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  1. One more thing. Make sure the Heliodon is on a class that is "On" in the viewport. We create 4 classes (Heliodon-Front, Heliodon-Rear, Heliodon-Right, Heliodon-Left) and place a Heliodon object on each one. Then we play with the particular settings of each one to create the desired shadows on that particular elevation, turning on the appropriate class for the appropriate elevation. That way you don't have to change the settings of the Heliodon object for each different elevation. We are not concerned with the correct sun location for our elevations but rather getting a nice field of depth for each elevation that a good shadow creates. If you are presenting to a client and need an accurate sun and shadow pattern, then created another class with that particular Heliodon and use it for that purpose.
  2. Not entirely sure, but my guess would be that elements in your plan (walls, windows, etc.) are not set to use "Class Settings". That is the only way that changing class settings in the viewport would affect the line weights. If you edit your wall style(s), you can select "Edit Wall Attributes..." and make sure the Pen Style and Color are set to Class Style. Also the Thickness. Do this for all the walls you are using. I did notice that you used a "Viewport" instead of a "Section Viewport". May be not a big deal, but in 2021 we have issues with our shutters, and in Section Viewports that problem goes away. One last thing. The blurry line is a function of the Sheet DPI. If you want to eliminate it, set it to something other than 72, which is the default. We set ours to 180. Right-click the sheet with the viewport in the "Navigation - Sheet Layers" palette, and select "Edit". The change the Raster Rendering DPI to whatever works best for you. However, don't do this on every sheet, as it will increase your file size when printing a set to PDF. Just do this for the sheets with elevations. And I noticed your scale of 1:100. Our typical is 1/4". I don't know if this affects the DPI setting effects.
  3. We achieve shadows this way... 1st, set up your view with all of your classes/layers you want on, and make sure to have a Heliodon object to create your shadows. Play with this object till you like the look of your shadows. Next, create a viewport of the elevation with "Create Section Viewport". Then under Display settings, change the Background Render to Artistic Renderworks. Under Background Render Settings..., Select the Style: Lines and Shadow. Set the Edge Thickness really low (we use 0.01), set the edge color and the Shadow Color to the same gray you want for your shadows. Then choose Foreground Render Settings... and set it to Hidden Line. Under Foreground Render Settings, we leave everything checked, and select the Sketch Hidden Line Results and select the sketch style if you want to have a sketchy elevation. Then hit OK, and the viewport will be created on the sheet you selected. Once the viewport has been created, we go into the "Classes" button, select all, then "Edit..." We then choose the Pen:Color to be black, and the thickness to be all one thickness, usually fairly light. Don't change anything else. Click OK, then update your viewport. At this point, it should render with your shadows. We usually go into the Viewport Annotations to add a thick ground line, and outline the building with varying thicknesses depending on the distance from the viewpoint. For thing way far back, we add a polygon around those parts of the building, set the pen to "0" thickness, and the fill to "white", then set the opacity to 50%. This grays out those parts. Hope this helps...I've included a screenshot as an example. BTW, 2021 has a glitch on a perspective viewport using this Hidden Line for the Foreground. Windows with custom shutters display a ghost shutter in the middle of the window. Not sure what caused this but it has happened in multiple drawings. It doesn't happen if the viewport is a flat elevation.
  4. Ha! Read the room... I feel the same about avoiding these teasers. I seem to remember them in the past being longer than this year's samples, which gave us more to be excited about. The current format just brings out the worst in us.... These teasers, however, have done their job....My curiosity has been heightened by the lack of substance. When should we expect the new release? Any ideas?
  5. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but the cost of any program doesn't increase or decrease the development cycle. Everyone has gone to the subscription service for a reason. They mete out small spoonfuls of improvements every year at a reasonable price carefully calculated to satisfy the main user base just enough to keep them coming back for more. I know I'm one of those suckers. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a brand new stair tool just waiting in the wings, ready to release when the user base really starts to actively revolt. BTW, I don't always bash VW. Cost is a great reason to stay with VW, but it is also a powerful program on par with the other main players. It is a valuable part of my work process, and it produces great looking drawings for me. I just want more improvement in the day to day tools I use... stairs, doors/windows/walls/roofs/foundations... and I want things that should not be an afterthought... like gutters/ridgecaps/trim profiles/crown mldgs. and baseboards. Oh, and a cabinet tool that doesn't suck. Did I mention a new stair tool? @jmanganelli , you are absolutely correct. I took a chance with Chief Architect and experimented for about a year with it. I loved parts of the program that gave me options VW just doesn't do (see wishes above). But in the end, their 2d drawing capabilities fell way short of what I am used to with VW, and it killed my productivity. We ended up having to export the elevations and plans to VW to finish up the drawings for publication.
