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Everything posted by KrisM

  1. Adobe mucked up my computer the other day. There were some issues with the C++ runtime. After rolling back to a previous restore point everything was working again. Vectorworks seemed fine yesterday except fit to walls wasn't working properly. Again this morning, the fit walls to objects wasn't working properly. This afternoon, changes in the OIP for walls stopped working. I could only change wall height by going into components and adjusting the height there. So reinstalled VW but the problem persists. VW as part of its install reinstalled the C++ runtime so that shouldn't be the problem. Not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions out there?
  2. Good tips. Problem solved. Thank you. Another VW mystery solved. About 90% functional with VW now. 100% is an elusive goal.
  3. In using the door tool, under options for the leaf, there is an option for a custom door. Picking one of the available options (a Craftsman style), the door comes in coloured brown and the glass is blue. I can not find any way to alter these two colours. They are not affected by class settings. The colours seem to be built into the leaf option. Is there a way to control them?
  4. Yes, while VW has some great features, it is riddled with these behaviors which seem designed to send you to some other software.
  5. I don't have a strategy. I average about one crash a day. While I have found VW to crash more (a lot) than any other software I use, I find it crashes very politely. I have never had a corrupt file. I have my backup set to 10 minutes plus do a save probably every five minutes. The most I lose is 10 minutes work and it never appears to effect anything other than the work since the last save or backup. VW has some great parts and I put up with the crashing because of them.
  6. As far as text height goes, you need to print out some fonts and then adjust your input size accordingly. Two problems - 1) Fonts do not all print the right height for a given desired height and 2) VW has it's own system for deciding what the font height actually prints out as. Your 1/8" desired size may have to defined as 3/16" in VW. just the way it is. You need to define each font you use individually to get the right output.
  7. Not quite sure where to look for the problem. The only difference between the 17MB file and the 71MB file is that in the first file, I had the elevations in hidden line view (no textures and no colours) and the the 2nd file had OpenGL (textures and colours on) with hidden line over. I have used only normal VW objects and Renderworks textures.
  8. Some answers - 1) VW 2021, current version. I only have Renderworks textures, no funky 3D imports. No good reason for the file bloat. 2) Used ilovepdf. File size is now 4.2MB. I opened the file and I can't see any difference from the 71MB version. Great tip. I will use this in the future!!!
  9. I have a project I'm working on. The last published documents had two floor plan sheets, two elevation sheets (hidden line), and one sheet of some axo views. File size for the pdf was 17MB. Just sent some new documents where the elevation views were done with OpenGL as the background render (textures and colours turned on) with hidden line as the foreground render. File size for the pdf was 71MB. This seems ridiculous. With Archicad or Revit, this doesn't happen. Any suggestions for reducing the file size?
  10. I have a keynote table which has two columns. The left column is much longer than the right column. I can't see any way to control the length of the columns. Is this possible?
  11. I will just add this in answer to your other post. I also don't remember how I resolved this. Sorry. I think it was something to do with Avast (my virus software). I believe I uninstalled Avast and activated with no virus software at all. I been up and running for over a year so something worked.
  12. In Resource Manager I can define a new folder to fit in a number of categories. Why can't I create folder of Opening type? I know I can do a search but it is easier to open a folder and have everything there. Am I missing some logic here?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. Pet peeve of mine also. This is a problem which is not exclusive to Vectorworks.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.


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