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  1. 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. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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. 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. 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
  8. 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. 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
  10. 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. 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. 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.
  16. Just reading this thread for the first time. I'm currently transitioning our 8 CAD user firm over to VW2018 from VW2016 and this has me questioning the setup we've been using with DropBox for years. I just tried to find my original posted questions on VW with DropBox but my account is only showing back to 2011 so I can't pinpoint the date. It looks like VW2011 was when I first started putting our entire LIBRARY in DropBox. I'm not remembering when the USER folder was first introduced but it could have been about this time. I'm quite sure WorkGroup Folders didn't exist then either. Since the fall of 2010 I've never thought to change what wasn't broken. Perhaps its time to modernize. Since VW looks in the Application Folder for a folder called LIBRARY this is where I do my customization. I've attached an image of the folder structure. Here are the steps I've used: 1- Ignore the User Folder 2- Duplicate the VW Application's LIBRARIES folder and rename it LIBRARY(original) to preserve it. 3- Customize the copy of the LIBRARIES folder with all my accumulated Third Party and Custom Content. 4- Copy this entire Custom Library into DropBox. The copy in the Application Folder is renamed as LIBRARIES(dropbox) to preserve it outside of DropBox. 5- Create a new Folder called LIBRARIES. This is the folder VW will look to. Within this folder create shortcuts using identical names to the original folder names but link each to the LIBRARIES located in DropBox. Do not create a shortcut for the FAVORITES folder, however. This must be unique for each station as the file paths are unique to each user. 6- Repeat step 5 on each of our CAD stations. In this setup each VW station is automatically looking to identical DropBox libraries right down to the DEFAULT folder content. Add a wall type to DEFAULT content on DropBox and within minutes its available inside the Default content of each user. If network or internet access goes down or if people go off site then everyone still has their full LIBRARY in their local DropBox. If they go online from off site then DropBox will update to our latest content that may have been added from the office. The only downside this has created is running Service Pack updates. I have to 'uncouple' the system from Dropbox by renaming the original folder back to LIBRARIES. I then swap the names back after the update. This leaves open the chance that if the update modifies library files I miss out on using that portion of the update. I try to catch when this happens so I get the new content into our DropBox. Honestly, I only remember an issue one time with regard to the Section Mark default content not working without the new SP file. Otherwise this setup has worked very well for the past 7 years. I suppose the other minor downside is that all my custom content files are mixed in with the system files and needs to be kept straight. I've seen other posts where people have tried to put their USER folder into DropBox but then got errors. I'm of the mindset that the USER folder should remain unique to each of my 8 users and not be the shared element in this setup. What are the compelling reasons for going a different way with my VW2018 setup but getting the same function? Since we skipped over VW2017 this will be our first experience with the new Resource Manager which I suspect could make all the difference.
  17. Check out Displacement Mapping for textures with Renderworks. You could create a texture that in theory could create the batts and even generate shadows. That said, the only way to have precise control over the batt locations is to model them directly. We have arrayed full height batts down an entire elevation and subtracted out the voids with extrudes making a Subtract Solid object. Easy to edit the original extrudes for revisions at a later date.
  18. I make my own roof components with stacked roof objects. After general schematic is done using Roof Objects I then start duplicating and modifying to make each component. I start with a 1/2" sheathing with full extension to the drip lines. I then duplicate in place and make the framing component that stops at the wall bearing. For the soffit you can duplicate your entire roof, set it to the thickness you need for the soffit, and then from your plan view cut out of the middle the area of the house leaving only the soffit around the perimeter. This still gets modified and manipulated like a Roof Object because it is one. You can even duplicate this soffit object and use one for the soffit framing/truss extension area and then another 1/2" thick component beneath that for the finish material. We often need to pull back a few inches on the depth of the soffit framing from the depth of the sheathing because we wrap crown mouldings and fascia boards around the eaves with Extrude Along Path objects. With each component in a different class its easy to assign your textures. Now all of your roof components show up in your detail cuts. You only need to do 2d overlays if you don't like how the hatch shows up. It is a hassle when you need to cut holes or modify shapes as now you have to repeat the edit through multiple Roof Objects. When Roof Components were first introduced I was hoping to achieve this same functionality all inside one Roof Object but so far that hasn't been the case. We're still in VW2016 for the moment and do not use the Roof Components at all. I haven't heard if 2017 has made improvements to Roof Components. We'll be switching over soon.
