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  1. The reason for this is that AutoCAD cannot tell if layer A in drawing 1 is about the same thing as layer A in drawing 2, not to mention that layer colour could be different etc. for the same layer name. By default the existing layer overrules the imported layer, so in order to avoid things going hayware AutoCAD identifies the layers of xrefs with prefixes of the filename. This would also allow to turn a specific layer off in a single xref instead of all xrefs. However... when the layers are about the same thing then it is less desired to have this behaviour. This is why I suggested in the past to have VW's filenaming to be editable at the various levels where the hierarchical sublevels could all be renamed by just renaming the higher-up level. e.g. when I have class names ABC-1, ABC-2-2, ABC-2-3 then renaming ABC to XYZ would then rename the whole sequence for all the subclasses of ABC. Renaming the first occurence of 2 in ABC-2-... to 5 would then rename ABC-2-.... to ABC-5-...... without affecting ABC-1. If that would be implemented then it would be very easy to get rid of the AutoCAD xref naming prefixes of imported dwg xrefs by just removing/renaming the topmost prefix in hierarchical view.
  2. 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).
  3. As Jeff mentioned this is most likely a text scaling issue during import. Another possibility could be that the text has (almost) the same colour as the background and is therefore invisible. What are the the colours of the text objects? If they do show a colour that should be visible then it is most likely the scaling. Otherwise you may want to apply a different colour to the text objects to see if that makes a difference. AutoCAD uses the came colour white (colour nr. 7) for displaying text as white or black depending on the colour of the background, i.e. text will show as the reverse of the background. Sometimes the person making the dwg drawing uses a text colour that is almost black or white (colour 25x) to make the colour of the text to show up the same regardless of the background colour, e.g. if the text is above light(er) or dark(er) colours and doesn't want to be constrained by the background colour causing text to become less visible above certain colours when it changes from white to black or viceversa. Most of the time it should import properly into Vectorworks but occasionally it doesn't.
  4. A question, when printing the file are you printing to a printer with multiple trays for different paper sizes? If yes could it be that VW2021 somehow selects a tray that is holding A4 paper?
  5. If the settings are the same as in VW 2020 then it looks there might be a bug in Vectorworks 2021. I noticed that the viewport boundary of your test file is beyond the page boundary, does it still happen when the viewport boundary is aligned with the page boundary or smaller than the page boundary? I tend to avoid the viewport boundary being larger than the page boundary as it may cause some issues with other software when exchanging files and trying to set up pages in there. It is unlikely that it would cause the page to be printed at A4 instead of A3 though.
  6. Could it be that somehow the units changed when sending to Vision, e.g. instead of mm it became meters (so a distance of 500mm became 500m) or any other unit change with the same number value but different unit?
  7. In my opinion you should not look at today's minimum requirements but what could be expected for the next 3-5 years. 2GB VRAM may be sufficient for VW2021, but if you want to upgrade a to newer version of VW in 2 or 3 years it will most likely be below the minimum requirements. Something else to consider, if VW is the most demanding software you are using when it comes to hardware, then an i7 is not going to give significantly better performance than an i5 in your use scenario. My suggestion in that case would be to either stay with the current i5 and 12 GB of RAM and upgrade the video card to a 4GB VRAM if feasible, or if you want to get a new computer anyway (e.g. for being able to use Windows 11 which seems to require a more recent CPU like 8th or 9th gen Intel as minimum or for other software that requires a bit more processing power) then get an i5 and use the savings for getting a 4GB VRAM GPU card.
  8. Microsoft OneDrive and pCloud also support block level syncing like Dropbox and maybe Box is also doing this now but not sure about that.
  9. It is theoretically possible to exclude folders and the files in it from being put into the OneDrive cloud. The way to do this is to go to the OneDrive app Help and Settings menu, then Settings and then in the account tab select Choose folders in the box showing the OneDrive account (it is the lower of the two boxes) and then deselect the folders you don't want to show up in the OneDrive cloud. You would have to do that each and every time a backup subfolder is created by VW within your project folder to exclude that backup folder, and you would have to do that for each and every device syncing to the same OneDrive account as this setting is individual for each device. This is a bit cumbersome so for practical purposes, if it would be an option for you, Pat's workaround as described in his reply is probably the easier solution as it is a set once and forget operation.
