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  1. MogTheSmilingCat

    Wireless Mice for Vectorworks

    Another vote for the Evoluent VerticalMouse - I've got a v2 one and have used it for years, initially in response to pinched nerve issues and wanting a more natural hand position. They're wonderfully adjustable via the driver software and the extra programmable buttons are perfect. No other mouse I've tried comes close. And I don't work for them either (but the people who do are lovely - I helped with sorting some bugs on the driver many years ago and they sent me a free mouse as a thank-you, which my partner has used and loved ever since :o) )
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    Soffits and Fascias on Gable End Roofs

    I always do roofs with a proper Roof for the main bit (within the walls outer faces) and then simply use Roof Faces for the eaves and verges. I set up Roof Styles for the main roof (with insulation etc) and for the overhanging bits (without insulation etc). It sounds a bit clunky, but is actually quick - just do half of each gable (draw and add together rectangles as required, make into a Roof Face, apply required style, and drag up or down to get exactly level with main roof edge, then mirror. It's one of those many examples where VW lacks a proper tool for the job, but has so many ways of doing generally useful things that it's easy to sort it out.
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    Section Viewports black background

    I've had the black backgrounds - using Renderworks background as well as OpenGL, but only on some projects and not others - advice awaited on why. Best workaround has been to use simple sky background which is at least white > blue gradient.
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    NBS Annotator for Vectorworks

    It's been quiet on this thread for a while, so... ...will the NBS Annotator tool work with VW2016? And also with NBS Scheduler (rather than Building or Create)? Many thanks!
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    I'm a Certified Passivhaus Designer here in the UK; I'm very interested in how closely Energos matches PHPP's protocols and hence whether it will enable me to largely skip PHPP during the design phase and simply use it for certification. If you want to put drafts out for comment/feedback, I'd be interested to take a look.
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    Artlantis 4.1: exporting wall component classes

    As a long-time sufferer of this problem I was about to run round my office punching the air, but a quick delve into VW showed no Textures tab in Edit Wall Style - presumably because I don't have Renderworks (because I *do* have Artlantis!) . Aaaaargh!!!
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    Symbol won't insert into Roof

    Slap me if it's too obvious, but "wall insertion mode" turned off? I know it says "wall", but it seems to control insertion into roof objects too...
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    Inserting rooflight symbols

    You are spot-on about orientation, Jonathan. Once I rotated the rooflights so they were vertical rather than laid flat, inserting them into the roof punches the right-sized hole. Only step left is to get the insertion point in the right place (basically in the middle of the hole which gets punched) and I'm in business - I'll basically set up a drawing "jig" and drop each symbol onto it to re-set the insertion point and re-save. Job done.
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    Inserting rooflight symbols

    Hi Folks - help needed. As per other people's previous comments on here, I'm frustrated by the limited range of the included Velux symbols as (i) they don't seem to be current and (ii) I tend to specify Fakro anyway. Fakro have 3D models available online and I've downloaded them as DWG's. I've then imported them as 3D symbols and there they are - lovely 3D things that look just like roof windows. Hurrah! BUT... ...they won't insert into a roof object, even with Wall Insertion Mode on. If I edit the Symbol Options to turn on "Insert in walls" we get a bit closer:- the Edit Roof Element box pops up, I can tell it to Edit Skylight. BUT... ...it punches a slot in the roof and doesn't place the symbol. The insertion point (the cursor position) appears remote from the symbol (about a metre away from the rooflight top edge) - I'm not sure if this is the problem, but can't see ways of editing it even if it is. Any help VERY much appreciated. I suppose I can manually crank them into position of roof objects or faces with pre-punched holes, but I'd really love the full functionality.
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    Dual monitors

    I'm using a 27" Hazro display - 2560x1440; I think the bowels of it are the same as the big Apple displays but just in a cheaper casing and hence with a wee tiny price tag. I have Object Info and Attributes over on the RHS and all the other palettes lined up below the toolbar and set to drop down on mouse over. Consequently have a huuuge drawing area which I love, plus more-or-less instant access to all tools and settings. Happy bunny.
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    Creating suitable DXF files for THERM

    Useful to know - occasional THERM user here...
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    windows 7 vs windows xp, 64bit vs 62bit

    Current PC uses the Intel Z68 chipset so the SSD is used automatically for frequently-used software and data, and reads/writes much quicker than anything via USB. It's really pretty quick.
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    windows 7 vs windows xp, 64bit vs 62bit

    Yup recently shifted across. Old machine:- dual Xeon, 4GB memory, Quadro graphics card, Win XP (so not exactly primitive); new machine Intel i7, 16GB memory, SSD cache, FirePro7900 and Win7 64-bit. I was very un-excited about the prospect of shifting to Win7 but have to say I love it, and VW absolutely flies. Plus having oodles of memory means I can run VW and Artlantis together and more easily integrate them.
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    window 2d/3d

    I've done it a slightly different way; I've set up various "wall styles" to suit different constructions and shoved them in the Resources pallette - 12mm plasterboard, facing brick, boarding on battens etc - all with wall top at usual window/door head height and bottom at typical lowest cill level (the latter can be re-set to suit each window if required). I then just double-click 'em and draw in Top/Plan view. Set "no caps" and the 2D joins seem to vanish nicely. But I'm still a relative VW newbie so there's probably a much easier way...
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    window 2d/3d

    I never knew it existed either but just did a bit of googling. Turns out it appears if you set a number in the internal or external "Comps" field - a very non-intuitive reference to "number of components which wrap at the window opening". So you can for example set it at "1" and drag the external leaf of brickwork or insulation or whatever to overlap a window frame or close a cavity. Am now looking for an equivalent in Windoor....! Learn something new every day...


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