  6. No, I understand speed improvements are necessary and welcome. But that should be the feature I find out about AFTER the new version comes out. Right now I want to see that we are getting a new stair tool that allows design options that others already employ (Archicad and Chief Architect in particular). Or how about a trim profile option in the door/windows... not everyone utilizes flat trim in their designs. And don't get me started on that horrible Cabinet tool... Now those things would get me excited on Teaser Tuesday. Being able to link an Excel spreadsheet to VW... boring. I have to agree with Mark Aceto's Note to the Vectorworks Team to give us a clear roadmap to the features to expect. I don't like be kept in the dark till after I pay my subscription, that's all.
  7. My fingers are tired of being crossed... Simple solution. Release the new version before asking us to pony up our annual subscription. At the current rate of necessary improvements to simple architectural features, I can wait 3 or 4 years to just upgrade.
  8. Disappointing. No improvements to basic VW. Stairs? Doors/Windows trim options? How about roof ridge caps? I know the update plans... tease with improvements that don't affect 90% of our work, leave us hoping the update will include some surprises, and have us spend thousands of dollars to be disappointed once again. It's about time to rethink my commitment to VW...
  9. We've been having an issue as of late particularly on a file over 100MB in size, where as we tried to select an object while in a 3D view, we would get the spinning wheel that would last from 5 to 30 seconds. This was quite frustrating and we couldn't find any solutions on this forum. After playing around with this file all afternoon, I found the issue. We often utilize a segmented arch cased opening in the homes we design. Our standard for this has no jamb as it is often just a sheetrock opening. Because they have no jamb, it is difficult to select. If you try to click on the opening in 3D, it takes a while to select. But, more importantly, if you try to select any other object that is in front of the segmented cased opening, you get the same spinning wheel. There are two solutions to this issue. First, simply add a jamb of any thickness will allow for a quick selection with no slow down. Second, change the opening to a square top opening solves the issue. Not sure if the engineers at VW can fix this problem, if it is even worth their time to do so. I'd much rather have them working on fixing that damn Stair Tool. But I thought if anyone else is having this issue, we needed to let our solution be known. Things like this are incredibly frustrating....
  10. The set designers must be ecstatic.... architects not so much. Disappointed for another year. Not sure how much longer I can take this...
  11. Way too many issues with this release. I, too, have had these wall issues. At some point during my day, I get an issue where when I clean up a wall intersection, all of a sudden any windows or doors in that wall "disengage" the wall. I can't even select the door or window to put it back in the wall. I've tried undoing and doing it again, but the same result. I resorted to redrawing the wall and doors and windows as necessary, but this is not a solution. I did find that if I quit VW, then relaunch and open the drawing, it goes away (for now). Closing the program should not be the fix. A stable program is...
  12. I, too, have experienced this sluggishness. As the day progresses, selecting a space can take up to 6 seconds of beach ball time before it becomes active. Many times I just reboot my computer to get rid of this so that I can finish off the day strong. Aggravating, especially when having to move or reshape these things as a plan evolves. This, along with a host of other issues, has me thinking again of switching. I've got a lot of years invested in this program, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Maybe Architects aren't high on the priority list (not sure if other fields are experiencing the same frustrations), or maybe it's the pressures of releasing new updates every year to justify the yearly subscription scam that has infiltrated every aspect of the computing world. Something's gotta give.... fix the program!
  13. Thanks! I was excited to see the NanaWall doors as the door tool is limited without creating custom door symbols. But I will avoid them for sure. I was able to delete and purge those doors, but it still didn't help that file, so I transferred what was left into a blank drawing and everything has been working since.
  14. Ok, so I had a Marionette Object I had downloaded for NanaWall doors, with two instances in this model. I deleted both instances, and purged the classes, but it still gave me the display issue. I then took each layer and copied all objects into a fresh drawing file. After significant time doing so, I managed to get the file working with all the displays working nicely, and can continue with billable work. Not sure if the Marionette Object was to blame, as we had another file do the same thing the other day, and it did not have the object in the file. Since it was a simpler project (1 bedroom house for Habitat), the process was much faster. I will let everyone know if this occurs again in a different file. Hopefully Chih-Pin and the others can get this figured out and offer us a Service Pack to fix this problem.
  15. Chin-Pin, I tracked it down to the Door Class. If I turn off the class, the model displays correctly at all angles. With the class on, everything disappears. Don't know if this will help. I've been trying to delete the doors one by one to see if that is the culprit but no luck so far.

 

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