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Joe-SA

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  1. I found everything in one file can create very large unwieldy files especially when developing full 3d presentations with interior furnishings, exterior landscaping, lighting, etc. even for a single residence. Dividing a file also allows different people to work on different parts simultaneously. We only do the everything in one file approach if it is intended to have only one draftsman for the entire duration. Even so, I typically break out the site model and structural on every job. I develop the Site Model and all associated entourage in a separate file built at its proper grade elevation. The building is developed in a separate file around a base elevation of zero. The building is then referenced into the Site file and the vertical difference is adjusted accordingly along with any needed rotations, etc. My file divisions, however, may separate detached garage or other outbuildings from the main house but never divides up the main house itself. This would be too cumbersome if you, for example, wanted to shift one wall from footing to roof over 2'. Instead, we break out mostly by sheet or discipline for 2d sheet development. Elevations, Building Sections, Structural Plans, Details, Power and Lighting, etc. Each referencing what they need from the main house file. Architectural Floor Plans and Schedules typically stay in the main house file. I have also created a file strictly for the creating and saving of rendered 3d viewports with no native objects at all. Joe
  2. Isn't there a 'Flatten Viewport' toggle in the OIP which changes the 3d DLVP to something that resembles a 2D Section SLVP? I haven't looked at this with SP2 but last I checked these were close to what you get with SLVP's but lacked some of the graphic controls. Joe
  3. We used to just replace the 'Library' folder name with an alias to our common Network Drive. Everybody accessed the same set of tools including the Default Content from inside various tools. Any additions to the common library like new wall types, etc would be immediately reflected on all stations on the network. We also tend to keep most everything in the Project Folder and make limited use of the User Folder. However, we now have moved our entire Resource Library to DropBox and use a 'Library' folder whose content links to our DropBox folder that exists on each station but sync's through the cloud. Now, we have a similar function with immediate access to new resources just like we had before but any station that is on line anywhere including off site still gets immediate updates. Plus, if you lose web access your entire resource content is local on your computer. I have to be careful about de-coupling from DropBox before running Service Pack updates and I have to pay attention to the nature of the update to make sure that changes made to the Resources by the Service Pack get copied to our DropBox folder. Also, if you attempt this, see old posts of mine regarding the set up. Your 'Favorites Folder' can not be synced to DropBox. It needs to be independent for each station or VW will not function properly. But if you have people who frequently need to work off-site then a cloud based CAD Resource solution is a must. Joe
  4. Once applied are you able to manipulate the origin of that hatch? I posted this question a while ago but did not get any reply. https://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=206491#Post206491 Joe
  5. This situation from 2 years ago persists today. When auto-bound slabs convert to manual not only is there no indication it happened but the physical geometry of the slab changes as if you drew it manually to the inside face of the walls. When a wall edit forces a conversion from auto-bound to manual not only should it give you an alert but it should prompt you to choose where you would like the slab perimeter to be drawn at. Say the inner or outer wall or inner or outer wall core. I think this would satisfy a whole lot of different slab and wall types. As it stands I feel I have no choice but to continue to use manual slabs exclusively. Joe
  6. I'm trying to manipulate the textures and hatches that get automatically applied to walls as defined inside the wall style in VW2015. The Attribute Mapping Tool asks me to convert from Auto-Align Planer to another format. I choose Planer and then begin to resize and move the control box that shows up. Nothing I do seems to produce a change to the texture/hatch. Origin, size, rotation. Is there a trick that I am missing? Any material that needs to bridge first floor and second floor walls will need to be aligned for proper display. Is this possible? Joe
  7. The error message that pops up when restoring the backup makes it very confusing and leads you right into thinking the objects have been lost completely. I had assumed this the first few times it happened to me. Joe
  8. Joe-SA

