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  1. Brilliant! Thank you very much @zoomer for having a look at this. I usually work with site models. This was an exception as site is almost flat so lots of 2D polys instead of 3D. I thought I was having senior moment already! Thanks for the rescue!
  2. @Pat Stanford and @Dave Donley thank you very much for your suggestion. Unfortunately checking the 'On ground only' box is the only way to get any shadows at all. Haven't used Heliodons for a while, must have forget some basic settings/rules but despite checking tutorials, guide etc I couldn't work out what I am doing wrong. Cannot get shadows of the topiaries and symbols I created neither, which is something I have done in the past without problem. In short, project has been presented, client is very happy but he would like to see where shadows go before go ahead. Have rendered the project in Twinmotion so the Vectorworks file is very basic, a top view animation would be more than enough. Have attached the file just in case you or anyone else have the time and will to check. Thanks Hampshire garden for VWS forum_2020.04.21.vwx
  3. Hi there, I need to submit a shadow study at the earliest, but for the first time since I have been using heliodons, the shadows are below the surface, therefore are not visible on 2D. I must have a setting mixed up but no matter how many tutorials/forums/guides I check I cannot find a solution to this. Thanks!
  4. I appreciate this is an old post, but has anyone found a way to import decent plants into Twinmotion? None of the many VWS plants I tested looked good once exported in Twinmotion, which has a very basic plant palette. Tried some Skp ones but with very inconsistent results. VBvisual plants don't work either and I cannot find a way to transfer marketplace content into Twinmotion. There must be something I am missing? Lumion would be great but we are on Macs
  5. Thanks everybody for their input! @EAlexander, thanks for clarifying it!! Had missed the difference between the two. Your comment and this --> http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/VW2018_Guide/Shapes3/Creating_Auto_Hybrid_Objects.htm made it clear. @ASagatovVW would love to know what makes you prefer hybrid symbols over Autohybrids before I dive into them @grant_PD Thanks for mentioning the classes. We do have developed over time our 'company' classes to make sure that the plans have consistent colours palettes regardless of who is drawing. I hope to be able to keep using these with the hybrid symbols. Will need a bit time to explore!
  6. @ASagatovVW my very first screen video. A bit clunky but hope it shows the issue I am having. 3D to 2D issue.mov
  7. @ASagatovVW Correct, main issue is between pic 1 and 3. Some different classes were switched on/off (trees, water feature, plants) between the 2, but I hope the screenshots still make the points. Colour seems to disappear in 2D once you turn it into 3D. Unless I have it in open GL top view which we don't really like. Or do extra work such the above mentioned hybrid symbols. This is our third project/document in 3D and we had the same 2D/3D issue with all three of them. Yes, it happens all the time we go from 2D to 3D and then 2D again (for presentation purposes), and I have found no temporary way to fix it, nor closing/opening the file makes any difference. It is frustrating but knowing how fab the VWS team is, I am also very optimistic 😄😄
  8. First of all, thank you all so much for your help. I really appreciated the mention of Hybrid Symbols (something we never used before), and the very informative video. But if this is the only solution, I think there is extra unnecessary work involved. @EAlexander, in the video you mention that you used to have separate 2D and 3D plans (as we currently do) and the pain of having to change everything twice (on the 2D and 3D plan), with an increased chance of mistakes. Autohybrids seem only a partial solution to me, in terms that one still has to redraw things twice (the 2D on top of the 3D), which to me seems a waste of time and resources. Towards the end of the video, you also warn that when changing one of the components of the hybrid symbol -i.e. the 2D part-, you also have to remember to change the 3D; otherwise they will not match. It would be great to draw in 2D, extrude and apply textures in 3D, and still be able to retain the 2D looks of objects without having to redraw them (whether as part of the hybrid symbol or in a separate plan) I can see this as a very beneficial thing to add to the wishlist @Tamsin Slatter . What do you think?
