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  1. Art V

    C4D Import

    What may help, if you have Rhino, is to open the file in Rhino and use its fixing tools to get rid of most or sometimes all of the triangulation mess. You will still have a surface model but it may be a lot cleaner. I have used this to convert triangulated 3D dwg models to 3DS and then import into VW and got a cleaner result than directly importing the dwg files into VW. Of course it depends on the quality of the model as well in how far this detour will be of use, if the triangulated model is really garbage I wouldn't expect too much.
  2. The issue is not with the layer 0 "feature", it is with the user not using it properly. No matter how "intelligent/smart/refined" a CAD system can become it will always be defeated by human stupidity if the the user doesn't want to do things properly. I don't think it is "fair" to downplay a request for a feature just because some or a lot of users are using it incorrectly or in ways they shouldn't do, because there are also users who can use it properly. If I would have to create a symbol for each colour option etc. the number of symbols would explode even though the geometry is the same for each colour variant. Imagine needing 10 symbols, each with 10 colour variants, it would become 100 symbols to create and manage/maintain. With the original request you would need 10 symbols and 10 classes and when a symbol has to change colour you only would have to set it to the proper class instead of having to replace it with another symbol (out of the 99 other ones). Imagine there will be an 11th colour, then instead of creating just one additional class I would have to create 11 new symbols if the feature wouldn't exist. e.g. GIS stuff is one of those things where this feature would be really useful to have. (i.e. VW Landscape)
  3. Unfortunately this is not unique to VW, I see similar behaviour in other software as well if it crashes after palettes have been changed before it could be saved and closed properly. Though I agree it should be possible to solve this except for perhaps crashing immediately after a change was made.
  4. Vectorworks 2018 is no longer getting updates, when 2019 came out there may be one more SP for bug fixing and then support for 2018 stopped. This is common with a lot of commercial software. The only option you have is to upgrade to a more recent version of Vectorworks if you can afford that. I'd go for at least VW2020 but would run a trial version first before buying to find out if it solves your issue.
  5. @Dianne SYou can use this with the Datum point setting (you can set it (in)active and the delay for acquiring the datum point in Tools>Smart Point settings), though this only works within the active drawing, not across multiple drawing files like in AutoCAD.
  6. The scale options seem to be hardcoded into VW so it is probably best to make a wish list request for this.
  7. My copy is officially outdated 🙂 but I agree that it would be nice to have the ISO compliant hatches within VW. Something you could try is to download the ISO guidelines for submitting drawings for ISO standards, they do contain samples of hatching and linetypes. Some documentation can be found on this page https://www.iso.org/drafting-standards.html This file (from the above linked page) has some examples of hatches and linetypes etc. though it is AutoCAD centric. https://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink/Open/21480807 If this link does not work then use the general link above and go for the "DRG Directives" link on that page.
  8. @Mau This is one of the things where Windows has an advantage over MacOS, old software often can run on newer Windows versions for much longer than Mac software can run on newer MacOS versions, or said otherwise newer versions of Windows often still support software released for Windows versions from years ago. I have software from the 1990's that could still run on Windows 10 if I would want to. That being said... newer software versions don't always run on older Windows versions anymore, e.g. Windows 7 is sometimes no longer supported by newer software versions, only Windows 8 and 10 are supported in such cases, whereas others (mostly 32-bit versions of software) may still run on Windows Vista or Windows XP. As @Christiaan mentioned, your software should dictate the OS updating schedule, not the other way around, unless you really need to run the latest software version and if that would then require updating your OS. VW's support policy is actually quite fair, as there are plenty of other companies which drop support for any previous version on launch date of the newest release (except for major security fixes, if at all), and if they don't do that they often only support the current and previous release only. If compatibility with the latest OS version is important while running older software releases then Windows might be a better option for you than MacOS, otherwise your only option is to refrain from updating the OS until it is feasible to do so with the software you use.
  9. There is always a bit of delay between functionality implementation and then writing the help/documentation on those functions because final implementation may be too close to release to have the tutorials etc. completed at release date. But it should be possible to do this for things which are known well ahead of time before release date and it would be nice if those things would be available and the things only finalize at the last minute could follow within let's say 4 weeks or so. With all the customer success people showing up at companies (not just Vectorworks) it seems to me that this would be one area to stand out compared to the competition by having training/explanation materials ready at launch or very shortly after launch as that is crucial for customers to quickly adopt the new tools in a proper way instead of griping about how confusing the new stuff is or that it can't be used/is broken (while it may be working as designed) etc. I have software for which "<product name> Bibles" etc. come out relatively soon after release, though there are also software products where it takes longer. For Vectorworks there are very few if any third party books available so it is even more important that Vectorworks makes such (extensive/thorough) documentation available themselves in a timely manner. (Being somewhat redundant here, I know 🙂 )
  10. Interesting to see there is a cat asylum on water. Wonder what the cats would think of that. 🙀😺
  11. Art V

