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Frank Brault

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  1. I'm happy to report that this feature has been added to Vectorworks Spotlight.
  2. Focus Points are named objects. Name strings are unique in the file. The name that is assigned appears in the Data pane of the Object Info palette. It's possible that some other objects have the name entered in the Data pane of the Object Info palette. You can find out if the is the issue by running the Tools->Custom Selection... menu command and fill out the Criterial Search dialog with the following values: Name is FP 11 hth,
  3. Hi Al, Not sure what might be the problem. One thing to try is to set the origin using the "Set origin to drawing center" option. This would correct the calculation of the underlying code uses the hard-wired default drawing origin rather than the User set origin. hth,
  4. I think that it would be wise to start such a task would be to search iteratively throughout the document for objects at the same location. This would eliminate most of the false cases first. I would build a list of these to check more thoroughly in another step. To build such a list, you would have to check each document object against every other object in the document. But at the end, I think that you would have narrowed the task down to a (relatively) manageable one.
  5. Use SortArray: If arraytosort is an array of records, it sorts on the fieldnumberth field of the record. PROCEDURE SortArray( VAR arraytosort :ARRAY; numtosort :INTEGER; fieldnumber :INTEGER); I think that it would actually be sorted on the column. hth,
  6. All educational licenses are the full Designer with Renderworks product. To switch to the Spotlight workspace, choose the Tools->Workspaces->Spotlight menu item. To turn on Data Exchange once you are in the Spotlight workspace, choose the Lightwright tab after you have chosen the File->Document Settings->Spotlight Preferences menu item. hth,
  7. If you send me the template file with an example of the failed custom light, I'll have a look at it. frank@vectorworks.net
  8. I have seen this dimensioning style as a sort of shorthand pencil drafting convention. However, I have never seen a formal dimensioning standard for it.
  9. This is on the engineers' list of desired future improvements.
  10. Hi Bruce, The Screen plane limits the projection of planar (called 2D previously) objects to the plane of the display monitor or screen. This projection has the characteristic of always being parallel to plane implied by the screen no matter the projection. In practice, planar objects assigned to the screen plane appear to be 'stuck' to the screen since the Vectorworks adjusts projection of the object relative to the layer plane whenever the user changes the orientation of the scene with a tool such as the Flyover tool. To demonstrate this, in Top/Plan view, draw 2 rectangles. Select one rectangle and choose the 'Layer' item from the Plane popup in the Object Info palette. Select the second rectangle and choose the 'Screen' item from the Plane popup in the Object Info palette. Now, use the Flyover tool and set the axis of rotation near the two rectangles. Observe the effect of the two rectangles as you shift the view of the scene with the Flyover too. The Screen plane is a legacy concept that continues to have narrowly defined uses, but is not used in the everyday modeling workflow. You can adjust the Active Plane popup in the Viewbar to control the method by which objects will be projected in the scene as you create them. This setting also controls how edit and resize operations of 3D objects are projected in space. The default plane is usually 'Layer', which projects all operations at the layer plane. Another option is 'Automatic' which is a toggle mode button available with each planar object tool in the Basic tool palette. This plane mode interactively projects planar objects to the plane of the faces of existing geometry below the cursor.
  11. Photometric info could be intensity values at a particular plane. The photo Grid object might be useful. Photometric info might also be lamp types, intensities and coordinate info. Photometric info might need material reflectivity information. So, how are you representing the photometric info in Vectorworks that you want to use in LightWave? What are the ways that the information can be placed in the LightWave app? I'm sorry but I don't think that a Vectorworks light plot has this information to give.
  12. May be encountering this too late to matter; Also, please be patient as I probably don't understand the problem; This doesn't seem to me to be an apples to apples comparison; The geometry is clean in Vectorworks; It gets exported to Cinema; The geometry is different; It would seem that the geometry is being changed somehow once it arrives into Cinema, so what happens during the export from Cinema to Vectorworks? My experience is that geometry is often compromised when exported to other apps. The images of faceted geometry in Vectorworks is rendered by a polygonal rendering engine in Vectorworks; The result seems logical. What am I not understanding here?
