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  1. I agree. We particularly need to automatic filename feature back. It went away with 12, but was there previously???
  2. Welcome aboard. You don't say from which version you're upgrading. (And it's often helpful to post which platform/OS you're working on.) Window & door sills (turning them off and on in 2D) will take a little getting used to. Do a search here. . .there are several threads in the last year addressing this. My instinct would be that by the time you incorporate "partial" 3D in your drawings, you might as well go ahead and set wall, window and door heights accurately and you'll have more than half your elevation/section work already drawn . . . and any changes you make to the model (move windows, relocate doors) will automatically be updated. You'll be using the vertical perspectives (front, side, back) for your viewports in addition to Top/Plan. You'll still end up "drawing" at least some of the elevation and section detail directly in 2D: we do all of it directly in Viewport Annotations. Preferably, after the building is pretty much to final design. I'm sure others will have additional pointers. Good luck,
  3. Sorry, Katie, for not noticing your post earlier. Yes, to your first question. Exactly as you say. Original V12.5 drawing and dims. HTH,
  4. You can add arrowheads to polylines. At the bottom of the Attributes Pallet, there are two buttons next to the Arrowhead menu. One button will add an arrowhead to the beginning of your line, the other adds it to the end. While you can edit the them, I don't know a straightforward way to customize the arrowhead styles on the pallet. If you're adept at VectorScript, you can modify virtually everything. . .but I did say straightforward. Could you create your custom leader line as a symbol and drop it in where you need it? You can create a custom symbol arrowhead for use with Callouts, but you aren't able to directly make a leader line with two line weights. Good luck,
  5. That's exactly what mar shrammeyer is referring to. Create a "sun" for each quadrant of the sky (I use NE, NW, SW, SE) and give each one it's own class. Paste them (one or all) onto each design layer from which you create elevation or isometric VPs. (I actually have them already in place on my templates) Then, from the VP, you can turn on/off the appropriate sun. Good luck,
  6. I learn something every day, but this one mostly amuses me. Katie, I truly do use Ungroup, consistently and regularly, to reduce chains to individual dimensions. Probably at least once a day, maybe every other day. I thought that's how it worked. (Now, watch my copy of VW change to work the way it was told to back at Home Office!) The others here tell me they only use Decompose. Hmmmmm. Have a great day!
  7. Try setting both your 2D and 3D conversion res to a higher option. They're on the Edit and 3D panes of the VW Preferences dialog. You might need to re-create the stair object with the higher setting to get all the benefit. Good luck,
  8. Tom, Thanks so much for this post. A little humility along with some responsibility-taking are a taste of fresh water. Mix in a clear explanation to remedy the problem in the near-term and a commitment to fix it in the longer-term and the brew is well worth drinking. Might I suggest you cross post this to the How To section. Best regards,
  9. Ungroup the chain. They become individual dimesions strings. Good luck,
  10. Brave Daredevil, Tabs are often used to align text, as you point out. And they are used at the top of file folders to enable quickly finding the right folder. . .a metaphor that's been widely used in computer interfaces. You'll find tabs in VW on many dialogs and most of the pallets, including the much-relied on Object Info Pallet (OIP). To extend the diatribe, I see a pull-tab on the FedEx package that just landed on my desk and I suppose those little leather extensions on the back of my boots (that I use to help pull them on in the mornings) might even be called tabs. You'll notice by Peter's avatar that he's posted more to this board than any other user; which represents no small investment of time/effort to the wellbeing of this little community. He is, without fail, the most considerate and very possibly the most knowedgeable when it comes to interacting with the program and getting the most from it. Personally, I'm grateful whenever he takes the time to respond to a query. If you're really interested in relaxation, you'll want to look forward to the day when Petri posts a comment to one of your threads. He doesn't suffer fools well. We're all good and, with a bit of luck, we're all in good humor!!
  11. Graham, Some possibilities: 1a) You can Update a VP set to Hidden Line rendering and. . .when you enter Annotations the updated rendering will remain if you have Save Viewport Cache turned on in your Document Preferences. 2b) Make your own textures as explained above. . .will take you about 5 minutes after you get the hang of it. (I know the above is an extremely abbreviated explanation, but you can search either the KnowledgeBase or these boards for multiple threads that address this issue.) I don't know of any line-art textures available to the public, but they may well exist. Don't forget you can stack VPs to accomplish a multitude of "looks". Good luck,
  12. On which type of computer (platform) and under which version of which operating system (OS)? Look forward to being of help
  13. What Benson said. . .only take note of the polyline's perimeter length (possibly even Copy it) and when you enter the Dup Along Path dialog you can enter the length/x where x=number of segments you wish. (You can actually enter the formula directly in the dialog and VW will do the math for you.) Good luck,
  14. Sometimes the easiest way to edit a worksheet is to create a new one with the Create Reports option. I (too often) can't remember the "code" for a data item to start a new header. . .so I'll just generate a new report. Yes, you have to recreate the formatting, etc. So it's not always the quickest. Good luck,
  15. It will help greatly to know your platform and OS; which version of VW you're running.
  16. And you don't see these holes in wireframe? Which rendering mode are you using? Which version of VW and what OS are you on? This is a stretch: Do you see these strange artifacts when rendering from the Design Layer (DL) or from a Viewport (VP)? Do you by chance have some 2D shapes lying around? If so, turn off Project 2D in your VP settings. Please give a little more info
  17. EJ, Your response puts me in mind of a scene in the movie Notting Hill . Julia Roberts' character tries to join in on the "oh, woa is me" contest around the dinner table. The others listen politely but then refuse to accept her complaints considering how she's beautiful as a goddess and nearly as wealthy. Sorry, mon. . .we landlubbers here in the gradually thawing northern climes are simply not buying. BTW, my wife finally talked me into taking a cruise this last January. We made it to Tortolla and I realized I didn't even have my palm pilot with me to give you a ring!! Maybe next time.
  18. Gary, Make sure your schedule has a column for the info you want retrieved. If the door appears on the schedule, all the info is available for that door. . .you just might need to tweak your column headers. Good luck,
  19. VW will create a section of all the 3D components you have in your model. I usually end up adding some details to the Section Viewport because it's much faster than modelling every single element. You'll gradually learn which elements need to be addressed at which level of the drawing. . .model or viewport. Good luck,
  20. Travis

    Post Script

    Post script will generally not be faster, in fact is slower with bit-mapped images. It will give you better "transparent" layers (of image, not VW layers); it typically gives much better type (kerning, m- and n-spacing, ligatures, etc.) control; and is more device independant with respect to visual scale. But since most everything we'd want to print from VW needs to be true to scale, we'd rather the device not be doing any scaling for us. We've used both PS and non-PS printers and, with the current quality of mfg printer drivers, find no additional value for CAD work. A graphics design firm, on the other hand, may well have the opposite opinion. Good luck,
  21. Heather, Two key points might help: 1) Be sure to assign distinct classes to the various objects & components you want to control. ie, Cabinet-Base; Cabinet-Doors; Cabinet-Countertop; etc. Classes can be turned on/off in the viewport (VP) settings to control what shows. 2) Don't hesitate to copy/paste-in-place multiple viewports on top of each other. One can have a different render mode or with different class settings. Generally, these two features woven back and forth allow you to display whatever you need. Good luck,
  22. TBrown, highlight and copy a carraige return. You can the paste the CR into any box in VW. . .VW recognizes a CR as Enter when you press the key. Good luck,
  23. I believe, Don, that even in the boxes that display degrees you can enter a ratio and it will update accurately. I don't work a great deal with roof faces, but rather with roof framing members. . .and that's generally how I enter things. Good luck,
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