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  1. Art V

    Who is BetaBot?

    Is the Betabot perhaps @discobot of the Rhino forum defected to the Vectorworks forum because of upcoming Nurbs curve and SubD modeling enhancements in VW2019? 🤪
  2. The "funny" (not really) thing is that even when it shows up as a blank style or no style it is still styled. E.g. if you were to change the font of the style you will notice that previously styled text that seems to have lost the style will still change the font. So even when it the OIP says the text has no style, it may actually still be styled and respond to to style changes. Which can turn out to be a pain in itself on top of the "losing" of styles. This makes the whole style feature quite unreliable from a user perspective. The style assignment i the OIP should be upright if there are no overrides (.e.g one word made bold in a sentence or paragraph) and become italic when there are manual overrides to parts of the styled text. This is how a lot of other programs do this. That way you should be able to tell for sure if a style has been applied to text or that no style at all has been applied (i.e. showing as unstyled/no style).
  3. Any column within a database sheet is by definition a record field. Create a record field for this kind of text and set it to text and you should be able to type any text into it. As long as you don't link this field to any text object in a symbol it should not show up in your drawing, only in the worksheet and the data tab of the object info palette.
  4. Art V

    Point cloud from Lidar to mesh

    Not directly in Vectorworks, though there is software that can generate a mesh from a point cloud file. Meshlab is one of those programs. The only exception could be a lidar of a terrain without objects (or just a few small objects), i.e. just a scan of the terrain surface, then you could try using the point cloud data to generate a dtm, but there would probably be way too many points for the dtm to make this a usable option (i.e. the data set would need to be simplified quite a bit depending on the density of the point cloud).
  5. As I just replied in the topic referred above (and upvoted that one too) some software using font substitution has the option to make the substitution permanent, i.e. upon saving the file the missing font is permanently replaced with the substituting font. Though this will prevent ending up with a mix of fonts it is only a partial solution for the issue. Using text styles would be a better way as that should turn the font back to the missing font when it becomes available and will hopefully do so as well for newly created text using that text style. However the text styles are not working properly in that any override does (e.g. one word in bold) will show the text as not having a text style at all so there is still no solid way of telling what the text status is with regard to what font being used.
  6. Bumping this one in combination with the referring topic. Some software I use that also has font substitution has the option to make the substitution permanent, e.g. change NotAvailableFont to e.g. Arial and keep it that way upon saving. Thought this would solve the mix of fonts being used, it is only a partial solution for the issue.
  7. Art V

    File is CRAZY big

    Another thing to check is if you have polylines/polygons with lots of vertices (e.g. ground contour lines from a survey or AutoCAD DWG import). Reducing the number of points on those lines can make a lot of difference as well. Such polylines/polygons tend to slow down working on design layers as well, so simplifying those is usually a good idea anyway.
  8. Art V

    Grab center point of viewport

    Yes something is wrong, as I used to be able to grab the center point too in the past, but when checking earlier today it didn't work. Because most of the time the viewports need to be centered anyway on the sheet layer I use the OIP to put the center at exactly 0,0 on the sheet layer if it isn't already. Correction: when selection mode is in single mode selecting the center point worked now. Corner points worked for me so far. You may want to check your selection mode, it should preferably be in single mode to work.
  9. Art V

    VW2018 slowing down in Sheet Layers

    Quite a few people seem to have lag issues on sheet layers, some more than others. It is being worked on but apparently there are many factors playing a role so it may take some time before the specific cause for some of the lag may be fixed whereas other causes might be fixed alread but if these are not the cause of your sheet layer's lag there is little you can do. What may help to reduce the lag on sheet layers is to disable all snaps when you are on the sheet layer. With my drawings I've noticed it reduces the lag on a sheet layer in a noticeable way but it does not completely fix it. Whether it will make enough of a difference (if any) in your case can only be found out by trying and see if it works.
  10. @JimW Isn't this an already existing wish that it can be combined with? Or is it like one when Revit import was requested and you were quietly (non)responding because you knew it was going to be implemented? (ok, I admit, this is a lame attempt at phishing for upcoming features 😎)
  11. Art V

    Trouble downloading DWG file

    You can get DWG Trueview from the Autodesk website and resave it as a DWG 2011 dwg file. DWG Trueview is windows only and I can't tell if you are on Windows or Mac. Alternatively you can download the Teigha converter from the Open Design Alliance (which also makes the DWG import/export for Vectorworks and others), which does the same as DWG Trueview but is also available for Mac and Linux. It can be found at the following link: https://www.opendesign.com/guestfiles/teigha_file_converter Another option could be downloading Draftsight, but that is mostly 2D and does not fully support 3D in the free version so that might not be the best solution if your dwg file contains 3D content.
  12. Art V

    Grab center point of viewport

    The move by points tool works with the center point of the viewport, select the viewport and then switch to the move by points tool and it will snap to the viewport center and you can move it around. This eliminates the need for a locus. Being able to simply select the center point of a viewport and then move it would be nice though.
  13. Not a spotlight user myself but I agree this should be included in spotlight as well, features like this that are not really discipline specific should be common across all designer series. And if tools exist in two or more designer series then the tool should be identical and not have a full blown version in one and a crippled version in the other.
  14. Art V

    co-ordinates internal origin and user origns help!

    If the yellow circle is lit up it means the user origin (UCS) is not aligned with internal origin (WCS). Or, if it is not lit up then the UCS and WCS are the same to say it in AutoCAD speak.
  15. Art V

    co-ordinates internal origin and user origns help!

    Step 1 does move the user origin (UCS) away from the internal origin (WCS). Any following import at a later moment should use the 3rd option of the dialog (Align with user origin, i.e. align origins of the imports with the UCS origin), if you don't it will end up at the wrong place. Importing the same drawing as step 2 will align its origin with the WCS origin and not with the UCS origin and will therefore end up at a different place. You have to use either Step 1 and for any next imports not simultaneous with the first imported drawing you should use the option "align with user origin" as that is you reference 0,0 from then on. OR you use Step 2 (align with internal origin) for all drawings you import (i.e. align all origins with the WCS). Do not mix these two import methods within the same vectorworks file, as that will mess up things as you already noticed.