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  1. On 9/3/2021 at 6:54 PM, Art V said:

    The probably better way to avoid lag is to have the working folder on your local machine within the dropbox folder. This will sync automatically to dropbox. On any other machine that you want to work on with the same files set up the local dropbox folder to sync with your dropbox account, or use the dropbox sharing function to share the working folder. That way each machine will have a synced local copy that you can use to work on and there should be much less lag. Of course syncing could cause some slowing down anyway but not as much as when you would be working on files located on the dropbox server folder.


    The only caveat with this is that you have to make sure the local folder on the machine you are using has been fully synced before you start working on the files. E.g. if you work on one machine and switch to another machine and start working on the files on that one while the sync has not fully completed you'll end up with a messy situation, which is why you should have Dropbox finish syncing first when you start on another machine, or manually force a sync if the time between switching is relatively short (e.g. a few minutes depending on the amount of data that has to be synced).

    Thanks, I'm still really unclear whether I've got things set up correctly and I'm anxious about messing things up with duplicates. I think I need an idiot's guide to Dropbox!

  2. On 7/31/2021 at 4:59 PM, Art V said:

    When installing Dropbox it should create a Dropbox folder on your computer. That is the folder that gets synced with Dropbox. When you open your Dropbox Preferences there should be a Sync tab where you can set/change the folder location.


    First turn off the smartsync which will put copies of your files on Dropbox only and remove them from your Mac to save disk space.


    You then have three options...

    1. either set your working folder as the Dropbox folder, which I wouldn't do because it will get cluttered with other things in the Dropbox cloud that gets synced into it

    2. put your project folder in the Dropbox folder while the project is active or needed accessible, it will then remain on both your computer and be synced with Dropbox when something changes.

    3. keep your folders on your master Mac as is and copy your working folders to the Dropbox folder when needed if you only want to be able to access them for viewing from your other Macs.


    Option 2 is probably the more practical option if you also want to work on/edit the project files on your other Macs, then the updates will get synced to all Macs. Just don't work on the files in the Dropbox cloud, they could get corrupted if there is a glitch with your internet connection when (auto)saving the file or while working on it, plus that it can be very slow to work on if you don't have a very fast up/download with your internet connection.




    Thanks, I now have my current project folders on my local Mac HD and by holding down alt I copied them onto Dropbox.


    I think that may case is a bit different as I work mostly from my home office Mac but have a high street office with the two other Macs that get used by freelancers, each of those two Macs has its own local current jobs folders. Often I need to work remotely on a job that is on one of the high street office Macs, presumably that means that I'm working on the Dropbox cloud as Option 2? I have noticed when doing so that publishing can be quite laggy.

    The ultimate aim is for all the jobs to be on the home office Mac because it's used most, and then the other two Macs would operate via the cloud and my local files would be updated. I'm still a bit unclear though if this would be the best way to work!  

  3. I'm now subscribing to Dropbox, I have 3 Macs, If I move jobs from say one Mac to Dropbox it removes them from my Mac. Is there a way to keep the master files on my Mac so that the Dropbox versions are the updated versions?

  4. Personally I would like to see the roof tool improved in other ways,  as it’s still  quite basic and, for example, should better incorporate UK type fascias and soffits and also maybe gutters. 

    I don’t think that I would want to show valley flashing as to be honest it’s not strictly relevant for concept visuals and actually there are valley tiles available for some ranges.

  5. I've moved from VWA 2016 to VWA 2021 and when closing drawings down a fuzzy blue screen placeholder more or less fills the screen. It's quite annoying as you then have to click to minimise it. Is this an 'improvement' that Vectorworks has introduced and is there a way not to have it?


  6. 53 minutes ago, markdd said:

    You can do this using the Create New Design Layer workflow.

    • Rather than selecting Create New Design Layer, select Import Design Layers instead. 
    • You can then navigate to the file and select the layer/s you want to import.
    • Check Import Layer objects and you should be fine.



    Do it one layer at a time and save after each import. Then hopefully if you have a crash, you will be able to get a better idea of what may be causing the problems.



