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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    In that case I just fiddled around with the elements to make sure they were exactly aligned with each other. Because the walls run at an angle in plan, I straightened them both to be parallel with the X/Y grid, then re-angled one of them to the correct angle, then put the other one in alignment with it using snaps. I'm now not quote sure what's going on with yours because I did a quick experiment, two wall styles with different component classes, elevation view does not show a line between them. Will have to come back to this tomorrow though!
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    I think possibly they need to be aligned properly so that VW knows they should be 'stuck together' rather than just next to each other. But I think you also need to tick the box 'merge structural objects with same fill' to get rid of the line in section. (By the way I would change 'line style' of 'objects beyond fill plane' to 'use class' and then specify a class with a thinner lineweight that then one used to draw the section plane.)
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    I've had a bit of a look and can't see anything obvious that is causing the problem. However if I duplicate two of the problem walls, fiddle about and re-align them with each other, then they seem to draw as they should. I think it's just one of those situations where VW has decided they are slightly out of alignment with each other, which is usually fixed by re-drawing the objects. Annoying I know. Now I am having problems re-uploading the fixed version - but here is a screenshot of the two wall pieces I've pulled out and re-stuck together.
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    I actually can't open that because I'm on VW2018 - sorry! You'd have to save it in VW2018 format.
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    Hm, all I can suggest is copy & pasting the relevant walls etc into an empty file and posting that.
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    try putting it in a zip file?
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    do you want to post the file?
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    The foreground/background concept doesn't work in elevations/sections, I don't think. That's for plan view when elements are effectively represented with 2d symbols. If you put the insulation in two insulation classes, insulation-standard and insulation-special, then in the elevation viewport, override insulation-special to be rendered as insulation-standard, does that remove the line?
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    I think you might have to tell your boss that they can't have what they want! If you don't want the finishes to show in the sections, you might be able to do this by putting them in a special class which is then turned off or over-ridden in the section viewports?
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    window sill and glazing bar glitches

    I too always have problems of this kind with sills. Either unable to remove a mysterious offset, or the sill being the wrong way around. Often I give up, untick the sill and model it directly. As has been said a million times on these forums, and for several years, the window tool is rubbish, broken and urgently needs to be rewritten.
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    show elements in sections and not in elevations

    Presumably in reality the 'insulating material' is not actually what forms the outside surface: perhaps you have insulation that then has render on it? I think you need to make both wall sections have the same external finish layer (even if you only make it a few mm thick). In that case it will not show as a line. Then you can have different insulation materials behind that external finish layer.
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    insertion point symbol

    I too have been thinking this is broken! Turns out it isn't though. Thanks!
  13. Oh, do you mean the link between the worksheet and the callout object? I thought you meant the link between an individual callout object's text, and the text in the database.
  14. Turns out option-return (on mac at least) lets you type out a multiline text in the cell itself, even though just the first line shows in the cell edit bar at the top.
  15. As far as I can make out, basically there is no link anyway (although it perhaps somehow 'remembers' where you originally pulled the text from?)
  16. Ok - I should have read your posts above first. I now see that you 'summarise' the 'note' column, and changing the text in the worksheet will then change all the callouts sharing the same text in one go. I think this means that if I want to do this, because I have to type it into the field contents bar in the worksheet, I can't use multi-line text (ie. where I press return in between lines) - is that right? Also: - changing the note text via the worksheet doesn't change the text stored in the database? - if I have two notes, each with multiple instances, with different purposes but the same text (even if they have a different 'note description') then using the 'summarise' function is not going to distinguish them.? (Example scenario for the second case above: I have a note that I use for the insulation in a wall that says "50mm insulation board" and another that I use for a roof that says "100mm insulation board". If I change the wall insulation from 50mm to 75mm then I can batch-update all the relevant wall insulation notes. I can do the same if I change the roof insulation from 100mm to 75mm. However, if I've changed them both to 75mm, and then I want to revert *only* the wall insulation notes to 50mm, this is not going to be possible because the worksheet will summarise the wall and roof insulation notes all into one row together)
  17. Thanks for posting this - very kind of you. If I duplicate a callout, or insert two using the same text from the database, I see that they each get their own row in the worksheet, rather than there being one row with a count of 2. How do you do batch-updates when you change the text of a note in the database, and want to update all the callouts using this tex? Or is that not intended as a function of this worksheet?
  18. Is anyone able to post an example file using this type of system, so I can try and understand how it works? (I'm not at all confident with worksheets...need to get on top of that)
  19. I've just been trying this out. It sort of helps, if in a rather clunky way. By the way - this is a classic bit of VW UI: The options here are basically optimised to induce migraine. Also... I'm not very clear what the difference is between (a) a callout "obtained from database" and (b) a callout that "used to get its text from a database. If (b) once got its text from a database then why is it under the category "not obtained from a database"? If (a) was obtained from the database, and hasn't been changed since (which seems to be the only thing that distinguishes it from (b)) then why would I need to reconcile it?
  20. I decided to spend this afternoon working out how to do notes 'properly' and got to the same point. I assumed that the concept of callouts being related to info in a database would mean that editing the text in the database would mean all the instances would update automatically, thereby saving me the tedious process of going round every single drawing sheet. Seems not though. All it is is a kind of semi-streamlined way of doing copy&paste. Disappointing. Ho hum.
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    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    I'm fiddling some more with Record Formats. Am I right in understanding that while I can attach a record format to almost any type of object ... it's only when a record format is attached to a symbol that I can take advantage of the 'linked text' function?
  22. That looks about right! I might add an additional step, after inserting a native object, to do with assessing whether it's actually any good, which might include rejecting it on the basis of excessive detail or lack of editability. But that is perhaps covered under what you call 'optimised'.
  23. So I'm at the stage in a project where I'm choosing sanitaryware, and I want to bring in a model of a WC. The manufacturer I'm looking at, each different product has a different selection of CAD files to download. Some are 2D only, some are 3D only. For the 3D ones, there are 6 or 7 different file formats, and some products have all of those or some of those or just one of those. My ideal is a solid object, not a mesh, partly because meshes seem to cause VW to slow right down and partly because they don't section properly. I did a test run on one, where there are several 3d formats. Each gave a different result - some came in as meshes, some as groups of NURBS surfaces, some would convert to solids, some would allow stitch&trim, and so on. The best, in that case, was a STP file which came straight in as a group of generic solids - hooray! However, when I got to the actual product I wanted, of course there was no STP file. And maybe even if there had been, it wouldn't have worked in that case. All this messing around takes a lot of time... time I could have used just to model from scratch - maybe. A toilet bowl is not so simple to model from scratch. My question - has anyone worked out a good strategy for deciding when to give up and model from scratch? For example - check whether certain file types are available, choose most promising one, try standard conversion procedure, if successful good, if not, give up? File types and conversion regimes you've found to be mostly or usually successful? When to not even try?
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    I think that's where it will really be tested. I'll be interested to see how you get on.
  25. Email them, and maybe a few months later it appears, by which time the job is done, or the client (or me) has changed their mind anyway. As it happens I was looking at an IS WC pan the other day. No native VW version, all the formats offered contained meshes or overcomplex geometry. In the end I modelled a simplified version myself from a few loft objects, which works just fine. It maybe took me 30-45 mins to make it... which was probably less time than I spent messing around trying to import the various formats they offered. Another solution for things like sanitaryware (which is not going to appear soon) is a parametric object with enough control that it can be 'near enough' the product you are looking at. For a WC pan, choose whether it's back to wall, wall hung, etc, modern or traditional style, a few basic geometric tweakings, overall size, etc. But like all parametric objects it's only any good if it's good enough.


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