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  1. I am having a similar issue--my published documents are only including foreground Hidden Line renders, overlaid on top of background Custom Renderworks.  Basically, it isn't showing all the pretty work in the render in the viewport when I go to pubish.

    Any one have any workarounds?  I have updated the viewports and checked the boxes . . . no luck.

    Thank you!



  2. Preliminarily, I am having big problems.  Settings are reverting without being manually input and, more nefariously, I have some files that simply won't show up--models I had been working on for over a year that are loading, but nothing is visible.  

    I can't say it is not some other issue--such as a suddenly corrupted file--but the timing is fairly odd.  This is brand new to a Catalina update.  Hopefully, I'll find something ELSE to be the issue.


    Anyone else?

  3. 10 minutes ago, jnr said:

    Hey Jim I aplaud your wilingness to tackle this for the sake of the users. I'm really glad you're on it.  In Baltimore last fall I felt like there was something of a true arrogance on the part of some at NNA with regards to the stair tool (that there was nothing wrong with it and go away). It was offensive.   If architecture is going to continue to be the bread and butter revenue for the company, the powers that be need to wake up. And this needs to come from the top.  Again and again, there is a perception that to remain relevant, there has to be more bling every year. I would postulate that in fact it's the opposite. What we want is software that doesn't randomly vaporize off our desktops and that the tools we have are STABLE, yet continue to improve, evolve.  It's patently absurd that this conversation has been going on since yes, 2009 when the old tool was roundly criticized for lack of functionality to only then be replaced by an even worse overly complicated, SLOW module. That's ten years of this crap. What is it going to take to get managment to F'ing listen? We all migrate to Archicad?

    Amen, jnr!


    The stability is EVERYTHING.  Even outside of the stair tool, the fact of the matter is, the simple tools are not stable enough and THAT should be the focus.  There is a wonderful line from a BBC show that applies here: "I don't want more choice, I just want nicer things!"  If the tools we already have were working properly, that would be the big win!  (Stairs should be working well, of course).  

  4. On 8/2/2018 at 9:29 PM, Aspect_Design said:

    I've had a run of part upgrades to try and get something that has the best of both worlds in terms of 2d & openGL performance, render speed and stability. I use a iMac on and off and it just seems way more stable.. but there's not much to pick from for fast rendering...

    Anyho, I built a water cooledAMD 1920X Threadripper 12 core ( my shop ran out of 16 core  versions at the time)  OC'd to 3.9ghz (would crash during high res renders at 4.0ghz !), Corsair H115i AIO, 32 gb Ram and a GTX1080 Ti and the thing absolutely flies and is mostly stable - I think the main issues now are around Windoor as adding or eydropping a door/window every now and again will make VW vanish. At its stock clock speed it was noticeably glitchy on good perf and compatibility - but once OC'd it flew - these CPU's are dead easy to OC as well..

    Thank you so much for telling us (all) that.  I had been wondering what if something like what you are saying would fix problems I am experiencing (Mac Pro, 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5, 32 GB 1866 MHz DDR3, AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB video); sounds like not.  I'm toast if I try to run VW and Google Chrome at the same time. 



  5. On 7/10/2018 at 7:43 AM, Maryradford58 said:

    I'm an architect and have used this program for many years. My PC's have never run the program efficiently. I am purchasing a new laptop and want to make sure I get the best possible computer for this program. Please advise ASAP. Thanks!. 

    Dear Maryradford58,


    I'm an interior designer.  We've been on VW for a few years, now.  We purchased a Mac Pro with a whole lot of hardware behind it and, I'm sorry to say, it doesn't seem to be particularly good with VW, either.  As I've told the VW team, sometimes I have to push a key 3 or 4 times for a command to register; my models get painfully slow (even on a residential project, which--compared to all the big examples that get shown in the videos--should be a tiny scope for VW to handle), and there are bugs that lose work both with and without crashing.  


    If you find the magic bullet, please share it with me.  I'm currently re-doing 2 full days worth of work that vanished, suddenly.  Fun times!  Happy drafting.




  6. On 10/10/2017 at 12:01 PM, line-weight said:

    Yup, stair, doors, windows - potentially the 3 most useful of any of the parametric tools for architecture - the ones which if they worked well, could really save a lot of time and tedium, yet they are all fairly awful and don't seem to have been improved in any significant way over the past several releases.

    How is it possible that VW doesn't have proper nana-type or pivot doors?  You could not be more right.  It's absurd, the stairs, doors, and windows are not better resolved.  How do we get this at the top of the list?

  7. Thank you mac@stairworks!  I went  back to it because you said so and, well . . . you're right.  It definitely has limits, BUT with some manipulation, you can get a decent enough representation for a first round, to be detailed out separately, I think.


    Is that how you do it?  


    VW should work on it, I think.  No reason it isn't more robust.



  8. Okay--I'm really struggling with the rail tool.  I was able to manipulate the stair tool to do what I needed (note--I am really new to VW), but the railing tool. . . it's a beast!  I am trying to make it work and I'm really struggling.  Fence, sure.  No trouble, but STAIRS?  What gives?  The video is basically useless as it only shows how to make it work on a much more spread out pathway.  I could really use a video on how to use this tool on stairs.





  9. This conversation is making me sad.  


    We are brand new to VW (2017), coming from SketchUp and CAD.  There are major bonuses, clearly, to VW, but as we move forward with our first ground-up build, I am having a difficult time with custom cabinetry.  We only ever do custom millwork.  I was looking forward to all the strengths that VW has to offer--the precision over SketchUp, specifically--but I am reading this and feeling as though we may need to model in SketchUp, our millwork and import it into our VW models.  Is the plug-in really that great and useful or is it basically a more robust version of what is already in the main software?  

    We do a mix of hospitality, commercial, and high-end residential, with a major focus on residential.  Our works is always bespoke.


    Thank you all for being a part of this conversation.




    Rafi Kalichstein, Principal

    FORM Design Studio


  10. Dear Henry, 


    Please keep me posted on what you learn.  We do a tremendous amount of custom cabinetry design and we are brand new to Vectorworks.  We were not expecting to need additional plug-in support for this functionality, but are trying to find the best solution.  


    Thank you for asking about it!



    VW 2017

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