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  1. Can anyone help with an update problem from 12.5.1 to 12.5.2? I get the error message 'update server responds HUH?' The full text of the installation log is as follows: (I've blocked my the serial number for security reasons) "Parameters: products: Fundamentals RenderWorks Architect Landmark Spotlight Mechanical gProtectionMode: Series B gDestination: C:\PROGRA~1\VECTOR~1.1 gUpdaterMode: Update gLanguage: eng successURL: https://secure.nemetschek.net/myVectorWorks/updater/index.php?vwVersion=12.5.2(71041)&platform=Win&osVersion=5.1.2600SP2&kind=updater&language=eng&serialNumber=xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx gBaseBuild: gSerialNumber: xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx executableName: C:\Program Files\VectorWorks 12.5.1\VectorWorks.exe gErrorFileName: C:\PROGRA~1\VECTOR~1.1\InstallerLog.txt gAccessLevel: Release gInstallLibs: True gInstallHelp: True Initializing wxWidgets. Defining error messages. pageAndQuery: /AutoUpdater.php?userName=nickreid buildType=Release language=eng exceptValue= base_build= exceptType= serialNumber=xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx updaterVersion=15 platform=Win+%285.1.2600%29 sessionID=0000-00-00+00%3A00%3A00 msgID=BEGIN_SCRIPT action=installerEvent updaterMode=Update free space: 25 GB ############################################################### U P D A T E R executableName: C:\Program Files\VectorWorks 12.5.1\VectorWorks.exe executable is ok gBaseBuild: 1251_64620 begin GetAndInstallUpdates Win pageAndQuery: /AutoUpdater.php?userName=nickreid buildType=Release language=eng exceptValue= base_build=1251_64620 exceptType= serialNumber=xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx updaterVersion=15 platform=Win+%285.1.2600%29 sessionID=0000-00-00+00%3A00%3A00 msgID=REQ_PLAT action=installerEvent updaterMode=Update pageAndQuery: /AutoUpdater.php?userName=nickreid buildType=Release language=eng exceptValue= base_build=1251_64620 exceptType= serialNumber=xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx updaterVersion=15 platform=Win sessionID=0000-00-00+00%3A00%3A00 msgID= action=requestFileName updaterMode=Update requestFileName response: Send the error info to the database, and see if you got back a better error message. pageAndQuery: /AutoUpdater.php?userName=nickreid buildType=Release language=eng exceptValue=None base_build=1251_64620 exceptType=None serialNumber=xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx updaterVersion=15 platform=Win+%285.1.2600%29 sessionID=0000-00-00+00%3A00%3A00 msgID=Server+responded%3A%0A%0A%0A%0AHuh%3F action=installerEvent updaterMode=Update Server responded: Huh? Exception Type: None Exception Value: None Exception Stack: None" Nick Reid
  2. Zackayak, Check which version of quicktime you are using. I've had constant problems with 6.5.2. VW11.5.0 seems to crash with unerring regularity with it. I reinstalled 6.5.1 and found the whole setup much more stable. You can get the download from this link: http://download2.nemetschek.net/nnapub/win/QuickTime651/QuickTimeFullInstaller.exe You could also try removing any google software you have installed. Its handling of Open GL really messed up VW speed and stability. If all else fails try to get a copy of 11.0.1. That version doesn't seem to suffer from the same stability issues as 11.5 Good luck
  3. Henry I've also had a recurring stability issue with VW11.5 which has been substantially improved by reinstalling Quicktime 6.5.1. I seem to have originally had 6.5.2. Try this link if you need to reinstall: http://download2.nemetschek.net/nnapub/win/QuickTime651/QuickTimeFullInstaller.exe This also seems to have improved the speed of 11.5, which I now consider to be faster than 11 for drawings with large numbers of points. The decision on whether to use Hardware Accelerated 2D Navigation in the display prefs seems to be very drawing dependent. My experience has been that it works very well on smaller drawings whether bitmap, vector or combination but once the point count rises (as can happen with Acad imports) then hardware acceleration is best turned off. As a general point it's my view that autocad hatches have always had a seriously detrimental affect on VW performance. 11.5 is no different in my experience. Nick
  4. Can anyone tell me why project drawings created entirely in VW 11.5.0 should crash without warning after about 30 minutes but are completely stable in 11.0.1. The drawings also have imported autocad components. This is in XP SP2 on a variety of machines from an AMD 1.4 laptop with 8Mb shared video ram to Dell Precisions 3.2 with 1.5Mb ram and nvidia 5200FX cards. I have tried reinstalling both versions to no effect and the ony common factor seems to be the use of quicktime 6.5.2. I'd try 6.5.1 except that it is no longer available. Any help would be much appreciated
