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  1. The 2018 Design Summit has been scheduled and a location chosen, save the date! This year we are headed a good bit further west in the US than we have in the past, to Phoenix Arizona! I've never been personally, but looking at the resort we have picked out, it seems pretty awesome. November 4th-6th, 2018 Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ You can sign up HERE to be kept informed of the details as they become public. We are still selecting and taking feedback on the various sessions that will be included, direct your input HERE. If you wish to be considered as a speaker or trainer (that's what I'll be doing too!), click HERE. Last year we packed in training to the brim and this year is shaping up to be much the same! Training is always the most highly requested activity, so we won't slice any off the schedule. There are also discussions on how we can integrate some more allotted time for user Q&A, but I'll have more details on that later. It's still early and not everything is set in stone yet, but feel free to ask any questions you may have and I'll do my best to to answer.
  2. Plant Symbols display as blobs in PDF

    This looks a little like Mass Plants was enabled for these, but its odd that it would only appear that way in a PDF export and not on the design layer as well. Could you send me that file? or if the issue still happens if you place those plants in a new test file, that alone would be fine to check here. Send along the exported PDF as well, please.
  3. Layers disappeared

    If you switch to a different workspace, does the same problem happen or do you see the layers listed? I have also seen a problem where an accidental click dragged the title bars that show visibility, design layer name and stacking order in the navigation palette to the side and made the dialog look empty.
  4. Vectorworks Design Summit - 2018

    I've been told I'll get to have two session windows to present at this summit! I'll be doing most likely an Architectural focused session and and Entertainment focused session since there is SOME crossover but a lot of the rules change for a concert venue vs an exterior building render for instance. No promises on the exact topics yet, but if anyone would like to put forward any rendering topic requests, I'm all ears.
  5. Student License Extension Request

    You should now be approved, let me know if you do not receive an automated email shortly.
  6. How to get 2018 version on renewal?

    https://student.myvectorworks.net/home
  7. Student License Extension Request

    You should be good to go, let me know if it gives you any trouble.
  8. Portrait / Landscape

    If you need to just change it once, File > Page Setup > Printer Setup. If you find yourself needing to change it often, you can go to Tools > Workspaces > Edit the current Workspace > Menus, then on the left under All Menus, find Printer Setup and add it to your workspace on the right. Then you can either click it from there or assign a shortcut key combo to it.
  9. Replace symbol is very slow

    Correct, it is load/boot/startup times that are delayed with a large list of favorite files in the resource manager, however most of the testing done to see if this slowdown ocurred was prior to the use of indexing by the Resource Manager which replaced the Resource Browser. This particular type of slowdown happened mainly in relation to the amount of favorites added, not where they were stored. Storing anything on a network location will always slow things down since it increases the number of steps and lag time between all actions, but there shouldn't be a difference between two local storage locations, even if one was the user folder.
  10. VW 2018 sp3 : slow, hanging, crash

    When we identify a package that interferes with us, we do so. Depending on the developer, sometimes they are easy to work with and the issue is resolved, sometimes the only solution is to remove the offending security app. Overall, antivirus and other security minded software can often cause problems with both professional applications as well as video games. I see constant reports of this in my professional and personal circles.
  11. Color Hatch print to black or gray

    In that case, you will likely be able to do this quickest by overriding the other classes the lines reside in within their viewports to black, leaving the hatches as you have them set to and not using the B/W Only option at all.
  12. Group in viewport shown as wireframe

    Added this and the other thread to a recently made bug on the topic in 2018: VB-149108
  13. Color Hatch print to black or gray

    Black and White Only literally means Black or White will be selected, not the same as grayscale black/white TV for instance. If you disable Black and White Only, the gray you've set the hatch to will appear.
  14. Student License Extension Request

    Approved, looks like it may have gotten stuck on our end. It should be emailing you shortly.
  15. Anecdotally it seems to have been less for me since sp3, however my rendering work since then hasn't been as intensive as it is when I'm prepping for the a release or the Design Summit, so this could just be a bias on my part. It is ABSOLUTELY still happening though, most commonly at least for me when I am rapidly updating/interrupting renders, overriding content of viewports by class or overriding lights.
  16. Plant Polygon display

