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VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate

VisualARQ 2 Beta



VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate 4 (September-22, 2017)

Changes:

  • Templates now include many new styles.
  • Templates now include some document parameters.
  • Templates now use Realistic and Conceptual display modes.
  • Translation almost finished in Spanish, French and German.
  • Command "vaWallSetPath" now deletes the curve.
  • Renamed tab "Parameter" to "Source" in the table style editor.
  • Templates are installed in a "VisualARQ 2" folder.
  • VisualARQ Grasshopper Components now display the error description instead of an error number.
  • New objects uses rounded distances when the document is using feet or inches units.
  • Conceptual display mode shows darker line color.
  • Grasshopper Component "Block Explode" has been renamed to "Block Decompose".
  • Grasshopper Components "Get Property" and "Set Property" now accept Point and Vector values.

Fixed bugs:

  • Print color was not used on VisualARQ objects when printing in vector output.
  • Some hidden cells were added in the tree inside the curtain wall style editor.
  • Some mesh edges were not drawn in hidden display mode.
  • Custom parameters with a "By style" value selected were not correctly copied.
  • Objects and styles from Grasshopper are now scaled.
  • Non-solid section hatches were not shown on the style editor.
  • Fixed display of section hatch on VisualARQ objects inside rotated or scaled blocks.
  • Fixed a bug that may hang Rhino when computing hatch too dense.
  • Fixed a bug when doing multiple bakes of a door in Grasshopper.
  • Fixed a bug in IFC when importing windows with frame.
  • Fixed a crash when opening a file generated from an import.
  • Fixed a crash when creating a space from a curve.
  • Fixed a crash when loading VisualARQ if Grasshopper was already loaded and a definition was opened in the canvas.
  • Fixed a crash when creating a style from a Grasshopper definition that contains parameters with non-latin characters.
  • Fixed a crash when creating an annotation style from a Grasshopper definition.
  • Fixed a crash when updating a linked block.
  • Fixed a crash when copying a window using a Grasshopper style.
  • Fixed a crash when canceling a block import using the Element style editor.
  • Fixed many translation bugs.
  • Fixed memory leaks.

Known bugs and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Some Grasshopper style may fail on documents using cm/mm units.



VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate 3 (September-05, 2017)

Changes:

  • Improved speed of plan and section views when mesh objects are used in the model.
  • All custom parameters are exported to IFC.
  • Updated translations.

Fixed bugs:

  • Fixed a crash when updating multiple plan or sections views.
  • Fixed a crash when exporting selected objects to IFC.
  • Fixed a crash when opening a file with linked files.
  • Fixed a crash when editing the parameters of a Grasshopper style.
  • Fixed a crash after selecting 2 or more gable roofs.
  • Curve profile from a door Grasshopper style was shown after opening a document.
  • Hidden spatial objects were ignored.
  • Curve icon of the wall's "Path Curve" property didn't work.

Known bugs and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.



VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate 2 (August-03, 2017)

New features:

  • Text style can be specified in Grasshopper Components.
  • Added support for degree angle input params in Grasshopper Components.
  • Added boundary curves output in the Hatch Explode component.
  • Added support for shadows on viewport with a jogged section enabled.

Changes:

  • Improved viewport speed when a section was enabled.
  • Added support for referenced objects when baking multiple objects.
  • Improved output of thin objects in Hidden Vector Output printing.

Fixed bugs:

  • Lines between connected walls were sometimes visible.
  • "vaRoofStyle" command was not executed when right-clicking on the Roof toolbar icon.
  • Some texts in the properties control were not translated.
  • Fixed a display when when a block instance were cut but an active section.
  • When running the option "FromCurves" of "vaWall" command, a new wall was automatically started.
  • A closed circular wall were created when using an arc as path curve.

Known bugs and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.



VisualARQ 2 Release Candidate 1 (July-13, 2017)

New features:

  • Added a new ‘Realistic’ display mode.

Changes:

  • Light settings adjusted for the Conceptual display mode.

Fixed bugs:

  • Jogged sections are now displayed correctly in Page Layout details.
  • V-Ray materials can be now selected from VisualARQ styles dialog.
  • Profile components for Opening "Grasshopper styles" were not correctly centered.
  • Layers "VisualARQ locked floors" and "By Object" do not appear anymore in Layer manager.

Known errors and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.

VisualARQ 2 Beta 6 (July-6, 2017)

New features:

  • Grasshopper definitions used for VisualARQ object styles are embedded in the Rhino .3dm file.
  • Added a new ‘Conceptual’ Display mode.
  • VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions can have a different representation for Plan and Model view.
  • Added new components to create, reference and explode Texts in Grasshopper.
  • Added new components to create, reference and explode Hatches in Grasshopper.
  • Texts and hatches can be integrated in VisualARQ styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • Document parameters can be assigned to VisualARQ object styles.

