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PVA - Jim

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  1. The thickness of the OpenGL Draw Edges is relative to your current zoom level. If you want more control over the lines, you'd need to create a viewport with OpenGL as the background and Hidden Line as the foreground. Also the anti-aliasing does work, but as Dave said it is very very mild. If you want a exceedingly smooth edge, you should work with one of the Renderworks modes instead of OpenGL
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    referencing older files

    Batch Convert can convert all of your files at one time, so you don't have to manually update each of them to the latest format: http://kbase.vectorworks.net/questions/784/Batch+Conversion+of+older+Vectorworks+files
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    Blank white or black exported images

    Are you exporting directly from the design layer or from a sheet layer with viewports? If you attempt to export from both, do you get the same results? If you export in wireframe do you see the same white/black?
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    Python Scripting Support VW2014

    Once the full release occurs on the 23rd, there are plans to have a number of tutorials and example files available on the developer wiki: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/Main_Page
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    Vectorworks 2014 UNDO

    If you open a new blank document and draw a few objects, does the undo function in that new sample file?
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    Fast Interactive 3D Rendering in 2014 and the VGM

    rjtiedeman, Please send your file into Tech@vectorworks.net with the subject "Attention Jim", so we can take a look at this directly. If you aren't able to fit the file in an email, please PM me and we can arrange something else.
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    VW10 crashing

    In a copy of one of the files that you're having trouble with (dont save over the original) give this a try: http://kbase.vectorworks.net/questions/993/Fix+Plants+Script+-+%28Issue+resolved+in+Vectorworks+2012+SP3%29 It was designed for a different issue, but the way it functions can sometimes recover plants with these symptoms. However if that doesn't work, make sure to contact: The Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, London, NW9 6BX Tel: 0208 358 6668 | Email: designteam@unlimited.com For a more thorough look.
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    VW10 crashing

    To clarify, do you mean Vectorworks 10 or Vectorworks 2010? What operating system are you encountering this problem on? Does the problem happen in all your Vectorworks files, or just this one?
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    Not sure on the exact release dates for those, although once they are completed they should appear marked at the top of the 101s/HowTos sections in the Service Select portal. Normally they'll be flagged as new. There may be a direct email to VSS subscribers, alerting them if they decide to put a large amount of new material all out at once, but again I haven't heard any specific plans.
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    The New Feature Videos, which give an overview of each major feature one by one, can be viewed here: http://www.vectorworks.net/2014/new_features.php
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    3D view

    This should clear up the changes: http://kbase.vectorworks.net/questions/1086/Working+with+Screen+and+Layer+Planes However in summary, no you should not need to redraw anything, simply switch the Plane setting of the object to "Layer" instead of "Screen" if you want it to appear in 3D.
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    K, so where is it?

    If you have a Service Select subscription you can log into the portal, get your serial number and download it right now: http://serviceselect.vectorworks.net/ For non-subscribers, serial numbers and DVDs will start shipping on September 23rd.
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    3d dxf import

    You can not set it that way by default during the import. However, you can select all the objects after import (Or use a Custom Selection/Select Similar tool to select all the 3D Symbols) and then use Modify > Convert > Convert to Group, then Modify > Ungroup and you'll be left with the raw 3D geometry you're looking for.
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    Double spacing when exporting worksheet

    I have not seen that before, it is also possible to tab to the next fields in the OIP by pressing, well... tab. However I use Tab and Return interchangeably when I fill out those fields and haven't come across this in worksheet export before. Please go ahead and send in the files and we can confirm whats going on.
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    Default Minimized Textures in Resource Browser

    As far as I know you cannot, unfortunately. It seems to only store this per VWX file and even then the tabs will all default to expanded or collapsed depending on the last state of the file. (However if someone knows how to accomplish this id be glad to know as well, and will add it to the kbase.)
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    Fast Interactive 3D Rendering in 2014 and the VGM

