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  1. Taproot

    2019 - Door - Custom Leaves

    I decided to run a parallel test - dropping in the door leafs outside of a door object and then using the symbol asymmetric scaling option in the OIP. I presume that is what the tool is doing anyway... All of the leaves tested function perfectly. Therefore, my conclusion is that this is a bug.
  2. Taproot

    How to mask out hidden line in front of image props?

    I haven't found one. My work-around has been to just relocate the props where they aren't in front of lines or, turn off hidden line rendering, or my favorite... Apply an aggressive sketch filter so the unwanted lines blend in.
  3. Taproot

    Biodiverse green roof texture?

    Christiaan, I don't have a texture to offer, but I have been looking into how best to render Living Roofs and have some thoughts that might be helpful. We've had good results with the FOLIAGE tool. One technique is to use a random rotation grass object around the perimeter of the roof - which adds some better dimension to elevation views. Here's an example and the settings: For surface areas, another technique is to use the same tool to add three dimensional texture to the surface of the roof. We did this using the "Area on Ground" setting of the Foliage Tool. That way, you can use a standard base texture map for the majority of the surface and add a little three-dimensional interest . It works well if used in moderation ... too large a surface and it slows things down.
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    Wall/Roof Texture Question

    The CMU / Siding issue is probably related to which way your textures are oriented. It's pretty common to need to rotate them visually on the surface of an object. To do this: Select the object you want to modify. Then go to the render tab of the OIP. Here's a wall example. For this example, I'm using the mode "By Object." That allows you to texture each object differently. You can also use by class or by wall style for universal texturing. For maximum control, use "by object." Where it says "Part" select the face of the wall you want to change. You can pick left, right or overall. In plan you'll see an arrow and a dot at the ends of the wall when it is selected. Left or right is relative to the direction of the arrow. Once you select a face, you can control the texture and mapping upon it including rotation of the texture in degrees. The process for a roof object is similar with the parts listing "Top, Bottom, etc" If you find the texture is consistently oriented the wrong way, you can simply rotate the texture itself in the resource manager To do this, select the thumbnail of the texture in the Resource Browser. Right click or Option-click to edit the texture Which will bring up the following screen. Where it says Color>Image, click edit. In the pop up will be the option to "rotate the image". Be aware that if you do this after you have applied this texture elsewhere in your file, it will rotate the texture on all instances where it has been applied. This can be a quick way to change a texture throughout your drawing. I hope that helps.
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    2019 - Door - Custom Leaves

    Is anyone using self-made custom door leaves? I modeled a number of them years ago in considerable detail. Around v.2017 they stopped resizing correctly. The doors were modeled as 6'-8" tall. I commonly need to adjust them to 7'-0 or 8'-0". I'm trying to fix this issue, but can't seem to figure out how. I have followed all of the "rules" i.e. generic solids, insertion point at bottom center, etc. But I'm getting weird distortions when sizing is applied to the symbols: Glass panels stay in position while the sash stretches One sash stretches (i.e. exterior or interior) while the other keeps it's original size. in some cases there are no change to the size of the object I've tried copying the geometry into new symbols and duplicating the VW custom leaf symbols and then replacing my geometry within those objects ... without consistent results. Attached are a few screenshots of the distortions plus the file. I keep thinking it shouldn't be this hard ... is it just broken and no one is using this functionality? Or, is there some fundamental shift in how VW codes solids that my older data doesn't conform to? Guesses and guidance appreciated! Custom Leaves_Taproot.vwx
  6. Well done! I'm glad you were able to persevere to a solution.
  7. If the roof is one plane, you can make the roof face tool work so long as you compute the actual angle of the slope of the roof relative to horizontal. With a bi-directional roof pitch the slope arrow for the roof polygon will need to be at an angle rather than perpendicular to the polygon perimeter. You can calculate the angle using trigonometry (or a lot of trial and error)...
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    Corrupted File Help