Changes:

  • Localisation has been updated to the new features.
  • License needs to be validated.

Fixed bugs:

  • Fixed some representation errors when printing the section attributes of objects in vector output.
  • Section attributes assigned to Styles from Grasshopper definitions would not show correctly.
  • Files with blocks would take a long time to load.
  • Doors made with Styles from Grasshopper definitions would cause several problems.
  • IFC Files can now be inserted individually.
  • Pre-selection works for VisualARQ object Params in Grasshopper.
  • Section attributes on doors and windows were not shown correctly depending on their opening side.
  • Beam cuts were not kept when mirroring beams.
  • VisualARQ object selection commands do not select locked objects anymore.
  • Materials assigned by style to VisualARQ objects with texture mappings were not displayed correctly in Rendered display mode.

Known errors and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Jogged sections don't work properly in Page Layouts

VisualARQ 2 Beta 5 (May-29, 2017)

New features:

  • Dynamic sections from jogged section lines work with blocks.
  • Custom Parameters can be crated by object and by style.
  • IFC files can be exported as zip files, reducing a 90% the file size.
  • Added an option to show the Space object pattern below the label.
  • Element objects can be tagged and exported as any IFC category.
  • Styles dialog are not modal anymore. You can zoom, orbit and change viewports while having a styles dialog open.
  • Option to decide whether an object is clipped or not when the model is sectioned.

Changes:

  • VisualARQ objects are shown correctly when they are inside embed and linked files.
  • Annotation objects can be placed at any elevation.
  • Jogged sections work properly in dynamic sections, and in section views.
  • Flamingo nxt and Thea Render materials can be now assigned to VisualARQ objects from the styles dialog.
  • The vaDynamicSection command has been removed. The dynamic section can be activated only from the Section manager.
  • The stair object uses the new dockable insert dialog.

Fixed bugs:

  • Fixed some representation errors when printing VisualARQ objects in vector output.
  • Fixed a bug that was making the space command work very slowly.
  • Fixed a display bug when a Level Cut plane and a Dynamic section were activated at the same time.
  • Fixed a bug when showing stairs in plan views.
  • The "Set Property" Component didn't work with Element styles in Grasshopper.
  • Fixed a bug when doing a mirror of beams that weren't aligned by their center position.
  • Fixed a bug when opening a file that was modified with a Rhino that didn't have VisualARQ.
  • Fixed a crash when moving a section line whose dynamic section was enabled.
  • Openings 2D representation was dissappearing when editing the control points of Layout Details.

Known errors and limitations:

  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Grasshopper files are not embedded in .3dm files, if models contain styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • Localisation hasn't been updated to the new features yet.

VisualARQ 2 Beta 4 (April-27, 2017)

New features:

  • Help updated with VisualARQ 2 features.
  • Element, furniture and annotation Grasshopper styles can have an "insert point" linked property.
  • Insert commands remember parameter values on a document basis.
  • The Grasshopper Component "Parameter Param" references document parameters inside a Grasshopper definition.
  • The Grasshopper Components "Roof Create" and "Slab Create" can create roofs and slabs from surfaces.
  • IFC type can be specified for each element.
  • Added support for exporting to ifcZIP file format.

Changes:

  • Toolbar file is no longer shared between VisualARQ 1.x and VisualARQ 2.x.
  • IFC import ignores empty properties.
  • The Grasshopper Component "Get Property" also works in document parameters.
  • The Grasshopper Component "Get Property" doesn't report an error when the property has no value.
  • Improved speed when computing solids modifiers.
  • Solid modifiers are applied in the right order.
  • Improved "hidden" mode views printed in vector output.

Fixed bugs:

  • Openings take into account solids added to walls.
  • Fixed a bug when importing text strings on an IFC file using ISO 8859 extended characters.
  • Fixed "Text Decompose" Grasshopper Component icon.
  • Fixed a crash when opening a 3DM document that had been modified in a Rhino instance without VisualARQ.
  • Fixed a bug when adding or subtracting an extrusion object as a solid modifier to a beam object.
  • Fixed a bug that made VisualARQ upgrade already upgraded documents.
  • Fixed a bug when reversing a wall with an alignment offset different than 0.0.
  • Fixed a crash when importing a layout.
  • Fixed a crash when inserting an object that uses a block definition.

Known errors and limitations:

  • Jogged sections are not working properly.
  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Grasshopper files are not embedded in .3dm files, if models contain styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • Localisation hasn't been updated to the new features yet.

