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  1. I set mine to about 0.6 seconds; seems to be long enough to avoid everything lighting up like a pinball machine, but not too long to wait if you want the highlighting.
  2. I'm very pleased to announce the release of BIM for Design Firm: Data Rich Architecture at Small and Medium Scales. While not a strictly Vectorworks book, obviously our favorite program was an important influence and had a significant impact. After you've had a chance to read it, I'd appreciate your sharing your comments over at its Amazon page. And if anyone from the press would like a review copy, please ping me. Cheers, François
  3. I've tried connecting a Sharp TV (LC-65LE654U) via the HDMI3 port to my 2017 Macbook Pro running Mac OS 10.13.6. The Mac "sees" the TV (lists it by the correct model number in the Displays pane of the System Preferences) but the TV reports "no signal". I've tried both other HDMI ports, turning the TV off and on, still doesn't work. It's not the cable, as a Windows laptop connects to the TV just fine. Any ideas?
  4. I'll be teaching a 2-day hands-on Vectorworks BIM workshop at the AIA offices in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, on October 12 and 13: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-fe-vectorworks-bim-workshop-tickets-50280749074
  5. That was a great webinar, Jonathan. Thank you as always for sharing your knowledge with the community.
  6. PS I do not have your email address so am using private messaging on the forum. If you prefer email, find me at francois@levykohlhaas.com. Best, François
  7. Hi Nina, I'm attaching a 2018 VWX file with a typical sheet layer we want to export. Again, we'd prefer for section viewports to export as flattened 2D geometry in model space with annotated, cropped paper-space viewports (like plan viewports do). As you can see, Exporting DWG from Vectorworks and reimporting the DWGs into a blank Vectorworks file imports section viewports as scaled, uncropped symbols. 19Z_export_test.vwx
  8. Sounds like an SSD is a good idea, as well as adding 16 or 32GB to the base 8GB.
  9. We're getting ready for a new iMac purchase. The $200 processor upgrade seems an obvious choice (to a .2GHz quad-core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz), and of course we'll beef up the RAM. Is there a functional limit to RAM, or does 64-bit VW use as much RAM as is available? What about a drive upgrade? I don't hear good things about Fusion drives; I think for our purposes a 1TB SSD is adequate storage and real-world performance has always seemed much snappier with SSDs. Anyone have any advice on Fusion drives?
  10. Hi Nina, Thanks for your response. Are you suggesting that in order to achieve the desired DWG output, my section viewports should be on design layers? I've tested that and it doesn't seem to work. Here's what I did: —I created a sheet layer with three viewports: a top/plan viewport, a section viewport, and a "back" viewport. —For the sake of the "back" viewport I created a distinct design layer for a single section. There I created section viewport, populating it with the design layers where the model geometry occurs (source design layers), like an old school layer link. Other than this design layer section viewport, this design layer is empty. —Back on the sheet layer "back" viewport, I placed all annotations for the section drawing there, in its annotation space. Same for the sheet layer section viewport and sheet player top/plan viewport. —I exported the sheet layer as a DWG. Here's what I get: —When importing the DWG back into Vectorworks as a test, both sections come in pretty much the same, whether the sheet layer section viewport or the "back" viewport from a design layer viewport. —The section plane geometry is a scaled block, uncropped. —Annotations as well as the geometry beyond the section plane are 1:1 objects (hence out of scale) on the sheet layer itself. This is really not a usable outcome for my DWG recipient, and seems to be different in some respects from what you describe. Do I need to abandon sheet layers altogether to get the workflow I want? I need to figure this out by September 20th or so, and can share files with you offlist. Thanks!
  11. We are working with another design firm on a project, and eventually need to hand off DWGs that they can use. Internally, we're employing a BIM workflow: 3D model of the project, viewports for plans and section viewports for interiors and sections. Ultimately we want to be able to export drawings (plans, sections, and interiors in sheet-layer viewports populated by design layer geometry) as DWG model-space entities (design layers) that are annotated and cropped on DWG sheet layers (paper space). Unfortunately, when we do a test DWG export of one of our sheet layers and re-import it back into a blank Vectorworks file, we get sheet layer viewports of plans (good), but scaled symbols in lieu of section viewports that are not even properly cropped (not so good). Is it possible to achieve what we want? Is this a matter of settings, or am I asking the impossible?
