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Andy Broomell

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  1. Currently you can't select more than one Rounded Rectangle object and edit the corner diameter settings in the OIP. Once you select more than one, those fields disappear, even if the objects you're selecting have the same values to begin with. You should be able to edit multiple at the same time!
  2. +1 for being able to choose default dpi. In the meantime you can create a sheet layer with the print settings and dpi that you want, then place it in the Libraries I often use a Sheet Layer with a Sheet Number of "Render" and a blank Sheet Title, set to 300 dpi 11x17. I also have a sheet that's set to ARCH D, Adobe PDF, number "1", name "Groundplan", at 150 dpi which I use for drafting plates. Both of these I pull from the standards file. On another note related to importing Sheet Layers, is there a reason that the New Sheet Layer dialogue box displays "Layer Name" and "Layer Description" columns, but "Layer Name" actually displays the sheet layer number, and there's no column that displays the actual sheet name? Seems like the coding was just lazily copied from the Design Layer import settings; it would be great if this were fixed.
  3. I'm sure this has been wished for at some point in the past, but Vectorworks should really support importing png image files and retaining their transparency.
  4. If you want to simplify the process, you don't need to make a viewport of the objects. Instead, in your Design Layer, set your render mode to Hidden Line, then in the render dropdown select "Line Render Options", and set your smoothing angle here. When you're in a Design Layer and do Convert Copy to Lines with Hidden Line, it'll pull the smoothing angle from this setting. (You don't actually have to be in Hidden Line render mode when you do the conversion, but going to that render mode allows you to figure out what smoothing angle works best.) I agree that it's best to do all this in a separate file and to strip out unnecessary Symbols. I also check the class list - often everything comes in on a class called Layer0 which I delete and reassign all the objects to None. One additional suggestion for those who want fills in their 2D components is to use the 2D Polygon Tool in Outer Boundary Mode, then lasso around all of your 2D lines. This will give you a polygon of the outline of your object, to which you can then assign a fill color and probably a slightly thicker lineweight.
  5. As far as I know, Vectorworks doesn't fully support "transparency" of imported images. BUT, if you bring in an image and set the fill style to "None", anything that is pure white will appear transparent in Vectorworks. It's not a perfect solution, but might do what you need it to. By the way, jpegs inherently don't have transparency, hence the whiteness when you save from PS. If you wanted transparency in the image for use elsewhere, make sure to export as a png.
  6. A few times a week when I open Vectorworks it prompts me that it must be activated over the internet (the dialogue box you get when you first install Vectorworks). Should this be happening this often? I'm only working from one machine, my laptop, though I do connect to different networks for work/home/coffee shops/etc. Normally it's not a problem to just click activate, but more than once I've gone to do on-site drafting somewhere without wifi, open Vectorworks, and have been presented with this screen, meaning I was formally f*cked and couldn't do any work. What's the deal?
  7. As mentioned in my other thread, it would be great if one of the things Hyperlink objects could activate were Scripts. Additionally, I want to have the ability for Hyperlinks to be activated within VW by just clicking on them (without having to hold control/command). So once they're set up the button just works, and you could send the VW file to someone else without having to type an explanation for how Hyperlink objects work. Someone could just click the buttons and be navigated around. The functionality could be a toggle within the OIP saying whether or not you have to hold Ctrl/Cmd to activate. The issue then is how to edit the Hyperlink since you couldn't select the object by clicking on it. The two solutions would be to either select it with a rectangular marquee, or right click the Hyperlink and choose Edit.
  8. I figured it out: Make a new Saved View and deselect all of the checkmarks for the things Saved Views can record. Give it a name, click OK. Then find the Saved View in the Resource Browser. Right click and choose Edit. Then click the "Edit Script" button and paste the text of the script into the popup. Click OK till you're back in your document. Then you should be able to choose your script in the Hyperlink object as a Saved View. It'd be nice if Hyperlinks could just point to scripts directly. I'll submit a request in the wishlist forum.
  9. I've been drawing a lot of gear-like shapes recently and have found something that's proven to be annoying: Draw two concentric circles. Clip Surface, deleting the smaller from the larger. Notice that you can still grab the resulting Polyline from the center point and move the shape. Now group the shape. You can no longer grab the center point. I know this is a pretty specific situation, but it would be nice if the center point were still snappable when inside a group. (Workaround is to add a Locus point inside the Group).
