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  1. Sorry for my late reply....been sleeping on it in the UK. Nice to wake up to a solution! I feel really stupid.......how can I get the North point to duplicate so may times! It took a while to delete it. Select and delete did not work. Put Vectorworks into not responding and crashed. Purge command did the trick with duplicate objects selected. File size now down to 5 MB and workable. Thanks for all you help.
  2. Thanks for your advice Alex and Taliho. I don't recall doing anything major between the massive change in file size. No imported resources. No 3D furniture or resources [if I did presumably the purge deletes any unused unused resources?]I did spend a lot of time on rendering the 3D viewports but having said that the rendering is not in final quality renderworks or set to detail. Alex, thank you for the offer to send you the file. Bearing in mind the file size, I will try and send you the purged [slightly reduced] file. Regarding pdfs there were two imported pdfs in the file. I deleted the pdfs but that made little difference to the file size.
  3. Thanks Pat. Tried a purged and it brought the file size down a bit to 197 MB. So still big and making vectworks slow.
  4. Thanks Justin, but did not upgrade this year and so I am using 2020.
  5. What makes a file size increase dramatically from 19,436 kb to 203,210 kb? The drawings are only of a house with extensions. A few 3Ds are included in render works - medium detail, open GL background render and hidden line foreground render in sketch. Also there is a couple of small size pdfs. But no 3D cars, trees or people etc. So I don't why the file size was 19 MB in the first place and then with a few minor revisions jumped up to 203 MB. To reduce file size I have deleted the 2 pdf imports but to no avail the file size remains ate 19 MB. Any suggestions?
  6. Thanks Nina. I will pass it onto surveyor and see if he can sort it out.
  7. Thank you Nina for your help. The surveyors say they do not use Civil 3D: 'We are all a little stumped at the moment, we don’t own a copy of Civils and we only work in the latest versions of AutoCAD so we are not sure why you are getting the errors. We will look into this further but we only work in 2D AutoCAD so im currently not sure where the errors are coming from when you import. We create the drawing from the pointcloud but any 3D elements are “flattened” so there won’t be any 3D elements within.' So I don't know what the solution is.
  8. Recently when importing DWG files from a surveyor a message on Vectorworks 2020 this message comes up: 'this is a Civil 3D file and Vectorworks might not be able to fully import its specific tasks. For better compatibility export this file as a DWG from inside the Civil 3D application' What does this mean? Are we not importing all of the dwg drawings? Are some items missing? Is there a problem with Vectorworks? Or is the Auto CAD drawings not being sent correctly?
  9. We use BullGurad for our virus protection. Quite frequently it crashes Vectorworks and sends Vectorworks and plug ins to quarantine or at worse says to reinstall the software. To avoid this we add Vectorworks to the safe 'white' list but still it can crash Vectorworks and a file you are working on and work is lost.
  10. Thanks Tamsin for your swift response - much appreciated! Up and running again now.
  11. Due to my virus software detecting a corrupt file in Vectorworks I have to reinstall Vectorworks Architect 2020. Please direct me to the link to download the software and content library? I did not renew my Service Select in May but I believe I am still entitled to use 2020 as I have paid for the software and have the serial number for 2020.
  12. Not used it as I don't have Sketch Up. In the spirit of equality and sustainability the basic resources should include all forms of access including wheelchairs and bicycles I didn't realise that certain resources were only for Service Select users. Which seems odd. Been on SS for several years. I guess when I now open files all these resources will be omitted from the drawings.


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