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Ian M.

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  1. My older files, created in previous versions of Vectorworks, are taking 2, 3, 4, 5? times longer to save or backup in 2024. I feel as though there is some update I missed: is there some new "functionality" that dramatically increases the amount of information that needs to be saved each time? I backup to an adjacent, networked computer via a Thunderbolt cable - is that not supported for some reason?
  2. Dare I bring up a comment from 13 years ago? I would like my window schedule to show the orientation of each window for energy calculation purposes. It seems that Vectorworks would know the exact angle the window faces, but how would I extract that information? I found the field called 'Location' under the 'Data' category in the Window Settings pane, but I don't see how or where to either input location information, or see what data it uses? Would 'Location' include the orientation of the object? %22Location'.pdf
  3. I just started using Vectorworks 2024 and when I choose "Box Text" on my dimensions, the box is filled with a light blue fill even though the attributes palette is set to "None", and the class that the dimensions are assigned to is also set to "Fill Style: None" in the "Graphic Attributes" pane. Has Vectorworks added some new dimension feature? Dimensions 2.pdf
  4. Pat, My apologies. I didn't get a notification that you had replied...and now, I can't remember what file I was working on that was generating the problem. I will remember to be much more specific next time. It is impressive how responsive you are on this forum. Vectorworks owes you a free mouse pad, or something. 😀
  5. I am just dipping my toes in the water of Energos, have set my units to "Imperial_US", but the "On Site Electricity Generation: PV /Roof" values are in BTU/a. I know what a BTU is, but what is the "a"? "Annual" seems to work out mathematically, but PV panels here are rated in watts, not BTU so I have to stop, do a calculation, then change the value in Energos. Is there a way to change that setting, or will I have to wait for an update from Vectorworks? The lighting settings refer to "___% EELB" - what is EELB?
  6. Using command-select to select an item in a worksheet, I am getting an error message, "The requested object is within a locked group, symbol or viewport and cannot be selected. This operation will select the locked object", but none of that statement is true. The requested object is not locked, not in a group, not is a symbol and not in a viewport, and the operation does not select the locked object...because there isn't a locked object. The worksheet database criteria are to find all objects with a specified class and a specified layer. All the objects are polygons. Do I have a bug, or am I being dense about some feature of my worksheet?
  7. I have a barn door that displays correctly in Top/Plan view, but in any 3D mode, the settings for the jamb are different than what I have set in the Object Info Palette. Is this a bug, or have I missed a basic setting? Thanks. Barn Door - Plan View.pdf Barn Door - Top view.pdf Barn Door - Object Info.pdf
  8. What happened to this proposed feature? I am trying to figure out drainage pipe slopes and would love to draw a poly line for the drainage pipe's path, set the end point (the city's curb gutter), then specify a minimum slope for the entire poly line (or pipe object). If the poly line, or pipe object would then display the resulting invert elevations, or if a worksheet would show the vertices, station points, etc. with heights and slopes...
  9. Have tried Polycam, 3dScanner, and Canvas on my iPhone 12 Pro. Canvas has a service that will generate a variety of CAD formats...for a fee. I recall the Revit file being the most useful, but it still took work to make it a Vectorworks project. Polycam has a "Pro" subscription that allows exporting files in a variety of mesh and point cloud files, but you have to do your own work to turn it into CAD. 3dscanner is free and allows exporting a wide variety of file types, so, being cheap, I use it the most, but I definitely have not worked out a good workflow for creating something usable. I would be interested in hearing which of the many file formats the Vectorworks community finds the easiest to work with?
  10. Sorry, I am only just now seeing this. Thank you!
  11. If someone has access to the hatches, could you post an updated link? Many thanks.
  12. Hmmm... Vector Depot doesn't seem to exist anymore? I just see ads for other websites, or is that the way it is supposed to work?
  13. 16 years later, it is about time there was an answer to this question. It may depend on your version of Vectorworks. In the "Architect" edition, draw the desired polygon, then go to the "AEC" menu, select "Create Objects from Shapes...". A pop-up window opens with a pull-down menu allowing you to select "Object Type". Pick "Site Modifier" and check the box "Show Properties Dialog". Click "OK", and the "Site Modifier" Object Preferences window will open with all kinds of options to define the Site Modifier.
  14. The Object Info Palette for a Roof Face has an option, "Name" - how can this name be extracted/accessed for use in a worksheet? Thanks.
  15. I have a worksheet that has found the objects it was told to find (polygons in a specific class), but the right-click (I use control-click) does not zoom to the selected object as it should. I was trying to get information from referenced viewports, but apparently you can't get field values from records in a referenced drawing, so I deleted the reference, saved all the referenced data to the file, then tried to use my worksheet. The worksheet acknowledges the existence of the polygons and their records, but control-click will not Force Select the object, and Vectorworks does not zoom to the selected object. Something has been lost in my process 🙃
  16. This conversation explains why there is a software program called MeshLab (https://www.meshlab.net). I have downloaded it, but stopped in my tracks when I saw all the tools and options. I feel confident that it can solve the issues that have been discussed above, but I definitely don't have any of the necessary skills yet. I would love to hear from the Vectorworks community which point cloud file format they like to use? There are so many options that I hardly know where to start on deciding which format to use. I really like https://3dscannerapp.com
  17. If a Vectorworks user has created a new tool and posted it to the Vectorworks forum, how would I access that tool? I have searched for instructions, but I must be using the wrong search terms. Thanks in advance for any help.
  18. I just stumbled across this and it sounds amazing. Thank you for taking the time to create this tool.
  19. I am working in a rotated plan view, trying to insert a revision cloud. Instead of the cloud being drawn where I drew a rectangle, it is offset and skewed to match the drawing's X-Y axis. This is very annoying. Is there a secret setting for revision clouds that I need to change? Rotated Revision Cloud Object.mov
  20. The "Rotate Plan" command has been easy to use, so it is frustrating that there are tools that don't work well in that mode. I was wondering about a custom UCS, so thank you for confirming that notion for me. I haven't worked with that very much and I worry that I will screw something else up...
  21. I can't find a way to have a Space object or a Property Line object's Fill show at a certain opacity, but have the Line remain at full opacity for the Boundary and the Label. Almost every other Vectorworks object does allow setting fill and line attributes separately. Any suggestions? Screen Recording 2022-06-30 at 11.59.43 AM.mov
  22. To sort of answer my own question...it seems that "Space" objects need to be made in "Top/Plan" view. The label can then be set to the rotated plan view angle and the boundary will stay in place: Screen Recording 2022-06-30 at 11.34.40 AM.mov
  23. I am working in a "Rotated Plan" view. I created a "Space" object, but it sets the label at the original orientation. Using the "Settings" button in the OIP, I corrected the "Label Angle" to match the rotated plan angle. This successfully oriented the space label, but it also rotated the space boundary. How can I use the "Space" object so that the boundary sticks in place, but the label orients the way I would like it to? Screen Recording 2022-06-30 at 11.22.08 AM.mov
  24. I want to give the property line a fill color, and give that fill a transparency, but the transparency is applied to the entire property line object including the boundary line and annotations. Other Vectorworks objects seem to understand the attributes palette's instructions regarding "Fill" vs. "Line" - am I missing something, or is this just another piece that is not fully integrated?
  25. I am here because I drew a 3d Poly to represent an audio cabling run. Since the cable is expensive, it would be great to have a worksheet quickly add up and compare the lengths of various routing combinations. This would seem like a very import function to have for ducting, cabling, piping, etc. Is there a tool in the piping or ducting tool set that does this?
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