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That world "legacy" fills me with dread.


While I have been working in 3D 100% for some time, there are occasions when 2D is essential. All water jet, plasma and laser cutters are 2D and many will throw a wobbly when given anything which is not 2D. So for a lot of real world work (in other words, anything which isn't printed or emailed) abandoning 2D could be the end of the line for many VW users.


Yes, VW is not great at converting 3D objects to 2D. The extract tool is useful but riddled with bugs and anomalies such as converting arcs in polylines to bezier curves and converting circles into two 180º arcs. What I find concerning is that VW might think that nobody uses 2D and rather than improving these tools, they'll abandon 2D altogether.


Please say this is not so!

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Don't see it as "2D is legacy".


There were designed some strange functions on the way from only 2D

to adapt to 3D. Like Screen Plane, which came in help for missing "real"

3D Tools. As it was the only way to manipulate Objects in 3D Space.


VW is still a mainly 2d oriented 2.5D System though with no equality of all 3 Dimensions.

(Compared to e.g. Microstation since the mid 90ies or earlier)

Which isn't that bad as Architecture, depending from gravity mostly works in that way.


Another thing is Unified View when off, was a workflow to arrange and print Drawings

on Design Layers, because at that time there were no Sheet Layers to layout your plans.



So it is not 2D that is legacy, but a few somehow "creative" but very unusual VW Features.

Unfortunately many users get used to those and it is hard to deprecate those and take

them away to move on in progress.


Non of the "2D legacy Features" is required today anymore to work in 3D or 2D and to

layout and publish Plans.

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