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  1. Mik

    Title block madness

    Nikolay, Sending separately, thanks. Sheet numbering appears in the format x of y sheets. Makes sense. In the TBM you can set the total number of sheets manually. But what sheet number any particular sheet is must be set in the sheet itself - I have been doing it from the Organization window since I read the post about checking the "Automatic Drawing Coordination" in Document Preferences. (Although I am not sure what all that setting is actually doing.) Actually, automatic drawing coordination sounds like what would be helpful but either I am not using it properly or rather I see that phrase to mean something like I recommend as follows. If this manual process of applying sheet numbers is the only way we can number the sheets in a set, it seems rather clumsy to me. During the course of a project development, any number of sheets may be created and added to the project. And where they go in sequence may change. Wouldn't it be easier if there was a toggle on each sheet for "Include" or not in an output set? Then VW can automatically arrange them numbered in sequence from the stacking order in the Organization window. And this leads to the cover sheet index list. I have started to try to set that up with the little spreadsheet so that the index reflects the actual sheets in use after reading through its documentation. I am not finished with that but it looks like it is limited as well. Again, if we could just "toggle" in a sheet for an output list, VW could not only number them from the stacking order but list them in an index. Why not make things more direct and easy to understand like that? (And please forgive me if you can actually somehow do this and I am completely ignorant of it!) Okay. The terminology makes sense to me now. And the reason it was doing this was because every time I load VW, it opens a blank "Untitled" file. I have been just ignoring that and now understand it is triggering this window about multiple files. Can we set VW to stop opening up blank files? Understood. Okay now I think this is a good example of where sophistication is becoming complication. Having multiple title blocks for the same sheet may be something that is routine for some but I am guessing most of us use only one title block on a sheet. I never imagined having many for one sheet. Thank you Nikolay for your effective answers. I learned from this already.
  2. I skipped from VW2015 to 2019 so maybe others have already become accustomed to the new title block system but honestly: This is the most confusingly organized thing I have ever seen. What happened to the old concept of WYSIWYG? It would be really useful if VW gave us a simple WYSIWYG option to use when all this complicated stuff becomes impossible. I would like my bloody business address to show up in the Design Firm cell and if you open the Title Block Manager it is indeed showing up in fields multiple times but only the name on the sheet. Getting my address to show up isn't the only problem I have had with this thing. I found someone talking about problems with the sheet number (I had too) and a response suggested some steps in places I would have never imagined to check. I got it to change but it is not really what I want and I still don't understand it. The below window pops up all the time and I can understand the idea of either changing all Title Blocks in a file to be consistent or just the one on that sheet. I think that is what this window may be referring to but maybe not. I mean, what is it referring to when it says, "... load the opened files now"? If the files are opened, why would they need loading? What files are they anyway? And if I need to select sheets for edit, that sounds like I am working on the sheets in the file I already have loaded, right? What is the difference between a "currently opened file" and an "active file"? The way this window is worded, I don't really understand what it is saying and trying it different ways does not seem to produce an understandable result. Sorry VW, I don't enjoy reading rants and hate to be the ranting party even more, but it just seems that the software team needs to step back and give more common sense, consistent language, plain English, logical menus, and a rigid limit on how many steps it takes to do what seems like ought to be the mundane. If you must have the super-sophisticated features for your sophisticated large-firm clients, okay. But you are leaving the smaller of us in the dust. Keep a simple option in addition to the sophisticated ones so the rest of us can keep working. Hmph! Okay, stepping down from the soap box ... (And if anyone still has the patience to offer a pointer or two on the Title Block, grace be to you.)
  3. Mik

    VW2019 SP3 Update stuck in a loop

    Okay, thanks.
  4. When I click "More info" on the VW update window, my PC asks if I want to allow it to make changes to my computer (yes) and then I get the following window: I click update, it counts to 100%, then asks if I want to allow it to make changes to my computer again, I click yes and the "updater needs to be refreshed" window again. Anyone else seeing this?
  5. Mik

    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    I recently upgraded my PC (details at end) and have seen no noticeable improvement in VW2019 speed over VW2015. (I am on the subscription, tried VW2017 and had so much trouble I stayed on VW2015 as it was at least stable. But alas, Windows 7 & VW2015 are no longer supported.) A file created in VW2015 with a fair amount of single-family home detail (corbels, curves, etc.) was miserably slow for any of the "fleshed out" renderings. With VW2019 upgrading the file to 2019, not much difference. BUT - I notice when in Hidden Line mode, grabbing the model and spinning it shows the hidden line view move around as fast as you can move it but when you let go of the mouse, it asks if you want it to be rendered and then have to wait the usual delay for hidden line rendering. If the reason for this extra delay is the final hidden line rendering quality is better than the real-time spinning it around, okay but I'll take the "quickie" version of hidden line any day! That would save a huge amount of time and it appears the program already has that ability. Why won't VW let us opt for that use of hidden line? Anyway, after thousands of dollars in upgrading I feel like I just wasted a bunch of money "to get current." OLD: VW2015 SP5 Build 290108 Windows 7 Pro SP1 HP Z1 Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 @ 3.40ghz 8mb cache 4-core RAM: 16gb NVIDIA Quadro K3000M 2gb GFX NEW: Fresh install of VW2019 SP2 Build 463397. Windows 10 Pro for WS v1809, Build 17763.195 HP Z4 G4 Intel Xeon W-2133 CPU @ 3.60GHz 8.25mb cache 6-core RAM: 32gb NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB GDDR5 HPZ38c display
  6. Mik