    Depending on where and how they were added, unchecking "Project Screen Objects" and/or "Display Planar Objects" in the viewports object info palette can sometimes correct this.
  17. Move the file to your local desktop, away from any cloud storage. Restart the machine entirely after doing so, then launch Vectorworks without using a VWX file and then attempt to open the file in question from the desktop. If that error still appears, please send me your file or a link to it and I can take a closer look. If you end up needing to send me the file, please include this as well:
  18. .step-files

    The only notes I can find on this subject are that in 2014, Vectorworks did not attach proper meta data to it's exported .STEP files and thus any Mac trying to read them with something like Solidworks would assume it wasnt a real STEP file. However, this issue was marked as corrected in 2015 SP3. I see no mention in the documentation on what type of STEP file (AP203, AP214 etc) we currently export. I will forward this along to see if I can get any more info.
  19. SP3 for Vectorworks 2018 is out! You will be able to download this service pack through Check for Updates, but you can also find a summary of corrections and the download HERE as well. If you have questions about any of the fixes, or after updating you still encounter an issue that was marked as fixed, please don't hesitate to reply with details below.
  20. The below charts list all available import and export file formats for Vectorworks 2018, divided by Vectorworks module as well as Operating System. D A L S and F correspond to Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight and Fundamentals respectively. D A L S F Import command Details Extentions Version W M W M W M W M W M Notes Single DXF/DWG AutoCAD DWG AutoCAD DXF .dwg .dxf 2.5 - 2018 X X X X X X X X X X Single DWF Design Web Format DWF DWF 2D Sheet DWFx .dwf .w2d .dwfx 4.2, 5.5, 6.0(Text, Binary) 4.2, 5.5(DWF compression binary ) 6.01(3D DWF) 6.02(DWFx) X X X X X X X X X X DWF compression binary v6.0 may not import because this format version does not exist in Export. DXF/DWG or DWF X X X X X X X X X X Import Cinema 4D Textures CINEMA 4D .c4d R13-R19 X X X X X X X X X X EPSF EPSF File .eps v1.6 Illustrator 88 X X X X X X X X X X The version of this fileformat is unknown. Image file BMP .bmp X X X X X X X X X X GIF .gif X X X X X X X X X X JPEG .jpg .jpeg X X X X X X X X X X JPEG2000 .jp2 X X X X X X X X X X PNG .png X X X X X X X X X X TIFF .tif X X X X X X X X X X ICO .ico X X X X X X X X X X WMPhoto) .wdp X X X X X Windows only DDS .dds X X X X X Windows only SGI .sgi X X X X X Mac only TGA .tga X X X X X Mac only OpenEXR .exr X X X X X Mac only PSD .psd X X X X X Mac only ICNS .icns X X X X X Mac only MacPaint .mac X X X X X Mac only XBitmap .icns X X X X X Mac only Import Metafile Enhanced Metafiles .emf X X X X X Windows only Import Metafile as Bipmaps Only) Enhanced Metafiles .emf X X X X X Windows only Import PICT Macintosh PICT .pct X X X X X X X X X X This format does not add in the workspace as default, but can add by using edit workspace. Import PICT as Bitmap Macintosh PICT .pct X X X X X X X X X X This format does not add in the workspace as default, but can add by using edit workspace. Worksheet Comma .txt .csv .dif .slk X X X X X X X X X X Tab X X X X X X X X X X Merge X X X X X X X X X X DIF X X X X X X X X X X SYLK X X X X X X X X X X Script Vector Script Python Script .txt .vss .vs .py .pyc .xxt .mpc X X X X X X X X X X This command supports both of Vector Script and Python Scripts. IGES(3D) IGES File .igs .iges X X X X X X X X X X OBJ(3D) .obj X X X X X X X X X X SAT(3D) ACIS SAT File .sat X X X X X X X X X X STEP(3D) STEP File .stp .step X X X X X X X X X X STL(3D) STL(Stereo lithography) File .stl X X X X X X X X X X Rhino 3DM(3D) Rhino 3DM File .3dm 1,2,3,4,5 X X X X X X X X X X Parasolid X_T(3D) Parasolid X_T File .X_T 9 - 29.0 X X X X X X X X X X HDRI HDR .hdr X X X X X X X X X X EXR .exr X X X X X X X X X X Distribution file IES .ies X X X X X X X X X X Arroway Textures X X X X X X X X X X SketchUp SketchUp files .skp X X X X X X