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  1. The challenge is that if you have any objects in the eliminated classes in other files (like your libraries for instance) you will have to remove them remove them there as well. Otherwise, when you import objects that have the extraneous classes assigned to them, they will automatically be added back into your new file. We're in the process of doing this very task ... and it means going through each library file and converting it to the new class structure. @michaelk 's solution is the best one out there.
  2. I've read through most of the posts on Cloud implementation on this board, but still don't have a comprehensive idea of what works and what doesn't. It would be great if VW could make some recommendations or at least rate the different platforms available based upon compatibility, ease of use, etc. I've been impressed with the speed and ease of using the VW Service Select libraries and now that we're working remotely, setting up a Cloud solution makes sense. My Goals: 1) Implement a cloud based Workgroup Folder for all of our templates, standards and libraries 2) Upload our project files to a web storage location so that it can be accessed from anywhere. 3) Project Sharing is not yet a need, but I am mindful that it one day could be, so ... a solution that can eventually work with that functionality. I am in the process of trying to achieve the above with: iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive. I keep running into problems, so I am continually moving between them trying to find one that works for all of our needs. From what I have read among other users is that Dropbox or OneDrive is better for project sharing. (We don't have a microsoft account, so that one isn't presently on our list). iCloud works well for the workgroup folder - by keeping a copy of the data locally and then syncing it to the cloud. It's fast and effective, but I have more fiddling to do - namely to get my staff to use a Company apple ID rather than a personal one. That is a logistical challenge, but feasible. iCloud is not a good solution for the project file storage, without some hacking. By default it stores copies of the online data in your USER folder - which in our case is a small SSD drive and doesn't have ample capacity. It looks like an external disk can be specified as the storage location, but who knows what havoc might break loose if that disk isn't properly mounted or recognized by the CPU. Dropbox has good integration with the system and behaves as a secondary (offsite) drive. However, It appears unwilling to copy empty folders - which doesn't bode well for VW's required file structure. Is this a problem? Google Drive functions more like a backup location than a fully integrated drive. I haven't been able to figure out how to include a file path to the drive from VW to be able to use it for a workgroup folder. Is there a way to do this? For those of you who have figured out a good working solution, a quick post of what service(s) you use and any tricks that you needed to get it working would be appreciated.
  3. @Tamsin Slatter I built a number of custom leaves a few years ago that have since broken with subsequent releases. It seems like you have a good command of this aspect of the software, so I'll include the file here in the hopes that you might be able to direct me to a fix. The leaves used to correctly stretch when the door was resized from say 6'-8" to 7'-0" or 8'-0". Now they just sort of explode. Here's a few screen shots to illustrate what I mean. The leaves were very carefully constructed with generic solids only and I would very much like to be able to use them again! Custom Leaves_Taproot.vwx
  4. @MS365 Here's the window and door manufacturers that have libraries built-in to VW i.e. preset configurations for the native tools (at least for my localization - U.S.). Doors: Windows:
  5. @Pat Stanford @Peter Vandewalle @Boh I'm glad to say that I was able to fix the problem. Rather than trying to troubleshoot it ad nauseum, I just did a complete re-install of Vectorworks. It took about two hours to migrate over all of my settings, libraries, workspace, etc. to the new install, but the problem has gone away. Fingers crossed that it stays that way. Boh, I hope this helps you...
  6. @Peter Vandewalle That was an interesting experiment. But unfortunately, the result was the same.
  7. Yes, this tool already exists. I received permission from the author and have posted the plugin elsewhere on the board. You can get a copy of it here:
  8. @Pat Stanford Good idea, but unfortunately, that didn't solve it. @Peter Vandewalle I've been doing a lot of updates to the content libraries, so it's possible I've changed something that shouldn't have been. As a test, I've deleted all of the workgroup library locations and restarted the software. The problem persists. Yes, the resource libraries are all up to date. I don't know how a file would help as the issue happens in any file I open / create, even a new blank one, but I'm happy to send you one if you think that would help. I'm experiencing all of @Boh's symptoms as well. It sounds like we have the same thing at work. It seems like it is related to some kind of resource look up / search function stalling out.
  9. @Jim Smith in my experience, @markdd is correct. If you want a one of a kind door leaf, you need to model it out of generic solids and save it as a symbol in your Libraries/Defaults/Door - Custom Leaves folder. Unfortunately, I've had some difficulty with leaves not scaling correctly the way @Tamsin Slatter was referring to, so you may need to make different leaves at different sizes to get a fool proof solution.
  10. @8bit Just in case you wanted a literal answer to your question: You can model walls of different thicknesses pretty easily. Select the wall tool, draw a wall (without components) or create a new wall without components (just the overall thickness for the wall) Then select the wall and change the Style to "Unstyled" in the OIP (see image). That will allow you to change the thickness value to whatever you like. You can then make copies of that wall and change their thickness to unique values as you go.