    We migrated one of our projects to v.2019, but after running into a number of bugs, have backsaved it to v2018 as it is more stable. The file, however, now appears to be corrupted. In 2D, everything looks OK, but in 3D, the walls vanish, reappear, or display distorted depending upon which direction the model is viewed from (and none of them are actually correct) Is there a tech I can send the file to - to determine if there is an easy fix. I could try copying all of the data into a new file, but the likelihood is that the problem is in the data and wouldn't go away. Here's some screen shots of the behavior. The first one shows all 3D info hidden, except when your cursor runs over it a ghost appears. The second shows some kind of weird parallel universe where x-ray vision has been implemented (partially)...
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    2019 Undo Bug - VB-154417

    We're seeing the following behavior: If we do an action - say move a wall. Then, with a different object selected we hit "Undo" - the software breaks down. Here's an example where I moved a wall and then selected a car and then thought to undo moving the wall. It moves the wall back on-screen, but creates a ghost object where the wall actually is. From here on things get messy. You need to cut and paste the wall to reset it to work properly. It may just be walls that are affected by this bug, but it has resulted in corrupted files for us where we've had to go back to an earlier saved version. We've duplicated this on both of our workstations. This one is nasty enough, that we're likely going to resume using v.2018 until SP-1 comes out.
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    2019 Titleblocks - Troubleshooting

    I did try this, but I found that I had to add each sheet one by one. Shift or Command clicking wouldn't work for multiple select. So this option seemed a little tedious. Perhaps you could check if that is normal behavior or just my experience. OK, I'll dive into this deeper. It sounds like I just need to rebuild my titleblock with the new standard fields. Speaking of which - what are they? Is there a list somewhere or should I just use Pat's script to determine the field names for criteria, reporting, etc.? I'm not sure what happened to them. They worked initially. I've uploaded them again. Thanks for your help.
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    2019 where I left off

    I can confirm this behavior as well. It will save your view location on the sheet layer itself, but if you are on a design layer and save ... the next opening will bounce you to a sheet layer.
  12. Taproot

    2019 Titleblocks - Troubleshooting

    OK, file sent via Private Message. Is there a detailed guide to titleblocks for the current version? I've gone deeper and I can't quite make sense of how it is supposed to work. Our Titleblock predates the Manager, so I'm used to thinking about it as a symbol with fields that attach to records. The records are then reported to a schedule / worksheet. Now, it seems like the Manager has added some additional layers to that process and it's not very clear how to work with them. For Example: In our titleblock , we have an "In Project" field with a Yes/No list of options. When it = "Yes" the sheet is included in the Drawing Index, when "No" it is ignored (but still present and can be added to the set at a later date). In 2019, this field doesn't seem to function. Here's a screenshot of the Titleblock manager. When managing the sheet data, some of the fields are in italics and some are not. I assume italics designates my custom fields and standard text are system supplied fields. Is that true? I've had erratic results. Sometimes the italicized fields will show up in the manager (as they do in this screenshot). At other times they will not. Continuing on: I've placed the new titleblock "Issue Index / History" worksheet in my file. Editing the Criteria to filter display results no longer seems to work. If I limit the criteria to my 'Taproot Titleblock' records, zero results are found. So, the actual criteria is either controlled somewhere else, or my data is being captured by the manager and filtered so that not all of it comes through. I'm a little stumped ... guidance would be appreciated. I don't know why the images disappeared. I've attached them again.
  13. Taproot

    Plants lose line weight when massed

    This definitely helped me. I assumed that it was the "Outline" that was being used for the massed plant ... I didn't realize that it was the "background." Thanks!
  14. We're just starting to transition our template file to 2019 and have discovered that for some reason the software has duplicated all of our titleblocks. I discovered it when experimenting with the "Create Sheet List" command. In the attached screenshot, I've deleted the duplicate for the first sheet, but you can see all of the other sheets are copied. It looks like the solution is to manually go through each sheet and draw a marquee around the titleblocks and manually delete one. FYI: We ran into this issue last year as well, but just accepted it as a nuisance.
  15. Taproot

    2019 Zoom Rendering Speed

    Hi Jim, I'm not sure how that would help - as the problem in not persistent given once the preference is toggled on/off. Subsequent re-launchings of VW have shown that it still works correctly after the first change. I did try and disable my monitor, restart, etc. But it uncalibrated all of my resolution settings and in general just made a mess of my equipment ... after 15-20 minutes of getting everything back to normal again, I'm loathe to do it again unless it would really benefit you.

 

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