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  1. The ultimate shortcut, no? After that, in a few years, maybe we can draw, say, polylines simply be moving our eyes. Seems like that US Air Force technology is now old enough to be filtering down to everyday use.....and a lot more useful than Tang! (for those of you old enough to remember and get that joke.....)
  2. As a golf course architect, I need all custom classes, LOL. While not familiar with all the classes you mention, I find that my "proposed" layers and classes ought to be first and existing layers and classes (which don't get changed as often after you set up the base map) ought to show up near the bottom of the list. It saves some scrolling for me, anyway. Visually, the construction items (drainage, contouring) show up on top of contours, existing features, etc. naturally, as well, which works for my kind of work. I use letters first, not numbers and find names that allow me to be alliterative, i.e., while being in the correct (for me) order. Then, drainage classes always start with 'D". A 10" drain pipe is D-10, for example, and go in the appropriate layers, rather than putting everything in "Design Layer 1". A bit more work, but easier to avoid mistakes and get quantities, control the drawing look, etc. A- Activate Project (including prelim staking, etc) B- Brushing and Clearing C- Contouring (Grading) D- Drainage E - Engineering and Environmental F - Features G - Grassing H - Hardscape I - Irrigation K - 3d Contours/polys M - Site Model X - Existing (XS for ex site, XG for ex golf, etc) Z - Aerials and imports. Call be crazy, but we debate putting all those separate layers as well. It's a little complicated, but does allow working in "Show Other" layers, without worry that I am picking up a clearing line when I am working on drainage, etc. To simplify and reduce file size, we actually have templates for concept drawings only, and only use the full template once we get to construction drawings, importing classes as we need to. Probably not for everyone, but thought I would share.
  3. Thanks, Pat. Will tee this one up later today!
  4. Agree on the worksheet function, but am I the only one who likes to set classes to show or gray others, hit select all just to take a quick look that some drain pipe class (say 6" or whatever) just looks like they are all right? Old school yes, but I never quite trust all the automation. But, yes, eventually getting them into a bid form this works great.
  5. If you use viewports to place your drawings on sheet layers, you can edit the viewport to scale up lines and hatches specifically to that scale. It's under advanced properties at the bottom when you click to open a viewport. I have some standard viewports because we go back and forth from 100, 200 and 30 scales. I have used the line weight scale factor but haven't yet fiddled with the hatch settings.
  6. Pat, I probably wasn't as clear as I should have been. Can you work in feet on the drawing, but use the dual dimensions of yards in a worksheet? Forgot to mention the scorecard is a worksheet......
  7. I asked this question a few weeks ago. No answer, and I haven't found a way to do it. On things like our drainage plans, which could be lines from point to point, we just remember to add a third point, even if on a straight line, and draw them as polygons. It is also possible to compose 2 (or more) intersecting lines after drawing them and it converts them to a polygon where the perimeter is the length. If you have multiple combined lines they will all compose/connect only to themselves, and it will show as 4 (or whatever) polygons with a total measurement, if all are selected. While a bit time consuming, if you did it often, a simple script and shortcut key to run it would speed it up. Best I got! I hope others have better!
  8. I know I knew this at one time but can't for the life of me find the answer on VW help, so I thought I would try here...... In my golf course work, I usually work in feet for construction measurements, but would prefer the scorecard report in yards, without my having to create a formula of "Record/3". I recall reading somewhere (Jonathan P maybe?) that worksheets could be set to different units than the drawing. Can that (still) be done? Thanks if advance for pointing out the obvious on a Monday morning.....
  9. Yes, that does take a long time to do anything and freezes up. We do a lot of similar grading. It appears you simplified polys which is good. You can try to simplify more, especially since the smoothness of the site model shouldn't be apparent or important below water. Someone once told me that contour lines with tens of vertices are better than hundreds, which should be the max. If any contour counts in the thousands of vertices it will take forever to calculate, so keep simplifying until you get the count as low as possible and still achieve the look you want. Looks like most of yours have in the tens to low hundreds, so I think Bryan is right - try only the top and bottom contours, which should probably give you what you want.
  10. Pat, Is there a way to measure multiple lines in a selection? Seems I can only measure one at a time.
  11. Miriam, Yes, closing the file fixes most all things, doesn't it. On occasion, I have also simply minimized my VW window and brought it back to full screen and that has solved some graphic issues, so it may be worth a try.