    In testing I threw massively complex 3D models at it (the file sizes ranged from 300MB to 2.5GB for the heavy testing) and it was still able to handle them without screeching to a halt. The speed seemed to only be limited by the graphics hardware of the machine I was testing on, no longer would I hit Vectorworks' ~2.5GB memory limit and then see a crash. There is a pause the very first time you render in openGL in a particular file, but after this period where the geometry is cached, switching between wireframe/opengl took only a heartbeat and the more of the model I had already pointed the camera at, the faster I was able to move around. The testing was mostly with the walkthrough tool in a perspective mode to put on as much pressure as possible on the OpenGL rendering.
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    This is most likely the case. Using Scale by Distance is detailed here: http://kbase.vectorworks.net/questions/449/Scale+by+Distance
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    Chunky rendering

    As mentioned by a few above, the problem lies in the geometry, which in this (and many) case(s) appears poor because of the way 3DS and other types of Mesh objects import into Vectorworks. They are handled as a large number of separate 3D polygons at worst, or an overly complex and slow mesh object at best. For instance, if you created that toilet in Vectorworks using the 3D modeling tools available in the software itself, there would be no issue. Render a Sphere in this rendering mode with geometry and 3D conversion res set to Very High to see what I mean, perfectly smooth edges and surface with no odd warping or faceting. It doesn't solve the issue, but in this case it isn't Renderworks thats to blame, its what is happening to this kind of geometry during import.
  19. Nothing as far as custom 3D viewing hardware, (even though the Oculus Rift is exceedingly awesome and I wouldn't mind a few dozen test units in the building...) However the furthest I have seen this type of technology taken in conjunction with Vectorworks is AR-Works: Main release announcement: http://www.ar-works.net/u/ Alternate thread: http://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=160168
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    blurry images in worksheet

    There used to be an option to alter the resolution, I believe as stated above it was dropped due to severe performance problems. Most likely this will come back in the future, but for the moment you MAY be able to alter this quality by altering the DPI settings at the bottom of the File > Document Settings > Document Preferences > Resolution tab. The default is 72, I recommend trying 150 or 300, then trying a print or export to PDF to check the quality against the default setting of 72. However if this DPI setting does not affect it, there may be no way to until they implement a direct one.
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    Double spacing when exporting worksheet

    What are you exporting the worksheet as? Tab Delimited Text, or another option? Do you see the spaces in the exported txt file, or only after you've already brought it into Excel? (In any case, please make sure to contact tech@vectorworks.net with the VWX file as well as the exported result attached and an explanation of whats happening in Excel)
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    Vectorworks SDK Updates

    There isn't a huge amount at the moment, but the majority of it can be found here: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/Main_Page In Tech Support we don't have any resources or much experience with the SDK, but I do know that the above wiki will be expanding relatively soon (I would give you an exact date if I could) due to a few of the new features in 2014 regarding scripting and development.
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    File Cleaner

    No problem at all. I'll be doing my best to keep an eye on things.
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    3D modeling - cannot subtract - please help

    Just to clarify, one object is an Extrude Along Path and the other is a standard Extrude? Both of the source polygons inside the extrudes are closed figures with a solid fill? If you convert both objects to generic solids (Modify > Convert > convert to Generic Solids) and then try to subtract them, it still does not work? If it still fails, contact tech@vectorworks.net with the file attached.
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    What is 64bit all about?

    Vectorworks 2014 will work on both 32 and 64bit OSes, but will not have different versions foreach, it will have some modules that will take advantage of 64bit and some that wont. There wont be a two applications labeled "Vectorworks 2014(x86)" and an "Vectorworks 2014(x64)" for instance, as you find with some other software packages like Cinema 4D currently. If you install it on a 32bit OS, then everything will still function, but have none of the speed benefits. I do not know for sure about Vectorworks 2015 as far as having different "flavors" for 32 and 64bit. (Even if I did I would unfortunately not be able to discuss it until it became official. No offense intended, policies and all that.)


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