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  1. Make sure the objects you are using are set to "by Class". that includes walls, doors, windows, etc. So when you are in Sheet View, and you have a Viewport, that Viewport can be manipulated by Class. With the Viewport highlighted, select the Class button in the Object Info Palette. You then select all classes and Edit them, changing their color and line weight. Not sure if you are missing one of my steps here, but if you attach your drawing, I can take a look and see what would have to be done to make it work.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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....
  11. The set designers must be ecstatic.... architects not so much. Disappointed for another year. Not sure how much longer I can take this...
  12. 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...
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. No we tried it on our PC also. Same issue. If fact, it happened on another file, much simpler model, while on the PC. I opened up the previous file version that I saved a few days ago, and it does not have that issue. At some point while working on this file, it got corrupted.
  18. I've been experimenting, and it seems it is an OpenGL issue. In other render modes (shaded polygon, sketch, artistic renderworks), the model renders and shows up as I rotate to the other side of the model.
  19. File was working fine, when I noticed something with a cased opening in a wall not displaying correctly. When I went to the 3d Model, the whole model disappeared. As I rotated the model, it showed up, but as I continued to rotate it, it disappeared again. The movie file attached shows this display issue. Seems the file is corrupted somehow. It happened on another file, a much simpler project, that we were able to copy all the objects into a new drawing file, and everything worked fine in the new file. I have restarted the computer, and VW, and still the same problem. Also have had several crashes involving the Object Info Palette when trying to add or subtract a number from an existing object's dimension (like a door height or width). This is not good.... VW2019 3D Model Display.mov
  20. Got it figured out, though I am still confused by this issue. I selected one of the space objects, and went to Settings. Under Advanced Settings, there is an option to show different Space Properties under the Object Info Palette. For some reason the Default Settings were not set right, and when I selected Restore Defaults, it changed the Object Info palette to the standard. What is confusing is that on my PC, this wasn't an issue. So I am assuming that the Defaults is not Object dependent, but machine dependent? Correct me if I am wrong.
  21. Yes, I tried a blank file with a different space object and it was the same. I also just tried switching to different workspaces (VW standards), and still the same problem. Not sure what is going on...
  22. Just noticed in VW2019 that the Object Info Palette on the Mac OS has changed, and not for the better. I also have a PC version, and it has stayed the same, so I don't know what has happened. I am including a couple of jpg files to show the difference. In particular, the Space Object palette no longer gives me the option to change the Space Label Symbol or the Angle. I used to rely on this tool quite often. I can go into the individual space object and change it, but I can no longer select multiple space objects and change it from the Object Info palette. Very frustrating. Please fix this back to the way it was, and still is on the PC. Thanks! Bennett
  23. No need to add any more... seems everyone has all my wishes covered. However, one point from the last entry... the custom geometry for the railing profile as in extrude along path. This needs to be an option in multiple tools. Most significantly, the door and window trim options. As of now, we can add trim to the doors/windows, but it is a simple rectangle with no options to add a backband or other profile. While we can always add it as an extrude along path, can it not be included in the door/window trim options? Seems like a simple path can already be defined in the door/window, and give us the option to extrude a profile of our choice. Jim, maybe another thread for these tools is appropriate. Your original thread mentioned Chief Architect's stair tool. Check out their door/window tool also, as this option to add a profile is available also.
  24. A program should not limit an architect's vision. For someone who has come to rely on utilizing 3D in their work, I feel too many times that I am forced to compromise and draw it in 2D. I'm no computer engineer, and I have no idea what it takes to create a commercially viable product. But when I see other programs progress in the 3D realm, I ask "Why not Vectorworks?". The stair tool in ArchiCad looks amazing. I spent some time working in Chief Architect this past year and there were quite a few exceptional 3D tools (cabinets that resized by pulling a vertex, windows/doors that ganged together automatically when you grouped them, custom profiles for trim, on and on and on). Unfortunately their 2D tools were non-existent. I have a simple solution... Vectorworks engineers should be forced to work in these other programs to see where they excel, and steal those ideas for us. Obviously there are solutions to achieving these tools for which we are clamoring. Maybe the price point for Vectorworks, which was a huge selling point for my company, doesn't allow for such innovation. But at this point, we are beginning to feel left behind. Raise the price if you must. Please fix the stair, the door/window, and the cabinetry tools. Please...
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