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  1. Hello, I build set and lighting designs in Spotlight and almost exclusively use the 'Final Hidden Line' rendering option in the application. I am happy with the result achieved (even more so with the 2012 improvements on actually showing all the lines!) but very, very unhappy with the time it takes to render. Depending on where in the world I am I either have a 4 core MacBook Pro, a 6 Core Mac Pro or a 12 core Mac Pro to work on. However, it really doesn't matter much how many cores I have since VW only wants to talk to one at a time. All that power in the machine and I wait (literally) hours & hours for a set of renders to complete. I also have a license for Renderworks and I understand that this is Multi Processor aware. However I cannot figure out how to do Final Hidden Line renders in RW. I have tried all the various Artistic styles but that isn't what I want. Am I missing something?? Is there some setting I am missing?? Is there a way to get RW to do Final Hidden Line using multiple cores? Being completely honest I think it is very, very shabby that VW doesn't recognise and use multiple processor cores. VW is not a cheap application by any stretch of the imagination and I have had multi core machines for many many years now. Are Nemetschek still using computers ten years old to do their programming and testing? Absolutely 'hilariously' it took me longer on a 12 core machine recently to 'drill' a thousand holes in a piece of virtual polycarbonate that it took the CNC machine the drawing was for to actually complete the task!!!
  2. i have a very similar problem. i cannot even install spotlight under os 10.2. has anyone else actually installed the application in os 10.2 as opposed to upgrading the os after spotlight was installed under an earlier os revision ? i get to the point in the installer where it sets up the dongle and that's it, the installer stops, i get a message saying there was an error and the installation was unsuccessful and i am taken back to the install screen. since the dongle bit is at the end of the install process, vectorworks spotlight has actually been installed but when i run it i do not get my name etc on the startup screen and can only get demo/no dongle mode. at the moment i am having to run spotlight in os 9.2.2 on an external drive and then copy them over to the hard drive on my powerbook and restart again to email them to my clients. absolute nightmare. the dongle driver update didn't seem to make any difference at all. help !!!
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    OSX 10.2

    in case it is important i am on a pismo powerbook G3 500MHz with os 10.2 and 384Mb of ram.
  4. slinkink

    OSX 10.2

    i have an even worse problem. i cannot even install under os 10.2. has anyone else actually installed the application in os 10.2 as opposed to upgrading the os after spotlight was instaleed under an earlier os revision ? i get to the point in the installer where it sets up the dongle and that's it, the installer stops, i get a message saying there was an error and the installation was unsuccessful and i am taken back to the install screen. since the dongle bit is at the end of the install process, vectorworks spotlight has actually been installed but when i run it i can only get demo/no dongle mode. at the moment i am having to run spotlight in os 9.2.2 on an external drive and then email the files to myself to pick them up in 10.2 on my powerbook. absolute nightmare. the dongle driver update didn't seem to make any difference at all. help !!!

 

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