X X X X IFC IFC File IFC XML File IFC Zip File .ifc .ifcXML .ifcZIP 2X2,2X3,4 X X X X X X X X Revit Revit File .rvt .rfa Revit2011 - Revit 2018 X X X X X X X X PDF Adobe PDF .pdf 1.4 X X X X X X X X 3DS(3D) 3DS File .3DS 1,2,3,4 X X X X X X X X SKP SketchUp File .skp 4, or later Sketchup 2015 and prior X X X X X X X X Point Cloud LAZ LAS PTS E57 XYZ .laz .las .pts .e57 .xyz X X X X X X X X Shape File Shape File .shp X X X X X X Survey File .txt .csv X X X X X X Adjacency Matrix CSV .csv X X X X BCF BCF File .bcfzip X X X X Image files BPW .bpw X X X X JGW .jgw X X X X PGW .pgw X X X X TFW .tfw X X X X GFW .gfw X X X X WLD .wld X X X X ECW .ecw X X X X Instrument Data Lightwright .txt 5 X X X X Hoist Data .txt X X X X D A L S F Export Command Details Extentions Version W M W M W M W M W M Notes DXF/DWG AutoCAD DWG AutoCAD DXF .dwg .dxf R 12 - 2018 X X X X X X X X X X DWF Design Web Format DWF DWF 2D Sheet DWFx .dwf .w2d .dwfx 4.2, 5.5, 6.0(Text, Binary) 4.2, 5.5,(DWF compression binary) 6.01(3D DWF) 6.02(DWFX) X X X X X X X X X X DWF compression binary v6.0 does not exist in Export. Database Comma, Tab, Merge, DIF, SYLK .txt .csv .dif .slk X X X X X X X X X X EPSF EPSF File .eps Illustrator 88 X X X X X X X X X X HDRI High Dynamic Range Image File .hdr X X X X X X X X X X Image file BMP .bmp X X X X X X X X X X GIF .gif X X X X X X X X X X JPEG .jpg .jpeg X X X X X X X X X X PNG .png X X X X X X X X X X TIFF .tif X X X X X X X X X X WMPhoto) .wdp X X X X X Windows only DDS .dds X X X X X Windows only JPEG2000 .jp2 X X X X X Mac only TGA .tga X X X X X Mac only OpenEXR .exr X X X X X Mac only Photoshop .psd X X X X X Mac only Export Metafile Enhanced Metafiles .emf X X X X X PDF Adobe PDF .pdf 1.7(PDF) 1.4(PDF/A-1b) X X X X X X X X X X Export format can select PDF or PDF/A-1b. Fundamentals Script Vector Script Python Script .txt .py .vss .vs X X X X X X X X X X This command supports both of Vector Script and Python Scripts. Worksheet Comma .txt .csv .dif .slk X X X X X X X X X X Tab X X X X X X X X X X Merge X X X X X X X X X X DIF X X X X X X X X X X SYLK X X X X X X X X X X CINEMA 4D(3D) CINEMA 4D .c4d R18 X X X X X X X X X X COLLADA(3D) DAE .dae X X X X X X X X X X FBX(3D) .fbx X X X X X X X X X X IGES(3D) IGES File .igs .iges 5.3 X X X X X X X X X X OBJ(3D) .obj X X X X X X X X X X Panorama(3D) .jpg, .html, .js X X X X X X X X X X SAT(3D) ACIS SAT File .sat X X X X X X X X X X STEP(3D) STEP File .stp .step X X X X X X X X X X Strata Vision X X X X X X X X X X STL(3D) STL(Stereo lithography) File .stl X X X X X X X X X X Rhino 3DM(3D) Rhino 3DM File .3dm 5 X X X X X X X X X X Parasolid X_T(3D) Parasolid X_T File .X_T 9 - 29.0 X X X X X X X X X X VWX Vectorworks .vwx 2013 - 2017 X X X X X X X X X X IFC IFC File IFC XML File IFC Zip File .ifc .ifcXML .ifcZIP 2x2, 2x3,4 X X X X X X X X 3DS(3D) 3DS File .3ds 3 X X X X X X X X 3D PDF Adobe PDF .pdf X X X X X X X X KML(3D) KML File .kml X X X X X X X X Web Views .vgx, .html, .js, .jpg X X X X X X X X Image files BPW .bpw X X X X X X JGW .jgw X X X X X X PGW .pgw X X X X X X TFW .tfw X X X X X X GFW .gfw X X X X X X WLD .wld X X X X X X Shape file Shape File .shp X X X X X X BCF BCF File .bcfzip X X X X ASCII Text 3 X X X X Instrument Data Lightwright .txt 5 X X X X Hoist Data .txt X X X X ESC Vision Format .esc version 4 and version 2018 X X X X Other command Details Version W M W M W M W M W M Note Create Annimation QuickTime Movie .mov X X X X X X X X X X DOE-2(Depertment of Energy) .inp X X X X X X X X gbXML gbXML .xml X X X X Legacy
  21. We have discovered an issue in compatibility between Vectorworks and the new Apple iMac Pro. Vectorworks is currently NOT compatible with the new iMac Pro. We have received notice of, and duplicated crashes on iMac Pros running AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 video cards. These crashes usually occur at random intervals while using the Flyover or Zoom tools in Vectorworks. We have notified Apple and AMD, and both companies are working to resolve the issue. Again, these crashes only occur on the new model iMac Pro with AMD Vega cards; all other hardware we’ve tested has performed as expected. EDIT - April 05, 2018: We can confirm that a fix was included in the latest beta of macOS 10.13.5 build 17F35e. However, we do not have a release date for this software update yet. EDIT - March 22, 2018: For anyone looking to purchase this machine specifically for use with Vectorworks, we recommend you either delay your order until we announce a change in this status, or check with tech@vectorworks.net directly for the latest changes. We have been informed by Apple that they are now aware of the issue and are working to correct it.
