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  1. We use this feature a reasonable amount for grading plans on small facility sites. It works well but Ive never seen a model that extensive. Id love to see more post on this feature and how people are finding the tools to work best. The cut and fill calcs are great. Seems to be pretty accurate in my experience. I will say it's nice to have a program that can do ALL this. Grading, rendering, planning, and modeling. If they could refine all these features just a little more and clean up some of the redundant features as well as get the resource browser to be a little more user friendly Id never need another CAD program.
  2. Check to see what you're finished grade is in your site model. That may be the contour line for that elevation. If not it may be a bug in site models that I have seen mentioned a couple times. Im impressed if that was your first time. While I love the site model tools sometimes it can be tricky. Esp when it comes to roadways.
  3. @herbieherbThat does work(thanks for the tip!) However it breaks out each page or sheet. Its not one file with all sheets included. When using the Panzer CAD plugin you get one file. This might be what we have to resort to but certainly not what the client desires.
  4. I hate to pile on here but there are 2 massive gripes we have and continue to get worse with Vectorworks 1. Number 1 biggest gripe...Exporting to DWG. When in a saved view workflow vs sheet views. VW likes to claim you have the option to present as you wish. However; with the saved view method (which was actually show to us 10 years ago from a VW trainer) does not give you an easy way to export to dwg. All the saved views must be converted into sheet views which can take a long time for just 1 package (we are often on the hook for 100's of dwg conversions). Matt Panzer made a really nice plugin that did all that in a few clicks and we used it for years when customers wanted DWG's. That plugin was bought by VW and for whatever reason shelved! The don't want to make it an offering because it's not moving toward the new Viewport workflow?! We are not architects here so its almost non existent that we are doing 3d models. Our industry and parts change so quick libraries are of little use. Why can't they just integrate Panzer CAD View pack into VW! Bc they want to be bias to the newer workflow is what Im told. Pushing customers to adopt a certain workflow is exactly why we got away from ACAD. PLEASE give us a way to export a dwg package that is set up in saved views. Working in Viewports does not suit our workflow but I keep getting encouragement to do so. We've tried and it actually consumes more of our time and is more complicated for new hires to learn. Given we know our workflow it's hard for me to imagine on how VW insist Sheet views is more effective wo actually knowing what we do or how we work. 2. I also agree with the no axis locks. 3d can be super frustrating in some scenarios.
  5. I got pretty close. I also added some a additional vent textures on the sides. Ill toss the file up and see what you guys think. Ultimately the original panel/texture in discussion came close but it never scaled exactly. I tried scaling it by the width (15") or by the height (42") or buy a diagonal measurement (44") all gave the same result which was close but I still had to nudge the scale along with horizontal and vertical offset. It seemed even once aligned I was short on the full height of the texture. So I just fudge it for now with a horizontal repeat. If you turn of the repeat you will see it doesnt have the full scale height. The only thing I can think of is that the original image is not truly proportional? The vent texture did work a little more like expected. but for that example scaling off the width was fine as it didn't need to fill the panels full vertical run. You can see the additional vents in the lower left corner of the screen capture. Ground Cabinet.vwx
  6. Ok so I did as instructed. my cabinet panel is 15" wide. I attempted to set by image at 15. IT shows a preview of the cabinet way to large focused in at the lower left corner of the image. If I set by image to .5 tho I get kinda closer? I must be missing something here. The red arrow indicates where Im trying to place this cabinet image texture.
  7. Your talking in the edit texture dialog lower left corner? im not sure why i have all the extra white space. The small image in the center is the entire image.
  8. Well typically I dont size the image in VWto begin with. but if I follow I guess I could scale up the image to get close to the size of the panel within VW and then export the image before re importing it as a rw texture? You are correct I don't need the transparent mask but have used it in the past and works well for some scenarios! Im excited to give this a go in the morning. Hopefully I can get it down to a science as its such a handy tool for us. If not Ill maybe I share the file. thanks bcd.
  9. So Ive done this a few times tho Im no expert. Im taking an image and importing it into VW as a new Resource Texture. However every time I do this it seems like the initial image size and location don't fill the space properly. So then Im left scaling and rotating the texture as well as adjusting the x and y on the Render Tab within the object info pallette. So in the screen shots you can kinda see what Im describing. Probably need a render or texture expert to chime in on this one. How in the heck do I make sure that the image will size correctly to the "Panel" Im trying to align it with? Is it the initial size of the image need to match that of the panel it will cover or?? The idea is the image so match and take up the entire space of the panel. Not be a repeatable pattern all over.
  10. I created this model in a blank file so the internal origin should have been center of page. I actually copy the contours out of the dwg survey file and start fresh with a new file. I never encountered this before so Im not sure which origin is which and how I can align them if needed?
  11. Its weird is this also a bug in 2017 as I get the same results on an export. Where can I find the orgin that the survey is using relative to the model? I was getting the same results in 2017 and 2020 Site Model.vwx
  12. Exactly what the subject says. I create the model everything is great and then I try to generate a snap shot. The only way I can find it is by using zoom extents. And even then I cant always find the snap shot. Why is VW sending the site model snap shot way off from the center of the page??
  13. Ok Im going to open this back up. We have a few drawing packages that are larger. This one in particular is 22 pages. When we export its close to 19mb. We have used the pdf options to lower the DPI to around 150 down from the default 300 and that really does not reduce the file size as much as I expected. Is there any way to bring down the size on a published PDF that Im not aware of? Also maybe some Mac users can attest to this. If we have to slip sheet in a pdf survey from a sub or any outside document, when we combine them in Preview they often bloat the file size to something larger than the 2 files sizes add up to. In general preview is the source of many of my frustrations when combining PDF's. Hard to believe PDF combining is a tuff task for Apples Preview in 2020.
  14. If I set it to white its visible in VWX but then publishes to PDF as a black box. Is there a way to determine if the PDF is Vector or raster? I even tried the rasterize pdf option in the publish menu and it had no effect on the outcome. Mostly looking to see if this is behavior others have seen. Art I will send you the PDF in a DM.


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