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  1. Oh yes please, a purge option to publish command and an option for automatic cropping for images to the crop boundary for export only to e.g. PDF or the exported VW document (i.e. not cropping in the Vectorworks document) would be a timesaver. Especially with large(r) images I need to go into the PDF authoring software and use the reduce file size option to crop images to the boundaries as in the PDF as Vectorworks still exports the whole image even if only a part is shown. I cannot crop the image in Vectorworks as I do need the entire image to remain in the original VW document.
  2. Seems I have the same issue, so it could be that the creators update broke something. @JimW The generated error is: Traceback (most recent call last): File "Vectorworks Cloud", line 5, in <module> File "DCC.pyc", line 9, in <module> File "PySide\QtGui.pyc", line 12, in <module> File "PySide\QtGui.pyc", line 10, in __load ImportError: DLL load failed: The operating system cannot run %1.
  3. @Pat StanfordYes I am aware of the limitations of not putting the annotation in the viewport, but sometimes I need to have two overlapping viewports and annotate different parts of each viewport without it becoming a mess because of the overlap. Then I simply put the annotation on the sheet layer. My impression was that this was more or less the situation of the original poster, hence the suggestion to put it on the sheet layer. Otherwise the annotation on a design layer approach is an easier solution to have the same annotation show up in multiple viewports as you suggested.
  4. It is a preference to use first or third angle, I prefer 3rd angle over 1st angle. Not to mention that with first angle projection the top view is below the front view and the bottom view above the front view. As they say over here with first angle projection the object is between the viewer and the projection surface. With third angle projection the projection surface is the between the viewer and the object. These descriptions are mostly meaningless for non-drafting non-technical people. Though over here it is called first and third quadrant projection. Personally I find third angle/quadrant projection easier to understand for most people than first angle/quadrant projection because the right hand side is also on the right hand side in the drawing and the top view is above the front view etc. and it is what I use by default. Drawings should not be puzzles to solve for the recipient, so I keep it simple and just use third angle projection unless first angle projection is required by the client.
  5. You may want to check in your title block if the text "box" of your record has been reduced in width as that would be the most likely cause for this at first sight. Another option that could work is to go into edit mode, change the text size to something different and then back to the size it should be as I have an issue with symbols sometimes where text gets squeezed in the display (and output) for no apparent reason, going into edit mode change and change back the text size solves it. It might work for your title block issue as well is the text box is not the issue.
  6. I've noticed this in e.g. AutoCAD as well at times and it is usually a margins issue during creating the PDF or it is a monitor display/printer issue where the line happens to end on "half a pixel" and gets thrown out from the display or print if you're not lucky. The only thing that I have found to work so far is to create a very small white space around the border if it happens with printed output..
  7. Would it be an option to annotate on the sheet layer itself instead of inside the viewport, or is it mandatory for some reason that the annotation must be in the viewport?
  8. Shell tool may or may not work depending on the geometry. Or may work in one direction but not the other direction so it could be working in the direction opposite of what you want. Had that happen with some geometry of a few adjacent almost planar surfaces where most of the surfaces extruded in the correct direction where you could select them all and shell them in one go, but one or two wouldn't, they would only extrude in the opposite direction for some unknown reason. Another one wouldn't even shell at all . These were seemingly not complex surfaces, just a bend in the surface, but something in that geometry just made the shell tool fail at the time. I'll give it another try with VW2018.
  9. Yes that is a good idea for most tools, if possible with an option to use a modifier key in addition to either show the e.g. 10 most recently used filters/options or all filters/options (in case you have quite a few of those).
  10. What worked for my title block(s) is to use the title block border tool to insert a title block border only (i.e. no title block section) Then use the Title Block Settings in the object info palette, go to the Title Block section and then use the import title block graphics button to import the "old" VW2017 titleblock (after first saving it into VW2018 format) and then update if/as necessary (e.g. re-assign record fields etc. if there are differences in that between VW2017 and VW2018) If your old title block had a custom border included then set "Use as Titleblock Only" option to checked to show your own custom border.
  11. If you mean dividing a subdivision surface are into smaller areas, then yes that is possible. The Edit subdivision tool has the add edge and remove edge modes to further divide a surface into smaller areas by using the add edge tool. This may alter the geometry in some unexpected ways when you further edit it. Remove edge can also alter the geometry. As long as you do not change the geometry inbetween add edges then remove edge will bring you back to the previous state when you remove added edges in the same order. Add edge divides an edge into two part, after which you can use remove edge to remove on of these parts and make two touching subdivision areas become one subdivision area. There is also the split mode to further divide subdivision surfaces. It will take some trial and error to figure out how things work out with this tool when it comes to your geometry.
  12. I agree with Pat here you should at least inquire why they chose DWF to find out the rationale, whoever came up with the idea for using DWF must not have realized what it is and perhaps confused it with PDF. I see this mix-up with file extension formats as well (e.g. DGN vs DNG or thinking that DGN = (CAD) drawing = AutoCAD.) In the worst case the person did know what DWF is but didn't care about the potential restrictions. As Pat suggested, you may want to contact some other architects to jointly discuss this with the municipality and also may want to inform them that PDF/A is a better solution than DWF and that there are developments on PDF formats to include CAD data/information into PDF files (e.g. for 3D models for which now e.g. Navisworks is being used).
  13. Totally forgot about the loft option to create NURBS surfaces, thanks for mentioning it. @Benson ShawNow that you mentioned the loft option.... has the lofting in VW2018 improved over VW2017? Last year I had trouble creating some nurbs surfaces through lofting because some geometry didn't play nice though that geometry did work well with other things that are also picky about geometry.
  14. This should create a nurbs surface: 1. Create a closed spline curve/polygon or nurbs curve by clicking on the points and close the curve by clicking the starting point after you have passed through the other points 2. Then use Model>3D Power Pack>Create surface from curves (or use Ctrl-Alt-K shortcut) and then you should have a nurbs surface. Basically Ctrl-Alt-K (or the menu command) creates a nurbs surface from any suitable object (e.g. rectangles and circles could also be used for creating a nurbs surface)
  15. Did you try VirtualBox instead of Parallels? Depending on how urgently you need access and are willing to spend money on it, Ares Commander can import DGN files (it basically uses the same Teigha library as the viewer as I haven't noticed any differences in the outcome in some "test" DGN files when I found out about how to convert using the ODA Teigha Viewer. Ares Commander costs 250 euro for a subscription of one year (it's also the "engine" behind Kudo and Onshape's DWG editing as well as the basis for Draftsight and Corel CAD) . Apparently Draftsight Professional can also open DGN files and that is 99 eruo a year or a one time only purchase for a little over 250 euro but it is Windows only whereas Ares Commander also runs natively on Mac and Linux. The Teigha viewer on the other hand is free.