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Robert Anderson

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  1. I partly agree with Jonathan here. It's true we didn't include Sheet Border --> Title Block Border in Migration Manager. This was a conservative decision based on the fact that we wanted users to review the updates first hand to verify things would convert properly. And this approach has turned up some limitations quickly, many of which are fixed in SP1 and the other known ones will be fixed in SP2. The conceptual difference is that in VW_2017 and before, you used a symbol definition text-linked to a series of (rather cryptic) records to define the layout and textual content of the Titleblock. Now you use a Style-symbol to control everything about the Title Block Border, and of course the Vectorworks Style system for PIOs gives you full control over what you control by-style and by-instance. You can convert the old SB-PIOs to TBB-PIOs one at a time and, if they look right, they are right. Collect these style-symbols into your template files or (better) into a VWX file that you put into the Object Styles / Title Block Border and, as Jonathan might say, Bob's your uncle. (You'll have to ask him what that means, exactly.)
  2. I'm not 100% sure on this issue, so you might want to get in touch with Tech Support. But just guessing, you're running an 8-year-old version of the application software on a 2-year-old version of the OS. I'm guessing there may be a basic incompatibility and you may need to upgrade your Vectorworks. Apple is known for introducing incompatibilities from version to version of their OS, and we often offer an "SP5" to fix incompatibilities from the previous version. But 8 versions back is a little long in the tooth. Tech Support should be able to give you a definitive compatibility answer, though.
  3. @CJustinStockton, People often get confused about scale because our Design Layer environment has what is called "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. If you have symbols, they are all stored in a 'hidden' part of the file called the "Library" that contains Symbols as well as other resources (such as hatches and textures). You access all these through the window called the Resource Manager. No need to put them on a layer.
  4. It is possible to work this way, but this is a rather AutoCAD-style workflow. Why not use sheet layers (the equivalent of Paper Space) and viewports? This gives you much, much more flexibility in presenting and composing your sheets...
  5. Katharine, 250MB is no problem. Send me a Dropbox link or sim.
  6. Ah, are you using Vectorworks Fundamentals? It does not have that option. It's non-sensical that Drawing Labels would have a performance impact. If you can send me (randerson_at_vectorworks.net) a sample file that exhibits the problem, I'll look into it.
  7. OK, this is just a wild stab, but try going to the Document Preferences command (at File:Document Settings) and turning off "Use Automatic Drawing Coordination" in the first tab of that dialog. See if that setting makes any difference.
  8. Here's a small 3-story office that I use. Very basic. Small_spec_office.zip
  9. TTillisch, the title blocks in your old sheet borders should convert automatically. For more information on title block borders, here's a Help topic that you may find useful:
  10. Beth and Martha, SP1 will fix many issues with titleblock conversion. However, in the short run, you should be able to convert titleblocks using the guidelines in this thread: Do not use invisible classes in your titleblock symbol; Do not shift the page or change the origin on your sheet layers; If you have followed these guidelines and are still seeing conversion problems, please send the files to me. Thanks!
  11. inbinder, I use a 3-story file for testing that I do. What is it you are looking for? (A "plain, multi-floor office building" could be almost anything.)
  12. Based on the engineer's comments (see above), I think that either the moved-origin or the hidden-classes issue can cause this bad centering on conversion. I think the hidden-classes issue may be more likely than the moved origin.
  13. This will no doubt be controversial, but who cares: I think it's easier to come up to speed with a computational design capability (as in Marionette) integrally applied to an existing BIM product rather than come up to speed with a BIM capability applied to a computational design product. (Discuss..)
  14. I have just received the following message from the engineer working on this problem; "I have investigated TB_Le_Pham.vwx and in the classes Signature and Stamp there are objects that are part of a Title Block Border Layout. In the test file these classes are invisible. That is the reason why the group boundary of layout is different from visible objects boundary. For the second problem with Drawing list worksheet the user have to update formulas to the new records of Title Block Border object. For example =('GEP Titleblock Record'.'S_Sheet Number_SN') has to be =('Title Block Sheet Data'.'Sheet Number'). Also the user has to edit the criteria. The field S_Drawing List is not added into new Title Block Sheet Data record because its value is not linked to text into Sheet Border symbol. The problems with file TB_John_Crosetti_v2018.vwx are fixed for 23.0.1 and with VW389180 the file is updated correctly. The problems with file TB_Andrew_Carr.vwx are fixed for 23.0.1 and with VW389180 the file is updated correctly. The problems with file TB_Crawford.vwx are fixed for 23.0.1 and with VW389180 the file is updated correctly."