    Serial number

    Did you activate Vectorworks first? Since you are on a Mac it might be in a different location, but the VW preferences should be in the Tools menu (they are in the Tools menu on Windows)
  12. Upon reading back I can see where that impression came from, because just push-pulling (without modifier key alt/option) does only create another solid which has to be subtracted (or one has to start over again using the alt/option key or your shown method). What I meant to say was what became a bit more clear during the discussion, that just push-pulling (the circle) into an extrusion without having to do anything else now automatically creates a hole (or cut-out if you don't go through the whole object) and that is the improvement I've been waiting for as my other CAD software has this for quite a while.
  13. Art V

    Serial number

    Go to the tools menu and select vectorworks preferences. Select the Sessions tab and on the right site there is a button "Serial Numbers" Click on Serial Numbers and you should get the following dialog Click on Add and you should be able to add your new serial number, and with remove you can remove the old serial number if you want/need. After making the updates click on "Done" and you may have to restart Vectorworks for the new serial number to become active depending on what license you have.
  14. Yes, but that is draw circle, extruding the circle, draw another circle, switch to the push-pull tool, select sub-face mode, select 2nd circle, select extrusion, push-pull circle inward. This is four additional steps compared to draw circle, extrude, draw another circle and push-pull inward. For a once in a while operation this may be fine, but if you have to do this often then it really adds up, even if you have to select the sub-face mode once for the push-pull tool because you are not using it for other things it still means substantial additional time when you have to do quite a few of these push-pulls because of it still being three additional steps. So the new behaviour is way more efficient timewise.
  15. With the caveat that you had to start push-pulling first before using the alt/option key. It's just one of those convoluted workflow things that other programs simply automated a while ago. I have gotten so used to it being automatic in other programs that I tended to forget about the alt/option key after having spent a while in the other software. So that is why I think this is an overdue improvement as it saves another step that you would have to use quite a lot sometimes.
  16. No, it wasn't possible in VW2020 to have an extruded circle, draw a circle on the top surface and pull it down to create a hole. It creates two extrudes that need to subtracted. In VW 2021 pulling down the circle drawn on the top face of the extruded circle will now automatically create a hole.
  17. Just stumbled across this on the VW website when looking at something else: 3D Modelling Enhancements Finally we got direct modelling and the push-pull recognizing that a push-pull into an object should create a hole/opening, though happened to find out about this by accident yesterday. This is going to save quite a few clicks/extra operations etc. in the long run. Now I can do more of my modelling in VW again instead of having to use BricsCAD (which had this for quite a while) for this kind of stuff. Well done Vectorworks 🙂 (Now if we could have 3D constraints and parameters as well then VW may become quite useful for mechanical stuff I'm doing as well)
  18. Yes I loathe this kind of online only stuff, especially FlipHTML5 and the likes, and prefer a "simple" PDF that I can use when offline. It may be easier for the publishers to update the contents but for users it is often a step backwards, especially if their internet connection has limited speed, bandwidth/download usage or are at a location where the internet connection is poor or non-existent. Most publishing programs (InDesign, FrameMaker, QuarkXPress etc.) can publish into multiple formats so it shouldn't be that hard to provide a downloadable PDF (or ePub for those using digital book readers). Unless it is one of those online only content systems that can't do this, but then it is basically the wrong system to use in my (not so) humble opinion.
  19. Hi @Lies.S no need to thank me other than saying thanks, it's how we do this on this forum, but if you insist you could make a donation to the local voedselbank or the dierenbescherming/asiel for those in need 🙂 Yes I'm Dutch as well but work for clients who have a mostly English speaking workplace (they often have lots of international employees and most projects are outside The Netherlands) so that is why I am using the US version and hang out here instead of the Benelux forum.
