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  1. Maybe try a separate file for all your dimensions and reference the drawing info from your main drawing with viewports. Then set main drawing to have precision 0.000001 and the one with your dimensions to have precision 0.1 - wont matter since you are only using this for displaying your dims.

  2. From NNA's documentation, all the 'improvements' to VW2009 seem to be centered around a new 3D engine. And wood screws...

    As a large architectural office which uses VW2008 for 2D drafting but has no intention of moving to BIM with 2009 (possibly the majority of users?), does anybody know whether the Parasolid engine will bring improvements or changes to the 2D data? Or is it a separate system altogether?

    We would like to see a solid Autocad UCS-like plan rotation feature, rather than the current situation where the plan rotation 'function' merely rotates all of the data in the file by resetting the origin and orientation; causing numerous problems when referencing. Am aware that this would involve a re-write of the legacy Minicad file structure, but was hoping that this would have been sorted out by now after 10 years.

    Otherwise, we see little reason to upgrade to VW2009 in order to get a 3D modelling engine which we will never use.

    We also see correcting problems with the rotated plans as top priority. We're particularly interested in getting the correct coordinates for a given point when the view is rotated.

  3. We have 80 A-Series licences for Vectorworks Architect 12.5.3 on OS X. Does anybody know if I can add all 80 serial numbers onto all 80 computers in the office, and have each computer take the first unused license when Vectorworks starts up.

    I know this type of strategy used to work back in version 8, when it was common to add all the codes into a single machine and copy the preferences onto the rest of the network. Does anyone still do this now or will it cause me Network license conflicts?

    I'm hoping this will work, because managing the "one serial number per machine" system for this number of machines is becoming a right pain.

  4. Jonathan,

    Is there a particular reason you suggest finishing the old projects in version 11? We are also about to go from 11.5 to 12.5 but some existing projects are very large and will continue for a year or two.

    Do you know of any problems if we do a batch convert on the whole project?

    Any advice appreciated!


  5. Hi Katie,

    We use patterns in a lot of our drawings - mostly we use simple "checkerboard" patterns for shadows and to denote floor areas.

    In an example I just printed there is a simple green and white checkerboard pattern.

    When the option is off the printed output is very similar to VW11 - there is a light green shaded area.

    When the option is turned on the pattern prints very coarse. There is a white backgound with solid green circles.

  6. I have to agree with Jason on this one. We also have 50+ users and we also cannot use the suggested workarounds above. We just need to wait till the next update before experiencing the joy of decent pdfs straight from VW.

    No critisism of the team - it was good they could get universal binaries out so promptly (Microsoft now saying end 2007 for Office I think...)

    However, like Jason, I hope that the developers can see that permission issues are problematic for a large userbase - where we can't just make everyone an Administrator. I hope that there is a pool of beta testers who test the software with non-Admin accounts.

  7. This box seems to be checked by default in VW12.5 both for new files and for files converted from VW11.5. (It is in the Vectorworks options of the Print dialog). For prints to look the same as in previous versions the box must be unchecked.

    Is there any way to change the default? Unchecking the box is ok, but as far as I can tell it must be done for every sheet layer in every file.

  8. This issue is now solved. (I work in same office as Tom)

    The problem arose from a custom hatch in the drawing which which was set with the parameters too small. Modifying the hatch in Vectorworks stopped the freezing behaviour when the exported drawing was opened in AutoCAD.

    Thanks Hamma for your help

  9. I agree entirely with Haich and RitchieHatch.

    We have around 60 seats of Vectorworks, and the lack of a decent User Coordinate System is a big issue for us too. This single issue might force us to move 2 teams over to Autoc**, something we don't want to do!

    Explanation for Katie : When you work on plans for a site with several buidings rotated 10 degrees from each other (for example) you need to be able to rotate the 2D view to work effectively on each building.

    We have tried using the Vectorworks "I and J" Rotated Grid for snapping, but this is simply too difficult for our staff to work with. The human mind likes working with verticals and horizontals!

    Please let this be there...or at least be in the pipeline!

  10. We have 50 users, and I can't upgrade that number of users to version 11 until I know it is stable - in my experience normally a few months with major Vectorworks releases. So at the moment they are all stuck with this problem.

    If this problem was made by 10.5.1, surely there should be some patch available (10.5.2?) to fix it rather than a forced paid upgrade to 11.0.0.

    I've now had 2 members of staff seriously mess up drawings that were in the background without realising it.

  11. We have an intranet site which links to Vectorworks drawings.

    A while ago I set up a File Helper in Internet Explorer to open Vectorworks 8 files with the Vectorworks application.

    We are now using Vectorworks 10 and I need to get the settings for Vectorworks 10 files (File Type, File Creator, Mime Type).

    I suspect that the one I am missing is "File Type" - this was MC8d for Vectorworks 8 files.

    Anyone know what these settings should be?

  12. Katie,

    I upgraded one machine to Adobe PS8.8 (which seemed to be the latest version on the Adobe web site rather than 8.7).

    This seemed to fix our scale problem when using the Adobe driver.

    I'll try and look at the Laserwriter driver next, see if I get that working too.

    Thanks for your help. [Cool]

  13. To expand on the problem...

    Printing the drawing at 100% prints a small copy in the corner of the page.

    Printing at 99% or at 101% prints correctly.

    Scaling down to smaller paper size using 50% scale prints correctly.

    The problem only occurs printing at 100% scale.

    Note : The correct objects are being printed, just at the wrong scale. (Items inside the Print Area rectangle on screen are printed shrunk down, items outside the Print Area rectangle are not printed).

    This is happening at A1 on a Hp1055CM and also at A3 on HP Laserjet 8150DN.

    I have tried printing from 3 computers - running OS9.0.4, OS9.1 and OS9.2.2, all with CarbonLib1.6. All show the problem.

    It is happening in more than 1 drawing. It would not be such a problem if it was 37% that does not work, but 100% scale is obviously quite important!

    I can send an example file if it will be a help to diagnose problem.

  14. We have also been experiencing a similar scale of printing issue on an OS9.2.2 machine since upgrading from VW8 to VW10. It is happening printing to a HP1055.

    An A1 drawing, the print box looks set correctly on screen, Scale in Page Setup is 100% : but it prints at A3 size on the A1 paper.

    I will try and print from another machine and get some more details.

  15. Ok, I've put some hours in on this problem this afternoon, and I think I've narrowed it down to the virtual memory setting.

    With VM set on the default size in the Memory control panel, the error is displayed on quitting Vectorworks. With VM turned off, the error is not displayed.

    This is on a machine that I upgraded from OS9.0.4 to 9.2.2, and updated Carbonlib, MacOSRom and BootROM to correct settings. Computer has 384MB physical RAM, with 100MB allocated to Vectorworks and an empty drawing.

    We are using Vectorworks alone, not with any of the Industry series products. Is it recommended to have VM turned off using VW10? [Wink]

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