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  1. Thank you! I will have a further look. Yes, I once imported an object from a manufacturer which had an embedded problem.... ...I really appreciate you responding. I will post any fix.
  2. Hi all. This viewport is rendered background=unshaded polygon. Has anyone experienced the unwanted diagonal lines, indicated in green, attched? Seem to be associated with a re-shaped wall....any comments welcome. Rendering in opengl solves the problem. (I used unshaded polygon because it renders two extrudes semi-transparent, the ones showing existing gables of this extended house.) 200511 GA Tech 1.pdf
  3. Thank you Pat. That's clear. I understand. Now workflow continues more easily!
  4. I correct in understanding that VWX always processes a 2D angle as a 3D one in hybrid symbols? In VWX 2020 I modelled a steel frame made of angle sections, (two posts and two inclined "rafters", part of a dormer window assembly including other objects, e.g. a wall, some extrusions etc.) I want to show in Top/plan both the wall and the "footprint" of the frame, so two angles visible for the posts. To show these I drew two angle objects using the basic angle tool, so not the angle-3D version. The frame is modelled using the angle-3D tool. After shaping these are solid subtractions. I then created a symbol including all objects. As expected this is a hybrid 2D/3D symbol showing, in top/plan, the wall footprint only, but not the two "2-D" angles. I expected them to be visible in top/plan. (I checked "convert 2D layer objects to screen etc" whilst creating the symbol). I experimented with two angles created using both versions of the tool. A symbol made of them was a pure 3D symbol. My workaround was to draw a polyline shaped as the angle section and include it in the hybrid symbol.
  5. JMR. Thank you for quoting mgries's post. Add profile tool. Great idea. So yes I think maybe the way for VWX software designers to go is to think of the window and its opening separately. So the window tool controls frame and glazing only. Then an "Add Profile" tool developed into a "Window Opening" tool is used with it. The WO tool controls every other part of the whole installation.....( In my ideal world there are very few windows punched through walls anyway! Just transparant walls. But I often have to work at small scale in the local vernacular. This and a conservative Planning/Zoning policy in the UK forces traditional fenestration.
  6. Hi Christiaan, sorry if this seems an obvious question. How do I vote up?! (Folks say I can be useful doing complex stuff on a good day but the simple things....)
  7. As far as I can see the sill capability of the window tool is still a problem, in c2020. Its method seems to be as in this thread still :- Surely I am missing something and 6 years have not in fact passed without improvement? To avoid sill issues I model windows by creating a hybrid symbol, S1. It contains all components parts, eg sills inside and outwards, reveal linings, etc etc. It's not checked to insert into walls. I use it with a second symbol, s2, its sole purpose is to include a 3D wall hole component designed to preserve 2D appearance on plan whilst creating space in the wall for S1. I am sure I could use S1 with the window tool directly. Just not tried it yet...any comments welcome.
  8. Barkest's video on this topic helped me understand. So generous. In v2020 I've just encountered the "no visible wall hole" problem when editing the symbol from the resource manager. And after this thread solved it as advised. And I can also now edit the wall hole object from the RM too. Actually there seems a logic to editing the WHO in context anyway...the best place to do that. Thank you again all for your time and expertise.
  9. Thank you so much Rob. I understand now. Thanks to your (patient) clarity!
  10. Maybe a stupid question so hopefully there's an easy answer! I download and save the library file from v2020 resource manager. When opening it all I see is a disclaimer symbol. No other content. I've enabled online content in Tools/Options/VWP/Session Tab etc. All layers and classes set to visible. The same in all views. I must be missing something obvious?!
  11. A worksheet created in 2016 seemed to become partly dysfunctional when opened in 2020. A function with the same basic structure, but returning different values from the fields of a record format, was used to display text in several columns of one database header. Column A ='Outline Schedule of Works'.'Work Sub-Category' Column B ='Outline Schedule of Works'.'Location' etc It worked fine in all but one column of the database header. Despite the structure being identical to the other columns. When a neighbouring function was pasted into the failing column it too became dysfunctional, returning only itself in the sub-rows. Simple fix:- delete the column. Add a new one in the same place. Formula then worked correctly.
  12. I used Energos successfully in 2016. Now in 2020 I cannot get results. I have check-boxed envelope elements and spaces to be included in Energos results. Also given spaces a volume. Looking forward to the Energos VSS webinar on March 13. Meanwhile have colleagues had more recent Energos success. Especially on obtaining results? I'll watch the Francois Levy webinar again, but for now it's not loading....
  13. Thank you for your clear and effective explanation Alex. That was a perfect fix! I've started using 2020 straight from 2016 and do so on live fee-earning projects to deadline. So I need to take time out from routine production for a thorough review of 2020. "Reading the Instructions" is SO helpful!! Please thank all colleagues there. This software is awesome and gives me great pleasure. Not to mention a competitive edge. I've used VWX since its Minicad days. Blown away by its power and beauty....
  14. Thank you Pat. I agree and your lateral thinking about software makes good sense. But another key board made no difference. None of the double tapping short cuts work. But double clicking the tool icons works 100%. Intriguing......!
  15. Hi guys. I decided on a deep clean of all previous VWX files then reinstalled VWX2020 which solved this one instantly.

 

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