    VW2019 crashing on hidden line

    Thanks Matt. Will pass along if I see anything else. Regards
  7. Switching back and forth from OpenGL to hidden line works until I include the roof. When switching from OpenGL to hidden line, the whole app will often just disappear. Have tried numerous views, roofing materials and the crashes are not consistent. Exclude the roof and things appear to be working. But with the roof, it crashes just about every time. Did this with a fresh file: 4 walls and a hipped roof without any other details and crashed immediately in top view after switching from OpenGL to hidden line. I have seen some complaints about hidden line crashes here but could not find a direct correlation or something from VW acknowledging or doing anything about it. Maybe my searching skills have been subpar but a google search yields much more salient results than the search bar in forum.vectorworks.net. In either case could not find resolution. Anyone else seeing this? And all after getting everything in my setup all current! - Mik Fresh install of VW2019 SP2 Build 463397. Windows 10 Pro for WS v1809, Build 17763.195 New PC: HP Z4 G4 Intel Xeon W-2133 CPU @ 3.60GHz 8.25mb cache 6-core RAM: 32gb NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB GDDR5 HPZ38c display
  8. K. McAllister, Point taken. I am getting the impression that you cannot get into a graphics card loaded to 8gb until you get into the big tower units. Fine for some but I am so over the tower of power format with millions of cables, noises, space, etc. I have an HP Z1 w/ Xeon E3-1245 V2 3.4ghz, 16gb RAM and a Quadro K3000M w/2gb VRAM. I could upgrade to a K4000M w/4gb VRAM and upgrade main memory to 32gb but not sure if that is going to buy me enough performance and extended life to make it worth doing. Still not clear on how the Intel i3 - i5 - i7 series compares in performance to the Xeons relative to our needs in VW.
  9. I think I need to update my hardware (and get current on VW). I am attracted to the large HP screens (34") but wonder if the curved form messes with one's ability to see/understand things clearly in CAD. Anyone have any experience with CAD on a curved screen? I would purchase an HP Z2 workstation with the screen. HP says VW is "certified" for it. And I am very fond of their 3yr on-site warranty. Alternatively, has anyone tried VW on the MS Surface Studio? I am attracted to some possibilities with sketching (other software) and form-factor, simplicity. I do architectural design and renderings when requested. Customers want more and more renderings now. One client really wanted a walk-through rendering and my current setup worked through the crude-looking OpenGL but left much to be desired. So the power is needed. I appreciate anyone's experience on these. Thanks, Mik
  10. Mik

    Roof rendering

    Hi Alan, Sorry for not replying sooner. Things got very hectic for me. In answer to your note above, I don't get the same result. It does not appear to have anything to do with selecting a color. I don't know what is going on but this combined with other problems in VW2017 have held up my ability to deliver projects to clients so I have defaulted back to VW2015. Thanks again for taking the time to try to help out! I do really appreciate that. Regards
  11. Hi, I am having the same problem (I think) as APD above. The resource manager lists numerous .vwx files for fixtures from Kohler, etc. but nothing is in them. I ran the Migration Manager and it appears that it defaulted to migrate from my VW2015 files but only picked up some preferences. I have pulled up objects from within VW2015 and tried to copy into a VW2017 file but the resolution appears to be messed up. Having just too many problems with VW2017 at this point to continue with it but if you/anyone recognizes this problem I would be grateful for your feedback. Thanks!
  12. Mik

    Roof rendering

    JimW - Fast Renderworks does not clear up the problem. DxDiag.txt
  13. Mik

    Roof rendering

    More on the view update problem: those couple of roofs that would not show up appeared to be fine in all views except Top/Plan. After working with it more, I see that in the Render tab of the OIP, when the Mode is by Object and an Overall texture is chosen, the roof disappears in Top/Plan view. But if you choose the Top part and assign a texture there, the roof appears in Top/Plan view and renders the chosen texture in other views.
  14. Mik

    Roof rendering

    Alan - tried selecting, then selecting another design layer, and returning without deselecting and it did not change from black & the outline. JimW - When restarting VW the roof stayed black. Also, the one layer I still had in that file that had previously remained okay, was all black after restarting VW. When I start a new file and copy these into the new file, all the rendering appears correctly. And this pernicious updating problem continues to persist. I see it also affects roofs. I copied all the roofs to the new file en masse. All but a few showed though the others were there just greyed out like a class was not turned on. I turned on appropriate classes (since this was a new file it starts with a strange combination of things on/off) and could not get it to change. Then I turned them all on. Still no change. Changed zoom - which usually causes the image to update when this sticking problem happens with dimensions and wall changes - but still no change. Then I spun it around in 3d and voila! The greyed out roofs appeared. I think this is buggy. I hope VW is monitoring this.


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