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  1. I'm trying to select sheet layers in the left column of the Publish dialogue box. Problem is I can't see what I've selected because it doesn't highlight when I select a specific sheet. So it's near impossible to tell what will be moved to the right column of the Publish dialogue. I've tried going into preferences and then into the Interactive drop down to appearance settings but I can't find the right thing to change. I've tried just "reseting" the appearance settings. Still can't see the selected sheet highlighted in publish.
  2. I created a drawing a while ago. I recently went back into the drawing to change some text in my leader call outs. I select the callout leader and it opens the dialogue where one can change the text within. Problem is that there is already some other text in that dialogue box that replaces the text that is currently in the leader callout. I tried saving, closing, and reopening the file. Same result I tried shutting down Vworks and reopen the file. Same results. I retyped the entire leader callout and then went back in. The problem went away. Then I selected another leader callout and the problem popped back up. I'm currently working on a Macbookpro 2017 w/ version 12.5.1 2.9ghz i7 / 16gb ram / Graphic Radeon pro 560 4GB. Vworks is at 2022 SP5 build 664120
  3. Gotta say that is a weird toggle. Would never have tripped over that one.
  4. Yup that was the solution. Thank you😀
  5. I did in the original posting. There are two screenshots that are PNG files.
  6. I'm working on Vworks 2021 sp5 & 2022 sp2 on a Macbookpro 15 2017 Monterey 12.0.1 I'm trying to make my dimensions show as green. I've got a text style that shows green as the color. I've got a dim style that references that text style. I've got a Dimensions layer that shows the lines as green. I've got the dims as automatically set to go to the dim class layer. Still the dims go black. What am I missing?
  7. I'm working on Vworks 2022 SP2. The hardware is a Macbook Pro 15 2017 Monterey V12.0.1 w/ 2.9GHz quad Core I7, 16gb ram, Radeon Pro 560 4 GB. I created a Titleblock using one of the existing ones out of the box and made some modifications to the layout to match our in house standards. All of this seemed to work OK. The issue is with setting up the page borders I started with a 11x17 page. While in the Sheet layer manager/dialogue I accessed the Page setup of that particular sheet layer. Then I went into Printer setup. Then I created a custom page so that I could control the borders to work with our in house standards again. There's an option to manage custom sizes. In that dialogue you can create a new Custom style where you can adjust the various borders. This is where it all went haywire. The page size is INCREASED if you put in borders. No idea why but that's how it works. Then the Top/Bottom/Left/Right border fields do not correspond to what is shown on the page when you are done setting the various border offsets. You will see this if you study the screenshots I've enclosed. To add to this the Titleblock or sheet border works on completely different offset assumptions. So I literally spent 6 hours just messing with the sheet borders of the page and then trying to get the Titleblock to sit correctly on a page where the settings are backwards. Is there going to be a fix for this?
  8. Still waiting for it to stop rendering
  9. All I know is that I'm sitting here for 20 minutes waiting for a B&W line drawing. RIDICULOUS
  10. Why does it take soooooooo much longer to render Hidden Line as opposed to OPENGL when they show the same thing except OPENGL shows MORE?
  11. A layer is set for dims. That layer has line types and weight assigned to it. Then you set all dims to always be on that layer regardless of whatever layer you are currently working on. Is that what you were looking for?
  12. Well, if you are referring to REALLY old versions of Autocad then you may be correct. Now, manual drafting. I never inked and just learned how to use a clutch pencil and then sent the drawing to a copy printer to be sent to the client. So I never personally got loopy making the copies with that amonia machine. Now I have worked with people who do everything on one layer. As if they were still manual drawing. I never ascribed to that methodology as layers make it easier to makes changes when you can isolate a layer/ component parts. So, I'm pretty sure I set up my drawings correctly and thoroughly. So I'm not sure where you were going with your last line of reasoning.
