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Bruce Kieffer

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  1. I've been playing with the lofting, and I'm not having luck. I have moved the loft points to get the best shape I can, but I cannot get it right. Maybe I need to create the NURBS curves differently? My NURBS curves do have different numbers of vertices.
  2. I'm trying to build a cedar strip canoe in Vectorworks using the same techniques that would be used in the real world. I do not want to take the time to try and create and add each curved 1/4" x 3/4" strip to the forms. I have the station molds created and mounted to the strong back, and I have created top view and side view profiles which I extruded and intersected solids. How do I take what I have and create an accurate plug (the shape of the boat as one solid object) of the boat?
  3. That does not appear to be the problem. I can make the thumbnail appear and disappear randomly just by changing some of the view options in the RM, and there is no consistency to why the changes happen.
  4. This happens a lot. I change the Thumbnail View I=of the symbol in the RM and then the thumbnail is blank. I'm not sure why that happens. I think it's something to do with class visibility, but if that is true that should not affect the thumbnail in the RM. Does anyone know why this happens and how to fix it? Look at symbol 3 & 11 in my screenshot.
  5. Try restarting Vectorworks first, then if that does not work your palettes are probably hidden behind something. I had a missing palette that I found hiding on my other display.
  6. Yep, no good. That does maintain the vertex points, but the curve is not fair.
  7. I find manipulating curved polylines in Vectorworks so frustrating. Seems that no matter what type of curved point it is, when I move one, the entire line shape changes. I'm trying to draw "fair" curves through defined points. It can take hours. Move this one, then fix that one, that changes another, on and on and on. Manipulating curves in a drawing app like Illustrator or Affinity Designer is so much easier. I wish Vectorworks worked like those do. In Vectorworks I plot a series of 2D locus points, then I draw a polyline of corner points touching each locus point. Then the work begins because there is no smoothing or point manipulation in Vectorworks that can create a "fair" curve that touches each locus point.
  8. @Tom W.I finally got your method working. The key to it, and really what I wanted to do irrelevant of using a working plane, is to set the EAP to Fix Profile. Onward I go!
  9. Thanks all. I'm practicing on a test file and I am learning how this works. I've only used it a few times in the past.
  10. Tom, I don't think this is what I am looking for. I tried it a few times without getting the results I am looking for. I want to be able to define a point on the profile as the origin of the extrude. So far all I can do is make the extrusion happen relative to the center of the profile.
  11. I recall being able to add a 2D locus point to define the point of an object so that point aligns to the path selected for the extrude along path operation. Has this changed in Vectorworks 2022? I can't make it work. Vectorworks keeps deselecting the locus point. How is it done now?
  12. This appears more pronounced the thicker the line is. Is there a setting to make it look right?
  13. I think it's a Monterey OS problem. I have trouble with other apps too. I use Stay to fix the app on which display issue.
  14. I will try that. My expirience with assigning apps to desktops has not been good. My Mac has a mind of its own. It decides where an app is happy.
  15. I have two displays. These gear and ? icons are from the Vectorworks heads up display, but they appear on my other display. I can get them to disappear if in invoke the heads up display on my display with Vectorworks. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
  16. The setting to change the datum keyboard shortcut is there. Thanks. Obviously, the Vectorworks Preferences dialog box to adjust the snapping settings is gone in 2022. The new setup seems more intuitive. It's just a matter of understanding how it works differently. I'm fining that press and hold on the snap toggle button in the bottom right is the easiest way to bring up the adjustment settings for an individual snap. Not all of the snaps have adjustments though. Here's the Vectorworks help info. https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2022/eng/VW2022_Guide/Basic2/Setting snapping parameters.htm#h
  17. Is the dialog box to adjust the smart cursor settings gone in VW 2022? Where is the setting to change using the "T" key to set a datum point?
  18. I don't use drawing labels in viewports but I do see that they use the name of the sheet layer. My question is do you name both your viewports and sheet layers, or just one or the other. What you reason for doing it the way you do?
  19. I have it working now. Not only do both or all objects need to be on the same layer, that layer needs to be active too. I rarely use layers, so this is new to me. I hope I remember!
  20. Hope from VSS support figured it out, and Zoomer had it right yesterday. I missed the other settings to turn on the libraries. I had only turned on the Premium libraries.
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