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  1. Interesting point of view. I agree your argument holds water when the variables are within your control. I have clients that REQUIRE the scale bar. So really not my choice. I'm just saying there should be a setting to automatically have the scale bar inserted into view-ports. Like all other settings this can be used or not depending on your particular requirements. Not sure why this is an issue or why it should cause so much vitriol.
  2. OK so my response about centering the view was not specific to imported drawings. In fact, the imported drawings issue is not frequent enough to be a real issue but does still point at the real problem. I'm constantly chasing where my drawing is on the screen. Or I'm chasing where blocks/symbols are placed. Sometimes VWX will lock up with nothing on the screen and I think it's permanently locked so I quit vectorworks and loose what I just did. Then I think, well...I'll just wait until it starts up again and then I'm not sure because I see nothing on the screen outside of the menus and tool pallets. So is it locked or not? At least if it's default showed me something then I would know something. That and chasing stuff down wastes time. Good to know about layer scale. I'll give it a try and see if it helps.
  3. Yeah I use fit to page for the sheet pages. I also use it in the design layers but again why isn't this a default. Meaning why doesn't Vwx just open a sheet page or design layer to show everything (that is visible or on) in that layer centered. Instead the default is somewhere in space where nothing is. As for 1:1 scale. I've always thought of drawing 1 to 1 is the best. The moment one gets into scales then you have to keep track of the scale being drawn at. Then you're hoping back and forth just chasing the scales.
  4. I just tried to insert one of the 3D fastner bolts from the Tool sets and again it places the bolt NOT where I set the insertion point. I set my user origin to the point I want to place the 3D bolt and still it places it somewhere else. When placing those fasteners I don't see a setting to set the insertion point either. When placing a symbol I see the insertion point preference.
  5. My design layer scale is always set to 1:1.
  6. I think I've asked these questions before but the answer was not clear before. So I'm asking again in hopes that maybe things have progressed. When placing a symbol or imported drawing it always ends up somewhere in space seemingly not at a point of origin. I always have to chase it down. Sometimes those objects are so small that it can take a while to find them. Similarly, When I switch back to a sheet layer from a design layer I have to find the page. I know hitting "command 4" can do this but why doesn't the sheet just come into view centered and full screen automatically?
  7. When setting the working plane with "command \" I get the pink square aligned with the surface of the object selected. Then when I try to draw a rectangle or circle on that surface it places either of those shapes on the ground plane rather then the surface selected and highlighted. Is there some setting that allows this to happen? It never did this before 2020.
  8. Uhhh, so when placing dims within a annotated viewport the font size is automatically adjusted to whatever settings your dimension style is set to. Why not the scalebar? That and why is the scalebar stacking in 2020? Meaning text on top of the boxes. I have a thread out about this but I haven't received any responses. I have a tech support call out but the solutions have not worked. So here's the thing. The DRAWING LABEL is like a receptionist in your office. If the receptionist is bad then your representing yourself badly. Anything done thereafter is questionable. Detailed drawings are meant to be documents one can trust. Not question. Now I keep hearing things like, "from a programmers perspective". The programmers are not the detailers. When a "detailer" says there is a problem then it should be addressed. The program should be dictated by what a detailing drawings should be, not what a programmer thinks it should be. All of the issues here are not about personal preference. They are about industry standards.
  9. I'm working in VWX 2020 on IOS Catalina. Within the program I'm trying to draw on a specific surface a shape. To do this I select that surface by pressing the Command key and backslash simultaneously. Then draw the shape on that surface. This has been working fine until 2020. It shows that surface as being selected and the transparent purple square in plane but still draws on the ground plane. Driving me crazy. Next problem. This one I sent a while ago but haven't received a response. The scale bar is has the text stacked on the bar. It's looks overlapped instead of being just above. Why?
  10. Yes, I thought I placed this comment into the wishlist category but I thought someone may have devised a workaround. Doesn't hurt to try....
  11. OK so is it possible to have the scalebar be placed automatically when creating a viewport?
  12. OK, so there is a Title bubble (Drawing Label) symbol that comes with Vectorworks and has for years. Still, the Scalebar is not included in that symbol. I've tried doing it myself but I can't seem to get it to work. Again in autocad I created my own and that was doable there but in Vworks I've had issues. Can someone create one or provide me with some direction to do so? Please Then how do you make that symbol the default symbol when creating new viewports?
  13. I'm interested in making a smoother video or non-stepped. That was handled by frame rate in 2019 but I can't find it in 2020. This is not duration of movie. You can have a movie or animation be 1 minute long with 10 frames per second. If you increase the duration to 2 minutes long and the frame rate remains the same then the gap between frame gets larger. That larger gap would equate to a larger step or jerk in the animation. When I created the path (V2020) it shows the frame rate as ticks on the line. I don't see anything to increase the number of those ticks on the line. I'm working in 2020 on Catalina 10.15
  14. I've been placing a scalebar into my viewports. When placed the text is on top or dropped into the boxes below. It started doing this with V2020 on Catalina 10.15. I placed a screenshot of whats happening. I tried adjusting all kinds of settings but nothing has worked thus far.
  15. The problem is not "to update or not to update". It's that the update is sloowwwww. Either way you pay the time cost of updating. Either at the end or in the beginning or all along. I'm pretty sure that anyone who uses this program and uses it as a design tool where the end product changes as the design evolves then one will be making changes. Those changes equate to updates of the viewport. This is un-escapable. I will literally wait 10 minutes to update a few pages. Then I'll look at the result and see something that could be improved. I make the change and then wait another ten minutes because every time I go into the design layer, ALL of the views on the sheet layers have to be updated though the change has no effect on some. So then I have to re-update ALL of the views. I save out and close the file and go back into it. What do I find when I reopen? All of the views need to be updated again. On another note. Updating views. I can understand how renderworks views with maps or skins can take time. It does for every program. Why does it take the same amount of time for just Hidden or Dashed Hidden. Those are just line drawings. No maps, no skins, no colors. If I use wireframe then the render time is immediate. Noone can read wireframe so.......Most detailers who use Vectorworks will use these last to view options. Those should be fast. The full color renderworks view styles should take time.


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