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  1. Hi Matt, I believe you are right in saying SP4 fixed this issue. I upgraded from SP2 (in use when the issue showed itself) to SP5. Using the same file I cannot now reproduce the issue, all is as expected. However I have attached the file which was missing from the folder we tried to share. Probably for academic interest by now. Thank you for your kind attention. 220811 291_05 Trial.vwx
  2. Hi Pat, I tried to reproduce the issue in the same file. Now finding the issue does not exist. Having said that the exceptional number of sheet layer VP's in it may mean I simply couldn't find the VP in question. (Many VP's because unusually I was asked for steel production drawings and so used the steel frame model to generate a full set of four 2D elevations of each member. I mention this incidentally because without VWX's modelling capability there's no way I would agree to do such drawings. I am not a structural engineer! But I can now produce very precise drawings). Also the only difference between the file in operation on August 2 and now is that it was opened in VWX2022 upgraded, finally, to SP5 after Aug 2. So maybe that is significant. I am sorry not to be of further help.
  3. Matt Panzer Your really helpful attachment finally prompted me to use data visualisation! Thank you. And I intend to return to our conversation about walls....
  4. ....PS!...of course the obvious conclusion is that the notes database is replaced by the VWX file template which contains wall styles with wall style/data tab/description fields being the source of specification.
  5. _James I agree, to create your clear and well organised plan with more automation would be welcome. In particular the facility to call up text from a notes database in, say, a wall style/data tab/description field. At the moment I do this manually, pasting such text copied from the notes database. Then of course I would have to update the wall style field manually if the notes database is changed. I guess use of IFC would be the way to do all this automatically....but I haven't explored that yet. I am creating a version of your plan by, yes, tagging one of the several objects sharing the same wall style. The tag is a custom record format which enables me to call information from the wall style/data tab/description field into a worksheet. I then add a key colour which is the same as the data visualisation colour for that wall style. So the worksheet is on a sheet layer beside the VP with data visualisations switched on.... ....the refinement of yours I lack is the <100% opacity which shows wall detail through the DV colouring. But I will probably do this for 1:50 key plans and then show detail in 1:10 or 1:5 etc detail VP's. Thank you for sharing.
  6. Hi Matt, I have uploaded the file to this VCS folder. After reading your earlier advice I moved the wall to reset. But no fix. I will use SP4....just been extremely busy! I am the CEO, IT Manager and the guy who cleans the office here!! A builder announced he was starting on site early, after a contract cancelled..so I had to deliver the construction info v quickly...not good at saying "No".... Thank you for engaging. Good to see you in action after last year's summit which I really enjoyed. Off to cycle now. It's 18.40hrs here and 29 deg...v hot for Macclesfield, England. Regards, Mark
  7. Hi All, The attached (Architect 2022 SP2) shows this problem I think. Referring to the screen grab:- The middle-sized window (left hand side) has some wall down to level Z=0 associated with it. This wall is not removed when the cased opening (bottom at level z=0) is inserted below the window. See C. But the other two windows do not "randomely fill" the cased opening with wall in this way. Yet all windows are settings= except for size and frame variations. Put another way if you move the cased opening away from the middle-sized window the full wall hole appears. The opening and one of the windows cannot co-exist in the same wall!? I'll work around this by using both A and B:- Setting bottom offest of A and top offet of B so that they render as one. By the way I haven't designed this house. Which was "designed" by a builder. Client's won't demolish. So I am trying to add some star quality with the usually wonderful VWX! 220811 291_05.vwx
  8. Same problem as MHBrown.....but my file has many VP's, far more than usual...
  9. 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!

  10. 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?
  11. ...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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. ...EAP is challenging...for a path in all three axes I am finding the 3D polygon tool is best.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!!
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. @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.
  21. I used the Split tool to slice off the mitres om top plan.
  22. 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?
  23. 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!
  24. Hi Patrick. My workaround is rough! I pasted the objects from the referenced file into the file containing the worksheet. Then added the record format to those objects. Both files are attached The referenced (source file) is "proposed". The worksheet file is "existing". Fortunately the worksheet is simple, and the objects reported in it are few. I hope this helps! Kind regards, Mark 201110 GA 100 Existing 17.39 v2021.vwx 201110 GA 101_2 GA Proposed 18.50 v2021.vwx
  25. @isyme In my horizontal section viewport 2D objects can be rendered sketch by checking "sketch hidden line results" in "foreground render settings". 3D objects cannot. Which seems logical...
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