  9. Hi, really struggling with this. We are now working in 3D - fantastic!-, but the big issue is that once everything has been extruded etc, the 2D looks very different from what we are used to....bringing me to redraw 2D plans AFTER the 3D has been generated just for presentation purposes. A BIG pain and loss of time which I am sure can be avoided but cannot work out how. Have experimented with different renders etc but there must be a function/box/option that I am missing. Can anyone rescue me please? 2D plan BEFORE 3D 3D view (Open GL) 2D top/plan view AFTER 3D 2D top view (open GL) after 3D
  10. @zoomer and @cberg Very useful video and tip...but it didn't work 😞 Perhaps something with my model/workflow. Will keep trying and keep you posted. By the way, does anyone seems to remember you can create a fence and replace it with plants? I am making it up?
  11. Old post, but similar problem here. I am trying to figure out best workflow for creating a hedge that follows the terrain. I don't need to display individual plants, I would be happy to have just a 3D block and add texture. @Alan Woodwell , I followed your steps several times but I get stuck after converting to NURBS. If I convert to NURBS, Extrude and then send to surface, the 'hedge' doesn't follow the terrain. If I convert to NURBS and send to surface, the 2D 'hedge' follows the terrain but I am unable to extrude it using the Push/Pull tool, which is what I assume you refer to when you mention the 'Project' tool Must admit I am new to site modelling, Perhaps I am missing some important passages. Any suggestions?
  12. Is a bit more labour-intensive to begin with but then you have your library forever! 🙂
  13. Thanks @J. Wallace for posting the question and @Tony Kostreski for find a solution. We just had the same and were able to fix the problem just by changing the layer's scale.
  14. I appreciate this is an old post, but in case is of any help to anyone finding this, layers can make a difference. Despite having 'Show/Snap/Modify Others' as Layer Option, if I try to send to surface a mass model/landscape area from the 'Design' layer to the 'Site Model' layer, nothing happens. However if I change the layer of the mass model first, in the object palette, to 'Site Model' and then send it to surface, it does work. The 'Site model' layer also has to be selected as Active layer. Regardless of the 'Show/Snap/Modify Others' option.
  15. @bob cleaver and @Michal Zarzecki, not sure if it helps but this has been my own workflow since left college 7 years ago, and I am aware is used in other garden design practices, including the last two I worked with: I created a separate VWS file, which I am going to call 'Plant Database' file here. I collected all plants worth keeping from previous projects in that file. When creating a new plant, this can either be created on the new design file and then imported in the 'Plant Database' file or viceversa, depending on which workflow suit best. I prefer creating them in the 'Plant Database' file rather than in the new design file, but occasionally (i.e. in a rush) I do the opposite. When working on a planting plan I have the 'Plant Database' file open alongside the design project file, and I access the plant symbol I need from the resource manager palette. This leaves the original plant in the 'Plant Database' file and create a copy of it in the new design file. This is particularly beneficial when let's say one wants to keep the plant's original features (For example sizes at maturity) for future uses, but for a specific project a smaller size is needed. Let's say I have a crab apple with a 5m spread in the 'Plant Database' file but once the plant symbol is imported in the new design file (a small town garden where I know I will not let it grow more then 2.5m), I can adjust the size accordingly in that project, while keeping the original symbol intact in the 'Plant Database' file for future use. In your case, @Michal Zarzecki you could have generical plant symbols in the 'Plant Database' file such 'Multistem tree', 'Deciduous tree' etc etc, then amend the label in the new design file into 'Multistem tree 1', Multistem tree 2' etc etc to present the concept/initial design. Once the plants have been decided, you can simply select the generic plant symbol and replace it with a specific plant symbol in the Object Info palette through the 'Replace Plant Style' button. You can of course add the 'Plant Database' file in the vws library (Apps---> VWS 19--> Libraries ---> Favourites) , but I prefer to have it as a separate file on the cloud/server. The 'Plant Database' file can be made into a shared working file if appropriate, just make sure everyone is up to speed on how shared projects work to avoid loss of data. You can also divide your 'Plant Database' in perennials/shrubs/trees and whatever category is appropriate to your work. I love seeing the database growing from project to project, and creating planting plans become quicker and quicker each time This is my workflow anyway....hope it make sense and is of any help. Would love to hear what other designers do.


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