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Peter Neufeld

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  1. Peter Neufeld

    Vectorworks Preferences, Revisited

    It is my understanding in tech support that it will have an effect on performance. When you think about it, the program has to 'remember' all those steps. Like grouping incessantly within groups, it's just inefficient. However I am not an engineer but this is what I have been told. The other thing is that for bug testing it is very difficult to know the cause of a crash if you have so many undos. We always recommend keeping the default number at 20. I remember the old days when we only had one! Cheers, Peter
  2. Peter Neufeld

    Vectorworks Preferences, Revisited

    Exactly - personal preference after all. I think with the Force Select contextual menu option (and now live data viz!) it's easier than ever to know where you are - layer wise. Cheers, Peter
  3. Peter Neufeld

    Vectorworks Preferences, Revisited

    Dear Neil, Here are my essentials: Interactive Cursor Pre Selection Highlighting Timer: Set to 5 seconds Nothing more annoying than everything highlighting as you move the mouse across a busy plan. Interactive appearance settings (So you can easily see the difference between the two) Object Highlighting active layer: Blue Object Highlighting - Pre Selection - Active layer: Green and General Editing Modes Border: Red (So you can more readily see when you're editing something). Selection and Snap box size made slightly smaller. Autosave: Off (unless I am working on a job in which case it's set to 20 operations and 5 back ups). Cheers, Peter
  4. Peter Neufeld

    Beams shaped by shutters not rendering correctly

    Yes but the default lighting in the SLVP is whatever lights are on or off on the design layer - which can then be overridden for later with the Vis palette. Cheers, Peter
  5. Peter Neufeld

    Beams shaped by shutters not rendering correctly

    Dear Symo, Not sure what you mean by sheet layer overrides - do you mean class overrides which are also great? Either way the Vis Palette allows great control over the lighting for viewports. Cheers, Peter
  6. Peter Neufeld

    Beams shaped by shutters not rendering correctly

    Well yes the lights need to be turned on. You can override the lights (any lights - that is Renderworks or Lighting Devices) in a viewport via the Visualisation palette (from the Window menu). So you can have duplicated viewports side by side showing different lighting. Cheers, Peter
  7. Peter Neufeld

    Bridle tool problem

    Dear Martin, I'm interested in your comment about the preferences. Can you name the choices/things you'd like to see in the preferences? Cheers, Peter
  8. Peter Neufeld

    3d point clouds - need to rethink

    Hello, I'm confused as there is the 'Import Point Cloud Options' dialogue that enables some control on the way in. Is this impractical? Also the Model>Point Cloud>Extract 3D Loci from Point Cloud command is also user controllable. BTW the 3D conversion resolution makes no difference to the file size when importing Point Clouds. It is what it is in terms of the data and the filtering that Vectorworks allows. There's a good Donationware program for the macOS at least called Cloud Compare that you might find useful. Cheers, Peter
  9. Peter Neufeld

    Beams shaped by shutters not rendering correctly

    Hello, Try and paste some into a separate file with their Focus Points and maybe something for the light to hit and post the file. Cheers, Peter
  10. Peter Neufeld

    Can't Move Label Legend Individually

    Try hitting the reset button in your preferences. I also note that you are using a migrated workspace which is not recommended. Reverting to the latest workspace that ships with the version is quite important as sometimes tools have to be reloaded (if they've been worked on) and new commands get orphaned in the 'New' menu and new tools likewise in an orphaned toolset. I'm not saying this will fix it but worth a try on several fronts. Cheers, Peter
  11. Peter Neufeld

    Gobo texture on dance floor

    I take it the lighting devices are focussed to Focus Point objects? Why don't you copy one or two of them plus the floor and paste into a new file and send it here? I'm sure you'd get the answer quickly. Cheers, Peter
  12. Peter Neufeld

    Hang Position Data Tags

    Hello, See if this movie explains it. I created a record with one field for the universe, attached that to each Hanging Position and added the numbers, then edited the existing data tag I made and have posted before that dynamically reports name and weight. Here's a movie and the file. Cheers, Peter Universes Hanging positions and weight.vwx Data tags.mp4
  13. Peter Neufeld

    Audit a document? aka Something slowing me down

    Hello, Not sure off hand. You'll have to do the experiment. Cheers, Peter
  14. Peter Neufeld

    Audit a document? aka Something slowing me down

    It only affects subsequently drawn objects not those already on the page but easy enough to test. Cheers, Peter
  15. Peter Neufeld

    Audit a document? aka Something slowing me down

    Hello, Also don't forget that when modelling in Vectorworks, the programs' 3D Conversion Resolution will have a big effect on file size and processing. I often see users who have it set to Very High for no good reason and suffer as a result. It's an exponential increase. Cheers, Peter


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