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    On 4/24/2019 at 3:04 PM, Pat Stanford said:
    19 hours ago, Pat Stanford said:

    Sorry to toot my own horn, but....


    I don't know of anything recent. A long time ago (2008-2009) Dan Jansenson and I did "The Podcad Podcast - News, Hints, and Opinion from the world of Vectorworks"


    We had interviews with a number of the notable members of the VW community including Dave Donley, Julian Carr, Francois Levy, Sam Jones, Robert Anderson, and a number of others.


    Some of the information is dated, some is still useful.


    Downloadable from  http://podcad.tv/Home.html




    I used to listen to that!  Bring back Podcad!

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  2. Curious what others do here.  I have something that is a semi-complex 3d Model, just odd angled polygons and things.  All are on a stage pointing at different angles and things.  They want to map lay in some LED product on top of it, but it is tricky getting it to all layout.  We use 3Ds max for the visual side of things for a lot of this, but from a purely dimensional standpoint is there any sort of unwrap option thing that can work in VW to let us layout a piece as a single flat piece and throw some dimensions on there?



  3. Thanks for all the info over the years.  I found you very helpful with your hardware knowledge and how it interacts in VW.  I also think you have been one of the more User-friendly Vectorworks Employee voices over the years. 


    Hopefully whatever is next is good for you!




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  4. Yes, that is what I would do and semi-regularly do.  I put PDF"s, DWG's things like that on separate layers, in my head I call them all reference layers even though they are not all actually "referenced".  A lot of theaters that might only have PDF's might have a top, front, and side.  I put them on one layer.  Put the front way in the back put the side way off to the side and align them all to the plan view with DSC being 0,0 or my origin.


    Generally works well.



  5. I had a surface pro 3.  I briefly installed vw on it.  I quickly found that it was silly for a number of reasons.  Touch was unusable and the overall performance was so lacking I found little use of it.  I just use it now on-site visits to make notes on and I don't do that in VW.

  6. Can you just use the PDF as the view and skip the tracing?  You can import the pdf, rotate it, scale it, and line up its origin.  You can crop a pdf to only show what you want.  You can do all your stuff in 3d.  Do a cross section line wherever, but just have it look at the pdf direction and it should come out okay.  Just a thought.  I have cheated with that sometimes in the past.



  7. I have had this come up semi-often over the years and always have had little workarounds for it, but I guess I really should have requested this be an option.


    What I am wanting is a toggle button in the view menu bar that will allow for only seeing selected items.  


    My specific example at the moment is working in the entertainment industry I am working on a lighting system.  The system has a number of classes and layers already build.  I have a couple of curves that are in tricky places to click and I want to adjust the position of some fixtures in there.  I am finding I am selecting non-relevant objects.  I am hoping there would be a way I can just select the 10-15 items, click a toggle button, and have only those selected items visible.  This is somewhat similar to the clip cube, but in this example, I don't want to try to spend time isolating in on the specific area I am working in I want to focus only on the items I select.


    I cannot group as items are on different layers and I would lose that, but basically, I want the view like that in the edit mode of a group.


    Screenshot of current situation attached.




    View Bar Isolate Seleced Items Wihs.PNG

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  8. This is funny this came up and is active as I am actively trying to figure out a way to do this. 


    I am very much in need of an isolate selection mode at the moment.  I think I am personally going to submit a wishlist item for this.


    Unfortunately things in the drawing are already classed and layered.  The item is a curve and the clip cube does not give me the desired results.  If I group I give up some of the layering already in place.  There really should be a quick toggle to isolate items like in an edit mode, not sure how this is just coming to me now.

  9. I fear I made a mistake in acting quickly to look at something.


    I have a file we are working on with project sharing in a shared Dropbox folder.  The project file and the working files are in the same directory.  I have been just working from my files working file and saving/committing to the project file as needed. 


    I wanted to look at something quickly with a coworker and accidentally opened the project file and didn't catch it.  I wasn't actually "working" on stuff in that file we were just chatting about things and moving around in there.  However, I did drop in a rectangle just to show something.  


    My issues is I now have the rectangle in my file when I go back to my working file and I am unable to delete it because it is tied to a working file that essentially does not exist.  It is the "same" working file I am in.  I cannot seem to forcibly check out or do anything to it.  I am also the admin of the file.  


