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  1. Unless I am mistaken, the Polyline Preferences button in the mode bar for the polyline tool only sets the radius of the fillet for the Polyline by Arc Point mode of that tool. It seems to me that the preferences button should either be unavailable in any of the other modes, or at the very least, there should be some indication in the Tool Tip text or the Mode Bar String that this setting is relevant only if the polyline is drawn by arcpoint, or the vertices are later changed to Arc Vertices. Perhaps the name of this button should be "Polyline BY ARCPOINT preferences", and the help text should say "Sets the Fillet radius FOR POLYLINES BY ARCPOINT".
  2. That depends on whether you consider a Design Series item such as Architect to be a full stand alone package which includes Fundamentals, or an add on Module, which adds additional features to the base program, Fundamentals. This seems to me a distinction that Nemetschek itself struggles with. At the version 12 release, the marketing literature described the new features in one product document, but highlighted which of the new features were only available in one of the industry series products. This time around, they have created a separate new features document for each of the various product configurations, Fundamentals by itself, or in combination with each of the design series modules. This would suggest, for instance, that Architect would be a stand alone package including all the features of Fundamentals plus the additional features of the Architect module. The 2008 Feature Matrix on the other hand treats Arichitect as a module only, whos new features must be added to Fundamentals in order to see all the new features. I think the Matrix is actually a better way of looking at the product, as it lets the buyer see specifically what additional features they would get if they bought one of the industry series products instead of just buying Fundamentals. Which ever way they do it, I just wish it were a little more accurate. See my previous post: Fundamentals 2008 vs. Architect 2008 Features
  3. Thanks, It appears that someone has corrected the Usabilty section of the Fundamentals New Features list, but there are still descrepancies on the on the Objects section of the PDF, and there are a few other items listed or not listed incorrectly on either the Martix or the New Features Lists. I realize it is only one day after the product release, so I guess I will just wait a few weeks before I print out any more literature on the new features, and let the documentation get cleared up.
  4. I am a bit confused as to the features included with the base VectorWorks 2008 Fundamentals package as described in the Fundamentals/"New in 2008" pages on the website. Comparing the New in Fundamentals pages head to head with the "VectorWorks 2008 Feature Matrix" yields many descrepancies. There are many features shown in the matrix to come only with Architect and not with Fundamentals that are described in the Fundamentals new features list. The ones I am curious about are as follows: Save Stacked Layer View IFC Import/Export New Support for Bookmarks in PDFs Refined Create Spaces from Walls Command Space Object Improvments Herman Miller Furniture Collection New Furnishings and Scenic Elements Library New Sub Zero and Wolf Appliance Libraries Updated Forbo Flooring Materials New Wood Texture and Image Fills from arcitex Are these really new features to Fundamentals 2008 or do they only come with Architect as the Matrix implies? One of these two documents must be wrong. Also, Improved Library Managment is shown in the Matrix to come with Fundamentals, but there is no description of it in the New Features list. A little clarification please Nemetschek.
  5. I would think this might already be possible. The IPod Touch includes Safari which can display pdf's if you have a Wi-Fi connection. All you would have to do is upload the pdf to a web page, and you could view it on the IPod. Apple gives instructions for web hosting from any OSX computer.
  6. Workspaces are loaded into VectorWorks when the application launches, so if you change the permissions on your workspace files I am not sure VectorWorks will see the change until you quit the application and relaunch it to reload the Workspaces. Were the permissions read only when you checked them? Did you change them to read/write, then quit and relaunch VectorWorks? As for the RenderWorks Camera, the Classic Workspace erroneously contains the RenderWorks camera even if you have not installed RenderWorks. And the plug-in is only installed when you have RenderWorks. So you will always get this irritating message when you save your workspace until you remove the camera from your workspace, or until you install RenderWorks. To fix this, if you do not have RenderWorks, just delete the RenderWorks Camera tool from your workspace. The tool can be found on the Rendering palette. If you later purchase RenderWorks you can always put the plug-in back in your workspace. Maybe Nemetschek should consider giving intructions on how to add this into the workspace once RenderWorks is installed, rather than already having it on the workspace even if RenderWorks is not installed. Maybe this is an intentional marketing ploy to get you to buy RenderWorks, but I will assume it is just an oversight.
  7. One way is to make a symbol of the Plug-in object. Insert a plug-in object in your drawing and choose "Create Symbol" form the Modify menu. Click the "Options" button in the Create Symbol dialog, and in the insertion options dialog that opens, set the Wall Breaks to "Full Breaks With Caps". If you then Check the box for "Convert to Plug-in Object", when the plug-in symbol is inserted, it will convert back to a plug-in object with your desired wall breaks. I also find this useful to set up a plug-in symbol of each type of window or door that you typically use, so that the parameters for that specfiic type are saved in the symbol and you do not have to fill out a laborious five tabbed dialog box every time you want to insert a different type. Once inserted, it is no longer a symbol, and can be modified on the OIP just like any other plug-in.
  8. Also, a simple tap on the "A" key will toggle snap to grid on and off.
  9. But after the fact, just open the script in version 12 Plug-In Editor copy the text of the script, then open the Plug-In Editor in version 11, create a new script and past in your text. This script will now work in version 11 (assuming that you do not have any procedures in the script that are new to version 12). But as Kevin said, If you know in advance that you will be running it in both versions, write it in version 11, as then you can just drop the v.11 plug-in into the version 12 plug-in folder and it will run in version 12. It just does not work the other way around.
  10. Maybe I have just never reached the limit. How many lines of code does it stop at?
  11. Are you working on a script that is on a script palette? I think there is a maximum number of lines of code on scripts on a script palette (Somewhere around a thousand lines of code). If this is the problem, paste your script into the VectorScript PlugIn Editor as a new menu command or tool, and work on it there. I do not beleive there is a limit in the plug-In editor. But if your code is gettig that long, you might want to consider wezelboy's suggestion and use an Include file anyway.
