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  1. Just for your information: ODBC has nothing to do with the operating system. If a relational database is not required, then there is no need for a drawing register database at all. In a small firm doing houses and similar small jobs to private clients there are few benefits.
  2. Indeed. I'd rather do this via ODBC. (I'm not sure how easy that is in AutoCAD, because I'm yet to see a title block from AutoCAD with attributes...)
  3. I have yet to see any advice from you at all on this board. I am beginning to doubt you know the first thing about what you claim. You act some l33t script kiddie who wasn't loved enough. Go troll somewhere else punk Such fine folks, these Texans.
  4. I always feel insecure when I have to deal with cowboys who carry weapons. Why on earth should I give you, of all people, any more free advice?
  5. You don't say... This is one of my biggest frustrations.
  6. It's not quite that simple... (I'm trying VERY hard to communicate at your intellectual level, but seem to fail. Can't go below zero.) EDIT But hey, I'm sure AutoCAD, your weapon of choice, can do it.
  7. Christiaan, You better take some garlic with you: Archicadists are at least as persuasive as Revit's Witnesses. The problem with them (and AutoCADians) is that in their monocadist belief systems there is only one BIM or CAD and all other approaches are false BIMs or CADs.
  8. You can copy the data from one DTM and paste it into the other. (Modify/Edit site model.) It is usually a good idea to keep the DTM source data.
  9. It's not quite that simple... But the key point is that FileMaker Pro can send the DO SCRIPT AppleEvent to VectorWorks. This means that one can run a VectorScript that resides in a FMP database. Also a folder can, via AppleScript, tell FMP to run a script (which runs a script and so on.) I run all my utility, development, auditing and housekeeping scripts from FMP, even some obscure production scripts which I don't want to install in users' systems & workspaces. (Some can do serious damage if tried at home.)
  10. I've had to (or need to) create replacements for practically every NNA tool, in addition to creating the ones entirely missing! Door, window, floor, beam, column, ceiling, space ? even tiling. Precast sandwich elements and stairs are on the to-do list.
  11. I have no complaints about using AutoCAD, only the crappy data I receive from AutoCAD users. However, if I used it, I would not try to use it the same way as VectorWorks. Your statement ?to make vectorworks half as useful as AutoCAD? shows, I'm sorry to say, that you don't know what you're talking about: there ain't no such thing as Usefulness. Your problem obviously is that you try to emulate AutoCAD in VW, but that just isn't very productive. Nine times out of ten, the answer to AutoCAD devotees asking ?how? is ?you don't, because you don't need to?. This issue is the one out of ten. There are indeed situations where it would be very good to have a specific class that would inherit the attributes of the class of the symbol instance. Note that it should not (as you suggested) apply to the entire symbol, which may have tens or hundreds of components in several classes for both 2D and 3D. I'm sure that AutoCAD is a much better AutoCAD than VW; after all, it is the weapon of choice of millions of draughtsmen and probably does a wonderful job in draughting. Wouldn't know and couldn't care less.
  12. After you've configured the scale bar, you might make a ?red? symbol of it and incorporate that in your default template.
  13. No. Use different symbols. But what you say explains why I so often have to spend a lot of time making data from AutoCAD users at least somehow useful - like an hour this morning...
  14. Advice sought. I have been in contact with a number of former VW users who might be willing to repent in order to have access to my suite of add-ons. At the same time I am, pro bono, helping someone whose last contact with VectorWorks was VW 9. He finds 2009 incomprehensible, dreadful, AutoCAD-like program for propeller-head engineers, with nothing to do with the simple elegance of MiniCAD. (Mind you, he's not the only one I know who thinks the same way.) Would any recovered non-upgraders be willing to share their experiences? Give pointers to a seven or twelve step program or self-help guides? A list of things that have changed? It seems that I can't tell these people that it'll all be hunky dory.
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