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  1. Create an extrude from a 2D shape, then move the extrude. When you want to edit the 2D shape, you will find that it did not "move" with the 3D object. This makes it difficult to use the full potential of your 2D-3D interface! If you want to edit your original shape using the spatial context of the 3D object's current position by drawing objects then pasting them in place in the edit window, you're out of luck. This technique is the fastest and most reliable way to work with 3D objects. The same problem plagues the use of boolean solid operations. It would be a powerful improvement to the program if all objects associated with a 3D entity moved with it, and always occupied the same position with respect to the origin. In other words, if you extrude a square into a cube, then move it 2 inches along the x axis, you should be able to enter the edit window for that cube and find that the square from which it was extruded has also moved 2 inches along the x axis.
  2. Caleb, Yep, it works, but you need to know to do the following: enter scaling in page setup, select the output page size desired. Go into Set Print Area dialog box, and click on a single sheet. Check to make sure your printable area numbers make sense. While I have your attention, since it seems you work for NNA, have your programmers figured out a possible way to speed up the operation of 9.0? I have documented a solid subtraction that takes less than 10 seconds in 8.5, and more than 30 seconds in 9.0 - due apparently to greater accuracy (unneeded, in my case).
  3. Caleb, thanks, I'll try this and let you know if it works!
  4. "I realize you're not using VectorWorks 9 right now, but print scaling is is one of VW 9's features." - Caleb Strockbine Caleb, I had VW 9 up and running, and it could not scale printer output. Scaling is discussed in the manual, but only in the context of a printer driver that provides a scaling utility. My printer, an HP 1220, doesn't do that as well as some other printers in that regard, so yours may work fine. It appears to me, though, that VW 9 does not contain its own scaling utility, such as AutoCAD contains. If you are able to access a scaling dialog box that belongs to VW, not to the printer (look in the window header to see if the printer is named there or not), please let me know and I will give it another try.
  5. Haven't tried the new VW 9 extrude along path tool, so I was interested in this comment. I have used AutoCAD's, and the kind of problem you are experiencing happens in AutoCAD when the cross-section being extruded "doubles back" on itself geometrically when passing through a curve that is too tight. When you experience the error, try extruding the same shape along a much gentler curvature or angle. If it works in that case, then most likely your problem is that the path contains "kinks" that the extrusion algorithm can't resolve.
  6. Is there anyway you can add a feature allowing the program to scale printer output to allow, for example, a 24x36 sheet to be printed on an ordinary printer? I have an HP 1220C, which handles 13x19 sheets, max. When using zoom at 50% and the largest possible sheet size (e.g., 13x19), my output consists of 4 pieces of the drawing printed on 4 sheets at 50%!! Apparently I can't print at 50% because, in their wisdom, VW programmers have chosen to automatically tile the output when a sheet smaller than the "page size" is selected within print setup. HP provides the zoom feature, but not a 24x36 sheet size option. I don't recall having this problem working on a Mac platform with a HP 4ML printer, so my particular issue seems to arise using Windows (2000) and/or my particular printer. Surely there is a way to guarantee the ability to scale output regardless of printer or platform by scaling the printfile (like, gulp!, AutoCAD does - I can do the above referenced printing task easily in AutoCAD).
  7. I use an HP1220C with VectorWorks 8.5 (tried 9.0, shelved it). Both print okay, but the lack of a scaling utility in VW is a sore point. HP's "Smart Zoom" utility doesn't work with VW because VW automatically tiles a document according to the paper size selected in the printer driver. So, for example, if you want to print out a 24x36 document at half size, you're out of luck. The 1220C driver doesn't offer a 24x36 paper size, so VW tiles the document into at least 4 sheets. When you try to print out at 50%, you get four 50% size sections of the drawing. The work around is to change layer scales - a real pain, but doable. The printer itself is fast, quiet, and gives great output. It can also take a 13x19 sheet. VW programmers take note! You need to provide printer output scaling!
  8. Dear scubohntr, I share your frustration with VectorWorks documentation. It is far too sketchy. Here is a pobable solution, though, to your problem: you are working an a map at a "large" scale, where the symbol you are trying to use is at a "small" scale, like 1/4" = 1'. Put the symbol on a layer with a small scale, and it will show up in properly sized. This is a problem one wouldn't encounter in AutoCAD, which uses a completely different system for these things. VW responds to scaling a symbol, as opposed to an ordinary object, as an illegal command and just does nothing in response. If you convert the symbol to a group, however, it can then be scaled using the scaling tool.
  9. After two days of trying VW 9, encountered many bugs - you will no doubt work through them. Sluggish performance is not a bug - it's a basic design issue. 3D solid operations, doors and windows, simply changing the width of a wall object, all take unacceptably long periods of time. If you have a strategy to get back at least to the user performance of v 8.5, let me know. Otherwise, can't use VectorWorks in the future.


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