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  1. Unless one uses "xx" as placeholder for yet to be determined numeric values in notes and other texts (as some of my clients do). 😁 My workaround is to hit the ESC key twice to get out of text windows, commands, selections etc. before using the X-shortcut. After a while that becomes muscle memory too. (works the same in some other programs that I use).
  2. Yes something like that would be nice to have, not just for architecture. Landscape users can probably us this as well for e.g. generating pavement tiling patterns.
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    SP5 update

    I haven't run that Windows update, fortunately, as I take as look at the Ask Woody website first to see if there are major issues. After that big April update that totally crashed Windows on both computers I'm more cautious, though it had to do with some of the security software. Microsoft has a way of screwing up its updates way too often lately. It wouldn't surprise me if the Windows update of a few days ago has to do with your issue. Did you try to uninstall those updates? (You can do this for approx. 1 week after they were installed). Otherwise you may want to take a look at programs such as e.g. Rollback Rx which can undo such updates too (and do it better than Windows itself in some cases), but that only works if it is installed and running before those updates get installed.
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    SP5 update

    SP5 is not showing up at all, it says that SP4 is up to date. Guess I will be contacting the local distributor tomorrow when it will be available. Did you try to run the update from VW with the check for updates or did you run a separate update installer? If the latter there might be some incompatibility with your installed VW (e.g. if you are using a locally distributed US version and using the updater from the US website it could still be that some parts of the install are in folders that have a different name and cause the updater to fail. Just something to consider if it applies.
  5. It looks like you may have missed alerts 1-8 😊 Seriously now, no I have no idea what it but it looks like SP5 may contain some bug or they didn't clean up the code properly after beta testing. I really hope VW2020 will be much less bug ridden than VW2019, or (or maybe I should say "and" instead of "or") that the bugs won't be affecting us really badly has has been the case with some of the VW2019 bugs.
  6. Yes, this definitely looks like a memory leak as @zoomer already mentioned. I've had projects with very large files containing tons of objects and classes (and quite a few layers) and those would rarely, if at all, crash. Extremely slow refresh rates etc. did happen and were to be expected given the amount of data. This was on a Windows system. However, with older versions I would run out of memory quite often when rendering and VW would either freeze or crash. Is the issue happening after initiating a render or just at a random moment?
  7. Do you have a file showing this behaviour that you could share? It would be interesting to see if it happens on my system(s) as well as I do have some fairly loaded files and am not experiencing this issue. If it hadn't been for the one nVidia card mentioned I would think it might have to do with the graphics card being Radeon cards, as there used to be some display issues with those cards that were not (as much) happening with nVidia cards due to some driver related things. Nonetheless I would still be inclined to think it is a RAM/VRAM issue as the behaviour is the same as I was having when the amount of RAM/VRAM turned out to be too low to keep up with the display requirements and after moving to a new computer with better RAM and VRAM/GPU these particular issues disappeared. I was still having lag issues but that was a VW issue. It could be that VW might be using way more memory than it needs or is having some memory leak that cause you to run into having to low memory resources for proper display. The fact that the issue disappears after a restart does, at least to me, point into that direction of RAM/VRAM issue in combination with VW. If other applications are not showing similar behaviour then VW is certainly a factor, whether it is because of its hardware requirements or a bug does not really make much difference for someone with a fairly new computer and decent graphics card as both things are something that Vectorworks should solve, either by better optimizing resource usage or fixing a bus if there is one. This thing is definitely not good for ones workflow.
  8. Another thing besides the aforementioned dwg import by Pat that can cause issues like this is the use of "Rotate plan" in combination with referenced files. Especially if there is plan rotation in a referenced file that gets changed later on after an update this could cause issues. With VW2019 seemingly having more bugs than the last few versions it wouldn't surprise me if you ran into one.
  9. Art V

    Printing problems

    Another thing to check, given the 1.4 pages in the dialog, is the paper orientation that your printer is using. I.e. the portrait orientation of your printer could be 90 degrees rotated relative to the portrait setting in VW, which could explain the 1.4 pages as that is the size factor for A size papers. In that case setting the layout in VW to match the printer's orientation could solve the issue.
  10. This sounds like there could be some command/tool still being active in the drawing you copied to that needs to be completed before you can continue (e.g. edit group mode, or edit extrusion, then you usually need to get out of that first). Does it go away when you set the active tool to the selection tool and make sure all objects are deselected and you are not in some edit group etc. before you switch to another drawing to paste?
  11. Are the contours and elliptical shapes at the same level? For trimming they need to be at the same level to intersect. Are they on the same layer or on different layers? If the latter, did you check if View>Layer options>Show/snap/modify others is active or not? You may want to do the same for classes as well , just in case. Another possibility is that one of the things you want to trim is in a group (e.g. because you accidentally grouped them) or a symbol.
  12. As @Pat Stanford mentioned, stacking order could be a thing. What I have noticed (also with some other 3D capable programs) is that when two objects intersect in some way, even if it is just two surfaces touching, it will show the fill/hatch of one but not the other and it may seem random. Stacking order does sometimes play a role with that. If you move the mirror away just enough from the wall go create a gap (e.g. 0.1 or 0.01 mm) does that solve the issue? For the faucet there could be a part that touches the tiled wall somewhere (.e.g a connection that touches the wall or goes through it)
  13. This could still be an issue with the eGPU and its data throughput. I have seen similar behaviour on a dedicated GPU with other CAD software as well with relatively modest size drawings and getting a better GPU with more VRAM and especially data throughput rate solved the issue. The "devil was in the details" in those cases, i.e. the more details/small items there were the more likely the issue was to happen, even if the total drawing was not that big. There are definitely display bugs as well, but in your case the use of an eGPU might be a factor to consider. Do you have an opportunity to try a computer with a good dedicated graphics card to see how it behaves there? That way you might be able to tell if it could be the eGPU or not.
  14. Do you have other programs running as well when this happens, or is there perhaps a large amount of data copied and still in the clipboard? If it is a 3D rendering you are trying to export this could require a bit more than you might expect depending on output settings (have run into that in the past). There is the possibility that VW has not released unused memory properly and nibbling away on available memory. Are you able to export after restarting VW or even the computer if restarting VW does not solve the issue?
  15. Art V


    There could be some file corruption, did you run a the Mac repair/permissions utility (if I recall correctly what the name is) to fix any errors? Another option could be to rerun the SP4 updater in case something went wrong with the initial install. Of course, like on Windows, there could have been some update somewhere that is causing a conflict, whether is an OS update or an update for another application that uses some common component. Did you install other updates shortly before the crashing started?


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