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  1. Thanks Pat. I did think of doing something like that but probably not worth it just to get incrementing tag numbers. I guess I was hoping that there was some setting I missed. It would be a good feature so that datatags could work with worksheets like keynote callouts work with keynote legends.
  2. OK thanks again Nikolay. I see how that works now. Still not quite what I'm after however... To get all the tagged objects record info via the tag's DataTagField then each record field would have to have it's own text in the actual tag. I was hoping to be able to add simple single text self incrementing ID tags to objects such as lights and use a worksheet as a legend listing all the info about the lights with the tag ID number. Also is the DataTagField formula new to vw2020 as I couldn't get this to work on 2019?
  3. I recently noticed that the VWCS web portal was not syncing with the files placed in the VWCS folder on my local machine. The VWCS icon had also disappeared from the notifications area on the task bar. This despite VWCS supposed to open on startup. It must have been because of the reengineered desktop app. I opened VWCS manually and it seems to be working now.
  4. The record the tag is looking for has to be the same as the one attached to the objects. In Mike's Data Test edit the tag style so it uses the bmp record which is the record attached to the objects in the file. If you wantto use the "BOQ's Record" instead of the "bmp" record then don't change the tag, rather in the RM change the name of the record format to "BOQ's Record" as well as change the Worsksheet criteria to search for this record. 2019-11-20 08-42-34.mp4
  5. Hmm. They should change. Can you post your file?
  6. That looks more or less like my original question.
  7. I think the labels would change if you hit the update button on the OIP.
  8. That's been there for a while. It just removed gaps and didn't sort whereas the sort button on the dialogue did both.
  9. I generally have my DTM's on a separate dedicated design layer with DL elevation set to 0 and all other DL set at their actual RL's. That way the labels are always correct. So is your DTM at the correct height but displaying incorrect heights on the labels? Perhaps place a stake object on your dtm and double check if your dtm is actually at the height the labels say it is. On one of my projects, to have the labels show the correct heights I need to have the "Geometry Lowest Z" setting in the OIP at 0. Changing this setting moves the whole DTM up or down. There is also a Minimum Elevation setting in the Settings dialogue but changing this just trims the underside of the model to that elevation. Happy to have a look at your file if you want to post it.
  10. I'm not a site modelling expert but I am wondering if your whole DTM object been moved on the z direction or on a design layer with a different elevation to the one it was originally created on?
  11. This is a nice thread and I understand almost everything! @Michelvh you mean you want to number objects as, 1,2,3,4,5 incrementally ? My understanding is that you can do incrementing number tags but they would not become part of the "ID" record field of the object being tagged so it is trickier to get this incrementing number into a worksheet (as the worksheet is typically reporting on the object records not the tag). I've got another thread trying to suss something similar here (along with a few other things): Great contribution (once again) by @Pat Stanford. The bit I didn't get at all was this:
  12. Thanks Nikolay. That has cleared up a few things for me! I have figured out #4. This is a bit confusing and certainly not very intuituve. If the style settings for "Use Leader line" are set to by instance and unchecked this will be overridden if the data tag tool settings in the mode bar have "Use Leader Line" checked and vica versa. In other words it seems that if the style parameter is set by instance it doesn't matter if "Use Leader Line" is checked or not as it will just be set to whatever the default setting is in the data tag tool settings. I guess this is true for all style parameters set to by instance. For #3 & #5, I made a worksheet with criteria by data tag but couldn't figure out how to use the "DataTagField" formula you mentioned to get the field records for the tagged objects. Could you please explain a bit more? 2019-11-19 10-21-47.mp4
  13. Thanks for the offer of help on a script Pat. A custom script would be awesome. I'll hold off on that until I've better worked out what the best workflow for our office is. At the moment we have a restaurant chain project with several of our staff working on different restaurants so this is a good test project to develop some standardised symbols/records/worksheets that can be used across all these projects. Once I have sussed out what the best workflow is I'll have a better idea of how to set up the symbols and their default records into a system that could be rolled out across all our projects. Just to note that I have worked with quite a few other VW users over the years and very few of them knew how to work with database worksheets and record info. I guess this is because it is not a purely "graphic" process and requires an understanding of various concepts such as symbols, records, worksheets, and now data tags, that all have to work in sync together to produce results. I found it confusing myself when I first started on it too. So any system I come up with needs to be as super straight forward as possible. Also: This does seem to be something that VW is missing - how to quickly attach custom default record info to multiple symbols in a file. I also looked briefly at ODBC but couldn't understand it and couldn't find any really instruction on how to do it either.
  14. Nice idea. I don't think opacity settings work on extrudes though you could apply textures to the extrudes with varying transparency levels. This still wouldn't work for Hidden Line renders however as textures don't apply.
  15. This would be an excellent improvement for viewports - maybe it's already a feature request? At the moment I have 2 vectorwork-around methods (both not ideal). Using masking polygons in the VP annotations set with different levels of opacity depending on how far in the background objects are in a VP. This is ok but needs manual updating every time the model changes. Using stacked section viewports set to show different extents beyond the viewplane and with the advanced properties of the OIP setting the attributes settings for objects beyond the view plane to a softer lineweight classes depending on how far back they are.

 

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