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Robert Anderson

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  1. Robert Anderson

    coloring symbols background depending on database value

    I think the approach would be to assign the colored boxes to a special class that is used only for that purpose. Then your Marionette command script could start by deleting all (old) objects of that class and re-run. The other approach is a little different, and it allows automatic updating, but a change in workflow. In this approach, you would make a Marionette plug-in object that incorporates both the symbol instance and the colored background, and it reassigns colors based on the record value. The problem with this is that I assume you want to work from existing drawings, i.e. existing layouts of symbols. I think the first approach would be more practical. BUT... (and it's a big "but"...) I would be doing you a mis-service if I didn't also mention Live Data Visualization. Built into Vectorworks 2020. If you're a Service Select customer especially, you will be able to do what you want to do without scripting.
  2. Robert Anderson

    coloring symbols background depending on database value

    The problem here is that you seem to be asking Marionette to do something that Vectorworks itself cannot do, and that is, to color symbol instances based on class. All instances of a symbol are 100% reflections of the symbol definition, including class and attributes. I think what you want to do can be achieved using Marionette, but you'll have to think about this particular limitation. You could for example draw a box behind each symbol in the desired color based on the symbol size, the symbol location and the value of your database field. That's pretty straightforward, but you'll have to think about things like -where- to draw the boxes, etc.
  3. Robert Anderson

    Intro-Guidance for a utility script

    Hi arquitextonica, As to your question, "I have the feeling coding will be required to "complete/fine tune" the capabilities of the nodes, am I right?", maybe or maybe not. It depends on what you want to do. I think the secret of using Marionette effectively is knowing how to leverage your knowledge of the Vectorworks API. I kjnow you're new, but this will come with time. You speak of a filtered list of objects. The most efficient way to do this is (as I suggested earlier) using Criteria and the Objects by Criteria node.This is extremely flexible and powerful. Look here for more about Vectorworks search criteria. Foe example, suppose you wanted a list of all plug-in objects that happened to be in class "FOO". You could write the criteria to do this from scratch, but there's an easier way, and that is to have Vectorworks do it for you. You can do this using the Custom Selection... command to create a Python script that you can then copy and paste the criteria string from the Script Editor dialog to be the input in your Objects by Criteria node (select the node and paste into the field in the OI palette). See the screenshots below. You can use this technique to build filtering of virtually any complexity. Without breaking a sweat. If for example you wanted to operate only on selected objects, well, there's a criteria for that: SEL = TRUE will let you operate simply on selected stuff: To respond to your second question, I'm not sure what you mean by "generate a quick list of numbers". Can you elaborate on what you are trying to do here? Are you wanting a count? What "numbers" are we talking about?
  4. Robert Anderson

    Intro-Guidance for a utility script

    Hi arquitextonica, Welcome to Vectorworks and Marionette. The key in doing successful customization is, as you correctly imply, knowing the right data structures and workflows to get done what you want. This may sound obvious, but is really anything but. For newcomers especially, there can be pitfalls. As an example, the Object Name field where you want to write the data has its own namespace, and all entries are required to be unique. You may (even probably) won't find this a useful constraint. So one way to think the process is, inputs and outputs. Inputs: where is the data coming from? The class of the object, an object name, an object property or location, a user dialog, even (gulp) a web page? (You can conceivably do all these); and Outputs: where is the data going? An existing object property, an IFC property, a new record field you want to attach, a class? I think the mandated-uniqueness of the Object Name removes it from contention. But that's just me. To generate the list of objects whose data you want to alter, use the Objects by Criteria node. Very simple. To read and write classes, and record and IFC data fields, use the nodes in the "Records & IFC" folder in the Marionette library. You've asked for not too much hand-holding, and I respect that. But feel free to ask if you get frustrated. This is a straightforward task (and well chosen for a learning project because it's about traversing objects in the drawing.) regards, Robert
  5. Robert Anderson

    Standard Class Names ISO for Europe

    From a blank document (with only "None" and "Dimension" classes), do this: Open the Classes dialog from the View bar button or the Organization dialog tab; Choose "New..." In the dialog that opens, choose the "Import Classes" radio button. In the pulldown at the top of the list, choose VW Arch (Imperial).sta In the list, choose an entry and hit command-A to select all Click OK You should now have the Vectorworks Standard Architect classes created in your file. You can save it as a template.
  6. Robert Anderson

    Standard Class Names ISO for Europe

    What about the standard Vectorworks (as opposed to Vectorworks UK) system? It's pretty basic and straightforward. Have you talked to support at Design Express about this? They may have some templates also.
  7. Robert Anderson

    Standard Class Names ISO for Europe

    When you say, "I need a class naming template that will correspond to ISO", I'm afraid that doesn't narrow it down very much 😀. Can you provide a little more information as to what you are trying to do?
  8. Robert Anderson

    I can't edit Records in the OIP like I used to

    Try hiding the Nav palette.
  9. Robert Anderson

    I can't edit Records in the OIP like I used to

    I"m guessing here because I'm a Mac user, but I'd bet the field-list part of your Data tab is hidden. Point at the bottom of the "record formats" list area and drag up.
  10. Robert Anderson

    buying vectorworks fundamentals online?

    You can start with a 30-day trial from CADTEC to get going: http://www.cadtec.com.br/index.php?redirect=http://www.cadtec.com.br/internas/vectorworks/
  11. Robert Anderson

    Truss Symbols Not Loading

    When you placed the truss symbols, they include several classes that come in to your document along with the content. Turn off the class "Rigging-Truss-Simplified" and the masking rectangles will be hidden to expose the full glorious truss geometry.
  12. Robert Anderson

    Customize Detail Call Outs

    Sean, I'm trying to understand the workflow you are trying for. The Detail Callout by definition is a region (polyline, if you will) of a drawing that is linked to the crop of a viewport. So not having a region seems to be kind of beside the point. What is your arrowhead pointing at?
  13. Robert Anderson

    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    Glad to help, Anna. Often when default conversion resolutions are set to "high" or "very high" and you are importing spline data for topos, it's possible to get topographic geometry that can have 3000 or 4000 vertices for a single topo line on a feature. The site model works with the data it has, and doesn't simplifiy. This can bog down the model and also anything that depends on the model (like IFC export). You can reduce the vertices by a factor of 20 (and speed up by MORE than a factor of 20) with no discernible difference in the visual quality of the site model. That's why we have "Simplify 3D Polys" in the Terrain menu. Again, glad to help!
  14. Robert Anderson

    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    Thanks, Pat!
  15. Robert Anderson

    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    No problem. You create a Record format with a popup field containing the desired text values. Now you create a symbol definition with a piece of text that will show up with each instance (each insertion) of the symbol definition. Next you use the "link text to Record" command to get instance-specific text.


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