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  1. Just a shout out to newbies...in case you haven't used them the plugin objects in ResourceManager/VectorworksLibraries for many fit-out items such as kitchens are SO helpful!

  2. I created a 3D symbol including both a window sill with a 3D wall hole aligned with my window. (Preferring this modelling method instead of using the VWX window sill function within the window tool...so the window is not inserted into the wall and is separate from the sumbol). Then needed to edit the 3D wall hole. The result was a symbol with two wall holes. But only one, the edited one, was visible in the symbol definition. But...apparantly at random whilst trying to fix this the second 3D wall hole did appear at one point and could be deleted. I say random but I checked/unchecked "ignore wall closure" during my trial fixes and maybe that had an effect....anyone experienced anything like this?
  3. ...Yes a big subject. Thank you again. I am looking forward to learning more. And will check out those references. Meanwhile I remember a fellow student of architecture whose final thesis featured tent structures like the German engineer Frei Otto's. He learned some basic rules of design by studying Otto's 1972 Munich Olympic stadium. I remember those rules were all about sag, curvature etc etc I am meeting him soon and will pass back any advice on them. PS the video at the link is not HD for sure! But then in the seventies the fax machine was yet to be invented...
  4. Thank you all for this excellent thread. Benson I followed your workflow successfully. Thank you again for such clarity. I am posting here to offer a small point:- Comand :- Model>3D Powerpack>Create Surface From Curves did not always work.....why? I think because the directions of the nurb curves were not all clockwise. As soon as I changed two opposing directions to follow one another and so all curves had the same direction then the comand worked.
  5. Like David I had the same problem of a model unlit by a heliodon, no obvious reason. (Another H was 100% functional in the same file). Thank you HEngineering! So I deleted and replaced, no problem then. Glitch?
  6. ...EAP is challenging...for a path in all three axes I am finding the 3D polygon tool is best.
  7. The advice above to be careful about path direction is SO important. I find all goes well if:- Directions and working plane are as below. And the profile is a polygon not a rectangle (in this workflow). Worth practising in my view. Saves me time now I used this complex command more often.
  8. Since the Design Summit 21 I've been publishing to the cloud using Vectorworks Service Select. Brilliant! Thought I'd share an experience. Cloud publishing is not possible if your filename has the usual unsupported characters like "&" "-" etc. This also applies to folder names. The error message is "file must be saved to cloud"....so the unsupported characters prevent uploading even though you've saved the file (and folder) to your desktop mapped drive.
  9. EAP works and doesn't work for me! I have edited the path but it has no effect on the 3D object...? I conclude it's usually faster to make a new EAP object rather than edit the first EAP object....or of course get it right first time!!
  10. Thank you all. Jonathan's video is so clear. I found this thread whilst trying to answer the following question. Can anyone answer it? Think I'm missing something simple!? Question :- I have a wall with bottom boundary set to a level in the storey below. I want to set its top boundary to the same level. Then figure a + offset to set wall height. When trying to set the top boundary in this way I can't see "(story below)"-choices in the drop-down menu. But at the top of the list is "Stories" ...so I think I could select that to add the "(story below)" choices? But if so I can't see how. ...Maybe I should just stay with the wall height set to the level called "New Ceiling Porch". VWX 2021 SP3.1 Incidentally levels are really helpful to me. I set them to reflect levels in the survey of the existing building. Most of my projects are on existing. I like to use Storeys so I am ready to design that multi-storey hotel in the Carribean....we don't have many of those here in the north of England. Thank you to all for your time and expertise which I value highly.
  11. Same problem. I drew two 3D polygons for the inner and outer hand rails of a stairway. The first one worked first time as the path for my profile object. The second not. Even after I reversed the direction of the path object in the OIP. But when I re-drew the 3D polygon in the direction away from the profile object the tool operated perfectly. So the only thing I can think of is that I had drawn the 3DPoly towards the profile object which may have prevented the tool working. And reversing in OIP wasn't effective. So you have to draw the path in the right direction, away from the profile object, first time?
  12. @STR I'd like that work/browse facility too. My file 2 would be the one containing core Keynote Legends. These I may revise whilst referring to an Edit wall style window. Screen shooting doesn't seem right!! But it's 21 now so maybe this faciity is here now? .....and I may have a third referenced file open.
  13. I used the Split tool to slice off the mitres om top plan.
  14. I've set a callout class with opacities:- 50% fill and 100% pen ; opacities not linked, graphics attributes to be used at creation. But callouts have both fill and pen opacity 50%. Attribute check boxes for pen opacity are greyed out...anyone experienced similar? Am I missing a setting?
  15. Just sharing a work flow many will know. But less experienced colleagues maybe not. And there may be an easier way? And I could have used the stair stool to create a circular stair. But this stair is irregular and I wanted to try using new tools. (I don't like "spiral" stairs. Because they seem a design-cliche` to me. But a paying client wants one!) So I modelled something like it using the loft surface tool (LST). In birail sweep mode. Workflow :- Draw balustrade members. NURBS tool to draw a curve across their tops. Duplicate it. Lowered one by the depth of my handrail section. NURBS tool again to draw the handrail section. Then the LST. The online video via Help is useful. Fun!
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