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Peter W Flint

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  1. I suspect that in prior iterations the fonts were automatically re-mapped to Arial by default, and I missed the bit about prioritizations. @Rick Berge gem of an article, thx. PWF
  2. @inikolova Thanks. That resolved the issue. PWF
  3. @inikolova If it’s helpful the font in the contact fields is Yantramanov, available at fonts.google
  4. The fonts are pulled from the same folder VW uses to call fonts locally. I began exploring this after receiving the email Iskra mentioned about missing fonts. Practically, I'm not opposed to this, the current set up was the result of being very new to the software and running into resolution issues between exporting from gd software, drawing, web publish, and printing that I have probably grown out of. This however, only resolves the issue illustrated with the logo, and not the alignment and/or wrapping issues in the other fields Philosophically, I think a product that asks for a significant investment from its users should work as it is advertised. @inikolova Thank you for the detailed response, I agree the font looks like it is being mapped to Arial but I am not getting a notification about missing fonts. I did receive those emails in my initial experiments and have since included fonts in my cloud folder per VW Cloud docs: "Place the font file anywhere in Vectorworks Cloud Services". Based on re-reading, I can confirm they are .ttf files but I am unsure if they were converted in the process of uploading to cloud folder. One is custom that I built using a tool similar to fontForge and the other imported from Google fonts, then both installed as system fonts. I am pretty sure I pulled them directly from Font Book to upload to cloud. I will explore a little more as time allows and reach out if I discover anything. PWF
  5. I have custom fonts used for branding that are not being properly mapped to title blocks when using cloud publish. First screen shot is local, second is cloud. The differences seem to be either in size or line weight. What are best practices/things to keep in mind when using custom fonts or other custom settings in cloud publish? Cheers PWF
  6. Cleaning up and updating my plant library and I've noticed something odd with plant objects. They are retaining some kind of mapping to the "none" class, despite the entire object being assigned to another class, and graphics being assigned to their appropriate classes. The screen recording and attach reprex are plants populated from old drawings and plant objs that shipped w/ v2022, please excuse the redundant classes. I've tested this in a blank drawing as well. Is this expected behavior? If not, how to resolve? Thanks, PWF Screen Recording 2022-11-11 at 12.50.57.mov 2022.11.11_forumReprex.vwx
  7. In my experience, the level of detail I include is directly inverted to how much I enjoy talking to the installation contractor.
  8. For posterity and anyone else coming across a similar issue: I've been able to self-diagnose while waiting for tech support that this is related to working in full screen. There seem to be other issues with floating palettes appearing outside the fullscreen window, or migrating to the active desktop. For me it's the resource manager and attributes palette. This was not an issue in previous versions (2019-2021) and seems like pretty basic u/x stuff. PWF
  9. So looks like the update didn't push to this post...specs are 2021 MacBook Pro, M1 chip, 64 GB, OS 12.5.
  10. I updated signature this PM. Specs for MacBook Pro M1 are accurate. OS is 12.5 and the mouse switches between a Bluetooth Logitech when mobile and Bluetooth Evoluent in studio. I keep timer settings off, just had it set to 20 for demonstration purposes
  11. Ugh, I was sure I had covered all the basics 😵‍💫 Thx
  12. Upon upgrading my hardware, upgrading VW to 2022 and w/ latest service pack, migrating my user folder and workspace preferences, and several bouts of restarts and tweaking, I no longer get a smart options display when tapping space bar, middle mouse wheel, or waiting 20-30s. It just doesn't appear. Sometimes, on a Monday, after the computer has been shut down for the weekend, it randomly pops in for a visit. This lasts maybe 1-2s but if manage to catch hold of it, the icons simply disappear, even if I've been to the gym that morning. More often, the settings icon randomly appears on screen somewhere, not in the vicinity of my cursor but off to the side, down in the corner, wherever it feels like really. Possibly this is due to my response to the feature when 2021 was released, I thought it was cute but not super relevant to my daily work. Now it knows I need it, and it is being coy. Seeking suggestions for reuniting with my smart options display. Sweet talk? Jewelry? Spice? What does it want? Attached is a screen recording of me doing all the things and getting no results. Cheers PWF Screen Recording 2022-09-28 at 12.20.22.mov
  13. For anyone is interested in racing tech support. I have a site model picking up a texture from a texture bed and displaying across whole site model. I can disable the texture in class settings, but site model simply returns to solid white, not what is in the site model settings. Restarts etc bring no joy. Reprex attached. Winner of the race will be announced as a reply to the thread. PWF forumReprex_siteModelRendering.vwx
  14. Perhaps an overall "Cat Supervision" mode as part of the complete toolset. Mine has since been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, due to her talent for sitting around looking important and delaying projects by several days when she tries to "help."
