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  1. A good deal on a license with a remaining VSS contract. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vectorworks-2014-Designer-w-Renderworks-VSS-/331295623238?
  2. Hi folks. If anyone is interested in a seat for sale at a good price, please send me a message with your interest via the forum. Its a full license with subscription until Nov 1, 2014. Thanks!
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    OpenGl 4.1

    I was reading that the new Mavericks OS is finally catching up to OpenGL on the WIndoz side of things. I think alot of us have waited a CAD lifetime to be on par with OpenGL on the mac side. How is VW 2014 set to take advantage of this?
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    Alpha Channel Backgrounds

    Hi Folks, any chance that renderworks backgrounds can render out an alpha channel with the render ? i.e. instead of choosing a typical background option, I choose the entire background to be a black alpha. I asked about this years ago, and it would be extremely useful.
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    Worst things in VW 2010

    Hi folks, The help/Air system is definitely as awful and as awkward as it gets. It appeared to me like someone got sold an idea, and then it was just plugged into the release. Adobe represents the very worst of useless feature creep in software today. They make Microsoft look good. I appreciate Alexandra's candid response though. Its refreshing to hear NNA actually explain something. All the features in 2010 seem like a work in progress that have been packaged to keep the revenue cycle fresh. This platform has become so widespread with features and needs, that I dont think we'll get a roundly solid version until the Maya Long Count calendar expires. To my practice its all about interoperability. Exchange, collaborate, export, re-work. From AutoCAD to C4D, pull in some 3DMax, do a bit in Sketchup and send it out in Acrobat. Stuff that just works. Spreadsheets that make sense. Symbol libraries that are quick and easy to use and create and exchange. Lots of different folks working towards the same communication and design/detailing goals. Vectorworks 2010? eh. Still working with vectors, I guess. Maybe adobe is going to release the next Photoshop as Rasterworks 2011.
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    VW2010 export to v2008 tips

    well, thats because you've fallen asleep playing solitaire... It seems to only happen with rather large imported DWG converted generic solids models.
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    VW2010 export to v2008 tips

    Hey Vectorworkians! Just discovered an interesting new feature in the new release. Try exporting geometry to v2008. Its very relaxing. Like watching paint dry. If you dont get enough 'spinng rainbow ball of death' time, this is a great way to do that. Now curiously enough, you can export geometry to v2009 pretty cleanly and quickly, and then export it from V2009 running to v2008 pretty quickly and cleanly as well. Just thought I would let you know. I wonder why this new feature hasn't been documented ?
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    Parasolid Bodyshop & Translator

    This may be overtly technical or off-topic, but I am wondering how much of the Bodyshop and Translator add-ons are integrated into the current 2009 and up coming 2010 versions of VW. Some of us rely on interoperability with other solid modelers and mesh-based polygonal programs. Can we count on Vectorworks to give us these optimized solutions in the modeling environment ? btw-Unified View? Awesome.
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    Vectorworks 2010

    FormZ still does some things better than any application out there. Too bad they develop at a snails pace. It would be very nice to have VW support the emerging COLLADA export for the 3D assets. The other modelers are starting to get on board, and moving models around between workflows is essential for our practice. Someone mentioned to me that Snow Leopard supports viewing COLLADA files at the OS level the other day. Wouldn't it be nice to 'QuickLook' a VW model or project ?
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    Vectorworks 2010

    I would love to see them let the parasolid goodness flow, as well. Just make sure I can handle 10 million polygons and still work in the file, because that what the modelers like Rhino and modo and formZ do really well. I dont envy Biplab's job. Revit is the competition everywhere these days, I think for VW. VW is not a modeler. Its not a Renderer or Animator. Its a highly graphic BIM package that is more intuitive than any other BIM package. However, it must still be able to handle the big projects and mesh with firms stuck in the Autodesk tractor beam of endless investment. oh, and 64 bit, asap. : )
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    Vectorworks 2010

    Design in 3D has gotten a lot better in Vectorworks, however it doesn't compare to Rhino or Modo. However, with the parasolid engine, there is hope. btw, C4D just went 64 bit on the Mac and PC across the new upgrade and all modules with version 11.5, released this week. We use it quite a bit. Lets hope that the Vectorwork 2010 drum starts beating soon....I think I hear something very faint....
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    Vectorworks 2010

    Good point. However, I wasn't thinking that.
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    Vectorworks 2010

    we are discussing multi-threading as sitting on the OS side and / or the Application side. And further the issue is complicated by how modeling kernels are supporting this, such as the Parasolid tools. with all respect, Its not the same as multi-processors. Should I bring up that Lightworks is no where near supporting 64 bit on the Mac....
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    VW 2009 and upcoming Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Regardless of what NNA's master plan is for November - be it a rollout of 2010 and an updated 2009, or just an updated 2009, its another sign of a software company out of step with its user base and Mac market. Snow Leopard has been in development for quite a long time, and other products in the same market space are running just fine, certainly not waiting for 10 weeks. For those of us still running earlier versions, the incompatibility is inexcusable. ...its a powerful indication that the Mac CAD market needs better than Vectorworks.
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    Vectorworks 2010

    I am now wondering about version 2010 and the multithreading that may or may not be there with the introduction of Mac OS 10.6. If the Os is going to handle the threading calls by the applications, does this mean greater performance with large model data sets and modeling operations ? interesting.

 

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