  15. Hi Joe, There are some already-existing solutions for pedestrian flow (look up SimTread on our website.) There is a group of researchers at LSU that are developing some code compliance checking based on Marionette at the current time. I'll check in with the lead researcher to see what we can share here.
  16. Open a 2017 file in 2018. Select an old Sheet Border object. You will see on the Object Info palette the "convert" functionality. You should not have to rebuild entirely. There was a bug discovered that occured if the user had shifted the page on a sheet layer, but as long as your origin has not been shifted on a sheet layer, you should be fine.
  17. I am sorry you're having the problem with the incorrect conversion of the Title blocks. I believe it has to do with (as one poster suggested) the changing of the origin on the Sheet layers. I have created a bug report covering this issue and referencing this thread. If anyone is having trouble converting a v2017 Title Block, please send me a copy of a Vectorworks file with a single sheet layer and that title block in it. If we can reproduce the conversion error, we will fix it ASAP. Send to randerson@vectorworks.net and I will make sure the example files are attached to the bug for testing.
  18. Also, there is the new "Simplify Mesh" command on the Modify menu. This can do wonders for excessively tessellated meshes like the one you are showing...
  19. Hi Joe, and thanks for posting on this timely topic. I think that my answer to your question lies in the way we've implemented our algorithmic design tool, Marionette. Marionette is an open source design environment that is 100% Python based and can make use of any Python library out there. So any library that you need (NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, MatPlotLib, GeoPy, etc., etc.) can be downloaded and included. I don't think the power of this can be overstated. Sarah Barrett, one of our Marionette evangelists, has done a number of "infographic" Marionette definitions that you can see over at our Marionette page. Climate data, psychrometric charts, etc. Below is one of her popular ones that uses e.g. GeoPy. There are other advantages on using Vectorworks as an algorithmic design platform, not the least of which is the degree of integration that you can build between your BIM model and your algorithmic design functionality. Imagine a prototypical building that could be deployed across a region, and could optimize its sun shading and photovoltaic array automatically on each site. This can be done today using Vectorworks' Marionette tool. I'm working (as we speak) on a Marionette presentation for next month that I will vid-cap and share with the Marionette forum here. Look for it! Thanks again for posting and your kind words on Vectorworks.
  20. Vectorworks Architect has a fairly decent variety of sanitaryware that it ships with: Generic, American Standard, Artinox, Bette, Bradley, Duravit, Franke, and Kohler. We'll be announcing more manufacturers this fall plus you can use the BIMobject tool to download many more from that site. What manufacturer in particular are you looking for?
  21. Hi ptoner, Not sure I understand your question. When you convert an earlier-version Sheet Border to a Title Block Border, if the old border was locked to page center, the new one should be also. Look at the Sheet Border tab on the Title Block Border Settings dialog.
  22. Vectorworks 2018 uses Object Styles to share Title Block resources: Take your converted title block as a starting point. Go to the Title Block tab and click the Convert to Unstyled button. Use the Edit Title Block Layout to change the graphics as desired. You can also add text and make field assignments in this context. Exit the layout, and now use the Styles pulldown in OI palette to save this as a new style. Once you've created the style, you can share the style symbol and incorporate it into your document templates as any style symbol.
  23. John V, actually there are several templates available under the "New..." command. Take a look at the templates that begin with "BIM". These have stories (storeys) preset, and story-enabled wall styles as well.
  24. Vectorscript and Python (and, for that matter, Marionette) are basically identical APIs. So factor one in choosing your API is, which language syntax are you more comfortable with, Pascal (which Vectorscript uses) or Python? The process you describe (operating on selected objects) is an analog of a manual process, i.e., it is the way you'd do it 'by hand' in the Vectorworks interface. What you learn as a programmer is that there are other (possibly more powerful) workflows that become apparent and give you a lot of flexibility. Just as an example, if I were going to perform a repetitive operation on a number of objects meeting a particular criteria (e.g. having a particular record,) I'd use a function called ForEachObject(). This allows me to establish a criteria ('find me all objects with the XXX record') and pass them to a process that modifies them (e.g. the FadeAndLabel() process). This is done using a data concept of "handles", which has no good analog in manual use of Vectorworks but is central to efficient use of Vectorworks using any API. Not sure about your last procedural item: "Convert objects to group". Do you mean group all the processed objects, or actually convert e.g. a plug-in object to a group? (The latter is a more profound operation, and might be considered 'destructive'.) Not sure what you mean by 'identifier errors'. Maybe you post a screenshot of an error alert on the forum. Good luck! R
  25. There is no direct import. Best to use IFC (for 3D / data) or DWG (if all you want is 2D).


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