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  1. Joe-SA

    Tapered Stairs

    Try a Subtract Solid with a big extrusion to remove the tapered portion from a square stair object. Make it a symbol if you need to clean up the 2D presentation. This preserves the original stair object for later editing. Seems to work with both current and 'old' Custom Stair Tool. My firm is one of those that has never converted from this old stair tool except in special circumstances.
  2. I've been trying to use the Space Style with a Room Name Symbol to organize Room Numbers on a series of floor plans. This feature needs a combination of bug fixes and new features before it becomes workable. I'm finding the list of Spaces and Numbers that show up in the Validate Auto-Numbering dialog is seldom totally accurate. Space numbere 102 graphically in the plan shows up labeled 101 in the Validate Auto-Numbering list, for example. If you exit the PIO after an edit in this dialog and then 'undo' the change....when you re-enter you find the 'undo' is not being reflected yet even though it is reflected in your plan graphics, as another example. There is also a major limitation designed into numbering sequence. Like many different firms, we change our numbering sequence from floor to floor. 001, 002, etc for Basement. 101, 102, etc for First Floor, 201, 202, etc for Second Floor. There is no way that I am seeing to limit the Validate Auto-Numbering to a set layer or story. It calls up all Room Numbers in the whole file. This means when you 'close gaps' in the sequence of numbers in the basement it changes all the numbers on all the other floors in addition to the floor you are working on. It also doesn't know what to do with numbers that start with zeros but that may be a quirk with our system and not the tool. A pre-set number of digits might fix this similar to setting decimal places. You are given the ability to 'close gaps' or to 'add increment number' to duplicated numbers. You can also drag Rooms up and down through the stack order changing their numbers to be in sequence. However, if your floor to floor list is not in sequence there is really no way to effectively 'over ride' any number with your desired number. You have to exit the Validate Auto-Numbering dialog and modify the number for the individual PIO. Once a number is correct it might be nice to 'lock' it from future automatic edits. Its remarkably easy to change all the room numbers in your file to an entirely undesired result while I'm finding it very difficult to use this dialog box to get a predictable result unless your numbering style through your whole project is a continuous sequence with no numbering gaps and your not very particular about groups of rooms staying in the desired sequence. Am I missing something here? Admittedly, there is a lot to take in with all of the settings. Right now I think I'm resolved to switch to the 'manual' Space Number Style and abandon the Validate Auto-Numbering all together. I have also been getting a lot of crashes. Mostly occurring when changing a Space Style and waiting for it to populate the spaces with the change but not isolated to that. I've seen that others are believing bugs with this tool are being worked out as part of the next Service Pack. If that is true I would hope some of these comments can be considered with those revisions.
  3. Joe-SA

    Worksheet Flow to Multiple Panes

    I have shortened my worksheet with the use of additional criteria such as a specific layer or class or a record field value. For instance, you could create one worksheet for the units on one floor and a second worksheet for the units on a different floor simply by including the floor plan layer in the Database Header Criteria. These worksheets can then sit next to each other instead of in a single column. I've also thought it could be possible to create one worksheet that just showed the images and the tags as a unit types legend while a second worksheet that shows the full schedule without the images in tightly spaced rows.
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    Phantom Elements in My Sections

    Yes. Still in VW2018. I got this for the first time the other day. They appeared to be old objects that had been deleted awhile ago and no longer existed in the model but somehow 'stuck' in the viewport. Others in my office informed me that they had seen this a few times and figured out that if you duplicate the layer the phantom object was once on then the object mysteriously appears in the duplicate layer and you are able to select it and delete it. Bazaar. Not sure how they discovered this but it was helpful in a pinch. At that point you should be able to delete the original layer. I believe the duplicate layer keeps all the original layer settings in viewports, etc. Joe
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    Stair Tool - Pain Points

    Stairs that transition from open treads to closed treads such as the very simple residential stair in the attached image are nearly impossible within a single stair object. The Custom Stair tool allowed me to get close by configuring a landing at the transition point but that didn't work very well. - What we need to achieve this is the ability to have two independent straight runs of stairs with the ability to 'offset' the centerline of one run in order to get the desired alignment on one side despite the different tread widths. - We would also need to control the side tread extensions per run depending on the open vs closed condition on each run. Independent left and right side controls. - Give us the option to wrap the nosing controls to the side of the treads in open tread conditions. Independent controls for left and right sides and by stair run. - We should be able to align the stringers that are created as part of each of the two runs of stairs...which should be possible with independent control of the tread extensions. - There should be a distinction between the rough frame stringer object and the exposed open stringer trim you see in this photo. The PIO should be able to make both with each located at the desired offset. If a tread extension was desired just at the first tread or two...this could be achieved with a series of short stair runs in direct succession. We don't often create finished interior stair images so we use the Custom Tool to get what we need for plans and building sections. Anything beyond that is custom built 3D.
  6. Joe-SA

