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  1. In the view that you show, you can move the profile relative to the origin to set the profile exactly as you wish. For instance if the profile that you show represented floor moulding, you would move the polygon so that the bottom left corner aligned with the local origin (0,0) Hope this helps...
  2. In re-reading this thread it occurred to me that possibly, you are not aware of our support for images to both spreadsheet and database worksheet cells that can provide graphic views of the objects in a drawing. It may be possible to implement at least part of what you want to do e.g. with a door schedule, albeit as database rows only. So, if there is a resource, particularly a graphic based one, such as a symbol or hatch associated with the object, you can display an image as part of a worksheet or database row. The help for this feature can be found here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FWorksheets%2FInserting_images_in_worksheet_cells.htm&rhsearch=worksheet image&rhhlterm=worksheet image&rhsyns=%20 With regard to 'horizontal' worksheets, our worksheets are implemented in Vectorworks as row-based database tables, and hence, currently cannot be flipped to display database rows as columns; It uses the premise of an 'endless' list and is implemented as rows going down and not to the right. I know that you can do column based database tables in dedicated spreadsheets like Excel, but not in Vectorworks; It would be useful in some cases, particularly those containing records with very few fields, but the engineers may feel that the implementation would have to accommodate the same limits vertically as horizontally. Disclaimer: I am not an engineer and so, I don't speak for them, although I designed and coded the first version of what was to become Spotlight in 1996, so this experience along with my prior experience in the commercial world, gives me some insight into the issues.
  3. Nope; Sorry Amorphous, as I said: Not what you were asking for. Your post in this Feature Request channel legitimately suggests a useful improvement: Vectorworks does not currently support image files in the Record Format fields. My suggestion for listing a URL was a workaround for the time being, like today, for the case where the contractor could copy the url text string from your documentation. In my mind's eye I imagined that your communication with the contractor was transmitted via e.g. published PDF files. Creating paper documentation with all the images that you want to communicate to your contractor, with the tools currently available in Vectorworks is not automated and is indeed laborious.
  4. Not what you are legitimately asking for, but for today, how about a URL link to the pertinent information (with picture) online?
  5. It might work how you would like without waiting for an update if you reference the appropriate design layers and classes into the separate file so the data is present in the reference file and then create the Sheet layer Viewports as you did before only referencing the local Design layers and classes already in the file instead; Depending on the structure of your project, it might not require many references per VP and therefore you may experience a workable performance while introducing just the data needed for the particular VP(s).
  6. Conrad's company, connectCAD Limited, now owned by Vectorworks, Inc., offers a set of plug-in tools that accomplishes this quite nicely right inside Vectorworks. https://www.vectorworks.net/community/partner-community/partner-products/product/connectcad
  7. You may find the following workaround helpful while we wait for support and engineering to come up with a fix: In non-conclusive testing, I have found that if I use the "Modify->Create Symbol..." command as the entry point to create the Resource and then after it is created, in the Resource Manager, Right-Click the resource and choose "Plug-in Object options..." and uncheck the Create Plug-in Object checkbox in the Create Symbol dialog, then I can assign the desired class to the image prop portion of the resource and once the class is set, the assigned class is retained when inserting from the Resource Manager. Then I can exit the group edit container and right-click the black symbol again and choose "Plug-in Object options..." and set the check the Create Plug-in Object checkbox to convert it to aired symbol. This seems to provide a temporary way (until the feature is fixed by engineering) to get red symbols to retain the assigned class rather than pick up the active class.
  8. Frankly speaking, this feature is used in the industry by larger entities mostly, as an investment that a company such as yours can make over time to create a system that ensures company standards and provides far quicker and more flexible plant scheme development after the system is developed in-house. After it is in place, it requires only minor maintenance in return for the substantial benefits listed above. If you have a template that you use with SmartPaste with all your company standards, then you are already halfway there...
  9. The simplest way to do this is to configure a plant once the way you need it with all the settings that your company uses, including the Class assignment, and then choose Modify->Create Symbol... to save it as a resource in the active file, or in a template file available to all, that becomes a plant object when you insert it from the Resource Browser. Make sure the 'Convert to Plug-in object...' checkbox is selected when you create the symbol, which when you configure it this way, becomes known as a 'Red Symbol' and is distinguished in the Resource Browser with Red title text. Even better, would be to configure the plant object as above and then right-click an instance in the document window and choose 'Create Plant Style from Selection...' from the context menu at the curser. These are a little more work to create initially, but in addition to the functionality in the symbol method described above, using plant styles, you can switch multiple placed plants in the document window to the desired style without having to replace and reconfigure using the 'Right-Click->Replace Plant Style...' command in the context menu. To get started with plant styles, choose the 'Help->Vectorworks Help...' menu and enter 'Creating plant styles' in the search Box in the upper right of the Vectorworks Help documentation window. Using one of these methods, you can set up a template or a resource document with all your company's preferred plant setting on a per plant basis and even maintain the file(s) on a shared volume so that everyone who needs them can be using the same company standard.
  10. It may be that the tree textures have a glow parameter added to the texture definition; Try editing the texture Definition in the Resource Browser and if it is present, you can reduce the Glow value or eliminate it altogether by setting the brightness to zero.
  11. While it does not change the current behavior, long lists in the OIP can be navigated by typing by the characters of the desired name in the list when the scrolling list is displayed. This makes it somewhat faster than scrolling with the mouse if you are a reasonably fast typist.
  12. Haven't been able to reproduce which might be caused by a graphics card issue or difference in our zoom levels try Final Quality Renderworks in the Background Render: popup in the Object Info palette.
  13. I think that the faceting is likely an artifact of the openGL rendering mode default render settings; You may be able to improve this using the detail options in the View->Rendering->OpenGL options... menu command. Also Final Quality rendering will address this with much higher image quality, although it will greatly increase the render times...
  14. Not sure if I understand the question, but double-clicking the viewport object on the Sheet Layer presents a dialog that offers an option to edit the viewport crop; You can see the crop in context and have the option to edit it as Vectorworks geometry.
  15. Hey techdef and markdd! I definitely did NOT call this by the right name, LOL! The AR-Measure tool (Augmented Reality) is part of our Nomad app that runs on Android and iOS. More info and a link to a video is available here:


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