  5. Henry, Do you have any google apps installed on your machines other than the search toolbar in Internet Explorer? Prefs reset only worked tmporarily but I noticed a marked slowdown after I installed Google Earth and Google Desktop Search. They made my whole machine run at a snail's pace even though the spec is not too dissimilar to yours. Removing them and then restoring to its pre-install condition seems to have solved the problem. I still have stabilty problems associated with Vectorworks and Outlook running at the same time even though I've applied the 11.5.0 patch. I've now reverted to 11.0.1 to fix this. Nick
  6. Since the release of VW11.5 I have suffered a minimum of 4 crashes daily. The windows 11.5.1 patch improved the speed problem but not stability. Crashes mostly occur when MS Outlook is running in the background although not always. There is never any warning of the crash and no opportunity to save my work. The program simply dumps out. I have noticed that its usually preceeded by a bunch of HD chugging. I can't tell whether specific files are causing the problem although it feels as though it's those that have imported AutoCad information that are most unstable. This latter possibility is the most disturbing of all since the world and his dog use autocad and we frequently have to exchange drawings with autocad users. VW11.01 did not suffer from the same instability troubles and its still faster than 11.5.1. I have returned to my 11.01 installation over the last week and wonder why I ever updated. This is on a P4/3.2Ghz/1.5Gb running XP SP2 but it also affects my AMD laptop and slower machines in the office. They all run XP SP2. Does anyone have any tips?
  7. You can do it through adobe illustrator. Illustrator will convert the PDF to dxf/dwg which can then be imported into VW. I don't think there is a more direct route.
  8. You can. Edit the annotation and copy/paste the parts you need to the layer you want it on. If it's on the sheet layer then beware of scale issues when you copy to the design layer.
  9. EPS import in VW prints fine but what you see on screen will only be the preview component. Which is why it has the jaggies. If you have Adobe CS then you can convert it to dwg format using Illustrator (assuming it's a vector PDF not raster). Photoshop is the safest route but save the PDF as a Mac PICT file. Graphic Converter on the mac will also do this for you much cheaper. If its a monochrome image then a 1 Bit pict can be imported and converted to vector data within VW. However, I found that you can spend ages cleaning up the conversion to get something acceptable. These days I just use 1 bit picts at 300DPI. Simple but effective. Their colour can be changed in VW by giving them a pattern fill and changing the pattern colours. If you then set the fill attribute to none then the bitmap will have the new colour with a transparent background.
  10. Viper Welcome to AutoCad. These are not 2 different files but different parts of the same file. Autocad has had paper space and model space since 1990. They roughly equate to sheet layers and design layers respectively. 1. Yes but different layers 2. Most likely 3. Yes that's the way things are in AutoCad 4. VW10 had a different conversion routine that converted the paper space views onto separate 1:1 layers in VW. You should have been able to see them.
  11. Dario, 100' (30m) is easily spanned with Cedar Glulam beams but if you want to be more adventurous ask your architect about a green oak shell.
  12. All of you who are interested in substantial improvements to rendering for vectorworks should take a look at Maxwell Render. (www.maxwellrender.com) Forget the others - Maxwell is The One. Vote for the plug-in at - http://www.maxwellrender.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1741 Sketchup already has one
  13. Use the render bitmap tool at 200-300dpi and save it to a different layer. The bitmap is then viewed thru the viewport and printed. The dpi I show is the final print resolution and will relate to the layer scale. Don't try to render a 100 metre square bitmap at 300dpi. You'll lock up your machine for the next century.
  14. Either each of the files has to align at 0,0,0 or each has to have its insertion point marked with a locus on the base drawing and the drawing to be inserted. Alternatively, a construction grid is necessary thru which all the component drawings can be coordinated. This should be basic drawing practice even for Autocad users. Without it, it is not possible for different disciplines to coordinate their drawings in a team project.
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