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    Jonathan Pickup tutorials

    Ah. Perfect. That link was dying for me earlier, and he had a note about his website being re-worked. It did load for me this time. Thanks for the heads up.
  2. Thinking of subscribing, but I have a question. And his website is currently going through a transition, so I thought i'd put it on blast here - Can you download the tutorials and watch them on a plane/offline? I have a huge length of offline time over the next month, and thought it would be nice to catch up a bunch of his stuff. Joathan's stuff is top notch, but i've never subscribed for the really good stuff. Jonathan - If you're reading this, lemme know.
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    Add Leader Crashed VW 2019

    Running High Sierra 10.13.6 VW 2019 SP1 (Build 456974) (64-Bit) Like I said, can't repro at this time, but seemed odd. use a floating OIP, so it's never docked.
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    Add Leader Crashed VW 2019

    Hey all. Strange thing this morning. I'm on a Sheet Layer, detailing a Viewport. One of three Viewports on the Sheet Layer. I have double clicked the viewport in question, and have selected "Edit Viewport: Annotations". I select the Call Out tool. I create a Call Out. Type in some text. In the OIP, I select "Add Leader". I drag the new leader around, put it where I want it, click once, then hit the 'enter' key (for no real reason, just happened to tap it.). Vectorworks quit unexpectedly, and instantly. No beachball, just hard stop. I can NOT repro this crash at this time. I re-opened the 'backup' version of the file and kept working. I have not touched the original file that crashed. Possible bug? I also grabbed the Apple Crash Report if that is useful. Didn't see anything in the known issue forum. Kelly.
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    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    I find this little disingenuous. First of all, an "undersized $$$ program" would imply Vectorworks is an expensive, undersized program. But you're moving to Revit, a more expensive program with fewer options (IMHO). And Vectorworks is, in fact, a "$$$ program". And frankly the best CAD or BIM deal on the market (outside open source options). A new iMac - Unless you can provide spec's on your new iMac, nobody is going to be able to be very helpful for you. If you could, please include your computer specs and give us all an idea of what iMac you're using. Any software of any kind is going to require a bunch of tweaks and a bunch of fine tuning. I've been using CAD since AutoCAD R12 in DOS. If you like Revit, by all means enjoy and move to it. But to upgrade Vectorworks, have an initial poor experience, then come on here and just say "Vectorworks is bad, i'm leaving for Revit" seems a little hollow. I'm using a 2 year old laptop driving a 42" 4K outboard monitor and mange just fine on files in the "large, complex" projects category. I also use AutoCAD 2018 on the same machine. Without a doubt, I can say first hand - Between the ability to get help directly from Vectorworks, and the Vectorworks model of purchase, I'm not moving my workflow to AutoCAD (or Revit) any time soon. The entire ecosystem determines my workflow, not simply a few factors. Every year I have this discussion with myself. Do I stay or should I go? I've stayed on with VW for a long time. All that being said - I'll restate what worked for me to speed things up. This applies to this thread and the specific slowness I was experiencing: Having at least 100 gig of free hard drive space on my Mac seemed to really speed things up. Large PDF's imported then exploded slow things down. Turning off other programs that hog RAM. Some things to monitor: I loaded a memory cleaner app on my laptop to monitor what applications are using my RAM. Not to be a shill, but it is a product from Nektony software. I won't link to it or give you the name, but you can figure out what it is if you're really interested. I have it set to clean up my ram allocation regularly. This will come as no surprise, but Google's Chrome browser is a huge memory hog. I routinely have between 2 and 4 gig of ram freed up when I quit Chrome. So I try and leave Chrome closed when I'm working in Vectorworks. The usual memory offenders (For me) are: Chrome - Worst Outlook - bad Adobe Creative Cloud - Variable, but does use a bunch of RAM when you think it's idle. The idea here is to give Vectorworks as much of my machines horsepower as possible. As a benchmark - With: Chrome Vectorworks (application only, no file open) Finder Open, I'm using 60% of my RAM. So for me, I only have about 8 gig of RAM available when Vectorworks is up and running. The fact I can spin and rotate a 3D model (albeit small-ish), seems pretty outstanding. In fact, when I open my smallish Sauna drawing, with rendering, and rotate it around, I'm still only at 84% RAM use-age. Vectorworks is only using about 3 GIG of ram according to the logs. So from what I can tell, Vectorworks is really efficient at using machine resources. Hope this helps. Kelly.
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    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    I'm following up on this. I, honestly, have been using 2019 on a daily basis for a couple of weeks now. With the ConnectCAD plug-in for wiring diagraming. We had a Holiday break, but I did some 3D architectural design on a sauna in my spare time. Full rendering, lots of layers. 2019, SP1 (Build 456974) has been working just fine for me. I DO still have a sluggish file if there is a huge PDF associated with it, but I am not mad about that. The PDF is huge, has hundreds of thousands of lines and I was less than clean about importing it. IF i have three or four big VW files open, they can start to slow down some functionality. I'll occasionally be running a Windows Virtual Machine in the background, along with AutoCAD 2018 for Mac. Then it starts to drag pretty bad. I'd expect this. Macbook Pro (15", late 2016 touchbar) 2.7 GHz intel core i7 16 GB ram Radeon Pro 460 graphics card with 4 GIG RAM.