  20. @Lies.S It took a while but the issue appeared to be with the closed office door symbol, most likely the lock of that door. I have removed that door symbol and the grouped instances of that door symbol so there are no closed office doors anymore. After that the file exported into DWG without having to modify anything else. The resulting (much smaller) DWG from the export is attached. It is in DWG2018 format. Definitief ontwerp_20200918 v2021 deur verwijderd-dwg.zip
  21. VW started as MiniCAD a long time ago (mid to late 1980's) and was Mac only until MiniCAD 6 I think, so it's like Apple in that regard which once had the slogan "Think Differently". So yes, you have to think differently 😁 Joking aside, the way VW works is actually not too different from an operations perspective for tools (e.g. extrusions work the same way) but the user interface definitely is different. Learning the keyboard shortcuts does help but there are still to many clicks to be done. The fundamental things that most AutoCAD users need to get used to is the use of classes/layers and document scale. The latter is something that baffled me for a while as a former AutoCAD users when I just started to use MiniCAD 5 but now I wish the DWG world had something similar, as well as the classes/layer functionality instead of having to use xrefs (I basically dropped AutoCAD for BricsCAD some 7 years ago and cut all AutoCAD ties 4 or 5 years ago). The rest is a matter of getting used to the user interface.
  22. Yes there is quite a bit of too detailed general stuff,mostly because they are triangulated surface meshes typical for AutoCAD e.g. with one of the couches there are 30,000 mesh face polygons for the couch, not even closed polygons, within the mesh for that object where 36 faces should be sufficient (3 seats and 3 back cushions with each 6 faces). I've reduced most of the meshed stuff symbols by simplifying the meshes with a factor of 10-30 in case the issue was with that, but that doesn't appear the case. Symbols are used extensively, which is a good thing, removing one half of the drawing did seem to solve the issue as it got past the number of objects where it got stuck but then it got stuck again. The problem with the export getting stuck is with one (or more) of the symbols. Some of the symbols are relatively clean but others are a mesh mess and are symbols with grouped symbols and should have been remodelled to get a much much simpler geometry but the latter is just my opinion. The imported plan layout isn't the issue, those are just 2D lines/polylines/polygons. I'll try to locate the bugger object so that it can be exported properly (with simplified mesh geometry for the mesh symbols)
  23. ^^This is definitely the case, if possible set the user origin before importing and also make sure that all DWG files to be imported have their origin at the same point/location. I.e. if there are objects that are the same in multiple dwg files, their coordinates should match across the dwg files. (This is something that may not always be the case depending on how the DWG drawings were set up or where they were coming from). The same applies to the shuttle files, the user origins of the VW files should also match as @zoomer mentioned.
  24. When exporting the drawing to DWG it seem to hang on a particular block (out of 29000+ objects), I'll try to find a workaround for that if it keeps getting stuck on that object because Vectorworks does not have an audit command like AutoCAD to fix possible issues with objects. Or it is a quite large object that just takes time. So it may take a bit longer to provide the DWG file.
  25. Are you able to open DWG files? If yes you may want to check if the UCS (User Coordinate System = VW User Origin) aligns with the WCS (World Coordinate System = VW Internal Origin). I would have to check how it behaves in VW 2021 but previous versions of VW seem to import DWG files at their WCS and not the UCS. Most of the time the UCS and WCS align in DWG files and it does not cause issues. But I have imported DWG files with totally wrong locations in VW and it almost always turned out that in those cases the UCS was away from the WCS and sometimes even rotated. Resetting the UCS to WCS solved the import issues with regard to coordinates. Less often it was because the content of the DWG file was at the wrong coordinates within the DWG file. If your DWG files have different UCS locations relative to the WCS they may import at the VW Internal Origin but the User Origins will be at different positions relative to the Internal Origin which may cause issues when referencing them into a master file as it the other drawings will align to the User Origin of the master document. This kind of stuff is why I have made it a habit to import all DWG files relative to Internal Origin (the last option in Wes Gardner's screen capture), especially with georeferenced files this prevents a lot of issues with coordinates. Of course this will not prevent all mislocations upon import, but at least then I know the issue is with the DWG file's UCS or the content was put at/moved to the wrong coordinates in the DWG file.


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