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  1. Have you given Astropad a try on Vectorworks yet? I'm curious if anyones has found any use on it yet. Rob
  2. I had the same issue with an insulated wall assembly in plan. That switch to Best Compatibility worked for me. Thanks! Rob
  3. Seeing the video for the dimension tape in spotlight, I can see this little feature be very handy for quickly laying out windows and doors in architect. I know I would use it if I had a long wall that needed many equally spaced windows. I could quickly lay out the dimension tape in plan and set the markers to the intervals I wished to place many windows. Currently, my process would be to draw a line and use "Drafting Aids" and "Line into Segments" to get layout points. I can see switching to using a dimension tape would allow for quickly adjusting the intervals if I wanted more or less windows equally spaced. Rob
  4. Thanks for the fast response Jim, I have no experience at all with revit files, so I have no idea if this was even a good file to begin with. But I downloaded this from a manufacturer today. Rob MakeupAir.zip
  5. I would like to see the ability to change units within a viewport that would be different from the global unit settings within a file. For instance, If I had my drawing file set to imperial, but had a site survey that was in metric, and I wished to maintain that site plan in metric, but leave the rest of my drawing file in imperial, I could change the site plan viewport to metric and dimension in the preferred units, such as in meters. Another override within a viewport that some what falls in line with this request is to have an independent dimension style. In some cases, for clarity, the above site plan may need to have dual dimensions of metric and imperial. In an example, I would like to have the metric dimension shown in meters with an imperial dimension in decimal feet. e.g.. 60m (196.85') vs having it read 60m (196'-10 1/8"). Then in the rest of the file if dual dimensions were required they could be metric mm and feet and inches. 3048mm (10'-0") Rob
  6. Has anyone been able to successfully import a revit file into VW 2017? I have downloaded a couple revit files which appear to be in a 2009 and 2010 format of mechanical air handling units to put into my Vectorworks Model. I downloaded these from the manufacturer's website. In both cases, I get a dialogue box pop up "This version of Revit file is not supported" Is there any particular parameters needed from the revit file to be able to successfully import it? Like minimum or maximum version? It would be neat to see any small revit files shared that people have been able to successfully import. Cheers, Rob
  7. This would make elevations pop! I've been wanting something like this for a long time. Rob
  8. Thanks so much for clearing it up for my Jim! I went and watched the silent movie that was posted months ago as a preview to Project Sharing and got the gist of it finally. Your post also shed light on it. I took the notion of checking out layers as just that, checking out design layers, but didn't consider sheet layers. I see now in the video that you can check out sheet layers after the admin has created them. I'm looking forward to giving this a go! Cheers, Rob
  9. Thanks Jim, I appreciate your quick responses, and that link leading to steps in Architect will be very helpful. I have watched the three videos on project sharing a few times since yesterday, but it doesn't quite get to what I am looking for. If you are making more demo videos, would it be possible to see the next steps of project sharing after the privileges have been made and the team gets going on the project? I am trying to understand who in the line is responsible for generating the various sheets used in a drawing set. If I were to check out a layer and started making Viewport section cuts, where do those viewports go to? Are they a sheet on my layer and then get amalgamated back when one does a "Save and Commit" or would the administrator be responsible for setting up sheets and sections? After the Elevations and Section and various other sheets are made, they would need to be annotated, and I don't see where in the check out of layers that is done. I understand you got a lot going on with this new release, I'm just trying to wrap my head around this new feature. I don't want to get a project going on it until I understand the ins and outs of it. Cheers, Rob
  10. Another Project Sharing question. I understand from the video that each person can check out layers to work on. Who would be in charge of cutting Sections, Details and Elevation Viewports onto sheets? And then how does one check out that sheet to do annotations on? Rob
  11. What is the best practice for using Project Sharing when all the users are remote, there is no shared office with a dedicated server. Also the users all have their own licenses and therefore have separate VW cloud services as well. Cheers, Rob
  12. Jonathan, your guide to productivity is indispensable. When I decided to jump into learning how to use Vectorworks efficiently, I was a bit intimidated by the number of videos you had in this series of lessons, but I quickly realized that these are very manageable bite sized pieces of info that are very easy to follow. Making the videos short and clear makes it easy for me to go back and refer to them when I need to be reminded how to do something in a particular way. Just committing a little time each day on this guide will quickly bring a beginner up to speed on using Vectorworks efficiently. With all the new features in VW 2015, it is so beneficial to have this guide updated as well. Cheers, Rob
  13. I just encountered this today. I created a SLVP the other day and did some details on the annotation. I went back to make the SL longer and my whole detail shifted over away from my annotations. It would be nice if it had an "anchor" point to not move while you edit its length. Rob
  14. Dillon, How do you use layers to have so many that you would require creating folders or nesting layers? I have worked for an office that used layers for everything and it was quite clear that it was a messy way to organize a file. I have learned from Jonathan Pickup that it is best for your drawing to use the fewest layers as possible. I generally have one layer for each floor / level of my building and then use the appropriate class for the objects I am drawing on those layers. I end up with a large number of classes with only a few layers. Minimizing the number of layers will keep your drawing file sizes smaller as well. Just my 2 cents. Rob
  15. I would very much like to create / edit components in a roof. It would be great to have Vectorworks calculate the total roof thickness based on the components just like the wall tool. This would make building sections and details that much quicker, instead of just having one mass for my roof assembly waiting for me to fill in after with components. Rob