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  1. All good,


    You will need to create a Renderworks Style in the resource manager by selecting New Resource>Renderworks Style. Edit the resource and you can change all the rendering settings. 


    Environment lighting brightens the model using colors from the background. 


    Changing environment reflections will not directly affect lighting, it just selects which environment image shows up in reflections.

  2. You do need a designer series product to use the workgroup features. However, if you just wanted to share some template files and documents that contain resources, just save them on cloud storage or network storage that all of your users have access to. As long as the files can be accessed, any user can add them to their personal favorites folder and utilize them. Once you select "Add New Favorites Files", a Windows Explorer or Finder window will open where you can find the correct file(s). Do keep in mind, you may need something like the Dropbox desktop application to access cloud files from Windows Explorer or Finder. 




  3. Caustic photons will drastically increase rendering time. You would need to ensure that you have caustic photons enabled on each of your light objects as well or it won’t have much of an effect. Furthermore, caustics aren’t necessary for making high quality glass renderings. To get you more familiar with the various settings I’m going to include some links to our instructional content on the matter. 








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  4. Which light object are you using?


    Also, if you change the Display Light Objects setting to "Only in wireframe" lighting objects will not display in OpenGL, Fast Renderworks, etc. 


    If you change it to "Never" the light objects will disappear entirely from the drawing which may only be useful temporarily. (You could still edit lights through the visualization palette) 


  5. Here are few things you may want to check:


    1. Make sure your graphics card driver is up to date (the latest version can be obtained from the manufacturers website)

    2. If you have a dedicated graphics card, make sure Vectorworks is using it and not the one integrated with  your processor

    3. Try changing the Navigation graphics setting to Best Compatibility or Good Performance and Compatability


  6. @EAlexander It would certainly be a challenge. My goal was to provide a user with a workflow to accomplish a task that they wished to complete in Vectorworks. Honestly, I'm sure there is a better way to do this with or without using Vectorworks and this is simply what I came up with this morning. To answer your question, it might be possible to create a marionette that does what you are requesting. Simplifying the geometry and tweaking rendering settings would be the first step. Then, you would have to create the marionette in such a way that it would insert various symbol instances based on a set of criteria and you could change those through edit fields. Not my cup of tea and it would certainly take some time to create the marionette, but I'd still be curious to see what a savvy user might come up with. 


    PS: just refreshed page and noticed @Kevin Allens post


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