JimW

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  1. Yes: However, that is the last macOS version that Vectorworks 2015 was compatible with.
  2. I installed 10.13.3 Supplemental Update and did not see any degridation in graphics performance on the Mac listed in my signature. To clarify, this driver update will not install? http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/130460/en-us If that is the case, there wouldn't be a forthcoming fix from our end, Apple would have to support the latest drivers.
  3. Installing it now to test. As suggested above, I advise any users that haven't updated yet to hold off for the moment.
  4. You are probably looking for Model > 3D Power Pack > Create Drape Surface. Use this menu command with the site model selected. If you manually navigate to: Program Files\Vectorworks 2018\VWHelp\HTML5\index.html and open that with Explorer, does the search work there? If not, then the issue is usually browser related.
  5. Merged with a similar thread, has my vote!
  6. Can you send me the site model and profile shape in a test file? The Project tool is super useful, but super finicky and if you've found a condition that it chokes on I'd like to submit it as a bug to be fixed.
  7. Try using Modify > Convert > Convert to NURBS first on the profile object, that might let you use other shapes for projection.
  8. 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.
  9. This is probably the best place to start: http://www.vectorworks.net/training/2018/getting-started-guides/freeform-modeling
  10. I think Extract Face won't let you select Site Models regardless of their 3D display, however the Project tool should let you project a surface downwards at a site model and then that projected face can be extracted or trimmed off for this kind of thing. Project tool should probably be in the 3rd and second tool modes respectively for the two settings (Add Mode and Add Downward Mode). Draw your desired profile of the shape and position it above the site model above (I used a simple circle in my test) then select the profile first, the model second, and try the Project. The bottom face of the resulting solid should be what you're looking to get.
  11. Vectorworks can be installed on two machines, both owned by the owner of the license. This is designed so a user can have it on a laptop as well as a home desktop. It will not allow both licenses to be used at the same time.
  12. On only some of my machines, not all, so it may be OS related, though that would be odd for this type of issue.
  13. Received thank you. It replicates immediately upon opening the file across a number of machines, but then resumes working after I change views back and forth. This is more than I was able to provide in an example before however since it happens immediately on file open, I'll submit this now and see what comes of it. VB-148040
  14. Does this happen constantly for you in this file, or does the problem come and go? I've absolutely hit this bug as well but I wasn't able to nail down steps for reproduction yet. If it happens for you in this file a lot more than others, please send it my way and I'll submit it along with your video.
  15. Does the same thing happen in any drawing? What operating system are you currently using?
  16. Gotcha, for that make sure to contact your distributor's tech support directly and they can take a closer look: http://www.vectorworks.net/international
  17. Depending on the scene, having some of the Quality settings up to Very High (Which is almost never needed as High looks nearly identical in most cases and can take a fraction of the time) could easily make a render that took weeks on a standard desktop or laptop, even months depending on the resolution of the final render. This could be compounded by having a large number of reflections, displaced reflective surfaces, displaced surfaces that weren't ignoring indirect lighting, etc.
