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  1. WOW, @STR and @Robert Anderson -- this is so far beyond my pay grade I never would have found it (and still may not attempt it) — but it is exactly what I was looking for. (And, BTW, did not find when searching the Forum for "tool" and "image" … guess "toolset" and "picture" was necessary.) Thank you!!
  2. Thank you both, @Pat Stanford and @efa! The icons inside Applications/VW/VWHelp/HTML5/VW2020_Guide are low-res (I presume these are used for the online help manual), so the app can't use them for tool palette images. The images inside the application package are within the Vectorworks.vwr file, which cannot be selected when trying to select an image from the Workspace Editor, so back in the Finder I selected Vectorworks.vwr and did another right-click to Show Package Contents, and voila! there is the /Images folder that contains subfolders of not only the images used in the Basic toolset but also images used in the OIP, worksheet editor, and almost everything else in the app -- excluding, interestingly, the images used in other toolsets e.g. Dims/Notes. I have no idea where those images are hiding, but that's my next mission! Note that the Tools images are the correct dimensions; but most others will need to be resized to 52x40 (at 72 ppi) to be used by the tool palettes. I duplicated the /Images/Tools folder and moved it to my desktop, and from there I can select an image from the Workspace Editor for my new custom palettes. I'll post updates here as I learn more. Thanks again for getting me going in the right direction.
  3. Customizing my tool palettes, and although I know it's possible to create new icons/images and apply them to tool sets, I would like to repurpose some of the existing icons (e.g. the house icon for "Building Shell" or the light bulb for "Visualization"). Where in the MacOS do they live?
  4. Thanks, @Matt Overton! It was hidden in plain sight. Specifically, for anyone wondering the same: go to Tools>Organization>References (or Navigation>References palette); select the referenced source file to change; click Edit…; click Browse… to select and Open the new source file. As Matt notes, all viewports referencing the old source will change to reference the new one (viewport attributes such as crop and layer/class visibilities will not change).
  5. Not to hijack the thread, but a related question: is it possible to change the source of a referenced viewport to a different file (not a different layer/class in the same file), or must a new viewport be created?
  6. I'm looking for best practices and would love your perspective… I'm creating a single "master" file of preferred plants (planning to organize them by type similar to @J. Wallace's system). The 2D symbols will be simple circles. In my workflow I use separate classes for Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, etc. — primarily differentiated by line weight (trees = thick line, perennials = thin line, etc.). In your opinion/experience, should I create the 2D geometry using these classes and their default attributes (e.g. the circle representing Acer palmatum would be class Tree with thick line, the circle for Rudbeckia fulgida would be class Perennial with thin line) so that the class attributes always "follow" the symbol? Or, should I make the geometry generic (e.g. class 0), and assign classes to the symbols when I place them in the plan? The former method looks like a lot more upfront work, but if it has long-term benefits I'll spend the time… I just don't want to do this again. Thanks for your opinions!
  7. I've figured out why the center dots disappear -- now I need a fix. The problem seems to be that the center dot is, by VW default, a color other than Black. Therefore, when I set either the Document Preferences or the viewport properties to "black and white only," the (non-black) center dot disappears. The only workaround I have found is to turn off all the "black and white only" options, then set the pen color of every class in the viewport to black, which overrides the default dot color. If anyone has a true solution -- i.e. actually editing the center dot settings -- I would love to know about it. Thanks.
  8. FWIW, this happens only using the drop-down Plant ID list; I can get around it by selecting the plant using the Plant Preferences button.
  9. Evolving the thread a bit: in VW2011 I find that when I've used 3 or more different plant symbols, selecting one of the "used" symbol names from the top of the 'Plant ID' drop-down list actually gives me the symbol listed above the one I selected. Anyone else having this issue? Anyone at VW aware of it?
  10. I am being driven mad by a couple of problems with plant symbols and would really appreciate any insights. I've created a plant symbol, and placed an array of it on a Design Layer, which is referenced by a Sheet Layer viewport. When the symbol's "Tick Style" is set to "Cross," the center tick shows up both in the Design Layer and the viewport. But when "Tick Style" is set to "Dot," the center ticks show up as expected in the Design Layer, but not at all in the viewport. Furthermore, I have the symbol's "Tag Center" set to "Continuation Line", but don't see that line in either Design Layer or viewport, no matter how the tag is oriented. All my classes and lines are visible, and the Properties of the plant group are consistent with the properties of the symbol definition. The problem persists with other plant symbols (e.g. VW defaults), not just my own creation. I've also tried editing the symbol graphic to center on 0,0 but that creates the additional problem of symbols and ticks/tags being displaced from each other, without solving the visibility problems. Snapshots of the symbols in Design Layer (good) and Sheet Layer (bad) are attached. Thanks in advance for your help.
  11. Yes, with 2D Plan projection.
  12. I'm having a similar problem: I've created a new 2D plant symbol by duplicating one of the VW defaults (Evergreen Tree) in either the Resource Browser or Place Plant Preferences. The lines comprising the symbol are visible when I select Edit, but the symbol does not show up in either the Resource Browser or in plan view. All my classes are set to "None". The tag shows up and counts the symbols correctly. Thanks for any insights.
