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  1. I am trying to convert a 3D model of a building into a 2D line drawing. I have found that the best way to do this is to select a viewport on a sheet, then go the menu and select "Modify / Convert / Convert to Lines." The problem with this method is that the line drawing it produces has a huge number of unnecessary lines; remnants of wall components (for instance, I want the 2D line drawing to have walls composed of only two lines, but converting from a 3D model gives me about 10 lines, two for the stucco, two for the gypsum, two for the outline etc..). I have tried selecting the viewport and electing to turn-off "Show Wall Components" feature of "Advanced Properties" of the object info pallet, but this doesn't change the conversion. Is there any easy way to get two lines for my walls?
  2. Thank you very much. This worked brilliantly.
  3. Hello, I've searched for previous topics on this issue and none have seemed to address the problem I am encountering. I would like to export a Vectorworks file as a DWG with certain classes not exported. I have made the classes I do not want to export invisible in the Vectorworks file. The DXF/DWG Export dialog box has an option that "Invisible Classes Are: (Not Exported)." This export option only works when I chose to export "Design Layers Only," and it does not work when I want to export "All Sheets" which is necessary in this situation. (I am working on a multi-story building with different floors layered on top of one another. I would like each floor to export into AutoCAD as a block, on a layer named for the Vectorworks layer, that can be frozen to reveal the specific floor the user wants to see. This only happens when I chose to "Export: All Sheets," and not "Design Layers Only" as I would imagine it to). How do I get around this?
  4. Thank you for your reply. It definitely seems to be a bug of some sort. I don't think the polyline/rectangle was the source of the problem. I found that when a viewport was rotated to a view different that how it appears in the actual drawing, the hatches disappeared. I have access to two versions of Vectorworks, an Educational Version and the Full Vversion. There is no issue with the drawing file on the Educational Version. I did some work on the file in the Educational Version and opened it in the Full Version and the problem disappeared.
  5. I have never had this problem before, and I have no idea what is causing it. In my 2D drawings, any hatches applied to rectangles will show in viewports. Any hatches applied to polylines will not show in viewports, even though they show on design layers. They even show up when I double click the Viewport and edit the Design Layer while displaying Viewport Attributes. I have checked the following: - Class turned off (No) - Layer turned off (No) - View other than Top/Plan (No) - Hatch Scale (No) - Background/Foreground Render (No) Please help me resolve this outrageously annoying problem.
  6. Is there an accurate way to get property lines to show up in elevation when the elevation in question has been produced from a 3D model?
  7. Thank you very much for your help. Here's what I found: 1. I have been resolving the line weight issue with "redrawing" in the annotation mode of viewports. This is much faster than I thought it would be. Starting from scratch, an elevation is taking me about eight minutes to get it looking acceptable, at this stage of design. Using the Polygon paint-bucket tool really helps. Still, I think the issue of line weights in drawings generated from 3D models should be an issue that gets resolved in future versions of Vectorworks. 2. Door opening direction hasn't been resolved. I can draw the dashed lines over each door and operable window in the viewport annotation mode, but I would rather not have to. 3. The default view for new classes can be fixed in the creation dialog box, which I never noticed before.
  8. I'm having a number of problems using Vectorworks the more and more I try using a 3D model to generate 2D drawings. 1. I cannot effectively control lineweights when using a 3D model to generate 2D drawings. Drawing over the model by annotating the viewport is an unacceptable waste of time and defeats the purpose of having a 3D model. 2. Show door opening direction does not show up in elevation drawings, or does so sporadically. 3. The default for viewports is to exclude new layers and classes which tends to cause lots of errors in printed drawings on my behalf. 4. How do I apply a hatch to a wall so that I can see the hatch in elevation? 5. How do I create custom doors. I would like to create: a) Something similar to a Nanawall, a multi-panel tri/quad-folding door. b) A fence gate which would essentially be a sliding door with two moving doors which can bypass each other. Much like you find in some mirrored closet doors.
  9. I'm making my first foray into Vectorworks worksheets and custom formulas. I would like my window schedule to tell me the orientation of each window (North, South, East, West) so that I can calculate the total area of glazing on each facade. Any suggestions as to how I can make this work?
  10. I found a way of resolving it by creating a viewport on a layer, creating a new reference to the new file, then moving it into position so it lines up with the old reference, then I deleted the old reference viewport (I think this is more or less what you suggested islandmon). This isn't a very good way of doing it though, or Vectorworks doesn't make it very easy. First, it opens the door to errors. Second, the old reference viewport had a very specific setting of class visibilities which I had to go through again. Why can't I just right-click on the reference under the navigation pane and change the reference that way, while retaining the position of the old reference and all its class visibilities?
  11. A project I'm working on is composed of two Vectorworks files. The plans, sections, elevations and other drawings are in one file ("Drawing File"), and the door and windows schedules are in another file ("Window Schedule"). Our Window Schedule has viewports to every window in the project so that they can be dimensioned on the Window Schedule sheet. The viewports on the Window Schedule sheet have a 'view' to a reference of the drawings contained in the Drawing File. What's happened is that the drawings have been further developed and changed and the file name for the Drawing File has changed. Our office uses a file naming convention that starts with the date. The current Drawing File starts with 10-07-09, while the file the Window Schedule is referencing starts with 10-06-07. When I try to change the reference I get an error that says "An error occurred while updating from the referenced document "10-07-09.vwx." How can I resolve this issue?
  12. Every single one of the standard Vectorworks doors I have in my drawing aren't showing up in the viewport. All classes and layers visibilities are correct. How do I fix this?
  13. Thank you for your replies. I am still very new at VectorWorks, so please walk me through your suggestions step by step. I tried to learn a bit about the IFC idea, but either it isn't right for this project or I can't get it to work. I essentially want the inclined wall to act as a "wall," that is, with the ability to insert openings and windows, render properly in 3D and present properly in 2D. I want it to interact correctly with adjacent walls, roofs and floors. Wall selected w/ object Info. I "Fit walls to roof" which worked well for the roof, but getting the bottom of the wall to adjust its geometry to the inclined wall (which is essentially beneath it) didn't work so well. Inclined wall selected w/ object info. I tried attaching IFC data to it to make it act like a wall, but I can't change the wall style, I can't insert windows or openings, and adjacent walls and floors don't interact with it well. SketchUp model. This is essentially what I want it to look like. (How do I make the images larger? In the mean time, I guess you can right click to get the image link and see a larger version that way)
  14. A house I'm designing has a wall inclined at 108.4 degrees from the horizontal (18.4 from the vertical). I don't have an image to show at this moment, but the wall forms an obtuse angle on the interior at it's juncture with the floor (the wall inclines to the exterior). I can draw it easily enough as a 3D object, but not as a "wall" as Vectorworks would define it. I'd like to be able to take full advantage of Vectorwork's BIM capabilities, so will drawing the inclined wall as a 3D object take away from this? Or is there some way to draw inclined walls that I don't know about?


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