  11. My attribute pallet stalls for 20 seconds every time I pick a hatch or tile. Solids and patterns are fine. It's driving me a little loopy. I'm starting to rely on the eyedropper tool just to avoid using it. I've called Tech support, but the advice that I've gotten is "It's your graphics card" or "it's your RAM" - which I have a hard time believing since we have a second identical machine in the office running the same version of VW and it is performing just fine. So, not to be disrespectful to the process, but at this point, I'm just looking for any ideas as to how to fix it!! Brainstorm please. I've attached a video of the delay. The spinning beachball doesn't show up on the video for some reason, but the point that the cursor stops until the pallet opens is the lag duration. The version is the most current: SP3.1 (Designer) on a Mac Pro running Mojave v.10.14.6 Attached Screen Recording 2020-04-17 at 9.10.43 AM.mov
  12. To true. Regarding the original impetus of this thread: Reconcile Notes already exists, but could be better integrated so that users don't have to labor to find it. Best practice would be to have it built-in to the Notes Manager so that errors resulted in a pop up offering to fix the problem. We should still be able to add multiple notes at one time. AND I would like to add a 3rd request - Make a few adjustments to the Notes Manager so that it can be utilized for SHEET SPECIFICATIONS. Specifications typically have a format like this: I've tried to duplicate it with the Notes Manager and you can't quite get there. A numeral is required with each note. So text can't be in line. If the title of the note is included, it is to the left of the note, which is not compact enough for the dense amount of data in sheet specifications. The BEST outcome would be if you could change the OIP's "General Note Display" to have the "Note Description from Database" listed in line with the note text and just above the note as a heading. That would allow you to control the text display separately and achieve exactly the look of the example above. The simpler (programming) solution would be to just add an option in the OIP's "General Notes Display" dropdown menu for "Custom Character." In that case, the custom character field could be left blank so that there wasn't a numeral preceding the notes or a static item like a bullet point could be used to create a simple list. To me, the above formatting options would really expand the utility of the tool. ------ One might ask - why use the Notes Manager? Why not just use a general text block? The main issue is wrapping. The Notes Manager allows for multi-column layouts (unlike the text tool) which means that formatting can be adjusted easily on the fly. It also allows for a good means of organizing the specs so that they can be selectively chosen (or omitted) for each project.
  13. @leecalisti I just tried it and it looks like @Boh 's idea will work. If these are truly boiler plate notes that change little or not at all, you could also simply convert the note blocks to groups which would effectively break their connection to the notes database and make them static text objects. For example - keep the General Notes in your source document and then copy and convert to groups when moving to your active document. Obviously, that strategy really limits the flexibility of editing the notes later on. We use the general notes tool much as you do, but do have them in the database. I find it useful to be able to remove or add notes from each category as appropriate for the needs of the project. So, yes, I think in the end it probably would be best to just add them to your database. It's a little tedious, but if you get into a flow, adding one right after the other, it can go pretty quickly.
  14. @leecalisti What is the resulting problem of grabbing all the text blocks (not associated with a database). Does that mean that you had to associate them with a database manually even though they were one of a kind? I'm trying to wrap my head around what the problem is and your preferred solution...
  15. That Worked! OK - you deserve a medal for coaching me through that. But, wow, that was tricky to figure out. I'm glad we had this discussion so that others can do this as well. Onward with "Reconcile Notes!"
  16. A very informative reply and that looks like EXACTLY what I need, unfortunately, it doesn't exist in my workspace manager. Here's a screen capture of what I'm seeing. I've tried viewing all menu commands as well .... it's just not in there. Do I need to reinstall the software to get it back??
  17. Pat - Changing the layer name wouldn't be needed - just the height and elevation. That said, you're the expert on this topic, so if a worksheet solution doesn't come to mind easily then it's probably a real long-shot.
  18. It seems like there is only a little bit of interest in this topic. Maybe I was to wordy... That said, I think it would revolutionize the user experience so I decided to take up the challenge and see how it could be done with the tools currently available to us. My first try was to put an elevation marker on each layer that was linked to display the Z-height of the layer on which it was located. When displayed in 2d in a viewport, it provides a storypole which would update as the layer heights changed. It would have worked great, if I could have display the elevation markers in elevation view but the objects are designed for plan view and they just show up as a line in 3D views. My next idea was to build a worksheet that would automatically calculate the elevations based upon the offsets (thickness of each layer). I'm pretty satisfied with this solution. As a worksheet, I can have it open while I'm drawing, so I can easily draw and measure and recalculate on the fly. It does require manually setting the design layer elevations to match the worksheet, but at least it's accurate, and easy to analyze everything quickly in one place. QUESTION: Is there a way to display the Layer Name, Layer Wall Height, and Layer Elevation in a worksheet such that you can modify them from within the worksheet? If so, that would transform this from a calculator into a powerful tool! I've posted a file with the worksheet in it below (Saved back to v.2018 just in case you don't have the most current version. If it helps anyone - awesome! If you see a way it can be improved, let me know. Here's a screen shot. Items in Red are to be filled out as the project progresses. This is setup for a ≤3 story project. All of the elevations are derived from formulas determined by the thickness of the materials entered. The calculator has the Datum set to ZERO by default, but it can be manually changed to a specific site elevation i.e 153'-6" Layer Elevation Calculator.vwx
  19. I appreciate you're responding to this challenge! I'm not really sure what happened. I upgraded to 2020 and then it stopped working. I then tried to fix the problem and may have contributed to it further... but here is what I do know: The error that pops up points to a file path that is 12 years old. Presumably, that is when I started using the Notes Manager I only keep the current and last versions of VW on my computer. So I have 2019 and 2020 folders in the Users/matthew... directory. I had assumed that the Notes Database would be carried forward with each version as well as the directory addressing. The current Notes Database is located in /Users/...Vectorworks/2020/Libraries/Defaults/Notes/ Which I assume is the intended location. After hitting this error, I did rename the Notes Database to a more current version ... just so I knew which version was most current. I can rename it to "General Notes" again if that will help... 20 hours ago, iborisov said: I do not know where to find the "Reconcile Notes" command. I can't find it in the help, the workspace editor (all menu items) or in the dialogs that open when using the Notes Manager. I did find it on a web search, but it says that it is in the Text Menu. The only command I find there is: "Convert Old Notes to New..." I tried that and it said that I had 4 notes to update, but after doing so, the problem persists and the dialog that opens doesn't look like the one on the web search, so I doubt that is it. Never the less, if you can point me to how to "reconcile the notes," that may indeed solve the problem.
