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  1. I only use referenced symbols when the symbols are still in development but I need them in multiple files at the same time. Each time I edit the symbol they are then updated across all the files. Once the symbols are fully developed I break the reference.
  2. So note to self - after changing vw preferences restart vw to avoid this happening!
  3. By linked details I take it you mean referenced symbols? I would recommend that only under controlled circumstances to reference symbols from a library file. Certainly not where multiple users could edit the detail symbols which would change them in the library. We import symbols rather than reference them and they are also set up so that when placed in a drawing they convert to groups. If the detail is then edited into a new detail that could be useful in other projects it can be exported back into the library.
  4. I would think site specific details do not need to go into a details library. The trick is to have a good range of generic details set up in a library so that they can be imported into a file and easily edited to suit the project requirements. Id be interested to hear back on how the training goes. Good luck! 👍
  5. Thanks Pat. It seems to be successfully restarting after editing preferences atm. I've had the error message twice now but have also had a few crashes trying to update a Library file which was originally created in a previous version - maybe that is what caused the prob corruting the prefs. I'll keep an eye on how it restarts after crashing. Cheers
  6. Does anyone know why I am getting this when I startup vw2021 and how I can stop it happening? I am just setting up vw2021 and one of the first things I do of course is set up my preferences. Unfortunately on start up vw decides it doesn't like my preferences and to start up I have to reset them to factory defaults and then redo them (there are quite a few...) Any help / suggestions appreciated! Thanks
  7. It's a good idea to rebuild the workspace from scratch every time you upgrade. Just make a copy of one of the default workspace's and make our changes. That way, as well as eliminating migration bugs, you also get new tools/commands incorporated which may otherwise not be noticed. It also allows you to rethink how you work, what tools you use/don't use and make some workspace improvements. I just rebuilt our workspace as we prepare to start finally using vw2021 and managed to reduce this (workspace tools v2019): to this (workspace tools v2021): Quite a bit less clutter as we removed (or hid) tools that don't (or rarely) get used.
  8. Boh

    Resource Manager

    Maybe the RM palette has been minimised and/or is concealed by other palettes. I suggest closing all other palettes and have a good look if it is hiding somewhere.
  9. This would be useful. Modelling roof flashings for me is one of the “is it worth my time” items. When I decide to do it I use hybrid symbols of each flashing consisting of an extrusion for the 3D portion and a polygon for the 2d. It really is time consuming but does make a difference for 3D views and roof plans. Id be interested in any vectorworkaround suggestions on how I might model these flashings more efficiently. Typically I need to model parapet, ridge and apron (where a roof butts into a wall) flashings. Thanks
  10. I can see what you want but I think using the “show/snap others” class settings rather than the “show/snap/modify others” is holding you up. I suggest changing your workflow and find other ways of avoiding unintended edits to other objects. There is the option to lock objects or just pay close attention to the pre-selection highlighting of objects before editing to make sure you only select objects you want to select. That said if you delete the “Truss” class then you can reassign all objects in that class to another class such as the “Truss/upstage” class. You would then however have to go through and edit all the symbols in the Symbols in the truss/downstage class so that all the geometry was in the truss/downstage class also.
  11. If you are doing it in 2d then why not use a hatch? There are a variety of brick hatch patterns in the vw libraries which you could edit if needed.
  12. I forgot about the class conflict issue with dl referencing. What I’ve done in the past is to add a ‘zref-‘ prefix to the classes in the referenced file so there are no conflicts and the referenced classes all group together at the bottom of the class list.
  13. Pat is right that with viewport referencing that is the only way. You can do what you want however using design layer referencing. Instead of creating a vp and then browsing to an external file to reference go to the reference tab on the nav palette. Right click ‘new’. I think you then get an option to use vp referencing or “old style design layer referencing”. Using this option for your project will create new referenced design layers A and B. You can then create multiple sheet layer vps with whatever combo of dl visibilities you like.
  14. Hey RLB. double click on the tool icon. Set your preferred defaults. See my Response to similar question here:
  15. Hmmm... Not sure why vw shld crash. ok I suggest make a duplicate copy Of the vp and turn all layers on. If nothing shows then turn all classes on. You may have objects on the wrong layer or inside a group and if the group Is in a class that is set to a invisible in the vp then nothing will show. Turning all classes and layers on shld show if this is the case.
  16. With the vp selected click on class settings in the object info palette. Make sure the classes you need are visible. Do the same with the layer settings. Note the Current class settings in the navigation palette don’t matter. They are seperate from the vp class settings. Make sure you are looking at the vp class settings in the oip.
  17. Boh


    You a correct, that is a good way to illustrate chargeable time. And how much you charge relates to your level of expertise which you probably had to spend significant amount of unpaid time to accrue. If I were to factor in this unpaid training time it would be impossible for me to say if I would have spent more or less time working in 3D than I would have if I had stuck to a 2d workflow. I have spent many many hours learning (and facilitating others learning). What I do know is that: -Eventually I will get that investment of time back. -The quality of my design work is better. -Clients now generally have an expectation that their Architect will producing quality 3D work to illustrate their designs. -I enjoy the work a whole lot more. You can’t put numbers on any of those. If you could then the last one of course would have the highest number!
  18. I was wondering if there was something like this out there. I would defo use it if there was. In my symbol libraries I like to place an instance of each symbol on a design layer so having the ability to add data an instance and then send that data back to be part If the definition would be invaluable for updating libraries.
  19. +1 from me. I’ve come across this issue as well. As someone who has the job of managing a library of symbols it would make it so much better to have better control of the data attached to symbol definitions. Im sure there are some workarounds that help which I would be interested in too. This is possible if the new data is the same for all symbols - just make sure the default value of the new record field is correct.
  20. Boh


    Could you expand on that? I’m interested to know if this might be one of my stumbling blocks.
  21. Boh


    Ha! Yeah, easy to say just do it. If the boss says it then that does make it easier!
  22. Boh


    There is a general consensus that 3D modelling is the way to go and @TomKen’s post is a pretty convincing argument of exactly that. Over the last few years Ive been gently encouraging staff in my office to work in 3D. I’ve done everything I can from setting up drawing templates and libraries, wall styles, standard textures etc etc etc etc. I willingly provide support when they get stuck, I circulate training tips and tricks, I review their drawings and make suggestions... But nevertheless I also still get this: Most staff have “seen the light” however despite everything that’s in place to ease the pain there are still those who want to stick with what they know. that being a 2d workflow. The reasons people resist change I think are various. From their personality type - some people are just stuck in their ways and find it really hard to change. To the sort of work they do - our interior designers are particularly slow in moving to 3D. The biggest reason however is (funnily enough) “TIME” To make the switch from 2d to 3D takes a lot of time. There are a whole new range of tools to become proficient in, a whole different way of setting up drawings etc etc. That takes a lot of time. Most offices need the drawing ASAP. There is no time and if there was the boss may not be able to afford to pay for it. That is the reality for a lot of practices, especially smaller ones. How do you accommodate all the required training when you are under constant time pressure to be productive? The answer of course is that in order to upskill you more often than not need to spend your own time. So it’s easy to say “look how much better 3D is”. Getting folks to make the switch is much more complicated.
  23. Data Visualisation? Is he a Vectorworks superhero?? 😁 Seriously tho I was thinking the same thing.
  24. I think to control referenced file classes in multiple SL viewports you either need to create a ref vp for each SLVP or use older style layer referencing rather than ref vp referencing. Not sure on file size question.
  25. @michaelk & @Pat Stanford do you guys think using ifc data like this is the best way to add record data to wall styles or is there a better way you know of?


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