David S

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  1. I've had this today. I just updated my Nvidea graphics driver as I haven't updated it since loading 2018. That seems to have fixed it (and I wasn't in *top*) :-) !
  2. I agree with Pat. I was a VW luddite for many years. I run a business so I look to improvements in production/quality etc. I have never looked back as an Architect/VSS customer. No pain no gain. Tremendous support from VW UK, some issues yes but I can tell you we work in 3D with Renderworks, and we pump put our work 40% more efficiently and 100% more quality than we ever did before in Fundementals. It also makes our clients decisioning so much quicker, meaning a much better cash flow/predictability. Especially yearly upgrades. No it's not perfect, but it is amazing!
  3. We are where we are thanks to your continuing help, encouragement and support. Thank you!
  4. I just re-opened a file from a saved CD ROM disc from 2012 including 3d layered modelling and it was/is fine and I can work on it, Brilliant. Apart from what I was ashamed I was doing in 2012 :-)
  5. p.s. how do you give someone a reputation? I am still trying to thank MarkDD!
  6. Thanks Zoomer. Very complicated project with a very complicated client! It gets even more complex inside with a double height mirrored void! Thank god for Clip cube! 17-3D Proposed 1.pdf
  7. I agree with Fabrica if I understand you correctly Mike) . I use two roof components. A thin tile roof and a thicker "inner roof" As you correctly note, with complex roofs it is better to use roof faces sometimes. The issue with the create roof tool is once you ungroup it it will make all sides of a roof component "jut out" +(x) whatever you have specified. Something I have put in a wish list req to rectify. cheers D
  8. I agree with Fabrica if I understand you correctly Mike) . I use two roof components. A thin tile roof and a thicker "inner roof" As you correctly note, with complex roofs it is better to use roof faces sometimes. The issue with the create roof tool is once you ungroup it it will make all sides of a roof component "jut out" +(x) whatever you have specified. Something I have put in a wish list req to rectify. cheers D
  9. This is by far the best video I've seen today and yes, that works! Thank you again!! This is going to save hours of time. This software never ceases to amaze me. My mistake was sending the live viewport to a sheet layer, not a design layer. I always fall at the first hurdle. I didn't know you could do that. This is excellent! On the working assumption you are in the uk perhaps you might be good enough to send/ message me your address so I can send you a nice bottle of wine or something to say thank you? Or you can visit my wife's/our website at gokarchitects.co.uk and contact us that way? In the same week I learned to reference files from one file to another, loaded up 2018, and now this, this week just can't get any better!
  10. Just been out and got back to see this! Thank you very much for taking the time - especially on a Saturday - to do this. I am now going to attempt it myself and work out what it was I was doing wrong and report back on my stupidity! I have been known in the past to produce very dark external renders not realising I had the heliodon set on 9pm in February :-) This could save our practice even more hours of time. Right off we go......many thanks again! Regards David
  11. Thanks for your prompt reply Mark. VW does not allow me to place a viewport in a design layer? I wasn't sure also what you meant by "view the viewport in a 3D view". When I try to (see attached) create a viewport of the section cut it shows the external building not the cut? It's entirely possible my rambling has got lost in translation!? Regards David
  12. Good morning Jim. Attached (left) is a section cut through a model. Being able to do this greatly speeds up our clients' design decisioning because many are not spacially aware. To see the design in context to stairs/fridges & beds etc helps them get a sense of space. I can say since we adopted this method our planning design process time has reduced by about 30% which is great as we work on a fixed fee AND we get paid quicker!. Currently I section viewport cut from the clip cube and manipulate the model until I get a "good view", and then export an image file. I have to repeat this process if the designs change but if it was a *live* "angled" section I would not have to do this. At present if I create a live section viewport to do this the angle options/image options are quite limited (see diagram 2) It would be great if this was possible in VW2019! I have been chatting about this with your colleagues in the UK. Otherwise all up and running on 2018 now and really enjoying the new functionality. The office is starting to look like the NASA command center with all our split screens! Cheers David
  13. For those of you interested, the designs for this project are nearly complete. My quest for success ended with referencing the main house (right) vwx file into the new build (left) file, which was amazing. This allows me to make changes to the main house which will be updated to the composite file. I had no idea this was possible in Vectorworks. Really enjoying VWX 2018. Cheers D
  14. Just to add. The pic below is of one of our working drawing packages. We use the 3d model to generate, per design layer, much of the technical imagery (wall components eg) But we also use a lot of 2d lines symbols etc to complete the technical package. The image on the left is the 2d with the model underneath in 3d, the image on the right is in top plan. That's the way we work. The issue we have with screen plane/layer plane, is that the programme inexplicably switches between layer & screen plane. So you can be working on a group of 2d objects and discover they are in 3d or layer plane because you haven't noticed the switch. If this happens the programme (understandably) thinks they are 3d objects. When they are 3d objects they confuse VW and it often crashes, and produces poor renders with the (2d now 3d) objects in. When you get to the level of working drawings this becomes a real problem, reversable I admit, but very irritating. The most simplistic example I can give is adding section lines to a design layer. When copied they turn into 3d/layer plane, not screen plane on other design layers. I'm rambling. Does this make sense! Just wanted to add this to the discussion.