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  1. Ion,

    Some scripts are ones I wrote years ago and others are adaptions of other peoples scripts and others are just from the tools command: "Custom Tool/Attributes..." and similar. All are on script palettes which I double click to use. Keyboard shortcuts for a number would be great. For, example, changing default line weight, or a quick one time use of line style "centerline". Or toggling back and forth with "zoom line thickness" with a keyboard shortcut and not the mouse on the script on the palette.


  2. Because contractors put their tapes on drawings is exactly the reason to have no written scale. Without a written scale the first item the tape goes to is the graphic scale. I've tested this many times. The written scale is no help and often the problem.


  3. This is not really a Vectorworks issue but an architect issue. A new intern put the actual literal scale on details. ex. 1/4" = 1'-0". I had to explain to him that this is very bad practice and not recommended for at least the last 20 years. With the ease of printing out sheets at any size, (enlarged or reduced a little or a lot) the literal scale leads to countless major mistakes, especially when doing material takeoffs. A common problem is when a sheet is enlarged just a few percent. When you need to scale something off a drawing you would always have a scale or ruler. A graphic scale achieves this need in all cases. I can see no argument for ever using a literal scale. On one hand I'd like it if all possible references to literal scales were removed from the drawing label and on the other I like choice even when in this case using a literal scale is always wrong.


  4. "Why not just draw your own and make it into a symbol?"

    Well, that's what I do.

    Was just in a complaining mood. Yelled at a GC (justified), got it out of the system.

    But, for those who use the VW scale bar, it might as well be implemented correctly. Also, each drawing at a different scale needs a different bar. Yeah, I have symbols of each scale bar.

    It's amazing. I just got a drawing from an engineer that had 1/4" = 1'-0" written on it. Haven't done that in 25 years. Of course the drawing was reduced so the note meant nothing. He had screwed up already by sizing all the beams incorrectly by using the wrong scale. It's surprising how long bad practices persist.

    ALWAYS use a graphic scale. NEVER note the scale.

  5. I'd like to use the scale bar but its design up to VW 12.5 is incorrect. Anyone using a scale knows that the 0 (zero) point is between the major divisions and the minor divisions. This makes it usable as a scale. Look at any scale. Feet go to zero and inches are on other side of zero point. The way it is implemented now you have to subtract one greater unit to get the correct measurement!

    OK, tell me I missed something.


    Newton MA

    VW12.5.2; G5 dual 1.8 GHz, 2GB; Mac OS 10.4.11

    since MC5

  6. Thanks Pat,

    I'll try the Organization Dialog box. Yes, use sheet layers.

    I print all inhouse prints at 50%. Send out mostly at 100%. Printing at my office at 50% on my HP4mv 11x17 postscript laserwriter is exactly to scale. PDFs are less reliable. I do use print to PDF, then assemble in Adobe acrobat. I think my service bureau that prints the 24x36s doesn't want to mess with settings. They just want a file with 24x36 PDFs.

    The organization dialog box sounds like the solution.

    - just tried it.

    I can't believe I didn't realize you could change multiple sheet print settings at once.

  7. What is the easiest way to setup for two print sizes. I typically setup my drawings for 24" x 36" but have a big border so everything fits in about 21" x 33". The set can be printed out full size on 24" x 36" paper with a big border or at exactly 50% on 11" x 17" paper. Building departments in my area are more and more accepting and even preferring the 50% prints for ease of storage. I only keep 50% drawings for my office prints. GCs often want the full size prints. Also need to send PDF files of both sizes to various contractors, clients, engineers. Used to setup a sheet for each size paper but this can be problematic/dangerous keeping the info on both sets identical. Changing the print size for each sheet back and forth is time consuming.

    I know this has been discussed, but I couldn't find a good answer in old posts.

  8. Tom,

    Are you from another planet? I've used MC and VW for years with great production. It's a moneymaker for me. Bugs are minimal for most of the last few releases. The upgrades are compelling. Increased productivity with each release has been obvious and measureable for me.

    Perhaps it's just one of those glass half empty issues for you. Comeon, upgrade from Powercadd.


