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Vectorworks 2009 and Open Directory


Has anyone already tested Vectorworks 2009 in a multi-user environment managed in Open Directory?

Our server runs on MAC OSX 10.5.8, and manages 25 users.

Vectorworks is installed locally on the Clients, but Users' Folders are located on the server.

Are there any known issues or conflicts in this kind of scenario?


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Not that I know of, but I'll be interested to hear how you go. How fast is your network? Are you using Link Aggregation?

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We have a Gigabit Ethernet, using Cat6 cables. No Link Aggregation.

All that I noticed so far is that:

1- It is not possible to run Updates from the User's account, only from a local account.

2- files located on the user's desktops are always opened as Copies, as if Vectorworks didn't have writing permission on those. (not really relevant to us, since we work always off files located directly on the server9

3- Noticeable speed problems occur when referencing more than one image in the same file.

4- occasionally, It has happend that a Referenced Drawing has disappeared (the viewport of the reference is there but it's empty). after having a look at the history of the files, we could relate the problem to a sudden change in the Class structure of the file that was referenced. (typical when copy/paste across drawings.. in this, the Smart Paste plug-in I scripted is helping us enormously, check it in the Vectorscript Forum)

5- there have been also some issues related to the position of the Zero Point across referenced drawings. This appeared to be misplaced, and we were not able to understand how it happened (we work with saved Zero Points, and we check this often)

WIll keep you posted about other problems that might arise.


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