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  1. Roger Webster

    advice on creating new plants

    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.
  2. Roger Webster

    Showing plant tags and outlines

    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!
  3. Roger Webster

    Showing plant tags and outlines

    Thank you Tamsin for such a rapid response. I'll look at this again tomorrow when my brain has rested All the best Roger
  4. Roger Webster

    Showing plant tags and outlines

    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
  5. Roger Webster

    Plant Schedules,

    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 ?
  6. Roger Webster

    Portrait format

    Thank you Tamsin, that did it! All well this end thanks
  7. Roger Webster

    Portrait format

    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.
  8. Roger Webster

    Portrait format

    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.
  9. Roger Webster

    Plant list

    Thanks Tamsin, I have sent you the problem file and the small sample. Any help much appreciated
  10. Roger Webster

    Plant list

    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?
  11. Roger Webster

    Plant list

    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?
  12. Roger Webster

    Sort plants by category

    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.
  13. Roger Webster

    Sort plants by category

    Yes, just figured it out at last, from the file you sent earlier which I have now managed to open - I needed to copy and paste formulae into each database header. Thank you very much - a great leap forward for me
  14. Roger Webster

    Sort plants by category

    OK here is (hopefully) a small file to illustrate the problem with some random plants. The plant list has captured all the data, but only the trees show up. Many thanks for the help. And yes I have been hitting the recalculate button, and any changes are indeed incorporated.
  15. Roger Webster

    Sort plants by category

    I don't understand why either, but anyway ... as above, it's fine if I just have one section, eg trees, OR shrubs etc, but if I then add further database rows for shrubs, perennials, climbers etc and enter new edit the criteria for these all of these appear as blank rows. They do have data in them, I know this because if I add new plants, new rows appear and I can identify them using the "select data item" command, but all text in the worksheet rows is invisible/absent except for the first section. I also notice that the formula "summarise items with the same name" does not work in the subsequent sections, only in the first one. The only way I can find round this is to produce separate worksheet lists, one for each plant category. The Getting Started with Landmark 2011 pdf download shows the sort of plant list worksheet I need (though I'd want to edit the columns), but does not explain how it was created. I have also been trawling through the 2008 Design Series and Fundamentals manuals to get this far, but now I'm stuck!


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