    StoneCad

    I just received word from StoneCAD that they are working with NNA to make this available and it is due to be ready in a matter of weeks. Currently, no Vectorworks formatted items are downloadable from StoneCAD as they await these updated items. Joe
  9. I'm sure NNA has looked at VectorDecks. The handrails in this tool are amazingly superior to the current VW tool. VW should really consider buying out VectorDecks and incorporating much of it right into Architect. We haven't bought it because its too expensive to maintain on a per seat license that needs to get upgraded annually. Its been a while since I tested it but some of the features to the handrails are: - reference a rail symbol profile that gets used in the top rail extrusion - same for bottom rail - replace basic baluster with baluster symbol Allow for newel posts with replacement from a newel symbol as well. Either greatly improve the hand rails that are also included in the Stair Objects or make this one easy to add to existing stairs. Either way the rails at stairs and balconies should be made to match each other without having to repeat the same settings in multiple tools.
  10. Something else to consider with EAP's. If you have breaks in an otherwise continuous extrusion....say with a skirt and cap being interrupted by doors....use extruded blocks to create a Subtract Solid object that removes the gaps from the EAP. Easier then creating many smaller segments and the overall profile is still able to be modified in a single revision from inside the Solid Subtraction. I have found, however, that if you need to restore one of these from a backup VW won't generate the Solid Subtraction. You have to enter it and exit it before it comes back. No drawing information is lost, however. It just requires a manual regeneration of the EAP from inside the Solid Subtraction. Joe
  11. One of the most cumbersome aspects of transitioning from one VW version to another is getting all of the years worth of accumulated third party and custom resources updated to the new VW file format. It would be an exceptional improvement if a universal file type could be developed that the Resource Browser could always access regardless of any annual program update. Similar to saving a VW file as a 'template' we could save a VW file as a 'resource file' while still having access to all VW files that are in the format of the current program. Opening one of these 'resource files' for edit would convert it to the current file type. It would then have to be saved back as a resource. However, no revisions would be needed to a 'resource file' from one program release to another if no change to that file was desired.
  12. Joe-SA