  13. Hi Ozzie, Did you know that Force Select effectively performs an Activate Class and Activate Layer?
  14. You would need Spotlight; Umm... I'm sorry but there just isn't enough information in your question. So, could you please tell me a little more about what you are trying to do?
  15. fyi:The roof pitch field in the Create Roof dialog box accepts ratio style entries: i.e. 8:12 hth,
  16. Short Story: Use the Hanging Angle field near the bottom of the list in the Object Info Palette. Enter 90 here to make the truss vertical. hth,
  17. Hi Oliver, Without knowing the specifics of your file, and version of Vectorworks I can only offer entry points to possible avenues of exploration. The simplest way to get labels which display record information would be to use the ID Label tool. This tool is configured to use a symbol of your choice as a tag to display the desired record field data, which may be attached to objects of interest in your file such as a Parcel ID. If the elements are imported as symbol instances such as culverts or water valves, attached record data is easily displayed with the Attached Text feature which uses a text block in the symbol definition to display the record field data. The Custom Modification command can be used to select objects fitting a certain criteria such as a certain range of slope or elevation, which can then be assigned to a graphic attribute such as a color fill or line thickness. Placing a calculated value into a field of an object record is probably a job best suited for a script. Scripts are quite capable of accomplishing most anything that is not directly handled by internal features of Vectorworks. As I mentioned before, I can offer much more specific information once I have reviewed the details of your project file. Lastly, since I am not intimately familiar with the Computerwerks product, there may be customized features that are available to you, so I would check with your distributor. hth,
  18. It's possible to filter the view in the list box by Resource type. Check the Show object types-> command under the Resources menu. This will tell you if the tiles are i the file and whether they are being excluded from the view. hth,
  19. Hi Oliver, Vectorworks Designer is very capable as a GIS tool, with its Site Model feature, various annotation functions, integrated records for storing data and worksheets for displaying information extracted from the model. .shp files often import elements with attached records that store information such as wetland status, parcel IDs or elevation. If the elements have such information, you would be able to see it displayed when the object is selected in the Data tab of the Object Info palette (OIP). Additionally, much information related to the element geometry, such as perimeter and area is displayed in the shape pane of the OIP. Getting the information to display as a label requires review of the way that the information is stored, the scale of the task (how many elements?) and the goal of the presentation. Since you list that you are in Switzerland, we would like to know if you are using Designer by NVI or Computerwerks. If you submit a small sample of a few objects as they are immediately after import and an example of the various ways that you would like to format the information, (list in worksheet? text label on element? attributes applied?) then we would be happy to make a recommendation.
  20. 1. In the Object Info palette, change the plane of of each object from 'Screen' to 'Layer'. To set the default of this behavior for future operations, do the same thing in the Plane popup in the View Bar. 2. Quick and dirty answer: extrude all lines to the height of the walls. You can get a pseudo model for review purposes in minutes. Best practice method involves converting lines to Vectorworks' representational objects to maximize e information modeling features of Vectorworks. Hth
  21. In this situation, I might consider using a round wall object set to 3 feet thick and 4 feet tall with the end peak set to zero on the low side of the ramp.
  22. The pio would have to be reset somehow, either manually or by some other explicit method, because the pio normally does not get an event when a sheet layer is re-named.
  23. When the output size is too small to accommodate the desired scale some form of duplicating the plan and re-scaling with match lines is necessary. This will be different for every job. The way that you did it sounds pretty reasonable.
  24. The Create Viewport command cannot be altered without the engineers at Nemetschek, however, you can manually set the scale of a viewport by choosing Custom in the Scale popup and then filling out the Custom Scale value box. Additionally, you could add a Viewport set to the desired custom scale to your Template so that whenever you start a new project, the file would have a pre-configured blank Viewport, which will start displaying your project as soon as you start drawing. hth,
  25. Hi Don, I tested the command on your file and it works fine. Here is something to note: It is a good idea to put the polygons into correct order before running the 2D polys to 3D contours command because the command uses the stacking order to decide which poly to select next. So, to do this, select the polygon with the highest elevation and set it to the top of the list by using the Modify->Send->Send to Front command. Then select the next highest and send to front again. When you get to the last polygon in order, it will be on top in the stacking order list and the 2D polys to 3D contours command will select the polys in the desired order. hth,
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