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  1. I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 and i was able to activate. Best of luck with the social isolation. I wasn't able to get any help with it, but i figured I had to update Windows from Windows 7. Most of what I saw online was to continue trying, and to make sure that Vectorworks isn't blocked by your firewall. Also you could try running vectoroworks as administrator by right clicking on it.
  2. Thanks for the reply. Just to be clear, you mean upgrade my computer? or upgrade Vectorworks? In my case I can use VW 2017 fine on my Windows 7 machine, which is a 2013 laptop (a bit old but is a powerhouse and can still run every other 3d modeling, rendering, or gaming software I use with ease.) I am trying to install VW 2020. My options are to continue using my 2017 license, upgrade my operating system to windows 10 (which I have to do soon anyways) or start using software that works better.
  3. @JuanP I have tried connecting on multiple wifi networks with firewall off, with no luck. I've tried selective boot and that didn't work either.
  4. Also to add to this, I will take a window that is close to what I want that matches my other windows, and Command+K it to a group to pull its 3D objects, and begin modeling and editing that 3D data until I get what I want in 3d. Then I convert it back into a wall-insertable symbol at world scale. Then copy a windows 2D data and edit it to match, paste into my 3d symbol in plan view, and it will convert to a hybrid symbol, essentially a custom window. I find this the fastest workflow.
  5. I've just recently installed Vectorworks 2020 on my Lenovo W530 running Windows 7. When I boot up VW, I am prompted to activate over the internet, and when I do it fails and I get an error "An attempt to activate over the internet has failed because of communication problems. Do you want to try again? Make sure you have unrestricted internet access and that you are connected." "Try Again" or "Quit." I have VW2017 on the same laptop and it is working fine, all the same firewall permissions, and I just booted it up for the first time in months, so I expect it would have had to re-activate. Would a re-install have any effect? This is obviously frustrating as I have projects that are stalling because of this.
  6. I am also experiencing similar behaviour with design layer viewports and referenced viewports (along with the pdf behaviour.) Is this the same bug? It's really a drag on my workflow. I notice sometimes toggling "zoom line thickness" and "show other objects outside of edit modes" will refresh and bring their visibility back, but that only works a couple times til i have to restart vworks.
  7. Also, I imported the successful texture into my working file, and it again will not register bump settings.
  8. Works in the new file. Is my file corrupt or is it in my document settings?
  9. It appears none of my image based bump shaders work. Are they working for others in Mac SP4?
  10. Using 2018 SP4 for Mac. I'm trying to use a PNG image file as a bump shader. I can import the image fine, but every time I set values in bump strength or displacement height, and the hit "Ok" or hit "Return", the preview does not update with a bump texture. When I reopen the bump shader settings, my imported image remains imported, however all settings return to their default values of zero. Other bump shaders work fine, just the image shader. Also, I have no problem using my image for the three other shaders. I've closed and reopened Vectorworks. I feel like I might be messing up a setting somewhere.
  11. Just came to make this request, this is a must. My boss (a hand-drafting dinosaur) thinks I am a heathen for not drawing the stops.
  12. Bumping this. Also would be great, is if I could quickly bookmark a view before going from my 1" detail design layer and jump to my 1/4" drawing to check a dimension, like setting a floating point checkpoint in a video game. As it is now, I publish a set of drawings to PDF, and open it in Adobe Acrobat, and switch between Vectorworks and Acrobat because my files are 2D heavy and take forever to render between views, and jumping in and out of design layers, sheet layers, annotation layers, and back makes me dizzy. Inception, anyone? Another hot tip is to use the "saved views" panel to bookmark locations in you file, like "Kitchen Elevations" "Millwork Details" "Building Sections"
  13. Thanks for the stop-gap! I do agree that this is a necessary feature--to quickly edit the dimension standard in the OIP. For my drawings I like to use Foot-Inch Fractional for anything over 3', Inch for smaller dimensions, imperial-metric dual for code compliance, and foot fractional for survey and spot elevations. I'm constantly hiding dimensions in the OIP and adding in my dimension notation in the "leader" field. Similarly, it would be nice to have dual dimension capability in the OIP for the attributes of objects, for example I typically have to manually convert (with google) floor areas from imperial to metric for code compliance documentation, which is a bit of a pain. (In Canada, everyone uses imperial day-to-day, but our code has been somewhat senselessly converted to metric.)
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