Grethe Connerth

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  1. Hi Tom, I know this is a rather old conversation from last year, but I am in the same boat right now as you were back then. I'm just doing the same steps, downloading a trial version of Cinema 4D and have to see how I go. Have you had any luck resolving the problem, and if so how ? Looking very much forward to your input. Cheers, Grethe
  2. Hi Russ,

    I was hoping you could help me please?

    I have received a file format that I cannot import or convert to use/import into Vectorworks.

    On the forum I saw you work with MAX? is this correct?

    The file format is '.mat' and holds a library of textures whereas I only need one of them to be converted to a jpg and C4D file.

    Would you know where I can find someone online or even maybe yourself to convert it?
    Cheers, Grethe

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    2. Grethe Connerth

      Grethe Connerth

      Hi Russ,

      thank you will do, yes the arrow ways are really good, am just trying to expand my library and have custom textures. I had a look at V-Ray textures and need to see about jogs. Maybe I'll find something close to what I'm after.

      Thanks again for all your efforts.

      Happy days from Melbourne OZ.



    3. RussU


      Ok Grethe. Good luck with it.

      I do have some gigantic textures if you're doing up-close work. I rarely use RW, but instead use 3ds max and Vray as you get a photo-real result. There's about a 3 year learning curve on that though!!

      Happy to help if you need it.


      All the best, from the very rainy medival village of Alfriston! :)


    4. Grethe Connerth

      Grethe Connerth

      Hi Russ,

      apologies for the delay in my response.

      I was taking a bit of a breather because Thursday and Friday were lots of last minute things the client wanted me to organise for their expo stand we're setting up commencing on Monday.

      Alfriston, so I had to look this up, either England or New Zealand. I assume GB as you wrote 'medical village'? That's great, totally on the other side of the world to here.

      I of course applaud you on your offer!!! Thank you so much, that is very generous of you!!!

      Honestly I wouldn't know where to begin, the texture I am currently desperate to find is the one I made screenshots of during our conversations. This is the 'used smooth concrete' that with possibly some tweaking looks like a shiny metal floor. 

      Personally I don't work with any other program but VW / RW, nothing else. So I wouldn't know if VRay won't work with RW?

      The closest result I have so far is an imported texture/image ex Evermotion. Attached file below.

      But it's not really the same just yet, plus you can see the 'tiles' where the image duplicates to the next.

      In any case, I shall see how I can go from here.

      Also still lots to do before the build up on site Monday morning.

      Have a great weekend!!!




  3. Hi JimW

    how is it going?
    I hope I can bug you with this one please?
    A client of mine has sent me a ‘.mat' file from his designer who does 3D renderings for him. The file is containing multiple textures. See attached below which I had to compress as this forum didn't not allow me to upload a mat file.

    He wrote:
    The file is a blend / a small library of several materials that you can use on 3Ds Max and maybe other software. You can expand the materials slot and search for a material called 'Used Smooth Concrete’."
    Well, that's obviously doable in the program his designer uses.
    In Vectorworks I tried all options to import files and textures with 'File - Import' and through the Resource Manager but could not open or import this file type.
    The idea is to use the texture that looks like a metal floor surface for one of the projects I am working on for him. See screenshot attached below.
    Is there a work around? 
    Or does this file to be export into a different file type by my client prior to me importing it into VW?
    In that case which file type would be suitable? 
    Hope you can help and looking very much forward to your reply.

    Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.36.09 AM.png

    1. JimW


      Apologies, I am not familiar with .MAT files. I tried popping it upen in C4D and a number of other applications I have available to no effect. Normally textures/materials if that is what this file is need to be split into separate images/layers and then built as a Renderworks texture directly in Vectorworks. Either that or converted to a texture that C4D can use and then that material should be import-able.

    2. Grethe Connerth

      Grethe Connerth

      Hi Jim,


      thank you for your reply and also for trying to see what would work. 

      I guess it's just a very different program that I also have no insights into.


      I even googled converting the file and all but nothing really helpful found.


      You tips are very valued and I'll pass it on and see if I have any luck.



      Thanks again and catch up again soon.



