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  1. Clip cube shows correctly in Design Layer renderer: Wireframe. 

    Making a Viewport and Display With Clip Cube selected. 

    Viewport shows the whole darn model!

    Buggy-bug? Or is it supposed to work this way? 

    I seem to remember that you could do Wireframe + Clip Cube in a VP

    Plz halp


    What gives? Any ideas? 

  2. I have top of line M1 14” (spec below) - this is equivalent to high end but not highest end Studio. I’ve used the studio, it’s great. 6 months in - m1 is very good. Not a massive improvement over a 2018 fully loaded 15”, but a vast improvement over my 2013 mostly loaded trashcan. Expect improvements but not miracles. Still same lovely VWX loaded with bugs but still the best in its class that I couldn’t live without!! I am enjoying VWX 2022. There is some better support with apple silicone, there are threads about this but, I’m on my iPad using my dumb fingers. Also, apple has a 14 day return policy if it doesn’t feel right!! Good luck!

  3. It doesn't scale the image simultaneously.



    For example

    I bring in a 4x3" image as a prop

    And then I find out from the client that the image is actually 3.75x3" 

    I can't change the scale of the Image Prop in the OIP and the texture will scale accordingly


    The only method I've found to do this properly is to create a new prop

    Which is obviously a pain because I need to put that image prop everywhere again (if a symbol)

    And reclass it, etc


    Make sense? 

  4. Ok here's the dumb thinking.


    When you create an Image Prop, you have these settings:


    So the question is, once an image prop is created, can you change the heightxwidth in image prop options to change the scale and then just change the size of your image prop after?

  5. @georgetims there wasn't a ton of interest in it and I lost steam TBH. Vectorworks is a very powerful tool, but there hasn't been a whole lot of movement in improving the native projection design tools in VWX. You can see many posts talking about the pros and cons here


    Some helpful thoughts though--


    Projection design in VWX is still very much DIY unless you are doing very very basic trade show style projections. Anything complex or approaching any level of mapping requires a lot more effort, skill, know-how. 


    The best advice I can give is: learn VWX basics with Don Ward's beginner and intermediate courses (free and VWX university). Then do the 2 hour entertainment seminar (also free, but you need to sign up, just email training@vectorworks.net). Then learn how to do engineer projector positions manually, then learn the plugins ProjectionViz and Landru's tool (which I can't remember the name of ATM). I never use the native VWX projector tool because it's designed for traditional projector use, which is almost never the use case of projection design (at least for me). Weird angles. Weird surfaces. Weird coverage. 


    Learn what a frustum is and how you can make a frustum using a locus, a rectangle, and multiple extrude. That frustum is your lens throw. Learn some of the most common lens throw ratios and experiment with coverages. 


    I've never had to really think about rigging- I'm mostly a "projector goes here this is the required clearance" guy. Braceworks covers that. But you should learn the basics first. 


    This forum is top notch. I've said this before and I'll say it again- I use a ton of different creative technology programs and I'm active on a lot of forums (Adobe and VWX are probably my biggest two), and the community here is incredible, unbeatable. A great resource to ask questions and ask for help. So, ask away! 

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  6. Working on my laptop, my menu is a lot smaller:



    I've figured out that if I hold control my quick prefs come up:



    But things like projection are missing still (I.e., ortho vs perspective). I know I can find this in the view menu but the missing them here. Is there a way to display the missing stuff? 


    Brain foggy

  7. I regularly need to bring a shape from Illustrator into Vectorworks, and I hate redrawing things.


    I thought it would be helpful to explain the whole thing here so others can comment, or to see if other folks have different methods. 


    VWX interprets vertices totally differently then Adobe Illustrator. 75 vertices in the adobe world becomes 305 points in Vectorworks. Massive bloat. 


    1. In illustrator, make sure your path is/are as simple as possible. Similarly to Vectorworks, there's an Object-->Path-->Simplify function. 
    2. If you hope to do anything with those objects in VWX, make sure your paths are closed (I.e., "joined" in Illustrator)
    3. Save the illustrator file as an AI just to be safe (if you haven't already)
    4. File-->Export As-->DXF default settings are fine
    5. Set up a scratch VWX file so you're not importing garbage into your VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT
    6. In VWX, File-->Import-->Import Single DXF default settings are fine
    7. Cool ! Now you have your object and it comes in as a polyline. Make sure it's "closed."
    8. If for some reason you get overlapping paths, you can try to repair it using this method
    9. You can also use the paint bucket tool (2D polygon) to fill in the shape if it came in all junky. Sometimes this results in less vertices. Sometimes it doesn't. 
    10. Scale it to the appropriate size. 
    11. Congratulations!!!!


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