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  1. Thanks Pat, I'll have a go on Monday, for the meantime I managed it another way as I found our NZ Survey agency has an online converter*, and that result if sufficient for what I'm doing. For any other New Zealanders using this tool you can paste long lists of coordinate pairs into the box and it works fine.
  2. Hi MichaelK, Would you be be able to save None Class Tricks back to version 2018 please.
  3. Hi Pat, Thanks, still not there. I now need to convert the X and Y coordinates to decimal degrees (so my GPS can ingest them) and wouldn't know where to start on that, I do not know if there is an option or way to export from VW. The writer of the 2001 VW xyz export script I posted above hasn't been here since 2003, but do you think it would be possible to modify that script so it exported in decmal degrees? As it's a seriously difficult problems doing that as far as I can tell.
  4. Thanks Pat, that led me to search: export X Y Coordinates script -"lightwright"site:.forum.vectorworks.net and I found this from 2001 and the second script seems to work well and corrects for the page orgin shift issues with 3D loci. And the two encl images looking showing position of the X Y pair are still correct after export. Interesting that the script un-rounds the number in the OI. I don't yet know if sort order matters. I've since made another set of points at 10m intervals as it simplifies visualy, and still dense enough for field work. Next I'll build the .gpx as per openstreetmap's page and see how it works.
  5. I have a set of 244 2D [encl. with bound box loci selected to highlight area], (3D is an option I have as well) locus points and a single closed 2D polygon - in its own class and the locus points likewise in their own class. I want to export the points as a cloud of x,y points in this format: 1378385.1650620073,4938850.9892900344 [and with a ,0 for the 3D version - I don't need heights for this] What I want to achieve is a txt / csv / tsv type file, with a list of x,y,z I can then hand build into a GPX file to import to my gps. The points are currently simply 2D (or 3D) loci, and do not have record info so I can’t export to .shp (which is a bit silly of Nemet as any GIS will import very simple files). Neither 2D or 3D loci export to .dxf. This is a lot of kerfuffle for what is one of the worlds most basic and essential spatial data formats. I tried exporting as script file and I got the loci but 258 instead of the 228 that I have in my drawing I've converted my field edge and bounding box to 3D loci so I can verify against georef space. If it matters the file is georeferenced to EPSG2193 (a standard New Zealand datum).
  6. I found it works slightly better if switching to Ortho view but again fails after one run of the split tool. So gave up and did it in BricsCAD really easily, with zero failure instances. Something else I noticed using the split tool in VW was that the filesize kept growing (from 2.7mb to 5.5mb), whereas trimming in BricsCAD and reimporting that edited data took my filesize way back down again. Does VW not clean itself well after some operations? Lesson fir me is to do anything 'complicated' at least re topo data in QGIS or an ACAC-like platform.
  7. I have an accurate contour data set but want to make it smaller for export to a GPS, so how do I consistently trim the polylines off outside the green polygon - the split tool seems to work on some lines but not others, it's a poor version of AutoCAD's fence tool that's for sure. I managed to trim 50 line in one go a couple of time but the tool seems to stop working /only work on singles. I can do this in QGIS but it'd be nice to save the roundabout trip. I don't want to build a model in VW as I want get contours back in the same place as they appear now. System is VW2018.
  8. So, I take the resounding silence indicates no one is using VW CAD data to drive their GPS.
  9. Before I reinvent the wheel I'm asking here to see if anyone else has got a workflows for exporting .gpx file. I want to use one from a drawing in my Garmin Etrex 32x to set out a walking path. I know there's a workflow to get one out of QGIS but want to know if VW offers a more straight-forward route for my very windy path - about 1200m: image encl. for anyone interested. openstreetmaps have kindly written up the gpx format, and I can build from scratch from a points export but hopefully there's a smoother way.
  10. I normally just do a cirlcular gradient if I want just a basic grass-like representation, it is unfortunate that VW does not enable multi-node gradients.
  11. I try and keep drawing data requasts short as possible as many people won't/don't read a long list! I always tell data senders what format I can work up to, e.g.: 'I can open .dwg / dxf formats up to version 2018' Certainly knowing what it came out of (& its version) is very useful, and telling them what you have (& its version). I have only seen one vwx file from another designer since 2010. Old (say ten years) vectorworks files can be a real mess ime, using one (the one above) at moment and would have been faster to redraw from survey and asbuilt heights. To cover the likelihood my request will get passed around the company I put in why I want a file eg: "This is related to XYZ audit that ABC have asked me to carry out." ALWAYS say the extent you want as s'times people send me just the house when I want the boundary. Ask if they have any levels / heights? Also if infrastructure is important ask about this, as many files leave it out ime as a landscape architect. Georef is poorly understood by almost everyone - and can overly complicate a request, I normally import into QGIS and sort that bit out and then into VW.
