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  1. Yeah, I do it at home and hate it. The lack of video hardware makes it a big drag to use. However, if youre able to use Vectorworks Cloud publish (as I do) it does get the job done!
  2. Pinging back on this now that the new stuff is out. Refurbished iMac Pros w/ 8-core xeon and vega64 are around $4500. New iMac w/ 10-core i9 and 16GB video card around $3200 + 400 for RAM upgrade. Wondering if there's a functional difference between these two for VW users? new Imacs are pretty tempting, but i do recall the xeon PCs I worked on 15 years ago kicking some butt. Thoughts or better yet, experience?
  3. Update: Finally getting some progress here, but using .ttc files (from Mac OS). Contrary to the instructions, .otf and .ttf files seem to fail / error, or even worse, they render pixelated instead of vector.
  4. Windows and Doors always insert in Z-axis (height) relative to the bottom of the wall they're inserted into. If you have walls which extend below the finish floor elevation this is shockingly odd. Walls and doors should be inserted relative to a layer (layer pulldown, say "finish floor"), not the object they're linked to. Doors in particular are rather inefficient when 1' below the floor.... For example, my exterior 1st floor stucco walls have an exterior finish face which extends down to below the floor framing to cover the edge of slab. Doors therefore insert at bottom of floor slab height, instead of finish floor height.
  5. Taproot, our entire office migrated to Dropbox about 18 months ago & we shut down our local file server. Its made working from home WAY more productive as there's just a lot less time spent on slow file transfer, or forgotten-item-on-desktop time. We have set up project folders, which have plenty of empty folders within as a default structure. Also have an office standards folder which, among other things, holds the Vectorworks Workgroup files without issue. Like you we havent gone to project sharing yet for production, but have tested it out and it worked pretty darn well. FWIW, we also have spent a fair amount of time with Vectorworks Cloud and not had much luck. Mostly font related, but it also had a lot of trouble mixing relative and absolute links within Vectorworks files.
  6. Big wishlist item: Add Active Class Texture to Object Textures drop-down. Currently the Class Texture option only uses the Insertion Options class, not the Active Class. We're having great luck using different classes for different wall finishes, ie: Stucco 1, Stucco 2 etc... each Class has a different texture. Setting the stucco component to Active Class Texture yields nice results for walls, but for things like parapet walls, we need the Overall Object to follow along otherwise you need a separate parapet cap to hide the components in renderings.
  7. still doing it... for me to keep palettes open I have to uncheck the "autohide floating palettes" option. There is no way to make them not auto-hide anymore
  8. Just updated to Catalina on my mac mini. I minimized the Resource palette and cant make it stay open anymore? Clicking the - sign no longer makes a + thoughts?
  9. Since 2020 - graphic attributes of spaces arent deploying. I have symbol/Plug-in Objects for spaces w/ 2d fill & 3d fill colors. These settings are ignored at creation, and at Replace Style. What gives?
  10. Pat, Sorry if I wasnt more clear. The OIP "height" is not the height of the door, its the Z distance from Level. Somehow my doors are inserting not at 0. They seem to be insertinge at bottom of wall, which is not quite helpful for me as many of my wall styles drop below the FF level (like shaft walls etc...). Any further thoughts?
  11. My doors are inserting with height -2". Where is this setting?
  12. Friends - what're you guys doing at areas like these wall intersections where the automatic floor slab somehow errors? These are intersections between full-height & partial height (parapet) walls. For some reason, the floor slab follows the 45 of the wall joint and makes a weird triangle. If you DONT join the walls, the slab tool doesnt work, if you DO join the walls, well, the slab tool doesnt work...
  13. Art, yeah that's easy if you have objects. I used that tool daily in Acad for schematic level stuff, and for getting room sizes right
  14. I do too, but sometimes you just want a quick measurement during schematics - like how big is half of a room?


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