  9. Am I the only one who received in the mail this expensive large calendar announcing VW 2008? Each month has a full page glossy color photo of a project done in VW from around the world.

    Why hasn't Katie annouced this on the web site?

    Did a few pieces of mail go out early by mistake?

    But, the website is there.

    Perhaps, this a PR method of getting blog buzz.

  10. Katie,

    I just called tech support. He said the problem was that I had renamed the previous version "Vectorworks 12.5" and the newly updated one "Vectorworks 12.5.1". He said it wants only to be called "Vectorworks". He said rerun the updater after renaming "Vectorworks 12.5" to "Vectorworks" and then not changing the name of the newly updated version. This worked even though the get info dialogue box says it did not update, however the About Vectorworks under file in the program does say Vectoworks 12.5.1. Also the application file size is now: 259.6MB.

    I hope this helps others.

  11. Thanks Katie,

    I ran Verify Disk:

    1 HFS volume checked

    Volume passed verification


    I ran verify permissions.

    Jan 14 23:43:21: Disk Utility started.

    Verify permissions for ?Macintosh HD?

    Determining correct file permissions.

    Permissions differ on ./Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Frameworks/InternetUtilities.bundle/Contents/MacOS/InternetUtilities, should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are -rwxrwxr-x

    User differs on ./Applications, should be 0, owner is 501

    Permissions differ on ./Applications, should be drwxrwxr-x , they are drwxr-xr-x

    User differs on ./Library/Application Support, should be 0, owner is 501

    Permissions differ on ./Library/Application Support, should be drwxrwxr-x , they are drwxr-xr-x

    User differs on ./Library, should be 0, owner is 501

    Permissions differ on ./Library, should be drwxrwxr-t , they are drwxr-xr-x

    User differs on ./System/Library/Extensions, should be 0, owner is 501

    Group differs on ./System/Library/Extensions, should be 0, group is 80

    User differs on ./System/Library, should be 0, owner is 501

    Group differs on ./System/Library, should be 0, group is 80

    User differs on ./System, should be 0, owner is 501

    Group differs on ./System, should be 0, group is 80

    Permissions differ on ./private/var/log/secure.log, should be -rw------- , they are -rw-r-----

    Permissions verification complete


    None of this seems anything to do with Vectorworks?



  12. I also need to print 24" x 36" and 11" x 17" of the same sheets.

    (I keep the border of the 24"x36"s at 22" x 34" so 50% fits all on 11"x17").

    The only way I see is a whole separate set of sheets with the different printer setup. That is, one set of sheets for 11"x17" and another set for 24"x36".

    Otherwise you have to reset the page and printer setup for each sheet to switch between printers. A pain.

  13. Well, If we're talking about Nemetschek's other software, we can add Archicad, sincer Nemetschek is aquiring 54% of Graphisoft, the Hungarian developer of Archicad.

    How will this be integrated (or not) with AllPlan or Vectorworks.

    Archicad and Vectorworks seem to be direct competitors in my area.

  14. I look forward to using worksheets WHEN I'm able to see them. No matter what zoom you are using, the worksheet edit window is the same tiny font size for viewing/editing. I've always wondered what all those little squiggly lines said.

    For that matter, we should be able to edit directly in the worksheet, not with an extra edit window.

  15. just noticed this thread and remember a short 10" thick foundation wall guide line being offset incorrectly. Almost made a big mess but I caught it before it went out. The following times it happened I manually corrected the problem. I should have reported the bug but just continued working. Great that it is fixed.

  16. Mark,

    You might need a bigger screen to decrease zooming. 20" absolute minimum. It speeds drawing by a giant factor.

    I also don't understand your description. The edit box gives text smaller than on the screen when I'm using it which requires zooming in. If you are reading notes and need to edit, it would already be the legible size if you could edit directly.

    However, a strength of Vectoworks is that there are many ways to do the same thing. But, I think a majority of users would prefer to edit the callout tool directly decreasing steps for most.

    The improved polyline tool where you can have an arrow on one end completely replaces the old pointer tool. A command with shortcut key assigned is much better than the old pointer. (For those who do not like the calllout tool).


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