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    dark mode not so much

    Alan I’m beginning to think it’s more of a curse 🙂 . As for dark mode, You’re really not missing anything. Icon graphics are not fully resolved ( lousy contrast), menus difficult to read, text inexplicably black in a dark background. It’s as bad as an early version of autocad.
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    dark mode not so much

    It's worse in person. screenshots don't account for contrast ratios in one's workspace. Basically even though I'm in a dark room, you can't read it. Simple answer is to change it to white text. This is not the only menu. Better question is why is this not vetted when testing? Don't have this issue with other dark mode apps (like adobe).
  3. Not all of us have great eyesight. How am I supposed to read file names? On screen is almost impossible to see. Does anyone beta test this stuff?
  4. Yeah I know its way overpriced. There are others out there that might offer similar compression for a lot less, I just haven't taken the time to stop drinking the Adobe Kool-aid. Since I'm using Photoshop, Indesign, Lightroom, Bridge, and Acrobat, I'm forking over the monthly subscription (ugh). I do use other features in Acrobat. I frequently have images in my document sets so my situation is a little different I suppose. I'm with you though, so not impressed with 2020 so far. Reminds me of Jaguar in the late 70's. Looks great, fast when it works, but alas, most of the time in the shop, broken.
  5. K: Not sure if it helps but I always reduce PDF file size in Acrobat as part of my workflow. It's tedious I suppose, but does a good job of hacking down file size. I've got it set where exports from Vectorworks automatically open in Acrobat when created, then file/save as other/reduce size PDF. And it doesn't matter how the PDF is created in Vectorworks, they show up as the same file size for me.
  6. K: These days 4gb vram is barely enough. I'm running 16 but 8 should do it. I'm also running 32GB of RAM in an effort to future proof the hardware a little. 2020 like others before it, won't be stable until SP2 (and sometimes 3). As functionality goes, unfortunately 2020 is mostly window dressing. There are numerous features and user requests that got ignored. I've stuck with 2019 for now simply because I don't trust 2020. Too many time-sucking issues to overcome... Sorry I don't really have anything concrete to offer, but you have my sympathies.
  7. same here. converted 2019 file. textures on doors and louvers don't work in 2020. Renders 2020 software unusable. still. I may just go to paying for an upgrade of the previous year's version when a new version comes out. No sense in owning software that is so full of holes and unstable. The beta testing efforts clearly are not working. This is basic stuff that ought to be caught before being foisted on us.
  8. Cberg: Thanks for the clarification. Does this mean that the 2019 simple Notes Manger: Callout menu (for non-database notes) has gone away in 2020? (Am trying to determine if my 2020 install is corrupted or not)
  9. In 2019 if "Get Text from Database" is unchecked, the Notes manager Callout menu appears (see screen shot above)and I can just enter a note without it being in a database.In 2020/Callout preferences, check or uncheck "Get Text from Database" appears to have no affect, the same Edit Callout menu appears (and setting the Database to "none", the text does not become part of a database). Am I supposed to be seeing the same menu from 2019 in 2020 for non-database callouts (Notes manager Callout menu)? Am I just confused that the menu interface has changed between 2019 and 2020? If so why is this not noted in the literature or new features or did I miss something?
  10. Hugues: Does my profile not show up? Designer 2019 + 2020, iMac pro on Mojave 10.14.6 callout test 2019.vwx callout test 2020.vwx
  11. Thanks for the suggestion. Running out the door but will do so when I get back.
  12. I hate reinstalling software (If your going to sell us on ease of migration, then shouldn't it work?). Will try blowing out the plists/librariesand see if that helps. Tech support has become a black hole. No interest in helping. As best I can tell all the good people have left.. Not sure why I pay for Service Select...
  13. 2019: blank file, callout tool/callout preferences/text options uncheck Get Text from Database, notes manager: callout opens. Custom text for that note can be added. Works as advertised. 2020: blank file, callout tool/callout preferences/text options uncheck Get Text from Database, Callout with Database opens. Only option for custom text is to add it to a database. Notes manager for custom text DOES NOT APPEAR. In other words check or uncheck Get Text from Database has no affect. Reported earlier, but this appears to still be broken in SP1 Cannot use 2020 as this is a critical tool for my workflow. Have tried different workspaces, blank files, existing files. No difference.
  14. SP1 still broken. wear me out. Callout tool/ Callout preferences is text from database only, no matter if the text options box is checked or not. DOES NOT WORK. New file, old file doesn't matter. This is critical to my work flow and renders 2020 USELESS.
  15. MD: I tend to create hybrid symbols for trees. A plan form in 2D, and an image prop in 3D. Also helps keep file sizes from bloating and makes it easy to swap out species easily if you have to. VB Visuals are geometry and can inflate a file size in a get-go. But again making them a symbol will help keep it manageable. Hope that helps.
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    stair tool 2020?

