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  1. Hi All, Need some help on something. I'm trying to model a pretty complex structure based on a drawing that I received from the vendor. Unfortunately, I believe the original file was exported poorly, likely on purpose as its been a battle to get a drawing in the first place. That being said, I'm trying to create some surfaces of the exterior of the structure. I traced the main surface lines with NURBS curves, however, when I try to loft or "create surface from NURBS curves" it either fails or creates something that isn't what I'm trying to model. Attached to this post is a screen capture video of what I'm trying to model based on the NURBS curves. I'm not understanding why it will not loft between all 4 curves. The closest I could get is lofting between the bottom 3 curves but then it fills in some random curve up top. I really need it to populate all 4 curves at those specific paths. There is another bit of geometry, the curve in the middle that you can't really see, is curve the structure makes at that point. I've tried dicing everything down and creating a surface and use that curve as a mirror line but I couldn't get a surface to be created in any way. How do I get this to work? I've made sure all curves have the same degree number as well as going the same direction as its "parallel" partner. I've been through every video I can find and after almost 20 hours of banging my head against this I'm ready to give up out of frustration... except that's not an option. Why can't I simply say create a surface using these 5 curves? SO, some help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Screen Recording 2020-01-18 at 4.19.50 PM.mov
  2. Another user has brought to my attention that on several occasions there have been issues with truss missing from a specific hanging position, leaving an empty hanging position object with just the text. The file was originally built in 2019 but converted to 2020 when we all upgraded. The file is also a project file, however, none of the other users that have been in the file have reported any issues with it. I recommended they discard their working file and create a new one. So far, that seems to have worked but I'm curious if this is a potential issue with 2020 that we need to look out for. I think I came across this when I was first testing 2020 back in November before we made the switch but I can't remember exactly. Thanks in advance.
  3. We often use screen surrounds with openings smaller than the screens we use to avoid any of the screen frame border from showing. It would be great to be able to use the correct screen size and then specify the opening that will be projected into and have the cone represent that. For instance, we use a 9'x16' screen in a hard surround with an opening of 8'x15'. I don't want to display the cone for the 9'x16' screen as is would displaying on the scenic elements outside of the opening.
  4. @JustinVH Thanks for the prompt response. What's the timeline that users can expect on this functionality being a reality and working as advertised? This was voiced as an issue when 2020 was first released. We're at SP2 and it's still a huge pain. We appreciate all the hard work you guys do but, frankly, most of the avid users of the software are getting tired of releases featuring functionalities that only sorta work. While the workaround that you provided does in fact allow the hinge to "act" as a horizontal hinge, it forces all truss you connect to it to roll 90º to mach the gusset plates. This means that the orientation of the truss is incorrect. If you try to connect the rotated vertical hinge to an existing run of truss it snaps back to vertical. If you try to roll the hinge as you suggested, its offset 6" to align the insertion points. Moving the hinge 6" to eliminate the offset yields the connection to be broken altogether. I don't see this a being very practical. Thanks.
  5. I'm becoming more and more frustrated with these hinge blocks that came with the 2020 release of VW Spotlight. The only ones that seem to work out of the box are the Eurotruss models that they used in the marketing content. If I try to use a Tomcat hinge, it prompts me to input all of the data. After I find the associated data from another TC1212 truss object or try to replicate the data from one that works, the geometry completely disappears. The only way I can select it is to marquee over the area its in. I've attached a file for reference as well as a screenshot. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Its really frustrating that cornerblocks have been a request for years and now that we finally have them, they don't work. Screen Recording 2019-12-09 at 1.55.35 PM.mov Tomcat Hinge.vwx
  6. @BSeigel - Thanks for the reply. I'm really confused about what resources VW uses for which processes. I've found posts that support it would be more beneficial to have a CPU with low core counts and high clock speed as VW does not utilize more than 3 or 4 cores... Granted almost all of these posts are older and I'm not sure just how relevant they are. I cannot seem to find anything that touches this subject that are current to 2019/2020 and the recommended specs on the VW website does not get very granular when it comes to processor. Do you have any links to any official resources that support the claim that more cores is beneficial? That would really help my fight when I present the needs to the money people as well as help other users who are in the same boat. @herbieherb - Thanks for the recommendations. I will look into those specs. I'm Mac based personally and on the road, but I'd be happy to rock a windows machine in the office if it means I can bang out some high quality renders in a timely manner. The i9 processor I have in the MBP seems to do this pretty well but I have to drop the overall size of the final render down quite a bit while keeping the DPI high as well as sacrifice some of the finer details such as light bounces.