  10. The Inner Boundary Mode of the 2D Polygon tool doesn't work inside of Extrudes. It should.
  11. Is there an easy way to make a Hyperlink Object run a script? It doesn't seem to be one of the options.
  12. Vectorworks kind of does it already, though in a pretty rudimentary form and not incredibly apparent: the Layer pulldown menu at the top of the screen gets replaced by your 'location' whenever you're in container objects. (If you enter a Symbol it resets itself though, so it's not helpful for nested Symbols since you'll only see the levels within the current Symbol.) You can also name groups in the Data tab and those names will display in the dropdown list instead of "Group #".
  13. This happened to me last night while editing a Viewport Crop.
  14. I know the original poster already has his or her title block made, but for anyone that may be creating one I have a tutorial with steps and guidelines for making a custom smart title block. I hope it's helpful: http://www.andybroomell.com/vectorworks-title-block-tutorial There is also a button to download a PDF version (which is preferable, in my opinion). The information in the posts above about placing your title block into the User Folders so that it appears in any document is also very helpful. Thanks!
  15. Although a wee bit cumbersome, I use this method a lot too. One issue it potentially creates is that when grouping the object(s) the group is automatically Sent to Front, so at the end of the process your stacking order is changed. Hide and Unhide would be incredible useful. If implemented into VW I think it'd be important that all objects are unhidden when a file is first opened (or alternatively a warning saying that some objects are hidden with buttons to keep it that way or unhide all objects).
  16. In the flyout in the upper righthand corner of the RB there's an option called "Reveal Current Favorite" which will open the current library file location in Windows Explorer/Finder, but this only works when you're in one of your Favorites, not in any of the default Vectorworks Libraries (though strangely the option isn't grayed out in those instances). Perhaps the functionality should be expanded to open explorer/finder to whatever file you happen to have open in the RB, and relabel the menu item accordingly. Of course this only helps for things in the RB. Regarding User Preferences in general, under VW Preferences So under My Documents I have a folder called "VW2015 User Folder" in which I keep templates, libraries, settings, color palettes, workspaces, etc., and have pointed VW to this more convenient location. I agree VW should make it easier.
  17. I've also found that adjusting the settings in the dialogue box has literally no effect on the outcome of the conversion. I pretty much never use this function since it works so poorly.
  18. I've long wished for the Inner Boundary (Fill) Mode of the Polygon tool to have an easier way to cancel the operation. Countless times I've had to force quit the program just to get it to stop thinking.
  19. Currently you can hold Ctrl (probably Cmd on Mac) and click the middle mouse button to 'boomerang' into the Flyover Tool. Is this what you're looking for or something different?
  20. I REALLY wish there were a way to individually reset these types of actions (without having to manually edit the xml file in the Settings file).
  21. Check the Max Text Width of the callout. Either look what it's set to in the OIP, or select the callout and make sure blue handles are visible (second mode of the selection tool), then you'll see how wide the callout object actually is. I personally wish it didn't include the Max Text Width in the bounding box when a callout is in a group or in viewport annotations.
  22. Sorry, I should have specified... what I was describing was with the Ctrl key (Windows), which I agree is strange. It's also risky because Ctrl+click duplicates an object (depending on your settings).
  23. Regarding being able to transfer Saved Views between files, I just want to add my two cents: Let's say a Saved View is created in File A which has lots of classes. In another file, File B, some of those same classes exist, but not all of them. Say you go to import the Saved View from File A into File B, we should be presented with the option of what to do with classes that don't yet exist in File B: either import the classes (giving us empty classes we can then use), or to ignore them, giving you a Saved View which only affects the classes already existing in File B. (Obviously Saved Views are more than just Classes, but I wanted a clear example). Not sure if this would be better as a pop-up or as a VW preference / document preference.
  24. This currently works on Rounded Rectangles, Ovals, and Rectangles, but not across the board as it should. It would be incredibly useful! Particularly on lines, polygons, polylines, and text objects.

 

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