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  1. Art V

    Ungrouping not working in 2019 (SP1) pc

    It's one of those features that can haunt you later when you have forgotten about making some setting the default. Maybe VW could have an option to show a message in the status bar for such settings that setting X is by default set to Y and therefore cannot perform operation Z on the selection.
  2. It took a little bit of searching as one of my other CAD programs uses RedSDK for its rendering but that is from Redway3D and not Redshift. I briefly hoped that if Maxon acquired the render engine used by the other CAD program that it might also provide a way to improve exchange from those DWG files into VW if/when the Redshift tech stuff trickles down to VW in the future. I know the 3D object generation on the DWG side is handled by the ACIS kernel but it has to be translated in some way like it happens between VW and C4D. I don't know how the translation is exactly done but if they share the same render engine then translating through that render engine into objects that both can handle equally might improve 3D object transfers. Or I might be way off with this assumption. Otoh, if Redshift tech does trickle down to VW eventually it may improver render speeds (and quality?) quite a bit.
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    Images Fail to Import

    You could try opening task manager and look what happens with memory usage when you import an image. Did it work fine for a while since you updated to SP3 or did this start to happen after updating to SP3? If the latter then it might be a bug in SP3.
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    Images Fail to Import

    In addition to what @jblock said above, in case it is not a Windows issue or location issue, you may have been trying to import an image file with a different encoding than VW supports (this can happen with file formats that have multiple types of encoding, e.g. geoTIFF vs regular TIFF). I've also noticed that with very large images it helps to split them up in tiles of 400-500 MB max and then saves as JPG (which reduces the file size with a factor of approx. 10) and then import those JPG files.
  5. Several software programs I use have at least one of the following options with regard to (de)activation: 1. Deactivate from one of the programs menus/buttons 2. Deactivate by uninstalling the program 3. Deactivate through the personal account at the software company 4. Deactivate all existing activations when installing on a (new/restored after crash etc.) computer when you exceed the allowed maximum number of installs. This would mean other installs cannot run until activating again on one of the other computers but at least the user would be in control. I think any software program using online activation should offer at least one of the above, or better... one of 1and 2 and also one 3 and 4 in case 1 or 2 cannot be used (e.g. computer crash). This will put the user in control and will be quite useful when support cannot be reached (e.g. holidays or outside business hours). Some sort of deactivation by the user option/possibility has been requested before several times and the response was to the extent that the need is understood and sort of considered. When is Vectorworks going to get some mechanism(s) that gives the user control to deactivate installed copies themselves instead of having to go through support or worse having to wait for several days during holidays/weekends?
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    How to color-fill in a NURBs curve shape object

    Although I initially liked the strict separation of 2D and 3D in Vectorworks compared to the mess it could be in AutoCAD I do remember being quite happy when layer plane got introduced to allow using 2D objects (mostly site plans) in 3D space without having to convert it all to 3D (and resource hogging) objects first. Since then I have never used screen plane again on design layers so I won't miss it there. One of the little current annoyances is the lack of e.g. NURBS objects to show as filled as mentioned above. If getting rid of screen plane would allow to solve this more quickly then by all means get rid of screen plane. But please do improve snapping etc. in 3D as well at the same time so that those still using screen plane as a workaround for that issue won't run into trouble. Would this also allow for VW getting proper 3D constraints instead of just having 2D constraints?
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    I guess this is the fate of any software that is complex and has a lot of legacy. On the DWG side the same applies to AutoCAD versus e.g. Bricscad, with the latter having had a complete rewrite of its code when it broke up with IntelliCAD platform and is now running considerably more efficient/faster for quite a few things than AutoCAD that still has lots of legacy code. For what I do the first of the slowdown started with VW2017 when the new VGM got introduced thought hat was mostly with rendering. In VW2018 and even more with VW2019 the overall operational speed slowed down considerably with some common tools. It's almost as if there is some bottleneck between the VGM and the rest of the of VW2019 that is not yet handled by the VGM. With VW2019 SP2 things improved for me to the point that the lag is noticeable but at least bearable compared to what it was before but I hope too this lagging issue gets solved soon. I wouldn't be surprised if they are internally working on a full rewrite of VW part by part but that will take quite a bit of time based on my experience with other software companies doing the same for their software products (e.g. Affinity is doing this with their graphics/dtp products and it is taking them a lot of time, but in the end it will be worth it if they don't collapse under the burden they have caused themselves with this, although they started anew instead of updating the existing software but for a complex product like CAD this might be less suitable).
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    New 27" IMac configuration

