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  1. You just need to add the .vsm file to the "Plugins" folder located in either your Vectorworks app folder or your User folder (depending upon how you organize your custom plugins.


    You'll then need to restart VW.  When it starts up again, the available plugins will be refreshed. 


    Then go to menu: Tools>Workspaces>Edit Current Workspace


    Select "Menus" (not Tools or Keys)

    On the left sidebar, flip down "All Menus" and scroll the list to the new plugin name that you want to add to your workspace.


    Grab it and drag it into the menu location of your choice (at right).

    Once there, you can assign a hot key (short cut).


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  2. I can't speak to the plug-ins issued in each version of the software package, but one possible work around would be to use the v.9 software and create a symbol library of "exploded" fasteners.  that you can use in the current version.  Obviously, they would be a little less convenient to use, but if you set them to import as "groups" then you could pretty easily adjust the length of the bolt shank, etc. to meet your needs.

  3. This isn't a VW specific question, but rather a Theater Lighting Question.

    Giving the amount of theater lighting talent here, I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction.


    I've designed a small gathering space for a non-profit that wants to light a speaker podium / stage with (2) frontal lights and (2) side lights.

    I did some quick calculations on lighting levels and our client selected a 50w LED dimmable unit for the four locations.  This one.


    They ordered one to try it out and learned that it's DMX and too sophisticated for our ultra simple direct wired system (which is already installed).

    They would like to just have each light on it's own dimmable switch.


    Can you give me a recommendation on:

    1. Is this possible?
    2. What would be a suitable unit / dimmer combination?


    Thank you.


  4. @vassen Since migrating to 2021, the rendering problem that launched this thread hasn't been a problem.


    As to rendering style, here's some tips:

    • We use two lights for each elevation - one that casts shadows and one that does not.  The secondary light acts as a fill light (like in photography) so they are aimed at the facade at opposing angles (from above).  The four pair of lights are rotated 90° from one another so that each one will optimally light one of the cardinal directions.  Each pair of lights is classed so that they can be turned on or off per elevation.  We then turn on the appropriate lighting pair in each viewport so that the shadow best illuminates that facade.
    • For schematics, we set the elevation viewport display to Open GL with the foreground set to Hidden Line with the "Certain" sketch style applied.


    I hope you find resolution to your slowness issues.

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  5. @KrisM For what it's worth - I tried using the 'check for update' menu item and then the updater appeared to update my version, but in fact did not.  It didn't ask me to close the software as a part of the update process - which was a red flag for me.


    I then restarted the software and went through the process again.  The second time, it asked me to close the software, displayed my serial number and took considerably longer - all good signs (except maybe that last part).


    That did the trick and now it works fine.

  6. I agree. This seems like very poorly thought out programming (as it's almost impossible for the user to control). 


    It should be set up so that the user can change the default behavior with ease ...

  7. @Boh  I think you've taken notes and callouts to a more advanced level than we employ. 

    With just two of us presently in the office, we haven't invested in a rigorous callout system just yet.


    I think your note / symbol technique is a clever way to carry duplicate information across multiple sheets.

    We currently use simple worksheets to achieve the same end - as all copies of the worksheet will update simultaneously.


    In the big picture, my sense is that VW is going through some growing pains in terms of how it handles data.

    There are records and worksheets and notes and data tags...


    Personally, I'm cautious about investing too much time entering data into VW - as I've found that managing that information over time tends to be challenging.

    I think earlier in this thread I referenced fixing our Notes Database.  A simple name change to the title of the database took days to fix.


    With cloud and web information being the clear future for digital information, we've been moving more of our drawing related product data out of VW and online.


    Currently, all of our scheduling (with the exception of Doors and Windows) is now in Airtable. Schedule markers are not live-linked (manually numbered), but the data is so much easier to work with that for us, it's worth it.  Airtable's user interface, database controls, and live linking are considerably superior to VW - so much so, that we are presently working out how to relocate our specifications database there as well.


