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Roger Webster

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  1. Hi Tamsin I made a test file and they work fine there. But not in the actual file I'm working on. I also tried copying and pasting from the test file to the current file but the wearing course still doesn't render. If I make a simple hardscape object in my file just using the gravel render that works
  2. I am creating some gravel areas in a garden using the hardscape tool and applying the gravel pavement slab style. The gravel wearing course does not render, only the bedding and sub base. The decomposed granite style has the same problem but other styles work fine. What am I missing?
  3. Hi I have been using a plant schedule that I originally created in VW 2009. Currently using VW2019. Now when I import the schedule it comes up with the wrong schedule sizes for many plants. For example, I have several shrubs whose plant style data is 10 litre, or 3 litre, all appearing on the schedule as 9cm. For a couple of plants it shows only a dashed line in the size column. I have tried recalculating. Also deleted and reimported the schedule, still get the same problem. Any advice appreciated.
  4. I find the Vectorworks term "Plant Style" very confusing. Different plant "styles" are in effect different plant objects, usually different species ; it has nothing to do with plant form (standard, multistem etc) as one might intuitively suppose. In switching from 2009 to 2019 I found this a major stumbling block and I still find it bizarre that the difference between say an oak tree and a daisy can be considered a matter of "style". Confusing terminology aside, the software does allow you to build up a collection of plants that makes planting plans quick and easy in the long term.
  5. Interesting idea but I can't see how that would work as I need to see the data (plant names) on the drawing as I'm working on it. I avoid overlapping tags by separating the planting into several layers / areas, so that it is more manageable both for me as I build up the design and for the guys on the ground who have to deliver and arrange the plants. I'm still catching up with all the recent changes but beginning to enjoy it!
  6. Thank you Tamsin for such a rapid response. I'll look at this again tomorrow when my brain has rested All the best Roger
  7. I have recently moved from VW 2009 to VW 2019 and have a number of issues! First problem - When placing plants on the drawing they now appear by default without tags and without their centre marker. How do I make these active for all plants by default without having to turn on them manually in each instance? Second problem - for some plants the outline will not show up at all. I have tried toggling outline class visibility on and off, and tried editing 2d outline but the still won't show up. Any advice appreciated
  8. How do I create custom plant schedules that include categories such as "form", "size", "height", "root condition", "density" ? Better still - are there existing templates of these already available as this is standard information needed on landscape plans in the UK ?
  9. Thank you Tamsin, that did it! All well this end thanks
  10. Sorry, don't understand. I want to lay out a page with one viewport and some notes and print at A1. The grey page outline only ever shows landscape format but in this case portrait would work much better, but I can't find a way of changing it.
  11. How do I format ISO A1 size sheets as portrait, rather than landscape? I will be exporting as pdfs for printing by others as I only have an A3 printer.
  12. Thanks Tamsin, I have sent you the problem file and the small sample. Any help much appreciated
  13. Have made a small sample file including some of the same plants and the same worksheet and it all works fine - heights in the sample file are correct. But they still remain incorrect in the other file. Not sure where or how I should attach the sample file?
  14. I have created a new descriptive plant list worksheet with fields including height, flower colour etc. All working fine in most cases, but in just a few instances the height given is wrong - ie it does not match the height given in the plant object description. I have tried editing the plant object description, both within the file I am working on and in the parent library file from which the plant object was imported, to no avail. Where else should I look?
  15. OK I'm finally there - with much help from Mike m and Bryan G - gratefully acknowledged. But I can't help thinking this should have been a great deal easier! The ability to produce a plant list from a plan, and to keep it updated, is a fantastically helpful tool for anyone in the landscape business and a good reason for using Vectorworks - but why make it so clunky to use?. The fields to be included will vary in different countries and according to the use the information will be put to - client presentation, costing, ordering etc, but surely sorting the list alphabetically and by plant category are pretty basic requirements for all of us. Why then do none of the standard sample worksheets do this, and why is information on such a basic task so very hard to come by? Does the process of customising a worksheet need to be so arcane? Sorry to gripe, but judging by some other postings on the subject of worksheets I'm not alone in finding this confusing, and as an Apple user I am accustomed to programmes being much more attuned to the needs of the end user.
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