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  1. Thanks for the replies - yes, I sometimes use the saved views myself - but it kind of seems like a doubling-up of effort. As for making everything on sheet layers "none", the reason I don't do this is that I have standard line types and so on for drawing borders etc., so have these set up as classes so I don't have to set them manually each time.
  2. So, I have a sheet layer with a few viewports on it, and a title block. I also have a few lines and bits of text drawn directly on the sheet layer (ie. not within a viewport). The problem is that whenever I navigate to this sheet layer using the layers drop-down box, these lines do not show because they are in an invisible class. So I switch on that class, and it's all fine. But then, if I navigate away to another sheet layer or something, and then come back again, the lines have disappeared because the class is once again invisible. So I have to switch on the class again. Is there any way of permanently changing which classes are visible in a sheet layer, so that when I come back to it next time they will still be there?
  3. It was no. 3. Obviously I made a duplicate layer at some point, which contained the unrevised drawing and which for some reason was set as visible in that viewport. Thanks!
  4. I have a drawing set up with several viewports. Each of these viewports is a crop of a design layer. In that design layer I have quite a few symbols, and each viewport crops to two or three of them. I am finding that if I go into the design layer, and move one of the symbols, then when I go back into the sheet layer, and look at the viewport that shows that sysmbol, the symbol is drawn twice, once in its original position and also in the new position I've changed it to (ie. it is drawn twice over, on top of itself). This makes the drawing unreadable. (Note that it is not drawn twice like this if I look at it in the design layer) The only way I've found of resolving it is to create a new viewport from scratch. This is a pain because then I have to crop it all over again and also copy all the annotations over from the old one. Does anyone have any idea what is happening here?
  5. We have been having a similar problem. In our case, if we export a DWG we get the dialogue boxes that allow us to choose options and then specify the file name and where it should be saved. However, when we OK that, nothing happens. This is happening on various computers in the office, on G5s and iMacs. I have found that for some reason, exporting to the desktop works fine. This is an OK workaround but a bit annoying. If anyone knows how to sort it, I'd be very grateful.
  6. If I do that, half of the drawing just isn't imported at all.
  7. This is a problem that crops up now and again ... I import something like a manufacturer's detail section through a window from profile. The import process sometimes seems to convert complicated polylines and curves into thousands of little linked lines. This obviously makes the imported stuff terribly unwieldy and bogs down any drawing I include it in. Is there way of simplifying these drawings automatically... losing a bit of accuracy or detail (which is generally much more than I need anyway) in exchange for less lines? Or is there something I should be doing at the import stage to stop this happening? edited to add: In the instance I am dealing with at the moment I have imported a drawing which seems to have been partly created in 3d so I am getting loads of "3d polygons" (about 3900 of them for a drawing of a single window frame) which I am trying to convert into 2d polygons (resulting in thousands of those instead - 23000 objects to be precise!)
  8. I'm on 2008 but that seems to work. Excellent, thank you!
  9. I know you can use the "x" on the keyboard to switch to the little selection arrow, rather than going to the tools palette, which is useful. However I quite often am using, say, the trim tool (ie. the one with the scissors symbol that chops a bit of line out between two other lines it crosses), and am constantly switching back and forth from that to the selection arrow. (Trim a line, select a line and move it, trim something else, select a line and resize it, trim another line, etc.) In this situation it would be really useful to toggle between the two tools with a keyboard shortcut. Basically what I want is a keyboard shortcut that will take you back to the tool you last used before using the selection arrow, whether that's the trim tool or something else. Is there a way of doing this?
  10. I'm not quite sure what you mean... do you mean moving around the sheet layer (with several viewports on it)? There are no scroll bars so if I move around I tend to use the pan tool (the little hand tool). Do you mean holding escape down, or pressing it while the screen is redrawing?
  11. Is there any way of finding out whether it's a video card or RAM issue? Other than buying both and trying them out?
  12. Hi, We've been using VW2008 for a little while now (we were on 11 before) and I am finding that when I set up a drawing with several viewports on one sheet layer, it is quite slow to redraw everything when I move in and out of the sheet layer. For example, if I double-click on the viewport and go into the design layer, then use the "Return to Viewport" yellow button in the top RH corner, it returns me to the sheet layer but it takes about 1 or 2 seconds to redraw everything on the screen before I can do anything. Same if I go in to edit annotations and then come back to the sheet layout. This might seem like a minor thing but it becomes quite irritating at the stage where I'm getting a layout set up on a page and I need to do lots of little changes to things in different viewports. Does anyone else have this problem or is there anything I can do about it? I'm on a Mac: OS 10.4.11 Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 1.5 GB DDR SDRAM

 

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