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    How to 'Look At' a specific face

    I group objects, then enter the group to get rid of the other distractions. Setting a working plane and "looking" at it is the way I've always worked. You can also save that working plane with a name to invoke it later.
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    VectorWorks - Major File Read/Save Problem

    Iso, here are the things I would check first: do you have this problem with other file types, especially in that same folder? Are the vectorworks files in question marked "read only" when you open the properties dialog box for the file? Create and save a new file to that same location in vectorworks – does that file have the problem? Do you possibly have an issue with an administrator name or password?
  3. Andy, yes, you have me right – individual extrudes for individual pieces of wood so grain can be applied in the correct direction!
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    Best approach for profiled metal cladding

    Some great advice in this thread, from different perspectives. Much appreciated!
  5. Peter and Jonathan, thanks - the custom leaf is also incorrect, as you probably know, and the parameters can't be adjusted, so - right! Not the answer. And I agree completely about the grain direction issue, the only way to model a door or window correctly is to construct it from scratch and place it in a cased opening. Not sure if Windoor can handle these things, I used to have it, but didn't keep up. PS: NNA, it would help if these parametric objects, when ungrouped, would break down into individual extrusions so that it would be easier to construct an object from scratch starting from your stock object. As it is, we don't have logical "pieces" after ungrouping.
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    Callout Tool

    jmartin, what you are looking for is the "Horizontal Text Alignment" option (see the OIP above). Select "Right," and your text will align properly to your leader. I don't know why there isn't an "Auto" option for that parameter so that leaders with text to the left could automatically align properly. It's a pain to have to enter that every time such a callout is created. It's only a problem with multi-line text, single line seems to align properly.
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    Advanced Discussion on Efficiency

    Thanks, Jim, that was very informative!
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    AEC/ Survey Input/Input survey file

    Alan, it sounds like it couldn't be an issue with the file or its location since you don't even get to the window where you would browse for a file? please let us know how this works out – I use import survey functionality all the time, and I'm still debating whether I should install my v2017 upgrade.
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    Keynotes

    Alan, I always use "Remove Gaps" in the OIP - not sure if that was available before v2015. Remove gaps.pdf
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    change insertion point for a symbol

    The insertion point is the (0,0) point in your symbol edit space. Edit the symbol by moving it so that the desired insertion point is at (0,0) in that edit space.
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    Fit Walls to Objects

    I create layers for upper and lower wall trims, and just copy the objects to those layers I want to trim to. Not really a big problem, you don't have to move things back and forth that way.
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    Viewport References

    Alan, my understanding of it is that the reference is automatically created when you create a viewport from an external file. So you get to save a step, I think.
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    Angled Dimension in Rotated View

    Ben, it looks like you might be snapping to some hidden line - try isolating the problem the way Alan did with an unambiguous test. BTW, please include what version you are using! I haven't encountered your issue, but I haven't downloaded 2017, still working on 2016.
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    Wall Hatch Alignment

    I guess these are hatches associated with a texture. In playing with this type of thing, I can see it makes a difference whether you have selected "Plane" or "Auto-align plane" in the Render tab of the OIP. "Auto-align plane" seems to line things up correctly, where "Plane" can put things out of whack.
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    Wall Hatch Alignment

    Are these hatches or textures?
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    Wall Corner Joining Priorities

    It makes a difference which wall you click on first. The wall you click on second in a capped L join runs through.
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    Reference Viewport Visibility Issues

    Bear, check class visibilities in your "base" file. Are there any differences between A/B and C? In the class settings of objects or of the DLVPs themselves?
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    Auto Hybrid

    I've had problems with auto hybrid objects, but I've heard on this forum that a lot of visibility issues have to do with the "cut plane elevation" setting. In tinkering with this object type, that setting remains mysterious i.e., I can't make an object below the cut plane disappear, but, like I say, allegedly it does something. You also have the key visibility options, 2d only, or 2d and 3d. There are also settings related to the class of the hybrid objects, and it can happen that an object appears on screen after it's been pasted, even though it's class is set to invisible, but once something is done it disappears. As a VW user for over 25 years, I still can't figure out why auto-hybrid was invented, but one thing is for sure - they require a lot more study and understanding than I've been willing to devote to them. A lot of manufacturers seem to favor these concoctions in their downloadable content, and it's been nothing but a pain. I tend to think that Art probably has the right idea. In edit space, select all and press <ctrl+6> to see everything, that might clarify what is in the object.
  19. MH, you're converting to lines, but the lines are probably "layer plane" lines. To fix this, convert them in the OIP to "screen plane" lines. To avoid this happening in the first place, make sure your preferences are set to "screen plane only".
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    Line tool: I'm stuck :- \

    The "line style" – solid or dashed – is controlled by the default set in the Attributes palette. Change that, and your lines will be drawn as you wish them to. You set the defaults in the attributes pallet by changing the settings with nothing selected.
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    Creating parametric Extrusions using standard profile

    What Alan said. Your symbol instances can be scaled, so when you change the profile all the lengths will remain the same. Extrusion symbol.pdf
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    Fill mode switch bug

    I've discovered actions that cause the fill mode to switch from eyedropper to bucket spontaneously. This is observed in v2016, can anyone confirm this before I submit a bug report, and does the same thing happen in v2017 which I haven't installed yet? Here's the procedure: Create a group Set fill mode to eyedropper, and pick up a fill Switch to select tool with <X>, select and enter the group with <ctrl+[> Select an object, and activate the eyedropper tool with the keyboard shortcut Without changing tools, exit group by <ctrl+]>. Note eyedropper mode has switched to bucket
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    Fill mode switch bug

    Yes, rD, same issue. Do you find the specific steps I outlined cause the error for you?
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    Change line endpoints in OIP

    There's a 3-dot depiction of a line in the OIP, and if you click on the endpoint dots you will see the coordinates X and Y. I can believe I've never noticed this because I don't think I've ever tried it in all the years using VW, but if you modify a coordinate for the endpoint of a line in v2016, the WHOLE line moves, not just the endpoint. Is this new behavior with v2016? Does it make sense to anyone? Seems like if we want to move the line, there are other ways to do that, but to be able to change the coordinates of the endpoints individually would be very useful - but not possible as things now stand. Is this WAD (working as designed)? A bug? Would it be a desired feature, if not a bug, to be able to edit the endpoints individually, like we do with a polygon?
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    been working with sheets for the past 16hrs

    Digital, those are nice drawings - but what is the difficulty you are having?

 

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