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  1. Elevation Viewports

    Extrude Along Path would be another possible approach.
  2. How to auto count symbols in 2018?

    Unfortunately the simple process has been replaced with a more complicated one (albeit with more flexibility/functionality). If you look at markdd's post in the topic I posted above, that's the only way to use Create Report in 2018 and get the same results. Of course you can then save this worksheet into your template, or into a library file for easy access.
  3. How to auto count symbols in 2018?

    Is this what you're looking for?
  4. Selecting obj elements

    My guess is the 3D polygon you have selected is the large 'floor' shape, which you should probably just delete. Perhaps it's interfering with your ability to select the other objects? You might find Edit<Invert Selection to be useful, as it will unselect the current object and select everything that isn't currently selected. Another tip is to use Edit<Select All to see how many discrete objects there are total. And double-tap "Esc" to deselect everything. A mesh is essentially a container of 3D polygons, but unlike a regular group, it actually joins the polygons into a single object, plus the vertices of the 3D polygons stick together when modified. Post more screenshots if there are still issues, or feel free to attach the file itself and I can take a closer look.
  5. Selecting obj elements

    So it looks like what you have to start with is a Group, as seen at the top of the Object Info Palette. Always look here to see what "type" of object you have. With this group selected, go to Modify<Ungroup, which will break up the group into its component parts. What are you left with after you ungroup? If there are more groups, keep on ungrouping till you get down to the level you want.
  6. Selecting obj elements

    Can you post a screenshot of what it looks like? My guess is that all of the sandbags came in as a single Mesh object. You'll want to separate it into individual Meshes. First, select the Mesh and go to Modify<Convert<Convert to Group. Then ungroup the resulting group, leaving you with a whole bunch of 3D Polygons. Then select each individual sandbag and go to Modify<Convert<Convert to Mesh. (Note the keyboard shortcut if you have to do this numerous times). You'll also want to double check that the imported objects are oriented correctly on the X,Y,Z axes (sometimes things come in laying on their side). Also check their scale (fix using Modify<Scale Objects if needed), and that the bottom of each object is on the ground plane rather than floating in the air. You may also choose to may each object into a Symbol if you'll have multiple instances in your project file. Let us know if this works or if you have additional questions.
  7. Currently the Inner Boundary Mode (paint bucket) and the Outer Boundary Mode (lasso) of the 2D Polygon Tool do not work reliably inside extrudes. They should. The lasso seems to work inside extrudes better than it used to. However the paint bucket just tends to find the wrong shape or does nothing at all. Note also that it shouldn't matter if the extrude is perpendicular to the Z axis, or rotated in some 3D fashion. I'm constantly editing the 2D geometry of extrudes after they've been created. This flexibility is one of the fundamental reasons I love Vectorworks, so making the tools work consistently inside and outside of extrudes would be great.
  8. Same here, a.k.a. I'm probably in a hurry to meet a deadline, which means coming to a complete stop and restarting Vectorworks is the last thing I want to do. Honestly I think I've found what causes it: Vectorworks can sense whenever it's the worst time for it to occur, and THAT's when it happens
  9. Plant Symbols display as blobs in PDF

    If you find the symbol definition in the Resource Manager and edit the 2D component, do the lines have a thick lineweight? That would be my first guess. Your "Zoom Line Thickness" setting might be affecting how it appears while still in Vectorworks, while the PDF is perhaps showing the true lineweight?
  10. .swap file?

    The most soul-crushing crashes are those that are caused by the act of saving. I had just rendered 8 viewports, so I hit Ctrl+S, which caused Vectorworks to crash. What I'm curious about, though, is a file that I now have alongside my project file (which didn't save, of course), called "RB-v2-VWTMP.swap". What is it? Obviously it's a temporary file used in the process of saving, but just curious if there's anything else to know about it. Does it have anything to do with saving to Dropbox or is that not relevant in the situation?
  11. title blocks

    Have you tried restarting VW after placing your file in the library folder?
  12. Had a similar issue a few days ago. Not sure what's going on...
  13. vectorworks help bug

    As of 2018 when Multiple View Panes were introduced, the default hotkey in the default workspaces was made "M" (much to the chagrin of some users). But if you're using a custom workspace or one imported from previous versions, "M" is still whatever it used to be. My "M" is mapped to Mirror and always has been / will be. But that's just me. I made Multiple View Panes the "=" key, mainly because it was available in my workspace and nicely off to the side where I don't accidentally hit it. For anyone wanting to remap keys, just go to Tools<Workspaces<Edit Current Workspace.
  14. Can we please start a petition to replace the contextual menu with a conjectural menu? I'm onboard!
  15. Question about selecting lighting units

    Joshua is correct. That being said, I agree that the message "There are no items to show in this view" is very unhelpful in the situation. I just made a wishlist item for it to be improved - upvote there if you agree.


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