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  1. John_in_NZ

    Unhide (show) objects

    I must be going mad, senile, blind or stoopid, or possibly a combination of all of them! Whatever the case may be, I am extremely embarrassed to admit that I've found the "Show Objects" option, and it's exactly where Tui suggested it should be. As I said, I'm still very new to VWX, after 3 decades of acad, and 2 years of purgatory with AutoDesk's BIM offering (I can't bring myself to mention it by name), so I'm still trying to come to terms with the way that VWX is structured (how the software does what it does, rather than just learning commands parrot fashion). The only thing I can think of for not being able to find the "Show Objects" is that it is only displayed when no objects are selected, and I may have inadvertently had an object selected when I was trying to find the option. That, and the toys being thrown out of the pram due to the frustration of not being fully conversant with VWX ... 😉 Anyway, A big big thank you to Tui for explaining how to edit the workspace, which I'm sure will come in very useful, once I'm a little more experienced with VWX. Also thanks for the suggestions that everyone else has offered. Right, I'm off to hide in a dark corner until my extremely red faced embarrassment subsides ... 😊
  2. John_in_NZ

    Unhide (show) objects

    Thanks Tui, That would be much appreciated ... 😊 My VWX 2018 is pretty much an out of the box install with the Australia / New Zealand add-ins ... As a new user, I wouldn't have the first idea about how to modify the workspace, which is why I'm grateful for Tui's offer of assistance ... 😊
  3. John_in_NZ

    Unhide (show) objects

    Thanks Jonathan, Yup, I was assuming that "hide" was just for temporarily removing objects from a view when you want to tweak some geometry. Basically a fast and dirty option for tweaking or checking stuff, that's why I'm so confused at the lack of a simple and straightforward method of revealing the previously hidden object. I've just checked, and showing all classes doesn't help in this situation ... 😐
  4. John_in_NZ

    Unhide (show) objects

    H-E-L-P ... I've managed to "hide" an object (right click context menu), and now I want to show it. As a very new VWX user I've done some reading on how to "show" previously "hidden" objects, and there are a few threads going to great length regarding why you shouldn't "hide" objects in the first instance, and then to go on to talk about layers and classes. but they don't actually answer the question of how to show or "unhide" objects after they've been hidden. So, can anybody give me an succinct answer of how to show a previously hidden object? Secondly, if "hiding" objects is so widely considered to be such a bad idea, then why does it appear as a right-click context sensitive option in VWX 2018? The bizarre thing is that if I bring up the visibility tool and hover over the "hidden" object, it becomes highlighted in red, and a message pops up at the cursor telling which design layer the object is on, and that the layer is visible. As you would expect, this just ads to the frustration of the situation. Cheers John
  5. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Woo-hoo ... get the flags out, it's time for a party ... Don't ask me why ...it might have something to do with it, but I've got no idea if Vectorworks actually makes use of DirectX anywhere along the line, but allowing Windows 7 free reign to update itself, I can now see the images, as intended ... However, thanks a bunch to Kevin and "Art" for taking the time to make suggestions, they were very much appreciated ...
  6. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Thanks again for all of your suggestions Kevin. The other thing that I should have mentioned is that today is a public holiday in this part of NZ, so I can't even call the supplier to get their assistance. As I said in the initial post, there's something unusual going on, and I think the image display in Vectorworks is just one aspect of it. Also, as i suggested, the old work-horse PC is getting a bit long in the tooth, and I've been thinking about upgrading things for quite a while now. For now, I'm going through the process of ensuring that Windows is fully updated, and if that doesn't improve the situation, I'll re-format and reinstall Windows, then put on a fresh install of Vectorworks to see what happens. The other problem is that after Friday, I'm out of the country for a month, so I've obviously got deadlines to meet before I go ... fun and games, eh ... Once I get back in March, I can consider my options for new hardware, but right here, right now ... dunno ...
  7. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Sorry Kevin, I'm not following you. I did say I'm a noob ... After having a look about, I can't find any Style dropdown menu, so I'm not able to work through your options. The only way I can find to interrogate what's going on is to select the Titleblock from the Resource manager, right-click > Edit 2D Component, then edit the Group which contains the Image. After all that, when I select the image, OIP shows me this ... Am I on the right track? [edit] Going on from the above, and taking an Autocad approach to things, I've tried to export the offending titleblock to a new Verctorworks file. Right-clicking the titleblock in Resource Manager, then selecting the Export option, browse to my desktop and give the file a name, but I'm presented with this error message ... I think the rabbit hole is getting deeper ... [/edit]
  8. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Thanks again Kevin, As a long time Autocad user, my first reaction was that there was a broken link, but until now I haven't known how to check it. Also, my apologies, but I should have said at the very beginning that I'm using Vectorworks Architect, so I do have access to the the Navigation Palette. However, when I check the References pane, there's nothing showing. Does the image below throw any light on the subject?
  9. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Thanks Art, The strange thing, the file came from my client who (the guy who persuaded me to buy Vectorworks), and all is well on his Vectorworks 2018, Win 10 setup ... As for finding the format of the image, I can't even locate the image in Resource Manager to investigate to format. In the short term, I've managed to attach the logo, but only by importing it as a pdf, which strikes me as a bizarre work around (I must have had a few glasses of wine the evening I came up with that idea), but I can't help but think that there is something fundamentally "wrong" with the install ... Again, thanks for the suggestion
  10. John_in_NZ