  7. @Dave Donley I was testing out an Intel NUC (NUC8I7HNK) as possible new render machine since we had some not on a show and the powers that be want me to look into all options available before making a purchase. I downloaded 2020 SP1 on the machine and opened a 2019 file that already had renders set up and I knew how long it would take to render on my MacBook Pro. After it failed to render correctly, I restarted VW and it rendered fine, save for a few settings that were lost in translation. Not sure if it was a minor hiccup or the problem you describe. I would share the file but its very proprietary. I've also completely restored the NUC as I've ruled it out as a rendering machine so any further tests are not an option at the moment.
  8. I'm currently in the market for a new machine for that will take on the rending work loads. The research I've done so far has lead me to believe that the CPU specs are what matter to rendering in VW and that a CPU with less cores and higher speed would be the best purchase. Can anyone recommend some desktop machines that make light work of complex renderings? MAC preferred but Open to Windows. Thanks.
  9. @Stephan Moenninghoff Thanks for the reply. I created a new viewport and the issue continued. I restarted VW and it seemed to fix it. Once it did finally render, the lighting definitely looked different compared to the original renders I did on my MacBook Pro. Your suggestion might fix that but I'm thinking it could be some lighting settings in the viewport I lost when I recreated the viewport.
  10. I'm demoing a possible new render machine. I'm currently running 2019 but using 2020 for the demo. The test file I'm using was created in 2019 and it rendered the files correctly. When I opened it up in 2020 and the usual "this file needs to be converted to 2020 blah blah blah" popped up. Everything converted correctly and showed up as it should. I made a minor change so the viewports would need to be updated. Upon trying to update the viewports with fast or final quality Renderworks, the viewports go blank. If I switch the viewports back to Open GL or Wireframe, they display geometry. Is there an issue going from 2019 to 2020 or does any sort of Renderworks quality not work in 2020? Not sure where to start with troubleshooting this problem.
  11. Thanks @markdd, I kinda figured the blue symbol was going to be the best solution, just thought I throw the question out there to see if anyone has a method that works for them. I'm going to look into the Custom Tool/Attribute command... and I'm sure it'll open up a new rabbit hole for me to climb down. Thanks again.
  12. Hi All, I'm a recent AutoCAD to VW convert looking to replicate some of the functionality that came with AutoCAD. Most of them I've been able to part with but one of the ones I cannot seem to find a better way of doing is a dynamic line block. This would allow me to create a polyline with livetype and layer information and save it as a dynamic block. When I dragged it from the tool palette it would start the polyline command. Once I finished the command, the polyline would have all the appropriate attributes that it should. We commonly used this feature with items we always wanted to the same such as Centerlines or object outlines. Is there any way to replicate this in Vectorworks? Thanks in advance.
  13. Hey All, I have a show coming up where the the room is split in two and has the same rig in both, just mirrored. This means that the fixtures in room 1 have a rotation of 0º and the fixtures in room 2 have a rotation of 180º. My challenge is the label legends. The text is showing up in the correct locations but rotated 180º on the design layer. Once I go over to a sheet layer, they are fine. Is there a way to change the way the text reads in design space? It's no biggie, just a little annoying to look at data that is backwards as I've created a saved view that rotates the room 180º so we can be in the correct orientation as we detail the show out. Thanks in advance.
  14. Well said CETLV. Our firm purchased braceworks to aid in keeping track of weight as the system is being designed as well as helping to challenge the in-house A/V companies when they come back and say that some points are overweight and need to add 5 motors at $900/day. We've never assumed that the calculations are 100% accurate and we understand that there are forces/physics in play that we don't pretend to understand. When it really matters we get rigging companies and structural engineers involved. That being said, we're rather disappointed with how the features don't work without causing issues and how long it takes for the Dev team to rectify the issues. Not every show is comprised of straight trusses or box grids so not being able to calculate mid span connections or hinge blocks is a huge deal. 2020 did introduce hinge truss objects to fix this issue, however, I've not found one hinge we use consitantly that works the way they advertise. This and a list of other items are keeping us from fully committing to 2020 until SP1 or even SP2. I understand that there needs to be some level of "user" beta testing on the software before all the bugs are worked out but this is a little out of hand. Don't get me wrong, I personally love the software. Its leaps and bounds better than AutoCAD in most categories, which is what my firm converted over from. However, with the price this software carries, we expect it to not be so broken and continually have to find work-arounds for things. AutoCAD was very slow to introduce new tools or methods of handling the software but it was robust. It also seems that many of the tools and the way they work were developed by many people who have never really experienced the day to day operations of this industry. I for one wouldn't mind if Vectorworks took a year or two off to get the current tool set up and running 100% before launching any additional new features. Thanks again for all the hard work, but we need to see the quality that we're paying for.
  15. Hi All, Is there a method to getting the viewer to open a project file or will it only open a .vwx file? I have a user in the office that only needs to get into a drawing every once in a while to confirm some measurements. Would kinda hate to have to waste a whole s/n on it. Thanks in advance.

 

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