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Kevin K

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  1. I was doing some work on a 3d site model, and in trying to deal with the physics and rocket science involved in trying to slope a pad in two directions, the thought came to me how much easier and kinder it would be if we could just use a 3d polygon and give each vertex a Z height, then that became to pad. instant sloped pad!! Doesn’t that kinda make sense ?
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    Landmark and site modeling

    Thanks Tony. Much appreciated. I am really not interested in using extruded contours mode for several reasons, but if something could be done in the future pertaining to this issue it would be a good thing 🙂
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    Landmark and site modeling

    Tamsin First, thank you for being so proactive regarding the issue with the hollow site model. Since you seem to have such a direct line to bug reports, perhaps you could also have the powers that be look into the fact that it is not possible to rotate a material texture on a Texture Bed item. I have tried every workaround humanly possible to get this to work, like even resorting to the attribute mapping tool, but that tool is not acknowledged when dealing with Texture Beds. To better demonstrate this issue I attached a down and dirty screenshot. Notice the scored concrete driveway and sidewalk. It is a texture bed item, but it comes in in that particular angle, with no way to modify the angle. I realize that you most likely have lots of other fish to fry, but not being able to rotate textures in this situation is an issue. And lastly......as I prattle on, regarding the question I posed about the 3d poly site modifier....perhaps a quick team viewer session would be a good idea to resolve the issue? Thanks -Kev
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    Landmark and site modeling

    Oh, and by the way.....pertaining to landmark and site modeling, did you ever notice that when using the clip cube tool cutting through a solid mesh of the site model, that it appears hollow?? This alone is the reason I did not upgrade to VW 2020. I had brought this more than irksome issue up to tech support many times over the years, and it has still never been addressed. So......as a very longtime user.....I am boycotting for the time being, sad to say.
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    Landmark and site modeling

    Tamsin Actually it did not work. Perhaps I missed something, I tried it several times, to no avail. i wanted it to be a sloped pad object, that correctly reflected the solid surface under the house and inside the foundation walls, as I had shown in the screenshot I had previously attached. Sorry, kinda hard to articulate with words.
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    Landmark and site modeling

    oh......do tell. Let me just try that.... Thanks in advance if that trick works 🙂
  7. There seems to be an issue with not being able to rotate the texture on a texture bed polygon. I tried using the attribute mapping tool, but the texture bed does not even acknowledge the use of that tool. Any thoughts, or has anyone resolved this little gem of an issue? Thanks
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    v.2020 now available

    Well.....my head is slowly shaking back and forth. This will be the first year that I will not be upgrading to a new version. Same old issues and tools not working as they should. A new barn door option....really???? that's IT?? I was raised that if you don't have something good to say about something, or someone, you just keep quiet. Very hard for me to do as it turns out, but this time I will keep quiet. I had such high hopes. Oh well.
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    AutoCad Users ?

    I hate to even bring this up in a VW forum. I am working with a Client who uses AutoCad and perhaps because of his knowledge, or lack of knowledge in AutoCad, is having trouble with my DWG exports, opening correctly in Autocad. Cutting to the chase, one example is he mentioned to me with total impunity that if I sent him a closed polyline he could sweep (revolve in AutoCad vernacular) the shape into a solid. Well......apparently he was wrong. So......If anyone out there is an AutoCad Pro, I would love to see if you could 'revolve' the polyline into a solid object, in a dwg format. I attached a screenshot of the shape. Thanks in advance.
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    AutoCad Users ?

    Larry Thank you for that sage advice 😉 One take-away was that the precision was a big factor in translating the data, as you had alluded to. I got my client hooked up with skype so we could screen share, and after a few trial and error attempts we accomplished the task at hand. Man, it was more than painful watching what he had to go through in AutoBad to procure the simplest of operations. Everything he did, as I watched, was command line driven. It made me appreciate being in the Vectorworks universe as opposed to existing in the black hole of the AutoBad universe. I know nothing of AutoBad, so perhaps you can make choices from a shortcut key or from a menu choice, but I surely did not see that happen during our little skype session. For example, after we were successful in creating a sweep (revolve in AutoBad parlance) it took him 5 minutes, with a LOT of typing, to slice the object. I shared my screen with him and proceeded to demonstrate to him how, in two clicks, using the split tool, I could slice the object anywhere I wished. He kinda sighed after witnessing that. Anyway, again, thanks for time you spent in your post. If you ever find yourself in Tahiti, lunch is on me! 🙂
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    AutoCad Users ?

    Kev Yeah, in my view it should be a no brainer but the Autocad person I am dealing with can’t seem to get it to work. I am doing some experimenting in the meantime.
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    Sheet Data.Sheet Title anomaly

    I am assisting someone in creating a custom title block and for some reason the setting for sheet data.sheet title REFUSES to use uppercase text. Keeps defaulting to title caps text. Anyone else have this issue??
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    Sheet Data.Sheet Title anomaly

    FYI, I sorted it out. Very sneaky 🙂 To have the sheet title data be in all caps, you need to name the sheet layer IN ALL CAPS! It derives the data from the sheet layer name and if you used lower use or title caps it will reflect as such.
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    Worksheet Data