  7. UPDATE - This morning I created 14 layers, and 14 storys. I put every Pont/Deck on it's own layer AND it's own story (cause why not. Story organization is pretty handy). Now it only takes 10 - 12 seconds to select everything on the layer and remove fill from everything selected (thousands of objects). So I think I can pretty clearly point to the fact everything was on one design layer made the process unusually slow. In my workflow notes (i'm essentially building the workflow for other members of a team) I'm going to say we create our logical layers first, import each PDF page onto its own " disposable import design layer", ungroup them one page at a time, then assign them to their prospective layers BEFORE doing any actual geometry modifications. I assume you could cut some corners if the PDF was small, but in my case, it appeared small at 11 meg and we had nothing but trouble on a single layer. Last night I tried to select all, hit 'tools' and I got a beach ball for hours. I woke up this morning and unsurprisingly the tools window had finally opened. I tried to choose the "remove Coincident Duplicate Objects" but everything was so slow I couldn't wait any longer for it. So the application isn't crashing. It's just churning on so much geometry it crawls to a slow stumble. I feel like the whole import PDF is, in itself, worth the price of Vectorworks for a lot of people. It works, and it works well. It just feels like there are a few gotchas that i'd like to uncover before being under a deadline. Thanks again to Kevin and the Vectorworks Dev team. I don't know if there is a 'fix' or if this is just a case of knowing a best practice for importing.
  8. oooo. forgot about that one. "Remove Coincident Duplicate Objects" - Quite possibly a pile of those. And I did put everything on one layer. That is probably not doing me any favors. With snap on. But, once you hit go, you can't turn snap off until it finishes, so i'll try the other decks a different way. Also, VW Dev reached out to me directly, very quickly. I know 'slowness' has been a hot button lately, and the dev team certainly are taking anything resembling slow performance seriously. So kudos to the dev team for that.
  9. UPDATE - to change the fill from from solid to 'no fill' on 58,744 items took about an hour. Does that seem right? I'm honestly not complaining here, just trying to see if what i'm experiencing is expected. I know i'm on a laptop, but it's pretty beefy, and has an upgraded video card. Is the time it takes based on my processor speed or the math that Vectorworks does to figure out what has a fill and what doesn't? I dunno if I can send out the PDF or not at this point. Need to clear it with the owner first. screen shot attached. So one hour per "ship deck" approximately. Thats 12 hours just to get everything to 'no fill'.
  10. I've imported a PDF. it is 11.6 MB. 4 pages, but I'm only taking in 3 of them. I've un-grouped the PDF. I've deleted the bitmap and a number of rouge rectangles. I also found that AFTER i've un-grouped the PDF, i'm left with an additional, 'hidden' group inside that group. I double click that group, and enter the group edit window. There, I have to manually pull the additional 'layers' from the PDF out to get to the line bits. Then I exit the group edit window and I have my layer of lines. in fact, I'm left with a really nice bunch of lines and polygons. About 700,000 polygons. I run a 'Compose' command on a bunch of them and that drops the number by almost 100,000. I'm still left with a bunch of polygons that have a fill associated with them. I need that fill gone. I've tried several things here, but the result is the same - It takes forever. If I do a custom select, and only select polygons that have a fill associated with them, I get a more manageable number of like 58,744 polygons. I move to the format pallet and choose the 'no fill' option. I get a beachball spinning for a long time, and the fill state never changes, and I have to apple+option+delete out of Vectorworks. By a long time, I mean hours on hours. If I do a smaller selection (like 15 - 20 polygons by tedious hand selection), or marquee select small sections of the drawing, I can change the fill state and it only takes minutes. Like 10 - 15 minutes. Still, to me, that seems like a really long time. My questions are this: Am I asking too much of the software? Is this 'expected' behavior in real world applications? Is there a better way to remove fills from polygons on a drawing? Is there a good way to 'pre-prep' a PDF for import? This PDF has no layers, and isn't that big. Working on my import PDF - turn it into a model workflow. So far, it's great. Except the underwhelming speed of the fill removal. The 'breaking apart' of the PDF takes a little bit of time, but not nearly the time that the fill removal does. Not by a long shot. Repro steps - Set up new drawing File-import PDF. highlight PDF. Apple+U to un-group Delete the rectangle and the bitmap so I'm left with just a singe 'group' item. Double click that group item. Enter the group editor. delete the various rectangles that represent the 'pages' or white space in the PDF. Exit editor. you're left with several 'blobs' or groups of PDF parts. In my case, I imported 3 PDF pages. Now I have three big groups of lines and Polys. Click the group of lines and Polys. Apple+A (yes, you are doing this a second time). Now you have a bunch of lines and poly's on your layer. Custom select: type = Polygon Fill = (solid black box in my case) Check OIP, verify there are like 60,000 polys selected now. click format pallet. on fill pull-down, select 'No Fill'. leave the office an literally come back in the morning. Might be done.
  11. Not sure how I missed those. I was in that window and I must have looked right past them. I had no issues adding them to the ConnectCAD workspace. Thanks for the heads up on saving my main workspace. Seems like a good idea.
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    Viewport Annotation Dimensions

