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Donald Wardlaw

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  1. Recently updated to 9.2 on Mac, Mojave.  Maybe I am out of practice.  I don't remember or can't see how when I'm creating an object, and I'm at a zoom level that works best, if I try to move the cursor that is creating the object beyond the window edges, the model space does not scroll to allow this.  Correct?



  2. I wish the manual had a more straightforward step by step instruction on how to generate an animation of the sun on an architectural model.  I can do it manually.  I know how to get the sun in the right position, and how to make the position change with time and date.  I know I can open the sun position pallets and set the parameters an export the file to an animation file.  Where that is and how I get at it I do not know.

    Actually making such a basic animation is not well explained in my opinion.  I have read the animation manual, and they never talk about using the sun as a moving light source.


  3. Thanks Ztek.  The difference between what you have and what I had was the time zone.  I did not enter San Francisco.  So the time zone showed as 12.  When I added SF, it changes to 4 like yours, and everything looks about right now.

    That said, it looks like I do not understand what time zone means, and why when I put in longitude and latitude the time zone does not change to be correct.

    Appreciate the help,


  4. I still  find some difficulty with sun angle.  On my drawing north is about 10 o'clock.  I think that should be 90 +~61 or 151.  At 12am the sun is shining and it is roughly from the south, and it is shining.  I have entered the correct longitude and latitude, did not drop down the location choices.  At noon, the sun is coming roughly from the north.  And it is not shining.  I have the sun visible on the drawing so I can see it is pointed the wrong way.  Time zone says 12:00.  I guess 0:00 is greenwich, so for Bay Area CA that seems about right.

    Any insight?

    Thanks, Donald

  5. I'm doing my first shadow study.  I see how to establish the location on earth.  But where is north with respect to the orientation of my model?  Like many sites that end up as backgrounds for layout, north is not straight up---it is off at some angle.



  6. I use a wacom, fz 9.1, macOS 10.14.6.

    i can't scroll to a part of the screen just beyond the edge when creating an object.  I think it used to be different.  If I am working with an underlay, and there are twists and turns that require me to be zoomed in, and then I need a zoomed out view to get at a point that is beyond the screen edge, I don't see a way to do this.  Why doesn't dragging the cursor to the edge of the screen when creating an object bring what is beyond the edge into view?


    Thanks,  Donald

  7. Many of my tools, things like pick, or move, or mirror, or create rectangle, many many, have key shortcuts made by me.  They conveniently follow the shortcuts for similar 2D tools in Vectorworks.  8.6 to 9.01 and no more.

  8. I have shortcuts for tools on tool pallets and menus that I use often.  Migrating from 8.6 to 9.01 and I no longer have them.  I read the documentation about migrating key shortcuts, but it doesn't pull my tool shortcuts.  Also it seems to only create files for items selected.



  9. Here is another selection related option I'd like to see.

    Highlight color for objects that are positioned to select, that is the cursor is over and the object will select with a click, those objects I'd like to see in a different color from selected objects.

    Maybe like this:

    Cursor over object, but not yet formally selected, object highlights green.

    Object selected, object highlights red.


  10. Often as project models evolve in new directions, I duplicate the formz file, give it a new version number, and set the old file aside.  The last time I did this, (also duplicating the .fza and .fzb files), the .fzb and .fza files do not update, they remain as they were when duplicated.  How can I get a new .fzb file linked to the current file I am working on?



  11. Paste replaces selected object.

    I realize this is a tradition in formz, but it causes me to lose more time than just about anything.  The reason is that it is very easy to inadvertently select an object, move the scene so that it is out of view, and then paste an object I want to paste.  Then later I notice that some object I've modeled is not longer there.  Happens to me a lot.

    In my opinion, this behavior should be a simple preference that can be on or off.



  12. I just downloaded this app today.  It is on a new iPad pro.  I haven't used it enough to write a review, but first impression is that it is really cool.  I hope ADS continues to keep this product alive and enhance it.  The price at the apple store is perfect.  Making formz models available to clients will I think put a smile on their face.  I can see them sharing it with their friends.  That would be valuable marketing for me.

  13. I've lost normal behavior of the measure distance tool.  It is not properly catching the starting and ending points of a measurement.  I get a value, but when I turn the view  a bit I see it was running a measurement that looks like point to point, but were actually arbitrary points that were not in he plane of the points I was trying to measure.  Used to work fine.

  14. It looks to me that when I cut a section, it permanently alters the model.  And, it doesn't remember what the model was.


    So, sections must be done on duplicates of the model in order to retain the ability to continue working with the model.


    I'm surprised to see this approach.  Maybe, I'm missing something?  Would not be the first time.


    I see that I can keep the model objects if I ghost or keep operands.  Is the the route to retaining the model?  Keeping them results in overlay confusion.  Ghosting allows me to keep them visually separate, but then the model I want might intermingle with other ghosts I do not want to unghost with the model.






  15. Thanks to both.  I don't think, though, that industry standard for word processing, carries much weight with CAD.  Vectorworks has never replaced the selected object if some other object is accidentally selected.  To me it is more a question of what might we want to do.


    I do appreciate also the insight into managing the boolean operations.  That is smart and I will up my game a bit there.




  16. I'm not sure if this is my deficiency or formz's.  If it is me there is probably some setting I need to know about.


    In my files, if I have an object selected, and I paste a new object, the previously selected object is deleted.  I would like to be able to paste an object without a previously selected object being replaced.


    There are frequently situations where an object is used to trim other objects.  That object is deleted by difference, but it is re-pasted for the next similar operation.


    Problem it that when I'm zoomed in, it is very easy to select another object accidentally, which then gets accidentally deleted.  This seems to be more of a problem with recent versions of formz due to the enhanced selection capabilities, which I otherwise like.