  13. Okay! Fixed my PDF import crash by installing the "new" SP1 - downloadable as of last weekend at http://www.nemetschek.net/downloads/ServicePack.php?major=2010&servicepack=1 Thanks, Juan!
  14. Thanks, all. I had searched these forums for 'PDF crash 2010' but hadn't seen michaelk's thread. I've emailed Juan and will report back. (BTW Ray, I'm running Acrobat 9 Pro ? any known conflicts there?)
  15. Is anyone else experiencing a crash upon selecting File>Import>Import PDF... ? Upon selection there's a few seconds of delay, the infamous spinning beach ball (no dialog box or anything else), then VW quits. I have repaired permissions and reset application settings (per the Mac OS prompt). Crash seems to happen in all workspaces, and seems to only affect PDF imports, not other file types. Thanks in advance for any insights.
  16. A fix for the dimming problem that @composed and I (and others) were having (I think.) Kudos to Jim of VW Tech Support. In VectorWorks, select Tools>Options>VectorWorks Preferences? Select 'Interactive' tab In 'Highlighting' column, select (check) 'Selection highlighting' From 'Animation' menu, select 'Off' If you wish selected objects to be highlighted (by default, orange) when you select them: In 'Highlighting' column, leave 'Selection highlighting' checked Click 'OK' button If you do not wish selected objects to be highlighted, In 'Highlighting' column, deselect (uncheck) 'Selection highlighting' Click 'OK' button I was working with highlighting deselected, but animation was set to 'Burst' - apparently this was telling Mac OS to dim when cursor moved away from selected object, even when highlighting is turned off. With animation set to 'Off', there's no dimming. Will report if there are corollaries to this fix, otherwise thanks Jim!
  17. Hooray! A fix! (I think.) Kudos to Jim of VW Tech Support. In VectorWorks, select Tools>Options>VectorWorks Preferences? Select 'Interactive' tab In 'Highlighting' column, select (check) 'Selection highlighting' From 'Animation' menu, select 'Off' If you wish selected objects to be highlighted (by default, orange) when you select them: In 'Highlighting' column, leave 'Selection highlighting' checked Click 'OK' button If you do not wish selected objects to be highlighted, In 'Highlighting' column, deselect (uncheck) 'Selection highlighting' Click 'OK' button I was working with highlighting deselected, but animation was set to 'Burst' - apparently this was telling Mac OS to dim when cursor moved away from selected object, even when highlighting is turned off. With animation set to 'Off', there's no dimming. Will report if there are corollaries to this fix, otherwise thanks Jim!
  18. Peter, if I were in your shoes, knowing what I know now, I would not upgrade from VW12 to VW2009. There are too few true enhancements for the work I do (2D landscape design) to justify the chronic performance problems, especially the screen dimming/redraw issue.
  19. After installing sp3 (same MacBook Pro configuration as before) I'm still experiencing the screen-redraw issues. Clearly this doesn't affect everyone, but those who are affected seem to have the same "syndrome." Any ideas how we can figure out what our common denominators are? I'm not smart enough to see how my system and @deck's are alike, yet we're having the same problem.
  20. It would be really great to be able to truly customize the View bar, i.e. not only dictate which elements are included in the bar but also their placement. For instance, I much preferred having my Class and Layer menus on the right side of the bar (as in v12), and would like to add dividers and organize buttons and menus my own way. Take a cue from Mac OS, or for that matter, Microsoft (~shudder~) - Word, Excel, etc. have been doing it for years.
  21. Thanks, @M.CH. I have already disabled animation etc.; the only interactive preference that I have enabled is "Show acquisition hints". I have noticed the gray-out happens predictably when I move the cursor off of the workspace window, i.e. onto a palette or the toolbar or outside the application.
  22. Ray, pardon my ignorance, but how would permissions affect graphics processing? I'm having the same gray-out problems as @composed, as I described w/ images attached over on this thread: http://tinyurl.com/cqpl8g This is on a new 15" MacBook Pro with the dual video cards (nVidia GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT) and max RAM, no external monitor, working only with 2D line drawings and as much of the smartcursor fireworks turned off as I can bear. Is it that even the latest hardware can't satisfy the software? But then why isn't everyone having this problem? Sorry to have more questions than answers; just not entirely glad to have upgraded from 12.5.
  23. Anyone else experiencing your entire workspace window fading or dimming unpredictably after almost any action? Only the current window is affected; no other open VW documents and no other apps are affected. The toolbar remains bright. The dimming persists even when switching between windows. Clicking on an object restores full brightness. Affects linework (and lines-only files) as well as images. Attached are samples at full brightness (normal); a partial dimming state; a fully dim state; and an "inbetween" state where a new line is bright but the rest is partially dimmed. Any help or leads would be appreciated!
  24. ditto @kelrock... thank you for a simple and fast fix, Jeffery!
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