Vectorworks and Cinema 4D
This video compares the functionality between the original Exchange Plugin with the new Vectorworks 2013 to Cinema4D r14.
I have been using Vectorworks and Cinema 4D for many years in both the architecture and exhibition industries, I model in Vectorworks and generate all my construction drawing through Vectorworks and C4D was perfect for rendering the model, the workflow was perfect, change the model, elevations, sections would update and export the Cinema 4D and then update the model. never needing to remap textures especially on Symbols, got to the point where i could put symbols inside symbols and never having to remap the symbols. It was so easy and quick that it became a part of my design process.
Since version 10 of C4D importing or updating a Vectorworks model the textures are stripped from the symbols requiring remapping each update, I have tried updated plugins and all sorts of fixes spent many hours trying to get the functionality of the original workflow, have tried version 10, 11, 12 ,13 and again with 14 but they all fail to keep the textures on the symbols when updating. To make it worse the exchange plugin can't handle nested symbols, now all symbols inside a symbol are now just converted into polygons with the class name.
I have been onto the local distributors , and have called Maxon direct in Germany about this loss of functionality and really nothing has been done.
I know that the original plugin was created by some 3rd party French developers and that Nemetschek have taken over Maxon and are developing both Vectorworks and C4D but i really just see a backward trajectory of development.
I really fell that Nemetschek have lost the basic understanding of how architects and designers work and that I have spent thousands of hours and produced thousands of drawings and models to find I'm in a dead end.
Maybe I have it all wrong but if anybody could show me a better faster way of working with these these 2 programs it would love to here from you. My files are available from www.petercarddesign.com/VW-C4D/Maxon_C4D_fixup.zip