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  1. Thanks. and yes, it does pick up polygons who's attribute is by class and the class has a fill of none. Actually, I did not even find this fill pattern = none.... because the fill are all hatches not patterns... so I dismissed this as a selection criteria. I just did not look into it (and under hatch fill, "none" is not an option). I ended up getting a slightly convoluted process to work using the magic wand tool thing (select similar tool), where fill STYLE is an option, then combining it with class options as you suggest. I guess what I'm looking for is a section process where attribute assigned by class (fills or lines to be honest) is a criteria, but they seem to have missed this from the list. Thanks for the suggestion.
  2. Hello. Struggling to do something I thought was easy.... what am I doing wrong? I've long used the custom selection tool to pick objects of a given colour etc. But How do I use it to select all lines that have a fill style of none? Fill style does not seem to be a criteria? I need to pick out hundreds of polygons which have no fill... but NOT the hundreds that have a fill attribute "by class"? Any suggestions. Am I missing something? Thanks
  3. Hello, no suggestions on this? I have been manually selecting all the lines of a given colour using the magic wand tool, then resigned them the same colour, (but not as a class attributes) When the CNC software opens the file, the colours come through and it works. So it is related to the colour by class, not pushing through to the dxf. Is an export tick box I've not found? or is there a simple script I can run which takes the class colour and pushes it through to the line/object colour, effectively removing its reference to the class attributes? Thanks
  4. @JimW I don't think so, but there should be. Submitting request now. VE-96335 I use the publish log as an issue sheet. I just add the recipients to the txt file at the bottom. In this regard, if the the publish log could not only list the file name, but also bolt on the latest issue number, then at the bottom list of all the issues numbers with dates, recipients and description at the base, it would be very useful. All the data is there's, just needs pushing through to the text file, and its one less thing to have to do at an issue.
  5. Hello, I have a file I need to process for a CNC CAM package. There are a lot of lines. object colours are taken from the class attributes. However, it appears that when these are exported to dxf, and imported to the CAM software, the line colours to not come through. My first thought is the lines / objects need to carry their colour by individual attributes, not by class. So, is there an easy way to automate > inherit colour from class colour, but not be linked to it any more. kind of.... "push class attributes to object attributes"? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks. marionette maybe ? Thanks
  6. Thanks, this is exactly what I need it for, sending to milling for part identification.
  7. Hello, was a easy solution to this found? This by @DomC is fantastic, and has tons of uses beyond the one shown here, but also it does seem a medium complicated solution to a simple problem. Did anyone find a single line font that does convert to single lines not double lines? All the ones I have tried are result in double. Thanks
  8. markdd. Ah, should have thought of this. I've been enjoying the new data tags. Did not think of using them outside a BIM model. Also thanks, and merry christmas.
  9. Marvalous. Thanks so much. And a merry christmas Marissa.
  10. I need to put a text object in MANY layers which simply displays the layer name its in. EASY I thought at first. Actually, not a simple. Its easy to link a text string to a record field. this has been a great tool for over a decade in VW and helped me a lot. But how do I link a text string to a layer name? Is there an simple way, or do I need to marinette it to either: A:take the layer name and push it to a given record field that it then linked to the text string. B:get a marionette script to select the text (look for a give string?), over ride it with the layer name. Any thoughts very much appreciated. Thanks
  11. Further up date, but still frustrated... I am having some success using the work sheet as a data input method, but still find now way of getting the field in the data tab to appear in the object info pallet (OIP), can anyone at VW advise? Secondly, is there anyway to define the user fields as a data type, eg. number, dimensional, so I can use them in a calculation? And to that matter, is there a way to re-name them? I may have to create an additional record format here?
  12. Update, I have found you can drive it from the work sheet. Greyed out does not mean you can't change it, it just means if you click input you can select from a list of predefined options. Does anyone know where a window gets its Masonry Open width from =(Window.MasonOpenWIdth) ? and Rough Open width =(Window.RoughOpenWIdth)? It seams to take the rough dimension from the width, and the masonry is just adding 5mm to the whole thing? is there a way to control it? I googled it and found this string back from 2008 Did not appear to work 10 years ago... but it must have been fixed by now yes?
