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  1. One of the groups I work with has had a lot of success using Dropbox. Some "gotcha's" you have to look for (at least in a pre pandemic word) Always check out your layers before getting on the plane and turn off your wifi on the plane while working with your file. - Even if the plane has wifi it may not be fast enough to sync to the xml file, and you could end up with a broken working file that has been disconnected from the project file. - If that happens you have to create a new project file, and users have to create new working files which could strand some changes If you work on both a desktop and a laptop create separate working files for each machine. The issue of a working file becoming disconnected from a project file can happen. Make sure everyone on the project is using the desktop app, and working out of the file in the Dropbox folder. - Yes there are people that still don't know how to use Dropbox Otherwise we've had a lot of success using project files assuming the users know how to use project files. That said we created a document outlining best practices, and guidelines to help new to project files not screw up the classes and layers.
  2. I figured it out. I had a long call with Tech Support and we deleted Vectorworks 21 preferences folder. In Windows 10 that's in User/AppData/Roaming/Nemetcheck/Vectorworks/2021 Deleted the whole folder which makes you re-activate VW. We noticed the palettes were correct. I ran the migration manager again, and that's what broke it. After many many attempts I narrowed it down to 1 single checkbox that breaks the palettes apart. Preferences.xml You can see in the images below what happens when that single box is checked. I ran it again, with everything checked EXCEPT that 1 box, and it works. I'll submit a bug report So glad to be doing product development for something I pay for.
  3. I uninstalled and re-installed after doing a registry clean. Nothing changed. As an extra ha ha bonus when I edit a workspace and come out of it any window and pallet placement I've done is lost. I'm so glad I pay for a subscription of Designer. I can see my money is going towards useful, and meaningful upgrades to the platform Oh and Support has not responded to my request. I'll be calling tomorrow
  4. OK great. I'm not the only one. That's a small win. Yes same issue with them all being on the far right of my my right side monitor. I updated the graphics driver just in case, but that didn't fix it. This was a pre SP3 installation but I didn't use 21 until very recently. I had no need to draw anything as I'm in the entertainment industry, but now I've got a gig, and we're working in 21 so I updated to SP3.1 and this. Laptop looks fine even with 2 monitors, but it was a clean 3.1 installation. I guess I'll try uninstalling, and installing a fresh 3.1 How Lame
  5. I guess no one has had this issue and I'll be calling tech support where I'm sure they will tell me they've never seen anything like this before again
  6. Attached are 2 screen shots. VW2020 and how window palettes used to, and should behave, and VW2021 SP3.1 and how they look now. I've restarted the computer to see if that would help, and still wrong. This did not happen on my laptop. Only the desktop version, and only after installing 3.1 Anyone?
  7. This thread is 5 years old, and here I am wanting to see the sources of lights I'm trying to render. I don't see the files, or images listed, probably because the thread is so old. Scott can you share again? Has there been a newer and better method to see the sources or dots? Thanks -mickey
  8. It's not a super easy transition and Import. I think it's odd that the set design team is being asked to import into MA3D. That's usually the lighting department importing the models from the set department. Here's a link to some info https://support.actlighting.com/knowledgeBase/11589471 Good luck
  9. Can you expand on that thought? Link to something maybe?
  10. OK I did a search in Help and found the tool. There's very little information about how to use it, and what the numbers mean, but I kind of got it to work. It looks like it's very sensitive to how the image file is imported. Once I slap it around a little I think it will reveal its secrects It would be nice if VW would offer some deeper explanation of what the numbers mean. This is not the only example of that. But this method is going to be way better than what I was doing before
  11. I am trying to make some 3D musical notes. I am working with a visual artist on a project, and I need to do some modeling that has physical musical notes. I found some shared vector graphics, and opened those in Illustrator, exported them as DXF files, imported each one to an individual VWX file, made a surface, and extruded them Yeah me! The artist didn't like the musical notes I found, and has instead drawn new ones Boo me I went through this earlier in the project where we wanted a heart. I took the PNG file dumped it in VW then used a series of arcs to re create the shape, made a surface out of them, and extruded. Woo-Hoo heart. But the thought of having to that gag for 4 different complex musical notes has me rethinking my approach. I'm pretty certain that I'm using the wrong software to do this. I bet there's something out there that could take a PNG, trace it, then extrude, and model it on an iPad, but I don't want to buy, and learn a new modeling program just for this small project. There has to be a better way. Doesn't there? Thanks in advance -mickey
  12. Mickey

    Got toilets?

