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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    @Jim Wilson Thanks. Much appreciated. I am gonna wrap some things today and take the leap this evening.
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    Jim, At this point with Service Pack 3 for 2019. Would you or would you not recommend upgrading to Mojave yet? Curious as to your stance at the moment.
  3. Thanks I will dig into that and try that. Perhaps there is a way to get my classes over to layers via dwg. Then at least there is an idea of what my intents are for the geometry exports they will receive as well. I am just trying to establish interoperability between my work in vectorworks and other programs. Particularly Rhino. I have a chuck of time dedicated to that this weekend, time to see if I break anything or find a better way. I'll post an update if I find anything worth while.
  4. It would be great if anyones, and by anyone I mean my, Vectoworks Class Structures would Export to a Rhino 3DM file as the Equivalent of a Rhino Files Layers. This would help quite a bit for work flow and would value add and reduce labor for the file Export/Import exchange. Any idea if this is possible or being considered? Been Chewing on this issue a while in my work flow. Regards.
  5. Cinema 4D plays very well with Vectorworks and has all the capabilities of what you mentioned being concerned with. Any reason you have not explored that? Cost is what it is. From my experience there is not a True one stop shop for Design and all its visualization needs, though Vectorworks does a good job of attempting to be that. Vectorworks/Rhino w/Cinema 4D for the Money Shots can quickly achieve anything those others can. If you have your working pipeline established, that system can take a ton of hours to create but it can kick out Photo Real Renderings quick once its down. I have worked on each and everyone of the possible systems, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, 3DS Max, Adobe Suites, PCs vs Macs. They really are all comparable at a certain level of hardware, workflow, and talent. Like I said I do not know of any one box application that is able to do what all these other can together. And I have used nearly all of them at one point or another, including Large Int Firms and the Single Practitioner Scale, the Large Int Firms are not as far ahead as their work forces seem to indicate, at least in my exp, I was in the belly of the beast at a few. Its not nearly as organized and intelligent as one may think. Their marketing just makes them appear that way. The Vectorworks and Cinema 4D Pipeline is great once set up. And add a touch of Rhino Nurbs Modeling and Accuracy Depending on the needs of Project/Clients. Anyways thats my 3 cents... Good Luck!
  6. I have been cultivating a workflow between myself and some semi-new consultants. I use Vectorworks at the moment to Mainly define the Project, ie Scope of Work and then Generate the Existing 3D Geometries and what Design Geometries and Info I am responsible for. Within the current workflow I export all that to Rhino and then I get Rhino files Back again to import into Vectorworks. This process happens numerous times with different Consultants per the usual back and forth of work. Question I have : is there some reason why classes in Vectorworks Do Not Export to Rhino as the equivalent of its Layers?. It would make interoperability 150x faster... or perhaps more... maybe less... but definitely better. Is there something within the program or the larger world I am not aware of to achieve this? Or is this not possible yet? Any help with getting my classes and their corresponding geometries exported to Rhino on correspondingly named Rhino Layers containing that Geometry, so we all can easily access, modify, design and turn them off and on etc etc within Rhino would be great! This would allow us to get into the Design exchange worlds even faster. Any clarity or thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers!
  7. I have been setting up a workflow between myself and new consultants. I use vectorworks mainly to define the Project, Scope of work and its Existing Geometry. Within the current workflow I export to Rhino and Back again into Vectorworks numerous times. Question I have : is there some reason that my classes in Vectorworks Do Not Export to Rhino as the equivalent of its Layers and vice versa. It would make interoperability 150x faster... or perhaps more... maybe less... Is there something I am not aware of to achieve this? Or is this not possible yet? Any help with getting my classes and their geometry exported to Rhino on corresponding Layers so we can turn them off and on, and getting into the Design world even faster would be amazingly helpful! Any thoughts would be appreciated. Nick
  8. I am creating Schedules/Legends using Worksheets. I understand about text wrap etc. Just wondering if there is anyway to force a line break in the data regardless of text wrap and other formatting options?
  9. Luis. I have done that, I am now messing with 600 DPI Setting, it is rendering right now.
  10. kevin yes single view. Annotation space will probably solve the issue I was having with overlapping viewports and the pdf export issue... Thanks!
  11. Thanks all! This has been an interesting exploration. I am newer to this program I have been working with it on and off for about 2 years, I bought a full designer license this year. So I am fully on board, i.m.o. quite an amazing design and construction tool for sure. My goal for this questions was to get a high quality exportable image to use for presentation and printing purposes to a client of mine. Jim, I attempted your overlapping viewports with different classes being active and having no fill etc.... And the interesting thing was it worked perfect until I attempted to export it as a pdf. The fidelity for the pdfs was great as separated non overlapping viewports when I exported. The 3D rendered image in one VP and the 3D Linework in another VP rendered as hidden line rendering in the other... made perfect sense for a good work around. But when I ended up overlapping the 3D linework VP over the 3D model VP the fidelity of the exported pdfs dropped considerably for 20+ MB/single pdf sheetlayer export to about 200kb, and the only thing that had changed was I overlapped the viewports on the sheet layer.... Perhaps I am not selecting a correct setting on the export as pdf setting but it seemed more like a bug or something with the conversion of two VP on top of each other being exported.. I am not sure.... I have no idea why the fidelity dropped and when I printed it out the crispness of the image and linework went to heck... Then I took the linework I had in the model and exported it direct to the actual sheet layer. Scaled it appropriately and applied it just like I was drawing on a top of the 3d image/rendering on an old sheet of mylar. Then I exported that sheetlayer as pdf and still had the same fidelity issue..... if I move the linework off the top of the VP. The Fidelity returned to the PDF it was 20MB, overlap the linework ontop of the VP and it became a 200KB pdf. I have upped the Sheetlayer Resolution to 300 + DPI already. Anyways so in this it was only one viewport with polylines drawing on top... Needless to say very confused about the internal process going on in the PDF conversion... So I figured what the heck I then decided to export the entire sheet view as an high quality image file, a png, and bang the fideilty and overlaps worked fine! Beautiful image... So do you think this is a pdf conversion issue I am running into... any thoughts about what may be occurring here all? Anyways I am just making my way through and more deeply into the vectorworks world. I have 20 + years of experience in autocad, rhino, the adobe programs, revit, and design in general but this is the first program I have found that seems to integrate that entire workflow of design along with BIM and construction data coming along for the ridge. Its refreshing! And very impressive so far. Definitely not a beginners suite of tools. A Great Program for those that can think obtusely.... which is my bag for sure. Thanks for all the Tips. You will continue to hear from me for sure! Curious why with the viewport overlaps I could not get it to export a high fidelity pdf.... but I could with a png/jpg...
  12. Jim, Its appreciated. I see the thought process at work there. I am playing with the steps now. Much more manageable, making sense and looking better. Thanks! Nick
  13. I have a project where we are unfolding the 3D model for presentation purposes. We have a complex 2d polyline "image" that is meant to appear on top of the 3D objects. I have the linework complete as 2D polylines of that image. The problem is the 2D polylines are not appearing in a non open GL white box 3D rendering of the 3d objects, even though it is on a plane above the objects in "real space." Working view... it looks correct. Rendered view the lines are not visible. Any ideas if/how I can get quality 2D linework to show on top of nice 3D rendered white box geometry/in a non-open GL high resolution image? Can these two ideas be rendered to quality and peacefully co-exist in a 3D render? Any help would be appreciated... Thanks!


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