  13. er its 2018... anyone at VW fix this in 10 years? how is are masonry openings controlled? Thanks
  14. Hello, I'm hoping someone can help with a few problems I'm having on the windows? I'm trying to put data on to the windows, then extract it through a report. This question is not about the 3d geometry, just about controlling the data pushed to the objects and the extracted from them. When you click on a window and go to settings, and go right down to the bottom of the list, "Data", there are a number useful fields, including some user fields 1-10. Despite having these as not controlled by the window style, I can't get these options to appear in the OIP (without going through the settings screen, which takes 5-10 seconds to come up each time,). You might think the input would be controlled from the second data tab in the OIP (data), but they are not , so the only way to control this information is to go to each window, and go into each setting panel. This is frustrating. How do I get these options to appear in the OIP? Also I did find this, But it looks to me that only some of the parameters can be driven by a work sheet, some (like egress for example) can't seem to be controlled from the worksheet. I'm having to use this information to carry some of the data because other parts of the object are so buggy. Take the cill for example. They always appear on the wrong side of the wall (this is a recognised bug I'm told). So, I want to use the these additional data holders to carry more information about the windows, but now I find it can only be edited via the settings screen? I could make a whole new record format, carrying only and exactly the fields I want, but this loses the capacity to be controlled by the window style. Personally I think all the the places to add layers of information into these objects needs to be unified in a single interface. Finally, everytime I push changes into a window style, I think have to go round and change every end cap detail, because changing information globally appears to mess these up. I must have done it to every window nearly 10 times now. Thanks for any input
  15. Dear all, an update on progress regarding notes, data bases and work flows. Anyone who finds this helpful, you have my brother to thank for this. Sadly I'm not a VB coder. Attached is a text file with a script written in Visual basic for excel. It allows you to use excel to drive your Vectorworks notes database, where by it runs an export from an excel file, creating: - The A column becomes the description, - The B column becomes the notes (main text content). Tabs become different sections, but as yet it just names them -1, -2,-3 etc, and these need to be changed within VW. But we are looking to resolve this. This means as a team you can use excel to edit, and input into a central data set (and use all the notes and track changes included in this). For those of you using NBS, its possible to export into excel using a few methods, then with some simple editing you can have your NBS references etc as notes (NBS used to make a tool to do this, but it stopped working with VW 2016 I think. There was little uptake on it, so NBS stopped supporting it) How to use. You need excel. Maybe it works in google sheets, I’ve not tried it yet but I will. - First turn on the developer tab. Do this via File>options>customise ribbon, and tick the developer tab. - Then open the visual basic editor (far left on my version) - Then click inset > module - Copy and paste the contents of the text file into here. - goto tools >> references and scroll down and tick "Microsoft scripting runtime" to include the libraries that you need - No need to save anything. Just close the VB editor. Every time you want to run the macro, go to the developer tab, click on macros (second left on my version), then run the macro called export. This will save a .xml file where you choose. From VW, go to database controls > choose > click the exported xml, and… all your data is now in the VW database😀 Obviously, we are taking no responsibility for messing up excel files/data files. But all the above worked well for me. I’ll post up if we get the tab naming thing working. Here are some more detailed notes about the code and external data base control, if you are using them… The long random strings in the example files are GUIDs which are unique identifiers that are used by databases to identify objects. Usually they are automatically created whenever you add a new entry to a database table. If you are importing your xml to create new items in the CAD database it probably doesn’t expect to be given guids - it will create its own as it creates each object from the xml entries However, reading the documentation it looks like they can be used by the CAD software to synchronise between its objects and those in an external database (or excel etc) and it’s own items. In which case they may be needed. There is a flag at the top of the code to turn on and off the ability to generate guids in the xml when it creates the file depending on whether the cadsoftware needs them or not. Change to true or false (with in the code in the module) to export with or without guids. Also note that it will generate a new guid for each item every time you export the file. If you intend to use the xml to sync or update entries then you don’t want it to create new guids every time - it will likely create duplicate entries in the cad data - instead it will need to use existing guids and will need some slightly different code to this. ExportToXML2.txt


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