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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. No... it's a diagrammatic explanation of the functionality I'm afraid. 

    To get through the history of a chamfer, shell, and fillet just double-click as you would before with other solid operations. This will take you through the history right back to the original poly that created the extrude.

    In addition, if you select a Fillet, Chamfer, or Shell you have the Modify button with which you can change what you've applied to the object.

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  2. The trick here is to use environment lighting for reflections, but a different background is displayed in the model. If you look at the glazing, you can see the reflection of the warm sunny light that is introduced with the Physical Sky Mostly Sunny, while on the Background tab, it's using the Physical Sky for reflections and a plain grey for display.

  3. This definitely looks like a graphics card issue. Go to the graphics card manager software and ensure that Vectorworks 2019 and Vectorworks 2020 are listed in the programs list. Also ensure that the high performance card is NOT set to Auto-select but is set to use the high performance card all the time.


    Regarding problem 2, try View > Unified View.

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  4. On 9/11/2019 at 1:16 PM, mike m oz said:

    It is not a bug.  It is working as designed (WAD).   Dimensions are not a global preference.  They are a file preference.


    When you set Dimension preferences you are only doing it for the active file.  If you want those preferences to become a default for your work you can only do it by saving those settings as part of a Template file.  To 'recall' them you then need to use that template file as the 'base' for the new file you are creating.


    Or you can create a unique 'Dimension Style' and then import that.  Easier to incorporate it as part of your 'template file'.

    Hi Mike

    The bug is what happens when you recall a set of saved units (in metric) in a file that was previously imperial. The resulting dimensions, units and rulers are displayed with the feet unit marker. (e.g. 3'4mm instead of 34mm).

    Of course, the workaround is simply to save your desired unit settings in a template, so that you don't need to recall saved unit settings. Start each project from your own template and you won't have the problem.


    Update - I have just had a notification that this bug will be resolved in SP2.

  5. Hi Lisa

    Yes, these new features are very exciting!

    When you select the 27700 EPSG code (presume you are looking at File > Document Settings > Georeferencing), you can indeed enter the coordinates that you want to use for the Internal origin. However, as your drawing is already centered, instead, you can use the new Geolocate tool to click on the point on the drawing which you would like to use as the internal origin. This will update the files in the Georeferencing dialog for you with the coordinates of your click point.

  6. 14 hours ago, JuanP said:


    It was a tough video to make, I'm not going to lie and seems like we ended it up short with the explanation. My apologies. For this reason, we will be working on a more in-depth tutorial to cover the more than 15 plus improvements part of this task.

    Just to give you an idea of some of the improvements:

    R1.      Users must be able to choose how to insert wall-aligned Data Tags.

    R2.      Users must be able to choose auto-placement’s offset behavior.

    R3.      Users must be able to choose the next value of auto-increment fields in the Preference dialogue.

    R4.      Users must be able to define instance-based scaling of Data Tag graphics.

    R5.      Users must be able to copy data tag value(s) in associated object’s records or IFC.

    R6.      Users must be able to choose the units displayed in a Data Tag field.

    R7.      Users must be able to display the current date using any common international standard.

    R8.      Users must be able to extract IFC pSet values, regardless of the object’s IfcEntity.

    R9.      Users must be able to extract data from Data Tags into a worksheet.

    R10.   Users must be able to edit data coming from more than one source in the “Edit Tag Data” dialogue.

    R11.   Users must see a better preview (not just the leader) when they are dragging a Data Tag.

    R12.   Third-party developers must be able to create such plug-in objects that the Data Tag tool can search for eligible objects contained in them.

    R13.   Users must be able to display data of Record/IFC attached to the Data Tag itself.

    R14.   Users must be able to re-tag objects using the Select Eligible Objects Mode of the Data Tag tool if the eligible object doesn’t have an attached Data Tag using the active style.

    R15.   Users must be able to associate label-style Data Tags with objects such that they move and are deleted with the tagged object.


    Stay tuned for this tutorial!


    Juan P.

    It's such a shame we weren't able to include the Retro-encapulator though. 😂

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  7. Andrew, I've just tested your workflow above and I am able to reproduce it. I will file a bug report immediately.


    Of course, the workaround described by Mike is to create a template that already has the unit settings you desire, and start your new documents from this file. This is the method I have always used, so I'm afraid this was not caught in my personal testing. But we will get it to the engineers today.

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  8. It's one of my fave features Andrew. Of course, we've had Data Vis for some time on Viewports, but to have it available in the live design environment vastly increases its use - not just for presentation, but as a design aid, for troubleshooting and more. And I love the key that's auto-generated.

  9. Hi Katharine

    If you are able to login to the student portal, you are almost there. If the portal is asking you to update your account, it's because some of the fields are blank, Enter some information where it is asking for phone numbers and extension numbers (these fields have become mandatory somehow along the line), and then you will be able to save the details. After that's done, you'll be able to request the extension of your licence.

  10. Well, you just need Plant Record.Quantity - as long as the filters work in the criteria, that will only include plants in this classes. 

    I am puzzled when you say "class layer". Classes and layers are different things and not related to each other.


    But if you want to group by class, then include a column that has =Class() in its header. This will list the class for each plant. Then. click the arrow to the right of the formula and check Summarise Items. This will group all the plants together by class and the Quantity column will add up the numbers for you (but you will need to have Summarise Values checked on that column).

  11. I am not sure what you are trying to achieve here. Are you trying to filter the list so that it only includes plants within the class listed in your formula?

    If so, that just needs to go into the row criteria - right click on the row header and choose Edit Criteria. Add a further option for Class = LP-G712...

    This will reduce the list to show only plants which are a member of that class.


    If you are trying to list the class in a column, in the column header row, just type =C()

    Hope that helps!

  12. 21 hours ago, lupin said:

    Thanks Tamsin,

    Cool, thought it might be non-mac, cos I was... whaaat?, but good to know!

    I updated my signature, please let me know if it hasn't stuck.

    The disappearing objects and textures seemed to start happening for me with the combination of a new mac, VW2019 and mojave... I've tried local tech support.

    Not using objects from older files (not super old, 2015 - 2018 mostly) and deleting user library file seems to help for a while, but not forever, and regular VW cleansing is a bit of a productivity killer... have to draw from scratch, redo preferences and shortcuts etc,.

    Just hoping for silver bullet.

    @lupin I also sent you a private message...

  13. 2 minutes ago, TKA said:

    for some reason, additionally, I need to select next box below : "preserve...." too make it happen

    That is if you want to use the hierarchy, which I think I Will I does not. 

    If you uncheck the option then the preserve button is grayed out. The preserve option will remember which folders are expanding and which are not, regardless of which menu you are using.


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