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  1. @Gabriel Ostermann I've tried a variety of solutions to this issue. The stipple tool has a nice look, but it is very slow and memory intensive. I would steer clear of the linear plugin tool. I've found it to be glitchy in practice. Solution #1 (preferred): Hatches On the left side of the image below is a gravel hatch that I have set to a class. The hatch is from VW's default library. I included a solid white fill in the hatch settings to cover up the soil hatch where the two are overlaid. The hatch can be applied to a polygon of any shape. I've set the display to "page" rather than "world" so that the hatch displays correctly in both detail and section. You can override the hatch scale in the attribute pallet if you want a custom size. In addition to a granular hatch, I also have a circular hatch (not shown) to designate drain rock. Solution #2: Line Styles Line styles are quite powerful and work like a linear material IF your objects conform to a fixed width along the line length. On the right side of this graphic is a line style that I put together in a few minutes using different circles. You could use polygons or any shape that you want repeated. The bubble outline atop the gravel on both sides is also a custom line style - which we use for everything from redlines to tree boundaries (and yes gravel). With line styles, you can adjust the scale per instance with the attributes, so it gives flexibility to how they can be used. When you create a custom line and EDIT it's geometry, you'll get this view. I recommend placing your objects above or below the baseline so that you can control the display along one edge. By dragging the gray copies on either side of your geometry, you can control the repeat spacing.
  2. Poking this thread - as several months later the Split Tool (by point) still does not function on walls. VW Designer 2021 SP2.1
  3. I have a G502 Logitech gaming mouse. Custom controls work in VW. The gaming software needs to be restarted each day to work.
  4. @justinekwood You can set overrides for colors in viewports either by layer or class. Option 1: Move the dimensions to their own layer i.e. "Plan-1-Dimensions". On the sheet layers, select a viewport of your plan. In the OIP, hit the "Layers" button. The following dialog will pop up. Click the colored cube button for the layers you want to override the colors for (example - Main Floor) and then hit the 'Edit' button. The following dialog pops up. Override the attributes that you want i.e. pen foreground to red (for the dimensions layer). For all of the other displayed layers, you can select them at once and override their attributes to black and white. Overriding classes can be achieved in the same way in a viewport - select all of the classes, and set their attributes to some version of black and white and then just override the dimension class with red. Most of us have MANY classes, so the layer solution is probably easier. However, if you don't want your dimensions on a separate layer, then that is likely your preferred option.
  5. It works fine for me in v.2021. I even finally managed to get all of my pallets to dock on the left side of the drawing window. The solution for me was to dock the pallets one at a time. I found that if multiple pallets were already linked up they were less likely to dock together. Once I had the first pallet in the correct position, I was able to add pallets to it (including the attribute pallet).
  6. Is there a simple way to add a graphic scale to the new Drawing Label? We've just been dropping one in manually, but if this can be automated, that would be great!
  7. Christian, I'm not sure exactly what you're asking.... as far as creating an office template, we did that in VW directly (no text file). Our plan was to use the template as a beta for active projects and weave back in refinements to the master standard. Instead, what we've found is that the "template" is constantly being upgraded with minor tweaks and refinements. We have a small office, so this is feasible... a larger office would likely not have this level of flexibility.
  8. I think this is what you're looking for - Located in the Preferences:
  9. One of the daily nuisances that I run into is precisely locating items along the Z-axis. We model almost everything in our drawings, so height location is nearly as important as X & Y. Currently VW references objects from the "bottom" - but this is often not the information that we need while we're doing the work. ---- When I select a 3D object (like a floor), I get this in the OIP: • Bottom Z • Thickness. It's archaic. Quite often, it's the top that I want to set to a specific elevation. Sometimes it's the center. Currently, the user is forced to calculate this on the fly for each operation. Contrast that against the reporting and level of control for 2D objects: Here, you can specify what point around the object boundary to report. I would propose: Include a Stylized 3D cube to represent the bounding of 3D objects and allow the user to pick which point to report: (top, middle, bottom, etc) and subsequently modify.
