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Everything posted by KrisM

  1. Not to sidetrack the discussion but " it's necessary to zoom at least a little before the line weights actually update" is an issue in other places. For example, while editing a data tag or section marker, your changes don't display until zooming in and out. Caused me some head scratching before I figured this out.
  2. Tried setting the "Extents beyond the cut plane " to 1" (in the Advanced Properties tab) and that works. If I set "Extents beyond the cut plane " in the regular OIP to not display beyond the cut plane, it does not work. I am slowly becoming functional as another VW oddity is solved. Thanks.
  3. In Archicad and Revit, when I work in a section, I just get the cut line objects displayed. This makes it very easy to move things around if needed. In VW, I have set the section line to not display in front or beyond the section line. When I bring up "Edit section in place", I get everything beyond the section cut line. This is not useful. Is this a feature or am I missing a setting somewhere?
  4. Pet peeve of mine also. This is a problem which is not exclusive to Vectorworks.
  5. I understand what you are saying and that is the behaviour I see. The case I am talking about is as follows - 1) Open a sheet view, turn all classes on. 2) Open a saved view - the classes will be changed according to the view. 3) Open the sheet view again - the classes will be turned on as per the saved view. You need to turn on the classes again. Seems to me that the sheet view should have the option to save the class and layer visibilities.
  6. So in a saved view, I can define class visibilities. Same for a viewport. I don't see any way to do this for a sheet view. If I have been working in a view and adjust the class visbilities to suit what I am doing, when I switch to a sheet view, the class visibilities stay the same. Sometimes this is okay and sometimes I have to turn some class back on to see all of the sheet view. Am I missing something or is this a case of bad work habits?
  7. I've used all manner of keyboard shortcut schemes but had never seen one like Revit's. Two characters always. No holding down control or shift. You never need to do some convoluted finger manipulation. You have many possibilities. This is the best (in my opinion). With VW 2021 and the palette display via the mouse and using a Streamdeck for less used commands (which may require shift or control keys) I think I have a pretty quick and adaptable system. Still prefer Revit's system though.
  8. Yes that was it. Second time I have been caught on this. I think the solution is in my brain now. I don't recall having gone anywhere near this setting. Thanks.
  9. Worked on a file Thursday and everything was fine. Today, the views have gone haywire. View in Top/plan, everything looks good. Switch to an iso view and my walls still show as the top/plan view. No 3D. Somehow get the walls to show in 3D (don't remember how), switch back to top/plan and the walls still display as 3D. Restart computer, no effect. Update graphics driver, no effect. Unlike some other programs, there is no tool to rebuild the file. Copied my walls into a new clean file and everything displays as it should. Anyone else had this happen?
  10. I started with Revit just before Autocad went to a full subscription model. While I totally got the logic of Revit, the costs were just too much for my taste. Also, any plugins you might need are typically quite expensive. This coupled with some annoying things about Revit moved me to Archicad. After a couple of years, the cost of Archicad was less than Revit and every year, this just got better. On some projects I incorporate timber framing which was always an issue in Revit. Archicad was better but not great. This brings me to Vectorworks. Cost is much better than Revit or Archicad. The timber framing part is much better in VW and I prefer the general paradigm of classes and layers. However, I have found a lot of things in VW are not intuitive at all. Having just done my first real project, I found a lot of road blocks which made no sense. With any program you have to discover the idiosyncrasies to become productive but in VW's case, some of the solutions are well hidden. An example - Section lines could be simple to control through classes and layers but the visibility is controlled through the OIP for the section viewport. There is no need for this. VW definitely has a learning curve which I personally found more difficult than the other 3D programs I've been exposed to. Guess I don't have the right mix of left brain and right brain. Bottom line though is that the more I work with VW, the better I like it.
  11. Just tried the Revit export (3D objects) and was only partially successful. All the walls, roof, floors, etc came into Revit except the walls which had an opening. The doors and windows came into Revit but the containing walls were missing, Any one have any luck with this export?
  12. If data tags are the way of the future at least they could work in a predictable manner. The windows are all the same. The ID tag is part of the window OIP and orients properly. The window size is a data tag which references the Window-Width and the Window Height. This is driving me crazy.
  13. I would have never thought of that. Why isn't this in the OIP????? Thanks.
  14. Is there a way to change the size of the text in the door ID which is part of the standard door tool? I know I can use my own data tag but am curious about this.
  15. Just to clarify the instances when I first noticed my hidden line behaviour - Panning, zooming and rotating in hidden line view are all smooth. If I make a modification I get a message "need to re-render ..." which I have since turned off. After the modification, the re-render takes about 4 seconds. This is what I was commenting on. Should have been clearer. I am coming to VW for it's flexible graphical output but this something which I think could be improved.
  16. OpenGL is not the issue here. Both programs handle OpenGL well. The issue is that Revit will do hatches in OPenGL and VW doesn't. To get hatches in VW, you have to do hidden line which is much slower.
  17. I am using 2021. Revit is instant even when rotating the model.
  18. Seems like Revit and Archicad can display hatches in OpenGL where VW doesn't. Not sure why this is. OpenGL is certainly quicker but still not as fast as Revit. ūüėě
  19. I am wading through my first real project with Vectorworks and am discovering all the idiosyncrasies that one has to deal with. One issue for me is that doing elevations and 3D views and using hidden line mode is painfully slow. I have migrated to VW from Revit and Archicad. I started with Revit and changing views and using the hidden line display with hatches is instant. I changed over to Archicad in search of more possibilities and noticed a lag when updating views. It wasn't too long so I adjusted to it. Now with VW, the redrawing of views is very slow. Make a change in an elevation and it takes 10 seconds to redraw. There must be a fundamental difference in how Revit handles this with how VW handles this. I am not looking for great output yet, just a simple view with hatches and shadows. Any suggestions out there.
  20. That was the first thing I looked at. Units were set to feet and inches. However I missed the setting below. Fixed. Just a reminder that one should look at ALL the settings.
  21. Maybe this will be of use to someone encountering this behaviour - Yesterday, drew some structural members (beams) and they displayed correctly (three dashed lines). Today, moved one beam over and it acquired arrows at the end of the beam. I could not find any way to turn off these arrows. The attribute palette is greyed out and there are no settings for the beam to address this. It seems that the state of the attribute palette at the time of creating the beam is applied to the beam lines. I had an arrow turned on for one end. I can see the logic in this. However, the attribute palette is not available while doing a beam edit. Solution - Make sure the attribute palette is correct before creating the beam. If the beam is mucked up, make a copy with the correct settings and delete the funky beam. There have been many posts about the inconsistency between tools. This is a good example. If I draw a line, I can edit the attributes later. If I create a structural member, I cannot do this and have to create a new member to fix it.
  22. Found it. Not in any keynote information but rather in the legend information. Another problem solved. Slowly coming to grips with VW's peculiarities. Hopefully I will become productive soon.
  23. Can someone explain how to do this? I have searched through the forums and VW help but can't find any clear instructions. I know some people do this. While I am okay with the regular keynote numbering for plan note, on sections I would like a identifier like W1, W2 for walls etc.
  24. Placing elevation benchmarks for the first time (using 2021). Using control point option. Place the benchmark and get some random number for the elevation but the number is in feet/fractional inches which is correct. Move the benchmark control point to the right location and the inch number changes from fractional to decimal. The dimension format in the document settings is correct. I have no setting which involves decimal inches anywhere in my preferences. There is no way to edit the number preferences in the OIP. Stumped. Any solutions out there other than setting the numbers manually.


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