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VW 2020 Crashing when referencing



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Here's some logical actions that might reveal where the issue lies: 


Try something easy first: 

  • Remove the reference then re-add it. - This process might reveal that other conditions are the problem, like the file being referenced may have been moved or corrupted (for example). 
  • Check that you can open the file that is being referenced. 

To determine if your installation is the issue: 

  • Determine if this issue occurs for other users/on different computers, using the same file.
    • If other users experience the same crashes, then the issue is likely with either your file or the referenced file. 
  • OR
  • Perform an acid test:
    1. Go: File > New… > Create blank document > draw some random stuff, save, then close. 
    2. Go: File > New… > Create blank document > reference the other new file, save, then close. 
    3. Open the referenced file and make some changes, save, then close. 
    4. Open the referencing file, try updating the reference. 
    • If this works file, it suggests the issue is with your file or the referenced file. Restore from a backup. 


  • Repair your installation of Vectorworks (version 2019 and later)
    1. Open Vectorworks 20XX Updater application
      • On Mac this is here: Macintosh HD > Applications > Vectorworks 20XX
      • On Win this is here: C:\Program Files\Vectorworks 20XX\Vectorworks 20XX Updater\
    2. In the 'Advanced' menu, choose 'Repair.' 
    3. Re-test for the issue. 


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