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cberg

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  1. I am having a serious problem with the door insertion tool in VW 12.0.1 (53931) and I think it is a program bug, or some preference that is becoming corrupted. Seemingly at random the doors inserted in walls will start to show up with lines at the wall edges instead of showing a full break. At other times the same doors start to show side lights, when there are none shown in the door detail dialogue box elevation thing. This problem may have to do with the assignment of classes to the various door parts... When I take the same file and go to another computer in the office with Version 12.0.0 (49891) the very same doors can be taken out of the wall and reinserted and the door lines go away. Copying this information to a new file doesn't seem to help either. It seems like the settings Full Break with Caps, Half Break with Caps, don't really do anything. I am working on Mac OSX 1.2 GHz Power PC G4, 512 ram. The same problem seems to happen on our new Imac G5, Intel Machine. I can email test files... Thanks
  2. Interesting. I've noticed that it might be an illustrator issue, not VW. When I open the VW eps file in Acrobat Distiller, the images show up.
  3. Does anybody know whether there is a way to export eps files with images. I am working with VW 12.0 on a Mac OS 10.3.9. I am trying to open the eps files in Illustrator CS-1. The line weights seem to have gotten improved in the new version of VW, but I was wondering whether there is a trick to getting Images placed in VW to show up in the eps files. Thanks.
  4. I am working in Vectorworks 11.5 on a Mac OS and will be for the foreseeable future. I've been having difficulties with the VW color palette, which I am not sure is fixable, but wanted to point out. I am able to change colors, import colors, and import color palettes from drawing to drawing, but one problem which seems to come up often for me is that if you change a color of an object that is in use, (say from red to blue) then instead of changing all the red objects associated with that swatch to the new blue color, Vectorworks automatically changes objects to the next closest shade of red. As you might imagine this is annoying and time consuming, especially if you are dealing with workgroup referenced objects or many colored objects. I know that this could be resolved if you set all your palettes up ahead of time, but inevitably colors change, and drawings need to get revised. If anybody has a workaround, it would be appreciated.
  5. And here is an interesting update to this question... So I installed VW 11.0 on the main administrator user account. I was able to change the permissions and get the secondary user access to the program. However when I went through my update process to 11.0.1 and then to 11.5.0, I was not able to able get VW to work on the secondary account by fixing the permissions. This did not seem to be the case on my laptop which runs OSX 10.3.9.
  6. Basically the computer was set up with only one user account. Then Vectorworks was loaded. After that, a new user account was created. I might try to unload VW and do a re-install in the first main user account, then set my permissions for both accounts and see if that fixes the problem.
  7. I did a quick search of this topic and did not see exactly what I was looking for. Hopefully I am not repeating something already discussed... I am trying to set up multiple users on our office graphics machine. We are running Mac OS 10.4.2, on an imac G-5. There seems to be a problem when I set up multiple user accounts. Vector Works only works on the account that I originally loaded the application in. When I try to open the application in my second user account I get an error message that says that the file is damaged or corrupt. I have tried to fix the permissions, without much success, but I am wondering about the best protocol for fixing this problem. Thanks.
  8. Katie and Peter, I should have mentioned that I am working mostly in 2-D, not using the 3-D functionality of the program. We usually select the wall as an object and then apply the hatch, (quicker) instead of editing the wall and apply a hatch in the cavity function. I see how it works the other way.
  9. Hmmm... Katie, I noticed that only the cavities in walls disappear when you use the preference that you mentioned. I was more interested in eliminating the hatches associated with those walls/elements. Will have to stick with my method for now.
  10. Thanks! That's helpful. I have also found that if I scale the hatches very large in a viewport, by something like by 10000, they also tend not to show up. Your way is better for walls.
  11. Perhaps this should be cross posted in the Wish List Discussion Area, because I don't think there is a good way to do this, but I'll ask. Does anybody know of a good way to control hatches within viewports? Yeah I know there is a dialogue box in the viewport's advanced properties that allows you to scale hatches. But I was wondering whether there is a good way to control whether the viewport shows hatches or not. For instance: In a building section, it would be great if the same drawing could be used for the overall building section as well as the details/wall sections. Rather than duplicate lines walls and information, it would be great to be able to turn all hatches off at one scale, and allow them to be shown at another scale. If anybody has ideas for how to do this it would be appreciated. Thanks!
  12. I've trying out how to figure out how to use the modify classes and layer command to merge two classes. I have read that several others have had the same question, but the explanations didn't offer up much help. Does anybody know how to do this? It seems when I try to do this that the okay button continues to be grayed out, I don't think the classes are empty. Appreciate any help that could be offered.
