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Robert Anderson

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    Senior Strategy and Technology Advisor
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  1. Robert Anderson

    Wall Area

    You can do this with Marionette, but the only functions available are criteria-based functions, which makes the Marionette approach somewhat more complicated (compared to, say, handle-based functions).
  2. Robert Anderson

    Wall Area

    Look at the following worksheet functions: WALLAREA_GROSS (area of walls not subtracting openings) WALLAREA_NET (area of walls subtracting openings)
  3. Robert Anderson

    VW 2016 Crashing with OSX Mohave installed

    You must upgrade to the latest version (and service pack) of Vectorworks to be compatible with MacOS Mojave.
  4. Robert Anderson

    ever-decreasing performance of Vectorworks

    I have a question, also: In Vectorworks Preferences, what your setting for "Navigation Graphics" on the Display tab? If it is not set to "Best Performance", try that setting.
  5. Robert Anderson

    Non-CAD software question for architects

    I'm interested in helping architects do more efficient business (I know, boring!) I'd like to know what kind of Time and Billing software is used by Vectorworks firms: What kind? Do you use it yourself, or do you delegate its use to administrative staff? What do you like / dislike about it? Does it help you keep your receivables low?
  6. Robert Anderson

    Question of "Same floor plan and different layers"

    In "modern" Vectorworks, use a Design Layer Viewport.
  7. Robert Anderson

    Realistic hardware spec for OS X

    Hi Bhel, Echoing what Jim said. Just because many Vectorworks users are Mac users, it doesn't mean you have to adopt a new and unfamiliar operating system. If you prefer Windows, go get a high-spec (for business, not necessarily for gaming) Win laptop. All the work you do will transfer just fine to a Mac, because the VWX file is binary-identical.
  8. Robert Anderson

    Symbol scaling

    Hi Alexandra, take a look at the "Advanced Viewport Properties" option in the Viewport Object Info palette. There is a Symbol-scaling option there.
  9. Thanks as always Pat for your helpful input. I'm trying to remember when we changed from the .MCD extension to the .VWX extension. It could have been VW 11 or as early as 10. But I think you are right. The alert message shown is what you get when you try to open a file created with a newer version of Vectorworks. My guess here is VW_2010.
  10. Robert Anderson

    How do you Model a Metal Roof Deck

    This can be done with roof styles, sort of. You can make an undulating tile fill (similar to insulation), but it won't be direction sensitive (i.e. it will section the same way both longitudinally and transverse.)
  11. Robert Anderson

    How do you Model a Metal Roof Deck

    Not everyone will agree, but in my opinion, extrusions of sine-like curves is not the way to go. Just create a slab or roof face in (say) a 2" thickness or whatever your actual material describes, then apply a standard corrugated texture to it. You can add a parallel-lines surface hatch for HL rendering, See image. Actual geometry will negatively affect render times in all forms of rendering.
  12. Robert Anderson

    Symbol Rollover / Mouseover question

    This is a good suggestion. I got caught up in the "pointing to / hovering" workflow. Easy enough to do with Dropbox or any web-enabled storage. Thanks for the suggestion!
  13. Robert Anderson

    Vectorworks to Revit

    cberg, Unlike the Vectorworks file format, IFC does not handle coordinated 2D planar geometry to go with the 3D. The IFC file format is 3D only. (Well, technically it's not, but 2D geometry is considered "annotation" and is not part of the certification.) But all applications that export IFC are exporting 3D geometry only, AFAIK. In other words, this is not a Vectorworks export issue (it's exporting very high-quality IFC), this is an inability of Revit to convert IFC to Revit native objects.
  14. Robert Anderson

    Symbol Rollover / Mouseover question

    This is not currently possible. It is a great idea, though. You should wish-list it.
  15. Robert Anderson

    workspace problem

    I'm guessing you simply closed your tool palettes inadvertently. Go to the Windows menu and re-check the "Basic" and "Tool Palettes" items.


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