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  1. Hi there Since I upgraded to VW 2021 on my MacBook the basic palette on the left , built up of the four tabs 'View/ Select' / '2D Shapes' / '3D Shapes' / 'Edit' has separated into individual tabs, I now have to click on each one of these to access the icons, whereas before (and still on my Mac running vw2021) these are all just shown on the one palette - which is much more convenient. Having them separated out adds so many unnecessary clicks when working on a drawing and I can't find any way to switch it back. Apart from doing this manually is there a tick box I'm missing? Thanks!
  2. Thanks for your replies, the difference does seem to be if it's a VW symbol. When creating hybrid symbols from scratch, I've never needed to give it an insertion height as I usually position the symbol in one file and then it copies and pastes into the same Z height in all files. If it's a VW architectural symbol I see in the object info box there's a drop down named 'Z-Ref' and by default it's set to "Finish Floor (doesn't exist)" Changing this to "Layer Elevation" on each symbol allows it to be pasted in and keep the height it was copied in from. You don't seem to be able to change it back to "Finish Floor (doesn't exist)" weirdly once changed off this though. Thanks again!
  3. Yeah, paste in place only pastes in place in plan view. I'm usually moving as part of groups too, with other non-symbols (i.e a cabinet I've modelled, with VW sinks and taps above). Whether they are in groups or pasted separately, they paste in the same place in plan view, but from the side, the taps and basin are on the floor. Easy to rectify in one model, but when it's being copied over and there are multiple symbols it takes time.
  4. Hi there, Apologies if posted elsewhere, I couldn't find a post on this but in VW 2021, I'm using some of the VW library symbols for a bath room layout and when pasting into different drawings, it returns the 3D element of the symbol back to zero (i.e sitting on the floor) which makes it hard moving layouts to different plans. For example if moving a bathroom set up to a new drawing, the taps, sink and any wall mounted elements are returned to the zero plane so while it looks correct in plan, the model needs to be adjusted for every single item and every time it's moved into a new file. Does anyone who how to fix this? If I change the symbol into a group then it's fine and it pastes with the position info, but at the sacrifice of it being a symbol which is useful. Any help appreciated! thanks, Nick (I'm on a MacBook Pro 13-inch, M1, 2020, running Big Sur 11.1)
  5. Hi there, having a strange issue when trying to extrude text. I've always converted to poly line then extruded with no issue but now it's stopped working and creates unusable shapes. When zooming in on some letters it's a really jagged line and even simple square letters do not convert to anything usable. Has anyone seen anything like this before? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks Nick
  6. Thanks, the spec is for the 2018 version on my newer iMac..hoping there's a solution! Maybe the upgrade to Mojave has done something as it's recently that I've both upgraded and had this issue.
  7. Hi there, I've had a bit of an odd issue start and hoping someone may know how to solve it. When more than one file is open in Vectorworks, I'm unable to move an object snapping to an angle, so I can't move an object horizontally whilst snapping to the horizon for example. It's the same when drawing line, it's unable to snap to any angle, so impossible to draw lines as intended and obviously when trying to draw accurately it's not possible to use. All the snap selections are selected as usual and I've not changed any settings. When one file is open that will work fine, but a second file (even a new file) it doesn't work. If any object, even a simple square is copied from the second file into the first then the first file also has the same issue until that object is deleted and the second file closed. Sometimes but not always I've noticed when bringing the issue into the first main file, if hovering over an unselected larger polygon, the orange selection colour (around the outside of the shape) flickers like crazy when you move the mouse over the top of it. Whereas normally it just goes orange when the mouse it hovered over the top. TO ADD: when line tool is selected and trying to enter a line at 45 degrees at 1000mm long, when this is typed in, it will just create a line based on where the mouse point is rather than to any of the dimensions entered. And if trying to create a square and entering the specific dimensions, it will simply create the square based on where the mouse is on screen. It's definitely not related to one specific file, but seems to just happen now as soon as more than one file is open. I work on plans in one file then model up in a separate file which means it's impossible to move objects accurately at the moment so I can't work properly. Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks. (This is on an iMac 21.5 Inch Retina/ 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5/ 8GB RAM running MacOS Mojave)
  8. Hi all I seem to have a reoccurring issue when rendering fast RW / FQRW that it just shows as white and completes after 1 second - If I switch to Open GL or wireframe etc it show the view fine but I have to restart if I want to render properly. It usually happens after I've made a few changes to the drawing which made me wonder it was a memory/speed issue, when restarting the programme it seems to work fine again until some sort of 'event' then I need to restart again. It's a 92MB file of a shop interior so has rails and furniture but nothing hugely complicated. Another similar issue is I often find the cache saves the view when rendering even when adding in objects or making changes - again, restarting always solves this. I find I need to restart about once every 10 minutes which feels really often. I'm on a one week old new iMac, 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5 / 8GB 2400Mhz RAM / Radeon Pro 560 4096MB that I bought specifically to use Vectorworks 2017 on so I was hoping I wouldn't have issues with rendering or memory, there is very little open or even installed on this new computer. It has a fusion drive (combination SSD) which was supposed to help speed up using programmes. Do you think this is a Vectorworks issue or a computer/memory issue? Does the computer specification above seem OK to everyone? Some of the models are things I've drawn and a few downloaded from 3D libraries, so I'm not sure if something over complicated is taking up valuable memory. I'd appreciate any tips or suggestions, Thanks, Nick
  9. Thanks for the help guys. And Luis, I need to learn your vectorworks tricks! Those views are way better than what I can achieve... I'm only really starting out using render works so hoping to do some tutorials, my modelling and lighting understanding is pretty basic but will look into your descriptions of what you did to my model and see what I can pick up... Thanks again, Nick
  10. Kevin thanks a lot for that. The coat hanger was actually from an imported DWG, I didn't even think something so small would be slowing it down! I've amended it to something much simpler now and it renders fine, I'm on a 2015 laptop and I've definitely found 2017 a bit slower than my VW 2014 copy. I don't suppose there's a function that identifies overly complex objects within models? Or areas that are especially slowing down renders..? Anyway, thanks again and the FQRW feed is really helpful too! Nick
  11. Hi Selin Thanks so much, see attached file. When I do a FQRW it's just black now, but it looks fine in all other views so I can't see what's causing it. Would be great if you can see what the issue might be, Thanks Nick Store_concept_drawing.vwx
  12. Hi there, I'm struggling moving over to Vectoworks 2017 rendering. See screen shots attached. I constantly have the issue of black smears and marks appearing in or dominating my final quality renders. They are not visible in any other views or in the drawing. You can see the screenshots attached of the same view in open GL, fast render works and final quality renderworks. I'm on a trial of the software wondering if I should upgrade from 2014 and so far not confident if the cost is worth it. If anyone can shed any light on what this might be that would be really helpful, thank you, Nick
  13. Hi there, I needed to post as my favourite function, the Align/Distribute function (command = shortcut or also found under Modify > Align menu) just seems to have stopped working for the past month or so. I'm having no other vectorworks issues, the software's working fine. I used to use the shortcut all the time but now I get no reaction when pressing the shortcut or going and selecting the option from the menu, no errors or other messages at all. I find it so useful when aligning groups or objects or distributing items evenly into a space so I'm finding it really confusing why it's just stopped working. I'm using Vectorworks 2014, any help appreciated! Thanks Nick
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