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  1. Is it possible to import an AutoCad Architecture model and have the wall/door/window styles come and the objects these styles create (doors, walls and windows) come thru as smart 3D objects? So far every effort results in 3D objects becoming 2D "groups", no intelligent/parametric features and to use the resulting geometry (the "groups") as the basis of the VW model requires the groups to be converted further into simple lines. I've tried a number of different settings in the "Advanced" menu of the DXF/DWG Import Options including converting 2D objects to 3D. Thank you. Tom
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    Adding text to a dimension

    Thank you all ... both for the tips and for helping me see that there's a difference between a simple dimension or dimension string and a dimension that's part of a Grid Bubble string. I realized from your comments that the Grid Bubble dimension doesn't act the way a regular dimension does in this respect. I'll plan more carefully the next time. Thanks again.
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    Overlapping Grid Bubbles

    Got it! Many thanks for the sanity check and for the solution. Tom
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    Overlapping Grid Bubbles

    Is there a technique/work-around for solving dimensioning/layout conditions where grid bubbles overlap? I've tried selecting the offending bubble and dragging it up or down the screen but the bubbles seemed to be locked in place. Alternately, an option to horizontally "break" the alignment line and slide the grid bubble laterally with the dimensions maintaining their actual values would work fine also. Thank you.
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    Adding text to a dimension

    Is it possible to add simple text to a dimension on a dimension string, with or without affecting the accuracy or placement of the dimension? For example: Add +/- at the end of a dimension to indicate some field variance is expected. Add "New" or "Existing" or "Verify in Field" to indicate that a condition of task associated with the dimension. Thank you
  6. JMR - You and I obviously see this issue the same way: predictable, understandable and real-world-based wall cleanups are a fundamental need, not only for BIM but just for simple rendering/viewing. I'm not doing any "project sharing" so that evolution isn't on my radar and does not drive my thinking on this issue. For me the issue is simply that it takes a lot of time and patience to create a drawing that properly reflects the building AND "looks" good to contractors and clients (who are becoming increasingly sophisticated). Wall joins and cleanup should not be a separate, cosmetic task that you do at the end of the drawing process but rather a part of the thinking/design process that occurs - and gets revised - without great difficulty easily along the way because those details guide the development of the building. Coming from the AutoCad world, this was an issue I conquered quite a while ago and for which AutoCad was pretty transparent about the "how" and "why" it worked the way it did. I like Vectorworks but this issue is a constant puzzle. ....and thanks for pointing out the "core" column, I was looking within the component itself for some type of flag to set. You pointed out that you need to back up sometimes and look at the forest. Thank you. Tom
  7. Three Items: 1) We would benefit from better technical resources to explain the best way to construct multi-component walls. This would include more clarity about how the choice of components influences how wall intersections clean up. For example, the concept of the "core" of the wall being an important component for wall joins is hinted at but I've struggled to find out how to define the "core" - it's not a characteristic that's mentioned in words in VW materials but not illustrated graphically nor apparent in the wall style dialog (I'm still looking). 2) I would appreciate better technical resources explaining how to join more complicated multi-component walls. Currently, the VW examples and tutorials deal with fairly elementary walls and wall intersection conditions. In reality, buildings are far more complicated. Current VW technical support lacks a set of recognized, reasonably fool-proof protocols/procedures for joining these walls in ways to reflect the manner in which the walls will be built. Users are left to a trial and error process of finding wall joins that reflect reality .... and then sometimes those solutions seem to be unstable and disappear when the file is re-opened. The recent/ongoing discussion on the Service Select Forum illustrates this problem. 3) In a related topic, there are currently "L"-join and "T"-join tools for wall intersections ,,,, but there's no tool for joining two walls that align with each other. This is not that big a a problem when using "unstyled" walls that are the same thickness and are only single-component walls (In this case you generally don't need to use two separate walls anyway). However, when the two walls are not the same thickness and/or don't use the same components, "joining" them so that they "look" correct on the printed sheet is tough/impossible. This gets even more complicated with working with a "T" configuration and each leg of the "T" is composed of a different wall style utilizing different components/thickness/finishes.
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    Joining 3 walls with different styles

    Nice job! .....but did you learn why whatever you finally did worked and do you think you now have the knowledge to avoid the "trial and error" approach the next time? .... and could you share the secret? The trial-and-error method is what I've been doing and it's neither predictable nor a particularly efficient way to work so I'm searching for the wall join Grail.
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    Joining 3 walls with different styles

    Good Afternoon, I'm going to add on to this thread with a more fundamental question: Is there a VW resource or post somewhere that explains the logic that underlies how VW handles joining walls? I've been struggling with joining multi-component walls similar to Phileas' post that started this thread. While I've had some success using the random "let's try clicking this" approach, I'm stumped when it comes to understanding the basic logic behind why some joins work and some don't. My conclusion is that I've missed something along the way - some key piece of information or critical step that is needed that I'm ignoring/skipping/doing wrong. I've done the VW tutorials, how-to-videos, Tips & Tricks, etc and come up empty. I'd be happy to back up and start over again but I'm lost as to where to start. Thank you.


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