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  1. I've been having this same issue a lot in the last few weeks too. Never had it before though. I recently upgraded to OSX 10.14 (Mojave), but I'm sure the problem started in the week prior to this.
  2. As an update, we are still having the exact same problem in 2018. Sometimes re-inserting the reference fixes the problem temporarily - other times it doesn't Other forum posts mention similar issues, but they don't have a solution that works (at least not for us). https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/45544-snapping-to-geometry-in-referenced-layers-in-rotated-plan-view-not-working-vw2017/ Some of the drawings are new ones entirely created in 2018. They are close to the origin, because they have been created in a blank template with no survey data used. To replicate: 1. Create drawing with some lines in and save. 2. Create another drawing and insert the first as a reference. 4. Change the view rotation angle. 5. Snapping no longer works to the referenced drawing. If it works at this stage, rotate the view angle a few more times. At some point snapping will stop working, although if you rotate back to zero it will work again. Snapping to other items in the file (not the reference) still works fine.
  3. If you view it with the Google Cardboard viewer (or Gear VR or whatever), are the views just a 2D projection, or are they in 3D? 3D is what really sold me on Google Cardboard, as seeing the depth at the same time as it tracking your head is what gives the true immersive experience.
  4. Great. Thanks for the info - and the solution.
  5. Running Vectorworks Architecture 2017 64 Bit (Build 327801) on Yosemite, on a 2013 21.5" Imac. If I use the reshape command on a simple rectangle it works fine. If I use it on anything more complex, it moves the handles and a ghosted outline, but the rest of the shape remains in the original position. even if I deselect and reselect the shape, the shape shows the shape outline in one place and the handles on the ends of each segment in a different place (see screenshot). It is the same on other machines in the office that are running Yosemite. We've tried to replicate it on the one machine that runs El Capitan, and can't, which suggests that it may be a problem linked to the OS version. Has anyone else experienced this?
  6. Thanks for the info. I wouldn't have worked it out if you hadn't pointed me in the direction of looking at the actual fonts in the first place.
  7. It seems that this could somehow be the cause of the problem. I took one of the problem fonts (Eurostile) and used the method described here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7412462/using-os-9-resource-fork-fonts-in-css-with-font-face/7418915#7418915 to extract the .ttf files from the Font Suitcase. I then had to move the Font Suitcase out of the Fonts Folder before adding the .ttf files as it otherwise assumed they were duplicates. After re-starting Vectorworks, I exported a PDF of one document using that fond and it came out fine. So I seem to have identified the cause of the problem? I don't understand why this never used to be a problem though and it affects a lot of the other fonts on our systems (61 suitcases within the Microsoft folder within the fonts folder - presumably installed by Office).
  8. Thanks for the reply. Just had a look. From the original example (2 working, 2 not working), both those that worked were a .ttf file. Both those that didn't were a FOnt Suitcase. I'm not particularly familiar with how Font Suitcases work on Macs - my understanding was that they are generally just a package containing a range of different font weights, to make them more manageable? As I mentioned before, we never had a problem with using these same fonts in VW2015.
  9. We are having a similar problem what is mentioned here - it has only occurred since the upgrade to 2016 though. On files we exported before the upgrade, everything looks fine. On ones exported since, the fonts are rasterised. We use the export to PDF command, as generally it has given more reliable results in the past. Using Print to PDF works fine with the fonts, but we would prefer it if we could use export. Having investigated a bit further, not all fonts are affected. Based on a quick test, Benton Sans and Arial export fine, but News Gothic and Eurostile do not. Like I said, this was never an issue when we used 2015. It happens even on a newly created file and on every computer in the office. I've attached an example file that illustrates the issue.
  10. Oops - SP1. Not sure why I typed that in wrong. I just tried with a new file in 2015 & it converted fine - so it doesn't affect every file. Will follow your advice & contact support directly. Thanks for the advice.
  11. I've just upgraded to Vectorworks 2016 & have noticed a problem that has corrupted a few of my drawings. Where I had rounded rectangles (Symetrical - x & y both on 20mm), when I close & reopen the file, many of them change to having the y setting as 250mm. I can change the figures back to the correct ones, but the problem recurs. For reasons that aren't clear, it doesn't affect every instance in the drawing - but the majority have the problem. Not every file is affected either. In the image attached, the one on the left has been corrupted, the one on the right is how it is meant to look. We didn't have this problem in 2015. Any suggestions of how I can stop this recurring would be welcomed.
  12. I don't like things like that (there are a few other settings that have a similar issue), where it gives no error, just sits there until you correct the number. From a programming point of view, number like 50 & 100 always feel like an artificial limit that has been set. If it was actually a hard limit in the code, it would be more likely to be 128 or 256 for instance (or possibly one of these number minus 1). Microstation used to have a limit of 63 levels for instance, which made more sense that it was an actual limit in the software / file format, rather than an arbitrary number.
  13. Yes - I'd love this to be possible too - either separate windows, or something like the Model Space viewports AutoCAD has - where the window is split into 2 or more panels, with different interactive parts of the drawing visible in each one. Come to think of it, both 3D Studio & Rhino have their interfaces set up in a similar way too.
  14. All of these I would definitely agree with all the ones that I've copied above. The autoplane option described sounds very similar to how accudraw works in Microstation. In my experience its one of the fastest input systems to use for setting axis rotations, distances etc, using 2 letter input codes. Direct preview I would extend to any tools that bring up a dialog box - I want to see exactly what is going to happen without clicking a preview button or having to exit out of the dialog. Push-Pull with selection first would definitely be useful - there is nothing worse than being able to see the item you want to move, but being unable to select it to modify. Other options that I would find very useful are: A lathe solid type option that allows you to specify an axis by 2 points. At present I have to rotate items to the correct orientation, place a locus, form the surface & then rotate them back to the original position. Other CAD programs used a simple 2 click system to pick the axis when I started using CAD 20 years ago (that statement makes me feel really old). The ability to dimension across 2 viewports. I have tried various solutions for this, but none of them work that well. If you are dimensioning something like a large glazing system with various break lines, there should be an easy way to do this, without manually having to enter the dimensions. Having more than 8 files open at the same time. Having more than 100 undo levels. Finally - and this is probably a far more major thing, I would like the ability to work on files in their native formats. Both for Vectorworks files & other files. e.g. I should be able to open a file from an older version without having to convert / re-save it. It could give a warning about new items that might be converted on saving, but most of the time, items like lines are going to be the same from version to version. The same should also apply to working with DWG / DXF files - it would be great it it was possible to open them, edit & save, rather than importing. Similarly for referencing them into drawings. Microstation has managed this for quite a few years now & it seems to work fairly seamlessly, despite aspects of the way their program operates being very different to AutoCAD (e.g. viewports, layout tabs etc).
  15. Thanks for this info - so, to get the up / down sweep, I need to rotate the view. If I create the sweep it is always segmented though - not like a nurbs surface & they can not be combined like other solid entities can - is this correct? If this is the case, they seem fairly limited in their usefulness.
  16. Thanks for the suggestion. I've tried using a locus & that lets me alter the centre of rotation, but not the orientation of how the rotation occurs - unless I'm missing something.
  17. I've got various items for a planar glazing fixing that I want to create into 3D elements. I am trying to rotate them into a lathe type surface using the sweep command. Each time I rotate them, they rotate in the wrong direction - i.e. I want to rotate them around the X axis of the view that I am in & they are rotating around the Y axis. Altering the view rotation, or switching between layer & screen plane, or setting a new working plane makes no difference. Am I missing something here, or is the only way to get these items to rotate as I want them to, to alter their orientation at the start, create the sweep surface & then change the orientation back afterwards? Is there no simple way to choose the rotation axis? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
  18. Thanks for the answer. This is how I have been doing it, as it was the only way I could work out of achieving what I wanted - its a fairly awkward to get it to work that way though - in terms of the dimensions appearing in the right location - and normally one would expect the dimension line not to be split by the break lines in the way that the other lines are.
  19. Thanks. 2015 Architect - SP3, on Max OSX 10.9.5 Will create a signature as you suggest.
  20. Is there a simple way to dimension in a sheet layer in Vectorworks, so that the dimensions run between multiple viewports? Say for instance, you want to dimension to a grid line, but it will not fit on the same sheet - if you draw a new viewport to show the gridline & move it closer, then the dimensions will no longer be correct. Or - a more common scenario. Imagine a detail drawing for a tall window unit. the base, central mullion and top might show be shown in different viewports with breaklines separating them, in order to fit them all on the page - but is there a ways to dimension the total height of the window, other than just measuring it manually and then editing the dimension text?
  21. I have a strange problem that affects a few drawings, while others continue to work fine. In some files, I have entire drawings referenced into the file as design layer viewports. When in one of the design layers, I can snap to them fine. If I go into the sheet layer & create a viewport, I can no longer snap to them there. Lines that are drawn directly in my drawing (not part of the reference) still snap fine. The only thing I have found which fixes the problem is to change the projection settings for the viewport in the layout to orthogonal, rather than 2d plan. This alters the appearance slightly though, so I need to change it back when I have finished dimensioning items. I have compared the files that do not work to ones that do & can not obviously see any settings that are different. Any suggestions on what is happening here would be welcomed.
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