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  1. Great! As usual, I was looking in the wrong spot. Thanks! I'll give this a try.
  2. I use layers as containers for types of details at similar scales....3/4"/ft wall sections on a layer, typical toilet room details on a layer, etc. Is there a way to grab an entire layer from one file and insert into a new file without having to copy and paste the geometry?
  3. OK, I found where switching the site model to Proposed Only causes the area of my site to turn white while the rest of the site model remains green. I have't found an explanation of what a texture bed is, what it is for, how the model knows what is proposed vs existing for the logic behind that function, or how to control the 3D graphics display of the model. It doesn't seem too be tied to the 3D graphics dialog box....or I don't know what I'm doing (most likely scenario).
  4. Thank you for the input. Terrain>Send to surface added the line to my model. I can't seem to figure out how the texture bed thing is supposed to work nor have I found any tutorials that explain it. Are the 2012 and 2015 tutorials still valid? I have a property line object, but it has no effect on the model. Does is matter if the property line Z elevation is 0 and the lowest contour of the model is 520? I tried changing the property line Z elevations, but it didn't seem to make a difference.
  5. I have a 3D site model generated from CAD topo lines. The CAD file came with other graphic information such as property lines, etc. These things display correctly in 2D, but I would like to be able to see them on the 3D model as well. Is there an typical method for making this happen?
  6. I am having a similar issue in 2020 SP3.1. When I pull up a floating view pane, it is completely blank. Nothing I do seems to enable me to use it. Operator error? Or is there a problem with the software?
  7. Thanks for the clarification. It seems like making all Z values = 0 would be much simpler conceptually and practically.
  8. The latest (2019, Service Pack 3) still doesn't seem to be working as intended. Or I still don't know where the switch to turn that feature on is located.
  9. Reporting back that the new Data Tag Tool is not very flexible.....or I'm using it wrong.
  10. Thank you JMR. Indeed that was the largest of my problems. I hope to have some time soon to really get to the bottom of how Schedules works. I suspect it will take some practice and hair pulling to get it to work the way it needs to. I door schedules are easiest to deal with if you take the time to load a bunch of typical doors with preselected characteristics into your template file to minimize having to individually modify criteria on a door by door basis later on? It seems to be easier early in the project to not work about anything other than width, but then all those other characteristics have to be manipulated on a door by door basis, which is really slow. Best practices insight appreciated.
  11. Claes, Thanks again for the help. That appears to have worked. I performed the operation while in an isometric view however, and got a really bizarre result. So, I backed up and did it again while in plan view and got a result that looked as expected. I don't know that I understand the specific reasons why the commands used gave me these results, however. I assume it has to do with the plane of the screen?
  12. Thank you for the help. I've been pulled away to work on other things, but hope to get back to working on this soon.
  13. This may be a newbie question, but I am finally attempting to learn to use door schedules and it is really frustrating. I can't seem to figure out how to remove unwanted doors form the schedule. For example, I created a schedule, and it has all the doors displayed 4 times each. At first I thought the schedule was including doors from other layers, but when I selected a door and unchecked Remove from Schedule, all four doors with that number disappeared from the schedule. I watched the 2018 door schedule tutorial. It seems to be so simple on You Tube, but the reality of learning how everything works with an actual project is boggling the mind.
  14. Anyone know why I can no longer re-orient north arrows to point where I would like them to point?
  15. I can't find the Wireframe mode command to try this on 3D polygons. Also, I have 3D lines in the model that don't seem to follow the same rules either. I've attached an example file. It looks fine from top/plan view, but if you rotate it around the geometry starts to split into pieces that are properly done in 3D and pieces that have wildly different Z coordinates. 15 years ago I would simply us a flatten command on AutoCAD to turn all the Z coordinates to 0. I try about once a year in VW to discover a solution to this problem, but no one seems to know how to manipulate the geometry this way. 1832 Sullivan VW Geometry test.vwx
  16. Has VW added a way to flatten 3D geometry to the software tool set? I am still having issues when surveyors send 3D geometry. On some projects, I need to be able to manipulate this geometry in a 2D workflow and asking the surveyor to flatten prior to export is not a valid solution. I've tried converting all to 3D polygons, then converting to lines but I end up with thousands of tiny line segments that can't be manipulated. All I need is the ability to take every vertex of a given object and make the Z value = 0 while retaining X and Y. Seems like this would be easy to do and very useful. Thanks for any insight.
  17. Thanks! I added it back until I have time to figure out how the Data Tag Tool thing works....(hopefully it works well.)
  18. I can't seem to locate the revision triangle tool in 2019. Did it move? Combine with some other function? Thanks!
  19. Does this mean I found a bug and just need to wait on the next service pack?
  20. Until loading 2019, I have been able to select multiple endpoints of lines with the reshape tool while zoomed in and drag the endpoints off the edge of the screen. The view automatically panned to keep the cursor in the view. This allows me to easily see the new endpoint to snap to without having to move the points, zoom in a little, move the points closer, zoom in some more, etc. I've searched 2109 for where to activate this control as well as searching these forums....to no avail. Can anyone help with where that setting is located? Thanks!
  21. Importing as 2D only worked for this scenario....although I am still surprised there isn't the option of flattening the geometry. Thank you for the help.
  22. I tried on both a new sheet layer and on a new design layer. On the design layer, this put all the building lines in a mass no where near the model. On the sheet layer, all the lines are now arranged in a wreath around the model. A screen shot of the offending lines is attached. The red jagged line should be the building perimeters. They look correct when viewed in plan.
  23. I have imported a survey where the geometry is a mix of lines and shapes drawn in 2D and 3D. Some of the site geometry is drawn in 3D and some is a 2D representation. To make it worse, the building outlines appear to be 2D when viewed in plan, but if you rotate the model around, the lines connect at one end to a point on the layer plane but the other end connect to a point 700' up the Z axis. So a 20' long wall looks correct in plan view, but is several hundred feet long. How do I flatten the geometry so all the end points on lines keep their X and Y value, but reduce the Z value to 0 so I can have a 2D file as a starting point for the project I am working on? My efforts at searching the archive turned up nothing. File is attached for grins. The layer in questions is called J Clyde Topo. 1452_Signature_2017-04-12.vwx
  24. DPI settings are still on 300, where they have been all along. I don't think there is an image in the floor plan. I did notice an odd thing: I have a bunch of duplicate classes that won't purge that all begin with NNA#2_XXXX (Where XXXX is the name of the the class I was using elsewhere in the document.) It doesn't offer these as empty classes for purging. I didn't create them, and I don't know why they are in my file.
  25. I have a problem printing and exporting to pdf that I suspect might be related to file size. I have a drawing set that when exporting to pdf, the floor plan sheet crashes the export process. (Preview on Mac is actually the program that crashes). The entire drawing set as a pdf (excluding the floor plan sheet) comes to 2.4Meg. The floorplan sheet alone comes to 5.3Meg. The export to pdf sequence manages to get the sheet created in preview most of the way, but then preview crashes before completing the process. If I try to send the sheet straight to the printer, the results are hit and miss.But I really need output to be pdf. Any ideas?


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