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EAlexander

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  1. Oh wow! Thanks Pat - I'll do some testing on a duplicate file and report back!
  2. Yeah - that's what it looks like. Bummer. Thanks Pat!
  3. So... does Update All Viewports update ALL viewports, or only viewports that need updating throughout the document?
  4. Hello - there are a lot of different points to consider with this - the main one being: you have to find the workflow that speaks to you and makes the most sense personally. No one can answer this for you and you really have to roll your sleeves up and try them all out. Staying in VW gives you the opportunity to do the 2d and 3d together in sync and this will make changes and revisions more efficient and easier to deal with. There is a leaning curve involved in this, of course, and Renderworks is capable of producing nice renders if you take the time to really learn about materials and lighting. Sketch up is very instinctual and quick to pick up and might be easier and faster to get designs together, at the cost of now needed to maintain and update two separate files for each project. There is also no built in render engine with Sketch up, so if you want to move to more advanced rendering, you are looking at adding and learning a 3rd party add on renderer (which there are some very nice options for Sketch up, but cost, time, and learning need to be taken into account.). I have free tutorials that are meant for making the transition from 2d to 3d, but I will say these are Entertainment design oriented and focus on Solid modeling (i.e. not using the architecture tools like Walls, roofs, slabs, etc., but building everything from scratch and I use Spotlight edition). Still, these might be of use to you for general learning. Just search for Evan Alexander Vectorworks in Youtube. There is no better learning tool then time logged inside of the software, so you really need to try it all out and see what feels most comfortable to you and your work. Good luck!
  5. Getting a DirectX 11 crash a lot with 2022 and it tells me the suspect DLL is related to NahimicOSD (which is on the bad list, but when I search for my start up apps - there is nothing like this on the list, so where to find this and clear it out?
  6. @rather-fishing I realize this post is pretty old, but I have a lot of experience with this. Are you still looking for info? Send me a DM to notify me and I'll post some info here.
  7. Wondering if this is possible: Let's say I'm drawing a stage set in 3d and the floor is raked (sloped). I understand how to use the working plane tool to set the top of the raked floor as the working plane. I can then hit the Look at Working Plane button to see that surface head on. What I would like to do is define the working plane on my angled stage and then have the standard front/right/left/right Iso etc. views conform to this new working plane. Is this not possible in VW? After I define a working plane, the num pad navigation seems to take me back to the working plane being the 0 plane and ignores my set working plane. Does this make sense? Any help appreicated. e.
  8. Double click on the viewport and choose CROP from the dialogue box. This will let you move and/or rescale your viewport crop.
  9. My advice is to look at as much drafting as you can. Everyone has different styles, standards, and graphics. Find stuff you like and take the best bits of it for your own style. Here's mine: http://www.evanalexander.com/drafting-1 I'm not saying do it that way, but study it. I bet other users here can show you their work and you can study that. Practice is the best way forward. You don't need formal training, just a good eye. @grant_PD has good stuff to look at.
  10. I think you need to go to your Vectorworks Preferences, and under the EDIT tab and see what your 2d Conversion resolution is at. I keep mine at HIGH. There is also 3d conversion resolution in the 3D tab of preferences. This is also set to HIGH on my system. If these are set to low, this might be causing the issue. Not 100% sure on this, but try it out. e.
  11. I dunno? I just looked inn Windows updates from the start menu and it asked if I wanted to install 🙂
  12. No, I'm on a custom built machine. I just updated to 21H1 and updated my gpus drivers, but haven't had a chance today to try the file again. Good to know it's something specific to my setup and not just the software. I'll report back.
  13. @mjm weird! Thanks for trying it out. Must be something with windows......
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