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Donald Wardlaw

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  1. RGyori, Bravo. That is a huge improvement. Thanks, Donald
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Lead me to another question.... I have versions of VW on our computers going back to 12.5.2. I deleted on the iMac that and everything up to but not including VW2014, and I saved almost 20G. Taking into account what Jim said above, Is there any reason to keep a VW folder for any version other than the current version and the last version that was used and worked fine? I see another 30G waiting for me. Thanks, Donald
  13. I'm standing at the crevice, me, El Cap and VW17 on one side and Mojave and VW19 on the other side. Many thanks to all the folks who have shed light on the risks of Mojave. I've concluded that for our hardware it should work fine. It will allows us to move to VW19, and more importantly, get us back in the loop as far as OS security updates go. I have one more question, though. I have CAD files going back to Minicad 3. A portion of my old work, which extends back almost 30 years, is thus orphaned and out of reach, . VW17 seems to be able to open files I made 15 or more years ago. What I'd like to know is: Will the combination of VW19 and Mojave, orphan any files created by a version of VW that is not orphaned by VW17? Related, is there a chart anywhere that shows what it takes to open files of different versions? That might be complicated since there are OS and hardware issues also. It seems that in recent years software developers have done a better job in maintaining access to older file versions than was the case in earlier days. Many thanks, Donald
  14. We have a 3 year old iMac 27 with the upgraded graphics and a bit more memory. We do small projects with very detailed documents. We render 3D models in formz. This computer is fabulous. I heard the fan for the first time in months yesterday. I think it would only seem taxed with very, very complex 3D renderings.
  15. Thank you Kevin. I've decided to lose for now. This app is not necessary to get viewable pdf's on an iPad. I've found that generating pdf's (such as via Publish) in VW and then air dropping to iPad pro puts them into a Finder like iPad app (Documents) that allows me to organize and archive pdf's for viewing on the iPad. Drop box handles the sharing with clients portion. The 3D model part might be useful except I do my modeling in other software, which also offers a model viewing app. While I notice that Nomad has had a recent update, the reviews in the app store are all most all very negative. I think it needs another reason for being. I do appreciate your comments, though.


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