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  1. Ed Wachter

    Best Methods for Extrude along path in multiple planes?

    Thanks Digital Carbon for that explanation. Some of us will need to continue wrestling with EAPs. Our frequent need is handrails where the corners are often mitered and the path is always passing through multiple planes. There are so many possible profiles and stair geometries that I doubt we'll ever have the time to build a library of parts big enough to useful. I entered this thread looking for best ways to edit NURBS paths. So far it appears best to use alot of 3D loci. After the stair is modeled that becomes the basis for placing and offsetting loci as needed. It works, and it's getting faster, but always seems a bit tedious. Thanks for all input! Ed
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    Best Methods for Extrude along path in multiple planes?

    Digital Carbon, In your 4/19 reply you mentioned that you prefer to not use EAP to model these tubular shapes. What method do you use instead? Thanks, Ed
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    Help w/ Interior Lighting in Open GL

    Oh! Knowing that will help a lot! Thank you! Ed
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    Help w/ Interior Lighting in Open GL

    I just noticed that if I turn off a bunch of lights then that spot light does illuminate the ceiling. I still don't know why. I turned off the class that includes all those wall washing track lights. Ed
  5. When I use Open GL for showing interior spaces the results are usually too dark, especially the ceilings. I'd like to present interior views and walk-throughs to our clients using Open GL but with better lighting. I see that the default Open GL lighting is turned off as soon as any other light source is on. So for now a few questions (see attached image): Why do you think that the selected spot light would not be illuminating the ceiling? Sometimes adding more lights makes the scene darker. Why would this happen? Turning on Shadows in the Open GL settings makes the scene dark. Why would this happen? Am I getting my self in trouble with so many light sources? Bt the way, in this scene I also want the heliodon to send light through the windows (behind in this view). Sometimes it does, sometimes not. I keep adding more lights but not understanding why some illuminate and some do not. Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions. Ed
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    Working Plane Grips Not Appearing

    It works for me in VW2017 by clicking on any of the axes. But it's not working for me in 2018 or 2019. I also see that the axes are not visible in 18 or 19. So maybe that's the underlying problem. Is there a preference setting that makes these axes disappear? Ed
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    Create Wall from Objects

    You should be able to snap to the imported lines while using the wall tool. This is true even with an imported PDF as long as the PDF is created in vector software. If you can snap to the imported geometry then tracing goes quickly. In our office we identify the various wall thicknesses that are present and create VW wall styles to match. If you don't already do this, become fluent at creating and editing wall styles since they are much more versatile than extruded polygons. Ed
  8. The attached VW Help page explains that clicking on the working plane will make "grips" appear to allow the rotation of the plane. When I click on the plane only the center grip appears. This grip allows me to move the plane but the rotation grips are not appearing. Is there something else I need to do to directly rotate the plane with the selection tool? Are there certain circumstances in which you cannot rotate the plane? I'm currently working in VW2018. Thanks Ed
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    How to Model a Sloped Driveway / Parking Area?

    Oh! I didn't know about hardscapes. And I don't see that tool available to me in Architect. Do I need Landmark to get that tool? Sounds like the perfect tool for the task. Ed
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    How to Model a Sloped Driveway / Parking Area?

    Thanks Benson. I've now attached that PDF site plan, just in case it might suggest other approaches. I've been baffled by the Roadway tools in the past and I probably don't need them often enough to struggle through the learning curve. So the pads and solid model tools are sounding more appealing. I'll give it a try. Ed
  11. I'd like to model the shape and various slopes of a circular driveway and parking area with a curb/retaining wall around most of the edges. I'd like to use this to verify slope and drainage, cutting sections as needed to check. I'm wondering how to approach this and which tools to use: Maybe add site modifiers and a texture bed to the site model? Or, add some object on top of the site, such as a loft surface, shelled to provide some thickness? Maybe the curb becomes an extrude a long path, or wall? I'm hoping the method will allow easy editing afterward. Any thoughts on how you would approach this will be greatly appreciated. The attached PDF shows the 2D shape fo the area in question (with the concrete hatch). Thanks, Ed
  12. I'd like to model the shape and various slopes of a circular driveway and parking area with a curb/retaining wall around most of the edges. I'd like to use this to verify slope and drainage, cutting sections as needed to check. I'm wondering how to approach this and which tools to use: Maybe add site modifiers and a texture bed to the site model? Or, add some object on top of the site, such as a loft surface, shelled to provide some thickness? Maybe the curb becomes an extrude a long path, or wall? I'm hoping the method will allow easy editing afterward. Any thoughts on how you would approach this will be greatly appreciated. The attached PDF shows the 2D shape fo the area in question (with the concrete hatch). Thanks, Ed A1.02a.pdf
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    Railing/Fence Tool Top Rail Profile

    Pat. Thanks. That worked. But now I'm encountering one unexpected result. My square corner post rotates 45 degrees and I don't want it to. Do you see any control for this? See attached file in version 2018. Thanks Ed Railing Fence Sample.vwx
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    Railing/Fence Tool Top Rail Profile

    Pat, Thanks. I'm using a Mac. If I go to "User/Library/Application Support/Vectorworks 2018/Libraries/Defaults/Railing Fence", I see a few folders with promising names like Profile Top Rail but the folders are empty. Am I looking in the right place? I probably won't get back to this issue until Monday but your help is greatly appreciated. Ed

 

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