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  1. It works perfectly! thanks! obscure, but effective.
  2. does this work in 2019 too?
  3. Concatenating fields in the title block... FileMaker can concatenate fields and irrespective of the length of the string nudge adjacent text strings so that the sentence makes sense eg ‘First Name’ ‘Last Name’. Now, in Vectorworks in the title block we have a field for drawing number and a field for revision number. Who would find it useful to be able to concatenate these two fields into one drawing number and not have any text overlapping or unnecessary gap between the drawing number and the revision number? This is a major requirement when delivering drawings using the tortuous BS 1192 during numbering convention.
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    What can I say? I imagine all your software could benefit from a bit of a spring clean. Yes it’s inconvenient but the time you spend doing it will no doubt pay dividends in the future with (hopefully) better performance. the problem is that the engineers at vectorworks would be hard pushed to recreate every environment in which vw is installed and would I imagine expect users to take some steps to create a stable platform upon which to install their software. In other words it’s not their fault your set up is clearly not conducive to running VW2020. It is working perfectly for so many so I would suggest it would be more helpful to find out what’s causing it to fail on your setup in order that others might benefit from your experience From my experience reformatting workstations and installing all software again from scratch every 12 months or so improves the user experience no end.
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    The 3Rs reformat reinstall refresh
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Almost every release I find that someone calls to say Vectorworks is broken, and it transpires they have just updated their OS after a long history of OS updates dating back to 10.11 or something. Now, in theory, yes, OS updates 'ought' to work, but the reality is never so straightforward. When asking few more questions we find the Mac in question is old, had multiple users, where all historic accounts are still present, and the Mac has never once since it has been used been reformatted or even had simply house-keying done, like zapping PRAM or resetting SMC, etc, and this stuff is dead easy and requires no IT knowledge whatsoever. So, when someone says, Vectorworks is broken, the first thing to do is uninstall it, and then reinstall it. If you don't even do that you have no right to moan about Vectorworks.
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Why do you assume it’s vectorworks? have you done any other tests like uninstalling and reinstalling Vectorworks? i would suggest it’s your setup.
  8. Why, when we are editing the boundary of a slab, can we not see the rest of the file even when we activate 'Show Objects while in editing mode'?
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Thanks. Will you be maintaining 2019 during the Catalina cycle? Only reason I ask is that many, many offices have just gotten around to upgrading to 2019 and some find themselves in the difficult position of having to comply with UK's Cyber Essentials regulations where "From 1 October 2014, [the UK] Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme." Further reading can be found here... https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk It means that anyone wishing to work on government BIM projects using Vectorworks, for example, are likely to have to keep Vectorworks up to date, in order to be considered as a supplier. Great for the software vendor..., but for the user it is a huge ongoing cost, not only of the software, but the conversion of data and the possible corruption of data when converted. If, through the VSS programme, at least the outgoing version and the incoming version could be maintained and patched to comply with cyber essentials, we can keep projects started in 2019, running in 2019 and thereby reduce the risk of data corruption when converting from one version to the next, which although small, is still a risk.
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Thanks Juan
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Will 2019 receive a Catalina service pack?
  12. Just thought I would start to document the procedural use of the 'headline' tools in 2020, and have started with 'Batch Rename'. Great tool! First flaw...sorry...is that it does not give the option to combine classes. I have a class 'FFE', and a class 'Furniture', and they both need to be renamed to 'A-Ss_40_15-M_FFE', but batch rename does not allow this. Perhaps an option button is needed to allow more than one class to be renamed the same?
  13. Class filtering is required in the Import New Class Dialog... I mean, have you seen my class lists? 😉 Being able to search for a class, or layer, or symbol, by keyword, or code, or author, would make the whole sorry process far less taxing.
  14. Direct editing of Layer and Class Names in the Organisation and Navigation Palettes is great, though you have to be careful... It would be great though if we could edit other values such as line weight, or marker style directly in the organisation palette. It would also be great if we could see the 'Description' in a column in both palettes too. You have added 'Tags' to the Organisation Palette but not Description, which is a shame.
  15. Who would find it useful, if when creating a symbol, that IF a locus is present, the locus is used as the insertion point? It would cut out a step and help the user think about what they are doing rather than accept the default and often erroneous setting of 'Plan Projection Centre'. Since the locus can be used as the centre of rotation when using cmd L, etc, it would be a similar behavioural trait.

 

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