  15. But will a dog inspire such riveting user forum content?
  16. Mostly I find it endearing that my cat likes to watch me work, but sometimes it can get a little tiresome. My feature request: a cat-proofing tool, possibly part of a larger pet-and-children-proofing toolset in the yet to be introduced Premium-Work-From-Home subscription package. Clicking behavior: multiple Proposed workflow: select tool. It looks like this 🐾. Select tool mode. I suggest three modes, "gentle shoo", "stern git!", and "angry dog", each of which creates varying degrees of discomfort. Clicking once creates a sharp noise only audible to cats and grows in intensity with each subsequent click. Click as many times as necessary until desired level of repellency is achieved. Continue working. Thank you in advance for your attention in this urgent matter. Hope everyone else is having a better productivity day than me. PWF
  17. The cyan line looks to me like the design layer grid. I would echo @AlanW in verifying no overlapping site modifier’s (the red lines), but I find the retaining wall workflow clunky. I usually use the reshape tool after creating one to adjust the grade to my liking. You can also individually adjust the vertex elevation of each side of the retaining wall in the OIP
  18. Have not tested rendering yet but it’s my understanding that rendering and publishing can be pushed to the cloud. Publishing has some limits like font settings, if you’re weird like me and like to use Yantramanov. And both are queued, so requires some planning, but in general I’ve found it to be convenient.
  19. I’ve explored this myself and run into the same issue. I’m still not sure I understand the underlying concepts based on VWU content, but I’ve had some success reverse engineering the custom data tags from other users.
  20. @BJRobinson I agree with @jeff prince in the benefits of maintaining a database but for the purposes of everyday usage I just keep a drawing such as yours in my favorites folder and hide all other libraries in the plant tool to minimize visual clutter. Having worked with both catalogs and the VW plant database, I'm not sure which one is easier. The Filemaker plugin feels more user friendly to me. I would create a plant schedule in your resource drawing with all the fields you want to save, export it as a csv, then import it into Filemaker with its own title and assign the fields you want to the VW specific fields. It's been awhile since I messed with a custom catalog but the help page is here @Katarina Ollikainen Thanks for the thoughtful tips and info for what's coming up. I will gently echo some of @jeff prince and @designit frustrations. I currently find plant data management one of the most frustrating aspects of VW, not in that it can't take care of the basics, but in that it has the potential to manage some much more information efficiently but stops at handling what the casual landscaper is looking for in data management. I will collect my thoughts on that and post it to the roadmap. I do not keep an extensive library of plant graphics, I have defaults based on my favorites and what's locally available that populate in a drawing while generating concepts. Then I make specific schedules based on availability when developing a plan. In most cases, like @jeff prince I use the Filemaker plugin for capturing plant data because using the form next to whichever data source I'm using. That said, I find the scripting for adding data to a particular project from Filemaker to be clunky and annoying. I'm also aware that support for Filemaker does not come from VW and therefore has some risk built into it, so I've begun exploring catalogs as another option. This has turned out somewhat useful in that for whatever reason, I made catalogs according to supplier, which captures pricing and size information, but data input is tedious with the catalog method. the Filemaker method is nice in that a full dataset can be pushed into the database and have relevant fields assigned to VW. In general, I find VWx user success content around data management to be sorely lacking. Cheers PWF
  21. Yes this is my concern. The U/X feels like it requires some understanding in how modeling applications work in order to get around some of the visual bugs. I 100% derive conversational value from it during an in situ design review, but I'm reluctant to use it as a resource for clients to view independently at this moment. Best case scenario for me would be a "presentation mode" or some such way to set up a variety of "scenes" with different environmental qualities such as lighting pre-set, and let clients explore the model that way, as opposed to giving them full access to a model that still has in-progress visual elements.
  22. After holding off of Nomad for some time based on poor reviews, I decided to experiment with it this morning after reading comments on this thread. Overall I am pleasantly surprised at ease of use. Navigating in model space felt a bit buggy. Model disappears if zooming in and out too fast or screen turns black, but easily corrected by navigating back with Home button, just a little frustrating. I would echo the comments about including saved views, particularly as you can only control layer visibilities at the moment. For high dollar presentation work it seems the best approach currently is to set desired class visibilities then save as a separate file (now as i’m writing I assume this is what exporting as a .vgx is for). I would also echo comments about hiding clip cube edges, or preserving the clipped view after hiding the clip cube. Its not clear to me yet whether this is feasible for sharing with clients for use on their own, but definitely looking forward to using this tool to generate discussion during design sync. PWF
  23. It's also taxing on the cognitive load once you're deep in Imagination Land
  24. Yes, I use a similar tree structure to yours and some other examples described. Where I've found filtering useful is in the phases of the modeling process, ie in site modelling I set a filter for each class using a site- prefix and I only have to deal with those classes in the nav pallet or org menu. But that is the extent of its use, and it limits the visibility of classes that may have adjacent relationships, such as planting or irrigation in the case of site modeling. I've had a bit more success with setting up saved views and using the activate class/layer command in the r click context menu, which helps with all the search & click behavior in the relevant menus. Even in a 1 acre residential drawing I can wind up with 150+ classes to manage, so wondering what strategies everyone's coming up to manage working inside the drawing once the organization is set up. PWF
  25. These templates are super helpful. Thanks. Curious about how folks set up saved views and use filters/tags in these custom classing systems to draw efficiently...I created a custom system by virtue of having no clue what I was doing (and therefore not coherent enough to share here), but it has now evolved into a hot mess of redundant tags, records, data views, etc. that is slowing down workflows as my projects have grown more complex. I've explored filters and these seem limited in their ability to combine class visibilities, for instance if I want to see irrigation classes but also be able to manipulate objects in site classes, currently I have to switch filters, which grows cumbersome after a while. It looks like more functionality with filters is in the list of feature requests, but in the interim it seems like a combination of filters and tags would help limit the amount of visible data in the nav pane while moving through various phases of design. Just wondering how y'all are managing visibilities with these tools. PWF
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