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Carl Burns

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  1. Just a possibility: If this terra cotta capital is in Seattle, it might well have been made by Gladding McBean (Terra Cotta) in California. They still exist and have retained some of their historic molds. They may have other resources (2d,3d?), or know of people who've had to recreate molds / casts of same or similar capitals. Gladding McBean Corporate Headquarters 601 7th Street Lincoln, CA 95648-1828 Phone: 800-776-1133 Manager, Architectural Products: Jamie Farnham E-mail: jamie.farnham@paccoast.com - Carl Burns
  2. From a google search for "pdf writer best", one web site had this list of favorite programs: Dane Prairie Win2PDF? www.daneprairie.com $35; free evaluation Jaws PDF Creator? www.jawspdf.com $79; free evaluation Fine Print PDF Factory? www.pdffactory.com $49.95; free evaluation PDF995 www.pdf995.com $9.95; free evaluation with advertising Robo PDF? www.robopdf.com $49; free evaluation activePDF www.activepdf.com $79; free evaluation Carl
  3. P : (you wrote):"...How to select and fix (en masse) objects that have been inadvertantly "misclassed" and are members of a container object is a thorny problem. It would have to be possible to edit these objects without entering the group. While code could be written to allow this, it would contradict one of the normal and desirable functions of groups, which is to disallow access to the individual member objects unless we are in the "edit group" window." IF...classes can be thought of as "tags" or "labels" which assign an object to one or (maybe unfortunately as you say) more groups, why can't there be a command, or a query which would result in display of all objects with tag "x", regardless of how many other tags the object also carries? I guess I'm wondering if it's really necessary to edit the object without entering the group...I just want to know it's there, and mis-classed so I don't lose a vital something in a set of drawings. I don't mind in this case editing in the same old fashion. Jan, Thanks I do remember the guideline option, though I haven't tried it since I started with VW. I only vaguely remember that I didn't like the look and function of them, and perhps(?) you can't print them when you do want to...I'll have to try again. Carl
  4. I'd like a quick good way to find mis-classed objects in a drawing: I have a class or two which are routinely turned off when printing because they're guidelines (class: gl). And while drawing, they're sometimes the active class. So, objects which should be visible sometimes end up in "gl". However if they're anything more complex than a simple object they have multiple classes and won't display with: Organize/Class Options/Active Only and "gl" the active class. Does anyone have a good way to do this? Failing that, I'd wish for a Class Options/Show non-visible objects only. Another possible: A Class Option which displays everything with Active Class regardless of other classes attached. Thanks for your thoughts, Carl
  5. For the next time: NNA tech suppport suggested keeping an exact copy of the workspace, as this is where palette location/size info is stored. When you lose a palette, use the copy of the workspace and toss the old one/make a new copy. I once had luck with changing monitor resolution. Carl
  6. >port scans that were coming from the machine. >It seems to be coming from VectorWorks. After the recent virus/worm attacks we installed norton antivirus and firewall, and had the same experience: the firewall reports on all attempts to communicate in/out, and it sometimes reports VW attempting to send an "outbound UDP packet". Oddly, though I've been using VW(A) 10.1.2 the attempt to send is from VW 9.5.2, still installed. Tech support at NNA didn't have any answers so the communication from VW9.52 is "blocked" with no ill effects. Trying to call home? Carl
  7. I enthusiastically agree: the more one can manipulate elements graphically (vs mathematically) with immediate visual feedback the closer the software comes to really fitting and assisting the earlier stages of the architectural design process. The ability to set elements with precision is also useful of course. Maybe the dash creation tool(?) is an example of a tool which is more graphically successful than precise...it could be improved in both aspects. Carl
  8. Has anyone worked out a method to move spreadsheets around between VW and ACAD? VW to ACAD - It took a while to understand that Excel runnning inside ACAD only displays 1 page at a time, regardless of file size. So, the file (if originating in Excel) has to be broken into 1 pg bites for import into ACAD. ACAD back to VW - If the information has been brought into ACAD as an Excel spread sheet, a .dwg import into VW doesn't bring the spreadsheet along. Is there a way to "demote" the embedded spreadsheet (like convert PIO to group), so VW finally sees it as simple text or bitmap, or other? Thanks for any ideas, Carl
  9. quote: Originally posted by Kristen: Carl, maybe I'm misunderstanding, but isn't this again something that you can do with a saved sheets? You could have five saved sheets, each with the brick class active, along with whichever other classes which belong in design alternate 1, etc. Well yeah, I think so. And I'm pretty happy with the way VW works... I've yet to come anywhere near fully exploring it, using it sporadically as I do. Carl
  10. I wonder: What if one could assign any number of classes to a single object? After all these classes simply enable one to "connect" objects within a group. A single object in a building for instance can actually belong to many different conceptual groups. And it might be useful to be able to call up each different group (all bricks, design alternate 1, thermal envelope, structure, brick type A...ad nauseum)without creating seperate objects. In this case one would then directly assign the "attribute-determining class"... or not (attributes could be individually determined as now). If the confusion between attributes and classes is dealt with directly, it allows one to think of classes more flexibly, just a database tag. No doubt this would create a level of complexity which would drive me back to pencil and paper. Carl
  11. Just to rule out the simplest possibility: are you moving the referenced image in the target layer? It then reverts to its original position at next opening. Carl
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