  12. I have a shortline on my chrome screen https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?forumId=55%2C14%2C20%2C12%2C48%2C16 just loads the content I want.
  13. I have a desktop solution (see my comment upthread), but I would like to use AutoTurn but it needs to support all VW users, including older versions (or at least back to 2016), I probably have a vehicle situation about once a year, anything from cars to articulated trucks / B-Train system. As a service could be worthwhile but bot too many hundred of dollars. Many of us want to avoid subscription models. I often live remotely and need desktop tools for reliability.
  14. In the past I have used pstoedit, as well as online tools like cloudconvert - which is a LOT simpler than pstoedit unless you're okay with cmd line programs. Stupid and arrogant of VW to remove that funtionality - they don't seem to to understand we need and use a very wide range of file formats and tools to make our designs.
  15. Just upload a link to file and s'one will export it for you. Add the vectorworks version.
  16. When I got my 2018 upgrade I forgot there was an option to go up to 2022m currently on SP6. If I do the 2022 upgrade will it open my 2018 files? If 2022 does not work out for me will I be able to return to 2018? Has anyone seen bad things happening moving from 2018 to 2022? I'd ask my dealer here in NZ but since their lead tech left it would be a waste of time.
  17. I thought I could just open the user dictionary: C:\Users\unearthed\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2018\Plug-ins\Dictionaries\UserDictionary.txt and add a whole list of words, but even Visual Studio Code will not recognise what must be a very non-standard .txt format, as each letter is padded with an unknown character. So ... how do I add words to this thing, I'd like to dump about a 1000 in there (yes, I know this might slow it down but spelling mistakes are war crimes in my book).
  18. Thanks very much Pat, I've just never needed that before.
  19. I've searched and searched to find a way to do this (have found Marionette routes - but that seems a sledgehammer to crack a very small nut). I want to duplicate a 2D object (a symbol that contains a circle) a fixed distance apart, prob. about 14 metres, along a 2D irregular polyline - it's for a wiggly line of trees and I'm just using it to visualise how it looks and may feel. Bonus points for doing this to a random, or fibonacci distance.
  20. I use it a fair bit for some of my random-looking planting plans. I'm on 2018. I keep my RM pretty stripped back and have difent plant icons in diff folders etc, and a sep. folder for entourage.
  21. Thanks Pat, I won't waste time persuiing that track any further then.
  22. Thanks very much Pat, There are 113 Hexagons, each one 345m² (+ 2000m² of polygon bits and pieces across the 5 classes) with five planting type variants across two separate properties Great idea re "Pen Color, Fill Color, Line Weight", line formatting alone is sufficient to sieve the the above shapes in worksheet. Haven't tried that before, very effective =AREA(PF=1256) ^ PF = pen foreground colour via colour picker in worksheet critetia dialog The hexagons are planting modules, to be planted by the same volunteer team over about seven years (about 17000 plants). I need the outcome to appear naturally random, and this way, with a little arm-waving, and one-on-one it should be achievable with minimal drawings (I've done this several diff ways over last 15 years).
  23. I have about ten classes each of which includes a number of hexagons (ranging from one to about forty, and created using the Regular Polygon tool). VW does not retain Regular Polygon as a criteria object though so how do I count them in Worksheet? If it matters all hexagons are the same size 346m² A script would only be useful if the answer is written back to the worksheet, or another worksheet. I only use VW's workshet function so only looking for worksheet solutions, I've not had fun or success using the DB thing - and basically don't trust it not to profoundly f&^% up my drawings.
  24. Has anyone worked out a way to add comment text to a worksheet cell where there's already math going on in that cell> e.g.: =($W$3*O16)*2 {W3 is type ModA, '2' is a kludge} I have tried (text) [text] {text} "text" !text and it just disables the function. Not being able to document complex worksheets is a pain and very unprofessional of VW to build such a thing. Also is there a way to view or export a worksheet to see which cells have links to other cells? Are either of these situations possible in newer versions of VW? System is VW2018.
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