    Jpeg showing as greyed out cross ...

    Thanks for the suggestion Kevin. However, I've just checked, but the Bitmap Display is set at Full Resolution ...
  11. As a Vectorworks noob, I'm having some problems, and would be grateful for a bit of assistance. So lets cover the basics: Win 7 Ultimate x64 AMD FX-8320 16GB Ram NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 I know the old workhorse is getting a bit long in the tooth (other than the graphics card), but it was either buy a new PC, or buy Vectorworks 2018 ... Yesterday, I downloaded the latest version of VWX, and came up with the first "wrinkle". WinRar reported a corrupt zip file, but extracted the install file without other issue. I have read elsewhere that WinZip and WinRAR can throw up the occasional error message when extracting perfectly valid archive files, so on to stage 2: Downloaded the install file again, but this time extract with 7-Zip. That didn't report any errors. The same issue manifested itself with the install of the trial version, if that's significant, but I needed to do some real work, rather than resolving software issues. My Vectorworks guru (and client) suggested upgrading the graphics card driver, and disabling the anti-virus software before trying to install Vectorworks, and with that done Vectorworks installed without issue. However, when I open a file that a client has given me to develop, the company logo is greyed out with a black cross through it. My guru's first reaction was that is was a class or design layer visibility issue, so I used the shotgun approach and switched everything on ... no change. So I tried to import a new version of the logo, and was presented with this ... ... helpful, eh. Especially when Windows is telling me that I've got plenty of physical RAM available. When I was using the trial version of Vectorworks, and experiencing the same problems, I did manage to import a graphic, but only as a pdf version ... I don't know if that's relevant here. Also, something strange is going on when I quit Vectorworks ... ... consistently, every single time. I've tried a fresh install of Vectorworks, and reinstalling Vectorworks over the top of the previous install, all to no avail, so, suggestions please.
  12. John_in_NZ

    Copy tool and move tool

    Ah ... Right ...
  13. John_in_NZ

    Copy tool and move tool

    Whilst it is most definitely "off topic", I'm very grateful for the tips & tricks ... Andy, my only comment on your short-cuts, based on my acad experience, is that I tend to use two letter abbreviations for short-cuts. This is because I'm less likely to smack a keystroke pairing accidentally, and the two character abbreviations can be a little more helpful as to their function. The exception to that is when I'm mapping a single keystroke to a mouse button, in which case, I might end up with something like Ctrl-f12, but I only ever access via the mouse button. You Mac devotes are a strange bunch, and Laptops are a bit of tech that I just don't "get", so combining the pair is never going to make any sense to me ... Seriously though, thanks for the link to your keyboard map. What a splendidly logical layout for the "map"; I now have a template for recording my own keyboard mapping, as and when I get to it ... OK, insults done with, for the present, and thanks for putting up with my first rambling mini rant ... [Thread Hijack Mode Off]
  14. John_in_NZ

    Copy tool and move tool

    Yet more light-bulbs are illuminating, thanks ... However, when it comes to keyboard shortcuts, once I get a little more familiar with VWX, I'm going to have to do something about them. Whilst they might be "normal" for Mac users, for a born and bred PC user, they're like a mutant hybrid of a card-sharp's prestidigitation and a Vulcan death grip ... ... I mean seriously, Ctrl-Alt-Shift-A when I'm staring at dozen function keys that are sitting there all forlorn ...
  15. John_in_NZ

    Copy tool and move tool

    Thanks for the tips, they are starting to filter into the grey matter slowly but surely ... After using various 2D and 3D packages over the years, I think that being able to perform the same operations in a number of ways is a good measure of the flexibility of a bit of software, so I'm please to see that VWX doesn't constrain the user too much.
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