  13. I created a camera and set the viewstyle to Hidden Line. When I activate the Camera it shows Wireframe. When I select the rendermode pull down it shows Wireframe so I select Hidden Line but it reverts immediately. If I set the camera to ANY other view style it renders correctly. Just not Hidden Line. I've shut down and restarted. I've copied the model to another blank file and created a new Camera from scratch. Still having the same problem. I'm on a Macbook Pro v.10.15.7 - 2.9ghz quad core i7 - 16gb memory Radeon Pro 560 4gb Vectorworks 2021
  14. I guess if this program is the only program one has used then the improvements have been welcome. Still, Dim standards and Callout standards should be set irrespective of class. I can completely understand other things being class driven so as to isolate objects within the Design layer and show distinctions between things. Dims and callouts should occur on the sheet layer almost exclusively. There, they should always be a singular thing and speak in a specific way. Not have different line types or text styles or bubble styles as a class distinction would provide. I can't remember when I would have drawn dims and notes on the Design layer where the scale of those notes would have come into play. The last time I saw that was Autocad 14. Even Autocad set those dims and notes to a specific standard irrespective of layers. That way a detailing manager could dictate all of the various workstations to comply with company standards. On top of that, as a designer one hops back and forth between adjusting objects in the design/class layers and making sure the sheet layers reflect those changes. So when one heads back to the sheet layer they will typically still be in the class they were when they made the change to those objects. Then Vworks requires viewport changes every time even if that viewport has not changed. Now include having to make sure you are in the correct class to add a note or insert a dim. Just saying that's way too many steps to do something that should have just been set once and not changed (i.e. dim standards and note standards). So when I insert a note it should just be on the the dim class if you like. Regardless of whatever class I'm currently in. Instead I'm chasing this program around making sure the viewports are updated and now the standards items are in the correct class, style, etc.... Why not just have a standards preferences for dims, notes, text styles, and bubbles to always have the same settings and go to the same layer regardless of what you are on? How is it I've not had this problem of line thickness on callouts till the upgrade. You can tell me the upgrade should not have had an affect. but it did. There's lots of things that should not have an affect in this program. Still, everytime there is an upgrade there is a slew of issues that need to be resolved. On some upgrades those new issues exceed the previous ones. Just seems like the programers like to add bells and whistles but fail to stabilize what is there. So I'm going to assume you are not the programmer of this software. You are just trying to help. I get it. Thank you for that. I just remember talking to the old guard. The guys who spent their whole lives on a drafting board and then had to make the transition. I did that for a short time also and I would always talk about the benefits of CAD. I still believe it provides the designer detailer with amazing power they didn't use to have. I just think the software is now wasting time and the improvements are so marginal as to be almost useless in the face of the instabilities. Then the software doesn't address things that drafting professionals of the past would have screamed about. For instance line types and thicknesses when showing a dashed hidden line drawing. All of the dashed lines are the same so one can't discern between things in that view. It's like drafting programs are more of a toy then an industry driven tool. Yeah they get close but not quite.
  15. OK, so yes I was in a class that had the line thickness @ .25. Still, why make dims and notes use the class settings? They should ALWAYS be set to whatever graphic standards your company uses. Again I've never set my dims and notes to a class. Again all of this happened once I upgraded.
  16. I've never worked with a more confusing and convoluted program in my life. Every time I try to work with this I'm spending more time just trying to keep it in line. For instance the Tool pallete "Dims/notes". It lost various tools. I had to go back in and find them and then reinsert them. The drawing bubbles and section bubble styles changed. Still haven't figured out how to get them back to the way they were. All of this happened just by upgrading from 2020 to 2021. Yes it has a migration tool but what does that do. Make little lights blink? Since I started using this program I've had nothing but problems. I really loved the one where the program would lock up when the properties pallete needed to be undocked and then redocked. How is that a solution? It worked but WTF....,...
  17. I've never set up a class layer to set the "Callout Tool" (or Leader - this is a drafting standards term) default settings. I have created drawing templates with all of the standards but those don't work anymore since I upgraded to 2021. Now if I set up a class with those new graphic characteristics then what if I'm in another class? This should not have anything to do with "class". This should be a setting regardless of what Design Layer or Class Layer you are in. When set it should almost always never change. Why did it change when going from 2020 to 2021?
  18. Yes, Call out tool. Set up a class?
  19. Again the main line thickness is set to .05. So If I draw a line it comes in as .05. As for the leader procedure, I select the leader tool, then click on the object, and finally where I want the leader to be. I type into the dialogue what needs to be said. Then hit return. This is the same process I've used on all previous versions. Has something changed that requires a different process? If so, then why is there no indication of it?
  20. Where is the setting for the DEFAULT line thickness for Leaders? I've spent an hour just trying to find the place where I can set that thickness. The line thickness setting is set @ .05 but when I place a leader it changes the leader line to .25. WHY? Why is it SOOOOOOO hard to make standards settings in this program? I'm constantly chasing the settings on numerous things. CONSTANTLY. I just migrated from 2020 to 2021. All of my standards settings for bubbles have changed though I migrated.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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