Jonathan Pickup

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  1. Please do not fall into the habit of using a quick fix because you are so busy. This is a little bit like taking the shortcut that ends up with your car getting stuck. It is a false economy to choose a quick fix at the moment.
  2. My advice is to start with the new Title Block tool and rebuild your title blocks using this new system. Yes, I know that Vectorworks will convert your title blocks, but it might be easier to start with a brand new title block from one of the standard title blocks that Vectorworks have created. This way you will be using the latest title block technology without any concerns about the changes to the structure of the title block. Once you have used a standard title block, you can edit the title block style either from the Object Info palette or from the Resource Manager. Edit the title block to suit the design of your company. Any graphics or logos do you have used previously can be copied and pasted into this new title block. Any general notes, copyrights, or other text can also be copied from an old title block into the new one. Many of my clients try to use the new title block in the same way that they used the sheet border. This new tool has a new way of working. I find it easiest if I place a title block on my sheet layer first, then edit the style.
  3. Replace the font in those areas with arial and see if that works.
  4. One of the things I liked about this plug-in is the fact that it is not connected to walls. in my case I often have demolished, existing, and proposed walls. This plug-in allows me to create the skirting (baseboard) wherever I need it, not related to the wall style or to the walls I have already created.
  5. I disagree. Option one with the correct class assigned to the symbol is the best way to create your system. If the users are not using the Resource Manager effectively, then you need to train them. You should explain to them why it's important that they use the resource manager to find the symbols and why copying and pasting will lead to trouble.
  6. I have been using it this morning with 2018. I used it with a custom symbol and it works really well. its a great plugin and needs to be supported.
  7. I would use option 1. but you can save a lot of confusion by creating the symbol so that it ALWAYS inserts on the correct class. your office standard should always control the class of critical symbols. not only will this save a lot of time, but a lot of confusion as well.
  8. have a look at this webinar I presented the other day: Title blocks start at about 38min
  9. because i have the option set to Use Numeric Keypad For Instant Data Bar Activation, I never use the tab key to access the floating data bar.
  10. remember that the new title block tool uses object styles for the title block. edit the title block style use the resource manager or choose edit style from the object info palette.
  11. there is a heal walls tool on the building shell tool set. click and drag a marque around the area to be healed. i made a movie some time for my subscribers: as for the hatch, we might need more information. is the wall styled? have you tried the Attributes Palette?
  12. I believe that the multiple view panes will be a game changer. The challenge at the moment is that your workflow has been designed to not take advantage of multiple view panes. Taking advantage of them is going to require changing your workflow. I used to use a program that had multiple viewing panes and it was an extremely productive and efficient way of working. I recently worked on a project where I had to change the framing and floor joists for a project and having multiple view panes so that I could see the two drawings affected was extremely useful. On one side of the screen I had the design layers, on the other side of the screen I had my two sheet layers visible at the same time. As I make changes to the design layers I could see both of the drawings updating.
  13. Dave’s suggestion is good, you should try that. Set up the batch reader jobs that you want, then batch render them all to the settings that you require.
  14. I would try s Subdivision surface and set the crease to get the hard angles between each triangle.