  22. As of the release of Vectorworks 2018, we will introduce compatibility with the Mac Touch Bar, a contextual touch interface recently added to the Apple hardware line. We want you to be able to work the way you want, with the tools you have available to you, so we’ve left the majority of the customization options completely up to you rather than dictate which buttons you do and don’t see. From the Vectorworks menu on any Mac sporting a Touch Bar, you can access and configure your buttons via Vectorworks > Customize Touch Bar. (Note: the placement of this menu option may change by release.) Rather than leave it blank to start, we’ve set up the default options to list a number of commonly used tools and options, namely the Basic Tool Palette as well as the Standard Views list. Active tool indicated with white rounded rectangle, if present on Touch Bar. We have also retained a few of the standard Mac system controls on the right, but these can be removed as well if you’d like to use all of your bar’s real estate for Vectorworks related items. To add these items, when in this editing mode, simply drag them from your regular screen downwards toward the touch bar, and you will see your new addition appear. Items like standard Views can be added either as a single button that tapping will expand to expose the various options, or as a constantly present bar that you can scroll left and right in to quickly find the view you want. Other toolsets can be added as a button that when tapped will expand to fill the entire touch bar, offering the contained tools in the order they have been assigned in the palette via the Workspace Editor. Tapping Building Shell Toolset icon will expand to show all the contained tools: If you create any custom tool sets, they will be shown here as well and can be added, giving you very quick access to your most used items. This feature was brought about in a nice moment of serendipity where we could quickly add functionality and value without delaying any other areas of development, a great opportunity to pounce on.
  23. Quicktime Screen Recordings

    I work with compression related tasks like this all the time! Say hello to my little friend: https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php Handbrake is a compression application that can, even if you have very little idea what all the settings it offers are talking about, significantly reduce filesize of recordings without compromising on quality. It's totally free and updated regularly. You can usually just pick one of the presets on the right (Like Fast1080p30 for 1920x1080 resolution at 30 frames per second) and slap Start and it'll shave your files down from any recording source significantly. Once you pick a format you like you can save it as the default, or tweak it slightly for things like keeping a 4K recording at that resolution. I use it even on the tech tip videos I export from Screenflow which are already somewhat compressed, and it can usually save me an average of 30-50% on file size with no noticeable quality issues.
  24. iMac Pro information

    So far no, we have no additional specifics other than the semi-rumors going around now. Engineering is waiting on more info as well. It'll also depend on if they switch over the entire line or simply offer them for the lower end or long-battery-life-minded products like the Macbook Air, which I would assume is what they would do since it would be incredibly hard for them to match Intel CPU performance numbers in such a short time.

 

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