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Frank Brault

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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:
  10. Actually it turns out I think, that you can successively measure points with the AR tool in a space and if you end up on the starting point, Vectorworks will create a polygon out of it...
  11. I agree! This subtlety often catches me and my students as well...
  12. Great idea Christiaan; I'd like to hear the engineer's take on this but I think that there would be a completely different algorithm needed than the one used for VPs. With the possibility of any criteria, including including math and text functions, I suspect that checking Database WS status would essentially require the calculation of the criteria, which may just suggest that we implement an 'Auto-update' function. Except that many worksheets typically take a long time to calculate; Unless we could implement background calculation for worksheets?
  13. Hi Hamma, it may be possible to achieve what you are looking for by adjusting the texture of the concrete object with a transparency shader.
  14. Hi Patricia, While we have no auto-dimensioning feature for Lighting Devices as of yet, we have the Dimension Tape object which works by drawing a base line and then there is a Context menu command (right-click on the Dimension tape object and choose 'Add Specific Marker') that makes it a simple 2-click process to add a neat and clean perpendicular label. If you use the Workspace editor you can give a keyboard shortcut to the 'Add Specific Marker' command which may make it faster for you. VWHelp for this tool is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/index.htm#t=VW2019_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FPlacing_a_Dimension_Tape.htm&rhsearch=dimension tape object&rhhlterm=dimension tape object&rhsyns= Autoplot has an auto dimension feature in their command set: http://www.autoplotvw.com/ Scott Parker has a youtube on Sam Jones' Auto dimension command here.
  15. So, I think that this wish should be clarified to read Support for Gray class and layer visibility option in Hidden Line and OpenGL rendering.
  16. Keep in mind that Converting to group would delete part of the geometry depending upon what projection you are in. Also, any top level data records would be stripped away as well. Additionally, if this was performed upon a Lighting Device object as it seems you want, there would be extra steps. I think you could more cleanly try this: Right-Click on the Lighting Device that you desire to one off and choose Locate Symbol in the resource Browser. In the Resource Browser, Right-Click on the symbol that was found by the previous step and duplicate it, naming it similarly to the former symbol name, and make the desired edits to this new symbol including any changes to the 2D and 3D geometry and data records. Now go back to the Lighting Device in the document window selecting it if necessary, and click on the Replace Lighting Device in the object Info palette. It is not the same order, but this accomplishes the same result as the Sketchup workflow. This works specifically for Lighting Devices. Other Symbol based objects will have slightly different workflows and possibly additional steps.
  17. You are correct that this is accomplished with the Distance snap, but after you select the snap, you must first select the locus tool because the smart points are only active until you switch tools or use them in some way. So, the order of operations would be: Activate the distance snap Select the Locus tool Gesture to the desired first and second end points, hovering at each point long enough to acquire the smart point Then, since the Locus Tool is active, move toward the approximate center between the first and second points Now, with the center marked, switch to the Selection tool, shift-select the two desired fixtures, adding them to the selection set There are now 3 objects selected. With the Selection tool still selected, move to the locus in the center click then drag the locus to the desired location, placing the two fixtures with the move. Optionally click in white space to deselect all and select and delete the temporary locus point. This may seem somewhat complicated, but is it really pretty straightforward to do, once you get the hang of it.
  18. For Question 1 on hiding all objects not in the Active class, I think Pat's suggestion to use the 'Active Only' item in Class options is the simplest approach. For Question 2 on making certain classes always be visible on top of everything, I think the suggestion from Mark and Pat on assigning the geometry to an individual layer is the best available advice.
  19. Perhaps you can replace the symbol definition in your imported file with the corresponding definition from the 2018 resource library?
  20. If the problem is indeed with the class system, you could try to add default classes with the object settings in the Tool Bar to align with the French class system.
  21. Vectorworks' Text styles and Line types may be what you want to look at. Each of these is one of a number of kinds of resources, which are managed in the Resource Manager and accessed from the tool that uses them. Each resource is a definition and each time you use a resource in your documents is an instance of that resource. A resource, once defined, is a drawing component can be used in a file and all instances can be updated simply be changing the Definition in the Resource Manager. Resources can be exported to other files to save time and maintain consistency across your projects. The entry point for Line Types in the help is here: : http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FAttributes%2FDefining_Line_Types.htm&rhsearch=line style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for applying Line Types in the help is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FAttributes%2FApplying_Line_Types.htm&rhsearch=line style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for Text Styles in the help is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FText%2FUsing_Text_Styles.htm&rhsearch=text style&rhhlterm=text style&rhsyns= hth, Frank
  22. It may be possible to eliminate the need to redraw portions of the lighting Device assigned symbol definition. In the currently shipping Vectorworks Spotlight, there is a checkbox in the File->Document Settings->Spotlight Preferences dialog: "Automatically Rotate 2D to Focus Point", which which overrides the user designated rotation value to agree with the Draw Beam angle. This rotates the 2D representation of all fixtures in the document to align with the assigned Focus Point object. Does this address your inquiry?
  23. This is not currently supported directly unfortunately...
  24. FWIW, there is a function in the Spotlight->Find and Modify... menu command that does this: Copy the <fieldToCopy> field to the <fieldToReplace> field.
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