  12. I'm completing my second book on BIM in the next few days. I would like to include an eye-catching image of a representative, design-oriented architectural project produced with Revit. If you have any colleagues or associates using Revit who would like to share an exemplary project with me for publication, please contact me offlist: francois.levy.architect@gmail.com. I'd prefer a high-resolution rendering or composition of a smaller project, say under 20,000 SF. Thanks!
  13. Maxon lists these export formats for C4D that Vectorworks can also import: 3D Studio .3ds DXF STL Wavefront .obj I would guess that STL is polygons/meshes only, so probably not suitable for my purposes. I'll ask for 3DS, DXF, and OBJ and see which is the cleanest import into Vectorworks.
  14. By default, the Sills class is applied to the door leaf and swing arc in Top/Plan. You can override that in Settings/2D Visualization. Thanks to Door Styles, you can create default styles that eliminate the use of the Sills class for that door style (same is true for windows). When you insert a non-styled door (or window), however, the class will probably be re-created in your file, even if you deleted it.
  15. I know it's a backwards workflow, but I may have a new client soon who does concept/visualization in C4D, and I'd like to import their models into Vectorworks. They currently have this workflow: C4D --> SketchUp --> AutoCAD. Ultimately they should go: Vectorworks -->C4D, but I may or may not convince them to change their workflow. Meanwhile, can anyone tell me whether there's an export path from C4D to Vectorworks that preserves C4D NURBS? Their current workflow does not, obviously, and that's a headache for them.
  16. I'm testing a new MacBook Pro and I see a similar issue with 2018 SP2. Starting from a saved view (design layers, clip cube on, OpenGL), I turn off the clip cube, render in wireframe, then do a Final Quality Renderworks. All geometry disappears, though moving the cursor around activates pre-selection highlighting. Zoom out then zoom in clears it up and rendering can proceed as normal.
  17. Thanks, Pat! I needed this very script for my Design Summit Presentation! Is there a version for layers, separating design and sheet layers, and not alphabetizing them? I tried editing this one but swapping "layer" for "class" doesn't work... See you soon!
  18. I am teaching a Vectorworks workshop at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills over the weekend of November 19-20, 2011. Here's a link with more information: http://thedrafthorse.francoislevy.com/bay_area.html
  19. Has anyone been using one of the new 13" MacBook Air machines? If so, how well is it running Vectorworks? Is the limited (4GB max) RAM a problem? What are your typical file sizes? Do you do much 3D modeling, and if so how complex are your models?
  20. Have you successfully exported a Vectorworks BIM model to DOE-2? If so, please message me or email me offlist : info AT francoislevy DAUGHT com.
  21. I am completing a book on sustainable architecture designed within a BIM workflow, focusing particularly on skin-load dominated buildings (i.e, smaller projects than those often associated with BIM). The book will be published by Wiley next year. I am concluding each of my chapters (e.g., Massing Analysis, Passive Cooling, Passive Heating, etc.) with an approximately 500-word case study of a notable project. I intend the case study projects to concretely demonstrate the use of the quantitative analysis potential of BIM to support design decisions for high-performance architecture. I'm specifically looking for architects who employ the quantitative analysis opportunities in BIM to design skin-load dominated sustainable buildings for better performance, firms that are to some degree using the "I" in BIM coupled with building geometry to make informed design decisions. This typically involves applying in schematic design or early design development some or several performance design guidelines (some of which have been around since the 1980s), and/or sharing the BIM file with subconsultants (energy modelers, etc.) late in design development or construction documentation. The later is commonly done but by then it's often too late to make significant design changes; the former is less common and the emphasis of my book. The subtext is that building performance can be a form-giver for climate-dominated architecture. If you or your firm is interested in contributing a Vectorworks project for a case study, please message me or email me offline (info AT francoislevy DOT com). I would prefer heretofore unpublished built projects, preferably under approximately 20,000 square feet/2 000 square meters. I am particularly interested in case studies for these topics: Innovative software use Passive Cooling Building Hydrology I regret that I am on a rather tight deadline, and need to move very quickly. Images should be of sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1500 pixels wide, TIFF format) for publication. Interior artwork will be in black and white, but color images should be sent in color (the publisher will convert them to gray scale). Fran?ois
  22. I think I may have answered my own question: http://www.vectorbits.com/VectorBits/vectorbits/Entradas/2008/1/8_Optimize_Drawing.html If anyone knows of another solution, please let me know...
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