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  1. Just to add my experience to this topic. We regularly perform Solid Subtractions on EAP's. These objects are not regenerated when restoring a backup. We get an error that certain 3D geometry could not be regenerated. We are left with a rectangular bounding box in plan showing the extents of the failed object. We must then enter the Subtract Solid and regenerate the EAP and exit in order to get the original object back. This has been the case for as long as I can remember creating these objects. The past 3 or 4 versions at least. Joe
  2. Thanks Jim. I'm not very hopeful that the UI of the new Stair Tool can be built upon to solve its issues. I would be more confident with a ground up re-build being able to address all of my concerns and to bring the best parts of both stair tools together in one place. I don't want to have to take 1 step back in order to take 2 steps forward. 11. Any work here should also be considered in tandem with the Railing Tool so it can be used seamlessly with balcony railings that attach to Stair Objects. Specifically, items #2 and #3 above. Joe
  3. With every release I take a long look at the Stair Tool and like many of you I end up using the old 'Custom Stair' tool that we now need to pull out of a legacy list in order to use because it is still superior to the new 'Stair' tool that has been around and updated repeatedly for many versions now. Has it been 5 or 6? I've lost count. I still find it very difficult to get the configurations I need with the new stair tool where the old interface is very intuitive. I'm also finding that the round elements of the new stair tool render with facets in hidden line while the Custom Stair tool does not. I suggest trashing the new Stair tool entirely and returning to the Custom Stair Tool and adding the following wishlist items. 1. Each stair run should have a +/- offset from center. In this way we can create two straight runs of different widths that can step around a wall when a stair goes from an open tread to a closed tread on one side. A very common stair configuration. Currently the centerlines must match for consecutive straight stair runs. This also helps on stairs where stair runs are different widths. 2. Give us the ability to select a symbol of a railing profile and have the rail be extruded from this shape. We are allowed to do this with the Stringer Profile why not the railing? The third party Vectordecks has done this for years. 3. Give us the ability to select a symbol of a 3d baluster and have it inserted in place of a basic round or square baluster. Vectordecks does this as well. 4. Add a toggle between square or bullnose nosings with the option to wrap the bullnose to the left and/or right tread ends. Give us the ability to control this in one spot for the whole stair or to control it by stair run. (Wrap bullnose tread left, Wrap bullnose tread right) 5. Tread side extensions should be toggled from the set tread width to align with the stringer offset per individual stair run. (Align Left Tread with Stringer, Align Right Tread with Stringer) 6. Maintain our ability to control the visibility of the handrail and balusters from both the left and the right either in one spot for the whole stair or by individual stair run as it is now. 7. Like the new Stair Tool, align risers to the outside face of stringer instead of the tread width or give us the ability to choose. 8. Like the new Stair Tool, give us the ability to show the entire top tread, just the riser and nosing, or neither. 9. Like the new Stair Tool, give us the ability input the floor depth to set if the stringers extend below the floor or stop at the floor. 10. Differentiate between a structural stringer component and a finished trim stringer component. Joe
  4. Joe-SA


    I'm going to ask my original question again. Has anybody combined the 2d hatches and 3d textures of StoneCAD into into single texture internal resources suitable for color and black and white 3d presentations? Following my posts above I continued to contact StoneCAD. In March I was told they were working on them but then gave up asking. I see nothing new on their website. I just sent StoneCAD support a message to check on progress. I'm not hopeful. It would be great to see this show up as a downloadable library of all 134 StoneCAD textures at Vectorworks.net or on the ServiceSelect website. I created a couple on my own but found the process tedious and time consuming if the goal is to have the textures and the hatches align perfectly....which they should. Joe
  5. I've been away from the forum a while...just saw this post while doing some catching up. You might be interested in this thread. https://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthr...7398#Post187398 I highly recommend downloading the two scripts that are noted. VW 2015 hadn't yet addressed the need for these two types of interface with the Issue Manager: 1) wiping out all Issue Data in the current file 2) Editing the Date or Name of a previously issued sheet set as a group of sheets instead of sheet by sheet. Joe
  6. If anyone is concerned about the accuracy of the Linear Material Tool...it appears to be fixed with SP2 although I don't think I saw it noted in the release notes. In SP1, the thickness reported in the OIP did not match the graphic thickness drawn. Joe
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Joe-SA


    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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Joe-SA


    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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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