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Mat Caird

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  1. Hi Nicolas

    I was trying to render a joinery unit with black top and white Melamine sides. I want the shadows to fall onto a white background, so the when printed, the shadows would appear to fall on the paper.

    The problem was, using lights to create the shadows nicely resulted in the sides of the unit coming out quite grey. My clients wouldn't understand this.

    If I had used cinema4d, I would have loaded a white color into the luminance channel, then got pure white.

    I was kind of hoping for a similar solution.

    Thanks for your time.


  2. To add to what Travis has said.

    I have found that the 1 viewport on top of another method takes too long to render, so instead I just add the odd extra line on the viewport annotation, eg downpipes, spouting, and a big black ground line. Then dimensions, notes, titles etc.

    Printed in color for the client, who loves it, and photocopied in black and white for the builder.

    It initially seemed like a lot of extra work compared to the "convert copy to lines" method, but now that I have done it once I see it is vastly quicker if there are any changes, eg moving a window trying different roof pitches, etc.

  3. Hey Nicholas, thanks for replying.

    I open the resource, browse to the "props lo-res" file, double cick on one of them, place it in my drawing, switch to front view, render in open GL and it's correct.

    I render in fast renderworks (or any other), and the prop has a blue background which obscures the model behind.


  4. Hi all

    Why oh why is 3d snapping so poor?

    Consider this;

    Change to a 3d view, select the end point of a 3d nurbs -


    Drag the nurbs to another nurbs, wait for the 'point' smart cursor cue to show up, the release the mouse button -


    Now switch to a plan view (or any other view) and the nurbs are not touching at all -


    You may have to look closely to see it, but trust me, they are not aligned.

    WHY OH WHY does VW do this to me .....


  5. try this

    1 open the file with the custome sheet

    select the custom sheet

    edit | copy

    swith to the file you wish to update

    edit | paste

    a dialogue should ask something like "replace or use existing symbol"

    choose replace

    you would expect it to update at this stage but it doesn't - you need to rebuild the PIO, so go to

    organsise | scripts | vectorscrip plug in editor

    then click done.

    This redraws/rebuilds all the pios in the active drawing, including you custom sheet.

    Note: there may be a quicker way than this...and I haven't tested whether it works or not.

    Good Luck

  6. Hi All

    My callout tool is mis-behaving.

    I edit a callout, press OK, and a warning window poas up saying 'Alert' in the dialog title bar, and '0' in the message area of the window.

    I press Ok and the callout updates correctly. -

    Anyone have any ideas?



    VWA 11.01

    win xp sp2

  7. Your dell..my HP P4 HT, 512 Ram hasn't crashed since I bought it 2 months ago.

    Do you get error messages?

    My dell laptop crashes ALL THE TIME rnuning VW, C4d, autocad, pshop - apparently something overheats and the system just dies....but I can leave winamp or dvd's running all day and it never crashes.

  8. Try switching to the 3d view "top" before you place the object.

    Or, switch to the 3d view of the object that you desire, do a convert "copy to lines", then select the 2d copy, and the 3d object and create a symbol. Then, when you place it in your 2d drawing, on a 2d view, you will see the 2d component of the symbol exactly where you want it.

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