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  1. halfcouple

    Reshape Tool with Rectangles

    For rounding edges on rectangles you can also use the fillet tool. For me the fillet tool seems to work quicker, never knew it could be done this way ... But anyway, a bug is a bug is a bug ... 😉
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    Extrude VW2019 vs. VW 2020

    Bug or Feature ? in VW 2019 a line can be extruded to a 'wall' this 'wall' can have a fill from the attributes palette. in VW 2020 (SP1) the fill button is deactivated for an extrude created from a line. (It works normal for an extrude created from a rectangle or polygon) This is very confusing when working with older files that are converted to VW 2020.
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    Extrude VW2019 vs. VW 2020

    yes, this works with new files, but it will kill the class structure for existig ones. A quick bug fix is really essential.
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    Extrude VW2019 vs. VW 2020

    @RussU : That looks incredible,- I'm doing exactly the same steps in VW2020 Spotlight and as soon as the line is extruded the fill button in the attributes palette gets deactivated. This only with extrudes from lines, - polygons and rectangles work as usual. So VW2020 Designer is not affected with this bug ????
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    Extrude VW2019 vs. VW 2020

    Yes, it seems definetely specific to lines. So the only workaround is a decision between devil and belzebub, waiting for the next service pack or converting the extrudes to nurbs ? @RussU : What is the first extrude in your picture made of ? If it's a line, you are the hero... 😉
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    escape, escape, escape, VW2019 Win10

    I'm on WIN7 but I guess the problem is the same. You are getting stuck in the object info palette as soon as you change a value there. The curser stays in this field and does not return to the main window unless you click somewhere in the main window , or hit the esacape key. If you already have an object marked you will loose this selection then. I'm using two workarounds for that: - to return to the main window I click on the window-frame, so the selection will not be deselected and the selection tool keeps activated. - having a programmable mouse or keyboard you can configure a key or mouse button with [ESC] [x] , this returns to the main window and activates the selection tool. Hope this helps 🙂
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    Scaffolding Problem

    Hello everyone, connecting two pipes with a third one is quite simply done in real world,- but its seems a big challenge to do this in Vectorworks.( for me... 😕 ) wondering if anyone out here has a soloution for this: - two pipes somewhere in space ( blue and black here ) - the red one has to be clamped with twistable couplers to the others - the positon of the two green couplers along the blue and black pipe is fixed, but they can be twisted around the axis of the pipes. I'm looking for a workflow to find the correct position and orientation of the red pipe and the couplers. What I have so far: - create Working Plane 1 between the axis of the red pipe and the connection line between the desired position of the two green couplers - create Working Plane 2 between the axis of the black pipe and the connection line between the desired position of the two green couplers - place the couplers in the origin of the Working Planes and rotate them in the desired direction. Problem: The Orientation of the couplers is NOT the Z'-Axis of the working planes ( Only approximately ). It seems to be something like a perpendiculary line to the tangential connection between two circles with the distance of the twistable couplers around the pipes. But how to find that ? Or am I completely wrong and there is a simple soloution for this by using specific 3D tools ?
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    Scaffolding Problem

    Hi Kevin, thanks much for the reply. The Analysis Tool seems to be one of the hidden treasures of Vectorworks 😀 Meanwhile I was successful with simple solid substraction. Substracting the sphere from the two circles ( converted as polygons ) results in two "halfmoons". The edges of these halfmoons are the searched points. The orientation of the twisted clamps after finding these points is a question of skilled placement of working planes. I wonder If all this can be put into a Marionette Script. ... a task for long winter evenings after I have retired... 🙃
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    Scaffolding Problem

    Just found out that the problem is not explicit, since there are 4 ways to connect the pipe. The four matching points can be found by drawing a circle around the black and the blue pipe with the radius of the twisted couple and a sphere with the diameter of the connection line... Can anyone out there tell me how to find intersecting points between a circle ( 3D Polygon ) and a sphere ( 3D Object ) ??? There seems to be no snapping option for this ...
  10. a bit off-topic here, but maybe other VW users have the same problem: The 3D Connection software recognizes the new installation of VW 20 as a new program, there seems no way to migrate the settings from VW 2019. I had this problem already when changing from 2018 to 2019 and ended up in re-writing all macros. Maybe someone here knows if the is a better way to do this ?
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    3D Connexion settings migrate to VW 2020