    StoneCad

    Has anybody yet put the StoneCad 2d hatches and seamless jpg images together into a single VW2015 texture library that produces 3d color and black and white images from the same objects? I'm about to take on this task to some degree while trying to establish some new office standards / resources for my firm. Joe
  13. We've made the entire fascia around the eaves and rakes of the entire perimeter out of a single Extrude Along Path object. This is easily done with the square eaves of your design. Then there is no need for trimming at the miters. We also use the Roof Tool as you do. We would also use it for the soffits and just clip out the center. Identical results in section. Joe
  14. I would like to see as a future feature added is that a SLVP cropping object can not only be a 2d polygon or rectangle but a 3D Extruded object with a toggle to show either the inside or the outside of the container. Joe
  15. My hope was that flattened DLVP's could function in enlarged detail development on Design Layers instead of needing to develop details linked to the model only in the Annotations layer of SLVP's. Many improvements need to occur for this to happen, however. See this previous thread and the links it contains. https://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=40423&Number=200672#Post200672 Joe
  16. This is not the help you are looking for but my reaction is to say that I gave up on auto-bound slabs about the first or second time that I used them. All it takes is one edit to one wall of the perimeter to turn the entire slab into manually bound. We found this to be inevitable with every job. Now we just create them by drawing the perimeter or purposefully unbinding them right after they are created with the walls. I hope auto binding to walls is not the hold up with Roof Components because if it functions like the slab does we are more likely to stick with manually binding them anyway. Joe
  17. So I'm trying to complete details this week for a project. I have Section Viewports at 3/4 scale filling a couple of sheets. I took them into VW2015 due to the extreme lag time and crashing caused from working with viewports in VW2014. In this regard 2015 was a life saver. I now find I am unable to Show the Components of the walls and slabs while still overriding the fill settings either in part or as a whole. This is different then VW2014 and appears to be a bug in VW2015. I've tried about a half dozen ways to emulate the behavior I got in 2014 with no luck. I resign myself to redraft every component with the Linear Material plug-in but now I find it can't create proper thickness as set in the thickness field. I've started manipulating the thickness to a fraction that appears the correct thickness graphically but as soon as this bug is fixed all of my details will be wrong again. Any chance SP2 is issued quickly to not only resolve the crashing issues reported with SP1 but also this unworkable quandary I've found myself in? Joe
  18. Those settings don't do it for me. I'm still getting some components to show while others don't. In addition, some of the fills that I have loaded as part of the original classes I don't want to show in the detail. I do wish to see the outline of every component. I used to be able to do this simply by choosing the NONE class. There doesn't appear to be a way for me to do this anymore as there was in 2014. I'm guessing this is a new bug. Joe
  19. The methods I used in 2014 to display wall components in a section do not appear to be working in 2015. I do get some components to show but no component shows everywhere consistently and no wall is showing all the components its suppose to. This is true in both Detail Viewports pulled off of Section Viewports and directly cropped section viewports straight from the plan. In the Advanced Properties Pane I can not manipulate the settings the way I used to in order to get this to show. In the cropped section viewports I am able to toggle off the 'merge adjacent components' toggle in Detail Viewports but I am able to turn it off in Section Viewports. Neither, however, show the components correctly. Strangely, toggling 'Show Components' off entirely doesn't make what smattering of components that do show go away. In fact, manipulation of all of these settings seem to have no effect on the look at all. Anybody else experiencing this? Joe
  20. Extending the conversation on #4 above... Not only does the bottom of the frame create a bump in the sill but the lower trim does not shift down when a timber sill is selected and creates a similar bump in the sill along the plane of the casings. When trim below the sill is checked on it should be BELOW the sill and not sharing the same space. Nor does the side trim extend down to the top of the Sill Lip. It stays the same length as if a picture frame trim was intended. When a sloped timber sill is used the side casings must extend down the height of the Sill to meet it and avoid leaving a gap. 9.) The exterior trim on clad units butt up against the projected jambs and do not partially cap the jambs as this tool as always shown. Its a minor technicality but the final width of the unit from the outside edge of casing is always slightly narrower then what will be built. Increasing the width of the casing is not an acceptable work around. 10) The width of the Head Trim should be independent setting from Side Trim. It would be nice if this was true for the Lower Trim as well.
  21. Very good. That is what I needed. Thanks for the quick reply. Joe
  22. Thanks, Jim. Does this include the 'activate serial number' process every time I switch from one to the other and I can go back and forth activating as many times as needed? Joe
  23. Is it possible to load VW2015 and begin using it on some projects while continuing to work in VW2014 for other 'in progress' projects from the same work station? I seem to remember the serial number only able to be associated with one or the other but not both. The reason is that I have a project that would really benefit from the added speed and memory use of VW2015 but I have other files that I need to collaborate on with VW2014 users without forcing them to upgrade as well. For the time being I need to jump back and forth. Joe
  24. I saw this on occasion in 2014. Its not isolated to 2015. I was never able to pin down the cause but it was never consistent. It typically went away with a restart if I recall. I likely ran into it a half a dozen times over the past year but it was never something I couldn't make go away with some basic trouble shooting. Joe
  25. The Best and Worst part of Vectorworks is the ability to customize most tools as you wish. Best, because you can tailor the look and feel to your firms needs and Worst because you need the knowledge base in order to take advantage of the customization available. I've been working in Vectorworks so long that my firm practically works on a proprietary system that would in many ways be foreign to even the most experienced VW user. For example, I really don't see a need for a specific footing tool. As I posted over two years ago earlier in this same thread and as Wes recently repeated, custom Wall Styles for foundations and footings as described above worked well then and continue to work well now. Stepped footings are created by simply shaping the top and bottom of the footing Wall Style. Even if you have a foundation wall with a continuous top of wall but need a stepped ledge to follow grade on the face of it....this can be made with a single Wall Style with two concrete components. One component set to stick to the wall height while the other is set to stick to the shaped top of wall edits that follow the stepped ledge. One wall object creating both continuous top of wall and a stepped ledger. Even I, who has been working in VW since 1996, took a while to realize this duel functionality could be built right into a single Wall Style. So the point is...often times a new specialized tool is not needed. What is needed is maximizing the use of the existing tools in ways that are undocumented. New users can only hope to stumble on these methods on their own or to learn them in places such as this forum. New users who have just learned one of these 'tricks' often ask 'How would I have known that? Where do I find that in the manual'. This is where NNA needs to put much of their time, in my opinion. That...and Roof Components. Joe

 

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