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Frank Brault

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  1. Hi Chad, Right-click or Control-click(with single button mouse) on the witness line of a chain dimension and you will see Add Dimension, Delete Dimension, Edit Dimension towards the bottom of the context menu . A video on this topic is listed here in the NNA KBase. hth,
  2. Currently, the wall tool creates vertical sides only. If you have the Landmark product and simple needs, check out the Landscape wall tools in the Site Planning toolset.
  3. It may be work to keep your current workflow with a 1st floor set to the conventional z=0' elevation, and then create a Design Layer Viewport(DLVP) and move it to the z offset elevation in the site plan. hth,
  4. I had this same behavior when my MS Explorer mouse button wore out. Just another idea on what could cause this behavior. hth,
  5. Double-click the stairs in the document window with the 2D selection tool to display the settings dialog. In the flights and platforms tab, click on the next or previous buttons if necessary, until the desired curved flight is highlighted(red) in the preview pane on the right. In the Flight - Curved Settings group on the left side of the dialog, edit the Outside Radius dimension field to make a smaller distance. hth,
  6. In the Tools->Workspaces->Workspace Editor, there is a button that prints a listing of all of the tools and menus and shortcut/hotkeys in the active workspace to a text file that you can print. Tom Pierce,the user group leader of the MidAtlantic VW User Group has a FileMaker template that prints a reasonable keyboard layout from the textfile that Vw2008 produces. His contact is listed in the Maryland user group page here. hth,
  7. Un-checking the use marker in the leader options of the tool preferences did not work when I tried it just now, so then I tried this: from the attributes of the selected callout, choose custom... from the marker style popup and enter 0 for the angle. hth,
  8. Try either loft with no rails using all of the profiles shown, or try extrude along path operations; one along the interior path and one extrude along path with either fixed or exponential scaling enabled to handle the desired flare at one end, and then mirror with mirror and duplicate mode to get the other end. hth,
  9. Bruce, Our web site has a movie that demonstrates the new polyline arc improvements. You can watch the movie and decide for yourself. The link is included below: Polyline Arc Improvements hth,
  10. Click on the Site Model Settings button of the selected Site Model in the Object Info Palette(OIP). In the dialog box that follows, enter a value in the Start Contour Offset field. A value like .04 should do the trick. hth,
  11. As stated on our website, Vectorworks 2009 Designer will run with 2G RAM; Vectorworks 2009 Designer with Renderworks will run with 4G RAM. To help you answer this question for yourself, keep in mind the following facts: Stated system requirements are not necessarily the optimum. Adding more ram than the required amount will improve performance. How much improvement depends on your other hardware. The improvement while measurable, diminishes as you add more amounts of RAM. There is a point where adding more RAM will not improve performance. Whether the improvement justifies the cost depends on you.
  12. Try making a symbol from the desired profile. The Duplicate Along Path (DAP) command will use the symbol insertion point as the insertion point in the path. This method affords you the possibility to make adjustments to the profile and insertion by modifying the symbol definition. fwiw, this command has been significantly improved in 2008, and is now in 2009.
  13. After reading Maarten's post I thought of another approach. Since the work is already being accomplished by menu commands, why not create a script that calls the two existing commands one after the other? Create a new VectorScript menu and paste the lines below: Procedure ActivateLayerAndClass2; Begin DoMenuTextByName('Activate Class', 0); DoMenuTextByName('Activate Layer', 0); Redraw; End; Run(ActivateLayerAndClass2); Add your new command to the document and object context menus of your workspace with the workspace editor. Standard disclaimer: I haven't tested this script at all - Use at your own risk.
  14. This task is possible without any VectorScript; Control/Right Click on object; Activate Class and Activate Layer commands appear in the context menu. Perhaps you are actually interested in learning VectorScript. The VectorScript pseudo code for this would be: Set the active class or layer to the class or layer of the selected or picked object It's one line of code if you only want one permutation of the possible variations; Here is the code to set the active class to the class of the selected object if the object is on the active layer: NameClass(GetClass(FSActLayer)); Reading backwards: FSActlayer returns a handle reference to the First Selected object in the ACTive LAYER; GetClass() returns the name of the object's class as a text string; NameClass() creates a new class if the class doesn't exist and then sets the active class to the class named in the string. It is considerably more work if you want to get an object that is not on the active layer or if the layer or class options prevent the user from selecting the object. If you want an interface with preferences or settings and if you want your procedure to remember the settings across uses it is yet more work. hth,
  15. Try Tools->Custom Modification with the criteria set to act on the desired plant definition. Any change will apply to all the placed plants of the same definition in the file. Using this method, you can make changes to any values that appear in the object info palette. All of the settings that you mentioned happen to fall into this category. This only applies to placed plants i.e. plant instances already on the drawing, but you don't have to visit each definition.
  16. Jim, Information about our new free educational program is available here: vectorworks.net/student While our program for school labs is not free, it is deeply discounted. btw, qualified faculty can take advantage of the student educational program as well.
  17. 3D/hybrid symbols also respond to the Send to Surface command. They are placed so that the 3D insertion point is at the surface. If you want all the covers to be level this would be one way to do it.
  18. Try the 'Find resource on disk...' command. For example, you can search for any resource name string through the entire set of files that ship with VectorWorks in just a few seconds. This command is under the menu arrow which displays across from the Resources label in the resources palette. The found items are displayed in a list and you can click on a list item to access the resource in the Resource Browser for importing into the active document. hth,
  19. Access the built-in light object in VectorWorks' Lighting Device objects by right-clicking or control-clicking with a single button mouse on the desired Lighting Device and choosing 'Edit Light' from the context menu. Then render with RenderWorks Final Quality Rendering to see the resulting light. Hint: be sure to uncheck the Draw beam and draw 3D beam geometry checkboxes-they interfere with the rendered light. Access the Gobo feature from the Light Info tab of the 'Edit' context menu. Access the Shutter feature from the Shutters tab of the 'Edit' context menu
  20. Sketchup's texture formats are currently incompatible with VectorWorks, however, you can configure the import command to place all objects with a particular material onto separate layers in VectorWorks. This can make the process of applying RenderWorks textures easier.
  21. In fact, this project started out life as a single file by a sole practitioner. This particular example serves to demonstrate that the process of information modeling can be efficiently employed in a single file if circumstances warrant. As of VectorWorks 2008, the software offers true referencing. There is another example project that demonstrates the use of this feature in a multi-file format located here: BIM in Practice Check it out...
  22. VectorWorks' OpenGL rendering currently does not support transparency shaders, the technology that can designate areas of a texture that are holes or transparent. Final Quality Rendering, a part of the RenderWorks product, does support this. hth,
  23. Why not try the Hatch... command? Draw a polygon shape, run the Modify->Hatch menu and convert the resulting lines to 3D polys in a front view. This lets you specify the hatch origin, rotation and you get a cool 3D poshe effect. hth,
  24. What you paste into the site model group must be a single 2D polygon. The polygon should represent the area that you want to retain, not the area that you wish to remove. hth,
  25. A file that is setup as I suggested is included.
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