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Wesley Burrows

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  1. I had this problem for a while several months ago and it vanished with the latest version of cloud services.     The below version works for me.   You might make sure you're current,   I've found mine doesn't always auto-update.

     

    Also FWIW, all my stuff is on dropbox.   I don't use the vectorworks cloud for storage.

     

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  2. 3 hours ago, Grayson said:

    Hey Guys,

    Similar topic - are you aware of any way to round the "TTLSGLngth" total running length to whole inches? Maybe its not possible since its text? I've used Pat's method to convert it to a value without the subtraction but it returns the value in feet with three decimal places. Is there a way to then convert that to feet and inches in whole numbers?Softgoods.png.a9c9e9c1e3f56a8bed65c291a8ad2ab8.png

     

     

     

    I round up to the nearest foot using this:

     

    =ROUNDUP(0.5+VALUE('Soft Goods'.'TTLSGLngth'), 0)

     

    Then use cell formatting to be a dimension.

  3. 3 minutes ago, zeno said:

     

    I remember your post. You could better describe the problems you were having?

     

    I was having full on system lock ups and force restarts after periods of time.   Only occured when using VW.    Just regular modeling and stuff.   It would happen several times a day.   After more reading, about some memory leaks in 12.1 particularly when using a "custom cursor".  (which I don't use) but it occured to me VW changes the cursor often to reflect different tools and tool functionality.  So watching the activity monitor over the course of a day it seemed like the ram usage would go up some with each change.    Granted I have 96GB of system ram,  so it's pretty hard to swamp that.   And honestly I never saw VW use anything egregious in the ram department.   So it might have been something else. 

     

    Either way something changed with VW SP2.1,    I no longer had complete system crashes,  but I did experience strange stuck geometry after a while of drafting.   Random symbols from really any layer,  off or otherwise .  They would have a stuck plan view on the screen plane where the pen changed to white,  and the fill to light grey.    They would just appear,  and I couldn't interact with them,  i couldn't figure out the series of events that led up to that happening.  A screenshot example is below.  (those were the tops of some simple chair symbols).   And this is milderer,  other times it was all sorts of random stuff from the venue DWG.  (which was mostly off).     It wasn't all symbols either,  and most of the time it wasn't even all of the SAME symbol.   Super odd.

     

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     Either way,  MacOS 12.1. was No Bueno for me.    MacOS just released the 12.2 Release Candidate,   12.2 has been good to me since the Beta 2 of it.    Props to @Gunther and @Mike Lamb for trying to help me work through this. 

     

    -W

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  4. Ok,   so I'm used to Vectorworks crashing at this point,   but wow with SP2 it seems to be much worse,  It used to be force quit (or the application would just disappear) re-launch and get as much work done as you can before the next crash.  Now Vectorworks seems to be bringing my entire machine to its knees,    have to physically power off.   Completely unresponsive.     This only happens using Vectorworks. 

     

    VW 2022 SP2 on Monterey 12.1 using 2 - 2K Thunderbolt Displays and 1 - 4k Vizio TV.  

     

    This happens during basic 3D modeling,   push-pull,   navigating,  and shaded view walkthroughs.  

     

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  5. On 7/22/2020 at 12:48 PM, Rob Lloyd said:

    Hi, sorry to hijack a thread, I've just signed up for a year subscription to C4D and rather than start a new thread thought I'd jump on the end of this one.

     

    @EAlexander  I'm really interested in the Hantmade Stage plugin and I know you don't use it but do you know of anyone with first hand experience? Information seems a bit sparse and I have used the contact form on the website but haven't heard back.  

     

    I'm not really looking to spend out on the pro version as I don't need things like the fx engine and timeline, but see that the 'normal' version doesn't do Vectorworks exchange which could be a sticking point. I wonder if there is a way to just manually replace the imported Vectrorworks fixtures with Stage ones which isn't too much of a faff?

     

    Thanks, Rob.

     

     

    I know this post is old.   But as a Stage User,  you might seek out an alternate solution if you haven't already.   It's currently not fully functional with R23 and newer.   The Slack channel has all but been silent for like 7 months.   I haven't heard any updates on the status since March of 2021.   Dunno if the pandemic did a number on them or what.   I really like it,  but I'm stuck with R21 if I want to use it,  and R21 while working on Big Sur,  has been pretty buggy for a while.   R25 works great,   but I lose stage.    

     

    -W

  6. 5 minutes ago, scottmoore said:

    Wesley,

    That is a pretty spot-on analysis of how to draw venues. I will add that taking some extra time to turn items into hybrid symbols is pretty much always worth the time. Consideration of classing, class line weight, pen color, fill color and textures can be huge time savers; especially when you decide to change something later on. 

     

    Yes!  All this for sure!  I tend to make hybrid symbols of different levels of the space,   including the roof on different classes,  and then make a venue symbol of the whole thing.  So you can turn pieces off if you need to.  In the roof symbol I tend to make it a hybrid with the only thing in the 2D geometry being a loci,  (or sometimes simplified rigging/steel, but I usually leave that separate.)  I do this so I can see the roof structure when flying around in 3D but it's not in the way with top plan.     (Or I can turn off the roof class,  etc.)

     

     

  7. On 5/13/2020 at 7:38 AM, Chris Tran said:

     

     

    Hi guys, How can you created an Arena like this one? Can you share your workflow? Thank you so much!

