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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Hey @Kevin K Yes I give your response a thumbs up!
  5. This is exactly what I would do. Don’t forget you need to “update” the site model for the texturebeds to show.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Boh


    Easy as cut and paste.
  17. Thanks @Matt Panzer! I did notice when I ran the script that it worked without any delay. On previous versions on a biggish file the operation would take a up to 5 or 10 seconds to complete. My thoughts were wow v2021 is fast! It seems not so...
  18. =L is one of the 3 worksheet formulas I know by heart. The other being =C (class) and =Count (quantity). For some bedside reading here is the full list: https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/VW2019_Guide/Worksheets/Worksheet_Functions.htm#XREF_16089_Worksheet_Functions
  19. Hi @LauraCB I see what you want to do and there a multiple variations of doing it using the various tools available. (keynotes, symbols, data tags and worksheets). My "system" is still under development and now that I've just upgraded to v2021 from v2019 there are some new tools and options I have yet to explore. That said I can offer the following comments and you can take what you want from it. 😊 The screenshot is really clear so I can respond to that. I think the numbered "Key" could be a Keynote Legend picking up callouts on the same sheet as the legend. Formatting for callouts is a little restrictive unfortunately. It has to be all text and in the same font style. The most you can do with formatting with keynotes is have a first line as a header (which could be the keynote "description") then further lines with more detail. e.g. For your note 3 you could have: NEW WATER FEATURE RECESSED INTO GROUND. CODE [TRA01]. These notes could be standard notes stored in a notes database and accessible to everyone. The formula for getting the keynote description in a worksheet is: ='Callout'.'__NoteDescrip' For global editing of keynote callouts you could play with the attached worksheet. The worksheet responds to the criteria you set. The one attached has criteria like this: This will list all instances of keynotes in a drawing but you can add more choices. I don't think Project Sharing should be an issue with a notes database. The notes database just has to be in a location on a shared server that everyone knows. Ideally you would set up a workgroup to have multiple users accessing the same resources. The workgroup is a bunch of folders that have the same folder structure as your user library but lives on a common server. This is a bit of a big topic so I don't want to delve too deeply. There are several other good posts on this forum detailing the ins and outs of setting up a workgroup. Typically the notes databases would be in a folder called "Notes" within the workgroup Library folder structure. Not in v2019 but I've just upgraded to v2021 and I hope the new Notes Manager will make a difference here. For this: I would do exactly that but the red line I would put in the same class as the boundary with both the line in the legend and the boundary lines in the drawing having all attributes set by class. That way if you want to change the colour, linetype, lineweight etc of the boundary lines then you can just edit the boundary class and both lines in the drawing and in the legend will update to match. Setting by-class attributes also means you can overide the attributes in viewports so you could have the boundary red in one viewport and blue in another. For your client supply and contractor supply notes yes you can use a symbol. Or a general notes object might be an option too? General notes objects look like keynote legends but don't' link to callouts. They do access the notes databases however. For the External Surfacing, you can't place a keynote legend inside a symbol. Otherwise though symbols work well. However if you want this legend to be sheet specific (only list items actually on that sheet) then symbols are not ideal. You might want to explore using data tags and worksheets for this? The data tags are placed in the annotation layer and pick up the different finishes which are then listed in a worksheet legend. So each sheet would have it's own worksheet definition (not just an instance of a worksheet definition). I have found images in worksheets to be tricky though... Well I hope some of that is useful. Please ask if you have any questions. There are some very helpful experts on this forum. Cheers Keynote Editor Worksheet.vwx
  20. Can you send me a small file and the script that demonstrates this problem? Thanks Matt. Michaelk is looking at the script (he's the orig author) see this thread. Script available for download there too if you want to delve.
  21. @Pat StanfordNice to know I give the same advice as the experts! 😊
  22. For Option 1 you will get a count of only 1 design layer. So you either need to make separate worksheets to count in other dls or have additional data base rows in the same worksheet for each dl you want to count in. i.e. Option 2 might be better depending on what you need to do.
  23. Right click on data base row header, select edit criteria, add an extra criteria to limit count to selected design layer or add an additional column with =L as the formula. Summarise by this column and it will count symbols in each layer
  24. Yes @Andy Broomell it seems to be the same thing. I've just started with v2021 so am newly discovering the quirks. How are you managing vp names if you are not using the scripts in v2021?
  25. I don't think running the reset plug ins command is fixing the navigation issue however....


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