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  1. Vectorworks doesn't incorporate hyperlinks very well. So much of the BIM universe is web-based now, but I have yet to find a way to easily link that information into my VW documents. For example: In my plumbing fixtures schedule I would like to include a hyperlink to the product cut sheet. For my lighting schedule I would like to link to the fixture, lamp, etc. It should be feasible to include hyperlinks as a format in symbol data and then report that to worksheets, but I haven't been able to do it ... So, I looked to other tools and after a lot of experimentation settled on Airtable.com Airtable is a web based application that looks like a spreadsheet, but functions like a database. If your "table" contains less than 1200 items, then it is free for you and an unlimited number of collaborators. I find this amount to be more than ample for my residential projects. I have found the interface to be extremely fast and intuitive to use. Because it's web based (with controls built in for who has read-only or editing permissions), it allows for instant updates across the team. During construction I find this to be MUCH simpler than the constant re-issuing of sets. It also allows for crowd sourcing data from the entire team. For example, I provide my clients with a generic list of appliances and they fill in the ones they want. This shares the load of data management and ensures that my clients get exactly what they want. Here's an example of how it can be used: Lighting Schedule This link is to a basic template for light fixtures. We call out the symbols i.e. LX-101 on the lighting plan, but instead of including a worksheet / schedule in the drawing set, we provide a link to this table. One challenge of digital publishing is making sure that everyone is tracking changes. You can do this by disabling links to the database and re-issuing new ones with an updated issue date. That helps contractors etc. stay aware of updates, but since it's a database, you can rearrange sorting, display, etc. in any number of configurations. For our typical projects, we include product schedules for appliances, plumbing, fixtures, millwork, lighting and equipment. This tool has been a great resource for us and may be of use to you.
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    Twinmotion Plugin + Sync

    Twinmotion finally allows the level of rendering that I had hoped to get from Vectorworks. Aside from core VW stability my biggest request is to add a plugin so that VW can seamlessly update the model with Twinmotion. I'd love to make this my primary workflow (for presentations) but would prefer not to start over every time the design changes. Here's my first project using the two together.
  3. I just ran into this on the "add solids" command. It turns out that like you... it wouldn't work because the objects were on different layers. Perhaps just an error alert saying: " this function requires objects to be on the same layer" ? That would clue in the user to understand problem. Of course - Bruce's request to just make the software work more easily for the user is even better.
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    window sill and glazing bar glitches

    Adding to Wes's comments, regarding the offset sill - check the "Plan Wall Offset" setting on the "General" tab of the window settings to see if it is set to something wonky. One of my personal frustrations with the window tool is that Stool and Sill settings are linked. If your exterior and interior trims are different sizes, and you exterior sill horns and interior stool horns are controlled by a single setting, so one of them isn't going to look right.
  5. Perfect - now it works. Thanks.
  6. Thanks! This inspired me to give it a try. It looks like Twinmotion no longer supports OBJ file import. FBX seems to be the only compatible format between Vectorworks export and TwinMotion import. Is that true? I ask, because using the FBX format, I found that a number of object planes didn't translate as solids (notably roof edges and undersides). Is there a current standard practice of how to get files from Vectorworks into TwinMotion listed somewhere? I couldn't seem to find one.
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    2019 Undo Bug - VB-154417

    That's been true for me as well. With 2019 Service Pack 3.1 the software finally feels stable enough to use.
  8. We usually move the demolished items into a "demo" class. That lets us automatically assign common attributes to the objects. I try to limit extrudes in architectural drawings because of the difficulty in controlling 2D rendering. We use them primarily in complex modeling applications where they are used for 3D renderings and assign them to a "Model Only" class (so that they disappear in 2D. Instead of extrudes, try using the "Floor" feature. That will allow you to create an object that will allow for independent control of 2D and 3D appearance and can often be used instead of an extrude.
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    Ballon Frame

    Typically "Balloon Framing" means that the studs are continuous across multiple stories.
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    2019 Undo Bug - VB-154417

    We upgraded one of our workstations to Mojave and ultimately had to return it to High Sierra (it wasn't an easy process). Perhaps you will have a better experience than us, but I agree with Lupin - to preplan an exit strategy just in case.
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    2019 Undo Bug - VB-154417

    seemingly not available this year... In your situation, you are probably best off just redrawing that wall. The new wall will likely accept the doors and windows. I find when an object 'breaks' like that, recreating it is usually the best long-term solution. Over the last five months, we've tried to use v2019 several times... starting up new projects, etc. Even with the latest service packs and a lot of patience, we've eventually had to abort each attempt and return to v2018. This last week, I just re-expierenced this lesson (again). Fortunately, backsaving to the older version of the program has worked fine. The Undo bug I posted in this thread is mostly fixed ... but yes, I have still been able to recreate the problem - albeit after several hours in the program. One of the other critical bugs that we discovered ... and I don't believe has been reported yet is in Floor Objects. This one is hard to recreate - as it works fine for quite a while ... and then it doesn't. We found that when reshaping a floor object (the polygon within the object) that the 3D object would remain unchanged regardless of the fact that the 2d geometry had been revised. Once the bug appeared, it was stubborn and persistent. After a fair bit of troubleshooting, we eventually replaced all of our floor objects with roof objects (with no pitch). That solved 'that' problem. Another critical flaw was the disappearance of all geometry display in 3D openGL. Fortunately, our pre-saved views would restore visibility, so we just learned to work from saved views rather than axonometric or other standard VW views. I like a lot of the features in 2019, but using it hasn't worked well for us. Upon Reflection: I think the bug submital process could be really improved for program users. Our working files have private information relative to our clients as well as lots of intellectual property that we don't mind sharing with the VW engineers, but also don't want to post publicly. I think this forum should have an option for attaching files that are viewable only by the VW staff. That way problem files can be attached directly to posts but remain private. If this functionality exists, I am unaware of it. At present, it feels like it takes a substantial amount of effort to report bugs, submit files, and help resolve issues in the software. Clearly this is a persistent need and could use some improvement.
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    Worksheets - text wrapping and merging

    This feature still appears to be broken (v. 2019 service pack 2). Merged cells somehow defeat the auto row height setting and they all have to be set manually. This should be fixed.
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    Trouble with Window tool

    You might be able to use a muntin to work as the center object (if those are available to you), or you could just set an extrude inside the window jamb. They are work-arounds (obviously), but might save you some time.
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    Roofs now not visible

    Is it just the roof that isn't visible, or is the whole model invisible in 3D? I've had the latter problem happen. My workaround ... keep both VW 2018 & 2019 versions active. When the file breaks in one version, (backsave as necessary and) open it in the other one. So far that has worked.
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    Roofs now not visible

    Acip79 I'm not using Stories, but the first place I would check would be the Z height of the layer that the roof is on. Control / right click on the layer, select EDIT ... then check what elevation the layer is set to. You may need to reduce it to the same as the ground level (if you have manually placed the roof to match in your 3D working view). Here's an image.

 

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