    Vectorworks keeps crashing

    Considering that this was 9 months ago I'm not sure what the solved the problem. I know it was not common in my office and did not persist for any length of time. As others have noted...it very well could have been associated with just the one specific file. It has not re-occurred since to the best of my knowledge. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Joe
  7. Joe-SA

    Vectorworks keeps crashing

    I'm having the same issue with Autosave. Its just as noted. Autosave simply 'isn't working'. An initial backup is created when the file is first opened and then nothing after that for hours. I never get a 'confirm before save' notice. This has burned me twice today. Here are my current settings. VW2018 SP2
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    Title Block Conversion - Issue Data Error

    Thank you Nikolay. I actually made that worksheet shortly after my previous post last month. However, I stand by that statement. When telling users that they have no choice but to update their title blocks to an entirely new interface and access to 'Basic Criteria' is required in order to make those title blocks properly display then the VW interface should give clear access to the settings that are needed as I described. Users shouldn't have to go onto a forum and learn how to make a custom worksheet tool in order to make the new required feature function properly. We are professionals whose time is valuable. Expecting or even demanding your users spend extra time to find undocumented answers or even create their own work arounds in order to use a required new feature is unacceptable. My previous title block method worked well. Granted, that was only because my process included two custom scripts that got me past the long standing missing features of not being able to edit an Issue Set or to Reset Issue Data back to the beginning...but my method worked. Now here I am with a brand new system, again, spending my time creating custom tools just to complete the basic functions of the title block. Sorry about the rant but it triggers a sore spot and follows a long tradition with Vectorworks Upgrades (I've been a user it since MiniCAD 5) where new promising features simply are not developed through to a useful completion. Over the past twenty plus years the term 'half-baked' has been used often to describe one feature or another. This instance is a minor point with a fix that is relatively painless. Other features go through years of revisions and are still left somewhere between severely wanting to unusable. I've posted rants in the past describing frustrations with Stairs and Roof Components and many others...most recently with Windows. All basic tools needed for architects to effectively do their jobs. I don't use Roof Components and I've only sparingly used the Window and Door objects since buying WinDoor in the late 90's. I take a hard look at all new and past 'half-baked' features with every upgrade. I stopped being surprised about the lack of development in one area or another somewhere around 2005. There is a lot to like about VW and new users I train often love the program (tho they've never heard of it before) but question by question as they dig down past the shiny surface they learn of these years old limitations that get left behind while VW continues to role out grand new features like Point Cloud importing among others. I've read many times on this forum over the years people wish for a full major release of the program that didn't add a single new feature but just made all the old features work as expected or promised. I think most long time users would love this and wouldn't even mind paying for it. But none of them would hold their breath.
  9. Joe-SA

    Title Block Conversion - Issue Data Error

    Thank you Nikolay, But to be clear - these settings when accessed through the Title Block Manager do not appear to change anything on any title block. Its only accessing these settings by selecting each title block individually that I'm getting each title block to display properly as you are suggesting. I can complete this in my template page by page and have it preset for future use on new projects. However, what is the use of these settings in the Issue Manager if they don't effect any change in the drawing? Am I missing another step? Every existing CAD file that we update to VW2018 will have to have these setting manipulated sheet by sheet as part of the update process. I have not yet made the worksheet you are suggesting. Perhaps these other settings can be modified in the same way. It does seem odd that you would ask your users to each create this workaround worksheet tool in order to gain convenient access to some basic settings instead of just providing it to us until such time you can actually build it into the Title Block Manager. An 'set to all sheets' next to the Count and Spacing Factor seems like an obvious upgrade along with a SET ACTIVE SHEETS button next to the ISSUE MANAGER button that opens up a dialog box that does the work of the suggested custom worksheet. Joe
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    Title Block Conversion - Issue Data Error

