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  1. BenV

    v.2020 now available

    Just downloaded and opened up VW2020 - not to pile on to a dead horse here, but good lord what happened to all the icons??? The new art style feels like a step back - it's just a bit too cartoony and feels more visually cluttered/harder to digest at a glance.
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    @Rob Books - Altman sent me this CAD a while ago when I was curious on the same thing - I made that VWX while I was still a student so it's watermarked, but here's Altman's CAD and PDF for the B50 base. Now a days I nerd out much less and just extrude a 24" dia. circle up 2 inches and keep the poly count down... lol. B-50-DIMENSONS.DWGB-50-DIMENSONS.PDFBoom Symbol.vwx
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    Phillips Head Fasteners ?

    You can always download from Mcmaster-Carr.. of course a good native VWX parametric would still be the best though.
  4. As mentioned in title. I have a TBB that contains a worksheet inside the TB Layout. This does not display correctly in the TBM Preview area. Does not affect functionality - but minor annoyance FYI. Screenshots below.
  5. Hi All, I finally had an application to use the somewhat new and fancy looking Drawing Stamp tool embedded in the Title Block Border uber object. I was able to get everything dialed in the way I want it EXCEPT, for the fill opacity of the drawing stamp text. I cannot figure out how change fill opacity to 50% or similar, so that it does not totally block the viewing of objects beneath the text. Obviously if I make a dumb text object, this is something that is very easy to do. Unfortunately without adjustable opacity, this makes this tool much less useful to me. Thanks!
  6. Yes this is a known issue that has been raised previously. It would be amazing to be able to use a 3d object/extrude to function as a 3d crop of sorts. Currently, in essence, you cannot crop a DLVP for 3d work.
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    Hey All, I've been trying to learn a bit more about Marionette scripting. I made this adjustable swivel cheesborough as one of my 1st exercises. You can rotate each half of the symbol with 2 sliders in the OIP. It is a symbol in the resource browser, and converts into a Marionette object upon insertion. Hopefully you all find it useful!
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    Screen Plane Lock - Please

    What are the advantages of keeping objects on the screen plane? with the exception of temporary construction geometry, I always find myself putting items on layer plane or a 3D working plane. And for the life of me I cannot understand the value in Screen Aligned Plane. I am always changing from that to Screen Plane. I also frequently have a need to convert an entire file that I have received that is all drawn on screen plane across multiple layers and convert all to flat layer plane. It seems like there is a script for this??
  9. Hello All, Just started using 2019 and feel like I'm stumbling over something obvious. For many years now, I've used screen plane 2d geometry for the purposes of construction geometry, measurements, etc when modeling 3d elements. I frequently would do this inside 3d components of symbols, and then delete out all the 2d geometry when done working. If I had forgotten to delete a line, there was a prompt warning me that all my screen plane geometry would get sent to the 2d component (or something along those lines). In 2019, as soon as I draw something in screen plane, the object gets moved to the 2d component, and I do not have a chance to interact/use it when editing a 3d component. This is not helpful and certainly not the behavior I'm used to seeing. What am I missing here? Thanks! Ben
  10. Hey, thanks all you guys for the highly intelligent (if somewhat unsatisfying) answers! @Kevin McAllister what is the alternative workflow to what we are discussing? Surely all 3d elements start out life as 2d profiles. I cannot even draw a profile in 2d screen plane and then extrude while editing a 3d symbol component now. Of course this is only one example of why drawing in screen plane is useful, both when editing 3d components or otherwise. @Rob Books so how have you adjusted your workflow? By going into 'Edit 2D' and selecting 'Show 3D' as you have described? Bummer. 😢
  11. Hi All, Question about Spotlight "Parts" Record. For a while now, I've been seeing Lens & Point field show up in the parts record as implemented by VWX. Are there any features of the program that utilize these record fields at this time? It seems that some fixtures have these fields implemented, while others do not. Other than 3d orientation/focusing to focus points, does the parts record any additional functionality - or is this for future use. Thanks! Ben
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    Spotlight LX Record - Parts

    Hi Rob, Thank you for the context - it is very much appreciated. Best, Ben
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    Spotlight LX Record - Parts

    Great thanks, that is what I thought. My fingers are crossed though!
  14. Any resolution to this? I've tried all the options listed here. Vectorworks > Preferences > Display Tab > Display 3D loci >> Always/Only in Wireframe/Never And restarted VW. can't seem to get 3d loci to be visible in any other view other than Top/Plan. Also running 2018 SP4. 😞
  15. Agreed. This would be great to have. IMO, this might be the only functionality where ACAD wins out over Vectorworks.
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    DLVP cutoff in 3D Flyover

    DLVP is a huge tool for spotlight lighting workflow. One of the better ways to handle the vertical lighting position conundrum IMO. It is a big bummer it is as buggy as it is. This issue with DLVP crop always stuck on the "screen plane" as it were, has frustrated me for ages. I really wish it was possible to apply a 3d crop to DLVP, a la clip cube style.
  17. I have also posted about this without resolution. Hoping this issue gets some traction. https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/46672-referenced-dlvp-no-snaps/&page=0#comment-237391 And another different snapping issue with DLVP. https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/53306-snapping-issue-with-dlvp/#comment-267498
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    Snapping Issue with DLVP

    Hi All, See attached image. Wondering if this is normal behavior. I have a referenced Design Layer Viewport, with certain classes set to recall current document visibilities. When I have the geometry turned off, I am still able to snap to hidden classes and it gives me a "ghost" outline, which is annoying in congested areas of my drawing. Is this a bug? Thanks, Ben
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    Snapping Issue with DLVP

    Is there a technique I am missing here. My understanding is that other from project sharing, reference DLVP is the preferred method of coordinating live models/drawing files with each other? Bummer that such a critical function has seemingly fair amount of issues, which have been documented in much greater depth on this forum by other users.
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    Materials, Products & BOM

    I also had a post about 3d text truncation/explosion a while ago. Bummer that there is still no resolution. 3d text linked to record format seems bug out very frequently. Also only in sheet layers, in my experience.
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    Fill color in hidden Line

    Often I will use an OpenGL background render with a hidden line foreground render to achieve this effect. I think there are generally enough settings that you can fiddle with for that route to make something you like. Speculating a bit, but I suppose you could also apply a texture with a surface hatch that is just a dense colored hatch.
  22. Are you drawing inside some cloud backup program on your computer such as GDrive, Dropbox, etc? Anecdotally, I have found that pausing these programs while working helps tremendously.
  23. See this previous forum thread. Hope this helps! Ben
  24. Hi All, So I started experimenting with adding movement circles into the 3D component of my Lighting Devices. These are circle objects with a dashed line type, flipped up into the appropriate 3d space. They are great for 3d sections I've been generating. However, it appears that these 2d objects do not move appropriately when Set 3d Orientation is used. The circles are grouped appropriately inside the symbol with the appropriate Part and so forth, so I do not think it is built incorrectly. Furthermore, as soon as I convert the circle to a 3D Poly and refresh instruments, it immediately moves to the correct location. This is less than, because then I cannot easily make it a dashed line type. Thoughts? Thanks, Ben
  25. Hi All, I've been playing around with adding text objects onto 3d surfaces. Always work great when viewing the design layer (and super helpful), but more often than not, trips up when viewed inside an OpenGL SLVP. See attached files. This is VW2017 SP2. Thoughts? Thanks! Tower_Map_Tabloid_Compiled_BAV_01_22.17.pdf


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