    Hello Chih-Pin, works fine ! Thanks ! The trick is that it is essential to restart Windows after editing.... I tried to get help from 3D Connexion support, and they could not pass me this simple information... very poor...
  12. Hi wayway, I'm working a lot with booth construction companies and yes, it's a mixture between architecturial and event -CAD. But I guess Spotlight is the version to choose since most fairstands in the end deal with truss and lighting. Up to now I did not find any achitecturial tools that are essential for booth construction that are not part of spotlight. As for rendering, I think that Renderworks as part of Vectorworks is sufficient for 90% of booth rendering unless you want ot create high resoluted high glossy picture for very sophisticated clients. Hope works for you as a first orientation.
  13. I have rendered a viewport on a sheet layer with 300 dpi resolution. - Exporting this via publish command to a PDF (non rasterized) results in a 5,032 KB file - Exporting this via Export command to PDF (rasterized) results in a 7,688 KB file - Exporting this via Export command to PDF (non rasterized results) in a 9,368 KB file. - Exporting this via Export command to jpg (image) file with 300 dpi resolution results in a 987 KB (!!!!) file. - Konverting the jpg file back to (rasterized) PDF via print command results in a 1,250 KB file that has the same quality as the 7,688 KB file directly exported from Vecorworks. Maybe anyone here knows the reason for this ?
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    ClipCube to 2D Polygons?

    Yes this is something I'm deeply missing in VW, there should be a way to direcly create a 2D Linework form a Section by clip cube. I prefer Hans-Olav's workaround and use it a lot: - create a section vewport, export it as flattened 2d to .dwg, re-import this to an empty VW file, dissolve all groups and symbols and try to purge all coincident lines.
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    try these settings that influence the appearance of GL viewports: - in the object info pallette there is "Backgrund Render Settings". If it is set to "low", circles appear more as polygons, "very high" makes all curves smooth, but increases the size of the file when exporting - the sheet layer itself has a setting for resolution. ( Right click on the sheet layer in the Navigation palette, "Edit...") If it is set to 72 DPI it gets blurry, for a clear Open GL you should use min. 200 DPI, better 300 DPI, but this also increases the size of the file when exporting. Hope this helps ....
  16. This is more a mathematical question, but maybe someone knows a way to to draw this: I want to draw a closed regular polygon of 15 edges with alternating sides of 1200mm and 750mm. All I know is these two legths. The question is how to draw it, and is there a unique radius that matches the outer circle ? If yes, maybe someone knows how to calculate this radius mathematically ? ( I gut stuck in trigonometrical theorems in the end...)
  17. Hi Guys, thanks so much for the help ! Think I never got the solution alone. I need to do this with different side lengths so 1200 and 750 are only an example. So the reproduceable method is to calculate the "double angle" Edges / (Edges/2 -1) / 360 and split it up by the proportion of the side lenghts. Two parallel lines for each side cross the angle at the desired radius. I will check that for other length combinations.
  18. Don't know if I understand you right, but maybe this helps: - If you have a VP created from Clip Cube be shure to have the planar objects within the clip cube. Sometimes the projection of planar objects on screen plane are not located in the range of the clip cube section - for planar objects on Screen Plane you need to have "Project Screen Objects" on the OIP of the VP selected - for planar objects on Layer Plane you need to have "Display Planar Objects" on the OIP of the VP seleced. I have just tested it, and you are right, depending on the resolution planar (line) objects may appear "weak" in Open GL renderings, but thats seems not to be a problem of VP's created with clip cube.
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    Viewport from clip cube not functioning

    Sorry, sorry, please ignore my post. I located the problem between keyboard and office chair. 😯 Everything workes properly as designed.
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    Viewport from clip cube not functioning

    Section views from Cilp cube in Hidden Line worked with SP3 , now with SP4 they do not. Very bad since I use this not only a lot,- this has become part of my daily work. Will there be a SP5 soon or do I have to wait for VW20 to proceed my work ? 😕
  21. anyone knows what was done ? Hidden Line Renderings seem to be 2 times faster ? Great ! 😀😀😀
  22. Using the clip cube when creating sections leads to section lines /rectangles somewhere in the drawing. Their class and Layer is whaterver was activated when the section was created. I wonder if it is possible to give the section lines an automatic class like dimensions in the dimension class ? Anyone here has a workflow for this ? Having a "sectionlines"-class in the template and manually assign the section lines to it is one way. But anything more elegant ?
  23. halfcouple

    how to deal with section lines ?

    Hi markdd, thanks tor the tip and testig, but it seems to be not even halfway... I can edit the class in the plugin manager, but not permanentely, - this setting is lost as soon as the file is closed. Even saving this as template does not work.
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    Why can you move axes in Symbol Edit Mode?

    Hope I understood the question right... You can move the X and Y axis in order to define a new working plane. This does only affect the tools you are working with, but not the position of the objects on layer plane. Try to move the axis and then click on "look at working plane" button to see how it works.
  25. I think there was an option that symbols can be inserted to the working plane instead of layer plane, cant find it... anyone knows ?


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