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Andy Broomell

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  1. In one particular file I suddenly can't see any blue handles at all (including with the Selection tool, the Reshape tool, etc.).


    I do have Interactive Scaling Mode on, so it's definitely not that. Is there anything else that could be causing this? I do not have the time re-create his entire set in a new file with all the Section Viewports that are involved, so I hope there's a solution.


    Handles appear in a new file.


    Restarting Vectorworks and my computer did not solve it...

  2. I tried using Surface Hatches today for the first time within a project. They literally DO NOT WORK.


    You can align a texture up perfectly on an object, and have the Surface Hatch definition aligned perfectly with the texture definition, but then Hidden Line viewports display the surface hatches on some objects in completely arbitrary alignments. I've wasted too much time today trying to get this to work...



  3. Here's an issue I've seen pop up in Vectorworks for years, and I'm curious if anyone knows why it happens or a possible solution.


    If you have multiple objects using textures that have an Image Mask for transparency, sometimes OpenGL will display the obscured surface in front of the foreground surface. Take a look at this video:



    I've also seen it happen to surfaces of a single object using just one transparent texture (such as the back side of a cylinder being displayed in front of the front side, which is really trippy).


    Seems to be related to the angle of view somehow.


    This makes using the Walkthrough tool to present to a director or producer very difficult because it makes the software look cheap and buggy.


    (BTW - in this example I know I can just model the black grate as actual geometry to get around this issue, but I'm interested to know if there's a way to address the actual issue so that overlapping transparent textures don't have this bug.)





  4. Actually Pat's method makes more sense if you've set up your Title Block Borders with the current TBB tool as designed. I was overthinking it 😄


    Just use the "Style" dropdown to switch from your current style [which you've set up for one size] to another style [which you've set up for another size]. This is assuming that because of your specific title block you can't use the Scale Factor to simply make it smaller.


    For anyone looking to set up TBB Styles, this page might be helpful.

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  5. 7 hours ago, Pat Stanford said:

    Actually to be fair I should credit @JBenghiat He found the 0.02° trick in Label Legends a while ago. I had tried 0.01° and it did not work. I just had to do the right search in my archive. 😉



    Close enough for me! .011° did the trick. 🙂

    Thanks Pat!

  6. 4 hours ago, Nikolay Zhelyazkov said:

    Try switching off the Document Option in the Display tab - "Adjust flipped text".


    Thanks Nikolay, but the entire point of this post was to see if it's possible to adjust a single text object without changing it for the entire document.

  7. On 1/17/2020 at 12:27 PM, Wes Gardner said:

    Sorry, it's a limitation of the current window. 


    That's what I was assuming / afraid of. (Though I would still consider what's happening in my original post a bug.)


    Looking forward to that new Window tool that I assume is in the pipeline by now 😉😉😉


    Someday we'll be able to easily create windows that actually adhere to drafting standards, not to mention construction techniques.

  8. 4 hours ago, markdd said:

    Or does the text need to reference title block data?


    It does indeed... Good thought though!

    This isn't something crucial at all, but it'd be nice to figure out. Here's a test file:



    The goal is to have the text in the upper left readable from the "left" side of the paper, so that when someone rolls up the print the wrong way the sheet number and title are still readable. (Yes it's 'readable' the way it is but it seems backwards)




    @Pat Stanford I couldn't get the script to work with "Adjust Flipped Text" remaining on, unfortunately.







  9. Is there way to keep "Adjust Flipped Text" ON in document preferences, but have one piece of text NOT auto-orientate? I need something to be readable from the left as opposed to from the right, but I don't want to turn off the document preference since that affects everything.


    This is for a piece of text in a Title Block, specifically.


    Any workarounds?



  10. I don't know of anything like that for Vectorworks, but if you're interested in saving time, one thing I'd recommend is customizing your workspace to have better shortcuts, as the defaults aren't always ideal.


    For example, here are a few of the changes I've made in my personal workspace which have greatly increased my efficiency:



  11. Interesting, I see you're using a Sill as a workaround to make the bottom jamb. I remember trying this once, but it introduces a new issue: having to always make the jamb depth match the wall thickness. I need to be able to drop this in to any wall and not have to worry about other settings. 


    One solution introduces another problem 🤣


    But you're right, it's close, and thank you!



  12. I would like the sectioned jamb to be filled with a section hatch, not just white. Therein lies my problem.


    I need the window to stay looking like this:




    I had accomplished this just fine until I dropped the window into a component-based wall...



  13. Yes, I am controlling the attributes of the window with a class. But that's not my question - why does the same window on the same class look different when inserted into two different walls?



    (And I know what you mean about going into settings and assigning classes to each part of the window, but this works unexpectedly as well, since the bottom of the jamb fills with the hatch in addition to the cut-through side jambs. Sort of like the upper window in my screenshot. It shouldn't work like this to begin with but that's another story.)


    In the end I want a window that looks like the lower one in the image, regardless of where I insert it. How can I accomplish that without resorting the custom symbol geometry?

  14. I have one window whose attributes change depending on which wall I insert it into, and I can't figure out why:




    It's literally the same window... In the file below, if you drag and drop a window from one wall to the other you'll see it change.




    I'd like the window to stay looking like the bottom window. The problem seems to be caused by component-based walls. Anyone have any insight?



  15. Hmm, I wonder what it could be then... I even tried creating a section viewport in a "blank" Vectorworks document to make sure it's not related to my template. But the same happens: when I zoom in close to any objects in the viewport, the lineweight doesn't get larger past a certain point.


    It DOES display correctly when zoomed out. It's simply the "Zoom Line Thickness" setting that doesn't seem to work.

  16. Zoom line thickness seems to not be working for Section Viewports. I zoom in and none of the lineweights appear to match those of objects in my Annotations, but they are set to the same values, and they export to PDF properly. There is no lineweight scaling on the viewport.


    It's making it quite difficult to do my job. Restarting does not solve. Happens in every file. Urgh...




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