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  1. 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.

  2. 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.



    I would not do a surface product, just my opinion.


    I am a windows user.  I personally find in my workflow CPU Performance has the biggest impact on overall performance.  I have a surface, more as just a thing to do some light work on when I travel.  I would not even consider running VW on it, but that is because I know what the files I work in demand and I know it would just be unusable. 


    I have a desktop I work on in the office and a laptop on the road.  I travel a lot so something that can keep up relatively with the desktop is key.  I do not own these, but these would be my recomendation


    Something with an intel 6 core processor, this is fairly newish in laptops and something with a decent GPU (1050 or up or even a quadro, but you pay more for a quadro and don't get the bang for your buck) and something that you can load up with ram and possibly adjust later.


    The gigabyte Aero 15X with the i7-8750H would be good. 



    The MSI GS65 series, the stealth thin is cool, but I imagine it gets very hot



    The Asus ROG stuff like the zephyrus or so 



    Personally, I like dell products.  I have a dell precision laptop.  The 5000 series is nice and the 7000 series is nice just a little chunky.


    Good luck



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  4. I am sure this has probably been covered and debated just reaching out to appropriate people but thought it would be good to see publically.


    I am looking for when I use the chain hoist tool to add hoists function types.  I am playing in the "Chain Hoist Symbols.vwx" file.  I saved from the VW program root directory to my user folder.  I have added a folder in the function folder in the resource manager.  I have then duplicated a symbol and put it in that folder.  I went to edit the symbol and in its attached records adjusted the function field to the value I wanted. However in the dropdown for function on a new hoist I do not get this new value.  


    What can I do?




  5. That works.  Thank you.  One issue I am having is the test is backward.  Reading like in your example of "EVRUC A NO TXET"  I have tried flipping the text before converting and a few other things.  Any ideas?

  6. I have a hunch we are thinking of the same one.  I have a little bookmark folder on chrome of VW help videos.  Not in there.  I don't know which is more annoying forgetting the secret sauce or being unable to find something I know exists.

  7. no, have seen that one.  So the text is on a stage backdrop.  The backdrop is curved.  I am looking for it to follow the curve but face straight out.  I found the text along path.  I use that from time to time but trying to get that to work in a 3D space.  So when you do as shown in the video it is parallel to the ground plane.  I want the curve to be perpendicular to the ground plane.  Make sense?  The one I am thinking of is even older 

  8. I am kicking myself right now.  I know I have watched a video on this a number of times but I cannot seem to locate the video and I am forgetting what the best approach is to this and hoping someone can help.  I am trying to make 3D extruded text that follows a curve.  Think like a circular sign but the text letters are CNC'ed out and attached to the face of the sign.  However, if it makes any difference the area I am trying to have this show up on is the concave of a curve.  


    Anyone have any tips on best way to do this.  I know I have done this in the past but don't do it often and know I am forgetting something.




  9. Yeah, I really hate having to regenerate the instrument schedule every time.  I think it might be something to wishlist somehow.  I agree it would need to make a database line for each position, but I have to think that there might be some way to automate that.  Maybe a marionette operation?  Otherwise, I am getting more into the habit of generally creating my paperwork in VW as database worksheets that I can save as resources and have saved in my template folder that just updates.  Then have these all placed on sheet layers for printing.  I can get most "standard" worksheets pretty easy the only one that from a visual perspective looks odd is the instrument schedule without doing those headers like that.


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  10. That is exactly my point.  What I showed in my attachment was just like what you showed, generated from the generate paperwork.  However, I often put notes on ancillary cells in worksheet, format things in certain ways etc.  I want it to function as a database rather than a regularly regenerated worksheet.


    My hope is someone with great database/worksheet skills can think of how to replicate that.




  11. I know I have inquired about this before and I don't think there was a really great solution before but inquiring again for all the smart minds out there.


    I like the general appearance of the instrument schedules in VW.  However, I have that they are worksheets that are generated without using a database header and are straight data.  The reason I hate this is that then I need to reset text, spacing, wording etc.  What I would love is the ability to have a worksheet that looks very similar visually to the attached screenshot of an instrument schedule in VW, but has this as a worksheet that I can save in my resources and just drop in a file and recalculate. 


    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


    I can make a worksheet that sorts by the appropriate things etc.  I think the secret sauce is that I like how the VW schedule has almost a header approach showing the position only on line 1 of the grouping.  When I make a worksheet it populates that position label with every line.  That would be great if there was a work around for that.





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  12. Yeah, both of those things make sense and that is what I was thinking, but not really what I was looking for.  Right now we have symbols for most products.  The idea was to not use symbols and try using this tool to get out some of the information it can produce, but honestly, I think it is a little trickier than it is even worth. 

  13. I don't use the LED screen tool too often.  Using it on something and running into a mini issue, not sure if this is something someone else has a workaround for or not.


