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Bruce Kieffer

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A member of our user group has Fundamentals, and that package does not include the Navigation palette. Although I think the Navigation palette is a great tool, he has learned to work around not having it by using the menu bar drop downs, and menu commands. What are the advantages to having the navigation palette? He's trying to justify the cost to upgrade to Architect.

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Time!

I work with someone with Spotlight that has limited CAD skills. He mostly used the drop-downs as you described. (I'm training him, slowly)

His main issue was getting lost in files with more than one design layer. Similarly if a class if off then selecting it as current is the only way to turn it on, other than opening the "organization" dialog.

You lose many of the benfits of complex viewing switching when it takes too much effort to navigate.

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For me, the main advantage is just seeing it all at once, unlike the drop down.  I think my main brain space when using any graphic computer program is looking for something similar to the Photoshop Layers palette.  When I teach, I find that so many problems students run into for missing objects, stacking order, or things "disappearing" has to do with layer and class organization and the Navigation palette keeps it all front and center for you.

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Agreed, it's main advantages have long been Speed and at-a-glance checking of visibilities. You CAN always get along without it, functionally you can go do anything it can do in a menu or dialog, but it not only allows you quicker access, it can sometimes give you bulk functionality you won't have in menus or dialog boxes.

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One thing you can do ONLY in the Navigation Palette is update a Saved View (by right clicking and choosing Redefine). Without it you have to make a new Saved View with the exact same name to overwrite the old one.

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Honestly the first time I had to use a computer that was running Fundamentals I was quite surprised that the Navigation Palette was not available. To me, using the Navigation Palette is about as fundamental to Vectorworks as the OIP. I would strongly support the case that the Navigation Palette should be included in all versions of Vectorworks.

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1 hour ago, Andy Broomell said:

One thing you can do ONLY in the Navigation Palette is update a Saved View (by right clicking and choosing Redefine). Without it you have to make a new Saved View with the exact same name to overwrite the old one.

Well I didn't know that!  Useful

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Just found this thread. I was surprised to discover that my client’s copy of Fundamentals does not include the Nav Palette. Upgrading doesn’t sound like an option for them right now, and the crippled features (mainly navigating the app) is not a real selling point for them.

 

Is there really no workaround other than using those drop down menus?

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