  19. So we've been using an Archie font for over 10 years. New to VW2016 we are getting symbols instead of the foot ( ' ) and inch ( " ) characters. BUT - Only when typing them into the CallOut tool and only when using our Archie font. This is not happening in Text Objects and it is not happening with any other font that I have found through my quick sampling of a few more common fonts. We can cut and paste from the Text Object into the Call Out and get what we need. We can't, however, create the CallOut correctly in a different font and then change it over to Archie. The symbols always return for those two characters. How has VW2016 changed from VW2015 with regard to this particular font? Joe
  20. I've been downloading sketchup models from the 3D warehouse for various entourage items like cars, grills, foosball tables, etc. It works great for the 3d views but you end up with a 3D only symbol that doesn't work for your floor plans. Convert Copy to Lines with Hidden Line on still leaves you with all the facet lines of the object and not a clean 2d image. This morning I hit on a technique to solve this. I created a viewport on a sheet layer of the object and set the rendering mode to Hidden Line. I then opened the Background Settings and cranked up the Smoothing Angle to something like 25 or 30 degrees. All the facets disappeared. Now run your Convert Copy to Lines and you have a clean 2d version of your symbol. Add a mask and place it in the 2d Component of the symbol and you have a hybrid version of the object. One side note - many downloaded models have numerous symbols buried inside them. Do all of this in a separate file so these symbols don't fill up your Resource Browser. Last step enter the 3d component and convert all the imbedded symbols to groups. No need to carry all the associated symbols from project to project. Joe
  21. In working with the new Roof Styles I hit on a Standing Seam model technique I should have realized a long time ago. Any Roof Object or now component of a Roof Style can be run through the Roof Framer where Framing Member PIO's of the size and spacing you choose fill the cavity. If your roof is already built you can duplicate it in place, alter the thickness to 1 1/2" and move it up so it stacks on your roof. Then select the Standing Seam Roof objects and run the Roof Framer. Toggle on Rafters to be created and create a custom size that is 1/8" x 1 1/2" and then set your desired spacing. All the roof objects are filled with seams. You may have to tweek the orientation and do some stretching and aligning but thats minor. Modify the thickness of the original roof objects down to 1/8" thick and you have your surface layer of metal for your renderings. Your seams will now show properly in your black and white hidden line elevations. Joe
  22. Furthermore, Changing the overhang dimension at the eave modifies the component offset distance at the gable edge. But only for the common plane and not for the whole roof. I would think changing an eave depth would have no effect on the rake depth. Note the odd step at the ridge in the attached image.
  23. Roof Styles can have each component set to align to the Roof Edge, Roof Axis Line or any part of a 'Bound' Wall's components. It can also be manually offset from the Roof Edge or the Roof Axis Line. On the gable edge of a Roof Object when I modify the overhang depth all the components move with the Roof Edge. Even the components whose position should not be associated with the Roof Edge but associated to the Roof Axis Line or a bound wall component. This does not appear to be the case at the eaves. Joe
  24. We are experiencing this same issue periodically on a few of our projects. After days or weeks of work suddenly the regeneration of the Sheet Border object causes it to disappear. We can't do anything with it. We bring in new Title Block Sheet Border Objects from our Template or from other jobs and we can't get it back. We have resolved this by doing a restart but it doesn't always work. We have also returned to a backup file that was saved before this glitch happened. (Our in-house backup system time stamps each backup and allows us to go back to the many different points of development) All this just started happening about 2 months ago and only on 2 of our 6 stations. Only 4 of these stations regularly manipulate title blocks, however. I think this has occurred on a total of 4 projects. All stations are running VW2015 SP4. All stations are 27" iMacs with 16GB or RAM and upgraded graphic cards. Problems began on OS X 10.8.5. We then upgraded to Yosemite 10.10.5 in anticipation of VW2016. Transition was not a migration but a fresh OS install and then restoration of User Data. Yet, the problem has persisted. It is rare but its been hitting one of our files seemingly every couple of weeks for a couple of months. I'm close to moving everyone to VW2016 so haven't looked for too hard for a fix assuming it would go away after the VW upgrade. Joe
  25. How about when choosing Sink Front on the Base Cabinet we get the option to create the Sink Opening instead of needing to turn off the Base Cabinet counter part and replace it with the Counter PIO which does have a Sink Opening? To the best of my knowledge these PIO's haven't changed in 10 or 15 years.

 

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