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Kaare Baekgaard

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  1. Sometimes I can convert an imported PDF (with snap to geometry activated) into a group and then find most of the geometry in vector format within that group.

     

    The problem is that 2D geometry in VW does not support Bezier curves with handles - like in Illustrator. So it has to be translated somehow.

     

    Except for the great 'Hide Edge' feature, the 2D technology in Vectorworks has not been updated since 2008 – I guess because it is not a huge selling point for architects.

     

    Besides true beziers with control handles – or at least weighted beziers similar to nurbs, a few parametric 2D shapes like stars and arrows would also be nice.

  2. The 'Modify' button on the OIP is sometimes useful, but it has an issue, that makes it less than ideal:

     

    When pressed the view randomly jumps to a different view - usually the Top/Plan view.

     

    When that happens, I have to reorient the view to model to find and select/deselect the elements, that I want to include or exclude from the modification.

     

    And since the 'Boomerang Mode', does not really work most of the time, I have to do this using shortcuts – or I will exit the modification involuntarily.

     

    It may seem like a small issue, but it does frustrate me quite often.

  3. I use the jpeg setting to create PDF's that can be compressed to small file sizes,

     

    but I use PNG whenever i need PDF's with better quality transparency and shadows

     

    But the PDF file sizes are huge with the PNG setting, and they cannot be compressed with inexpensive apps.

     

    So I end up flicking the switch back and forth - and forgetting to set it correctly half of the times.

     

    So please move the setting to Document Preferences.

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  4. I understand, that PDF and SVG define geometry in af different way than VW, so an exact translation may not be possible.

     

    But if I use the import PDF menu item (not drag and drop) – then check the 'snap to geometry' and then ungroup the resulting item, somewhere in the resulting stack I get a fairly good native VW vector geometry based on the content of that PDF.

     

    Good enough for most uses.

     

    Can we please get separate import functions for PDF and SVG's that only import vector geometry?

     

    + drag and drop for SVG's, if possible.

     

    Put a warning label on them, that states, that inaccuracies may occur, if necessary.

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  5. From time immemorial, I have started drawing all new geometry using the 'Screen Plane' mode.

     

    And it is a continuous source of frustration when the program automatically jumps into the 'Screen Aligned' mode, where nothing works reliably, as far as I can tell.

     

    Now, apparently, I have become a legacy. My way of drawing outdated.

     

    Do anyone actually feel comfortable creating geometry in the 'Screen Aligned' mode – and should I make an effort to change my ways?

     

    Or is the 'Screen Aligned' mode in fact an abortion, as I suspect? 

     

     

  6. I am trying to make a custom staircase guardrail using an Extrude along Path.

     

    But I cannot control the orientation of the profile, and it looses its orientation through the corner.

     

    I am sure, that I will find a workaround, but it would be nice, if I could lock the up-down orientation of the profile in relation to the world.

  7. I use class to texture objects, and this is at the core of the issue.

     

    I also reuse objects from earlier projects whenever I can.

     

    As a result, I model using elements, that may or may not already have an assigned texture.

     

    When I am done modelling, I assign a class to give it a surface.

     

    This is supposed to be really smart. This is supposed to be all the rave.

     

    But some programmer apparently thinks he knows better? I don't think so.

     

    This was never a feature, please do not try to make it into one.

     

    This is an error.

     

     

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  8. Oh – I forgot to mention:

     

    These SOB's are sprinkled all over the construction tree of every single complex object.

     

    Remove all unwanted texture overrides from an add-solid'ed object.

     

    Enter into that solid object – and there they are are again.

     

    Perhaps in only one of the objects, perhaps in all of them.

     

    Remove the unwanted texture overrides from any of those constituent objects. 

     

    Add a fillet to that object - and there they are again.

     

    The only way to avoid them is to only ever use virgin objects with no c.. – nah, I am bullsh**ing – If you use solid operations, there is really no way to avoid them...

  9. I am finishing a project and I am ready to publish.

     

    Except i am not.

     

    First I have to select every single piece of geometry in the file and painstakingly remove every unwanted texture override.

     

    132 uncalled-for texture overrides from a single file just this morning, and I had to enter and exit 14 symbols to get to all of them.

     

    Except - did I really get all of them? I might only find out, when I am presenting the renderings to the client...

     

    With VW 2022 this has become the single most annoying aspect of my workflow.

     

    I have complained about this before, but the only feedback from anyone at VW is that this might somehow be a cool feature.

     

    ????

     

    Please fix this.

  10. I have finally taken the time to explore the Renderworks Style feature.

     

    It hides a cool feature, that is really useful:

     

    I can now separate the Renderworks background from the environment reflections.

     

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    This means that I can now create much more realistic renderings on sheet layers with white and/or transparent backgrounds.

    For white backgrounds set the Vectorworks default compression to JPEG - Keep it as the 'default default' for faster renderings and much smaller PDF's

    But if you want to export sheet layers with perfect transparent background, change the default compression to PNG.

     

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    Now, if you export a sheet as a PNG image with transparencies, all renderings on that sheet with a 'none' fill will export with perfect background transparency.

     

    I love it.

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