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  1. I believe the answer is yes. for imperial find the data file Angle-Inch.txt open with a basic text editor (not MS_Word the file must remain a txt file without hidden formatting characters) add the specifics of the shape following the order presented in the file. (Make sure you save a copy of the original file elsewhere in case you accidentally delete something) I've forgotten if the entries are delimited with a space or a tab between each. A normal carriage return is used for terminating each line. open the plugin editor and select the angle tool. While you cannot see or edit the script you can view and add to the parameters' data. So go to the parameters and find the list that is used for selecting the size and enter the size of the angle in the same format as presented, spaces are as critical as the other characters. There maybe more than one parameter data set to edit in some of these structural tools. I've forgotten if they are utilizing the parameter strings or not. Of course this will have to be redone with every major upgrade as the tools are not checked if they have been customized.
  2. You'll need 5 or 6 levels. Draw a sample in Vectorworks from which you can take measures is the simplest approach. If you make each level a different colour it is easier to visualize while creating a hatch. These numbers will give you a chevron pattern but maybe not to the spacing you desire. LVL 1 / 0,0° / 50.8,45° / 0.5 / 50.8,-45° LVL 2 / 0,0° / 50.8,-45° / 0.5 / 50.8,45° LVL 3 / 35.9,0° / 50.8,45° / 0.5 / 50.8,-45° LVL 4 / 35.9,0° / 50.8,-45° / 0.5 / 50.8,45° LVL 5 / 0,0° / 50.8,0° / 1.0 / 50.8,-45° LVL 6 / 25.4,45° / 50.8,0° / 1.0 / 50.8,-45°
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    Dimension class and None class are default classes that must exist in every file; therefore they cannot be deleted from a drawing file. While you can rename the Dimension class it still retains an identifier that prevents it from being deleted.
  4. What I came across was that all the tabs were already separate menus, "detached" and it is not apparent how to return them to the 2019 style tabbed arrangement that is familiar. This being compounded by them all being blank with the title of Vectortworks across the top. The latter I found that by opening them one by one from the window palette menu I could refresh each menu to identify which one is which.
  5. I've noticed that the data now has its own palette from the object information but they both are opening and closing using crtl I. Similarly the navigation palettes are all opening and closing with the same keyboard shortcut. Is there a new setting somewhere to enable the former tab functionality or a means to stop palettes that do not have a shortcut specifically assigned to them from opening. Do I possibly have to rebuild my workspace menu instead of using the migrated one?
  6. Are you postscript printing? or in a mixed environment and using PCL to your Cannon? We have been the latter for some time.
  7. fresh install of 2021. migrated company menu from VW2019 via install. Switched to company menu and closed most of the now non-tabbed Navigation and Object Info windows. Switched to Architect and back to company menu. Look at what I found hiding near the right edge of the monitor. If I open, lets say the data palette, and close it then one of them will become the data palette and it will close when triggered to do so.
  8. no difference in the output. Not a small file but here it is, plus the sysinfo of my workstation. Prefer that files are removed after your have them. One never knows these days what those dark webbers' find in this info to scam us with. 8569 Glen Lake Town Centre v2021.vwx
  9. This is what I see on the monitor in VW2021 using OpenGL. In the pdf are scans of the pages that VWs prints. What is causing those stray lines to appear? This is something that has been frustrating when attempting to use the 3d aspects of Vectorworks since VW2012. Both Minolta and Sharp printer/copiers communicating via PCL. Our MinoltaC368 series printer copier is only three years old and has been upgraded with 2019 firmware/software. This has been happening from both Win and Mac platforms. It will also occur when printing pdfs generated from VWs. Bluebeam will display the pages as expected but the output to a printer is corrupted with stray lines. Any thoughts on how this can be resolved? If we have to resort to 2d only drawing techniques the industry may as well revert back to MiniCad 7. Think of all the inexpensive hardware we could save from the landfill! Secondary problem, I have noticed that the different shades of grey applied to these objects (solid fill attribute colour) are not being acknowledged in VW2021. SKM_C25820092414200.pdf
  10. If you still have the previous version installed you can copy that version's stair tool over to the new version's function library. It may or may not function due to changes in the underlying commands but it is worth a try. You would have to add it to your menu for new use but that's not necessary if you only want the existing instances to function.
  11. It is fun to experience the success of drawing something via a script (I've gotten caught up in that aspect many a time). From a practical point your symbol library already exists and it is a great launching point for your plugin. I assume that you already have these 300 plus profiles drawn as a polyline, each in their own symbol, and pre-indexed by name from those catalogues in a Vectorwork's file. This makes an excellent a library resource file that your plugin can search through based upon an index name typed into the OIP, or emulate the technique used in the wide flange steel beam tool (long lists of predetermined sizes sorted by applicable standards organization, add an option to branch to a script for non-standard entries). It is also easy to add non-standard variations to the library file by simply duplicating a similar existing symbol making the edit and giving it a unique name to add to your list. The bulk of your profiles remain in the library file stored on your drive while the plugin only imports the profiles that are utilized into your project file. At this point if these symbols cluttering your resource palette you can convert the imported instance to a group and ungroup leaving only the outline that was originally in the symbol. follow it by deleting the named symbol from the symbol library. Alternatively your script can create a folder (if it doesn't already exist) to contain these symbol definitions then repeated use of a particular profile will not significantly add to the project's file size. Ok, I had nothing better to do tonight to distract myself from thinking about dental surgery tomorrow.
  12. Personally, I leave the setting off because unless you are only using basic entities throughout they fail to associate. This I find to be true for 3d objects, entities which have been grouped, PIO objects, solids that have been edited (add, subtract, section, etc.)
  13. Just guessing here, It might be one of the tools that require calling via the custom tool call function in the same manner that one would call a PIO.
  14. DBDocAddConn Connects a database to the document. I've ever used this aspect myself, so this may not fit your need. There is a ODBC class of database functions in the Vectorscript library.

 

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