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Vectorworks Viewer allows edits?


As a design-build firm I've developed some standard constructions as vwx files and have my construction project managers open said files with Vectorworks Viewer to consult details and pricing.  Just this week I was introducing this to a newer member of our construction management staff and, much to my surprise, was able to edit the drawing (move and deleted objects).  Furthermore, upon closing the file it did so without asking if a 'save' was desired.  Re-opening the file on the same computer and on another revealed the edits had been saved.  I thought that Vectorworks Viewer was inert with regards to the participant being able to edit (screw up) the file? 


        via VW_Viewer.pdf:  "... The Vectorworks Viewer does not contain any drawing or editing tools, so you can be confident that the integrity of your design is maintained."


Am I not remembering/understanding this correctly?  Can anyone set me straight?

The two computers used in this episode both had full version of VW installed.  One was an old VW17, no longer used on that computer, which we deleted.  The other was my own upon which I have VW19 installed although it was closed.  Would having a legitimate serial number buried in a preference file somewhere allow the Viewer version to edit? 


I'd really like these staffers to look but not touch!


Thanks to all for your help in understanding how Viewer is supposed to work,



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@AHDesign1 Hi Matt, 


The Viewer does have the ability to select, move, and delete objects. However, you will not be able to directly edit plug-in objects (doors, windows, etc). Also, there is no way to Save any of the changes made in the Viewport. I have tested this on several machines here and I am unable to replicate what you mentioned above.



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