  12. We keep all our templates ( Stationary Pads) on the server, but things like workspaces and plugins all load when the application launches, so we keep them on the local drives. If you were to put these on the server and keep an alias to the server on the local machine in the correct location, it might work, but then you would always have to mount the server to the local machine before launching VectorWorks, and aliases of some types of files may not work. We have fooled around with this to some degree, but in the end, we are only keeping Vectorworks drawing files themselves (.mcd, .sta) on the server.
  13. H.H., We network 8 Macs, including a G5, a few Dual G4s and an Intel Core 2 Duo Imac all to a 466 MHz G4 with only 896 MB of ram, running OS X Server. We notice no performance problems or slowdowns. The server does not have to be a powerful machine for a small office, as long as it has a fast drive. A file server is not doing the crunching typically, it is mainly reading and writing to the drive. We put our mail server on a separate IMac running a dedicated mail application. We do run FileMaker server on the OS X Server, but with only eight clients, it puts no stress on the server. We have an HP Procurve 24 port 10/100 switch, but are wired with Cat 5 cable. We do not find the ethernet network to be a bottleneck, but certainly, if I were wiring or rewiring the office today, I would install Cat 6 cable. Don't get me wrong, bigger, faster, more ram is always better, but if you are buying a new machine, I would put the money into a workstation. What you propose for the server is more than adequate. You might want a switch with a few more ports though. Once you start adding printers, a backup server, Mail server, etc. you will gobble up 8 ports fast. Although we only have 8 workstations, we are already using 16 ports on our switch.
  14. Deletes itself after what? After a certain amount of time, or after you place another object, or or after other code runs? You can always get a handle to the last object created and delete it, but why would you place it if you want to delete it?
  15. Just a tip, if you select a viewport on the sheet layer, the Object Info Palette tells you whether the viewport has a crop object or not. (Crop: Yes/No).
  16. I stand corrected. I never knew that toggling the preference left pre-created text unaffected. That is quite nice. Also, I just found that even when Adjust Flipped Text is set to on, you can select a piece of text and enter a rotation value such as 180? in the OIP and it will stick.
  17. Hi Donald, I don't think you can override the global setting, but you could always use a truetype font and use Text/TrueType To Polyline. Then fill it solid and rotate any way you want.
  18. You can make a resizable dialog box, but I don't think that it will include scroll bars, and you can only resize the dialog to be larger than the contained items. Maybe you should look into using a List Box or List Browser control rather than a bunch of checkboxes.
  19. I believe the procedures SetPenFore, SetPenBack, SetFillFore and SetFillBack also accept Index values in lieu of RGB values. Have you tried this: GetFillBack(h,r,g,b); IF (r = 0) & (g = 0) & (b = 0) THEN BEGIN SetFillBack(h,255); END; This worked for me when I tested it. As is often the case, this does not seem to be documented anywhere.
  20. I think field values are returned in feet only, with no unit mark, try this: DSelectAll; SelectObj(('Window'.'OverallWidth'=7.5)); That should select your PIO. But I think Katie is correct, you cannot select more than one window in the same wall at the same time, although what you say is interesting too. If you have one PIO in each of two separate walls, it will select both of them. But unfortunately, although the info palette shows both of them, you cannot edit their size at the same time. It sure seems like there could be some additional documentation on all this, Field Value Criteria in particular.
  21. It appears the new version 12.5 Annotated Function Reference shows the wrong index numbers for SetLayerOptions and GetLayerOptions. The new option Gray/Snap Others is incorrectly shown as an index of 3 with everything above it moved up one digit all the way up to Show/Snap/Modify Others having been changed from 5 to 6. Although I am dissappointed the Function Reference is wrong, I am happy that in fact, all the previous index numbers have not been shuffled around, and Gray/Snap Others has just been given the Index of 6, and Show/Snap/Modify Others remains at 5. It says anyone should be able to annotate the Functrion Reference, but I sure see no instructions on how to do that, so perhaps someone at NNA could at least provide an annotation with a clarification on the indexes for these procedures.
  22. I guess over here that would be Kudos. Kudos is a word for praise we took from the British which was given to the name of a chocolate covered candy bar by the Mars candy bar company!
  23. Christian, You can do what you want with a wall component hatch. I did my hatch in a 3 1/2" thick wall, but you can do it for any thickness Create a new hatch with only one level with these settings: Units: World Rotate: In Wall Start Point L: 0" A: 0? Repeat L: 3 1/2" (I matched the wall thickness, but you can set it higher or lower per your choice) A: 180? Dash Factor Factor: 0.5 (this sets the width of the white gap equal to the black stripe, change per you choice) Offset L: .01 (must be very small but not zero) A: -90? Pen & Fill: I used 1 mil Black lines with white Background Fill After you have saved the hatch, create a new wall style, or like I, if you do not have Architect, just create a new wall, and edit it to have one new component of the wall thickness, and choose your new hatch as the fill style. You can then use the eye dropper and paint bucket to transfer this to any other wall, or with Architect, you could just save it as a wall style available anytime. One my machine this comes out just like you example, and the stripes rotate perfectly with the wall. This avoids the pointy stripes on the angled lines of Grants method (or probably rounded stripes with quartz Imaging enabled), and avoids having to copy and paste or offset symbols or groups every time you want to make anew striped wall.
  24. The Pref #'s are shown in the VectorScript Appendix, appendix F. Here is a link: http://softwarecustomizationservices.com/Other/VSFR/Appendix/appendix.html#appx_f
  25. That would be the "Option" key if you are on a Mac.
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