  10. I think Kevin's point is that the 3D working environment is working so fast now, that it's spoiled us for the slower 2D workflows. Yes, it would be great to have them faster, but in general, we haven't found it to be that much of a nuisance. I'm not sure why it's taking 20 minutes to update a set of elevations or 'hours' for sheet layers. I push our system pretty hard (complex models) and it usually only takes a few (≤5) minutes to update a set of elevations. Perhaps it's a multi-story building with a complex DTM and lots of polygons? One thought is to review design changes in Open GL (design layer view) utilizing standard views with a clip cube. Save each elevation as a standard view. That can allow you to review design changes without needing to render the viewport each time.
  11. I've been experiencing this same issue and was planning to post about it. Instead - I'll just second Samb'ham's observation above. Here's a short video: Screen Recording 2020-10-26 at 3.32.30 PM.mov
  12. I think that is the situation. A friend of mine uses InteriorCAD for his cabinet shop and can do pretty much anything with it, but it's a rather expensive add-on. This lite version is limited, but still has its uses.
  13. @MullinRJ It worked perfectly! I deleted the Text Size substitution line (as I have different font sizes throughout the file) and it took care of it. I appreciate the assistance.
  14. Above and beyond Raymond! Yes, I'm glad you didn't try and talk me through it - that's definitely 'next level' stuff. I'll do some testing and let you know how it goes. 😃
  15. Excellent. I assume that I would need to modify this portion of the script to also limit the selection of objects based upon it's font. I see that Type 10 = Text Objects, but I don't know how to further limit the selection via font. Could you assist me in that regard?
  16. @MullinRJ @Pat Stanford Is it possible to modify this script to replace a single font - rather than every font in the drawing? i.e. if the existing Font = "Arial" then replace it with "xxx" ? Our office formerly used a font that no longer functions properly. It was everywhere, inside symbols, etc. Rather than trying to replace every object one by one, we opted to re-map the font to a new one. (This was before Text Styles) This basically solved our problem. However, exported files revert back to the offending font, so the display goes wonky. It would be better to replace all instances of the corrupt font and scripting looks like the best way to do it.
  17. Pat you nailed it... I did a deep dive and determined that was the problem. Inadvertently, a font map had changed - so a simple fix for us and it's great to know that the 2021v. wasn't the issue.
  18. @Art V Avenir came installed in my Mac system, so in terms of loaded versus installed I would go with the latter. Here's a snipit from FontBook (apple's built in font-manager). The font is listed as both Open Type and True Type. Here's a few screen shots of just one instance in the file. The first screen shot is from our file in v.2020, the second is from the file loaded in v.2021. (sorry different zoom levels) The heading font has changed ... this happens everywhere in the file. I can't imagine that it's a system issue - as the font still performs correctly in v.2020 (we have both releases running side by side). It definitely has to do with the translation to the v.2021 file. I'll send tech support the two files and see if they can determine where the problem lies.
  19. We moved a sample project into v2021. I thought the transition was very smooth - this go around. I'm still a little amused that every year we need to update all of last years files to the new file format, thereby requiring us to 'batch convert' all of our libraries and pre-existing files. It would be nice if on the roadmap, the file type could stabilize so that the same format could be used between different releases of the software. OK - back to the topic - FONTS We use 'Avenir Next Regular' as our standard font. I favor a hierarchical look, so headings, titles etc. are in the 'Demi-Bold' version of that font. In translating the file from v2020 to v2021, all instances of Demi-Bold were wiped out. What a nuisance!! Keynotes, Worksheets, General Notes, Drawing Markers, Text Styles ... you name it. It took A LONG time to restore everything within that file, and It looks like I'll need to do this manually to my Default Template as well. But ... now I worry that any file I convert to the new format is going to lose this aspect of the text formatting and so ... a disincentive to upgrading. If you use specialty fonts, check them carefully when converting.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. @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.
  23. @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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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