  10. Actually, even though the text turns to unstyled it may still update after the style gets updated as I have found out. It depends on the kind of change that turns the text to unstyled. E.g. manually changing point size of the text will make it unstyled, but if you change the font of the style then the supposedly unstyled text may change its font accordingly anyway. Despite that, the text styles should definitely become more robust.
  11. Maybe if you would add a record to the areas that declares the type of space (e.g. living space, storage space, etc.) you could create an IF function that selects the ones where that record says it is a living space and then calculate the total of those areas (or any other area type depending on selection criteria)
  12. When in the publish dialog, click on the sheet layers you want to be rasterized and then click on options behind PDF below the list of sheets to be exported. You will then get the following dialog At the top there is an option to rasterize the PDF you want to publish, select it and you should get a rasterized sheet. If you do this for all PDF sheets you should have a fully rasterized PDF file.
  13. It depends a bit on the kind of Dropbox account, i.e. private/SMB or the business account, the latter may have options that iCloud may not have. Regarding 3rd party integrations you could think of CRM systems, Bluebeam integration (in case one is using Bluebeam, though with their move to a cloud based solution this may become of less use), project management software etc. Or if you would be using Adobe software for further editing 3D rendered images the integration with Adobe CC might be of some use. It's mostly about solving the hassle of manually copying files into/from Dropbox it seems so that you have easer access. Just to give an idea below is a link to a subset of integrations that might be used by some VW users. Though I think most would use it just for filesharing. https://www.dropbox.com/app-integrations#business-user/construction&business-user/project-management&business-user/workflow&business-user/productivity I'm mostly using it for file sharing because I'm usually the one sending out the review/final documents, or to collect files from multiple people in one place if needed by setting up an upload folder for a project so most integrations are of limited or no use to me. Though Bluebeam integration would be nice if I would still be using Bluebeam.
  14. It could be that Dropbox has better/more integration options with 3rd parties than iCloud. I'm using Google Drive, Dropbox (back to free version now), Box (free with 50GB storage as that came with a higher end mobile a few years ago), OneDrive and switched from the paid Dropbox to pCloud for better GDPR compliance than Dropbox. Dropbox and Box have far more integration options with 3rd party services/products than any of the others I am using. Google Drive being a decent 2nd to them. All have their advantages and disadvantages compared to the others so there is not really a best cloud storage provider, though some are generally better than a lot of alternatives out there. Depending on who I have to collaborate with I choose one the above, though pCloud is my default cloud storage now. As usual ymmv with things like this.
  15. If I were you I would first select the option that offers 4GB graphics memory as that will make VW operate nicer because an increasing number of graphics related things are getting processed by the GPU, so more graphics memory is generally better. I would choose more memory over a faster GPU with less memory, if having multiple 4GB options then you could also look at the higher up GPU model as that will make the Mac last a bit longer if the price is not that much higher. 4 or 6 cores is not going to make much of a difference when it comes to working with VW as it is mostly single core except for Renderworks which can use multiple cores. If rendering speed is not the highest priority then 4 cores will do as well as 6 cores most of the time though rendering will take some more time with 4 cores than with 6 cores. Given the close range of 3-3.4 GHz there is roughly a 10% difference in speed between the lowest and highest CPU speed, which in most cases will not be important for infrequent use. If you would be working on it 8 hours a day every (working) day then it will make a difference over the period of a year to get the highest CPU speed. Another option could be looking at a M1 Mac mini if it wouldn't be that much more than the options you are looking at right now, i.e. if you would have to get the £900 option for a 2 yr old iMac. MacWorld UK is showing pricing from £700 to £900 for the M1 Mac mini https://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/best-mac-mini-deals-3775901/ Which might be something to consider as well as you will get a more modern Mac that may outlast the Intel ones when it comes to future VW upgrades (i.e. Intel Macs might be supported for a limited number of years with newer versions of software).
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