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  1. one of these daily miracles, that have never been disenchanted: Inserting a symbol from the resouce browser via drag & drop, or by using the import menue (right click on the symbol in the resouce browser) prompts you to keep folder hirachy in the resource manager (if not disabled by "Dont show this dialog again..."). Inserting via double click or symbol insertion tool sorts the symbol to the root directory of the resorce browser, no matter you want it there or not. Does that make sense? Shouldn't it alwas promt to keep hirachy ? Bug or feature ? Happens with VW 2022 and earlier, not yet tested in VW 2023.
  2. No need for nails at all. The Entertainment people say: "If you can't fix it with tape, you simply need more tape" sorry,- could not resist to post this here... πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing, @digitalcarbon
  3. 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...
  4. 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™‚
  5. 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']))
  6. 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.
  7. 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™‚
  8. oh, completely new to me, never knew that axes can be disabled. πŸ˜ƒ
  9. 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.
  10. You can also use the menue Modify/Working Plane options
  11. 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 ?
  12. 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™„
  13. 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
  14. 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™‚
  15. 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.
  16. Have You tried "Export as flattened 2D graphics" ? That should do the job....
  17. 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.
  18. If you simply drag and drop the truss symbol from the resource manager ( not double click ) to a file, you will get the truss symbol. Or you can ungroup the truss object and you will get the symbol plus the insertion objects. Just out of curiousity: Why do you want to do this ?
  19. - there is a symbol in a drawing called "symbol_abc". - This symbol has a record attached called "Recordformat123". This has a "Field_A" value "5555". - there is a revised version of this symbol with revised geometry somewhere in my library. - this symbol is also called "symbol_abc" - it has a record attached also called "Recordformat123", but this has a "Field_A" value "8844". Now I'm replacing (via the replace button) "symbol_abc" in my drawing with the "symbol-abc" in my library. I am expexting symbol AND Record value to be replaced, but the geometry is replaced while the record is kept. I'm getting the revised new geometry with old "Field_A" value "5555". ok,- that could be a rule,- BUT: Now I'm replacing "symbol_abc" with "some_symbol_with_other_name" first. Then I replace "some_symbol_with_other_name" with the revised version "symbol_abc" from my library. Result: The revised "symbol_abc" replaces geometry AND Record value, so I got what I originally wanted: New geometry and new "Field_A" value "8844". It seems that the replacement button works different, dependig on the symbol name being identical or not. Bug or feature ? Or maybe someone here can explain me the logic behind this ? (tested with VW2021,- not tested with VW2022)
  20. There is a symbol in Vectorworks Libraries\Objets - Ent Stage\Cable Protectors which looks very similar to ADA cable ramps. Should be easy to give that the desired shape.
  21. I feel I am stumbling over this about 100 times a day. Here are my thoughts: I fear this is the only way,- if you have 100 symbols with 100 individual default values, you need to handle each one individally. Yes, I am stuck here too, this seems to be the only way to group symbols and change defaults for the groups. Could be better manageable... No. In Worksheets you can only change the drawn instances, but not the default values of the symbols. If I understand the data manager right, you can create sets of predefined attachments. So this could be a solution: Instead of creating default values for each symbol you create an attachment list in your template file that automatically attaches the desired values as soon as the symbol is imported. I haven't tested this workflow, I think in the end it is the same amount of work like the individual attachments to the symbols in a symbol library. Finally, ODBC could be a solution. But I haven't been successful in getting this running for years. Maybe someone here has got it running and can report how it works ?
  22. @setdesigner Here it is. Have fun ! πŸ˜€ Layher_Comfort.vwx
  23. @Jesse Cogswell awsome ! Thank you ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
  24. Hi markdd, uups, one of the "hidden treasures"? Never realized that before. But you are right, not realy useful in this contex. Yes, but that's the workflow I wanted to avoid/shorten. I thougt that there must be a simplier way... πŸ˜‰ Yes, I too think that something was there some time ago. A hint in the OIP seems to be only logical. Just found that in the custom selection criteria is a "modification state", but it's grayed out, don't know if that idea leads to something.
  25. I have selected a bunch of symbols. I need to know which ones of these are flipped. Anyone knows a workflow how to identify them ? What's more, is there way to identify the axis a symbol was flipped ?
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