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  1. hi, i'm trying to import a hatch

    i click on the little arrow in the upper right corner of the resource browser, open the hatch and then it says:

    "the following files were saved using an older version of Vectorworks and therefore could not be added to the list of favorites"

    can you help me out? you can't open stuff that was saved in a previous version of vectorworks?!

  2. hi!

    yes, the rectangle is selected when i click 'create viewport', but i still don't get an option to create a viewport using a crop. all that happens is when i click 'create viewport' i get my entire drawing on a sheet, just with the rectangle over part of it.

    however your second suggestion worked. if i doubleclick on a viewport, select 'crop' and a 2D object it crops the viewport. this will work for now, although i'd like to know how to do it the other way!


  3. hi!

    thank you for this - i created a rectangle over the area i wanted to show, clicked 'create viewport', but no prompt came up. i just get that pop-up where you choose the scale and render style and all that. do you know how i can get that prompt back?

    thank you!

  4. hi!

    when i click 'view' / 'create viewport', it creates a viewport of everything on my design layer. if i want to create a viewport of a selected area (in order to do a detail, for example), how do i do this? i don't want to copy the drawing and put it on a fresh layer and modify it, that seems really backwards.


  5. what i see on my screen are black fonts on a white background. when i export as pdf it exports beautifully. when i export as batch pdf, there's just a black rectangle where the text should be. i don't understand why these two options produce different outputs when they provide essentially the same function.

    incidentally, how to i set my layers to grayscale?

    thank you!

  6. hi again!

    if i export a drawing as a pdf, i don't seem to have an option to greyscale it.

    if i export a drawing as a pdf (batch), there's an option to turn off color, but then for some bizarre reason the text on my drawing is totally blacked out. it doesn't happen when i export as an individual pdf.

    can anyone help me with these two things?

  7. hi!

    if i click on a dimension i placed on a sheet layer, the object palette gives me a host of options, but none to affect the font/size of my dimensions! i'm sure there's a really easy way to do this! can anyone help?

    thanks again! i realize i've been asking a ton of questions but the search on this website is sort of useless. also i have to log in twice before i can post - does anyone else have that problem? i'm using firefox.

  8. hi!

    if i click on the 2d line tool in the basic tools palette, i click once to start drawing a line, and then click a second time when i want to stop drawing. is there some way i can arrange things so that a new line immediately starts where the old one ends? i realize the 2d polygon tool does this, but then it gets trick editing individual lines. and also when i use the polygon tool i end up with an enclosed shape.

    basically i'm trying to save myself having to double click all the time with the 2d line tool. it shouldn't be necessary. autocad and sketchup both allow you to draw lines without double clicking all the time.


  9. If I draw a rectangle and hatch it, the hatch generally appears to be at an incorrect scale. I tried the 'scale' button on the edit hatch dialog, but it doesn't appear to affect it.

    If I create a viewport and go to the sheet layer, the hatch is still unchanged. but if I create a rectangle directly on the sheet layer, the hatch is affected by scale and looks about right.

    i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong - it would make sense to hatch in design layer, right?

  10. hi,

    this has happened twice now. when i export a work sheet as a PDF it usually (99% of the time) exports perfectly. occasionally, however, all it will export is this blown-up version of my drawing. it's not in scale, and the drawings go right off the page. no matter what i choose for my export range this happens.

    any ideas?


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