  4. Hi Kevin, thank you !!! I agree, individual outputs are just time consuming and annoying. Overall it's all resolved with great results - with a limitation to the amount of works, resulting in good quality renderings in PDF and still having a reasonable PDF file size. In regards to Publishing renderings, I'll keep an eye on it and also ensure not to have any outdated VPs outside the print area. Maybe I'll need to purge my files every once in a while also. Cheers, Grethe
  5. Hi Kevin, Hi JimW, thank you for your fast replies. Yes there is are multiple VPs in this presentation and they all turn out black when I down-sample the DPI in the export settings. I always update all VP renderings before I publish, it’s just a step to double check the final results again prior. But I don’t know if a re-render happens in the background of the program itself when Publishing with lower DPI settings. So I tested your suggestions: ... publishing pages individually works, but as you can imagine it’s an additional step then putting all pages into a presentation booklet together again, ... plus it does not help reducing the overall PDF file size ... … reducing the DPI for the sheet layers with VPs renderings only --> that certainly does the trick, however the resolution suffers a tat, so I may have to tweak and do a few test runs which DPI setting in combo with Publishing in order to get then best results in quality as well as a smaller file sizes for the final PDF file ... - disabling the Downsample Raster Images setting entirely - leaving the regular Resolution DPI at 300 - uncheck the three boxes at the bottom This was an interesting one. All VP renderings are clear of black BG !!! Yeah !!! So everything you both suggested already helped a lot, especially to get rid of the black BG so I am very happy. Now the final one to conquer ... the PDF file size is still at 27MB and the booklet has currently only 6 pages in total with 2 sheet layers having multiple VP renderings. ... but I just learned that I actually CAN change the Settings in Adobe Acrobat for reducing the file size - but need to chose a different section of the program ... So instead of choosing "Save as Other —> Reduced Size PDF” the choice should be "Save as Other —> Optimised PDF”. Here you can change DPI and much more. Plus these settings can be saved as a template and re-used for future PDF file reductions. ---> ... overall a combo of all the above worked and resulted in a PDF file size that is now only at 4MB ... AND at the same time the resolution of the VP renderings is very acceptable ... all in all you boys saved me many huge headaches and time consuming tests on future works ... Happy Happy Happy! Sending lots of appreciation from Melbourne in OZ !!! Grethe
  6. Dear VW lovers and VW nutties, there is a reoccurring problem with Publish to PDF and I can’t find out why it happens and how to fix it. I Publish to PDF resulting with the VP renderings being fine. But at times the file size is too large to email. So in order to reduce the file size I chose all pages in the 'Publish' window and select “Publish to PDF - Options” with for example Export Settings - Resolution changed from 300 dpi to 200 dpi. That usually that works fine and the main thing is that the VP renderings still have a good quality / resolution. ... now here is the problem ... ---> ever so often all rendered Viewports have a black background once the PDF is created out of VW - this happens when I changed the dpi within the Publish Options Settings. See screenshots attached. I know I could reduce the dpi on each sheet layer, but in general this will result in lower res renderings which at times I can't sent to my clients. Also if I publish as usual with no changes to the DPI settings and then alternatively reduce the file size within Adobe Acrobat “Save as Other —> Reduced Size PDF” then there is no possibility to set the DPI rate and the VP renderings lose a lot of their quality. Plus it is a 2-step process which I'd like to avoid. But why is this black background happening and how can this be prevented? Has anybody else have had this problem? Cheers, Grethe
  7. Lit Fog & Ray of Lights - Rendering for Success 


    Hi JimW and all the other VW lovers & users,
    the illumination of evening/night scenes whilst working with VW Architect ( not VW Spotlight ) is relatively new to me. 
    For many years I worked with VW as a creative architect in trade shows. Now I am getting into work in events with the development of stage scenes also. 
    Therefore I began to familiarise myself with the start-up settings of Fog & Backgrounds via VW Tutorials.
    Looking at the rendering from the VW file Rendering for Success - this is exactly what I am trying to achieve. 
    But even having the VW file downloaded and testing the Saved Views with various RW Styles I simply am lost on how to re-create this scene and have many questions.  
    - how to create the multitude of Ray of lights coming through the glass facade windows
    - do the glass class settings need modification for this
    - are the Ray of lights all individual fog lights outside the pavilion or is this a background setting 
    - how do the spot lights present a light on the floor
    Also with the original VW file most Saved Views are connected to RW Styles OpenGL or Slow High Quality
    Is there potentially a “Cheat Sheet” showing which Saved Views are supposed to be rendered with which RW Style,  Class & Layer settings? 
    It would be great to find some help on these or be able to view the VW file with the RW Style settings available. This is the file available online
    Really looking forward finding help.