  18. The following is an index of various hardware that we in User Success have had in our possession and have tested personally. The purpose of this list is to give users an idea of what hardware will and won't provide them with a good experience when using Vectorworks. This is NOT the same as the minimum hardware requirements, which can be found HERE. An explanation of the charts below, click to expand: GPU / Graphics Card: Below, this list is sorted by the GPU score, which is an indicator of how well Vectorworks will perform when in 3D wireframe, openGL and in Top/Plan. Computer Model Operating System CPU (Processor) CPU Cores(c) / Threads(t) Cinebench R15 CPU Score Cinebench R15 CPU Score Single Thread GPU (Graphics Card) Cinebench R15 GPU Score OpenGL Performance (GPU Based) Satellite A505-S6004 Windows 8 64bit i3 M 330 2c / 4t 155 61 Intel HD 1.13 Poor Dell Optiplex 990 Windows 7 64bit Core i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz 4c / 8t 614 132 Radeon HD 6450 14.2 Poor Apple Mac Mini 6,2 OS X 10.9.5 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 589 126 Intel HD 4000 17.35 Poor Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 95 Intel HD 4600 18.8 Poor Surface Book Pro Windows 10 i7-6600U @2.60GHz 2c/4t 309 Surface Book NVIDIA GPU 20.15 Poor Apple Mac Mini 7,1 OS X 10.10.2 i7 4578U @ 3.0GHz 2c / 4t 313 126 Intel Iris 21.9 Poor Apple Mac Pro 3,1 OSX 10.10.3 Xeon E5462 @ 2.8GHz 8c / 8t 566 79 GeForce 8800 GT 27.2 Poor Dell Optiplex 745 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.0GHz 2c / 2t 94 50 Quadro FX 3800 30.16 Average Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.9 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 344 109 Radeon HD 6750M 36.38 Average Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.10.2 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 342 103 Radeon HD 6750M 36.92 Average Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 140 72 ATI Fire Pro W5000 37.12 Average Fujitsu Siemens M470 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 435 87 Quadro FX 3800 41.37 Average Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 146 76 GeForce 9800 GTX+ 42.45 Average Fujitsu R650 Windows 10 Xeon E5440 @ 2.83GHz x2 8c / 8t 572 78 Quadro FX 3800 44.11 Average Lenovo W530 Windows 7 64bit i7 3920XM @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 643 136 Quadro K2000M 46.24 Average Lenovo P310 Windows 10 64bit Xeon E3 1275 v5 @ 3.6Ghz 4c / 8t 807 155 Intel Graphics P530 47.31 Average Apple MacBook Pro 9,2 OS X 10.9.2 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 529 GeForce GT 650M 48 Average Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 7 64bit i7 5300 @ 2.3GHz 4c / 2t 145 81 Quadro K620M 50.02 Good HP Z400 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 493 88 Quadro 2000 50.29 Good Fujitsu Siemens R640 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5440 @ 2.4 Ghz x2 4c / 8t 590 79 GeForce GTX 560 50.73 Good Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.9.4 Core i7 4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 700 144 GeForce GT 750M 56.88 Good Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 8.1 64bit i7 5600 @ 2.60GHz 2c / 4t 283 86 Quadro K620 58.19 Good Asus G55V Windows 7 64bit Core i7 3610MQ @ 2.4GHz 4c / 8t 558 117 GeForce GTX 660M 60.84 Good Apple MacBook Pro 10.10.4 i7 4870HQ @ 2.5GHz 4c / 8t 627 132 Radeon R9 M370X 61.22 Good Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.10.0 i7-4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 680 138 GeForce GT 750M 61.62 Good Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.7Ghz 4c / 8t 660 136 FirePro D300 62.79 Good Apple MacBook Pro 11,1 OS X 10.10.4 Core i7 4870HQ @ 2.5Ghz 4c / 8t 603 128 R9 370X 63.35 Good Dell Precision T7610 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7Ghz x2 12c / 24t 2984 104 Quadro K2000 74.03 Excellent Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 95 GeForce GT 750M 75.57 Excellent Orbital C1000 Windows 7 64bit i7 4790 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 773 158 Quadro K620 78.8 Excellent Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.5Ghz 6c / 12t 965 137 FirePro D500 79.93 Excellent MacBook Pro 13,3 15" Touch Bar macOS 10.12.2 i7 6820HQ @ 2.7GHz 4c / 8t 706 146 Radeon Pro 455 80.13 Excellent Lenovo P300 Micro Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 768 160 Quadro K620 80.49 Excellent Apple iMac 5K 10.10.4 i5 4690 @ 3.5GHz 2c / 4t 534 141 Radeon R9 M295X 83.63 Excellent Lenovo P300 Full Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 764 154 Quadro K2200 122.84 Excellent Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 3.5GHz 6c / 12t 1081 129 GeForce GTX 970 162.15 