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  1. Dear Nathaniel, Ok great. I wasn't sure you knew but just wanted to make sure you did. Cheers, Peter
  2. Dear Nathaniel, Ditch those symbols! In the Premium libraries there are now new symbols called "CLS (Australia)". The Australia Live Industry Alliance website had a news item about it in October. Thanks to CLS for investing their time for this as they have also supplied the necessary data for Braceworks calculations. We are hoping to have that implemented very soon for actual calculations. In the meantime check out the symbols which have been painstakingly redrawn to be optimised for use in the program by the great content development team at Vectorworks, Inc. They put in a huge effort for Australian users. This will not fix all your issues but at least you should be using these symbols as a starting point. Cheers, Peter
  3. Glad you have it sorted. The easiest way to learn anything about Vectorworks is to go to the Help. In this case go Help>What's this>tools>Workspaces>Workspaces and it'll open the Help to that topic. Generally speaking the only reason you need to customise a workspace is if you have external plug ins or want to customise some keyboard shortcuts. The downside is that if you move between offices you'll have to re-learn. It's also best practice to rebuild for each version. Cheers, Peter
  4. The message doesn't make sense: "You have selected only one object or you have selected an already cropped viewport. Please select an uncropped viewport and a crop object to create a detail viewport." Surely it should read "you have selected more than one object..."?! In Tools>Workspaces>Workspaces if your current workspace's location is in the user folder then it has been customised. It can be customised even just for saving palette positions. You should click 'Revert' in order to reload the installed workspace from your application folder. This is assuming it's a workspace issue. I'd hassle your local technical support people. Cheers, Peter
  5. Hello, This really makes the term "user-friendly" not just a description of the program - but of the company itself! Ever since I started with MiniCAD 6 the company has always listened to its users. Thanks for the candour and inclusion. Cheers, Peter
  6. Hello, In my Renderworks classes (remember when people could sit next to each other in a room?) one exercise I get them to do is precisely that of using Decals to create a label for a wine bottle. Not meaning to hijack this interesting thread but thought I'd mention it. Anyone got any good examples of Decals? Cheers, Peter
  7. Dear Rick, Yes please we really need this hidden work around to resurrect files - especially those that exhibit unexpected and unrepeatable problems because the files originated in older versions. That is files and/or templates that have been carried across over the years. Thanks, Peter
  8. The only reason not to migrate a workspace is that any new tools or commands get orphaned and don't get placed where they were designed to go (ie they go into a 'new' menu for new commands or any new tools are popped into a 'new' toolset but not where they really should be). Also if existing tools have been re-engineered then they would have to be reloaded back into the workspace. Old migrated workspaces caused a lot of problems several versions ago when the migration was on by default. It's probably ok to migrate templates for a few versions but just don't do it for years! Cheers, Peter PS In the Tools>Workspaces>Workspace Editor you can export the workspace as a text file so you can keep a record of it and any customised keyboard shortcuts.
  9. Hello, In v2020 you had to group the viewports and individually paste into the new sheet layers. Then ungroup the viewport in the source file, use the Eyedropper tool to pick up all the viewport attributes and then go to the new file, ungroup the pasted grouped viewport and put down the viewport attributes. It worked a treat. Unfortunately this functionality has been withdrawn from version 2021 which is why I didn't mention it. I wish we had it back. Cheers, Peter
  10. Hello, We see a lot of weird things with old files. Even if a template has been resaved and recycled from an old version the file itself still originated in that older version. Often unrepeatable and unexplained odd things might occur. Unfortunately it is also common to come across (lazy?) users who 'recycle' old files by doing a 'Save As' and deleting everything after a job has finished but retain the file structure. I have seen files this year (v2020) that exhibited errant behaviour that originated in version 8. This is not version 2008 - rather Vectorworks 8 released in 1999! The reality is that to be really safe you need to be a purist. When setting up a new computer you really should install all programs from scratch and all settings accordingly. However it is too tempting to migrate everything across. Likewise with Vectorworks. Workspaces however definitely shouldn't be migrated which is why it's off by default in the Migration Manager. The good news is that it's easy to transfer a file structure to a virgin v2021 blank file. To Rebuild Design Layers Create a new blank document. Right click in the Design Layer tab of the Navigation Palette and select new. Select the second radio button Import Design Layers. Click Choose and locate the original file that needs to be re-built from your computer or server. Select the Design Layers you wish to recreate in your new file from the list. Click the option to Import Layer Objects if there is any geometry in the file you wish to use, and select OK. The same method for classes and sheet layers. It's not possible for viewports to be copied across but it's probably less likely that your template might have viewports already set up. Cheers, Peter
  11. Dear Mark, That's a totally brilliant webinar, thanks for doing it. Cheers, Peter
  12. Hello, It can be docked - but at the top or bottom as opposed to underneath other palettes. I actually think this is better than the Mac. Cheers, Peter
  13. Jayden, The active working plane is wherever you are on the design layer, clip cubed or otherwise. The user origin also shouldn't be an issue with snapping and the Clip Cube. I'd make sure you are on the latest service pack and if you are, then you might contact your local tech support about this problem. In the enclosed screenshot I have set the user origin 1 mile to the left and am using a custom working plane with no problem getting snaps on objects on the same layer. Cheers, Peter
  14. Hello, You should add the Clip Cube as a Quick Preference, as that's what they're for. Also Have you looked at the Help on this topic: "Using points isolation with clip cubes" I hope there's answer in there for you, as the Help is very good. Cheers, Peter


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