    OK. Sounds like this has been a thing for a while. I'll go see about some upvoting.
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    Viewport Annotation Dimensions

    Bumping this. Recently had to do a 'regular' USA based drawing that integrated a drop down Projector Screen. Would have loved to have kept the drawing in that feet and inches mode, but changed the units on my detailed projection screen Viewport to MM or Inches Only, rather than Feet and Inches. Also on a construction project - The stud layout is very complicated on a small cottage due to hold downs and steel gadgets in the walls. I was trying to do a stud layout pull from the corners dimensioning in inches only. Most framers in this area would rather see a list of inches. Would have been really nice to just generate a Viewport for the framer without resetting all my drawing units. If this is NOT possible, feel free to move this to the wish list.
  14. The short need is the ability to have 'Document Setup' and 'Publish' available in ALL Workspaces. Possible? I work in a custom workspace called ConnectCAD for my wiring work. All is good, but I can't use 'Document Setup' or 'Publish'. I have to switch to 'Architect' workspace to get the 'file-publish' and 'Document Settings - Document Setup' options to appear. I've tried customizing my ConnectCAD workspace to add 'Publish', and 'Document Settings - Document Setup' but it doesn't appear as an option in the customize screen Anybody know how to do that? Am I missing something silly?
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    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    Hey all/Kevin - I did a big purge of files and freed up a ton of "hard drive" space (even though we know it's just a chip). I now have 168 gig available on my internal drive. I will say this sped things up significantly in Vectorworks. It seems silly that you need over 100gb of free space on the primary drive to operate, but so be it. Vectorworks seems to be the only software package that takes such a hit. AutoCAD didn't nor did Adobe. I also transitioned over to a more traditional Vectorworks "Model and Viewport" workflow. That seems to speed up a few other things by ONLY using dimensions and notations on sheet layers. It's taken a week or so of fooling around, but I think there is some validity to old work habits mixed with new tools and functionality all adding up to poor performance. I just bit the bullet and am moving away from some of my old time saving habits and developing new ones. That advice was useful and helpful. Thanks.


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