Excellent Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 4.5GHz 6c / 12t 1265 169 GeForce GTX 970 (Overclocked) 191.78 Excellent Cinebench can be downloaded HERE and run on your machine for comparison. CPU / Processor: The same list re-sorted and trimmed down here by CPU score, indicates the Renderworks capability of the various tested hardware ranked from extremely poor to one of the best CPUs available in a consumer desktop: Computer Model OS CPU CPU Cores(c) / Threads(t) CB R15 - CPU Score Dell Optiplex 745 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.0GHz 2c / 2t 94 Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 140 Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 7 64bit i7 5300 @ 2.3GHz 4c / 2t 145 Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 146 Satellite A505-S6004 Windows 8 64bit i3 M 330 2c / 4t 155 Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 8.1 64bit i7 5600 @ 2.60GHz 2c / 4t 283 Surface Book Pro Windows 10 i7-6600U @2.60GHz 2c/4t 309 Apple Mac Mini 7,1 OS X 10.10.2 i7 4578U @ 3.0GHz 2c / 4t 313 Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.10.2 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 342 Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.9 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 344 Fujitsu Siemens M470 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 435 HP Z400 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 493 Apple MacBook Pro 9,2 OS X 10.9.2 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 529 Apple iMac 5K 10.10.4 i5 4690 @ 3.5GHz 2c / 4t 534 Asus G55V Windows 7 64bit Core i7 3610MQ @ 2.4GHz 4c / 8t 558 Apple Mac Pro 3,1 OSX 10.10.3 Xeon E5462 @ 2.8GHz 8c / 8t 566 Fujitsu R650 Windows 10 Xeon E5440 @ 2.83GHz x2 8c / 8t 572 Apple Mac Mini 6,2 OS X 10.9.5 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 589 Fujitsu Siemens R640 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5440 @ 2.4 Ghz x2 4c / 8t 590 Apple MacBook Pro 11,1 OS X 10.10.4 Core i7 4870HQ @ 2.5Ghz 4c / 8t 603 Dell Optiplex 990 Windows 7 64bit Core i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz 4c / 8t 614 Apple MacBook Pro 10.10.4 i7 4870HQ @ 2.5GHz 4c / 8t 627 Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 Lenovo W530 Windows 7 64bit i7 3920XM @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 643 Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.7Ghz 4c / 8t 660 Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.10.0 i7-4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 680 Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.9.4 Core i7 4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 700 Lenovo P300 Full Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 764 Lenovo P300 Micro Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 768 Orbital C1000 Windows 7 64bit i7 4790 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 773 Lenovo P310 Windows 10 64bit Xeon E3 1275 v5 @ 3.6Ghz 4c / 8t 807 Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.5Ghz 6c / 12t 965 Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 3.5GHz 6c / 12t 1081 Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 4.5GHz 6c / 12t 1265 Dell Precision T7610 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7Ghz x2 12c / 24t 2984 A machine from the list above with a score of 1265 can be expected to render scenes nearly twice as fast as a machine with a score of 627, for example.
  19. Very much so, yes.
  20. It will remain between 60% and 100% for quite awhile, installation can take 25 mins or more depending on the machine. How long has it been hanging there for?
  21. Usually this happens if you just have a fill of white set in the attribute palette. If you create a renderworks texture, then pick a cool or warm white and apply that texture to the drap, you'll get the effect you're looking for as long as your lighting is bright enough. I would need to see some example images or the file itself to tell for sure, but usually this means that a lighting setting is disabled or a light is being clocked by a shadow casting texture.
  22. It can normally take a day or so yes, however I was able to look up your case and you should now be approved and your license extended. Let me know if it gives you any more trouble.
  23. Usually I see this done with the viewport's Background Render set to Realistic Colors White, or another Renderworks style with colors and/or textures disabled (though this could be done with OpenGL as well in most cases too), then the viewport's Foreground Render set to Hidden Line.
  24. Make sure to upvote any existing wishes, or post your own if you don't see one that covers what you're looking for if you haven't already. I think the most recent one that I filed related to this was here: