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  1. We all recently received a requests to fill out a feedback survey. The first item was to provide the top 5 areas of Vectorworks we would like to see improvement. I was able to write out 4 of them on a bus to NYC to visit a few job sites. I'd like to provide these as public requests for other users to give input, as i believe i'm not the only one with some of these concerns. Please read, hopefully enjoy, and let me know if you have anything to add, or simply just vote for one or all of these as areas that need improvement/fixing. 1: Our main frustration is slow down on a majority of our files. Windows machines in particular seem to have more issues with panning, zooming etc. Our three main workstations for Vectorworks consist of: 32+ gb of ram; 4+gb of dedicated video ram; intel core i7+ processors; 500+ gb SSD system drives. Far higher than recommended specifications. Side note; I would recommend that your main page for "system recommendations" include a section regarding multiple applications running alongside Vectorworks which I believe is valid for most of your customers. I believe all numbers on that page only pertain to Vectorworks running alone on said machine. We have found some work-arounds such as turning off layers with reference information from external files, pdf's etc. However, there are still some files that no workaround can cure. I have read the article from JimW regarding single threaded cpu vs multithread/gpu features/modules which really helped us understand what types of hardware are worth spending extra $$ on and which ones won’t help at all. It sounds like Nemetschek is on the right track with migrating bits of the software to more modern processing methods, but seems like it may be a long painful path for its users; since more complex "wow" features are being implemented each year, while the processing power to do the heavy lifting doesn't seem to be as high of a priority to support these new features. 2: Unconstrained dimension tool: in 2015, 16 & 17 our team has become used to the N button for constrained and M for unconstrained dimensions. 2018 has changed the M key to toggle multiple view mode. I would ask that this be reverted back to the previous standard. It is very convenient for the M & N keys to be right next to each other and I believe key commands for dimensioning are going to be used more broadly among your user base compared to the multi view mode. 3: The dashed lines which control dimension baseline offset seem to take selection priority over the grip for moving either end of the dimension to a different snap point. I have seen this primarily when zoom levels are at a lower percentage (zoomed out farther). Dimension end grips should definitely take a higher selection priority over the baseline offset as I believe these grips are used at a higher frequency, especially during the revision process. 4: "Always do the selected action" choices: The reset saved settings dialog for this check box in particular can be frustrating as a "broad reset". I believe it would be highly beneficial to productivity to expand this checkbox to individually select which particular dialog is to be reset. On multiple occasions I have accidentally locked the wrong option due to the fast paced environment many of us work in. If the user knows which particular dialog is locked to the wrong setting (i.e. yes or no), one could open the "reset saved settings" dialog and undo only what is necessary. Having the "always do..." check box is great for productivity but is too easily undone by one mistaken click of the mouse.
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    Change All Fonts in File

    works like a charm! only comment is that it doesn't seem to touch drawing labels.
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    How many cores / threads does VW take advantage of?

    Yes, please update the link! Multiple links all over the forums have this same issue...
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    One or more operations were aborted due to lack of memory

    i'm on vectorworks 2016 sp6 and having this error on some very simple viewport updates. Simply cant use VW for 3d if there's no simple fix... more info, viewports are high quality OpenGL colored but not textured.
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    output drawing order

    The thread links go to the old forum. is there a way to easily find these threads again?
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    Solid Subtraction from MULTIPLE objects

    Good tips @bcd. However, i would like to batch subtract one object (say a dowel) from multiple plywood/solid wood parts, while keeping those individual parts separate. Is there a way to accomplish this without repeating the subtract command for each part? If not i'd like to suggest this be added to the wish-list section.
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    Thicken solid surface tool

    The video below shows my workflow. hopefully this will better explain the tool BTW: i miss this tool from my autodesk inventor days: inventor thicken/offset tool watch this video: screen capture
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    Thicken solid surface tool

    hello all, thank you for the replies! Jim: the surface of any solid object. Extrusion, subtraction, csg solid, addition, section, Kevin: I'd like the current solid object to remain with one surface offset/concentric/parallel to the original surface i select with by specific positive or negative dimension. Tim: 1: I believe the shell solid will only leave a "shell" in the thickness specified, giving you a hollowed out solid. Either on the inside vs outside. I utilize the shell solid to get the desired result, however it takes much longer than the tool i'm asking for. 2: good point... replace thickness with elevation. so i would like to add or subtract from the elevation of a surface. Although, elevation only implies change in one axis. The "thicken/offset/elevation whatever you may call it" command would offset the surface concentric/parallel to the original. BCD: thx for the tip!
  9. I WISH there was a one click way to add thickness to a surface. Currently the quickest way i've found is to duplicate object > shell (outside) leaving only the surface you want to thicken > then add solids back together. (this should also incorporate the opposite > subtracting thickness from a surface) Seems this should be SIMPLE for the devs to automate into one tool, and would be SUPER useful. Anyone else have a better solution or in need of this tool? GET OUT THE VOTE!
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    Resource Browser Issue

    good point... edited the post.
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    Resource Browser Issue

    attached email solved it... i wasnt too worried about the sn but i guess better safe than sorry... essentially i had to open the file in El Capitan with no issue, delete a bunch of extra resources, then it opened fine in Yosemite.
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    Resource Browser Issue

    VW2016 locks up using resource browser to view resources within this file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gc64n7syoh8xkpz/Rothrock%20Render%2015.10.07.vwx?dl=0 Anyone else experiencing this issue in 2016?
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    El Capitan has less lag than Yosemite?

    In 2016, my work machine shows a significant lag (costing at least a few minutes wait time creating and editing textures) in the texture dialog. As you can see below, my machine is nothing to sneeze at... I'm curious if anyone else has tested 2016 in Yosemite vs. El Cap. My work comp is Yosemite & Home laptop (Mac Book Pro early 2015) is El Capitan. Work computer lags significantly as noted above... Home computer has no lag compared to work... So a possible conclusion is that El Capitan speeds up some areas of VW2016. Hopefully someone else, or at least the VW team has enough testing to confirm?
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    control marionette via external object

    AHHH thank you Mark! makes sense. Just added the nodes you show and works perfectly Loving the new Marionette So many possibilities... I'll revisit the face frame one at some point and post my findings back here. Also hoping to get into complex cabinetry assemblies too. Exciting!
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    control marionette via external object

    hmmm I'll try to make this a bit more simple... Attached is a 5 piece (frame & panel door) used quite often in our millwork drawings. I'd like to be able to dynamically move this marionette object onto any plane (cabinet face, side, etc) at varying angles. It works like a charm until.... 1. The control geometry grips are stretched while not in top view or top/plan view. this results in unpredictable sizing of the marionette objects 2. Cannot rotate off of layer plane... you can see in the screen caps i'm trying to rotate the object in 3d (off of the layer plane) and it tells me hybrid objects cannot be removed from the layer plane... Anyone have a logical explanation of why we have this restriction? Or method of moving/rotating this object type in 3d space? [edit] heres a video of the above... https://www.dropbox.com/s/ve3osmedg06ry8a/Screen%20Capture%202015-10-02%2008.18.31.mov?dl=0

 

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