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  1. I don't remember a link to release notes in previous versions of the Vectorworks Updater. This is a great addition. Thank you!
  2. ThreeDot

    v.2020 now available

    The new icons are definitely a step in the wrong direction. They are out dated, inconsistent, and difficult to read. They clearly tried to create one set of icons for light and dark mode, rather than creating separate light and dark sets. That does not work.
  3. ThreeDot

    v.2020 now available

    I have the same workspace profile on two machines (MacBook Pro and iMac). I installed 2020 on both machines and got different migration results. I reset and rebuilt the workspace, but I thought that was odd.
  4. ThreeDot

    v.2020 now available

    You’ve had better luck than I have. I converted a simple 2D file to 2020. Within the first minute, I selected an object and hit the M key to move. Apparently 2020 does not migrate custom keyboard shortcuts. The M key toggled to multi-view mode and froze my computer. Vectorworks, macOS, and iMac were completely unresponsive. No beach ball. Nothing. I had to force reboot with a physical button on my iMac. It’s been years since I’ve had to force reboot with a hardware button. Yikes.
  5. Yes, but isometric dimensions have to be managed on the design layer. Which means users still have to manage the classes, views, scale, and other clutter that goes along with design layer annotations. Similarly, dimensions are not associative in the annotation layer, elevation markers must remain on the design layer, etc. I would love simplify my workflow and move all annotations to viewports, but the current toolset doesn't allow for that.
  6. Except that it is impossible to dimension 3D objects the annotation layer.
  7. ThreeDot

    Model Set Up (Revisited for 2019)

    After using Vectorworks for 18 years, I finally sat down to understand stories. Four hours later I have no idea how to create stories, set levels, or name things correctly. I can't even modify the default architectural template to create a single-story building. I can figure out almost anything, but this is needlessly complicated. Who designed this system? Is there anyone who can do a screen share to help? I'm happy to pay for a tutor. Send me a direct message.
  8. ThreeDot

    Extrude to Wall Height

    After using Vectorworks for 18 years, I feel like I should know the answer to this. Is it possible to pin the top and bottom elevations of a generic extruded solid to (a) design layer elevations and wall heights or (b) story elevations?
  9. I draw in color, then override pens in the sheet layer viewport. This gives me total control to turn color lines black, gray lines remain gray, fills are untouched, and special red classes remain red. Viewport class overrides can be copied to other viewports with the eye dropper. It’s very simple and flexible.
  10. ThreeDot

    Workgroup Library

    I'm having a this-can't-be-true moment. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction. I've been using Vectorworks since the beginning, but I've never set up a workgroup library with shared resources. With recent changes to staffing and workflow, now is the time. It seems that I am allowed to create a workgroup library on a shared drive (e.g. Dropbox), but the folder structure has to match the default library structure. Is this true? The default library is a non-sensical, convoluted mess! The point of creating a custom library is to organize resources in a way that makes sense to our office. If true, what is best practice for workgroup libraries? Where can I vote for a more flexible, customizable, and user-friendly library?
  11. ThreeDot

    Any Drawbacks to VW 2019?

    I have tried all display settings on my computer (again, a high-end iMac with a dedicated graphics cards and plenty of RAM), but it has no effect on 2D or 3D display performance. I mean, I'm sure that I would see the impact of this setting on a complex drawing or model, but our problem is with basic functions. For example, here is a video of a new file with one text object. I double click into the text box to edit (you'll notice a delay), then hit the delete key 15 times as fast as I can. One would expect this simple operation to be smooth and instantaneous. Not so! VW2019 stutters when deleting characters and, at some point, it just stops. I hit delete 15 times, there are 13 characters, but it just stops deleting at some point. This behavior is common with nearly all elements in VW2019. Nothing is fluid. It lurches and jerks through basic tasks, and it makes day-to-day operations really frustrating. @bc Are you having similar problems? Unfortunately, I have not found a workaround for this. VW2019 Slow Text Edit.mov
  12. ThreeDot

    Any Drawbacks to VW 2019?

    My iMac is about two years old, but it should be more than sufficient to run Vectorworks. I can run Rhino, ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Illustrator, and other high-end graphics software without any hesitation at all. There is no reason for VW to be so doggy. Do you use project sharing? I've started to notice speed differences between shared and non-shared files.
  13. ThreeDot

    Cant see lines on VW19

    Unfortunately, you can't upgrade the integrated graphics chip. You'll have to upgrade your computer or purchase an external GPU and monitor. I just noticed that you are running macOS Mojave. Tech support disagrees, but Mojave seems to be related to the problems we're seeing on our MacBooks. We were able to run VW2017 and VW2018 on macOS High Sierra without any problems. As soon as we upgraded to macOS Mojave, VW2018 is unable to display 2D and 3D graphics correctly. We see the same problem with VW2019. We had a consultant in the office yesterday who was running VW2019 just fine on an older MacBook Air with a previous version of macOS (although I'm not sure which one). Tech support says that it's related to hardware, but Mojave may have something to do with it.
  14. ThreeDot

    Any Drawbacks to VW 2019?

    My comment was about software, not hardware. VW2019 has caused endless problems for us on a range of Apple hardware. VW2019 can't handle basic 2D drawings correctly on MacBooks with integrated graphics cards, but all prior versions of Vectorworks ran just fine. Even on our high-end iMacs with dedicated Radeon Pro 560 8GB graphics cards, VW2019 is really slow with basic 2D and 3D operations. Double click a text box to edit and wait for 1–2 seconds for the cursor to become active. Or, extrude three curves and VW will grind to a halt. Or, tabbing through the data bar is no longer a reliable way to enter dimensions. This was not an issue with VW2018 on the same hardware. There may be specific bugs in VW2019 that may or may not affect your workflow, but we've found that general malaise is our biggest problem. I wish that we had stuck with VW2018 for a while longer.
  15. ThreeDot

    Any Drawbacks to VW 2019?

    VW2019 is unbearably slow and buggy on my new top-of-the-line iMac. 2D is laggy and 3D is nearly impossible. Avoid upgrading, if possible.

 

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