ThreeDot

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  1. It needs to jump back through layers, sheets, and views to be useful. The current functionality is to click step by step backward (or forward) through view changes. This includes every zoom, pan, orbit, and navigation between design layers and sheet layers and can be really tedious. I would love to click and hold to display a menu, similar to a browser, that will jump back to a previous design layer or sheet layer without stepping through all the tedious zooms, pans, and orbits. This would all users to jump between layers, sheets, and views more quickly while still retaining current functionality.
  2. I use the Previous View and Next View buttons occasionally, but they would be more useful if I could quickly jump backward or forward multiple views. Most modern browsers have implemented a press-and-hold back button to view recent browsing history. Here is an example from Chrome.
  3. Revamping the Vectorworks interface may be a long-term project, but in the short term, it would be helpful if the menu and tool lists in the Workspace Editor weren't so disorganized. The tool list, in particular, seems totally random and disorganized. Why is Move Page the only item under 2D Tools? Why is Marionette, and advanced tool, the only item under Basic? Why are their separate categories for Object and Objects, each containing one arbitrary item? Why is Leader Line, one of the primary annotation tools for most users, hidden under Welding Symbols? On the positive side, I really like the relatively new "Recent Changes" category, but it would be nice if new tools and depreciated tools were listed by version. I've been a Vectorworks user since MiniCAD, and I can sort of see how shifting paradigms over the years have lead to an unstructured list. Providing order to this list might begin to provide structure to the how tools are organized in the workspace.
  4. Yeah, totally. I've had this conversation with many people over the years. We have a Dropbox Business account, which costs about $800 per year for five users, 5TB of storage, unlimited history, granular control over users and security, priority tech support, et cetera. It's a drop in the hat for a service that is more critical than our physical office. We've had zero problems over the years and have not spent a single dollar on server hardware or support. We issue Dropbox licenses to long-term consultants who require frequent access to shared project files. Users can simultaneously have Dropbox Business and Dropbox Personal accounts on the same machine while keeping each account completely separate from each other. We cover the cost of their Dropbox license, but that cost is negligible given the gain in efficiency. When the project is over, we give notice and revoke the license, which automatically removes files from their machine and frees up licenses for others. We do the same for summer interns, who are shared on a broad range of project and resource folders and are not asked to pay out of pocket to accommodate our huge folder sizes. Similarly, we dropped Microsoft Office years ago. We use Google Docs and Sheets for all internal and external collaborative work. We run a Mac-based office and use Pages to format good-looking proposals and invoices our letterhead. Not only did we shed Microsoft expenses, but we also got much better at co-authoring and real-time collaboration.
  5. You don't like clicking a 20 x 8 pixel button, then choosing an option from the fly-out menu!? I'm embarrassed to say that I've been annoyed by that tiny button for years, but have never done anything about it.
  6. We've been using Dropbox for more than 10 years to sync everything in our office. We have hundreds of files syncing on any given day and we have several terabytes stored in the cloud. We've scaled from two employees, to dozens, and back again, without any trouble. It's really easy sync select folders to specific people and devices, or to share select folders with outside consultants. We eliminated our local server ten years ago and run our business(s) entirely on Dropbox and Google Apps. I love being able to access any file, from any device, anywhere in the world. Team communication and file naming standards are really, really important. Files are not checked out or locked when in use, so we are very rigorous about (a) communicating with each other about who is working on what (we use Slack, Hangouts, and verbal communication) and (b) using clear, consistent file naming. Work is never lost, but you can get "conflicted copy" duplicates if multiple people work on the same file. Our technology sister company has consulted many clients about workflow efficiency, which relates to people, technology, and standards. Google Apps are amazing for email, calendaring, contacts, and document collaboration, but Google Drive is not a reliable file repository. Every company I know—from single person boutiques to massive enterprise organizations—have regretted using Google Drive to store and sync files. Go with Dropbox.
  7. Ditto. We are having the same problem in our office.
  8. I've been struggling with this as well, and have come up with the following workflow. 1. Create a custom page size in the macOS page dialog. Set paper to 19.20" x 10.80". You can use any imperial or metric page size. The physical size is not important. This is just a 16:9 ratio and with round numbers and a tidy multiplier. I tend to drop images into Keynote to present to clients, and 16:9 images work perfectly. 2. Create a sheet layer and select this custom 16:9 page size. If I set the sheet resolution to 100dpi, the result is a 1920 x 1080 (2K) image. If I set resolution to 200dpi, the result is 3840 x 2160 (4K) image. 3. Create a new camera on a design layer and link it to a viewport on a sheet layer. I set the camera quickly to approximate the view I want. I don't fuss with the camera on the design layer, because I'll fine tune it later via the sheet layer viewport. 4. On the sheet layer, fit the camera crop exactly to the 19.20" x 10.80" page boundary. 5. Double click viewport, select "Edit Camera", and fine tune the view. Click "Match Current View" before existing the viewport and returning to the sheet layer. 6. Render the image. 7. To export final render, (a) select "Export Image File...", (b) set export area to "Each Page as Separate Image", (c) set resolution to 100dpi or 200dpi, to get a 2K or 4K image, (d) confirm that pixel dimensions correspond to the preferred output resolution, in this case 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160, (e) select format as PNG, JPG, or whatever, (f) and click Save. The result is a perfect 2K or 4K image. You can save individual images as described above, or batch process using the Publish command.
  9. Hello, I'm looking for paid consulting help and not sure the best place to post. Sorry if this is incorrect. I've been a Vectorworks user since 2001, starting with MiniCAD then moving to Vectorworks. I also worked in an AutoCAD office for many years before returning to Vectorworks in my own practice. Until recently, I used Vectorworks exclusively for 2D drafting. 3D modeling was done in FormZ, Rhino, and SketchUp. I've recently been transitioning 3D modeling to Vectorworks for a more streamlined workflow, but after many years in my own small practice I can't help but wonder if I'm using Vectorworks efficiently. Software and industry best practice have changed a lot over the years, and it would be helpful to have some outside perspective. I'm looking for a local (New York City) or remote consultant with a wide breadth of experience and similar OCD tendencies to review my workflow and make suggestions about how to improve. Depending on who is interested, I'm also looking for help drawing and modeling active projects. PM me for details. Best regards, Matthew
  10. I'm working on an apartment renovation in an old building, and we are inserting a new split ductless HVAC system. It's a relatively small system, but it must be coordinated very carefully with existing structural and new architectural elements. I decided that I should add HVAC parts to my model. I've never used the HVAC tools, and I appalled at how bad they are! Each duct is placed one-by-one, which is fine, except that nothing snaps to anything else and there is zero intelligence about how parts connect to each other. I see very little documentation in the help manual and limited discussion in the forum. Does anyone here use these tools for actual work or are they completely pointless?
  11. Is there a way to assign casings to door and window objects? I can't imagine that drawing paths and extruding profiles for each opening is the recommended method, but I don't see a way to attach a polyline symbol in door and window settings. Similar question for base moldings. I see a Marionette method for crown moldings in the forum, but I'm having trouble getting that to work. I will try again if that is the current best practice.
  12. That sort of works, but the extruded edges get a bit funky in my sample. I'll play with it more. Thanks for the idea.
  13. I reduced the material thickness and adjusted the camera view to reduce this effect. Thanks for your help!
  14. I applied an image mask to a box so that I can represent a perforated steel plate. The PNG image has an alpha channel, and it renders correctly. However, when applied to a solid box, the texture maps to the top, bottom, and edges and the result look like a perforated hollow box rather than a perforated plate. Is there a better way to represent a perforated metal plate?