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  1. GRC

    invisible text in 3D

    I am drawing patent drawings. I drew a tank, then did an isometric rotation to show off the features. I tried to put text "Fig. 3" on the dwg, but the text is invisible. I tried layer plane and screen plane with the same result. Apparently, there is no text there (as opposed to being invisible), since I cannot select it for deletion. Would appreciate suggestions.
  2. 99%+ of the time when I am duplicating a circular array, I want to click on the center of the target and duplicate around that center. VW11 grays out the "Next Mouse Click" button. This makes no sense. Does anyone know a workaround. Maybe this is a bug. Thanks
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    VW 2008 and Lion?

    I just got an email from a VW support person. He said if I used the Mac migration tool to move VW from the old computer to the new one, then this can occur. He said to uninstall and reinstall VW2011.
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    VW 2008 and Lion?

    vw2011 and Lion are PARTIALLY compatible, so far. Many of the icons in the tool sets have a big red X through them and they won't work. Those without the X will work. Error message says something about making sure the plugins are in the same folder as the app (they are, of course). Waiting for VW to issue a patch.
  5. I have VW08 and VW09 installed on my Mac. I haven't used VW08 for a long time, but keep it in case I have an old file that needs work. However, every time I click on a VW09 file, it tries to open it in VW08. It won't open it of course. So, I go to get info and pull down the App menu. It shows VW08 with default written by it and VW09. I select VW09 and click on the Convert All button. Bottom line is this does not work. The settings are not changed and the story repeats itself. The only way I can run a file in VW09 is to open VW09 first and then open the file from inside. Need some help.
  6. I have drawn a piece of pipe. !0.375" OD, 10.02" ID x 42" extrude. It looks awful. It is a octagon shaped pipe. I tried setting the preferences/3D/conversion res to "very high". Made no difference. I set the document Preferences/Resolution to Full resolution and the outputs to 300DPI. I know this is for printing, but thought I would try it anyway, since I can't get anything else to work. Ideas? VW09 PM G5 Dual 2GHz 3GB
  7. I use VW09 Mechanical on the Mac. I have been plagued for years by a problem I finally identified. Several years ago VW crashed my whole computer. Corrupted the file extensions so I could not read VW files. Screwed up other system functions. It took me ~ 6 months to get my computer back to normal. I had to delete my user profile and start a new one. Lost a lot of info. Now that OS 10.6.3 is out, I have had some system crashes as well. Corrupted the file extensions, but I was able to redo them with the Get Info commands. This time it didn't destroy my user profile (thanks Apple). I finally found out what is causing the crashes. Poor memory control. I watched the Activity Monitor as VW tried to convert a file to DWG. I started with 1GB of free memory. When it got down to 6MB the whole system crashed, not just VW. This is extremely poor memory management by VW. I now keep the Activity Monitor open all the time to gauge whether VW will process a memory intensive file or not. Since this is certainly what happened 2 years ago, VW doesn't seem to care. They add functions and raise the price, but don't get the basics right.
  8. I am designing a solar system to sit on a building. I have the system drawn and a picture of the building in my VW09 drawing. I cannot superimpose the DWG over the picture. One blanks the other. I have set all the class and layer options to show/snap/modify others, but to no avail. I made two layers and messed with the opacity settings. Nothing works. I don't know anything else to do.
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    What's in 2009 . . . . . . ?

    I just loaded my copy of VW09 and read in a microscope stage. VW09 wouldn't draw one of the plates! It gave an error message saying to draw it again. The plate is very complex and I don't want to have to do that. It also drew the holes with a very low resolution set of polygons. I think this thing was put out half-baked.
  10. Juan, What I didn't put in the post above is that I have been fighting this problem for a month. I called tech support and spent an hour with a tech, reloading, reentering (s/n),dumping files, etc., etc. Nothing worked, including a complete clean install on two different hard drives (internal and external). VW2008 works fine on my PowerMac G5 running Leopard. I am lost. I have many files transfered over the VW2008 and now I can't run them in 12.5.
  11. Katie, I am one of those for whom VW2008 will not start (invalid S/N bug). Since I can't click on "check for updates" button, how do I get this update and will it fix my bug? I have the 12/17/07 update, which does not fix the problem. Is this a different one? Is there any way to go into the terminal mode and get around the bug? ________________ MBPro 2.33, Leopard
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    UnInstall VW2008

    Ted, Thanks for the heads up. It worked. Now if they could just get VW2008 going.
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    UnInstall VW2008

    I have a MacBook Pro 2.33GHz. I upgraded from VW12.5 to VW2008. Afterwards I could not start the program. The first screen appears and then a message - "No valid serial numbers have been found, please enter one now." I entered the correct number numerous times and it repeats the same message. I called VW and spent an hour working with the agent uninstalling pieces and reinstalling VW2008. Same response. After several rounds of that, I did a clean install of OS10.5, installed VW2008 and got the same message. Whenever I install VW2008, the first or second screen shows my proper serial number, then disappears quickly as the install continues. Obviously, VW2008 doesn't like Leopard or VV. Frankly, I don't think VW knows what the problem is or how to fix it. I hope OS10.5.2 update will fix it. It to would be nice to get a frank admission from VW that they don't have a fix for this. Now I find that VW12.5 is corrupted in Leopard. When I snap a line, it is invisible until I release and the line becomes visible. Same for dimensions - the construction line is invisible until I release, then the dimension shows. I see from other posts that the problem exists elsewhere on this discussion board. BTW, VW2008 works fine on my Power Mac G5.
  14. When I start VW2008 (OS10.4.11 or 10) a message comes up at the start saying there is no valid serial number, please enter. I enter a number and the same error screen returns. I am locked out of VW2008. I called tech support and we worked on it for over an hour, deleting this and that, rebooting, reloading VW, etc. Nothing worked. I loaded OS10.5 on an external drive, loaded VW2008 on it and it worked. It works on my older PMG5 running 10.4.10. I can't use 10.5 yet until IT tells me they have worked a network bug out. The odd thing is it worked on my current machine (MBPro.3.3 Intel) until I installed 10.4.11 update. I have done a complete reinstall of 10.4.10, but no luck. I am dead in the water. Any ideas? Thanks
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    Keyboard shortcut to tool in VW12

    Michael, Clicking and holding the mouse wheel does nothing on my system. Do you have any particular setups? ---------------------------------------------------------- Ben Gravely Dual 2G G5, VW12, 10.4.4

 

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