    I posted this inquiry in the General Discussions Forum, but that may not have been the best choice. So....perhaps directing this to Julian Carr or Pat Stanford, the smartest guys in the room, you guys may have some ideas? Without getting into a lot of explanation, I am working on a Project that has a very organic domed ceiling. (Note the attachment) Presently it is made up of several nurbs surfaces. What I was HOPING to do is to create a worksheet that can describe the curved nurbs geometry for each of the edges of the shape. In reality, I only need data for 1/2 of the object since it can be mirrored. So, the data I was wanting to obtain would include, typically, the radii of the curves, lengths of the segments, etc. I tried messing with this a bit by extracting the edges from the nurbs surfaces, which worked splendidly, and the data in the OIP for each nurbs curve sort of arcanely explained each nurb, but produced no curve data. Anyway....this is way above my pay grade, and it may not be possible to get this information into a worksheet but I thought I would put it out there if you guys have any feedback on it. Thanks -Kev
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    Worksheet Data

    Thanks guys for the suggestions. I will look into them.
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    Renderworks - is it worth the effort

    Looks to me that in the top image I am pretty sure that the RW Camera 'look to' height is a bit lower than the eye level, which will produce the vertical elements producing the flaring out at each end of the wall behind the cabinet. Many times why I do is to decrease the perspective slider in the OIP to mitigate this effect. Or....just slightly lower the camera height and the look to height just a bit. That usually helps. You are right though, it is a bit tricky to get close up view to looks natural. It is interesting, that when I import the VW cameras into a Cinema 4d scene the basic camera view looks much more believable.
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    Worksheet Data

    JB Thanks for responding. I love math, but never even considered the fact that nurbs are sort of their own animal. I do appreciate your mini math lesson and explanation. You are definitely in a different league than I, and it is obvious you had probably been hangin out with Stephen Hawking 🙂 Yes, all this does relate to a construction Project. My associate and I are working with someone who is going to fabricate this ceiling dome. No doubt sending the data to a CNC machine, I imagine. I am not directly in the loop so I do not have all the details and have not actually communicated with this person. I am mainly in charge of doing the 3d modeling, renderings and presentational graphics for the Project. We will be relying on this person to make sure he builds the ceiling dome with accuracy, as intended. So....we ( I) was hoping to create a worksheet or document that could describe and define the data for all the nurbs curves, etc. and send that info to the fabricator to verify we are all on the same page. There ya have it. I was racking my tiny brain as to how to best procure all this, which is why I was considering the potential use of a worksheet to do so. I am certainly open to any other thoughts. Thanks again
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    Worksheet Data Inquiry

    Ok, here is a good challenge. Is there a way, within a worksheet, to obtain data relating to radius and length dimensions, etc for the sections of the attached nurbs surface object? I can certainly procure this by extracting each edge of each nurbs surface section, but i was looking for perhaps a quicker, slicker way 🙂 Thanks
  19. i would highly recommend NOT moving the page but rather just copy all the objects and move or paste them to your default page. There will most likely be hell to pay if you don't do this because it messes with your 0/0 page origin. This always happens, btw, when you import a dwg file. I would also counsel you to import the dwg into a blank VW file....modify any classes, etc, THEN copy and paste that into whatever file you are working on. Hopefully this makes sense. I create many 3d site models for my Clients from dwg survey files and it is always the case where the data comes in about 10 miles from where you want it 🙂
  20. In the guise of 'giving back', just wondering where the best place would be for me to offer up some free 3d furniture items I have created over the years. Some of the items are fairly basic but other items are a bit more detailed and may be of value pertaining to including them in an interior Rendering, etc These are items you won't find in the VW library 🙂 I tried to attach an image of one of the furniture pieces, but I keep getting a friggin irritating error message saying "There was a problem processing the uploaded file. -200" Any thoughts on that error message and how to resolve the issue?? Thanks -Kev
  21. Yeah, I thought of doing that, but i figured that may complicate things. As you mentioned, there should perhaps be an easier more direct way to upload stuff like that....like how DropBox works. Upload.....Done. Here is an example of the kind of furniture I was going to share. Don't pay any attention to the image. I actually built that in my furniture making days about 100 years ago 🙂 But check out the Spanish Vargueño up against the wall and the Plant stand as well. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h7a1sx6sotd7277/AAAZDdUWZyeKW0UusWtetYQ5a?dl=0 It seems like it would benefit VW folks that are occasionally looking for not-so-easy-to-find symbols and such. Having all of it in one place.
  22. Mike I imagine there may be a size limit. I tried uploading a 4 meg file just now and I get that an error message saying it failed. You know what they say, "no good deed goes unpunished" So much for me trying to share 🙂 Maybe it is a security setting on my side that is preventing it. It starts the upload then fails about 1/3 the way through. Oh well.... Thanks Mike, for responding.
  23. Mike Do you know if there are file size limits when uploading a VW file?
  24. Thanks Mike I shall check it out. I vaguely recall VectorDepot from the old days, but I wasnt sure if it was still functioning.
  25. As a very long time VW user I would counsel you to pretty much forget about 2d drawings. It is all about a good 3d model of whatever it is you are doing. Once you have that, as I am sure the other VW Pro's here will attest to, construction docs and working drawings are just a downhill slide to produce. The older way of drawing elevations by hand and sections by hand using 2d tools is a total waste of time......and money. and we all know time is money 🙂 Anyway, I won't prattle on about this but simply wanted to give you something to think about. If you wish, and to support my suggestion, perhaps take a look at my webpage , on the right side of the page under the category of "Plans Available For Purchase" and you will glean a good idea of what is possible by not drawing in 2d but rather creating a good 3d model which will enable you to do some nice interior and exterior Renderings of your work, which is usually very necessary in communicating to your Clients exactly what you are designing for them. I am not at all promoting my residential designs by mentioning this, but rather maybe inspiring you a bit to head over to the 3d side of things 🙂 -Kevin kskeys.com

 

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