    I don't think you can go wrong with those hardware specs in general. One question and one comment though... Question: Is the 512 GB SSD going to be your only disk in the iMac and is it a SATA or nvme SSD? If it is the only disk and of the SATA type then I suggest to go for at least a 1 TB SSD instead as those are often faster and usually have a higher endurance (i.e. you can write more data per GB of storage over its lifetime) than lower capacity SSD's. Especially with complex rendering there may be quite a bit of use of the disk cache and then you would benefit from a higher endurance SSD. Comment: Regarding the memory, do make sure they have the same specification because with different sizes, types etc. because all of the memory will adjust to the slowest one. I don't know if it applies the same to OSX as it does on Windows machines but you may also want to consider adding another 8GB module in addition to the existing one so that you have all four banks filled symmetrically (i.e. 2x8GB into the two linked slots and 2x32GB in the other two linked slots) as that way it should take advantage of more optimal memory settings etc. that would then be available, otherwise it might run a bit less efficiently. If you are working with very large and/or complex documents then I think that up to 64GB there is no such thing as too much RAM.
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    If you draw a block (symbol) contents on layer (class) 0 and set their properties to "bylayer", the contents always inherit the properties of that layer, including line type, thickness, color etc. @line-weight Not just what JMR said, but it also updates to the settings of the new layer if you move the symbol from one layer to another having different settings for colour etc. And that is where the real benefit lies of the AutoCAD symbols that is currently missing in VW symbols.
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    General non-functionality on Laptop

    In theory if all settings are set to use the dedicated graphics card instead of the Intel GPU then it should normally work without issues. With most of my software I would definitely notice it if the Intel CPU would be running the graphics display instead of the dedicated GPU. What might be a possibility is that you have some (utility?) software running that switches the system back to the Intel GPU for some reason. I've had the (very) occasional fallback to the Intel GPU several years ago after a program would crash the system and require a restart of the laptop. If you don't have that (i.e. crashes) happening then there is definitely something not working properly on your laptop. (Or your files are really heavy). I don't think power plan settings in the Power Options control panel contain a setting to use the Intel GPU instead of the dedicated GPU but it does control the performance of the Intel GPU, you may want to check if it is set to maximum performance in the active power plan to reduce potential lag issues just in case it is now set by default at a lower power setting.
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    Text in 3D Plane

    You may want to file a support request for this as this seems a bit odd so it could be a bug, but it could be some drawing relating setting that is active in one but not in the other that causes it to happen though right now I can't think of what setting that might be.
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    slow going Vectorworks

    Technically speaking this configuration shouldn't have issues from a hardware point of view, so it is either VW itself or the combintation with your version of OSX (almost said MacOS, as I switched to Windows shortly before OSX came out). I've done OpenGL rendering on a Windows laptop of fairly heavy 3D models with just 2GB or VRAM and 8 GB of RAM and most of the time it went well and only running out of memory at times when set at highest quality for almost everything, but that was with VW2016. Since VW2017 things are taking more memory and take longer to render depending on settings but VW2019 is doing better than VW2017/2018 imho (or it could be my more powerful systems 😙). You may want to check your render settings and turn some settings a notch down as that can make quite a difference in render time and therefore probably also required memory.
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    Been there done that with VW symbols. The more classes and layer syou have the worse it can get. But the same applies on the DWG side, but there it is a bit easier to spot but not always. Even though it does have the advantage for setting a fixed insertion class that is not predefined in the symbol subobjects, something that AutoCAD doesn't really have unless you write a menu for it. But I rarely have a use for that in VW as for the kind of work where I could really use it , it is not feasible to use VW because it is lacking in a few things e.g. [broken record alert on].. not being able to import/export text styles to DWG [broken record alert off]. VW's keyboard shortcuts get me a long way but sometimes having a command line in VW would be really nice. I still use it a lot on "the other side".
  14. Your PDF printer might be a factor too as some do better than others and built-in PDF export isn't always better either. E.g. Visio's export to PDF generally gives less good (or even far worse) results than using a PDF printer from good PDF software. Bluebeam usually gives very good results and even PDF Xchange does quite a good job so if you don't need the more advanced bells and whistles of Bluebeam then it may be a much more cost effective solution and if a few ways is a bit more user friendly when it comes to printing settings and its printer driver seems to be slightly more stable (Bluebeams printer driver sometimes throws up an error message of not running but after clicking it away and do a new print job it runs without issues). Adobe Arobat should do a good job as well but I left Adobe Acrobat for Bluebeam as the latter is more geared towards the engineering side functionality wise whereas Adobe is more focused on (administrative) general office use and I've found it more cumbersome to use with large page sizes. PDF Xchange sits a bit inbetween.
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    slow going Vectorworks

    I notice you have only 1.5GB of VRAM and an on-CPU graphics chip (unless it the signature info is outdated) , this may be part of the issue as well as it will run out of memory fairly quickly with rendering etc. based on my experience with lower specced hardware in the past. That being said, VW2019 has been quite slow until SP2 on Windows as well with several operations. SP2 did improve things but hopefully SP3 will solve most of the remaining speed issues. What version of OSX are you on? VW seems to suffer from slowness more on some versions of OSX than other versions based on the forum topics.
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    importing .dwg in vectorworks 11/ problem solved