    J+Z: They really should be embarrassed. Viewports, callout tools, and something as basic as the stair tool, etc. all broken right out of the gates? Does anyone other than a software engineer bother to test the software before it's released?
  17. Same here. w/2020 but slightly different. I uncheck "get text from database" to just add a note with the callout tool, but lo and behold, the "callout" database menu shows up (not suppose to), whereas previous versions "notes manager: Callout" menu shows up and you just add your text to you callout. This is broken and yes renders the program useless if adding notes to drawings are part of your work flow (100% of architects and landscape architects). Agree with others that the quality control for new versions frankly sucks. If this were an automobile manufacturer, the company would be out of business.
  18. I have an HP T520 36" that has performed quite well. Also not small but anything that will print D is going to have some size. Plug n play on a Mac, easy to print sheet stock (smaller sizes). Not terribly expensive and Amazon will drop it at your door. Ink readily available. You do have to take care of these things and I'm lucky I have a good HP tech who services nothing but large format machines.
  19. New file, old file. not working. Time to face the onslaught of tech support. ugh
  20. Unfortunately not working either with an existing callout or a new one. unchecking the text from database does nothing. edit callout menu pops up. Broken?
  21. Not working. Used to be you just unchecked "get text from database" in callout preferences then you just add/edit text in the notes manager: callout dialogue box. Now, (with a new callout), open up callout preferences, "get text from database" unchecked, hit ok, place the callout, and the callout database menu opens, not the notes manager callout dialogue box. I don't want to add every note to a database. This has to be a bug.
  22. I can't just add a note to a drawing like I used to in previous versions. It wants me to add the note to a database even though I don't want to. Is this a bug?
  23. The resource manager organization of libraries has been a hot mess for sometime and seems to be getting worse along the way as new products are added. It needs an overhaul. For example in the US release, for AEC professionals, that the organization of materials does not follow CSI division format is an abomination (for that matter any national construction standard). Manufacturers product folders are dropped in willy-nilly, and are intermixed with generic ones. Directories labeled object-building services, object-building-furnishings or objects-architecture are just confusing and have little to do with how we work/organize. This needs to get cleaned up. As it stands, it's really inefficient. I'm curious whether distributors in other countries organize to follow their national standards. My guess is the stage lighting community might also benefit with an industry standard organization as well. If you want to hire me as a consultant to re-organize this, I'm all ears.
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    stair tool 2020?

    B: The custom stair I believe was original to 2009 if I recall. Maybe even written before the company was sold. Within a year of new ownership we had the new inflexible cumbersome stair tool. Needless to say this has been going on a while. While the custom stair tool is more flexible, I've had issues with it corrupting in later versions. I suppose it's possible that with the change in kernel that things got more stable, so perhaps taking another stab at it is worth it. Like others on here, its incredulous that the CEO can bandy about claims they responded to the user base in this version when after lengthy posts and in-depth thoughtful responses on this board about what needs to change in the stair tool, that this was a priority for the architectural user base, (it would appear) they flat out simply ignored this pressing need. I'm so not impressed.
  25. Ha. 30 years is probably optimistic....

 

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