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  1. @shorter Am interested to know how you do this? (BTW, I don't blow up my viewports, I simply augment / trace over flattened design layer viewports.)
  2. This is where I am going to have to disagree. What you are producing needs to be fit-for-purpose, not BIM for the sake of BIM. And what part of BIM, are you referring to? Information, or the model? After all, the model is just another form of data. That is why there are LOD definitions for modelling, because modelling every extruded profile, screw and rivet brings most BIM packages to their knees (although maybe not ArchiCAD, and Vw 2020 is much better with large models). Why explain with extensive modelling what a spreadsheet can do more simply? And regarding detailing, how do you convey flashings and elements that are so thin that they are lost in a model? (Maybe there might be UI improvements to be able to display this within an exploded model view - but once again, why model the whole building when one detail would do) You need to understand each data medium (model, 2D drawing, schedule, spreadsheet, and so on) and what each does well to suit each purpose. Architecture is hard. There is rarely one size fits all (unless your work is extremely repetitive - and then maybe Revit would be more appropriate.) Vectorworks is mostly a design-BIM tool, that can also document. Revit’s strength is as a documentation tool. Hope that wasn’t too rambling.
  3. Whilst I still want the option for viewports to be either live or static, I certainly would like multi-core CPU access for hidden line renders.
  4. Not sure – but I suspect for reliability – as the project is a 28 story ~$750M hotel. And anecdotally most elevations and sections I have seen produced by Revit (without AutoCAD cleanup) look like rubbish.
  5. Over the timeline of any project, 2D and 3D will each be given more attention. For our workflows and any hybrid 2D/3D workflow (which Vectorworks is), live updating can be both a blessing and a curse. When focusing on 3D it is a blessing, because the elevations and sections reflect the direct inputs of the model. When focusing mostly on 2D it can be a curse, because 2D work often breaks model integrity. I have seen this recently on a large Revit based project where the (AutoCAD based) 2D plans, sections and elevations are a month behind the model. Working on the model meant that the plans, elevations and sections would be broken. I realise there may be a world where we transition to 3D documentation, but until that day arrives, we still need to produce 2D drawings. For this reason I would want viewports to have the option to be either live or static.
  6. Hmmm… How are these parts running if they are 32bit? While the rest of the app does run, does that mean Python or the Filemaker landscape database won't run?
  7. Remember Catalina breaks all 32-bit apps. It isn't just Vectorworks you need to worry about. More likely are all of those older apps or drivers that you use for specific tasks that will not longer be updated. You can try this app to check 64-bit compatibility… www.stclairsoft.com/Go64 Interestingly, when I run it I get this error. @Tamsin Slatter Do you know if this is an issue?
  8. I was looking at this book. Has any of the Marionette guru's read it, and is it worth investing the time in? https://www.amazon.com/Algorithms-Aided-Design-Parametric-strategies-Grasshopper/dp/8895315308/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=grasshopper+software&qid=1560959974&s=books&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=arch0c7-20&linkId=76f078acacb337c13732e3130fc5f8cf&language=en_US
  9. Hello, In our (North) Sydney studio we are currently looking for architectural documenters / technicians / draftspersons, or experienced architects with sound construction and documentation knowledge. High Vectorworks proficiency is preferred, but exceptions might be made depending on fit. Candidates must be willing to learn Vectorworks to a high degree of proficiency. Some information about us… We are a medium sized design firm (~ 60 team members across 3 studios). We work across three key disciplines: Architecture. Interior Design. Masterplanning. We focus on the following market sectors, bringing diverse expertise and experience: • Consumer: retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment. • Community: education, residential, community, leisure, retirement. • Commercial: workplace, commercial. If you are interested, please contact me via private message (hover over my user name and select message). Warm regards, Troy
  10. @JMR I know the feeling. I have recently been doing some concept planning for a ~9,500m2 building and it was often like wading through mud – but the Resource Manager Refresh did end up helping. Even then the delay is still noticeable for such a geometrically simple object.
  11. How is that delay since refreshing the Resource Manager Library?
  12. Try refreshing the Resource Manager (pop up menu under the gear icon). Not sure why it helps. Cheers.
  13. That is what we have been doing also. Thanks for heads up re: Dropbox.
  14. Yup. And section reference markers. Depending on the project and skill level of the team, we use a hybrid 2D/3D process, so these feature aren't always important. I find using layer referencing as apposed to viewport referencing achieves better results for sections and elevations in a referenced file. But then it does bring in all of the resources of the referenced file, and I find stairs linked between storeys can bug out. On the flip-side splitting a project up into multiple files provides some redundancy if a file is corrupted. No one said managing large projects was easy 😉. Hopefully project sharing in 2019 is more robust. We have been having huge challenges with project permissions and changes not being submitted. It can get cray-cray when you have more than ~3 people on the same file. @Christiaan, @zoomer Any suggestions how you manage this?
