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  1. Boh


    If you want to post the file I'm happy to have a look. Otherwise go into your design layers and check if there is any 3d stuff there.
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    VW 2021 Materials

    @Ben Beaumont What techniques / workflow are you using to call up the finishes in your documentation? Are you using data tags and/or worksheets? How do you accomodate finishes that can’t be / aren’t yet covered by materials?
  3. Boh

    VW 2021 Materials

    Is anyone using materials to create finishes schedules? I am hoping this is possible. It would be a biggie in terms of bim. As I understand it Materials can have data added which could then be called up in a schedule. This is something that is not currently possible using classes I don’t think. I envision a library of material resources complete with finishes notes embedded into them. Ideally the data can be centrally controlled from the material definition rather than each instance of a material having its own unique editable data. I can also see that using materials could reduce the need for so many classes, especially classes that only exist for showing attributes ( not for visibility control purposes). However how do you manage which objects get which materials? Manually is ok on smaller projects, not easy on bigger projects so I can see that linking materials to classes would seem to be an efficient way to manage them.
  4. Does the xs version do this or just the full version?
  5. Alternative vector workaround: Edit the vp crop so a narrow “leg” of the crop object extends to the edge of the page at each grid line. In vp annotations place masking polygons in these legs so only the grid lines can be seen.
  6. You can set the start and end set back for grid lines. So in the vp annotations select a grid sequence and in the oip make this adjustment to push the grid bubbles back to the edge of the sheet. I haven’t tried this myself. Hopefully this works and doesn’t effect the source grid lines in the design layer and corresponding grids in other vps.
  7. That's a good approach Jonathan. Doesn't quite work though where you have several label styles in the same drawing and you want one style to be just like another one. You could edit it as you suggest however then you have two styles that are the same- which is fine I guess but not ideal. It would be better to be able to delete one and replace it. Or did I miss something? I'll try to watch the whole video soon... 🙂
  8. Totally agree with this! It's annoying that when you delete a style you don't get the option to replace instances with that style with another style (as you do when delete standard symbols). All you get is a bunch of unstyled instances. i've tried using a worksheet to change styles but that doesn't work (it does help you locate all the instances of the style however). For adding notes/subtitles to drawing labels I often just use the "Custom Scale" option. You can however add an extra piece of text to the style definition and then link it to one of your own custom records and edit it via the data pane of the OIP. I just tried it and it works...
  9. Also a big improvement is the ability to show back references on the labels - something that had been requested for some years finally came through!
  10. That’s a pretty clever approach. The file actually had all the roof lines for all the houses represented by 3D polys so I’d be interested if someone knew a quick way to use these polys to generate the solid roof forms. If I was better at solids modelling then I think I would probably first create the extrudes as per my earlier post then, using the 3D polys as guides, use the solid modelling tools to pop up the roofs.
  11. I have just noticed that my "Send to Surface" command from my customised object context menu doesn't work. The same command does work when select it from the AEC menu. Is this a known bug? Are there other commands similarly not working from Document or Context menus? Cheers
  12. I'll send you my bank details! Hmm... well I had a look inside the file this time... and I think the texture bed technique is the go for showing roads etc. For for the houses though, as @Gro Mariann only wanted: then it might be quicker to just use the extg 3d polys to create simple extrudes? I noticed all the roof edge polys are on their own unique "Kart-Takkant" class which makes it easy to isolate and manipulate them. (Other roof lines such as ridges and valleys are on different classes). So this is my suggestion: Use the select similar tool to select the roof edge 3d polys and duplicate them, convert to lines, decompose resultant group, compose lines, extrude resultant polys (need to do this one by one so use of a shortcut key to extrude is handy here), change layer of resultant extrudes to same as site model layer and send to surface. See vid. The massing models do look better tho but not sure they can be made from the existing roof geometry so easy? It would be nice to model the roofs properly as the existing 3d polys outline them very well. I had a quick go at this but it seems you would need to do much more complicated modelling to do this so probably not worth the effort if you just want a quick context model. 2021-02-23 15-04-05.mp4
  13. Hey @Kevin K Yes I give your response a thumbs up!
  14. This is exactly what I would do. Don’t forget you need to “update” the site model for the texturebeds to show.
  15. You can try using the attached worksheet to list and find all objects in a class. There are some instructions on the worksheet itself if you are not used to working with them. List objects in a class worksheet.vwx