  20. I haven't heard anything... Sometimes I wonder if this feedback goes anywhere, but I'm just wired to try and improve things regardless. Yes, I've been following your parallel posting on this topic. I was thinking about trying to include my specifications in the Notes Manager as it would be really convenient to have items listed in the drawing set by CSI division. However, given the challenges you and I are facing, I think that I've made the right call to skip that quagmire. Which is too bad... for an architecturally driven software, integrating specifications seems like a really sensible feature and the Notes Manager could do it if it just worked better. I said it all last year, but it's still true ... Doors, Windows, Stairs, Linear Material Tool, Notes Manager, Text Styles (associated with Classes).... there are so many broken and partially implemented features in this software. If we could just get the basics working optimally and smoothly, I would forego all the new whiz-bang features.
  21. In complete agreement. I would add that if the sill is turned on on the outside, the stool can't be turned off on the inside. The extensions (ears) are also presently linked, so if you have different width casing on the exterior and the interior of the window (common) one of them will be wrong.
  22. I had a chance to give STORIES a go last week and after several hours of frustration and extensive readings of this board where others expressed their on-going frustration, I found myself looking for a simpler solution. It is far easier to think in relationships than absolutes. I sure wish Vectorworks could help us design this way. My request is to allow users to set a layer elevation as an offset from another layer. That is - allow us to reference layer elevations from one another. This looks like a relatively easy integration into the current design layer setup. Substitute (or add as a separate option) "Layer Level" for "Story Level" Allow the user to set an offset value from the referenced layer. Allow the user to set the offset from either the layer elevation or the layer elevations wall height. The wall height is a means of defining the layers thickness. A layer's thickness can be positive or negative relative to it's elevation height. In the following example I'm using the components of a floor system to illustrate how this would work rather than separate floors, roof, etc. The Subfloor layer is referenced as the Datum Elevation. The subfloor has a "wall height" (thickness) of -3/4" The Finish Floor (FF) is set to the Datum Elevation. It has a thickness of 3/4" The Framing layer is linked to the Subfloor layer wall height (which is 3/4" below the datum) and has a thickness of -11 7/8". The Mudsill layer is linked to the Framing layer and has a thickness of -1 1/2" The Foundation layer is linked to the Mudsill layer and has a thickness of -24" The Footing... With this method, one doesn't have to remember that the Top of the Footing is actually -3'-2 1/8", the software is doing the math for you. I would imagine that the Edit Layer dialogue would display the absolute height (in gray) while showing the layer that it is referenced to. The user could then choose to unlink a layer at any time and set a manual elevation for it. The ease of use would be amazing. If my floor joists needed to change to say 14", I could just change the layer wall height for the Framing layer and everything linked to it (below that layer) would automatically adjust. It could actually make sections fun again.
  23. Hello Ash, My first recommendation is to import all DWG files into a new blank VW file. That way you can revise (i.e. delete) a lot of the extraneous class / layer information before you bring it into your working file. Once you have it in the new blank file, verify that the scale is correct. go to the drawing layers (not the sheet layers) and calibrate an item of known length against its measured length. You can then rescale everything or "The entire drawing." Once you have the object properly scaled and organized according to the classes and layers you like, you can copy and paste them into your working file. It sounds like your current problem is that the data has imported into your file and is showing up in a viewport, but you can't actually find it in the sheet layers. That's probably because the scale of the objects is way off - often 1:1 or the origin is far away from your page. Following the above steps should correct that for you.
  24. No telling what caused the error, but the first things to look at would be: 1. Is the glass still classed correctly i.e. "glazing-1" or equivalent? 2. Is the texture associated with the class still correct? 3. Try applying the glazing texture to a generic solid, extrude, etc. See if it renders correctly. 4. i.e. Try and narrow down where the problem is coming from and that will help you determine the fix. ... and if all of that fails, contact tech support.
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