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  1. Thank you again everyone for the help. This section of advice was very helpful.
  2. Thank you everyone....I will check out that "Model Set-Up" and "No Stories, No Problem" article. However, I am so curious why styled walls act so radically different than un-styled walls...? I'll see if that article holds the answer.
  3. Sorry for the belated response. So I did what you asked and it was interesting. The results don't match what I figured would happen. I made 2 design layers - (1) 10' and the other (2) 20' (im in ft not m) When I setup the layer structure as you said, drawing an unstyled wall on the 10' layer gives me 20' in reality, and moving it to the 20' layer gave me a 30' wall. Is that what you expected? I've placed some screen shots to show (did i miss something?)
  4. Thanks Jeff! If you see my insert options part of this is confusing me since i've set (what i believe to be) the correct info for shaping the wall to my layer wall height. However, its not changing the wall to match.
  5. OK, adding more to the mystery for me - the process i've used works fine (setting wall height), except when i start with a styled wall. How does a wall style change my ability to set wall heights?
  6. I'm trying to figure out why if I set a design layer wall height that isn't setting my wall height. I've even set the wall data tab "Top Bound" to "Layer Wall Height" and it makes no difference. I feel like in the past I could control the wall heights without setting up stories....but this isn't working as I remember. Thanks for any help.
  7. Really? Curved? I've always worried that the curve would interfere with the visual. You don't have a problem with that?
  8. I believe there is becoming a clear dichotomy between design/modeling apps and visualization/presentation tools like Lumion, Twinmotion, and others. The trend is to become effortlessly sync-able with those visualization apps - and you should see how that works with Vectorworks live sync. You can then use something like Plant Factory to either find/edit (or create from scratch) your plant resources and then use your model in Vectorworks to drive a visualization app like any of the ones listed above. I know this might seem like a hassle at first, but i promise once you get your workflow down its actually very simple and worth the effort in the presentations you can offer.
  9. Great suggestion. That video I posted was just something i found searching for how to do that in YouTube. I do think the folks at Vectorworks would be wise to consider residential construction a bit more than they do right now - since its a natural market. Residential architects/designers are less likely to be part of a larger firm - and larger firms are far more likely to use Revit. I love Vectorworks, but for residential modeling its not great.
  10. I actually use Chief Architect a lot for residential simply due to how much faster it is for that type of work - though i would FAR prefer to use VW for everything. This is the only quick video I could find to illustrate how it can be done with ease. It will get across the point of how easy a solution it could be for VW.
  11. In residential we run into this situation/condition all the time, where a exterior wall needs to have a section of interior wall based on its location to roof lines. Below is a video of a good tip, but very cumbersome process to what is a VERY common condition. VW just needs to be able to handle this common condition far more elegantly.
  12. Thank you - Jacob reached out and I got the demo, and just purchased 2020 Designer. Thanks.
  13. I believe the creator of this died in an accident. I've been trying to run this plugin down for some time, as it was just awesome. https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/family-remembers-man-killed-friday-in-tragic-accident-in-ellicott-city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKRa_jCcOtY
  14. I've tried to get a demo of VW 2020 a couple times and now it says that someone will call you with a serial number to activate the trial....but no one calls. I'm posting here since I have no idea who to contact over that issue - being they were supposed to contact me. Just a suggestion, why not convert that to an email and not a specific call?
  15. @LindadR thank you for the reply. If you look at what you get from Autodesk for $235 per month (see below) its 6 top tier software titles - like Revit, Autocad, 3Ds Max, etc etc plus a lot of nice web-based apps. All that adds up to well over $10k worth of software....perhaps closer to $20k. Revit alone is around $192 a month - but Revit was much more expensive product than Vectorworks ever was due to its market position. My overall point is that if you took the purchase price of VW and compared that with the subscription rates of other companies/titles relative to what their purchase prices were, VW's ratio of subscription price to purchase price is skewed. I


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