  16. Sorry dude - just keeping you on your toes! 😁 Attached a file with a detail callout that is currently navigating to it's viewport. I.e. script hasn't been run on it yet. Cheers Detail Viewport Rename Test File.vwx
  17. I'm mostly just not 😅 (all the while cursing Vectorworks for the dumb way it currently names them.) As a set designer I have to pump out many drawings quickly, meaning a file might not be used by me for long, in which case it's not always worth the time naming viewports in a useful way. Without the script to do it for me I can't really waste time on it. (Depends on the file of course.) When it comes to linking markers, I make heavy use of the search field in the Linked Viewport dropdown, which is a godsend. Hopefully one day Viewport auto-naming will exist in a smart and useful way, and until then I'll send positive thoughts in the direction of the brilliant michaelk so that perhaps a scripting solution will be found for 2021. Thanks Andy. Yes I agree that a built in way to auto control vp naming is overdue. Meanwhile MichaelK's scripts are also a godsend! Cheers
  18. Thanks @michaelk Fantastic that at least we can rename standard vp's. Unfortunately though when I run your new Rename Reg Viewport script it confuses detail viewports and I get this when I try to navigate back from a detail callout back to it's viewport. See vid. 2021-02-22 09-37-39.mp4
  19. Thanks @Taproot for the response. You're right about using cloud based tools more. We should also be looking at a more cloud based way of scheduling. Airtable looks really interesting and I'll be looking at that in more detail. This segways into another related topic - implementing office standards across an office. Taproot, as you've hinted at, with a team of 2 it is possibly somewhat easier than in a larger office. We have a team of 6 atm and getting even that many people to change their workflow is not easy. So @LauraCB if you are looking at implementing an office standard for drawing set up then you will need buy-in from the rest of the office and especially the Boss! We have some repeat clients and it has been easier setting up standards for their projects as there is more intense collaboration between staff and one project is the to-be-improved-upon template for the next. Now we are starting to rollout some of the things we learnt from those projects onto other general projects. Good luck and be sure to share any gold gems you discover! Cheers
  20. You could set the callouts to have no leader lines then do as Pat suggested then reset the leader lines. But maybe the Align/Distribute callouts tool in the modify menu would do what you want? I think it might.
  21. It's actually the class options, not layer options, I meant for you to check. I typically have the layer options set to "Show/Snap" so that I don't accidentally move stuff on a different layer. It does mean I can only select stuff on the active layer. I've had exactly this issue present to me before and so was pretty sure it was to do with the class options. Not sure how the working plane options should effect this. Are you working in top plan view? maybe someone else knows what is going on...
  22. Check your class options either in the nav palette here: or in the view menu here: make syre they are set to Show/Snap/Modify others. It sounds like you might have inadvertantly used the shortcuts keys to "Show others" which will let you see other class but not select/modify them.
  23. I think callouts in symbols can also be slightly tricky if they are being placed on design layers or viewports of different scales so do some tests to make sure you are happy how the callout symbols work across different types of drawings. What I have done for general type notes is group them together into symbols made of a general notes object. I place notes for different trades/plans into their own general notes object and save them as symbols in a library file. The symbols can be inserted into a drawing and the individual notes can deleted, added to or edited to suit the project. If you want the same set of notes repeated on different sheets then the notes can be kept as a symbol which will update across all sheets if it is edited. If only a one off instance is required it can be converted from a symbol into a plug-in (general notes object) and notes can still be added to etc with links to the notes data base. On a slight tangent, a big thing now with vectorworks is Data Tags and a workflow where objects in a drawing model carry data on them in the form of records, and data tags and worksheets are used to present the information on drawings. This is heading towards a BIM workflow where the objects themselves carry the information rather than a more old school callout method where the objects don't carry information and notes (callouts) are required to explain what they are and do. I think it is a great development however I'm still learning how to integrate this efficiently into my own workflow. I've got it working well with things like plumbing schedules and door schedules but struggling somewhat with things like finishes. Anyway, before you commit your office to a way of doing things I suggest you consider how you can possibly utilize a BIM workflow as it is the way things are heading. I'm keenly interested in what @Taproot makes of this! Cheers
  24. Another little tip. Just below the nudge control is another handy shortcut to move objects either the grid distance or a set distance. I have my grid set to 5mm so when I hit Shift+Ctrl+Arrow it "nudges" them 5mm. I use this all the time.


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