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Neil Barman

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  1. @Matt OvertonCould you shed some more light on your software and hardware setup? For example, which SP of v2021 are you running? Which operating system are you using? What are the basic technical specs (RAM, VRAM) of your computer? Knowing this info may help answer. (And adding the info to your forum signature will allow it to show up below every posts you make.)


    I’m also wondering how much free hard drive space you currently have?

  2. 5 hours ago, EdM said:

    Is anyone else finding this is becoming so disruptive literally freezing every 15 mins. 

    At Pat mentioned above for another user, it sounds like you are part of a small minority of users experiencing this. This is definitely not the normal behaviour of the software. It would be best to contact the technical support team and have them assist you.

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  3. On 11/10/2021 at 3:46 AM, May_Mal said:

    After updating to Vectorworks 2022, some of us in the office cannot access the unified view option. Any ideas why?



    Based on your screenshot and seeing the “New” menu next to the Help menu, it appears that you replied Yes to the “would you like to migrate” question when you first ran Vectorworks 2022. Since Unified View functions have been changed (as bcd mentioned they are on by default) in v2022, your migrated workspace tried to “connect” to the unified view commands but could not.


    Unless you specifically intended to migrate forward a heavily modified workspace from a previous version of Vectorworks, I would recommend using one of the stock, default workspaces. These will be laid out and arranged as the software engineers intended. If you would like to make some modifications to a stock workspace, it’s typically best to duplicate the workspace, give it a unique name, then edit that duplicate.

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  4. 3 hours ago, jeff prince said:


    Thanks for the suggestion.  I can see my input here and elsewhere is not appreciated by Vectorworks.

    Quite the contrary, @jeff prince. Feedback is always appreciated, but you may find your feedback has more impact by considering the language & tone of the feedback. Having a positive approach to encourage change is always better than taking a negative stance.

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  5. On 10/11/2021 at 4:54 PM, E|FA said:

    Except you can only vote "nice to have", "important", or "critical".  Shouldn't there be a way for the user base to let VW know if an option is "not needed by me" or other neutral or negative input?

    I’d say your best way to express your lack of interest in a feature, in the context of the public roadmap, is simply to not provide any feedback on it.


    Instead, I’d recommend putting positive energy and constructive feedback towards the features/topics that do interest you and would benefit your work. That way, your perspective can contribute to how a feature is developed.


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  6. 7 hours ago, niagara designer said:

    Is there a list of certain types of things that will slow it down, so that we know where to start looking when it happens?

    These Knowledgebase articles should help:

    Some of the points mentioned may be dated though most will still apply.

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  7. 8 hours ago, helloarchitect said:

    Sue: it seems we're on a sinking ship.  Perhaps the best move is to finally jump to ArchiCAD.

    Actually, if you and/or Sue are still having this issue you should probably contact technical support directly. It sounds like there may be something imported into your file(s) that is causing the issue.

  8. Out of curiosity, when you say Vectorworks is “freezing” when you try to import it, what is happening? Is there a progress bar in the lower right? Is cursor movement still possible? And most importantly, how long have you waited to let Vectorworks do its work?


    Given the STL file is very large it sounds to me like Vectorworks is trying to process the file and it requires some more time to complete its work because of the sheer complexity of the model..


    Do you have any information about the Blender model (i.e. polygon count)? This may shed some light on why it’s taking longer than you expect.


    It may be a good idea to open the model in Blender, see what it looks like there and possibly even simplify it there before bringing it into Vectorworks.

  9. On 5/9/2021 at 3:57 PM, MaleXLR said:


    Possibly/probably very obvious, but how do you export from Vectorworks to 3MF please?

    We currently don’t have 3MF as a file export format so I’m not sure if/how they are doing that directly from Vectorworks.


    @AnotherLD, might you be able to clarify?

  10. On 4/6/2020 at 10:59 AM, Kevin K said:

     I have put off delving into and leaning Marionette for years.

    During this time of self isolation thanks to the coronavirus, I thought it would be a good time to immerse.

    I noticed a few, albeit older posts regarding learning Marionette, but just wanted to get a heads-up on the best place to start learning.

    any advice would be appreciated.





    Have you tried the “Marionette Introductory Tutorials” that are pinned to the top of the main Marionette forum section? It’s been a long time since I watched them but I seem to recall they were quite good.


    Sarah Barrett’s recent webinar on “Algorithmic design in BIM software” is also a very good intro into the topic. The first part of the webinar provides a great explanation of the different approach or mindset one would take when using Marionette and some of the possibilities of the tool. For me, who has been more accustomed to the traditional design approach that she describes, I found it useful to hear about the different way to thinking about an algorithmic design process.



  11. On 11/12/2020 at 3:05 AM, tsmith2 said:

    2- How do I make them solid, when printed they are all hollow.

    This should be a setting within the slicing software used to generate the g-code for the 3D printer. For example, I’m currently using the PrusaSlicer software and the “infill %” setting is what determines the amount of fill inside the exterior “skin” of the 3D print.


    The objects themselves in Vectorworks would already be solids, unless they have been originally modelled as thin surfaces, extruded lines, or shelled solids.

  12. 1 hour ago, Todd V. said:

    Yes, that would be the logical understanding, but I was unable to dock individual or grouped palettes to the application window without unchecking this option.  I am on a Mac.

    Wow!...That would be amazing to see. Could you post a screen recording video of palettes that are already docked to each other then docking to the Application Window? I have never seen this before and I am not able to recreate that here. Thanks!


    Also, which Mac OS and which version of Vectorworks are you running? (You can add this info to your Forum signature so it's in at the bottom of every post you do. It's very helpful for others to see.)

  13. 47 minutes ago, Todd V. said:

    After trying all above fixes without success, I tried unchecking "Floating palettes can dock to each other" under Palette Options.  Then I was able to both dock palettes to the window and to each other while docked to window.  VW2021

    Just to clarify, the option you're describing only affects floating palettes and sets whether or not they can dock to each other. The setting doesn't affect whether or not palettes can dock to the Application Window.


    Floating palettes that are already docked to each other cannot then be docked to the Application Window – The palettes need to be un-docked from each other before they can (each, individually) be docked to the Application Window.



  14. @jak5352 Definitely don’t be embarrassed to ask! After using Vectorworks for as long as you have there are bound to be new features that have slipped past you as you’ve been busy working.


    Markdd is right that it sounds like you have discovered Master Snaps. More info about them can be found in the help docs partway down the page  here. it’s good to read upon what they can do because they’re useful when you need them.

  15. @ESH While the above link does get you to a page where you can submit a tech support request, I have also emailed you directly with more info about the tech support that is available to you. I'm confident that once you submit your file to our tech support team for review, they will be able to figure out what is happening in it.

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