    Nikolay, Here are two files - the VW2016 file I am updating from and the current state of my VW2018 conversion. When considering how we handle projects that are in progress at this moment.....do we have the option of updating into VW2018 but keeping the old interface? or is it mandatory that Sheet Borders get updated to Title Blocks? I am also in the process of updating my auto-populating Drawing List to reference the new Title Blocks instead of the old Custom Sheet Border Record Format. My format included an 'on drawing list' toggle which controlled the content of the Drawing List worksheet. I've managed to swap this to the Title Block Border PIO and I'm using the ACTIVE SHEET toggle to control what shows up on the list. This is working well right now, however, I can see the contents of a desired ISSUE SET being different then the contents of the Drawing List. I'm thinking I still need to attach my own custom record to the Title Blocks if I want Drawing List and Date Set controls to be independent. I would prefer that a new ON DRAWING LIST toggle be added right below the ACTIVE SHEET toggle. And as others have previously posted....there needs to be a way to control the position of these toggles without having to step through every single sheet. In VW2018 my understanding is that you have to actually go to each sheet and highlight each title block to control the ACTIVE SHEET setting. In the VW2016 Issue Manager you had to step through each sheet but you could do it from within the Issue Manager Dialog box. There really needs to be a dialog box that lists every sheet in the file and each name needs to have a check box next to it that is one stop shopping for setting the ACTIVE SHEET setting. Perhaps it has two toggles if my wish for an ON DRAWING LIST toggle also gets added. Joe SearArchitectsTemplateVW2018.vwx SearsArchTemplateVW2016.vwx
  11. So I converted our VW2016 Template over to VW2018 and updated all of our custom Sheet Border / TitleBlock symbols over to the new Title Block. Graphically everything looked great. However, ...yes, there always is a however...when entering Issue Dates they are not properly assigning. 1) You can see from the Issue Manager report shown in the attached image how many different dates should be showing on this sheet. Yet, I'm only getting two. I've been unable to get any other sheet to show ANY issue data despite the Title Block Manager showing that these dates should be present. I've looked at the Layout and tried to find something wrong with the text block and read the help file but all seems well with the settings. The issues that you see in the report were done in various ways. Some THIS SHEET ONLY, some ALL ACTIVE SHEETS, some ALL SHEETS. None of them seem to be able to properly add the dates. 2) As you can see, the alignment isn't working in VW2018. In VW2016 the Issue Manager filled this title block with properly aligned text without a problem adding line by line on only the sheets that were part of the set. I had a very good handle on the old title block but I don't know where to begin in VW2018. So I need to delete portions of my layout and try to add them from scratch? It seems I'd be re-creating what is already there. Its just not working as its suppose to.
  12. Joe-SA

    Railing/Fence Tool Top Rail Profile

    Is there also a bug in how the top railing is created in 3D Line versions of the Railing Tool for use on stairs and slopes? In the attached image you will see various behavior and orientations of the same custom top rail profile depending on the the angle of the stair and the extension settings. Orientation of the top rail should be the same in each instance. This would make the Railing Tool unusable for anything that needs to connect to a stair or slope and only good for isolated horizontal runs with no change in height. I can't find any controls to bring vertical and angled top rails back into the expected alignment. VW2018 SP2
  13. Refreshing Library and restarting VW2018 both does not solve the issue. I changed the name of the Application VBvisual folder thinking it was an issue with the hierarchy in reading the content. However, the tool still listed all the typical VW default plants and when I clicked on one it downloaded a new copy and created a new VBvisual Plant default folder to put it in. This tool is tied to a third party provider and has a link to the website at the bottom of the list of default content. Adding plants to the application folder\Defaults\VBvisual adds them to the overall list but deleting files that are original defaults does not take them away. The list is not defined solely from the contents of the default file but appears to be built-in to the tool. Are you saying that your VBvisual tool is reading properly from your workgroup and not just from the application defaults? I'm not getting mine to do this.
  14. I've been adding default content tool by tool to a dropbox Workgroup Reference successfully. I have a collection of VBvisual plant files that go well beyond the VW provided default content. I've been following the rules of creating the content inside my workgroup reference per VW Help but nothing seems to make this tool want to see the remotely located content. Folder structure and names are identical yet the tool is not seeing the new plant files. When the prescribed method didn't work after multiple attempts and tweaks I tried to replace the Application\Libraries\Defaults\VBvisual folder with an alias to the corresponding workgroup location. No luck. The PIO would not generate. I tried to create alias files that linked directly to the new plant files in the workgroup but again, no luck. The PIO didn't see them. I expected all of these methods to have worked. The only success I have had in getting the tool to see the new content is to put the new content in the application directory. To repeat, I've had success with many other sets of content in this same workgroup. In the past I've had success using an alias to the entire Libraries folder in my dropbox account but I'm trying to alter the setup to the more prescribed method. Is VBvisual unique from the other tools with its Default Content setup?
  15. Joe-SA

    Window sill insertion problem

    This conversation was originally discussing Windows in VW2013 and was then picked up again looking at VW2014. I am now evaluating Windows in VW2018 and seeing the exact same performance. Very glad to be a grandfathered in user of Julian Carr's WinDoor Manager. I first bought it the day after evaluating VW's very first stock Window and Door plug-ins back in the late 90's. I've evaluated the two side by side with every upgrade ever since and have never switched back to VW. Both tools have their pros and cons and in recent versions its been a close call. Catalogs are an extremely compelling advancement. However, with the VW Window and Door PIO's we simply CANNOT create a trim package on our exterior elevations that is acceptable for many of the reasons listed above. And I'm not talking the fancy ones listed in 5-8. 1-4 plus 9-10 are pretty basic control of the geometry. WinDoor has been giving us an acceptable level of control for as long as I can remember. Being told by VW that the software engineering has been too difficult over the past 5 versions is not an acceptable answer.

 

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