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  1. Hi Pat, uuups... im getting old....πŸ˜‰ Yes, I want to change the smybol definition and thus all instances in the drawing. Background for this is mainly filesize reduction. For example files sended out for static calculations need only the the axis of structural member/truss/scaffold and dont need fittings, screws and all that detail information. The approach was a bit different last year,- the problem then was that symbols converted to groups lose their detail information and all detail levels are shown simultaneously. Now I want to import/export only one detail level. But you are right, the problem remains the same, the information is stored somewhere within the symbol and it is difficult to extract it from there. Your scripting approach looks promising, but I have only basic scripting knowledge, so it will take ages for me to develop that πŸ˜‰ I think I will stick to the solution to import/export as dwg file, since this import/exports only the visible detail level and so it does what I want. But I really wonder why this works,- there must be some some simple criteria that seperates the visible detail levels from the hidden ones...
  2. maybe someone here stubled over the same problem: I want to import a design layer from a VW file, but want to import only the detail or medium or low details of the symbols. Same with exporting a design layer. Or maybe someone here who knows a script/selection/workflow how to delete only low/medium/detail parts of selected symbols ? ( I have been succesful with import/export the visible parts of symbols to dwg, but I think there should be a simplier way ?) Thanks for any ideas πŸ™‚
  3. My best friends in this case are record formats: Child symbols get a special record format added, while parent symbols get not. (You can also do it the other way around). You can then filter the report by "myrecordfomat = is present" => =DATABASE((R IN ['myrecordformat']))
  4. Last year I worked on a project with over 100 individual drawings, each on a seperate design- and sheet layers. To keep control over this I grouped them by simply adding empty layers between each group. Not perfect, but it worked.
  5. first, you need to distinguish between Screen Plane and Layer/Workingplane. If Screen plane is active, the 3d Polyline will be always parallel to the screen. second, you need to snap the corners to 3D points in space. (for example 3D loci) If there is no snapping point in space, the 3D Polygon tool will stay on one plane. HTH πŸ™‚
  6. oh, completely new to me, never knew that axes can be disabled. πŸ˜ƒ
  7. You can also use Data Visualization to show/hide objects. Add a record format to the objects you want to hide, or use a unique attribute of the objects you want to hide. Create a Data Viz that sets Fill and Pen to "None" for those objects.
  8. You can also use the menue Modify/Working Plane options
  9. just reproduced it: every time after I'm restarting Windows and open VW22, the pallette moves to the upper left corner of my left screen. I'm running the main VW Window on my right screen. Anyone else experiences this ?
  10. ok, Reset Saved Settings in the Preferences Dialogue brings the palette back. Since I could not reproduce this after reseting, I suppose I simply kicked the Palette accidently to a non visible monitor space... πŸ™„ πŸ˜³πŸ™„
  11. Anyone knows how to re-activate the component edit palette in VW 2022 ? Clicking on the ?-Button in the upper right makes it disappear and it can not be restored. In VW 21 the pallette appears automatically when a component of the symbol is selected. Now I'm sitting here, question maks in my face, with the palette gone to nirwana, and can't edit my symbols... Bug or feature ? Happens in VW Spotlight 2022, SP3, Windows
  12. I suppose rotating around a line in 2D is the same as mirroring ? πŸ˜‰ If rotating an object in 3D around a line that lies somehere in space I would recommend to convert the line to nurbs. Then the working plane tool in planar mode automatically creates a plane perpendicular to the nurbs line. With this plane activated the rotation tool will rotate the object parallel to the working plane. (select working plane as active plane, select object, select rotation tool, click on the nurbs curve to set the rotation origin, click to set the startpoint of rotation, click to set the endpoint of rotation) HTH πŸ™‚
  13. You can re-import the dwg, ungroup everything, use the purge command to remove all coincident lines, set everything to screen plane afterwards. Then re-export as dwg again. That way You get a flat 2D drawing.
  14. Have You tried "Export as flattened 2D graphics" ? That should do the job....
  15. That's a general problem with VW. Workflows could be much quicker if all tools and menue items together with their respective options could be activatetd via shortcode. Vectorworks has great options for adapting workspaces, but several tools and menue options are simply missing there, it looks like programming the workspace adaption possibilities has stopped at a point where things got too complicated.
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