    I have a video panel that is a 1m & 1/2m sizes.  The wall I am working with I used the module size and entered it as 1m x 1m.  I am 5.5m tall.  I then go to vertical count and enter 5.5, but it rounds to 6.  Is there any way to have it show as 5.5 all as part of one screen? 


    The reason I don't usually use the LED screen is I usually use symbols.  I thought giving it a try to see pixel counts and things like that would be helpful.  However, if I cannot make a wall of different parts it seems like that might be a missing key feature to the functionality of it.




  14. I have a nice 4k Monitor I use as my main monitor.  I know windows is goofy with scaling, but curious how or if Vectorworks is working to work well with it.  I dock my OIP an Nav pallets on the right side of my workspace.  I have the resource manager currently floating in my workspace on my main 4k monitor.  I want to be able to drop it on the monitor to my right.  It is 1920x1080.  Anytime I do this it gets really strange in that it gets lost and shrinks and I can never find it again.  


    Does anyone have any workaround for a way to do this or some thought on what a solution might be?

  15. On 11/13/2017 at 12:13 PM, mjm said:

    I am following this thread with avidity, as it consolidates so many of the VWX issues in one place, primarily VW's focus on 'shiny new', rather than 'simply better'. 

    Another software vendor recently: 

    What’s more, Lightroom Classic is getting a major speed boost. Adobe admitted earlier this year that Lightroom has performance issues, and now it’s launching a major update to fix that.

    “While the palette of Lightroom features grew, our performance detracted from these gains,”Adobe says. “So we took stock of where you were feeling the most performance anxieties, and dedicated this launch primarily to addressing these issues.”

    Lightroom Classic is being updated with improved speed in major areas, including launch time, preview generation, import selection, switching between Library and Develop, navigating between photos in Develop, responsive brushing, and more.


    DO note this fresh focus has taken Adobe most of the past decade to get around to…


    That is my most helpful criticism with VW.  I would love if more focus was placed on existing feature performance rather than coming up with new features.  Yes new features can be nice, but honestly I have very little need or use for marionette or some other new revolutionary things.  I would though love overall performance upgrades.  I love when companies can just be straightforward and honest with their customers as well.  I think that transparency is helpful and gives customers a bit more optimism about the products they are committing to.

  16. I am not super worried about my workflow.  What I do is a lot different than architectural stuff.  We get constant drawing changes for events and I find that I generally do not go with revisions or issues because things change so frequently.  What I generally go with is anytime we open a file and start making changes I change the suffix on the file name to the current date.  So "Client - Project Name - Year - Current Date (yyyy-mm-dd)" if that makes sense.  


    So with what you mention yes the dates on there would be new, but we are also working on a file where the last used date is in there.  


    For my purposes, I know, and this happens constantly, where a guy may come on site with a drawing that was printed a month ago which is a dozen revisions ago.  I don't necessarily have to know to change the revision I can just look at the "date" on the drawing to know when it was generated. 


    Open to other thoughts, but for me, that seems to make the most sense.

  17. In the new 2018 title block where you can do the various dropdowns is there one that will just always put in the current date at open/save/publish or something to that effect?  I am hoping to have one that will just always be filled in with the current date that the item is created.  Since my primary output is pdf either via export or publish I am thinking if there was a field that auto regenerated at publish that would be ideal, but it looks like most are just empty field containers.




  18. Curious more than anything here.  I have 32GB of ram installed on the machine I'm using.  I am using roughly 58% of my physical memory.  I have VW running, I have outlook, chrome, acrobat, nothing else that is a crazy resource sucker.  However, the VW file I am working in is very beefy.  I am trying to be sure I am maximizing my machines performance ability for working in this.  I feel as though more memory allocation to VW would be helpful, but I am finding that my memory is flatlining at 58% usage and at basically 12.8GB allocated to VW.  


    Is there something between VW and Windows that caps the amount of memory that can be allocated to VW?  I am actually wanting VW to be able to use more ram as weird as that might sound.




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    Task Manager Memory.PNG

  19. I am working on a project where we are dropping in 4-6 static cameras to run to a switcher.  I have most everything drawn in 3D and thought if I can drop in some VW Cameras where I want the camera position to be I can make a hand full of viewports showing approximate views of each camera.  I think that would be helpful to show to the people working on this project.   


    However I am not super savvy in the camera world and I don't know that my camera cut sheet and the fields for the VW camera seem to match up and I am hoping for some help from someone on what I would want to enter in the different fields. 


    Here is a link to a camera cut sheet on the lens we are using




    In the Renderworks camera OIP I get the following 


    Aspect ratio: I selected 2.4, That seems much wider then I would want I am guessing I really want 16:9?  I was not sure if on the camera cut sheet that is the first number on the focal length?


    For Film size:  I put in 16mm in my drawing that makes the focal length 10mm.  It looks like the camera's is actually about 6mm?  Not sure how to make this match


    Any other thoughts on what I can do to set up the camera in VW to match the file above as best as possible so I can just drop in those cameras to get the viewports I want?






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