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    2. Grethe Connerth

      Grethe Connerth

      Hi JimW,
      thank you again for your efforts in providing me with insights on how to re-create your 'encounter of the third kind effect’ scene. I ended up naming this scene 'Atlantis - Alien Invasion’ … ;0))
      Before I forget - could you please help what the Classes below within the file are connected to? And how can I find that out within the file? I looked into Tool —> Organisation, but it only shows which Saved Views and Viewports these are located within, not which object these are associated with.
      • IP-Acer_campestre-Day & IP-Acer_campestre-Night
      • IP-Acer_negundo-Day & IP-Acer_negundo-Night
      • IP-Acer_nikoense-Day & IP-Acer_nikoense-Night
      • IP-Acer_rubrum-Day & IP-Acer_rubrum-Night
      Setting the scene I tried various possibilities …
      - using the texture you have provided and also some other perforated sheets in various sizes
      - various sizes of a 3D object/flat panel with class/texture above the Pavillon 20x20m, 16x16m, 10x10m
      - either a spot or point light above the panel in different brightness intensities 200% to 400%
      - I even placed temporarily a bowl on-top of the 3D object/flat panel to give better control over the point light and to prevent it spreading out to the sides
      - all of the above were placed in different heights above the Pavillon, here amongst other things to test that the 3D object/flat panel was not visible when looking up through the glass ceiling
      - but of course the hole-sizes of the perforated textures had to be tweaked accordingly -> 100% to 4000%
      - and tweaking the dark blue colour of the overall RW background
      BTW - thanks for pointing out the time-saver of 72dpi, really was good testing this way ;0))


      A few things I could not resolve yet.

      —> The illumination outside onto the trees which gives it a kind of ’spooky' look and feel. This not even by adding another point light outside above them. 
      —> Also the overall illumination of the room is still very dark and blackish. So there is still some work ahead of me ;0(
      —> The perforated panel still shows up and sits too close to the ceiling. But placing it further up changed the whole look of the Rays a lot … Can it be invisible and still get the effect? 
      Just recently I started working with Class-Overrides in Viewports. And only by accident I found that the light colours in VPs can actually also be independently controlled! What a great tool and time saver setting scenes in various coloured ( fog ) lights !
      Whilst at times the renderings looked more like an underwater illuminated fishtanks I got somewhat close to the look of your 'Ray of Lights’. Last but lot least I added a few coloured gobo textures in combination to the 'Ray of Light’ scene and in the end it resulted in a not too shabby first look. 
      Thanks to you the 'Master of the Extraterrestrial Encounter Visual' ! 
      Attached below a few images of my work process and some of my fav-fav-fav results.
      Cheers from Down Under Melbourne,

      RWfS - Artlantis - Orientation.png

      RWfS - Artlantis - Renderings.png

    3. Luis M Ruiz

      Luis M Ruiz

      Hi Grethe.


      Those graphics are very impressive! I am glad you are having fun with this lit fog technique and let us see where else you apply it.


      Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 10.15.33 AM.png

    4. Grethe Connerth

      Grethe Connerth

      ... ooh that's cute and funny!!!


  8. Hi Josh, I saw your post, but I am not sure if you are still looking for a solution. I had something that I think may be very similar to what you are experiencing and I have been provided with a solution. I am using a slab with a class which Id' like to look differently in various Viewport scenarios, meaning the top finish shall have a metal texture, in the next it shall have a concrete finish, and so forth. This to create various options on how scenes can look. I didn't want to work with multiple layers containing individual slabs, and for the life of me could not figure out the constellations of class and overrides in VP and which settings work. If you are still interested let me know. Email may be best to contact me as I just signed up to this forum and am not sure how I would be notified in case you contact me on this platform. Email me to, I have received a short 3 mins video from OzCAD here in Australia which really helped a lot and saved me hours of endless try-outs! Cheers, Grethe