    Thanks, that’s the procedure that I always use, I’ll try and see if two will import at the same time.

  7. 3 hours ago, Matt Panzer said:


    Yes.  The problem is that the line thickness of your wall object is set to zero.  For unstyled walls, this is set via the Attributes palette.  For styled walls, it's set via the "Edit Wall Attributes" in the Edit Wall Style dialog.



    I'm not sure what you mean.  Can you clarify what you're expecting to see?

    Ah so simple, thanks!

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  8. 8 hours ago, Matt Panzer said:

    Can you copy and paste a wall with a problem window or door and paste it into a new document to see if the problem remains?  If it does, please save the new file and attach it so we can take a look.

    I pinned it down to my wall style, I've attached a file with the same window in my wall and also in a Vectorworks wall style. I can't see why my isn't showing the reveals though.

    window in wall test.vwx

  9. 18 hours ago, Tamsin Slatter said:

    Is the Window a symbol?

    If so, check the Insert In Walls section of the symbol settings - that includes options for how the wall is cut.

    Your screenshots show two different walls styles, so it could be that the Insertion Options for each style is different. 

    the windows are from the previous VW drawings and not  symbols,  they work fine in other drawings that are open, the walls are unstyled. It's every window that is affected so it must be to do with a VW setting I think, I just can't think what. I may now try shutting down the Mac and opening everything up again!

  10. 8 minutes ago, Tamsin Slatter said:

    It's the End Cap setting on the Insertion Options tab of either the Wall Tool Preferences or Wall Style Definition.

    Hi Tamsin, no it doesn't appear to be that, another drawing that is also open displays the lines correctly. I recall having this issue a couple of months ago but can't recall how I fixed it!

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  11. It works for me as I don't wish to use CAD on an iPad as I prefer to work on a 27" iMac. I did look at a few other Apps magicplan comes with a few strings and it's  CAD App, iPocketDrawLite looks good but again it's CAD and too fiddly to use on site. For me INKredible does all I need it to on site because it's so quick. Your needs may be different. I don't use a Lidar sensor just a Disto. I like to keep things simple to speed up workflow.

  12. 11 hours ago, _James said:

    @Cadplan Architecture did you get any further with this?

    Yes I've been using an iPad Pro for some months and would not go back to paper surveys. I researched Apps and found some very good ones for drawing accurate plans, however they weren't that easy to edit and were more like CAD than we needed. The one that we settled on is called INKredible, it's basically a drawing App so it avoids the complications of lines snapping to a vertical/horizontal grid,  you simply draw freehand (with an Apple Pen), we draw the walls first in black then go round with the Disto and nd write the dimensions in red, job done. Back in the office we simply draw up in Vectorworks. It's a very simple and quick way of doing things that gets the job done, we also have PDFs so no need to scan paper copies on a printer. We email the PDFs back to the office together with photos and notes etc. Even better2072415566_ScreenShot2021-01-23at11_30_33.thumb.png.6ed43ecb19ae67615f1535c4e1dce886.png it's free!

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  13. 40 minutes ago, ColinW said:

    I'm a Windoor user in the UK but signed up before the 'Windoor' closed!. It's a long time ago but I think it was proving too time consuming to support all the different requirements from around the globe. 

    Whilst I like Windoor and use it almost exclusively, the answer rests with improvements to the window and door pios which are born out of a realistic and deeper undertsanding of the functionality required.



    Yes we all need to keep hammering this home to Vectorworks! 

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  14. On 1/2/2021 at 10:59 PM, P Retondo said:

    In the real world of construction, a pocket door is placed in an opening roughly twice the width of the actual door.  The Vectorworks door schedule is blissfully unaware of this reality, requiring laborious workarounds in the report worksheet.  Wouldn't it be possible to easily change this parameter to report the real rough opening required?


    Speaking of this workaround, the best way would be a column with an "if / else" method, but since one does not know the proper Vectorscript variable names, it's not possible to construct a cell value "if type = "pocket door", = R.O.*2, else = R.O".

    I get your issue but to be honest what is really needed is a complete overhaul and improvement of the four and window tools, we all need to press hard for this to happen.

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