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  1. There are 2 ways to select Bold

    the first one is how the font is designed

    so you select the TTF that says bold - with Regular selected in VW

    the second is to use Century Gothic and change the VW setting to Bold.

    the latter maybe be "bold" enough.

  2. The dialog box remains at 88% will the updater

    install/updates the file

    there should be 2 windows

    which can take between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the speed of your connection

    make sure you move the 88% window and you may find

    VW successfully installed

    the 88% never goes to 100% it just goes away

    if you click OK on Installed successfully

  3. If you create a symbol for your title blocks

    add a loci or a small marker at the bottom right corner that puts the sheet and tb at the correct spacing for plotting (trial and error)

    then place the symbol on the sheets using the loci

    or the marker

    we do not use VW title blocks

  4. Patterns are printer specific and will change

    trial and error to only way to tell

    if you use Hatches you can size and scale the brick pattern

    and have background fills on for presentation work


    hatches can be dowmloaded at www.Vectordepot.com

    and manufacturers such as Cultured Stone also have hatches

    and VW12 does come with hatches

  5. Since you did not say in what field you are in I will give my 2 cents from an architects perspective

    Use the line tool sparingly

    learn the wall tool which has many features

    especially inserting symbols and plug-in for doors and windows

    which heals the wall automatically

    and use the heal tools available to link them together

    learn about the loci tool and smart cues to place walls etc..at specified distances


    if you are not designing building

    learn to use objects such as rectangle, polygons

    think about what the object would be in a 3D world

    and use that to draw in 2D

  6. To delete the registry entries


    it opens the editor

    look for Vectorworks

    you should find 2 instances

    under current user and local machine

    del the Key for VW12

    restart winxp

    and reinstall

    either over the existing folder or

    a new folder

    save your custom worksspaces/ plu-ins and templates before reinstall

  7. The sheet layer(s) = paper space

    you create Viewports that will reside on sheet layers

    you print sheets

    the work is done on Design layers

    you can then export seperate sheets (only) if you need to

  8. my 2 cents

    when one does a lot of site visits and one talks to

    the people that actually use the drawings to build things

    the keynote system is the LOUDEST complaining that you will here on a job site

    the call out that actually spells out what

    things are is always appreciated on a job site

    even by the contract administrators that have

    to review the work and answer questions.

  9. I think that you are missing the print capabilites in VW

    in vw 12 you need to learn how to set up sheets and then use viewports to set up your work on a sheet

    and learn how anotation can be used especially for drawing titles (using the tool) since it will give you the scale fo the VP.

    the title blocks should be 1:1 scale on the sheet layer

    you then print a sheet to a printer

    you have not said what printer you have access to:

    but the printer is defined when you set up a sheet

    you can also print to pdf using many free versions

    such as cutepdf; pdf995; etc..

    most are downloadable at http://www.download.com

  10. if you are familiar with editing the registry

    then delete the 2 entries for Nemetschek VW12 before you reinstall VW12 -

    (if you have 11 still installed leave those alone.)

    Start button


    regedit (File - Export will save a copy of the Registry in case you mess up)



    Vectorworks 12

    delete the key for Vectorworks 12


    and restart winxp

    reinstall from CD and upgrade to 12.0.1

  11. Use the pre-callout method

    Use a simple text or text box

    angle the text to match wall using rotate tool

    add 2 lines - with one of the lines use the arrow from attributes palette

    group the whole thing

    copy and rotate for next segment

    edit group to revise the text

  12. which verion are you using

    if 11.5 or above

    you need to learn about Sheet Layers and Viewports

    The title block goes on the sheet layer (which is always 1:1)

    and viewports are created for the sheet at whatever scale

    you want

    advanced properties has scaling of text ....

    and if you insert the drawing title as annotation

    you get the correct scale of the viewport

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