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J. Wallace

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    Landscape area challenges

    I seem to be having a challenge using/creating landscape areas within a specific file. If I draw a polyline or directly draw a landscape area I get a very distorted shape that is not close to what I'm after. If I create the shape/convert to a landscape area in a new blank file it works fine, as soon as I copy and paste this into my working drawing I get the same distortion. Not seen this before but hoping I can sort this out.
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    Landscape areas: Alternative schedule size

    @fhunt whenever I have run into similar challenges I make another plant symbol (duplicate the original in the resource browser) and give it another schedule size. Not ideal, but it works.
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    .LAZ file coming in to document way out of scale.

    Kelly have you tried to import in meters vs mm?
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    Landscape area challenges

    Good point @Tony Kostreski it's a bit opposite in my situation. The plant cloud which is working was produced in a 1:96 scale, this distorted version is coming from a layer that is 1:2500.
  5. Hello Question about using stakes as site modifiers. The first image shows some stakes-purple represents the actual model elevations the black are set as modifiers. This is a small pond with some of the fill going uphill to create a mound. I thought using stake objects might be the easiest approach. The results are not great as it seems a stake object has limited effect once you move away from it. The question is two fold: A) is this a good approach in this situation b) if yes then I imagine I need to space these stakes a certain distance to get a mound effect...if no then what would you suggest? Thanks additional info: the pond is made up of two pads. Grade limits are well outside the pond and land area.
  6. Hi, I posted this in the troubleshooting section but thought it might be better here. It seems that I often work in rotated plan view in and often produce sheets with similar views within their viewports. I'm working on a planting plan and want to set my plant tags on a 30 or 45 degree tilt along the top and bottom of the drawing. Since I'm in rotated plan view the tag seems to orientate based on this and I get a upside down result. PS just started aligning the tags so ignore the jumble. Also the hightlighted leader is not on parallel in the image. I changed it on the drawing and it makes no difference to the text orientation. Just added a second image, tags in a left orientation can properly display information on a 30 degree tilt, the right tag orientation will not flip in the correct direction.
  7. Happy to finally see an announcement for the new Mac Pro... Pricing will be interesting, but happy to see expandability is part of Apples focus. https://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
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    Data tag for existing trees

    Hello everyone I'm trying to sort out how one can create a custom data tag. I'm hoping to do so for use with existing trees. I find the tags for existing tree symbols really cumbersome, for some reason they are much harder to work with when compared with plant symbols. See image below as an example of aligning tags, plant symbols align easily using the align tool, the existing tree tags never seem to align correctly which leaves one to adjust tags manually which can be a large task if your drawing contains hundreds of ex trees. I was hoping to work around this by creating a data tag for existing trees but haven't sorted out how to do this. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
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    Data tag for existing trees

    Thanks very much @Tony Kostreski That's a huge help. I like the fact I can add a common or botanical name.
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    Data tag for existing trees

    I ended up sorting this out using this section from the help files. It's a bit vague but got me to where I needed to go. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/index.htm#t=VW2019_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FCreating_Data_Tag_Styles.htm%23XREF_33520_Creating_Tag_Styles&rhsearch=edit data tag&rhsyns=
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    Mac Pro release date Fall 2019

    We had to shift form a 2012 Mac Pro last year and opted for the Imac Pro. Happy with the performance to date, the price was a bit tough to swallow. Saying that we hope to get five years of service from this unit which makes it affordable when looking at the yearly cost. Good luck with your journey.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    @jeff prince the property sizes I work with would be 1/2 acre up to 30...at least at this point. I think a big difference is your collecting your own drone data. I'm receiving the data from an operator. I'm going to send along a message later today and ask him some specifics. Your project is looking great, have fun.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    That is fantastic. Your mesh looks very good, do you find it cumbersome to navigate with? The mesh files I receive are usually huge 500gb+ so I find I set up a file for the mesh only to make it easier to reference. Exciting to read about your experience and thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    Nice looking work...your mesh looks great overlaid onto the site model. Well done.
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    Until Next Time

    I'm sad to hear you are leaving, but very happy to hear that family is a priority and this is were your energies will be going. Take care Jim and thank you for all your work.
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    basic advice on saving and sharing

    I'm no expert; if I were in this situation I would consider exporting the worksheet and create an excel sheet which you can easily modify. You can then import it once you're done, saying that I've not imported a sheet before so I'm not certain of the implications of this.
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    VW2019 site model issue

    Hi I'm putting together a site model using shape files from a drone survey. Done this a few times in VW2018, the first time in VW2019. Files import just fine and it looks good in 2d, when I go into a 3d model I'm getting some areas that are blacked out. I repeated the same procedure with a blank fresh file (first was a template file) and I get similar results but the colouring is white instead of black. If I repeat this in VW2018 is works flawlessly, and if I save this file and re-open in VW2019 is looks fine as well... Not sure if anyone has run into this or not?
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    Drainage networks

    Totally agree with you @ScottLebsack
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    Edit data tag

    I've been playing around a bit with the new data tag tool, great addition. Just wondering if there is a way we can easily edit what is displayed in the tag (other than the pre-configured options). I usually have additional information showing in plant tags such as the ID and I was hoping to be able to customize the data tag to show similar info. Love the new tool as it makes it easy to label various plants without worrying about class visibilities, and I hope customization becomes easier. As a side note, I noticed that you can 't make any font or font size changes unless you enter the edit mode.
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    Edit data tag

    I got this sorted out...http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/index.htm#t=VW2019_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FEditing_Data_Tags.htm&rhsearch=data tag&rhhlterm=data tag&rhsyns=
  21. Just wondering what might have caused a current file that I'm working on to generate over 2000 folders within the resource browser? It appears that all the folders are empty, I'm not certain when this occurred. It was a VW2018 file in it's earlier life. It has tons of existing tree symbols on it which might be related? Thanks for any words of wisdom.
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    Using 2 CAD systems

    @digitalcarbon it's always fascinating to see what you up to. Thanks for sharing.
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    3D Loci density

    Thanks for that @Benson Shaw I didn't realize that this feature was part of VW 2019.
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    Smart object

    @Patricia Angelu you might want to check out the resources available on VW Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/vectorworks/featured
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    Plant tag alignment and rotated plans

    @rowbear97 thanks for that...I didn't realize that this was a new feature of 2019. Looks very useful for Landmark applications, I may never use the traditional tags again.

 

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