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  1. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    This error has not yet occurred with us. This seems to be more of a network-related problem. How is your network structured? Which operating system do you use?
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    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    Users tend to think the problem is in the software when in fact it's sitting in front of the screen or in the hardware. We looked for the causes and eliminated them. This results in PS working stable for years now in our daily work. Some were in the software, some in the hardware, some in front of the screen. From our point of view the ones in the software are mostly solved since VW2017, at least for Windows users. Apple unfortunately has problems with the implementation of SMB, while AFP is not developed further. Not only Vectorworks has to struggle with this. I can't tell if that's better now, because we have no Apple computer in the office since about a year. Since PS is not only a tool in Vectorworks itself, but has to work in a network, you also have to do an error analysis outside of Vectorworks. Which protocols do you use? Where is the server located? What kind of device is this? Do you use a cloud? Dropbox? The easiest way to eliminate all these sources of network related errors is to make a local copy of the project-file and try to send/receive its changes to this local file. You can't completely rule out network problems yet. The file may have been corrupted before you took it off the network. Nevertheless some network problems can be excluded like this. If it has nothing to do with the network, you have to try to reproduce the error. All project participants have to communicate exactly what they did. Often someone just played with the admin rights without knowing it and shot down other users. In 2016 we had a lot of problems with PS until I found out that an employee kept linking his backups to the project file. Recently someone complained in the German forum, until he found out that a coworker regularly released his checked out objects with its admin rights. Many users also think that Vectorworks crashed just because it didn't respond for a few minutes. Then they quit the program manually. Depending on which phase they do this in, they may corrupt the project file. Simply blaming the software for the errors is easy, but not helpful. If you have excluded incompatible hardware and users as sources of error, you can still rightly complain to Vectorworks.
  3. herbieherb

    Laser cut metal panels

    If you use these alpha-channel pictures, don't use compressed jpg. The compression makes the holes look frayed.
  4. herbieherb

    Maximum of grasses with the grass shader? VB-125221

    Any news on this? Is it a bug? Is it related to the threadripper processor? Is there a plan to fix it?
  5. herbieherb

    Printing Coloured Classes as Black & White

    In the same window where you change the class visibilities you can double click on the class. Then you can change any class settings for this viewport. You can also change more than one class by selecting them and hit the edit... button
  6. herbieherb

    Laser cut metal panels

    Just take normal metals. Draw your cuts-outs as black/white pictures. Use these black/white pictures as transparency map.
  7. herbieherb

    Maximum of grasses with the grass shader? VB-125221

    That's more like another bug you uncovered there. Thanks for the extensive testing.
  8. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    This is a very strange behaviour that I never saw in our work.
  9. herbieherb

    Printing Coloured Classes as Black & White

    I'm pretty sure they spoke of the class overrides in viewports. With the magic wand tool you can easily transfer the settings, which have to be made quite laboriously, to other viewports. This option comes closest to Archicad's workflow. The only difference: In VW you override the classes, not the colors. I wouldn't be afraid to control all line types and fills consistently via classes. This is the best way to do it in Vectorworks. Several hundred classes are also quite normal if an entire project is in a Vectorworks file.
  10. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    I think in the standard configuration the associated dimensions is activated. This means when you change a dimension you also change the associated object. With this option you can change a wall without touching it. Your problems with walls may be caused by this.
  11. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    Sorry I don't use the english version so i may misapply some terms. I mean associated dimensions.
  12. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    We don't have such troubles with walls. Do you use relative dimensions?
  13. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    It's the single core speed thats bottlenecking. Not much network traffic meanwhile. When i open a file i hadn't opened for a week, where others had made a lot of changes i also have to wait about 10 minutes to get the changes. The only recommendation i can give you so far is to not postpone sending your changes when you do a lot of work on viewports in the layouts. This seems to affect the time to send changes the most. We've located most of the problems we had in front of the machines. You can do a lot of bad things with PS. Copying your workfile or getting a new one without checking out leads to objects, that can't be changed by anybody. Afterwards the users misused admin-rights leading to data loss. Deleted classes can be recreated by accident when others copy objects that had the class and they didn't received the changes yet etc. We had a lot of problems with vw2016 and PS untill i found out that one single employee regularly reconnected his backup files with the project file. You have to give your employees workflows a very close look to find out whats going wrong.
  14. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    We use a Synology DS218+. It runs two hdd's on SHR (Synology Hybrid Raid). No Dual Network only common Gigabit connections. The hardware of the workstations don't seem to have any influence on PS related stability and speed. We also use Windows 10 64bit. Our files are about 500-1000MB size. All layouts are stored in one single file. Sometimes the model is referenced from multiple files to one layout file. Some of the references are normal files, others are also ps-files. We don't save viewport cache in the project file but we do it only in the work files. This saves a lot of network traffic. We only activate this for specific project phases when we don't want to re-render viewports on every machine. But when we do we keep an eye on the file size so it doesn't get too big. We send our changes on a regular base at least twice a day. The more you do, the faster it is. When you do a lot of work on viewports, send the changes more often. Working on viewports seems to cause the most sending lag. Slow updates is the only complain we have with PS but with this workflow we keep sending times in a usable range (some seconds up to some minutes). Most of our PS experience is based on Vectorworks 2017. We don't change the vectorworks version if the project is already too far progressed. Although in 2018 we experienced faster sending times.
  15. herbieherb

    Project Sharing - Does this really work in the wild?

    PS works stable on Windows and our Synology NAS with a Gigabit LAN. We use it in every project since it was released. Had some troubles in the beginning. Some of our users did some nasty things with PS that were leading to errors. For example they reconnected their backup-files with the project file, or they misused their admin rights to overwrite other users drawings. We also had some technical related problems in the beginning. But since vw2018 it works stable at least on our network environment.

 

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