  13. Alan, I would prefer being able to pan by just holding down the mouse wheel button, but that is possible but clunky for other reasons. Moreover, the space bar is much easier to find than the option key which unless I put a piece of tape over it, is impossible to find. I always have to think about this option key, and moving through a drawing, I would much prefer to think about something else, like, say, my design... I guess I would like the mouse to be able to do all the maneuvering through the drawing, and the keyboard commands to do all the drawing/modeling operations. Seems logical, time efficient and intuitive at the same time. It also frees up your non-mouse hand for keyboard commands, which, believe me, I do make much use of. That's just my opinion, and I know we all approach programs differently.
  14. Alan, I'll have to look more closely at that last post. Settings are different for the mac. My question for you and for the Nemetschek team is this. The function of zooming in and out of any architectural drawing seems far more important than being able to scroll up and down the page, which I find to be a relatively useless function when I can just hold down the space bar and pan around, and when you need to hold down a separate key to move right or left. Why not allow the wheel to default to zoom in and out, or better yet, give us the option to do this. If we were to take a poll, I bet most people would prefer using the wheel without keyboard intervention to zoom in and out, than the current arrangement. I know other programs require mouse and keyboard commands together, sometimes in even more awkward combinations. This does not make them good either. I dunno, maybe this is technically very difficult to do. I can't imagine how it could be as other programs seem to do this. But then again, I'm not a software engineer. Is this something the Nemetschek folks are working on? cberg
  15. I have been following the discussion about using the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out in Vector Works drawings. I too find it clunky and irritating to have to hold down the option key to use the scroll wheel. (I am using Mac OSX) It would be a lot more natural not to have to fumble over the keyboard to use this function. Sadly my mouse a Logitech 310 4-Button Mouse does not allow me to program holding down the option key while scrolling. It may seem a trivial matter to Vectorworks tech folks, but it makes a big difference to the day to day use of the program. Thanks, cberg
  16. Robert Thanks again for your help. I was able to produce a viewport without any bounding lines, by establishing a viewport class with all the line attributes turned to none. That class needed to be active when I created the viewport. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that once a viewport is created, you can't go back and turn off these bounding box lines. I like by the way, the idea of making notes in the viewport space. It allows you to move notes and text without effort, within and between sheet layers. cberg.
  17. Thanks! I will try that. Is there any way to turn off the Viewport bounding box line so that it doesn't print?
  18. So... I was intially thrilled with the changes to VW 11. The addition of viewports seemed to *finally* allow Vector Works to do things that most other CAD programs were able to do eons ago. But as I got to understand the new features I became a bit more frustrated. There are some issues, which I would like to mention, and perhaps others have can offer suggestions. If one is working on a drawing with multiple viewports with multiple scales, there is the issue where to place the drawing markers/labels. If the whole point of the viewports is to allow one to work in a design space all of one scale and then develop views into this drawing in the 'paper space' of a sheet layer then the program should allow some flexibility with respect to scale of the drawing label objects (ie those object that tell you what the title and scale of your drawing.) Right now the scale of these markers isn't editable in either design space or sheet layer space. It would be nice not to have to convert them to groups to work with these smart objects. Second, for the viewport feature to be really useful, this feature should be able to work in Design Layers as well as Sheet Layers. It would be akin to x-refs in Autocad or References in Microstation. When multiple people are working on multiple drawing files that are continuously being updated, (common in larger projects) it is ever so useful to link these files for design reference, ie plans to sections. Viewports offer the flexibilty that Workgroup Referencing never allowed, ie the flexibility to move and rotate the referenced information. But right now they only work in paper space. Anyway, just some feedback, and hopefully you will continue to improve this feature.
  19. When editing hatches in large 2-D drawing files, I have also come across a problem with Vector Works 9.0 freezing up and crashing my Mac OS 9 computer at times. This generally happens when a hatch that is being edited is in use by other elements. While this problem can be alleviated by only editing hatches in the 'hatch resource file', it would be nice if this were not to occur. Has anybody else come across this problem?
  20. Working in Vector Works version 9.0, I have been having troubles with the trim command in relatively large 2-D drawing files (3-5+MB). When I draw 2 intersecting lines and use the trim command, instead of trimming, one line will disappear. I have been forced to use the less useful split tool. In smaller files, or brand new files this problem seems to disappear. Has anybody else come across this problem? And if so, is there a workaround? We have heard that the new patch 9.01 will not fix trim problems, so we await 9.02.
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