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Donald Wardlaw

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  1. ClamX says clean. I'm wondering whether some server at the VW end was corrupted, or whether it was just a snafu where I got a dialogue for a language specific version of VW. And since I did download an update to the updater, but not the update itself, I wonder if the updater even though it looks ok, might in the future corrupt things when I do an update. The updater had english characters, the dialogue to down load the actual VW update had Kanji. Is there a way to check or replace the updater?
  2. I launched VW 2019 and I got an alert to update to 2020, said no, and then a note to download an update to 2019, SP 3.1. First it automatically updated the downloader. Then it brought up a dialog to get the service update. The writing was all in Chinese, or asian Kanji. It Said SP 3.1. When I saw the chinese letters I quit. I relaunched VW 2019 and checked for updates. It says I'm running SP 3. It said it was up to date. What is going on? Running a virus scan on hard drive now. Donald
  3. Hi Zoomer, Thank you. Transitioning to a different software is possible, but others, like Quick books aren't nearly as good and complete in my opinion. And the developers of the software we've been using (accountedge pro) now say they will never make it 64 bit, even though they have been saying for months that they would. They offer a cloud based option for twice the monthly price, but would you want to keep the books you can't be without in the cloud? And be hostage to future subscription increases? The the first option is to keep Mohave running for as long as I continue the business, which I hope will be 7 years or more. A virtual environment might be a good option since the master OS environment theoretically can continue to advance as long as the virtual environment does too. If I try to hold the computers back, what happens if they poop out, get lost or destroyed? A question is, how long will we be able to install Mojave? There is still a way to do it via an Apple installer. But if Apple removes that installer before I transition, I could be in a bad spot. Thanks again, it looks like the VW issues are manageable. Donald
  4. Today I learned that our accounting software is not going to make the transition to Catalina. What a pain. It is really good, and versatile. The options are lousy. Both computers are running Mojave. I don't like the idea of stopping OS progress because of many issues, especially security. So I think I have to take one machine and move it to Catalina, then install Parallels, then install Mojave to see whether the accounting software works in that environment. That machine will be the iMac which is used for most of the CAD work. My questions are these: 1. If I run one machine that uses VW on Catalina, that will mean it has to run 2020? 2. If one machine runs 2020 on Catalina, can a machine running Mohave read 2020 files? 3. Can 2019 in Mojave open 2020 files from Catalina? Many thanks, Donald
  5. RGyori, Bravo. That is a huge improvement. Thanks, Donald
  6. All right, I've tried setting those parameters various ways and I have to say it just doesn't work well. This is terribly ironic because going back to minicad 3, the one feature it had that was totally superior auto cad and the other programs, was the smart cursor. It made drawing easy, fast and accurate. Back then, around 1990, I'd look at drawings from auto cad and invariably their lines only approximately joined up. But minicad always joined where you wanted and therefore the dimensioning was spot on. So this is disappointing. What is happening I think is that VW is prioritizing some snap points over others. Center points have the same problem on short lines that intersections do. I can spot the cursor on the mid point and it keeps trying to select the nearby end point. What would be helpful would be a bit more cursor intelligence. It is incidentally something I notice in formz. If you seem to want one thing, but your actions indicate that you don't, the cursor thinks: "well if he doesn't want that, what might he want?" In my case it is not an endless list of possibilities. Not nearby endpoint? All right how about this center point or intersection? Right now the cursor feels stubborn and unwilling to adapt. It didn't used to be that way.
  7. Thanks Pat. I have fiddle with that a bit. It may be that I can improve things. But per your comment, those two sliders are linked. Snap box cannot be set to less than selection box. Increasing the selection box will at some point also increase the snap box.
  8. Since upgrading to 19 and Mojave, I'm finding line selections to be a bit frustrating or inflexible. I sometimes have a cursor right over a line, and it won't select unless I touch a particular part of the line. All constraints except snap to tangent are on. Snap to intersection is also frustrating because while the intersection is visible at a particular zoom level, and I can easily position the cursor so it is on the intersection and nothing else, it will defer to nearby points instead. I have to zoom in to create some particular pixel distance* to the points of other objects to select the intersection. It didn't used to be so fussy. It takes longer this way. *I sometimes wonder if VW has not caught up with high resolution monitors.
  9. Every time I open vw19 on the mojave computers I see a dialogue, explained on the apple website as below. Either it is erroneous, or there is a bit of something in vw19 that is causing this.
  10. Supposing I wanted to move my workspace from my computer to someone else's. Mojave. VW19. How would I do that? Also, if they were on an older VW version, say VW17, would the VW19 workspace work? Thanks, Donald This came up when my battery ran out of poop and we wanted to transition the work to someone else's computer. One of the under appreciated (I speculate) virtues of VW is how different folks can have different (key)strokes.
  11. Thanks BCD. That fixed the problem, though I don't know how it came about in the first place. Behavior is restored to the way it has been the last 25 years.
  12. Does not work by drawing in the organization window and does not work by changing the stacking order number field in the Edit Layer dialogue. Does not work in document creating originally in 19, nor one in a file originally created with 17. Mojave. Current. VW current.
  13. 2019 and Mojave. 2015 mbp. If the number of layers exceeds what can be displayed in the Design layers list of the Organization window, there is no vertical scroll bar. 2017 and Mojave does have the vertical scroll bar.
  14. I wish I could delete this post because it is all wrong. Yesterday I could not get 3D maps. Today it works like it always did. Now if you will excuse me, my hole awaits.
  15. There has been discussion about moving to Mojave on the mac side. I have made the move and thus far nothing adverse to report. Except one mac specific thing. Older MacOS versions, like El Cap, had a real 3D implementation in their maps app. As someone who mainly works in alterations and additions to existing structures, this was highly useful. Not for site measurements but for context and study of site surroundings. The 3D implementation was I believe based on aerial lidar. That's a guess, but I suspect many have come across the technology as there are companies out their promoting lidar as a way to do 3D surveys of existing buildings. (It's got big flaws, but some other time). Now as far as I can tell (and I've contacted Apple tech support and they were not able to refute what I'm saying here) Apple has abandoned this 3D mapping while still calling an aspect of the maps 3D. It is false and cowardly. What they now offer as 3D mapping is a 2D satellite view that they project on a plane and show in 2 point perspective. Always slightly off the azimuth so when you look from a different compass point you get the same, now incorrect, hint of the sides of things. I'm old enough to think as I did in the old days: they subbed it out to the dark side. Intrusive planning submittals are pretty common here in CA. Using the 3D arial maps in those submittals really added to their impact and utility. So I have upgraded one machine and not yet the other. The old 3D mapping approach was a valuable addition to my architectural work. The new one is grossly dumbed down. I have three options: 1. Upgrade the second machine and lose a useful capability. 2. Keep one machine on an older OS (awkward, it is the main drawing machine). 3. Find another way to have access to 3D aerial imagery at low cost. Does anyone have any awareness of how to solve no. 3 on a budget? Many thanks, Donald


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