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  1. Ziska

    shadow color

    Jonathan, Apologies, I should have been more specific. A complementary ambient with a directional would be fine (although it does give a green tinge to the object outside the highlight)- but I'm trying to set up multiple spots in different colors (lekos with gels) and show how each casts shadows in an unlit space. The "cast shadow" function seems to only erase the color of the light without giving a true shadow effect. Ziska
  2. Ziska

    shadow color

    It's been a long time since I used the program so I'm quite rusty. Is there a way to get a true shadow color on an object in Renderworks (yellow light=blue shadow)? Using Mac 10.4.10 on G4 Vectorworks Spotlight 11.5 with Renderworks. TIA,
  3. "n the case of a fixed 1:1 scale you will need to rescale the drawing...but beware of the symbols ... they will also need to be rescaled." I wish I could- but since the viewport can't find the supporting layer it's locked.
  4. VW 11.5 (G4 powerbook 1.5 Ghz 1.25 G ram, running Tiger- new powerbook- happy happy dance!) Imported DWG (ACAD 2000) The ACAD sheets came in as viewports- with no design layer to support them. The "viewports" (which are really sheet layers) when viewed show classes- classes which do not show up in the design layers. Example- Design layer one- shows only the first floor- viewport 2.2 shows the second floor- by a process of elimination I discover that viewport 2.2 actually shows class "A-none"; however class "A-none" does not show up in any Design layer. To make it even more interesting- the viewport is stuck on 1:1 when it's supposed to be 1:2000- so even drawing over the viewport gives me a wall with a .57" length (a bit of a problem) All suggestions are gleefully welcomed... TIA Ziska
  5. Did a quick search and didn't find this in previous threads (it's probably there but...) So I'm saving the "move along path" full render movie on my painfully slow old G4 500mhz workhorse (151 frames of movie) using 11.5.1 on system 10.3.9. I'd saved a whopping 15 frames by the end of the day yesterday and left said workhorse on for the night. I arrived this morning to find that during the night I'd progressed to 18 frames... oh joy. I'm up to 20 frames after 1.5 hours in the office. Yippie.... now when I leave this evening- how do I get poor Mr. Harddrive to stay up all night and keep working? TIA Ziska
  6. Remembering back to 8.5.2 hurts... but isn't there an "import as mesh" or "import as 3D studio" option for dxf?
  7. For small shows I find sheets useful as "plates" The single drawing then holds the 10 plates to the show. - update the title of the file to the latest revised- and you know that you're sending out the full pack and that they are opening the full pack- with the latest date. There is also the benefit of having the whole project bundled in one file.
  8. I second that- final and custom only esc intermitently. not an issue to date with fast render since I what I need to see is in final render...things like glass.... In addition the file will reopen in the render mode in which it was forced to quit- which means that esc, command period and force quit aren't really doing saving you time. (and then there's that background printing thing)
  9. Just something to click- which would stop the rendering process- I can normally figure out if I need to reset something pretty quickly (unable to zoom in too closely and still get a "final renderworks" look), This would be a real time saver. Maybe it's already there and I just don't see it? (Preferably something other than "force quit")? Ziska
  10. LDI is in Vegas this year......how lucky are you?
  11. What type of Mac? How much memory? How many mghz? Dual processor? Rebuilt your desktop recently? Run disk utilities? Type 2 error normally means a problem in preferences- try "trashing" those first. Drag the VW preferences to the trash (do *not* throw out the trash)- restart. Then try rendering the file. If life is good- then you can throw out the preferences for real. If not try zapping the PRAM (the apple.com site gives you a tutorial on how to do this http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=51579) The next place to look is- the memory allocated to VW/Renderworks. Close VW- go to the application icon- click *once* then *command i* this will open the window to set the prefered memory size for VW/RW After that- start looking at the wallet... Good luck, Ziska
  12. Jan, Precisely what I was asking- but I couldn't find that in the Page>Set Attribute Defaults>Color Palette???? (Probably looking right at it....) Ziska
  13. Katie, Is there a RGB slider option or CMYK slider option? Thanks, Ziska
  14. Dario, I think Nicholas has the best solution for your problem.... Ziska
  15. Dario, There are many different ways to save a QT movie. There is a pretty good QT mailing list which goes into exhaustive detail about those issues. http://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/quicktime-users I haven't found that saving bits speeds things up much- if you're doing clips and crossfades why not set perspective views and export jpegs? That would cretainly be faster.... Ziska
  16. VW11 QT export as panorama works fairly quickly. Walkthroughs in full final render- days and days and days- which you will then have to import into Final Cut Pro to resave with a better cleaner/compression. Ziska
  17. Lamberto, Will gladly send you the file... Here is a page with multiple detail views: http://www.ziskachilds.com/vector.html There are many images on the page- please allow time to load.... Ziska
  18. Dave, The treads are easy- connecting them with a smooth curving piece of metal is not. Since the rise for the first 4 steps is much less than the rest of the stair a sweep with begin and end points on the top and bottom stair cut through the treads. (wider treads = more shallow rise over distance) I could certainly create individual sweeps for each section under each tread -or- what I did for the 3D- straight rectangular bar stock connecting from bottom of tread edge to bottom of tread edge. Having created a polyline which follows the shape (with all it's varying pitches) I had hoped that I would be able to loft two surfaces together- which resulted in the rather disturbing "final render" above. (Still no idea why the artistic render differs so greatly from the final render) Lamberto's script is the next thing to try....will report back soon.... Many thanks to you both! Ziska
  19. sorry ... your "job skill worth"
  20. Tost, Can you refer to situations where you have saved your client money?..saved your client time?..where your designs were increased their prestige? ..where your designs have made the space more efficient? ... where your work has helped your department/boss/team? Contrast what the job would have been *without* your imput. That is your worth. Ziska
  21. Lamberto, 8" is for camera- no one ever walks up the stair- think of it as sculpture more than a "stair" A sweep would work if the rise were constant- which it is not. Yes, better quality pictures are needed- won't get to that until Monday. Thanks, Ziska
  22. Lamberto, I wish it were that simple- this was taken from the Designers free hand sketch- mulitple centerpoints and multiple curves- the only constant is an 8" rise for each tread. http://www.ziskachilds.com/images/drafting/people41201.gif I've made a compromise by using short straight bars under each step http://www.ziskachilds.com/images/sketches/stair-v11.jpg I will try and post better pictures soon... Grazie, Ziska
  23. Ziska


    Any ideas why the walkthrough only wants to be a wireframe? (all the views were saved in final renderworks) TIA Ziska
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