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  1. It even allows for downloading the SP updater for offline updating. I've been wondering for a while where to get the offline updaters that you could download directly from the website in the past, at least now I know. Would it be possible to mention this in the VW help? If it is already mentioned somewhere it is not easy to find as even the search for offline update does revert back to the few standard options within the advanced menu but does not mention how to get the files for an offline update.
  2. If you have VSS something else you could do as is to wait for a few days after a Service Pack comes out and then download the VW install program from your VSS portal, it will contain the then latest SP. If you do this every time a new SP comes out and keep all the installers (e.g. store them in separate folders labelled with the SP number) you will then have an option to revert to any previous SP in case something breaks in the latest SP that is essential for your work. This would even allow you to get an SP but not install it until a project is finished and then install it at your own leisure, one by one if if you want in case two SP's have come out in a relatively short time. Edit: just tried the VW updater method mentioned above and noticed it also allows you to download the individual SP updaters as well so that you don't have to download everything again when updating on your second computer. It would be really nice if this feature would be mentioned in the help because now it is not mentioned in the updates information section, only the standard options.
  3. It is always advisable to keep a local backup of files stored in any cloud service. Even though VW most likely has redudancy built into there system to safeguard against data loss you don't want to get into a situation where something goes wrong (fire, hackers, bankruptcy (not likely with VW) or whatever else) and you have very limited time to download your files or lose them after all. Even if it is just as a safeguard against temporary unavailability so that you can at least continue to work on you files (This has e.g. happened with Amazon's AWS last year or two years ago when a considerable part of their cloud was not available for several days for some of their clients, regardless of whether they were using Amazon AWS directly or indirectly because their (software) provider was using AWS for their cloud environment).
  4. Unless there is a specific need to export as EPS you may want to try exporting to DWG and then import that into Illustrator. Chances are you my have better editing functionality as well. Can't you specifiy the scale on import? (i.e. tell Illustrator what the units and scale are of the file you are importing, probably not with EPS but most likely this is possible with the DWG route, it's been a long time since I used Illustrator so things may have changed)
  5. Most of the time I use the export route instead of publish when generating dwg files from VW files and have relevant viewports updated before starting an export. Though publish is convenient when you want to export multiple file formats in one go, the disadvantage is that you have to export everything to the same folder and then redistribute if necessary. If you want to predetermine the save location you'd either have to do multiple publish runs or use export, then there is little difference between the two for when it comes to DWG export in most cases (unless you have different settings for multiple files of the same type, then publish does have some convenience advantage over export when exporting to multiple dwg files one by one). For your usage case export would probably be the better option to use.
  6. This inconsistency is definitely buggy behaviour as far as I am concerned. TKA's solution works well if your sheet naming corresponds with the order of publishing, unfortunately this is often not the case for my drawings so I have to select in order anyway or rearrange before publishing. Fortunately VW does remember the last used set and order of sheets for a drawing so at least there is some convenience in that when making updates to the same set of sheets.
  7. It depends on how you select the files prior to adding them to the publish section. If you manually select the files one by one before moving them into the publish list they will be in the order of selection. Shift click selection may put the first clicked file at top and then the rest according to the list (e.g. when you first click the bottom file and then click on a file a few rows up the bottom file may end up at top and then the rest as it originally was). I've seen similar behaviour in other programs, it could be a windows thing but can't tell for sure as I haven't used a Mac in a long time.
  8. What version of Vectorworks are you using? In 2020 with a test export I don't get the updating all viewports when exporting to DWG. Actually, the options you are showing do show when e.g. publishing to PDF. When "publishing" to DWG/DXF or using the export to DWG those options do not show. Are you exporting a mixed set of file formats (e.g. PDF and DWG) simultaneously? Then it may not be the export to DWG that triggers this behaviour but another file format that is also being published.
  9. Assigning a hot key should not make a difference. If you have to wait 5-10 minutes then something is wrong. Does it make a difference if you turn off all snaps? When I had serious lag in VW2019 turning off all snaps did help to some extent. My guess at the time was that there are too many snap options in that area that it has difficulty to figure out which point to snap to. Depending on your drawing content this might be happening in your case as well, though things should have improved since VW2019. Another thing that made a difference in my case at the time was a fresh install of Windows to clear all clutter from update over update over update. It may not be VW itself that is causing the issue but something within the Windows system that is causing slowness in VW.
  10. It depends on the quality of the original model and the software used to create the STEP/STP file. E.g. AutoCAD has a tendency to export heavily triangulated 3D objects and surfaces when exporting to another 3D format. Sometimes the software importing the 3D file can fix some or most of that. If you have Rhino available it might be worth trying to import into Rhino first, then save the imported file again in Rhino format and then import that file into VW. Rhino tends to clean up geometry quite a bit if it is a 3D export from AutoCAD though results may vary depending on how the 3D model was made. Maybe the same applies to Revit 3D exports as well. Another option could be using CAD file format translator, Okino is one of the better ones but whether it is worth the cost depends on how often you will be using it.
  11. Vectorworks will do fine with 32GB, more is probably overkill if I am properly interpreting past comments by VW people (e.g. Jim Wilson mentioned something tot this extent in the past). This doesn't mean that having more than 32GB is not useful, it will help if you are running multiple programs simultaneously so that each program will still have sufficient memory available. One thing in the past was that Renderworks had a tendency to run out of memory and crash VW on an 8 GB system (which was more than sufficient for most software at the time) but I doubt that even Renderworks will take full use of more than 32GB of RAM these days. I'd think that upgrading to 64 GB would be sufficient to allow for multiple programs to run simultaneously next to VW. You'll probably run out of CPU resources before your run out of memory in most cases unless you are simultaneously running other programs that use a huge amount of memory .
  12. Art V

    Cutting in roof

    Another option to get the same as @Pat Stanford described could be to first generate the roof part with a sloped extruded to the desired height. Then extract the top face to create the polygon for the 2nd roof part extrude with a different slope. Then add both volumes to create a single volume and then shell solid to create the roof thickness you want and have the inner part hollow.
  13. Based on the original DLVP area it looks like there is a remote object. Could it be that the remote object and the ones disappearing are in a group and that when the crop is hiding that remote object it also hides the other parts of that group?
  14. Yes a better colour picker with functionality like one of the two mentioned above would be really nice to have. E.g when having a background map of which you want to use some of its colours for your own overlays it would save quite a bit of time.
  15. It could be a bug, it could be working as intended but not as most people would expect it to behave. I guess @JuanP or one of his colleagues would have to answer that.


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