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  1. Data visualisation is another good option if it is available in your version of VW, it can avoid creating variations of classes to control visibility. If you haven't used it already, it really is worth becoming familiar with it.

  2. I'm a Windoor user in the UK but signed up before the 'Windoor' closed!. It's a long time ago but I think it was proving too time consuming to support all the different requirements from around the globe. 

    Whilst I like Windoor and use it almost exclusively, the answer rests with improvements to the window and door pios which are born out of a realistic and deeper undertsanding of the functionality required.



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  3. This would be a very useful addition. OzCAD's Windoor PIO has similar functionality for the Aus and NZ markets so it should be acheivable with the built in Door PIO given the recognition that this an everyday requirement to comply with mobility access standards. No doubt the dimensions will vary around the world so control for localisation will be essential, similar to the stair PIO.

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  4. Ask the designer to export their file from VW into a  dwg version compatible with your AutoCad version. VW can export to most dwg versions. It’s useful if they supply a pdf version of the file so you have a visual reference in case there are are any obvious issues with the exported file. 

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  5. If you've used the resource content they are probably assigned to a style, see image attached. If this is the case then to adjust the parameters which are greyed out in the information palette just select none in the style drop-down menu, that should allow you to adjust the other parameters.

    If you then want a new family of sizes based on this you can save it as a new style but don't set the variable parameters. to use the new style, just the elements you wish to be fixed.



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    On 9/20/2019 at 9:36 AM, Claes Lundstrom said:


    Have one too. Works fine once installed and running, though the installer of the drivers for Mac could be way better. The installer pretty much needs a Canon technician to make it work. 

    The installers are fragmented so the process isn't as straight forward as it should be although I didn't have any issues (on a mac), I've previously had a large format Canon so that may have helped.

  7. I use a Canon ImagePrograf TM-200, it's hard to describe as small but it's quick and produces outstanding results on most media. Table top or you can get a stand. Uses Pigment inks so they don't run when they get wet. 

    I have been very happy with this machine. I've had HPs, Epson and Canon over the years and in my experience Canon has proved to be a good brand.

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  8. Francis Ching wrote the definitive book on 1, 2 and 3 point perspective manual techniques and was the go to guide for student architects when everything was hand drawn. The 'architectural perspective in Sketchup is a quick fix to remove the vertical (3rd) vanishing point. As Kazemester says, camera height and and camera view height the same and that will give you a 2 point perspective.

  9. This is done using a single stair PIO, check the attahced vwx file, the  screen shots show how to control the radiused corner and the number of steps on the winding section.

    The stair would be difficult to make and won't comply with the US or UK standards. If its in timber with stringers, these settings wont work in the pio.   131044451_StairImage.thumb.png.d6cc7a0e43e3b081d487c3b978678c08.pngStair_All_PIO.vwx889065183_StairWindingSteps.thumb.png.427415f19510c9fbb93f7c515c4b74a1.png1344550932_StairRadiuscorner.thumb.png.a3c369069a39f37305887a5ca0d7434c.png

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  10. This a much requested omission in the stair tool, we regularly come across single riser 'stairs' in refurb work to old buildings, my own offices in a 19C converted stables building have this.

  11. The Windoor ID tool is doesn't work for me either in VW2019 

    The workflow to use the Data Tag tool needs to be a little different to work at the moment, as far as I can tell there doesn't seem to be access to the auto-numbering when placing Data Tags.

    The way I found that works for now is to place your tags in a viewport as normal then go back to the layer with the Windoor objects on select one/settings in PIO and update using the 'ID numbers on the drawings to match list' button.Windoor_Tag Example 2018_09_28.vwx

    The positioning seems to have no control but you can select the Tags and then use the appropriate align tool.

    I've attached a tag style which is probably similar to what you have already tried,  you can also edit the schedule type from the data palette with this version.

  12. It is possible using the interior and exterior wall detail component settings for windows and doors, they display in 2D but not in 3D. Just set the number of wall compnents to wrap in the Window or Door settings Interior Wall Detail or Exterior Wall Detail panes. If you select the window or door, you will then get control points to adjust the pisition of the compents returned into the frame.


  13. Have you tried ungrouping the pdf once imported, if it has the vector data you would be left with editiable 2D lines in 1 group and an image file, giving you the basic geometry to use to add the 3D data. If it's an image based pdf then you're stuck with  manually tracing; if you have acces to illistrator you could try their autotrace feature and then import it into VW in a vector format.

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  14. The symbol is set to to 'convert to group', it's shown as a blue symbol in the resource browser.

    If you select the symbol in the resource browser and edit it the 2d and 3D components are visible as appropriate.

    Select the symbol in the resource browser, using the symbol options, deselect 'convert to group', when you place the symbol it will then display correctly when viewed in either 2d or 3d views

    Hope this helps.

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  15. We use Windoor and it does handle this style of door very nicely. I believe it's not now sold outside of Australia and New Zealand, other than to existing subscribers, if I remember correctly, so it's not an option for most new users. 

    The window and door PIOs are still second best to Windoor for most of our uses; the best features of all three wrapped into a new PIO in VW would be a good start.

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