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Jonathan Pickup

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  1. Angela, if i understand your question correctly, if you place the scale bar in a 1:50 viewport, it will scale correctly.
  2. there are two ways to do this. You can use roof faces, or you can use the roof tool and cut out the bits you don't want. here is a movie on roof faces:
  3. if you enter the information as "0.25m" Vectorworks will convert the number to mm
  4. Here is a movie I made on stories, layers, and levels
  5. I do understand. I really liked the written manuals. I used to write the step-by-step manuals for Vectorworks. Feed back from the majority of users was that they only wanted the movies.
  6. I have been writing Vectorworks manuals and courses for the past 20 years, for several years I wrote the Vectorworks Essentials manual. Here is my latest online course. This course contains about 8 hours of video and it works though all the most important concepts for Vectorworks. This is a great course for getting started in Vectorworks. If you have been looking for a Vectorworks manual, this course is the updated video course from the old Vectorworks Essentials manual. https://store.archoncad.com/courses/general/vectorworks-foundation-2021/
  7. Archoncad still has written manuals and updates them on a regular basis (when they are needed), see the link in my signature
  8. I like stories, even if I don't use them a lot. I had a Novedge webinar this morning where i looked at stores, levels, and layers. one of my favourite tricks is to use stories for controlling the elevation of symbols, like light switches. Here is the link to the webinar:
  9. I didn't think that this was too much of an issue. Once you have edited the default drawing label style, you can import it into another file to replace the one that Vectorworks has made by default. This should replace all the drawing labels of that style. I looked at editing the drawing label in my Novedge webinar this morning, around the 24 minute mark.
  10. This is the same way that I do it. In 2021, you can change the class of the plugin object to speed up the revisions..
  11. yes, sorry 31:20, I have the class settings walls.
  12. I've post a YouTube movie on using the Data Tag tool to find information from a structural member and place it in a viewport
  13. have a look at this movie, scroll to 36:31 for the information about the class overrides in viewports.
  14. it is possible and a good trick to remember when pads and contours don't work easily. Still works in 2021 I have a few YouTube moves on site modeling: https://youtu.be/vD94_FWKhW0 https://youtu.be/y3eYdickZbE
  15. I have stopped using the 3-D tags on doors and windows. I now use a data tags in the annotation part of the viewport. The reason for this is that if you put the window tags on in the annotation part of the viewport, you can choose where that window tag goes as you place them. If you put the data tags as part of the window, you have to go back to the window symbol to locate the tag location. If you change the window number in the plan, your data tags will update automatically in your viewports.
  16. The landscape area is designed to work with site models, not roofs. If you're designing a roof and you wanted to make it a green roof, why not create a roof style that includes all the components required to make a green roof?
  17. I tend to create my site model layer with the elevation at zero. This allows me to place my site information at the correct elevation relative to 0. I know it seems a hassle, but I find it easier to set the elevation of my building layer to the correct elevation and keep everything at correct elevations. That way, when you place your site modifiers and grade objects on your site model you can use the correct elevations. If you set with the elevation layer of your building to 0, then your site has to have elevations relative to this which could be positive or negative and will not relate to survey information. In this image you can see that the current site model is set to 0 and the floor levels have the correct elevation.
  18. I had loads of freezing and crashes, then I took out my external thunderbolt connection. now it's sweet.
  19. hi Tom, do you have a thunderbolt drive connected?
  20. in Vectorworks 2021, you can make the landscape area 3D, and depending on the settings you choose, you can make the landscape area excavate the site model.
  21. like the site model section tool... I used to create two sections, but it was a messy way to do it.
  22. if everything is working, plants automatically sit on the surface the site model and you do not need to send them to the surface, so I'm guessing that there is something not working. are the plants on the same layer as the site model? what are the site modifier settings for the site model?
  23. it might be a screen plane issue. on the Object Info palette, does the viewport have the show screen plane objects selected? it might be a class issue, but that would't be my first guess. for hedging, try using the other modes for placing the plants. There is a mode to place plants along a polyline based on the plant spacing.
  24. the extra-super-duper eyedropper (Ctrl +Alt) is called Create Similar Object and works with all objects. Just be careful that it also changes the active class. I have been caught out sometimes when I forget to change the class to the correct one.
  25. I'm happy with the name "slab" the slab is used to create floors and ceilings. if you change the name to Floor, you'll be using a floor object to make a ceiling. that would seem strange for single storey buildings.
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