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Jim Wilson

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  1. Jim Wilson

    Glow texture brightness

    Using the Exposure camera effect on a Renderworks viewport is usually the healthiest way I've found to do this. Remove ambient light entirely, often start with a very low value for all lights, then decrease exposure settings on the camera and see how the light prerender looks before committing to the full render.
  2. Jim Wilson

    OpenGL Viewport Blurry

    Does the same this happen if you choose to rasterize the exported PDF? Does it change at all if you alter the Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences > 3D > 3D Conversion Resolution to High vs Low?
  3. Jim Wilson

    Resource Manager - Thumbnail Issues (Windows)

    Check with tech@vectorworks.net directly in that case, please. I am fairly certain I recall that there was a way to correct that but it's different from the normal preference reset.
  4. Jim Wilson

    Resource Manager - Thumbnail Issues (Windows)

    I am not sure this was corrected in Vectorworks 2018 or not, were these machines all on the latest SP available?
  5. Jim Wilson

    Creating 3D shapes from 2D shape

    OH apologies, I misunderstood. Fastest method is likely two cylindrical extrudes overlapping, then a 45 rotated square extrude overlapping and lower than the crossing of the cylinders, add that all together as a solid, then you can use Fillet Edge and give the entire top a fillet to get the curved surface. Lofts as suggested above are possible as well especially if you know the exact dimensions you need. The most manipulable way is likely the Subdivision tool in mirror mode, so you can mold one half and get it just the way you want if its just a visual component.
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    Creating 3D shapes from 2D shape

    This should be what you're looking for: https://www.vectorworks.net/training/2019/getting-started-guides/3d-free-form-modeling/solid-modeling-extrudes
  7. Jim Wilson

    Graphics card - GTX-1070 TI or RTX-2060?

    Honestly, since the 1070 Ti can be had cheaply right now, it's the better buy. We don't (and likely wont) support the more advanced features in the RTX line before that card hits end of life anyway, and the additional VRAM will be more of a benefit going forward than the extra speed offered by the 2060. Functionally right now in Vectorworks if you compared the two side by side, you very likely would be unable to tell the difference until you got into the multiple 4K display range for screen resolution. For single display comparison they'd likely not be visibly different at all.
  8. Jim Wilson

    Drawing flashing in Landmark 2019

    Post the dxdiag.txt file please.
  9. Jim Wilson

    Layer visibility too

    Fundamentals does not have the Visibility tool to my knowledge, only in the Design series products like Architect and Spotlight.
  10. Jim Wilson

    Vectorworks 2019 making DWG based files unreadable

    Reply back with the following from that machine please:
  11. Jim Wilson

    Drawing flashing in Landmark 2019

    Please reply back with the following when you can, or have IT do so when they arrive:
  12. Jim Wilson

    SketchUp measuring tape equivalent

    Should be Tape Measure, in the Dims/Notes toolset by default. It can be used to measure single or multiple vertex distances individually or cumulatively without creating geometry you have to delete after.
  13. We (Myself AND Engineering AND management) agree completely.
  14. Jim Wilson

    Flipped Text not working in PDF

    This happens with File > Print > Print PDF, or File > Export > Export PDF? When using Export PDF, does the same thing happen with Rasterize Text enabled?
  15. Jim Wilson

    Error loading Vision Library

    In that case, contact tech@vectorworks.net directly. They can walk you through the process step by step.


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