    Is the scale of the layer containing the imported file the same as the scale of the other layers you are using? (If any). Did you try importing it to center at the internal origin? It may be that the drawing is georeferenced and at actual coordinates which could be (hundreds of) kilometers away from internal origin. Another possibility is that there is a stray object in the DWG file at a really far distance and when you import this you may also get the issue you are having.
  17. It could be a scaling issue as Matt is already mentioning, I've noticed similar behaviour if the combination of object size, resolution, line width and scale is not matching nicely then small(er) details or objects tend to break down into the kind of thing you are seeing. The small detail on the right of the batting seems to be breaking down as well. Does it also make a difference if you use a smaller line width? What is the actual size of the detail?
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    Yes, I very often run into the issue where I need to create multiple versions of a simple standard symbol just to have its colour change to represent something indicated by that colour. Not to mention when it needs to be a different colour for some of those if only a few change. The "layer 0" functionality would be a big time and resource saver in such cases.
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    It probably depends on what info, but for where I used it, it updated in all places where that entry is visible as far as I can remember (e.g. class descriptions can be entered in the organization palette and will show up in the OIP etc., no need to reenter it there). Are there specific situations where it does not update the info?
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    This to me sounds like you are applying class properties to a symbol/PIO and then it only works when you set those properties to the symbol's subcomponents classes. Otherwise it will only assign the class to the symbol but not to its subcomponents, it has been this way for a long time. This is why in the past I submitted a request for something similar to AutoCAD's symbol functionality where a symbol having all its components on layer 0 and set to bylayer will adopt the settings (colour, linetype etc.) of the layer it is inserted on. The VW equivalent would be to have the by class settings to always take on the settings on of the class the symbol is inserted on unless specified otherwise.
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    No SP3 issues on windows here 😁, but then I'm still not on SP3 as the local distributor will not be releasing SP3.1 until the end of this month 😕 Nonetheless I really hope these issues are VW Architect Mac tools specific issues and not a result from core compenents being broken in some way as that would be a real bummer although some of these tools are in Landmark on Windows as well. This whole bugs and updates/fixes stuff on VW 2019 starts to feel like an Echternach procession.
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    Site Model Base Files

    For me there is not really a typical workflow as it all depends in what format the information is available. It could be point data files, DWG files or Shape (e.g. ArcGIS) files or whatever else there is that I can use either directly through Vectorworks or through using other (GIS) software to convert it into something that Vectorworks can use. Regarding the DWG files, the contours could be 2D but with data attached. This data can could be attribute data (similar to records in VW) and that should show up in the data panel of the OIP (Object Info Palette) after importing in VW. If there are attributes attached to the contour lines you may find a record listed in the data panel of the OIP having a field containing the elevation of the contour (e.g labeled "elevation" or "z" or whatever). You could then use custom selection on that field to select all contour lines at a specific elevation and then assign a z-value (after conversion to 3D polylines). This may be an option if you have uninterrupted contour lines (i.e. no breaks for the elevation texts in the contour lines). The other possibility is that the (elevation) data is attached as so called Extended Entity Data (EED), which AutoCAD etc. and some GIS software/add-ons can read/generate but if I recall correctly Vectorworks cannot use, but I would have to test this in VW2019 to be 100% sure about it being able to use EED or not. If you would be able to use GIS software you could import the dwg in there and then export the contour lines to shape files by elevation value (i.e. one shape file per elevation level) and then import the shape files into Vectorworks. That is often less tedious than the above if you have lots of contours. Or generate a site model in the GIS software and then export it as a point data file if it can do that (depends on the GIS software), but you will then be working with interpolated data that may not have the required accuracy if the number of points per area is relatively low. Given that you seem to be unfamiliar with either option above then the best way for you might be to request the point/survey data file and generate the site model from that. This assuming that the providing party has not already made changes to the site model in their software that are not reflected in the point/survey data file that they might be providing to you.
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    2019 Service Pack 3 -

    Glad to hear it got solved. In my case the reinstall of the latest downloadable full installer fixed my SP2.1 (a "hotfix update"?) issues as far as I can tell. Once they release SP3 or SP3.1 over here I'll probably download the full installer again to avoid the hassle of the updater program or having to download things twice.
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    Convert Vectorworks files to DWG

    Yes the upload is either extremely slow or failing too over here.
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    General non-functionality on Laptop

    Generally the laptop version of desktop graphics cards tend to be less powerful, i.e. a laptop GTX-1050 will be (a bit) slower than a desktop GTX-1050. Depending on the kind of drawing you may or may not notice much of this. The Quadro FX5800 should be a reasonably powerful graphics card so relatively speaking a laptop will feel slower anway with a GTX-1050 which is on the low end of the GTX-10xx series. In my case I noticed a considerable difference on my desktop after a Windows 10 refresh (which I had to do anway after an update crashed W10) as that probably got rid of quite a bit of OS/Program junk items. VW2019 SP2 is still not as responsive as VW2016 but the worst lag has subsided for now so it is tolerable now, hopefully SP3 will solve the remainder of the lag issues. If you have update on update on the laptop then this might be an option to consider, but you will have to reinstall everything that is not part of the base Windows 10 install. But if it does solve your issue then it will be worth it.


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