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  1. I've taken to making my own colored icons as well. Here's how: On a mac: Select the VW app > Get Info > Select the tiny icon in the top left corner of the "Get Info" window > Copy Open Preview: Select "New from Clipboard" > Export as a PNG with the Alpha channel checked Open in a photo editor and change the colors > Save as a PNG Open the PNG - copy the image > Open the VW App "Get Info" and paste the image into the same top icon location Or just borrow the one posted above...
  2. We have the Existing, Demo, etc. classed within Div. 02 - which coincides with the "Existing Conditions" section of CSI. @Boh 's tips are great. One more that I would add is to set up a custom magic wand selection (add your own parameters as makes sense). Then when you add a bunch of say Room Names and realize that they are in the NOTES class instead of the ROOM NAME class, you can just grab them all and move them over.
  3. @Boh We have a similar setup - using keynotes per sheet rather than globally. I was pleasantly surprised to try out the worksheet idea listing callouts. It is pretty handy to have the entire list in one location for proofing. I sorted the list by Keynote Legend, so that I was able to keep all of the notes organized in groups. I use the Notes Manager for General Note blocks, but typically just create keynotes on the fly to describe general callouts. In my quest to try and develop more consistent standards, I've been thinking about migrating my callouts to the Notes Manager as well. But, I have so many custom situations that need to be identified that I suspect that would be more trouble than it's worth. For a larger office - it would make more sense. I've had some challenges with the Notes Manager 2020 - namely that my notes database has decoupled from most of my past files. Tip - don't rename your database... Or if you do, you'll have to go through the "reconcile notes" process listed elsewhere on this board. For now, I think I'll let this one be and see what v.2021 has in store for us.
  4. @Boh That's an interesting approach. I'm investigating using this for managing our keynotes. I'm curious if you also use the worksheets as a defacto library for storing callout text standards for all of your files or if you still use the Notes Manager and then just edit within the worksheet?
  5. Yes, you can do that. I often modify my schedule worksheets to include complimentary information - for instance, adding skylights to the window schedule. My recommendation would be to copy your existing database row and paste it into the line beneath the existing one. The database row reports all of the records that meet it's criteria. So, for the second (new) database row, change the criteria to that which will limit it to the doors that you want to feature. That could be via the manufacturer info, or the ID label range or .... To do this, right click (or control click on mac) on the row # and then select "edit criteria". See graphic. If it's just a few doors and a one of a kind situation, you can also just manually add the text to the rows following the database, but I sense that you're looking for a live-linked method. Good luck.
  6. Similar to Boh's approach - instead of a design layer viewport of the DTM, you can also just create a "snapshot" of the DTM which will create a copy that you can move, rotate, etc to put in correct relation to your building. You can access that setting via the OIP when the DTM is selected. The advantage is that you can adjust the display settings of the snapshot, so you have more control over the result. The next question that you're probably going to ask is how do you move the DTM to the correct height - given that the building is likely referenced to a Z-height of 0 and the DTM is referenced to something else i.e. 314.25 feet. The snapshot works well for this situation as well - allowing you to move it in 3D space to the correct registration while also retaining the correct contour numerical display. This is from memory, so if you have trouble implementing the above and want to use this approach, let us know and I can clarify better how it's done.
  7. If you click on a keynote marker, it should tell you which legend it is associated with. "Default Legend will typically place the legend on the same sheet / layer. But if you have other legends in the file, it may associate with one on a different sheet / layer instead. I usually place one marker and then option drag it to make copies. Once you change the text of the copies, it will register as a new #, but all copies will correctly associate with the legend of choice.
  8. I can confirm this behavior as well. It's a bug relative to the "Clerestory" setting. In my file, the corner opens up at 4'-6" in height for the window with the Clerestory setting engaged. The left window is normal, the right has Clerestory checked. CORNER WINDOW PLAN VIEW BUG I found this thread to report a different but related problem. All of my corner window plan views are rendering incorrectly. The sash / glazing line in 2d extends well past the jamb on the side of the window opposite the corner. The following image shows regular corner windows. This image shows a plan view with clerestory engaged:
  9. We're on the doorstep of August - which means that the 2021 version release is only about a month away. While many of us are just now getting used to v.2020, I still enjoy the anticipation of the coming release. Will the stair tool get an overhaul? Will WinDoor finally make it to the northern hemisphere? Will TwinMotion see some love ... Here's hoping the Teaser Tuesdays are still on the calendar. Yes?
  10. @MartinBlomberg If no colors are changing, then make sure that the fill in your attribute pallet is set to "solid" for the object (not "none"). @Boh I thought that OpenGL rendering was available for non-renderworks users. In which case, you would access the rendering mode via the Menu: View>Rendering>OpenGL ... after assigning a texture to the object.
  11. @zoomer Sorry to hear that ... but hey that's a pretty good run. I'm just amazed that the light source is still good after all of those hours. @line-weight We're using VW2020 Designer (latest service pack). Here's what the primary view pane looks like when it starts to go buggy. Part of the image displays at a different scale. In this example, I had just one other viewpane open.
  12. @jmanganelli Yes, I'm inclined to spend more on the perfect screen up front. My 30" cinema display cost A LOT, but it's been going strong for 14 years and has been a great experience, so I'm inclined to go with high quality and less frequent turnover. The 43-44" size is interesting thought. I hadn't considered it, but will look into it further. Beyond that, I think I would be turning my head too much and would be tempted to sit further away (which would defeat the purpose). I appreciate the feedback.
