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  1. On the 2015 iMac, the updater said SP3.1 was not current and it updated the computer to SP 6. On the 2015 MBP, it says SP3 is the up to date version. Also, the updater on the MBP is in Chinese or some form of Kanji. Is this the correct scoop? Maybe the updates are oriented to particular computers? Thanks, Donald
  2. I don't know how to do this, so I'm not sure if I am lacking or it simply cannot be done yet. A change here is CA is that building and planning departments are now accepting submittals all electronically, no paper required, and the architect and engineers stamp and signature can be on the pdf, instead of wet signing the paper copy. To facilitate the use of pdf's for plan checking, and also for construction in the field, I'd like to be able to do the following: 1. I'd like to be able to key a particular detail or section or title bubble to a particular view of the drawing information, in VW. Then I'd like the Publish command to retain these links when the file is published to pdf. My gut says it will work better to manage the links in VW than in some pdf reader. Better also for workflow since it would be handy for work being done long before a pdf is needed. 2. Some worry about this more than me, but I think it would also be a good idea to have some way where the architect stamp and signature, when exported to pdf cannot simply be nefariously copied and installed on some other pdf. Maybe the original pdf file has some internal marker that does not replicate when the file is copied or cropped, or maybe the image of the stamp contains something which disappears, some kind of visual authentication when the file is copied or cropped. Maybe there is an added graphic element that appears on the stamp when the file is copied or cropped, perhaps some phrase appears like, "copy, not authenticated." That could be an editable object that people could place on the drawing where they want. Donald
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. RGyori, Bravo. That is a huge improvement. Thanks, Donald
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I've had Nomad on my iPad for a long time and never used it. I now have a new iPad pro and would like to know whether to use or lose this app. Is there a manual or something like that, which explains how nomad works? Also, when I launch it, it asks for user name and password. Is that a user name and password that is unique to the app? Thanks, Donald
  23. Sorry to beat a dead horse, but for me the route to vw2019 involves upgrading from El Cap to Mojave and from vw2017. VW is the only app I have that is reported to behave badly with Mojave. When will Vectorworks give their blessing?
  24. Probably 25 years with a wacom tablet now. Must be about the 4th or 5th one. Here's what I've learned: 1. If a pencil feels natural, a wacom will too. 2. More control than a mouse, especially on anything involving a curve. 3. Less motion. You can jump instantly from one side of the screen to the other. Try that with a mouse or track ball. Easy to go from tool pallets at one location and your point of drawing at another. It is faster for me. 4. Smaller tablets are the best because there is less motion to navigate. I've used the small one for big screens and two screens. 5. They are pressure sensitive, so for some applications they have added functionality over a mouse. 6. Worth their weight in gold when using a laptop in the field to do field measurements. You need a horizontal surface, about the right height, with wheels, and a small truck to carry it.....(hint: tall av cart). 7. I suggest to all my competitors that they not use one. 8. May be counterintuitive, but you never look at the tablet. It just connects your brain to the cursor. Donald
  25. I've been using mac laptops with vw for the last 15 years or so. Currently 2015 MBP, 16 RAM. This one is the best performer I've used. Optional Apple graphics chip upgrade is recommended. Screen resolution is excellent, also best I've used.


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