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Robert Anderson

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  1. Hi Andrew, I also have vision problems. Right now, if you are on a Mac, there are only limited options. Probably the best is to change the screen resolution using System Preferences. You can also adjust display contrast under the Accessibility:Display preferences. More UI / UX control is something we're working on.
  2. I count not-quite 30 urinals in the Vectorworks product libraries. See attached.
  3. To take Jim's comment one step further. If this is a viewport presentation, use a stacked viewport. The "lower" viewport will be in OpenGL rendering with no edges, the "upper" viewport will be in HL. The texture artifacts at the gable walls can be fixed by reshaping the roof to be 0.01mm shorter.
  4. Your first posting was about export to Revit, now this is about importing from Revit, so these are not the same thing! Revit can export a SAT file, which Vectorworks can import. If all you want is geometry, and don't care about object structure or data, I would give that a try. We use SAT file export from Revit and import into Vectorworks quite a bit for content conversion.
  5. I'm interested to hear you say that IFC is not useful. IFC is our standard recommendation for exporting to Revit. Both Vectorworks and Revit are certified to import and export IFC 2x3 for model sharing and exchange. Since Autodesk has not published (and almost certainly will not publish) the RVT schema, and IFC is virtually the only non-native file format that Revit will open (see illustration), why is it you say that IFC is not useful?
  6. Have you tried export to DWG / reimport of the sheet layers?
  7. You should use the GetIFCProperty function for this. See the screenshots. Note that there are some pre-defined wall reports in the Create Report command that have some examples of this also.
  8. The BIMobject tool in vectorworks will automatically filter BIMobject content for file types including VWX, DWG, SKP, and 3DS. If one of these file types is chosen in the BIMobject web-view window, the tool will automatically download and convert the file. If a VWX file is available, it is the obvious choice. Then I would probably prefer (in order) DWG (choose the 3D option, often there are 2D files also), SKP, and then 3DS. RVT / RFA files are not handled by the tool at this time.
  9. I took a look at the workspace (.VWW) files. It looks like all the toolset icons are directly stored as base64-encoded ASCII. It's been quite a while since I played with base64 encoding. I copied and pasted some of the encoded text and used the MacOS Terminal command line to convert to an icon. Here's my result ūüôā : It looks like my icon has been hit by Hurricane Florence. Anyway, the raw data is all there, and it's a single line in the Terminal editor to convert a base64 file. If you have all of it, that is. For more on this, see: https://drewsymo.com/2016/05/09/simple-base64-encode-decode-on-mac-osx-linux-with-openssl/
  10. Mac is different from Windows. NOTE: The following procedure can corrupt Vectorworks if you do it incorrectly. Proceed at your own risk. The Vectorworks app is a "package" file. Right click the Vectorworks App icon and choose "Show Package Contents". Vectorworks will open up a folder showing its contents. Warning: You do not want to change anything in this folder. Open up the Resources folder, and there will be a file (a big one) called Vectorworks.vwr. Option-drag a copy of this file to your desktop and close the Vectorworks App package window (whew!) Change the name of the desktop "Vectorworks.VWR" file to "Vectorworks.ZIP". It will turn into a folder. Open this folder up and have at it. Unless I miss my guess, the stuff you're looking for is in the subfolder /Images/Tools/.
  11. Vectorworks will do this, and has had this capability since (I think) the MiniCad days. In Vectorworks Preferences, enable :"Log Time in Program" (It's the second control on the Session tab.) Vectorworks will now write a text file to your user folder called "Vectorworks Log" that is a listing of major document events, See screenshot.
  12. Hi Simon, please check your EULA (End-user License Agreement). You'll find under § 1.5 (Terms Common to all Licenses) the following: The Licensee may not: [..] Sub-license, sell, lend, rent, transfer, assign, or lease any portion of the software (including any former version of the software) or the license granted under this agreement.
  13. I've looked at your file, and it looks to me like a bug in the sill code. For now, I'd recommend turning off sills and placing them as independent symbols. See the attached file: Sill_test_v2018.vwx I'll submit your other file to the Window/Door engineer as a bugfile. Thanks!
  14. @RDS Casa, I'll look into the issue of the window sills. It may be that I have to reverse the sign on an offset. I'll let you know.
  15. RDS Casa, you are correct, the sash width offsets are incorrect in the libraries. The Vectorworks window can do a reasonable approximation (say LOD 300) of a Velfac window. I have entered a bug for this in our tracking system. In the meantime, if you need to make a Velfac window, the following settings in the "Sash and Jamb" pane of the Window dialog should get you there: Hope this helps.
  16. Here are the Design Intelligence rankings. (I am happy that my alma mater, Rice University SOA, and their dean Sarah Whiting did so well in the survey. Go Owls!)
  17. Is it safe to assume you're using Vectorworks Architect 2018? If so, all you have to do is make a "Title Block Border" style using that tool, identify which fields you want fixed (by project) and variable (by sheet) in that style, and you're off and running. More can be found here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm#t=VW2018_Guide%2FSetup%2FConcept_Using_Title_Block_Borders.htm
  18. Hi Rcanhao, Try the following settings in the Advanced Section Properties dialog (see image below).
  19. Hi, tjxj, Lineweights, arrowheads, hatch scaling, all those things that you have to do all the time in ACAD, Vectorworks handles for you. It is all about Layer Scale. What is Layer Scale? The "Layer Scale" used by VectorWorks comes primarily out of "WYSIWYG" drawing, pioneered on the Mac (and therefore part of Vectorworks' history). "Layer Scale" exists to allow graphic properties of the drawing or model to be represented properly, as though you were drawing at a particular scale on a piece of paper. It is a scaling value used to allow proper representation for PAGE-SCALED (as opposed to WORLD-SCALED) attributes: -Line weight; -Line style (e.g. length of dashes); -Marker (arrowhead) size; -Text size; -Hatch scaling; -Page symbol scaling; In "WYSIWYG" drawing, in order to properly display these attributes, there has to be an intended output scale so you can see how the drawing will look at that intended format. The practical upshot of all this is that you should set your "layer scale" to be the same as the predominant output scale of your project. This will necessitate the least amount of attribute-scaling in viewports. But in all design layers, at all times, you are drawing in world scale. An inch is always an inch, a foot is always a foot, no matter the "Layer Scale". "Layer Scale" serves only to set page-oriented graphics. Note also that you can scale some or all of these attributes in individual viewports as you wish.
  20. if you are on a Mac and want to see invisible files, you can use a utility like Funter.
  21. It looks like you are trying to insert the door object on the wall face. Insert the door in the wall centerline and use the "offset in wall" property to move the door to the face.
  22. Multiple extrude may work, but is difficult to control for faces and faceting. Taper Solid should work. Subdivision tool likewise will work (and be very malleable!) The main advantage of the NURBS surface-to-shell approach is the easy control of getting a uniform thickness of the shape. (This may or may not be a requirement, though).
  23. Create two vertical curves in the starting and ending profiles, use the Loft tool to connect them (this will create a NURBS surface), then shell the result.
  24. If your file involves a large amount of imported 3D geometry, try going to the resources to simplify, particularly large or complex meshes, which can really bog down a hidden-line displayed viewport. Complex 3D meshes can be modified using the Simplify Mesh command. It has a preview so you can tune your simplification to be visually correct. If your file involves a lot of 2D imports from AutoCAD, often time very "deep" hatches or inefficient line styles can slow down the file. Try modifying these to simplify in the Resource Browser.


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