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    Landscape Architect and Ecologist
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    https://www.growplan.co.nz/
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  1. How would your drawing work published on the worst imaginable medium? I once had to urgently fax my lovely set of drawings (20 sheets A3 colour) to a pub in the middle of nowhere, I had 2 hours to make it readable A4 BW and poor reproduction. An 'interesting' exercise, this is always part of my thinking even now as I learned a lot about less that morning.
  2. Do you know that they are circles? Did you draw them, or import them? Coz that's very weird otherwise.
  3. Who is viewing / using your drawings (and who else may just pop in to the room) - that's all vital IME. Choose a single font that's in common use - nothing worse than a fancy font coming though as gibberish. I use Arial Narrow almost everywhere, and a modern Courier for some things. Be consistent with text alignment - I know it's a problem in VW! How are items aligned on your pages? It's more comfortable if the eye can move logically across the page, especially with text boxes. Some sort of underlying or implicit grid order is very helpful - it will help you draw faster too. Test: work on brevity and clarity - I find twitter has helped me be less verbose and have more content. I have a copy of Thomson 2007 European Landscape Architecture best practice in detailing. It has some sound sensible advice, I would expect there's something similar for UX / AV. Also look out for detail sheets from the early and radical practitioners - so often we think we've invented a style/idea and waste time down a rabbit hole when it's already a well-known workflow.
  4. Jessica, Do you still have this for sale? And is it a Windows version?
  5. Well, I'm glad I was never the first way to go when the lights went Green!
  6. Well IDK for 2022 but the last time I looked - for 2018, I couldn't see: Automate heights/labels/dimensions along a vertical curve, which is a basic need in CAD. A working live link between access/Excel and other database systems - ACAD had excel linking in 2004. I spent literal days trying to link Excel to VW from when it was supposedly enabled - but it seems to have have misdirection at best. A commandline to enable on-the-fly scripting and simple commands e.g. autolisp (it's very nice to use) A real calculator (squares, roots and more) that outputs to to the object being drawn e.g length of line, radius etc. Topological editing for esp. the Property Line tool. Changing one polygon should result in all surrounding polygons updating 12D - for instance has this. Many of my jobs are multi-title and large areas with lot of terrain. I'm very build/planting focused and my clients don't want fancy renderings (I view fancy renderings as fundamentally dishonest for a whole range of reasons esp that they get clients to day yes too soon, and that they are unrealisable. Plus they are costly to produce). I like VW for what it is, an internal spreadsheet IS very useful (no other CAD I know has the facility) but if I could EASILY setup a link with Excel, R, (and live link with prose text files) it would be so much better.
  7. If all else fails I use http://www.pdf995.com/ - and have used it occasionally with VW since 2005. Don't waste ya $ on Adobe when you just need simple tool. Also bear in mind what I said ^ about raster data outside the viewport.
  8. unearthed

    DRAFTSMAN

    You need a more meaningful subject so people will click thru!
  9. Have you got a mix up going on with the Screen Plane / Layer Plane? That causes all kinds of weirdness.
  10. Oh well, I'll almost certainly stay with 2012, especially after reading the hardware reqs, unless I can find a 2018 license. Still too many bells and whistles and no evidence of many of the norms in the CAD world.
  11. HI all So I have a sparse worksheet (most cells are empty), and all I want to do is count the filled cells in the columns i.e. I just want a cell at each column base that says 7, 9, 3, 15 etc. As in the mockup image encl. I'm on Windows 2012 if it matters. Active cell contents are calculations from other cells, and sometimes manually entered numbers, and in case it matters the function in a cell looks like this. But Ideally I'd also like to be able to count plain text-filled cells later on. =(INT((K$7*$D$5*$A$30)/5)*5)+5
  12. I also find I get odd issues/effects if I'm in a rotate view or have ended up with mix of object in screen and layer plane like here
  13. Thanks Tom W we had forgotten about the replace with symbol workflow, we're building a surface at the moment, thanks for getting us over the hump.
  14. Are you on a network? or just a desktop machine? Are you importing the file or referencing the file? For either of above could be some weird network prob. If you're just manually tracing items in the pdf, you might be better off converting/saving pdf to a jpg and importing that.
  15. I've received a dataset comprising 1799 stake objects (area is 3.75km² so they're reasonably sparse) and want to build a surface from them, when I try this in VW it says pick a valid object, it won't read the stake objects. I made a copy of the base dwg and exploded the blocks give me three objects - in bricscad: MTEXT Ellipse Hatch each object has the same height, all good so far https://imgur.com/uXVYpyp. After importing the above to VW I'm left with 3D Polygon - a line 24mm long with an accurate height x1091, one end of line is at ctr of Nurbs Curve object Text - with no height x1799 Nurbs curve - with same height as the 3D poly x1799 So the Nurbs looks like the best bet for an accurate representation, But I don't see any way of using it. Even a semi-accurate 3D poly based surface would do at a push tho', I see I can add 3D loci to the #D poly's but that doesn't help me much. I generally avoid making 3D surfaces in VW as have found process and product fruitless in the past but this time it looks like the only way forward. Has anyone else done this> Any tips welcome.
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