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  1. Donald Wardlaw

    Snap to Intersection

    RGyori, Bravo. That is a huge improvement. Thanks, Donald
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    Snap to Intersection

    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.
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    Snap to Intersection

    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.
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    Snap to Intersection

    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.
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    64 and 32

    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.
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    Other Workspace Locations

    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. 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.
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    Changing layer stacking order no long works.

    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.
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    Screen Scrolling

    An operational detail which has been changed in V9, is the way the screen automatically scrolls when creating objects. So, drawing a line off the edge of the window automatically brings new terrain into view. It used to be that dragging the cursor off the edge scrolled the screen. Now, dragging the curson off the edge does not scroll the screen. Instead one must place the cursor in a particular (small) region for the scrolling to occur. Quick bold movements used to work and no longer do. Now, I have to get the cursor in just the right spot, not too far one way or the other. Now I overshoot and undershoot. So I have to slow down the motion to make things work. I regret to report that this looks to me like another example of some change that must have been seen as an improvement but in fact slows down the workflow. The cummulative effect of all these improvements is, for me, reduced productivity. Don't get me wrong, this program is on balance a very good CAD program. But I would like it to be a great program (it's got the right DNA) and the difference is, I think, in the subtle details of operation. These difficulties are not enough to compell me to return to 8.5, but in some ways working with the old version was more fun because I could really fly with it. Another oddity about the scrolling I've noticed, is that if a save reminder comes up in the course of creating a polygon, dragging the cursor to the "magic zone" does not scroll the screen at all. It is necessary to abandon the object and start over. Regards, Donald
  10. 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.
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    3D Maps

    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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    3D Maps

    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.
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    Backwards Compatibility

    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
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    Backwards Compatibility

    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
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    Mojave when?

    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?
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    Imac Pro Vs upgraded/loaded 27" Imac

    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.
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    What Nomad Does

    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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    What Nomad Does

    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
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    Wacom tablet?

    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
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    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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    Revisiting walls

    I hope you can see the pdf. This form doesn't really give graphic feedback on that detail. In keeping with my above average Neanderthal gene count, I have never adopted the wall tool, and thus the hybrid approach. I would if it looked like I would get better drawings. As I sometimes do when a new release is out, I take a look at the wall tool, noting that it has evolved, and ask whether it has become something I could use. I usually bump into something that frustrates. Then I go back to my old ways. Case in point is the attached. I put a window in a wall. I used one of the pre-defined wall types. That part is not so bad, except that there is a thin line at every change in direction that roughly corresponds to one of the stud lines. That has no meaning but it is a line. That's not really ok. But the thing that really gets me is the sill. In the options for the window there are two outer options (show sill, don't) and three inner options, timber, stone and I think masonry. I chose timber. Have you ever seen a sill that looks like this? No exterior horns, no interior jamb trim overlap? It is showing lines that have no meaning. Over the years I've watch the response to objections like these. The result is that a window now has what, 4 dozen different parameters? A window that tries to look right but doesn't, and has a large amount of turning the dials complexity is not just no better than a simple abstract symbol (a wall cut and a line for the glass) it is worse. As an architect I do not want builders looking at my drawings and snickering. I expect them to have pride and care in their work and not make little boo boos everywhere. I undermine my right to have that expectation if my drawings are comical. SILL2.pdf
  22. I get an alert when launching VW; "Do you want the application "Vectorworks2016.app" to accept incoming network connections?" I routinely deny. Why would it be necessary to accept? What is the disadvantage to selecting deny? Thanks, Donald 10.11.4
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    VW Laptops and Batteries.

    My work as an architect has me measuring existing buildings for every project. Some are small average houses, some are large commercial/industrial buildings. Today's building tipped the scales at 850,000 s.f., for which I had only to measure some detailed areas. A concern is the availability of power so that I'm not completely reliant on the limited charge of the battery. Some of these measures take a lot of time and there are no outlets. I'm finding the available charge* running vectorworks is 4.5-5 hours, which is for me marginal. I have a set of moves to make the best of things. I turn off wifi and quit all application except VW and Accountedge (time tracking). Sometimes I turn down the screen illumination. MacOS has power saving options and I use those. I also have an external battery (Chargetech) that provides an AC outlet. I'm still sizing it up, but it appears it will be good for an additional 1.5-2 hours, which is getting me close to a good day's work. What strikes me, though, is that the battery life from the combination of this laptop (battery reports good condition) and VW16 doesn't seem to be what it used to be with an older laptop, an earlier version, and an older OS. It feels like I've got 1.5-2 hours less run time with this set up. So, finally, I have a question: Is power consumption something that can be influenced by application software design, and if yes, does the VW team consider it a priority, and if yes, is there more that can be done? Thanks, Donald *mid 2015 mbp, 2.5 i7, 16g ram, graphics chip upgrade. El Capitan. Wacom usb.
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    Double window

    As of yesterday I have a new behavior in VW. I use VW on an iMac and a MBP. When I launch VW I see what I've captured in "TAB". There is a tab below the main window head. If I click on the "x" is see "TAB 2". This is like a blurry window that shows the desktop below. If I close that window, VW quits. If I put it in the dock, and launch another file, both windows remain open and there is the title shown like the tab in "TAB." OSX 10.11, current El Capitan, and current VW. I think I have invoked some behavior in OS X, but maybe VW? Anyhow, it is of no value and I'd like to get rid of it. Thanks, Donald TAB.tif TAB 2.tif
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    Double window

    RGyori, Thank you. Had no idea. Reverted to traditional in this case. Donald


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