  12. The bottom center of the 3D polys is blank, but part of the generated model. Is that the areas you are referring to? If so, perhaps your model crop should be closer to the property line? Have you set the minimum and maximum elevations to be lower and above the contours? Looks like some of your low areas got cut off, although it appears to be in the original contours, not the site model.
  13. Yes, one of the mandates was conforming to California's then program of reducing turf areas and irrigation, especially what is now called the Champions course. The Legend course will be a bit more forgiving, but not quite as scenic.
  14. Not sure I will attend quite yet to what would be my 3rd Summit. I hope to. Well worthwhile for those who haven't. I can attest La Costa is a really, really neat venue for the event...….They were a client a few years back and I used to walk around singing that old Steve Martin song, "I can't believe I get paid for doing this!" (or, staying there...….perhaps 50 nights over a few years.) That's probably not why they chose the venue....but if attendees play golf there, they may take pleasure in knowing the golf courses were redesigned several years ago......partially on Vectorworks (by yours truly) in conjunction with a firm using ACAD for other parts.
  15. Seems like it only switches it to the aerial when I try to select my Bezier polylines I use for initial contour lines. If I convert to polygons or 3D polys, they select fine.
  16. I am not new at this, but on a Sunday afternoon, after a start and stop, VW keeps throwing me back to the aerial layer (which I want to keep on as it is useful base info for drawing on my grading layer) The Aerial layer is at the bottom of the hierarchy, I have show layers but not show/snap or show/snap/modify on for the aerial. Yet, when trying to select my 1 or 5 foot contour class on the Proposed Grading layer, it won't select, and it always grabs the aerial layer below, sometimes within a colored viewport edit box that shows "exit bitmap crop". Must be missing something real simple, or the file was set up differently than I am used to be the engineer? Quick tip for selection of only my layer and class appreciated.
  17. From what I gathered, most convert profession graphics that are in jpg or other form to better vector graphics. It seems none could do much for a quick pencil line sketch, although some had some settings that might make those better. Tracing one last time with a sharp pen takes longer than tracing with a mouse or stylus pen on a Wacom board.
  18. Would like to know what those are! I actually went on line and there are some free and subscription based on line conversion tools. Looking into it to see if and which might be best for hand drawn lines like a contour plan.
  19. Michaelk, Whenever I have tried render bitmap, albeit on pencil drawing grading plans, the lines come in as a lot of spots, not a connected line. Anyone know of any setting that may help that situation. If I have to trace hand drawn contours with a sharp pen before importing them, I'm not saving much time, and I would love to have the render bitmap truly work. Any help would be appreciated.
  20. I think you can just click on the text header, go to size, and reduce it there.
  21. Think that's it - productivity techniques. Shameless (although unaffiliated totally) plug - JP always does a great job on those seminars.
  22. Think I saw it as a replay on Novedge, but Jonathan posts here, so maybe he can lead you to it.
  23. I am a landscape and not building architect, but most folks I know using VW either draw in the none class and assign later (boo!) or are forced to follow some office standard, which they for some reason seem to hate. I had draftspersons using layers like classes, such as contour elevation was layer "54", 56, 58" etc. ouch. We set up a system with few layers and basically classes for every type of work we did. If it is a line item on our standard bid form, i.e., 6" pipe, it is its own class, with its own 2D (and if appropriate, 3D) characteristics. Yes, sometimes we get a site where a lawn looks too light or dark compared to the tree mass, which you can change for that drawing, or add "light lawn" and "dark lawn" as classes, if absolutely necessary. We debate how many layers to put in. For architects, I gather site plan and one per floor makes loads of sense. We tend to divvy layers up by either contract phase (analysis, concept, CD) or with more detail, like Clearing, Grading, Drainage, Grassing, etc. I tend to like more layers, but others in the office like to minimize them. For both layers and classes, scrolling through even the enhanced interface in 2019 is a chore. However, just watched a Jonathan Pickup video on creating scripts to make picking common classes from much smaller custom menus, which I am going to try! Would also probably work with layers and sheet layers, etc., rather than rely on the VW set up.
  24. Wish I could help. I didn't even remember this, and since I upgrade each year, it hasn't been a problem since.


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