Tom Klaber

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  1. While I am happy with the idea of styles expanding in 2018, they are not implemented the same across objects. The door and window way of dealing with styles is much better than the fireplace and table implementation. It does not seem to m that this was on purpose, maybe you just ran out of time, but consistency has always been an issue with the software - and it is frustrating to see it continue in such a blatant way.
  2. Also, the wierd conceptual issue with style controlled sheet data, and how that is different than project data - idk - I am sure there is a scenario where you would want that - but can't think of one off hand. I liked the sheet border tool - when you doubled clicked you just had access to the information - it did not assume you wanted to change all or any aspects of the title block itself. While I agree that the title block tool is more approachable as far as setup than the old system of coded record formats - once you get it set up it is way more cumbersome to use. you need better faster access to at least sheet level data directly in the OIP.
  3. For doors and windows it would be really useful to be able to set the jamb depth relative to the wall depth. So if I wanted a 2" jamb extension, I could select the "Use Wall Depth", then add an additional 2". This way - no matter what the thickness of the wall the door happens to be in - it will always extend the jamb correctly. Right now, you have to adjust the door for every wall type, or use the trim settings as a workaround.
  4. True. While it would improve my user experience - you are right - not really categorized correctly.
  5. Walls spit themselves up along their length into separate objects. It would be better if walls could be a single item even if there is a change in direction. Almost like an extrude along the path rather that segments.
  6. Call calss selection input boxes should move to a hybrid drop down, but also allow direct text input with live search where the list of classes shrinks as you type - then allowing you to select with enter or mouse.
  7. Bumping and retagged for 2019 ux overhaul. Things like justification, background color, foreground color, text size, text style, all should just be part of the main worksheet interface - not buried in the formatting menu.
  8. I am calling this a bug - though I am sure the engineering team will disagree. Right now the drawing stamp that the new title block border tool creates is below all other objects. This means you can not put the notice for NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION on top of your titleblock - it needs to find some empty space somewhere. This should be changed to where the stamp is forward of the title block. As if, as the name implies, you were stamping and extra notice on your sheet. I tried to link a text box to the drawing stamp record - but that does not work. All the formatting is messed up and if you use a Custom name - the linked text reads Custom rather than the input. The work around is simply to create your own Project drawing stamp field and link the text to that.
  9. What are you using for the floor? Slab objects should show the surface hatch in top plan. Rectangles with hatches too should show in top plan.
  10. When you want to change the style of a wall - you select the wall then go to the style dropdown menu, then half to select replace, then you have to select the style, and then you have to select the replacement control line. This should be streamlined. It kills me that I have a dropdown list, that I have to select "Replace" only to be brought to a new dropdown list. At VERY least, that dropdown list should contain the active styles in the document. That would cut out 2 steps right there - select the style from the list - and go right into the control line dialog.
  11. The "More" "Fewer" choices method for defining the database criteria arguments is pretty terrible. Most notably when you are trying to remove an argument. The "Fewer Choices" does not allow you to select which criteria you would like to remove. So if you have 4 and want to remove the top one, you have to erase it all and rebuild. "More" and "Fewer" should be replaced by a + button at the bottom of the list, and 'X' buttons by each of the existing criteria.
  12. REQUEST: Streamlined Style Selection. When you want to change the style of a wall - you select the wall then go to the style dropdown menu, then half to select replace, then you have to select the style, and then you have to select the replacement control line. This should be streamlined. At VERY least, that dropdown list should contain the active styles in the document. If properly named, a text list should be fine. That would cut out 2 steps right there - select the style from the list - and go right into the control line dialog.
  13. Thanks! I will read through.
  14. I often have these Fantom listings on my worksheets. These seem to be an object that has since been deleted but is still showing up on the schedules. There is no way to get rid of the listing. "Select Item" does not select anything. Purge did not work. Any idea??
  15. When trying to link a detail or elevation tag to a viewport, the list of viewports is very cumbersome and sorted in the least helpful way possible. Right now, the list is ordered first by the drawing number, then by drawing name, then by viewport name. Drawing number does not help - as there will be tons of 1s, slightly less 2s, etc - it is not an organizing principle and makes trying to find the viewport very difficult. The drawing name is helpful, but the viewport name is not as it auto names itself. What would be MUCH more helpful: SHEET NUMBER_DRAWING NUMBER-DRAWING NAME_[Viewport name if needed] I usually know that the drawing I am trying to link to is on A-603 - but I will forget the drawing number. That way the list will be a sheet list with the viewports on each sheet.