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  1. It is really a problem to work between VW and Archicad. The best you can do is to export a .dxf or .dwg file from each program to bring changes into the other platform, then edit your drawing based on the geometry of the changes. Solids go back and forth as 3D polygons only. Note that the color of a 3D shape will not be the color you selected for the surface when translated into .dxf - it will be the color of the lines.

  2. Katie,

    You may have hit upon the problem - there is no choice of D sheets, just the one option "D size sheet." I find it odd that a plotter wouldn't print an Architectural D sheet. There is no custom size available either. AutoCAD doesn't give us a problem with this plotter - I guess it's their plotter interface software coming into play.

  3. Our HP DesignJet 650C will not plot correctly using VW 9.5.2. We have recently updated the driver, and it plots correctly with AutoCAD. The problem is this: When you select a D size sheet in print setup, then go to Page->Set Print Area -> One Page, you get a printable area of 32.58 x 21.51 inches. This is way smaller than the printable area the machine is capable of: 35 x 23. Moreover, the image is set on the sheet so that the top margin is 1/2 inch, and the bottom margin is 2" or so. With roll feeding, it cuts off the sheet at around 33" instead of 36". Apparently the driver for this machine is not interacting correctly with VW. Please advise about how to solve this problem!


    Printer is shared from our server, operating with NT4.0. Server has driver version 4.00 installed.

    My station: WinXP, VW 9.5.2, P4 2.2G, 512MB RAM

  4. Whitecap,

    This is a geometry question. "Pitch in 2 directions" means that it is pitched from a line that is angled with respect to the orthogonal roof. Find the angle of that line in plan, the slope that you want, and just rotate the desired roof plane (in the XY plane) to the desired plan angle. Then you have to figure out exactly where the valleys lie . . .

  5. Alexandre,

    You are right, this is the reason some at NNA have a mental block about making this change. You are also right that with many of the specialized 3D tools, such as roofs, the source object in edit space moves with the 3D object the way we would like it to.

    Complications arise when the 3D object can be tilted with respect to the Z axis. What transformation should be applied to the 2D edit space then? As I have argued, the same transformation which would allow the edit space origin to coincide when using a working plane in the new tilted orientation. The point is to make coordinate systems consistent between the ordinary 2D working space and the object edit 2D space.

  6. Alexandre,

    I couldn't agree more about what you find to be one of the best features of VW. But, to make it much better, I wish NNA would incorporate my suggestion about how the "source" 2D and 3D objects in the edit window space do not move when the generated object is moved. If you move an extrude, for example, you can't take geometry from the object's new position, copy it into the edit space of the source polygon, and expect it to align with the new position. No, you have to somehow create a way to translate the alignment. You can work around this, but the power of the 2D/3D interface is diminished.

  7. You can do that, but since the programs are different and use layering and colors differently, you may have to fuss with things a little. I do a lot of work transfering things from VW to ACAD, and once a system is in place it can be fairly efficient. It's not seamless, however! I recommend getting the latest version of VW since the ACAD translation has improved with every version issued. Pay careful attention to all of the options in the export utility. Always export as .dwg, not .dxf.

    Beware of a couple of things. People have reported trouble with VW 10 and the latest Mac operating system, so you may want to read all the posts on this bulletin board to determine whether your current operating system is "safe". Also, if you use Paperspace, you will have to set up a system of xref's to successfully make changes in VW and export them as .dwg's. I recommend having a plot drawing that does nothing but take xrefs for formatting sheets; do your work on an xref file, which will automatically update your plot drawing whenever it is opened. Be sure to preserve the layer structure, and NEVER move the origin in VW.

    [ 10-31-2002, 07:47 PM: Message edited by: P Retondo ]

  8. In VW 9.5 the join tool has been re-engineered. It is part of the Connect/Combine tool, and it takes getting used to but works great. Instead of selecting two objects and using Ctrl+J, you select the tool and click on two objects. Pre-selecting the objects is not necessary.

    There are three modes for joining things which combine the old Extend and Join tools, and add other capabilities. I added a keyboard shortcut using the Workspace editor so that the "J" key activates that tool.

  9. I'm thinking about upgrading to version 10. Does anyone have any feedback on the conversion of VW 8.5 files to version 10? Are there glitches in the conversion? Converting from 8.5 to 9, for example, I had to edit every window and door to get them to "use wall thickness" correctly. How about issues of accuracy? Converting from 8.5 to 9, some dimensions were off, which I attributed to the shift from 32 to 64 bit numbers. Problems with 3D objects, especially those created with Boolean operations?

  10. Dear NNA, I've reported this problem before. Matthew and Robert McBride advised me to make sure my driver was the native XP driver. This did not correct the problem. Here's the situation:

    Win XP

    VW 9.5.2

    P4 2.2G, 512 MB RAM

    HP 1220C using JetDirect on Ethernet

    Printing from VW 8.5.2 and from all other programs, including Adobe Illustrator, Word, Photoshop, are okay. Printing from VW 9.5.2 to other printers/plotter okay. When I attempt to print to the 1220C, I get a C++ runtime error warning (multiple times) and a complete VW shutdown ("abnormal termination").

    I have reinstalled the XP driver for the 1220C twice and restarted the computer with no effect on the problem.


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