  15. Yes, large projects can be a challenge to manage. Beyond the software, I find the team is the most challenging part (requiring each team member to put on their big boy/girl pants 😉). Team members will often begrudgingly only use unfamiliar workflows unless forced – but that is all part of going to the next level in their skill level. 1. As per Zoomer's comment, invest in your libraries by making sure you are using symbols as much as possible. If you have purely 3D symbol's, convert them to hybrid symbols (or auto-hyrid objects if appropriate0 as much a possible. 3D geometry can slow down redraw times dramatically in Top/Plan views. 2. Use saved views to switch between levels and working states. Using the Navigation Palette, and viewport visibility settings is okay for basic switching on smaller projects. But saved view will really switch up your navigation between levels and drawing states (that is, general arrangement plans, RCP's, Floor Finishes, Slab Setout, and so on). 3. Echoing points 1 and 2, as much as you can, turn off 3D geometry, or complex 2D (such as site survey's, and so on). 4. Objects need to be classed correctly. One renegade team member can really throw a spanner in the works by using objects assigned to the wrong class. 5. Work on your templates and standards. Keep them simple enough for small projects, but be able to import classes and layers from your standard files. I concur. Once again, I concur. Although this is an option I would generally only recommend for rendered 3D views, as Saved Viewport Cache can dramatically increase file size. Alternatively, we tend to break up files into Survey, site, + terrain Model + plans Sections, elevations, + details HTH.
  16. Hi Dom, In 2019, for me the custom name and number of the space is not being copied. Can you suggest what I might be doing wrong? Cheers.
  17. I have spoken to my local distributor and he is sure that is a bug. Thanks again.
  18. Markdd, Nailed it! I cannot believe I have not seen that before! For the last couple of years, this tool has been giving me no end of grief. I am meant to know this stuff. Now I feel like a goose. Thanks for the fresh eyes. Time to serve up some humble pie. But doesn't it taste good? ! Thanks again.
  19. These bugs are still present in Vw 2018 SP3. We do a lot of masterplanning using the space tool. It used to work, but in the last few of versions of Vw it has been broken. I really don't want to have to recommend we move back to Vw 2015 just to make this work. 1. When I adjust the gross height, the space object gets moved down to 0 height. This is an annoyance. I can work around this. The next bugs I can't. 2. The class transparency attributes on the 2D boundary class are still not adopted. The 2D outline of the Space should take on the line style, fill and opacity settings of the 2D boundary class. It does take on the line style and fill, just not the transparency settings. 3. When I attempt to apply classes with textures to the 3D boundary class, no texture appears. Textures will render, but only in Renderworks. Renderworks won’t render colour, and OpenGL won’t render colour or texture of space objects. 4. Vw Example File The Space Tool used to do all of this in Vw 2015. I need – : The Space Name and the 2D Boundary outline to be opaque, The 2D Boundary fill to be transparent, And the 3D Boundary to render textures and colours correctly in OpenGL and Renderworks. I want to place the objects in a 'Space-Main' class, with the 2D and 3D boundaries to be assigned to transparent filled 'Zone' classes. The example on the left shows this. You will notice the 2D boundary fill displayed opaque even though the class fill is set to 40%. The right example shows the overall object assigned to class 'Space-Zone-A' transparent because the Zone classes' fill is set to 40%. But doing this then sets the object's outline and text to 40% transparency (which I don't want). At the moment my only solution is to use text, and slabs or 2D polygons and 3D extrudes to get the same result. I would love to know if I I am doing something wrong. Thanks. Space Tool Bugs.vwx
  20. Oh yeah, here is the Vectorworks Help link for more detail. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm?#t=VW2018_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FCreating_Custom_ID_Label_Symbols.htm&rhsearch=ID Label&rhsyns= &rhhlterm=ID Label
  21. Nice work gents. Great thread. Off line I have kept pulling to see how far it would go… @Alan Woodwell To clarify @Markvlcomments, to use the ID Label tool with walls, you need to have wall styles applied. Regarding wall style/type schedules, the information attached to the wall styles can be used in a worksheet whether you chose to use the ID Label tool or not. But if you had gone to the trouble of creating wall styles and named them to your studio standard (in the mark field), why wouldn't you use the ID Label tool? @MarkvlThe marker symbols appear to be coming from this file. Whilst you may not be able to rename the symbol (I am checking on that) you should be able to reformat them. The only issue with that is you need to update (or check the file has not been updated) for each new Vectorworks install or service pack (Swapping out default base files is not for the faint of heart ;). PS You can set the ID marker style defaults in the options dialogue of the ID/Specification prompt. Cheers.
  22. Hi Matt, What image are you referring to? If you are referring to the left palette in the first post, that is an example of poor UI. The right palette is an example of better design. Cheers.
  23. Hi Kevin, Yes, the last couple of years of marketing material does show a considered and consistent UI message. On this topic in other threads, people (including myself) have asked for dramatic overhaul of the UI. We saw how well that went down for Apple with the Final Cut Pro 7 to X change over. Vectorworks Inc only has one baby. My new thinking is that changing too much, too quickly would not be good for the tool. What I didn't make clear when I mentioned incremental change, is that I believe it needs to happen within a masterplan. Focusing on one or or two UI areas each year would overhaul almost all troublesome UI in about three years. In that timeframe, each software release would make these changes easily digestible.


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