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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.
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    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?
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    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?
  16. Yes, Vectorworks has been using the Parasolid kernel for a while now, but it is not the full Parasolid kernel nor the same (sub)set of Parasolid functions as Solidworks is using. As far as I can tell Siemens does offer several levels of Parasolid functionality that others can license but not the full Parasolid kernel (i.e. they may want to keep some things exclusively for themselves for SolidEdge such as ST (Synchronous Technology) that I have not seen in Solidworks (at least not in the version that I was using). Of course more Parasolid functionality such as 3D constraints would mean a higher license cost, so it is a bit of a balance between costs and the functionality that VW thinks is useful for or used by its customers. I think VW Spotlight might benefit from 3D constraints given the interdependency of structures and equipment etc. but for Landmark and Architect there are easily situations to be thought of where it would be useful for 3D as well.
  17. Me too, it would make things quite a bit simpler so let's hope it will at least (have the option to) automatically purge parts of the image outside the crop boundary for PDFs of drawings containing cropped images. (Without throwing it away in the VWX file). That should be an easy win to achieve. The rest might be a bit harder as you sometimes need to export some of that information, so I would prefer to have some control over this instead of having it automatically done based on whatever VW thinks is the correct way of doing it. (e.g. when they initially automatically purged non-used dwg layers upon import this was a not so pleasant surprise as it affected the drawing structure integrity in certain cases where it had to be kept intact, the same could apply to data and export).
  18. Soldiworks also uses Parasolid as its 3D kernel so theoretically Vectorworks could have 3D constraints as well if it would license that part of Parasolid. For those not having used 3D constraints in mechanical software it may be a bit harder to see the usefulness of this but it could make things quite a bit easier if you would only have to use a few 3D constraints instead of having to create a parametric symbol by using Marionette or Vectorscript to have the same functionality. Not to mention to be able to keep things together in 3D when adjusting just one object, but that would get VWX a bit more into the mechanical realm of CAD with similarity to parts/assemblies kind of stuff used in mechanical CAD. Though at a basic level I would like to have this in in Vectorworks 3D (e.g. if objects need to be at a certain distance and position from each other and one object of such a group would change dimensions then I would have to manually update the configuration. 3D constraints could take care of this).
  19. In addition to the above... if you want to import multiple DWG files and you would like to keep them identifiable/separate from each other you can use the "Add prefix to imported DXF/DWG layers" option. Do make sure you update the prefix for each imported DWG file. Generally I prefer to import DWG layers as VWX classes as that will make exporting back to DWG a lot easier in general if you are also taking advantage of the layers functionality as VWX classes work across VWX layers. (e.g. if you are using layers for levels with an elevation in 3D, you could still use the classes). In general VWX classes are used for what things are and layers for where things are. This "dual layer"' (compared to DWG files) thing can be extremely useful and it is something I really miss quite often when working in DWG, though it may depend on what you do.
  20. Are you using cropped images in Vectorworks? I have noticed that Vectorworks tends to export the whole image at original resolution into PDF and not just the cropped part. Using a PDF editor and its "reduce file size" option (if it has one) will throw away the parts outside the crop boundary of the cropped image. Combined with other reduction options (e.g. for resolution etc.) you can reduce the file size quite a bit. This is what I prefer to do over creating cropped parts of an image and reference those. This may seem like an additional step you don't want but the benefit is that you can keep using the full image instead of having to create multiple cropped parts and reference to those. If you are sure you are not going to end up outside the cropped image then this is not a problem, but if you think you may need to increase the area of the crop later on (which I run into quite often in my line of work) then using a PDF editor afterwards will in the long(er) run save you more time and hassle.
  21. The printable area is derived from the printer (driver) and may be off by a fraction of a mm. I have seen this quite often, not just with Vectorworks but with other software as well. A solution you could try is to set the printer to a PDF printer, though the same could happen there depending on the PDF software. E.g. PDF Xchange will give exact A4 dimensions of 297x210 mm as well as the other A papers sizes. Bluebeam may give correct results too if I recall correctly but I would have to check to be 100% sure. Though I have occasionally seen PDF printer drivers that are off by a fraction of a mm like printer drivers of physical printers so it does depend on the PDF software. Another thing that may help is to not rely on the printer driver and use the "choose size unavailable in PDF setup" option to set your paper size en then use the export/publish to PDF. If you prefer to set a custom page size with exact dimensions then please make sure it is not named the same as existing paper size names as that may cause your custom paper size to be overriden by the printer's paper sizes when you share the file with someone else. (E.g. use "A4c" (c for custom) instead of just "A4")
  22. You can still get a perpetual license, but only for what is now the most expensive option (i.e. no longer a basic version for just rendering) and if they are going to pull an Adobe it will be interesting to see for how long a perpetual license option will remain available. Oh well... like with Autodesk and Adobe there will probably be some competitors gearing up to provide perpetual license alternatives for those who don't need all bells and whistles (esp. if they are not needed for ones area of work) claiming that with them rental is optional.
  23. Yes it would be nice if the character limit could be relaxed or even removed. And the display of classes/subclasses (and their names) could be improved a bit as well to make it a bit more convenient to use.
  24. I can see the potential benefits as they describe (e.g. knowing the right parts for maintenance), but only if there is a tight control on what is shared with whom and how. You don't want your hard work to get leaked out to copycats if there is a leak somewhere. Of course some of this info may already be in paper service manuals etc. but this online sharing is a step further as it probably needs access to the full data to be able to show only a part of it in various versions for varies kinds of users. Plus... who is going to be responsible/liable for keeping things up to date for the online information with revisions (e.g. newer parts used after improvements, keeping track of old parts for older versions of a product, change of supplier of parts etc. etc.) which is something that may take quite a bit of your time to do it right and avoid (costly) mistakes. Especially in the mechanical engineering field this can become a very complex thing to handle. I think this will benefit the big companies more than the smaller ones as the big ones do have the resources to do this properly and efficiently and when large clients/authorities (local, regional or national) start to demand this kind of thing in projects then the small(er) companies might be losing out in the long(er) run.
  25. Art V

    WIN 10 Meltdown

    No there are no risks in enabling Windows restore, I recommend enabling it. It may be the only way to revert back to a previous state without much damage/work after an update bricks your windows. If you want to rely on Acronis backups then you should create a backup every time you before apply Windows updates or major software installs in case something goes wrong. Otherwise you may lose activations or you may have to reinstall newer software/updates etc. which may take some time as well. This may not be a really feasible option in the longer run. One thing that most likely will fail with Acronis is backing up data that is written to the boot sector by some software you use which may break activation in a bad way (e.g .Autodesk does this or used to to this, and a restore would break the activation of the license and require contacting their support to enable activation again) You may want to take a look at Rollback Rx (https://horizondatasys.com/) as an alternative, it should be able to restore Windows and remove everything installed by an update even if it crashes Windows completely after an update and it may be a more convenient option than Acronis. They do have a free version for home use, but you may want to get the Pro version as it allows for more restore points and some additional options (multiple drives, scheduler etc.).


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