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Frank Brault

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  1. You may have tried to apply the texture after using the Convert Text to Polylines command and ungrouping. If you want control of individual characters, you should extrude individual chars in separate operations... hth...
  2. Just a guess since I haven't seen your file: It could be that you need to manually join the wall joins that are failing here... hth... Also, check the Merge Cross Sections option under advanced properties?
  3. Hi Ross, Vectorworks has a different system for handling shortcuts while using tools; The help is here: Tools->Workspaces->Edit Current Workspace Switch to the keys tab to view the default mode bar hotkeys, or select the tool tab to view the default tool hotkeys. https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2021/eng/index.htm#t=VW2021_Guide%2FStart%2FModifying_tool_palettes_and_tool_sets.htm&rhsearch=default tool&rhsyns= &rhhlterm=default tool ...but the short answer is: While editing a polyline with the reshape tool (shortcut access: '-' hyphen sign), at any time you can access each button group directly by the keyboard. So while in the reshape tool, hit 'u' to switch among modes in the the first button group to access the 'Add Vertex Mode' (plus sign icon). Then drag on a handle in the document window to add a vertex without letting go of the mouse. You will find that all operations within the tools are accessible with hotkeys. Different from Bluebeam of course, but complete within the Vectorworks universe...
  4. Hi Amanda, I believe that placing your fill object below or underneath all the other objects to be seen against the fill object, would produce the intended effect with few exceptions. One consideration would be the layer structure of your document that would possibly make it difficult to place your fill object in the necessary position in the object list. This may make it necessary to create a custom layer for the purpose of managing object fills which may be as simple as placing it as the bottom-most layer. I may not be understanding your request completely. So please, reply here if I am mis-understanding your request...
  5. From what you give, it may be one or more of several possibilities; As Pat says, we can help if you provide specific information on your process. Ideally, you can post your file here. As a 1st guess, try using Final Quality rendering on your scene.
  6. This is a fairly straightforward task. The research photos do not show banisters, which would probably require the extrude along path commnad. So, the basic concept here, is to model the individual panels as polygons or polylines if there are curves or holes in the glass profiles, in elevation view. Then, extrude the shapes to the intended thickness of the glass and apply a standard glass texture to the polygons. Any hardware or fittings should be modeled separately so that you can suggest different materials.
  7. Great suggestion, Ross! For now, you might explore the Vectorworks worksheet feature which supports criteria searches and can be saved, pulled up when needed and you can directly select and edit the object listed in each line as well as view and sort by any desired field values like power values. I know it's not what you are asking, but this would provide the same functionality albeit in a different format...
  8. My understanding is that the designation is created by the commercial web service that we use, not Vectorworks, and has to do with how many posts that you've made on this forum, but I agree that the designation is distracting and misleading;
  9. Although not in the realm of standard support for send-to-back, perhaps in this case, selecting the other symbols and choosing cut and then paste will set the desired order.
  10. I may be mistaken about what you are doing or what Vectorworks is doing on export, but my understanding is that '3D only' is a resolution independent setting. 3D objects are exported as the exact size they are in real life as opposed to an image, which must be exported with a resolution. Is it possible that textures associated with various 3D objects are the issue?
  11. I might be wrong, but it could be that your Mask Source should be Transparent Color... hth...
  12. I agree with Jim; For a finite number of variations, Symbols are the way yo go...
  13. Hi trashcan, I don't have a solution here, but I wanted to offer that it may be useful, for those who have not yet tried 3rd party products that address this, to try creating a gobo with the desired projector image and use it in a Spotlight Lighting Device object. As you mention, Andy and Josh already provide methods that address preliminary planning issues, like working out projector location and beam obstruction issues, starting to visualize the play of images on surfaces since there is an actual (virtual) beam of light and maybe start to estimate lens possibilities. Lumen studies are not directly supported in our system currently, but could be engineered as a calculation value for comparison purposes. Our Photometric Grid object could possibly be upgraded with the necessary new capabilities. Adapting Spotlight Numbering to the particular needs of projectors seems actionable. If or when we implement any projector improvements though, there are naturally serious limitations to the visualization piece that we are going to run up against due to our environment; Perhaps the best approach is our plan to offer export of the model via MVR that the various dedicated visualizers could support. As you suggested, Vision might be a more appropriate vehicle for us to add this capability, although from where I sit, it seems like we have plenty of work to do before we might apply some more serious effort to this; Remember: I'm sitting in my house right now, of course, so no commitments...
  14. Hi trashcan, You are correct in your analysis of the Polyline tool. However, there is one thing that you don't mention in your post; You may already know about hotkeys but a big piece of our tool system, as it stands today, is the tool bar and interactive hotkeys; You can click with the mouse on any mode in the tool bar as you construct the polyline to change what type of corner will be placed next. These hotkeys create an interactive experience as you construct a new figure with the tool. They give you full control of the modes during vertex insertion operations. So, while placing vertices with a polyline based tool, you have full control or each mode either by clicking with the mouse on a mode in the tool bar of by pressing a hot key on the keyboard. On the keyboard, the keys for this button group are, in order: "u, I, o, p, [ ,]". These are all next to each other and correspond to each button group in the tool bar of the active tool. (There are 6 keys because up to six button groups are possible depending on the tool; within each button group, multiple buttons are accessed by hitting the button group's assigned button more than once) These keys are where your non-mouse hand should be when using one of the polyline based tools. Link to Polyline help file: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FShapes1%2FCreating_polylines.htm%23TOC_Polyline_toolbc-1&rhsearch="tool Bar" "polyline"&rhsyns= &rhtocid=_4_0_9_0
  15. Hi Mark, How about the Edit->Previous Selection menu command? http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FBasic1%2FPrevious_selection.htm%23CSH_18 This only gives the very last selection set, though; until you select something else... Which I realize, is not what you are asking. The Previous selection command really only works in the case where you inadvertently drop the selection by i.e. by clicking in white space, and gives you the selection set back if you haven't changed any geometry. Again, not what you were looking for. Sometimes I temporarily group the selection set if I know I am going to want it back and interim operations are independent from the group context. I'm sure you know this but for the benefit of less experienced users who may be reading, there is this: If you're only going to to be panning around and other operations that don't change the geometry, you can save right after you make that tricky selection set, which saves the current selection set, and then when you want that selection set back, you can revert to saved, and the selection set plus the view you were in when you last saved returns. Again, that still doesn't address the (very common) workflow that you described. Saved selection features appear in various other software; Once you start to think about implementing such a thing, it becomes obvious that it is quite a complex feature if you do it right!
  16. Hi @Amorphous - Julian, I will do my best to promote image data type support in record formats with a feature enhancement request. In the meantime, you might be able to use records attached to your fitting objects in your file to store web URLs which point to manufacturer web pages or to a local server or personal cloud location if you have either of those capabilities... On my machine right-clicking on the URL record item offers a convenient "Open URL..." menu so that you can go directly to the web page.
  17. As a member of the Product Marketing team here at Vectorworks, I whole-heartedly support this suggestion. What a great way for our Engineering team to receive consistent information on actionable issues! To me, the effort to create this feature far outweighs the the return over time and gives engineering the opportunity to make debugging easier.
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Not what you are legitimately asking for, but for today, how about a URL link to the pertinent information (with picture) online?
  22. 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).
  23. 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
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