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  1. Why is this still a thing? I spent far too much time on elevations not showing window numbers all to find out that the newly installed windows had an auto class that is not something that can be turned on in a viewport?!! PLEASE this is an stupid stupid thing, and needs be fixed like about 15 or 20 years ago already!
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    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    I was getting tires today & the shop was getting new counters as they continued to work. The counters are provided by the tire company & the monitors are flat screens with black backgrounds with mostly green blue & some red Helvetica like font. Think MS DOS from 1989, & as I had time to snoop the monitor stand that looked like what a bartender uses to administer shots of liquor from were being unloaded from a box. I happened to look at the invoice $689. $689 for a 2 1/2" tube with a flange & a bracket welded to it & a decorative escutcheon ring. So a Mac Version is 50% more does not surprise me. Not that I'm going to pay it, but some folks just are not as thrifty as me.
  3. I'm still an analogue guy. I would pay $20 more to have a book version of help.
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    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    I usually budget for a machine to last 5 years, so I'm hoping by Autumn 2020 they may have a "value engineered" version. As for sticker shock, I think we paid about this much for a toaster mac in the '80's. For some reason (we were likely to young & cocky) we had less problem with clients paying for stuff than we do now. Colour illustrations were expensive things that were almost alway warmly welcomed. Now clients have a dog house built want a 3D rendered walkthrough and have that as part of the package.
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    Import Changes to Spell Check

    Usually we leave a the Structural Engineer's firm to do the structural drafting. We just finished the first project in VW 2019 with lots of structural information & I spent what seems like hours with the spell check reteaching it to accept such simple things like: HSS, LVL, MPa, et cetera, et cetera. Is Spell Check too deep into the programme to not allow it to update/import? This happens with scores if not hundreds of items every time we launch a new iteration of programme & in a big file can take a long time to chug through the file.
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    Grid Lines

    @fergus I have an older Wish list item you can find here if you'd like to vote it up! Further down the thread I outline what we do to create a 3D Symbol with classes to get a (somewhat) better result than what the tool allows
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Thanks @ASagatovVW . I have been able to open Vectorworks 12 running on my OS 10.6.8 MacBook, this allows me to back save files to Vectorworks 10. In the opposite direction I have been able to import some old Mini Cad files by opening them in VW12, then opening successive iterations of VW to bring these files "back to life". I suspect that I'm going to have to abandon much of this if I update this machine to a newer OS.
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Thanks @Mark Mosher , I use a 3yro MacBook Pro running 10.13.6 & VW 2019 right now for 99% of my work. The older macbook is to open older files in their original format. I also have a client (a millwork shop) who asks me from time to time to give him files in Vectorworks 10 (I know, perhaps he should also update from Windows 98!). Not being able to use most websites from the old MacBook is a bit of a pain, so I was thinking of updated the OS, but the idea of losing the ability to run some older versions of VW has me on the horns of a dilemma.
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Update: I've just read on an Apple Forum that Power PC applications won't work past OS 10.6 & I assume that older Vectorwoks 12 through VW 2008 or 2009 will not run. Is this correct?
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro that runs OSX 10.6.8 that I've been reluctant to update to a newer OS as I don't know if things like VW 2008 or VW 12 will run with a newer OS. My Question is; how "new" an OS can I install and still run these older versions of the software?
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    @lgoodkind Add this to the wish list, so we can vote this up. I've just re-listed a spelling related issue.
  12. The Spell Check File should be able to be imported from one iteration of the programme to another. With each new iteration of the programme, additions to the spell check need to be re-added to the spell check, not just regional issues such as Colour & Centre but common abbreviations like D1, D2 et cetera, et cetera.
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    Grey Classes in Publish vs Print to PDF

    @ASagatovVW Bingo! That did the trick, thanks again.
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    Grey Classes in Publish vs Print to PDF

    @ASagatovVW Thanks! I do note this is set a little higher than rest of the document (ie document set to 40% Publish set to 60%) so that may be the cause.
  15. Thanks,@cberg I did forget that avenue. What I end up doing is quickly creating a shape then use the polygon that I've created to edit the slab.


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