    I don't know what the perfect solution is - but so far, this is working for us.


    Here's a little excerpt from our lighting library.  As we research and include new products into each project, the range of options grows.  Given that it's a database (rather than a spreadsheet), it's incredibly convenient to adjust display, sorting, field visibility, etc. 





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  8. @Christiaan 


    I gave it a go. 



    Simple to use and understand - great tutorials

    The grid tools are excellent



    The icons and text are too small for my eyes.

    Importing PDF's is somewhat limited: Via Adobe Creative Cloud or iCloud (for an additional fee)

    Doesn't utilize gestures well - i.e. Undo is a tiny button in the lower corner.  Redo is a tinier button in the lower corner.


    That's as far as I got before I decided that I prefer what I'm using already.

    Some may prefer it over TRACE and ProCreate, etc, but not me.

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  9. @Donald G. Martin 


    CONCEPTS was one of the other apps that I liked before I settled on ProCreate.  It has some nice features, but if you favor TRACE, my recommendation is to just stick with it.  I've found that once you find an app that you mostly like - practice generally reveals work-arounds for the problems. 


    Case in point - Vectorworks.   Finding my way around software obstacles has definitely enhanced my problem solving skills!

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    7 hours ago, elepp said:

    Now we are using PDF Expert and Adobe Reader.


    We're also using PDF Expert on our iPads.  It's not really optimized for dimensions (i.e. no dedicated dimension tool), but we use it for in-house redlines, Existing Conditions Drawings - field notes & measurements, etc.


    I had been using Bluebeam, but it was time consuming getting data imported and exported out of the program.  PDF Expert works directly with our files in the Cloud.  The apple pencil works seamlessly, and the user interface works well.

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  11. There are so many pop ups that ask - "Do you always want to do it this way" and provide the user with a little check box in the pop-up dialog.


    This seems like a poor approach.


    As a User, I think "We'll, I'd like to do it this way 90% of the time, but if I need to do it differently, how can I change it?"

    Could all of those settings be put somewhere accessible?  i.e. In the Preferences or in a Worksheet where they can be accessed and set en masse?

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  12. @Bruce Kieffer 


    Bypassing Bernie for a moment ... I like your convertible bed / couch idea.  Probably, because I'm thinking about something similar for a family member.


    One thought - rather than the exposed tabs to support the back when in a sofa position - how about shot bolts on the back side of the backrest rail?  That way, you could just have a drilled hole at the head and foot of the bed.  That would eliminate hitting against the protuberances while you sleep.

  13. @Gabriel Ostermann 


    I've tried a variety of solutions to this issue. 

    • The stipple tool has a nice look, but it is very slow and memory intensive.
    • I would steer clear of the linear plugin tool.  I've found it to be glitchy in practice.

    Solution #1 (preferred): Hatches

    On the left side of the image below is a gravel hatch that I have set to a class.  The hatch is from VW's default library.  I included a solid white fill in the hatch settings to cover up the soil hatch where the two are overlaid.  The hatch can be applied to a polygon of any shape.  I've set the display to "page" rather than "world" so that the hatch displays correctly in both detail and section.  You can override the hatch scale in the attribute pallet if you want a custom size.


    In addition to a granular hatch, I also have a circular hatch (not shown) to designate drain rock.


    Solution #2: Line Styles

    Line styles are quite powerful and work like a linear material IF your objects conform to a fixed width along the line length.

    On the right side of this graphic is a line style that I put together in a few minutes using different circles.

    You could use polygons or any shape that you want repeated.


    The bubble outline atop the gravel on both sides is also a custom line style - which we use for everything from redlines to tree boundaries (and yes gravel).

    With line styles, you can adjust the scale per instance with the attributes, so it gives flexibility to how they can be used.





    When you create a custom line and EDIT it's geometry, you'll get this view.  I recommend placing your objects above or below the baseline so that you can control the display along one edge. By dragging the gray copies on either side of your geometry, you can control the repeat spacing.





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