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  1. The system is telling you it wants a bitmap - a .pdf is not a bitmap - you need a .jpg or similar image file. Do you have the original vector-based pdf that your notes are drawn on? Just explode it and build your drawing from that.
  2. Why are you not drawing at 1:1 and just scaling in viewports? Genuinely interested.
  3. I too do landscape work, often very large areas. Do you have images that are larger than your viewports? Or is is this only images inside symbols - I've never needed that? For VPs vw puts the whole image into the pdf instead of cropping it to the VP - so i tile large images and even put each tile in its own class. I use very few hatches as VP is inefficient with them and makes huge, slow to view pdfs. I know its a hassle but sometimes I do stacked\overlayed VPs to reduce complexity of individual VPs. I almost never reduce DPI and never have to rasterise text
  4. just a basic way (I'm sure there are way more complicated ones!): Tools>Reports>Create Report List all: change to symbols tick summarise with same name and OK
  5. Unless your source data has a field for parcel type, you're gonna have to make some visual assumptions and then either ground-truth or compare the parcels with the aerial or other data, because ROWS (as I'm sure you're aware) are only one type of linear polygon. Anyway I've been filtering polygons this pm - in QGIS - and along the way I found this: filter all polygons that are very narrow, so that's a start. IDK where you are but here in NZ government puts all public data on a server and we can DL what we need - QGIS is easily set up to scrape this from the server.
  6. Seconding QGIS - amazing software with a HUGE userbase. I wouldn' dream of using VW as a GIS; simply the wrong tool ArcGIS is all all good and fine sure but it's so expensive most companies cannot afford it and secondly it's closed source which can be come a problem if your'e working in a legal context. Also closed source software cannot be meaningfully discussed.
  7. Normally acad files from surveyors etc come with a .jgw (with same name as dwg file) file There's a few tools to make these including createJGW.exe which can be found on the w3. .jgw's look like this inside and use a txt editor to write them: 1.000000 0.000000 0.000000 -1.000000 263111.187500 4375666.000000 Line Description 1 X scale 2 Rotation information (use value zero) 3 Rotation information (use value zero) 4 Y scale 5 The X coordinate for the center of the upper left pixel 6 The Y coordinate for the center of the upper left pixel They are not too tricky to write if you may use the image elsewhere in future
  8. 15 minutes! I have autosave set to 1min (and keep 3 most recent backups) and run all autosaves to a single separate folder for easy occasional deletion\cleaning. Even with maybe 20 active jobs its only 11Gb
  9. Thanks so much Pat, we'll have a go at that and report back. Re older VW (and yes I take your point re your memory), I'm running on win10 and no issues so far, I don't need a bells and whistles CAD as do all 3D in sketchup or QGIS and really only use VW to layout info and graphics on sheets and count large numbers of plants. For me VW's worksheet is its main strength; I know of no CAD that has an integrated spreadsheet. When VW I'm hoping to never update VW - main thing so far is keeping Quicktime.for VW_v does not get updated. I know Autocad people who are still using R12 circa 1992 - as it does what they need.
  10. My drawings are unique solutions so reusing text is very unlikely, but I would like some automation. I dislike using VW's database (overhead time\setup hassle\fragility) but if that's the only way then needs must, but I use the worksheet system very often and trust it. Using 2012. Have found VW loses focus during typing so have a file called labels and type a list of labels (normally using Sublime Text), each separated by an empty line, and then paste them in to empty text blocks on the sheet. Really hoped for a way to push text to a text block or have a text block pull text from either an in-drawing worksheet or a text file outside of VW, but expect to at least have to copy my labels list into a worksheet. Have considered using numbered single-cell worksheets each calling from a worksheet list but that seems cumbersome and a bit of a tracking nightmare. - Don't need to auto-number labels or anything fancy like that. - Normally have less than 20 labels per sheet. - Do want the labels to be able to be annotations in a viewport. - Like text objects as they are editable. - Don't need a perfect solution, and still expect to do a few manual labels. Asking here first as have wasted a lot of time in VW over the years trying to get some things to work that IMO should have been more straightforward. Found this script-to-link-text-to-record - don't have 2013 to be able to save that back but if I go that route will only have one block of text per symbol. Also looking at is-there-something-like-dynamic-blocks-in-VW? which is much like solution above - seems very convoluted, unbelievable this is a standard approach.
  11. I've talked to these guys https://paperless.bheeb.ch/ who have worked out of a modification pathway for A Leica Disto. Sends 3D cloud to a notebook etc and you have a nice 3D model. They use it to get 3D forms of cave systems. I'm thinking of getting someone to mo my Disto and use it for tree surveys as GPS\GNSS still sounds very poor under tree canopies. I imagine the mod would be ~NZ$1000
  12. No it isn't working, haven't time to play with it now but will work thru your ideas above later in week, see if it is somehow a project problem, rather than something with vw. But Pat;s script works perfectly.
  13. I've finally got sick of this so when vw starts it loads all the crap from this folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Vectorworks2012\Plug-Ins Lots of things that came with the install e.g. Ball Bearing - 3D.vso, Flowchart Link.vso and lots of others. Can I delete all these and vw will load faster, or is it not so easy? If yes, are there other files that also need removing? also things like C:\Program Files (x86)\Vectorworks2012\Settings\Plug-In Settings - which are a whole lots of stairs. The only 3D work I do in vw is contours, never need any other 3D functionality. Likewise with C:\Program Files (x86)\Vectorworks2012\Plant Database - I do this another way so don't need it at all. Also much of the content of: C:\Program Files (x86)\Vectorworks2012\Libraries\Defaults What can I safely throw overboard?
  14. Thank you Pat!, that worked really well, even after so long in 'storage'.
  15. I'm trying to use Modify > Convert > Replace with symbol (I have about 70 circles I want to changes to a symbol) vw gives me the odd error [ This tool belongs top module xxx, which is not installed on this computer ] I have Landmark 2012, working in 2D and symbol is just a simple object and I have both records settings unticked.


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