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  1. We currently have an option, in the custom window settings, to change the configuration of one window panel compared to another, but we cannot choose 'Solid' panel, i.e. Spandrel. We can add louvres, so a spandrel option would be useful.
  2. IFC Export dialog > Layer Mapping so it is easier to isolate layers prior to mapping to IFC story. It would also be useful to have a search option that automatically maps layers to IFC storeys without the need to use Vectorworks storeys, so if we use '00' in our layer name it maps to a '00' IFC storey.
  3. It would be very useful if we could simply model something in place, and then associate it to a storey level. Currently only symbols and PIOs have this ability, but given most bespoke modelled objects are not parametric, they also need to be associated to a storey level.
  4. All these years and it have never occured to me before but it would be useful when importing classes from a library to make multiple selections from multiple files. Current behaviour means we can select classes from one file and click OK to import, but than have to go back to the New class dialog to select another class from another class library. Would save some time if we could click 'Import' rather than 'OK' and remain in the new class dialog.
  5. It works in 2020 but didn't in 2019. Thanks.
  6. Try undocking palettes, not using document tabs, and not using 'Application Window'. Also worth trashing preferences/user folder. Make sure you have no workgroup folder that has been infiltrated by user settings.
  7. I would agree with Pat that there is probably something in the files or workspace that is causing this. we have lots of reports of migrated workspaces, settings, Favorites [sic] and templates causing issues because they have been sequentially upgraded from earlier versions some as far back as minicad 7. we have issues with some files converted from earlier versions on some OSs but not all files or all OSs. The state of the file is often an issue particularly if it has been used to import DWG data into directly etc as is: - running software update and not downloading and running a combo update. - certain server connections - allowing a full download of vss content. - fusion drives - the size of the autosave folder. we have had users with 100s of GBs of Backup files dating back to 2011 on their computers where their account was simply migrated from one Mac to the next without a fresh install of data or applications. PerformNce is definitely improved by deleting almost all autosave content. - server or Mac capacity if within 20% of full will slow things down. - deleting content from the default libraries we had an issue during this lockdown of a user unable to work at all. Draw a wall, and beach ball for 5-10 mins. We find out that the mac was not prepared for home use and was still looking for the office server at system level, nothing to do with Vectorworks but was causing the processor to work overtime and that of course affected all software but, of course, that was Vectorworks’ fault too. I would be surprised if there is not something very straightforward that would fix the issues you are experiencing.
  8. I think there is a limitation in the 'XCoordinate' function. It only reports to the nearest 1/1000th of a millimetre, whereas 'Length' appears to be 12 decimal places.
  9. I also recommend having a storey and storey level naming strategy.
  10. It is pretty easy to add a layer to a storey via the layer dialog, as opposed to the storey dialog, and therefore 'link' layers. Most of our projects start in 2D and migrate to 3D later, so rather than defining a storey strategy from the start, it evolves. A button though to 'link to layer above' would be useful as would defining layer elevation etc via a worksheet. We have toyed with (and criticised for) generating our layers and associate heights in excel and then embedding those in a script but it's cumbersome and not something for the every day user.
  11. You are suggesting I cheat... I would like the software to tell me the precise location of a point in space so that I can coordinate my model correctly.
  12. @bcd I need the software to do some work...
  13. Would it be possible to show a dimension or coordinate to 64 decimal places just to demonstrate to a Revit user how ludicrous the location of their internal origin is in world coordinates? We have once again been asked to define an origin that no one can write down precisely because it has been set arbitrarily in Revit, and they have moved their Projhect Base Point. Given this IS the most important coordinate when coordinating data from multiple sources, it still amazes me that so many still centre their DWGs on import and are then unable to offer a precise location for the origin.
  14. This is a very useful function when issuing record drawings without issuing the entire design layer background. However, could this command please ignore viewports and objects placed outside of the page boundary when you export a DWG? Thanks.
  15. Even better of all class atrributes were directly editable in the organisation palette in the same way we can now edit it's name directly, rather than having to open a separate 'edit class(es) dialog.

 

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