    Any thoughts on what I should/could do to get rid of my rouge rectangle?

  10. I am wondering what others may have done in the past for a situation I am presented with.  I am essentially wanting to draw a section viewport that jogs and changes direction.  I guess my closest comparison would be from the architectural front.  Say you have a kitchen that is a "U" shape, but you want one view that essentially shows all of the cabinets "unwrapped" you would almost want to make a section viewport for an elevation that is the shape of the "u" just a little smaller.  I have not found a way to do this.  I am essentially trying to do the same thing as this and I have to imagine some people on here have come up with some creative ways to achieve this.

  11. When using the image function on a report/worksheet database is there a way to keep the images at a standard scale or ratio?  I.E. I am showing a list of truss with truss symbols in there, but let's say I have a 12"x12" corner piece on a row and the next row a 12"x12"x 120" piece that 120" piece looks visually significantly smaller compared to the other piece.  I ideally just want to lock the sizes to be consistent and I have not seen a great way to do this yet.  However, my guess is someone here may have.  


    Any help is appreciated




  12. Yeah sort of thought about that, but wasn't sure if someone had some sort of cool work around without doing the kind of "pretend" non-associative dimension.  I do dummy dims in perspective views all the time and it just sucks when you update things and they don't update.

  13. I am trying to dimension items along a path.  I am wondering what others would do for this type of dimension.  Basically, the path is made up of different arcs.  See the attached simplified picture.  


    Typically I will do things like this with curved stage trussing, but generally, those items are all on an arc that is a consistent angle. I generally use the arc length dimension tool to note where things land on an arc by adding a dummy arc to it and apply the dimension to that arc.  However in this example, I want to dimension point "C" starting from the lower left point like A & B, but the arc changes diameters along the way.  What would be a good way to dimension that distance in other's opinions?




    Arc dimensioning.PNG

  14. I don't think you are understanding what my issue is if you think it is OS specific.  I certainly can see why there would be issues with the cloud services.  That is I believe a separate similar issue.  I have had odd luck with cloud services and have my own grievances with how that is currently working.  


    Below is a super simple video of what is happening.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/tkxorko4evtzomf/Font Mapping.mp4?dl=0


    I have a file with font 1 using fonts on a local machine.  I generally don't share all fonts because some are purchased fonts and I do not think that is right.  I also use a lot of Adobe Typekit fonts because I work in InDesign a lot and like to keep all that consistent.


    The file goes to machine 2 that does not have that font.  That font is replaced with font mapping to whatever that user uses or defaults to.


    I get that file back I want it to return to the original font. 


    What I want is a way to be able to have some sort of a digital fingerprint or something that says that font was originally font "x" and whenever font "x" is available it should use that.  Right now any reference to font 1 is lost when that font is remapped.  I definitely could file that as a bug, and probably will, but I was curious if anyone else had any great workarounds for when this may come up in their workflow.


    I think the 2 obvious answers are to use text styles, but this still has some issues or to share all fonts, but I don't particularly like the idea of that.

  15. Yep that is basically exactly my issue.  So most noticeably we have a disclaimer for liability on our drawings.  I have some fonts we use part of adobe typekit.  I use the condensed versions for things like that that really no one ever actually reads to make them occupy as little space as possible.  Then arial or whatever comes into play and not anything like that looks all silly.  In a perfect world, the program would remember what it was set up to originally and just default back to that when the original font is available and only map when the defined font is unavailable.

  16. Here is an interesting one, and I feel I should have been able to figure this out but I think I know the answer.


    I use a set of custom fonts on a lot of drawings.  I use them 1 because I like them 2 because they are condensed that lets notes not be so large etc.


    I sent a file to someone who did not have these custom fonts.  There were just going to look things over.  They ended up making some changes but because they did not have the custom fonts they ended up mapping the fonts to something else (Arial).


    Now when I look at the drawing all my annotations and most of the text overall looks odd.  Is there some way to look back into a file to have what was Font 1 that was mapped to font 2 be remapped to its original font 1 without too much issue? I can go through and try to manually fix everything, but that seems silly.

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