    Oh woe is me. I need to drop some porta potties into a drawing, and silly me assumed VW2020 would have them. Nope Lots of good event towable units. Great I'll use those in the future, but for now I'm looking for the good old fashioned porta-john kind So I searched the forum, and came up with my own thread :facepalm
  13. We think it's something similar, but related to air travel. Even if you don't check anything out, and open a file on a plane that has some internet, it might not sync the dropbox or some other VW "feature". We accept that this is a risk, but what's infuriating is that the error refers to duplicate files and there are none. Even if we reset the project file it doesn't work. The only way to get it working again is to create a new project file in a new folder. It can't be in the same folder.
  14. I keep getting this error, and it's killing our project team. See attached. No one has copied and pasted anything. There's only 1 VWXP file in the folder, or in any folder in the entire dropbox for this project. WHY DO WE KEEP GETTING THIS? We've had a lot of success in the past using Dropbox, and project files, but the last 2 projects have had this recurring problem. Anyone else seen it?
  15. Why not instead make VW work with an existing plugin? Every year a new VW comes out, and breaks the MA Export plugin. Maybe you could in advance work with MA so they can update the plug in in advance? Isn't Nemetschek supposed to make our lives better not worse? Or is it because MA has a 3D modeling program that is free and that competes with Vision so you do this on purpose? No that can't be it Since VW/LW/MA2 is my primary workflow I won't be installing 2020 until this is resolved. Or I'll be stuck with leaving 2019 on my machine and having to back save to do the export like with did with 2018 Thumbs down
  16. Was there any resolution to this? I have the same problem and would love to use "current plot date" I've got a project with over 80 sheets. I have finally gotten smart and started using the Title Block manager, and reduced the number of title blocks to a few, but still it's really annoying to have to manually update. At least it's only in a couple of places
  17. Thanks Boh, I did some similar searches, and indeed just killed those classes. For this particular file it's not a big deal, but I have had some issues in the past with mystery classes, and didn't have the time to figure it out. Since this file was so simple I thought it would be interesting to delve deeper.
  18. This has annoyed me before, but never enough to post, but now I have a clear example I can talk about. Please see attached file for reference. This became apparent when I copied a symbol from a drawing I was working in, into a new blank file and a grey out class appeared. For sure I thought that one of the sub objects that made up my symbol had this class, and I needed to find it, and update the original symbol to prevent any future issues. And down the rabbit hole I went. What you see here is a Table symbol pulled from a VW stock symbol file from banquet tables. It normally only had 1 class associated with it: Table-Cloth 1 When you open file you can see there's another set of classes, and these are part of a file I'm working on. If you delete the offending class it asks if you want to reassign the objects, or delete them. If you delete said object nothing obvious happens. To go deeper down the hole I broke the symbol apart. It's only made up a 3 pieces. a 3D generic solid, a 2d circle, and a 2d polygon, all of which have the Table-Cloth1 class. If you import or copy, and paste these individual objects into a new drawing the new offending class does not appear. If you import, or copy and paste the symbol the offending class does. So! I'm sure this has something to do with the record associated with the symbol, but I can't find anything I can click on that would have a class associated with it. What hidden object has the offending class? How do you find an object that has a class hidden in it? This would be useful to know for future projects, and this one is a handy file since it's so simple. Anyone have a clue? Thanks -mickey class test.vwx
  19. The files are all types. VW viewer should have a standard hardware spec the same way Vectoworks does. Somewhere there should be a minimum, and performance spec for viewer, and I can't find anything.
  20. An interesting anniversary I had to share. Today is April 19th in 2019. I joined the VW message forum or whatever it was back then on April 19th in 2000. So it's the 19th anniversary on 19th of 19. Hahaha. -may your software crash less than mine -Mickey
  21. I gave you a thumbs up for your post, but i really want a thumbs down option for the information. Thanks
  22. That doesn't solve the problem. That would require me knowing what I want it to look like before I draw something in my design layer. I want the 2 sets of elements to be able to viewed together. This works when there is no crop so in order for me to work at all I have to delete the crops to view the objects in 3D.
  23. Reference a file with 3D geometry and create a viewport on a layer. Rotate the view, and everything is visible, both objects in my other design layer, and objects in my viewport reference. Now crop that viewport so that only objects you want are visible. Rotate the view, and what you get is a fixed window from the viewport crop, not your 3D objects rotating. Why because the crop is locked into Screen Plane. Is this a new 2019 feature? I don't remember VW doing this. Generally I don't crop viewports, but sometimes I don't want to see an entire property but just a small portion, and the viewport kills all of the 3D ability. I tired switching the crop object, in this case a square, to layer plane, but it won't take. It's screen plane only. I hate screen plane. I never use it, and now it's screwing me. Is there a way around this?


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