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  1. Did you download SP1? We had lots of crashing before downloading it. On the flip side, SP1 seems to be causing slow downs with reference updates. Maybe SP2 will come to the rescue soon.
  2. Amy, I used the Flip Horizontal function and had the same problem. Attempts to drag the wall prompted a message saying they could not be edited do to constraints. A few people have had this happen in the middle of drafting for no apparent reason. I have not been able to ascertain to actual cause but have been suspicious that there is some default key command triggering it without the user knowing. That being said I saved a copy of the "reversed" plan, quit Vectorworks, and then relaunched the program. When it re-opened I was able to edit the Walls. This sort of supports my initial suspicion since restarting the program typically resets it to defaults of the workspace -- but still leaves it a mystery as to the "actual" cause. Attached is the document "reversed" that I was able to manipulate without changing any of the dimension association settings.
  3. What do you mean by "reverse" the plan? I can find a command called "reverse" anywhere. Maybe it is just VW Help failing me right now. Would be happy to test if I can locate the actual command.
  4. Amy, Our entire office just went from VW12.5.3 to VW2010 and we have had almost no problems, and none related to walls. I downloaded you file and didn't have any trouble moving the walls around. Some of the dimensions were associated and moved with the walls. Others did not. I was also able to move your door around without issue. Anything else you can tell me about the problem you are having?
  5. Hi all, I wanted to see if anyone can explain the strange behavior I am seeing with the Window Tool. When you open the attached file you'll see 2 identical windows in Top/Plan view. They are using classes to define the line wights of the Jambs, Glazing & Sill. The walls they are in are identical as well. If you select one of the walls and delete all the components you will see that the window in that wall stops displaying properly. I don't know why this is. The window settings have not changed. If you change the wall back, remove the window and re-place it in the wall you find it displays correctly again. Any thoughts?? Anyone??
  6. Blind Expert, Our office regularly has at least 2 people working on drawing set at once and our project range from high-end residential to museums, schools, and office remodels. The set-up we have now allows people to work on various components in different files. The separate layout file allows the drawing set to be annotated even if other people are working on the line work. These are things I like but it would appear that the drawing coordination features may not function completely in this set-up. I have seen demos suggesting that Design Layer viewports can provide some flexibility for multiple person jobs. Can you elaborate on how you work with multiple people drawing on one project? Thanks!
  7. Keith, That is definitely getting to the point of my question. With the additional drawing coordination features that exist now I have been trying to figure the best way to work as we transition into the new version. I have a few questions regarding all information being in one file though: How do you handle multiple people working on one project? Doesn't the file size just become enormous and sluggish? Thanks for your thoughts.
  8. Wes & wivc, I have experienced some strangeness regarding the Window Tool display as well. I believe the attached file has an example of what you are looking for: .25 line weight on the jamb & glazing .13 line weight on the sill This is done with Class assignments. But I also wanted to see if you can replicate the strange behavior I am seeing. When you open the file you'll see 2 identical windows. The walls they are in both have the same component structure. If you select one of the walls and delete all the components you will see that the window stops displaying properly. I don't know why this is. The window settings have not changed. If you change the wall back, remove the window and re-place it in the wall you find it displays correctly again. Any thoughts?? Anyone??
  9. Hi All, I have a quick and probably basic question about drawing structure and organization. Our office CAD standards were originally developed on VW12 by an employee who had come from a larger office that used AutoCAD. In the standards we have Design Files with all the line work and Sheet Files which have all the layouts for a particular set of drawings. Is this the way Vectorworks is meant to work? I have noticed in many of the tutorials that Design Layers and Sheet Layers are combined into one document. Are there pros and cons to one way versus the other? I should note that we are using VW2011 but currently as a 2D program only. Thanks.
  10. Why do the callouts generated by the door and window tools change size with the scale of the drawings? This doesn't make any sense at all. Reference markers are relative to text size and generally would display at the same scale throughout a drawing set regardless of the scale of the drawing. Is this a bug or am I missing something?
  11. Wes, So I managed to get my custom symbol to work but as I suspected I had to add 3D characteristics to it in order for the 2D line work to show up. I know VW is really pushing the 2D/3D combination but it seems like it should be mindful not to ignore the fact that the software is used by many as a 2D only workspace. Regarding using the Storefront Tool and converting it to a symbol---it would appear that the Storefront Tool has a built-in insertion point at the edge of the object instead of the center. When using it as the geometry this appears to be what is effecting its location relative to the opening in the wall. As of yet I can't seem to find any way of modifying the Storefront Tool's built-in insertion point. Scott
  12. Hi All, I have a 2D symbol of a storefront that I need to have a door callout. With the standard Door Tool you check the "On Schedule" box and it adds a door callout that then gets coordinated with your Door Schedule. I was told that I if I selected "Use Symbol Geometry" within the Door Tool Settings and then selected my storefront symbol it would combine the display of my custom symbol with the ability to select "On Schedule" and use the coordinated door callout functionality. I tried creating a symbol with the Storefront Tool object and used that as my Geometry and the line work of the symbol was displayed in the opening. Only problem now is that the symbol does not display in the center of the opening. Can't figure out the problem here. The door callout is centered on the symbol but the center of the symbol is set to one edge of the opening. Anyone know how to fix this? Attached is a VW2011 file where I was trying this out. Couldn't get it to work with a custom 2D symbol either, but in that case nothing displays, it just creates an opening in the wall the sizer of the symbol. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  13. Hi Vectorworks Team, I have read in a few posts that some of the bugs filed by VW2011 users have been picked up in SP2. Is there an ETA for the SP2 release? Thanks, Scott
  14. Chris, One thing I have done that has improved things a bit is to purge unused symbols out of all my documents before updating to the new version. I was surprised to see how many traces of old symbols from other projects and things were hiding in the files. The initial re-linking of references was slightly slower than normal but after that things seem to be running more smoothly. The main fear is that things are smooth until a deadline comes at which point the evil spirits inevitably rear their ugly heads. But maybe a little purging and clean-up ahead of time helps to resolve most of the conflicts. Also--you should see in VW will give you a 2010 license to go along with a new 2011 license. This way you can run concurrently with both versions on the same OS. Our offices updated to 2010 a few months ago (from 12.5) and it was pretty seamless. Scott
  15. The other weird thing is that in one layout file the references all update without problem but in another layout file the exact same references seem to hang up and take longer. I have purged all excess elements from all the files and that has seemed to help a little but as always the fear is that on the day of a deadline it will act up and decide not to update so quickly. Next option seems to recreate the problematic layout file from scratch in 2011 to see if that makes it perform properly.

 

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