  13. @jmanganelli The GPU may be the issue. We have the cylindrical Mac Pro's but they only sport 2GB gpu's. I'm glad to hear that it's working fine for you. It's about time for us to get new computers as well (but that's a different topic).
  14. I was just working on a complicated drawing that necessitated having multiple panes open at once. The functionality was great! It took two sections and a plan simultaneously displayed to understand what was going on. However, I noticed that after a while, the main drawing window didn't refresh correctly and the section displayed disjointed chunks of the image (like a puzzle before it's put together). We've seen this bug before elsewhere ... while zooming in and out the image draws correctly, but when stopped it blows apart. Suffice it to say that when I closed the other panes, the main drawing window rendered correctly again. We use a two monitor setup (one big, one small) and locate the resource browser on the second monitor as well as our internet browser (which we use a lot during design). It works well. However, as I mentioned earlier our displays are due for an upgrade. I looked into the monitor recommended by @jmanganelli and have concluded that we need more screen area. It looks to me like the 38" ultrawide monitors offer about the same area as my dual monitors and would have fewer cables, power supplies, etc. Is anyone using one of those setups and if so could they comment on how they like it?
  15. Which ones did you end up going with? I'm still using a 30" Apple Cinema Display from umpteen years ago and don't know how much longer it's going to last. And to Line Weight's question: We just use a single pane almost all of the time. I think it's just habit as we developed our working styles that way ... but it's also due to screen real-estate. With all of our pallets open the actual work area is not that big and reducing that further with multiple panes start to make it hard to work effectively.
  16. @Donald G. Martin @gester Would you be willing to post a sampling of some of the classes that you use so that we can get a sense of your naming strategy? I think the more tangible examples folks have of a system that works, the easier it will be to make one of their own. For us, the main obstacle to developing a new set of office class standards was the fear that we didn't know enough and were just going to create a messy confused result. Quite the opposite has proven to be true. We have a few legacy projects in our old class standard and drafting in them feels like molasses compared to our new files. That's not to say that we got it perfect the first time. We are adding a few classes as we go, but the standards are accommodating it well. Now that we've converted our legacy libraries to our new standard ... I've definitely learned the value of keeping most symbol geometry in the NONE class and then applying a container class to the whole. Otherwise, you end up with a whole host of legacy classes with each symbol import.
  17. OK - this is just a random post to say that I really like the built-in search functions within the software. When dealing with hard to find items that are SOMEWHERE in that massive list of classes or resource browser or ... rather than browsing forever I now just routinely type in what I'm looking for and voila it shows up. Nicely done!
  18. @Boh Yes, I've come around to using page based hatches for different scaled viewports. That most commonly applies to sections and details. Formerly, I had two copies of each hatch, so that details displayed an enlarged version. Now that we're using class attributes for everything, I've found a single (compromise) hatch works pretty well. It's not quite as good (aesthetically) as it was, but it's fast, consistent and still reads well. Have you found a better method? I've been enjoying your posts as it seems we're at similar places in our skill development and you're often tackling the same issues I am. Your solutions are often excellent and save me loads of time in the process.
  19. It's nice to see that some of the nuisances are in fact going away and have been resolved.
  20. These all seem to work for me as well.
  21. @E|FA Yes, it's definitely a work around. Adding to your wishlist item. The REVISION TOOL default attributes for the cloud won't change and appear to be locked in. They can only be changed manually for each object after creation. Billow Size, Variability & Height settings won't change when using the eyedropper tool to 'set defaults'. You can't set a plug-in style for this tool. Symbols won't work, etc. That needs to be fixed. Similarly, I tried the REDLINE TOOL and Cloud settings can't be specified. IMHO the default billow size is too large for encircling small to medium sized items. The Billow size, variability, etc of the Revision tool should be included in the settings for the Redline tool.
  22. @EggFarkArch I know this is an old post, but I recently tried to tackle the same issue. We typically draw clumps of trees and forests on our site plan using the cloud tool. I ended up creating a custom line which works pretty well. The arcs don't meet perfectly at vertexes, but it works well enough for our use. The arcs are mapped to a polygon (polyline), so you can hide or show any of the edges. I'll include a file with the "Cloud" style line in case it's useful to anyone. Cloud-Custom Line.vwx
  23. This solved my problem as well. Thanks for posting.
  24. I'm trying to picture the circumstance in which you would want to do this. Typically, I report symbol data to a worksheet, so it is all in one convenient list / report and doesn't clutter up the drawing. For instance: A plumbing schedule. Can you elaborate on what your intended use is?
  25. @E|FA Not quite. I use the same classes inside and outside of viewports. The example I gave for the Outline class was just for perimeter emboldening of drawings. I use many other classes in viewport annotation as well. For Example - Here's a very simple section. Classes and attributes follow materials. The grade line = 00-2D-Outline The elevation markers = 00-Notes-General The soil hatch = 03-Soil The insulation = 07-Insul Batt and so on... Incidentally, I really like using keynotes rather than callouts on my plans, elevations and sections. I've classed all of the material behind the section cut to 00-2D-Section Beyond The same classes are applied to a detail. One of the main advantages to classing by material rather than individual circumstance is that attribute control can be consolidated in one place, rather than scattered about. For instance, elements assigned to 03-Concrete like the footings in the detail above have a concrete hatch in 2D, and also have a concrete texture in 3D. So objects whether 2D or 3D will display correctly. This makes even more sense when you start building off of classes into things like wall styles. I set the components of my walls to use attributes 'by class.' We're discovering as we go, but the further we advance, I can see that the software was intended to be used this way. That said, It does take some persistence to get it all to work.


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