VisualARQ 2 Beta 3 (April-06, 2017)

New features:

  • Insert commands remember the last parameters used per document.
  • Added "elevation" property to railings.
  • Added "Text" component in Grasshopper Components.
  • Added support for creating per-document or per-object custom parameters in Grasshopper Components.

Changes:

  • The license key edit box is pre-filled with the key prefix "VA2B-".
  • Section hatch lines now always use a "hairline" print width.
  • Some railing properties have been moved to the "Location" category.
  • When an object use a polyline as a path curve, the "Path Curve" property shows "Polyline" instead of being empty.
  • Removed obsolete commands "vaWallAddSolids", "vaWallSubtractSolids" and "vaWallExtractSolids", use "vaAddSolids", "vaSubtractSolids" and "vaExtractSolids" instead.
  • When changing the style of a door, window, beam or column, if the new style has a profile size with the same name of the current one, it is automatically selected.

Fixed bugs:

  • Fixed: when a VisualARQ object is moved to a different layer, inner geometry with a "By parent" layer were not moved to the new layer.
  • Some geometry were drawn even when their layer was off.
  • Fixed a crash when running the "Purge" command and an empty group was purged.
  • Fixed a crash when updating plan view objects.
  • Fixed a crash when printing a hidden viewport in vector output mode.
  • Fixed a bug when subtracting a solid from a beam.
  • Fixed some memory leaks when computing roofs.
  • Fixed some memory leaks when changing custom parameter values.

Known errors and limitations:

  • Jogged sections are not working properly.
  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Grasshopper files are not embedded in .3dm files, if models contain styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • VisualARQ Help hasn't been updated to the new features yet.
  • Localisation hasn't been updated to the new features yet.

VisualARQ 2 Beta 2 (March-22, 2017)

New features:

Objects

      • Grasshopper styles: option to create Beam, Column, Door, Window, Stair, Railing, Slab, Roof, Furniture, Element and Annotation object styles from Grasshopper definitions.
      • New Furniture object.
      • New Element object.
      • New commands (vaAddSolids, vaSubtractSolids and vaExtractSolids) to Do Boolean unions and differences between Rhino solids and any VisualARQ object without losing their parametric properties.
      • Vertical extension arrow added to the Column object.
      • The mirror command can be used to change the opening side of doors and windows.
      • Added the "Load bearing" parameter for walls, beams and columns.
      • Option to hide stair arrows and step numbers in plan views.

Documentation

      • 2D Vector output for printing the 3D model in Perspective, Section and Plan views for a real time 2D drawings.
      • Custom parameters to add information to Rhino and VisualARQ objects.
      • Quantity takeoffs for Rhino geometry (points, curves, surfaces, polysurfaces, extrusions, meshes and blocks).
      • New Annotation object.
      • New Tag object shapes.
      • Option to hide the tag shape.
      • New symbols for the section object arrows.

Sections

      • New Section Manager to create sections and align viewports to sections.
      • Blocks are now shown correctly in dynamic sections.
      • Section attributes are shown in dynamic sections.

Beams

      • Beam joints calculation.
      • Beam cuts can be defined at ends.
      • Custom profiles with holes.

Roofs

      • New roof insert method as "corner to corner" rectangle or as "3 point" rectangle.
      • Multilayer Roof styles.
      • Roof from surfaces.
      • Roof intersection calculations.
      • New grip points added to roofs.
      • The vaRoofSubtract command creates openings perpendicular to the roof slope.

Interface

      • New toolbar and commands to select VisualARQ objects of the same type.
      • Improved insert dialogs that can be docked for a better workflow.
      • Option to duplicate new styles and components from a contextual menu in the styles dialog.
      • Shortcut icons in the Properties panel to change the Path curve or Insert point of VisualARQ objects.

Spaces

      • New Space object toolbar.
      • Space 3D display.
      • Curtain walls are detected for space calculations.
      • New commands to add and remove elements for space calculations.

IFC

    • Export IfcElementQuantity.
    • Import and export custom parameters.

Fixed bugs:

  • Rhino materials couldn't be selected from the Select material dialog.
  • Several errors fixed in Plan and Section views.
  • Line-types on section styles were affecting the section arrows.
  • Plan view control points were always created in the 0 elevation.

Known errors and limitations:

  • Jogged sections are not working properly.
  • VisualARQ objects inside blocks or linked files are not shown correctly in plan and section views.
  • Grasshopper files are not embedded in .3dm files, if models contain styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • VisualARQ Help hasn't been updated to the new features yet.
  • Localisation hasn't been updated to the new features yet.