still say this is a bug. If Vectorworks can't split an object on a non-active layer (I still see no reason why it can't), then I should NOT be able to use the tool on that object, but I can, even though it just does nothing.
  6. I'm going to suggest that this inability to use the Split Tool when the object resides on a layer other than the active layer is yet another bug. There's just no good reason why it shouldn't work. My wish of "I wish there were less times that I had to say; "Why doesn't this work?" remains a wish.
  7. Pat, I think it does know this. It knows the active layer, and it knows if the object is on a different layer. I looked at the Vectorworks help. No mention of having to be on the active layer for the split tool to work. I watched the video about the split tool. No mention of having to be on the active layer for the split tool to work. The video does say the the object being split will have a red outline during the operation. I see the red outline when I try to split on the non-active layer, and nothing happens.
  8. Far too often I try to do something in Vectorworks and it doesn't work. I wish the app could tell me why rather than just do nothing. I waste too much time trying to figure these things out. I've been using the Split Tool recently, and sometimes it does nothing. Vectorworks knows the tool is doing nothing to the object selected, so Vectorworks should be able tell me why not. After much playing around I finally figured it out. The layer of the object being split must be the active layer. OK, I'm not sure why that makes a difference, but my point is Vectorworks should tell me the reason when the operation fails so I don't spend hours trying to figure it out.
  9. It would be helpful if we could organize and filter saved views. I do my best to name these so they appear near each other, but it's a mess, and I still have many miles to go with this drawing.
  10. This continues to be a problem for me. I have an external monitor, and when I disconnect my MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar from that monitor my workspace layout goes away. The only way to get it back is to manually reset the palette locations and sizes. The way Vectorworks manages workspaces is completely opposite of how every other app does this. I want to be able to create a workspace for my "big" monitor, and one for my "small" monitor. I switch back and forth and they stay as I have set them. There should be a modify workspace command, and a "save changes" command.
  11. I inserted a hyperlink using the hyperlink tool. Then I copied and pasted the link from the Vectorworks help page in Safari to the hyperlink settings in Vectorworks. When I click on the link in my Vectorworks drawing it takes me here and not to the help page I need to show. Dave, I understand what you are suggesting with the PDF, but my presentation today is showing how Vectorworks works and I'm using my Vectorworks drawing for the presentation.
  12. I am (still) amazed that I can't create a presentation about Vectorworks using Vectorworks and make links to the Vectorworks help pages. Please fix this.


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