     

    This arena in particular was sort of a pain because it was originally constructed in the 1930's and has been renovated several times,  so the DWGs,   and in some cases the hand-drawn original section drawings, did not agree with each other.  Reconciling them in to agreement was an interesting mind exercise.  It took a lot of help from the site survey notes, dimensions and a bunch of pictures.    In any case,  after you have a solid frame work,  it really comes down to time and how much detail you want to put in to it.    I think that Arena as shown above took about a week to model.   I used everything from extrude along a path,  loft surfaces, nurbs, simple extrudes,  add/subtract solids,  extract tool,   to the projection tool and more.    It takes a fair amount of familiarity with the 3D modeling tools available to figure out what might be best to use for a particular task.   Eventually you start looking at real world objects and think about what tools you'd use to model them in real time,  it's a sickness.

     

    But generally speaking I work from the arena floor outward and upward.    It really helps to have section views for elevations,   but those aren't always available for some spaces so,   I also rely on site survey notes,  and in some cases photos with some educated guesses based on typical dimensions of different construction materials/doors etc. 

     

    But for a few hints,  you can take a section view of a lower bowl of the arena,  draw a simplified version of it (basically like you're looking at a set of stairs from the side) and extrude that along the path of the arena floor.    Some arena's don't have a lower tier that is the same the whole way around,  so you could do a series of the above,  for each different section.    I've also used the loft surface tool to create the different tiered bowls.     Every time I do it it's a little different,  and every time you learn different ways of doing stuff.   There really isn't a right/wrong way,  it's what works for you.   You kinda just gotta go for it and not be afraid to make mistakes and learn.

     

    I know that's not exactly what you asked,  but I hope it helps.

     

     

     

     

  8. 4 minutes ago, Cadplan Architecture said:

    Thanks Wesley, I use Team Viewer but didn't know that it can be used for screen sharing. How do you set it up?

     

    I use Teamviewer 12 (cause I have an old perpetual license for it) But you just launch it and choose meeting

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    Choose Presentation

     

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    You'll get this dialog and then you can just invite people with the green person + icon.   (You can also schedule a meeting for later or one to repeat using a meeting ID for a specific project with recurring meetings)

     

    Hope this helps

  9. Nearly all of my collaborations since 2016 have been digital in nature.  I've used Google Hangouts,  GoToMeeting,  Skype and Teamviewer.       I've used Teamviewer the most and like it because remote clients can click on the presentation screen and their cursor shows up on my screen which is great when they are pointing something out/referencing an object because I can quickly see exactly what they are talking about.    

     

    There are also a ton of iMessages screenshots back and forth early in the process.    (Most of my co-collaborators are Mac folks)

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  10. I use the Stage Plugin,  and it works nice.    Most of the stuff I do is conceptual so it's a mix of Stage fixtures for beamage and trash + hidden lights actually lighting the scenes.  The model comes in to C4D from VWX but I usually omit any lights and do all that in Cinema.   Then the LX plot gets nailed down later.

     

    Stage is supposed to support MVR now,  but I haven't tried it yet.

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  11. The "Load More" button on the courses page is beyond irritating,  it only loads 4 more.     Why can't it just load the next segment of 12 as you scroll down?    This isn't 1995, we aren't on 56k modems.   

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  12. 24 minutes ago, Don Seidel said:

    Sorry people...not buying it. Where are the mass deaths in US from Corona? NOT there because it's the flu, and only the flu. If this were Ebola, of course cautions. But really? Everyone panics but no one can say why. Sad

     

    That's pretty awesome you're a Doctor AND an Architect!   Kudos!  

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  13. 11 minutes ago, Tanner Shelton said:

    Generally speaking, the 3D world is moving towards a more multi-program workflow. Not using multiple programs would be like trying to make an animated movie with just Maya. It's technically possible, but not realistic. It will take much longer and the result won't be passable. For movies, you don't just use Maya, you use Maya for box modeling, ZBrush for high poly sculpting, Marvelous Designer for cloth simulation, Maya for rigging and animation, Mari or Substance for texturing, and then usually Maya for scene setup and then Arnold or another 3rd party renderer for rendering. In 3D, each program finds it's niche, then does a really good job at that one thing. If you try to implement too many things, you either need a giant team to keep it going and improving, or everything will be sub par.

     

    That doesn't mean the Architectural/Event industry is moving that way as well, but I think Vectorworks will need to evolve in some way to be able to compete with the competition. Either with going full into updating 3D to help it compete with other commercially available programs, or implement more 3rd party support for exporting to allow for easier workflows with these programs.

     

    The only Architecture program I have used is Vectorworks, so I would be curious to see how others compare in this regard. Such as Revit.

     

    This post right here.    x1000.    I'd rather have a rock-solid specific area of focus oriented program than one that tries to do everything and fails at most of it.    

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  14. On 2/7/2020 at 1:06 PM, rseybert said:

     

     - Navigate away from using Hidden Line rendering to create the Schematic View.  This utilizes GPU resources over CPU and can lead to longer, more taxing manipulation of the model.

     

     

    I think you have these switched,  if I recall, hidden line uses the CPU and if I recall correctly it's single threaded and is slow AF.     GPU or Multicore CPU would be a vast improvement (unless this changed in a recent version).   


    I agree with your points though,  there are a lot of real world situations where schematic view can't handle it, and while I can appreciate the goal of it,  it's fairly half-baked.     And I don't know what has happened to DLVP's in this release,  but they are almost unusably slow in 2020.

  15. I'll give it a try when I have some free time,  I have to say,  resetting my preferences every time this program craps it's pants is enraging.    I can literally think of no other professional piece of software that requires as much preference wiping/reinstalling as this one.    It's akin to the mid 90s when Windows was behaving stupid and the canned answer was reformat and reinstall Windows.   It became just a thing people did every few months or whatever.

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