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  1. Kevin Allen

    Arc Dimensioning

    yes, once you compose, you no longer have arcs, you have poly lines. Keep the arcs in a separate layer of class, dimension those.
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    Arc Dimensioning

    arc length tool should be associative
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    Arc Dimensioning

    You can get the arc length in the OIP. There is an src length measuring tool in the dimes/notes toolset You could create a custom Data Stamp.
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    3D modelling

    Without being too self serving, I suggest my book. https://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9780415726139/ Generally speaking, you can't extrude lines. You extrude shapes. You can compose lines into a shape. You would extrude before making a symbol, or in the edit symbol mode.
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    Animation for VW ?

    Vision is a stage lighting programming tools. It is another product by Vectorworks.Although you can create stills like those you've shown inVectorworks. You will have to have lens objects in the lighting instruments. Most of the Vectorworks spotlight lighting devices have the geometry, BUT the need to have a class assigned and a glow texture added to the lens. In the spotlight preferences, if you check modify by color, AND the glow texture is set to object color, the lens will glow in the color of the Gell assigned to the light. .
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    Rendering dark surfaces

    I'll usually add in Blur near the end. Once you have some texture definitions you like, this gets easier. Create a couple of Renderworks styles, at least one that gives you the final look you want and one that sets everything to low and turns off blur, multiple bounces and the like. Create a series of viewports on sheet layers, or saved views with the details you want to explore. K=Just render those smaller and tight views until you have the desired look and feel, then render the final view, first fast, then in your full fledged Renderworks style. Once you've set this up, and kept your sales and texture in a template file or a favorited file, the second time will be much faster.
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    QTY of Selected object

    I'm not a power user of the Landmark features, not yet anyway. Maybe @Tamsin Slatter will have better ideas. If the plants are a symbol, you should be able to generate or create a report with the proper inventory. If those plants are grouped, VWX should only see the groups as object, not the objects within the groups, unless you pul out the symbol. If you, like me, don't love the polyline drawing tools, have you tried creating the poly lines in another way, and then using the Modify>Create Objects from shapes command?
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    Rendering dark surfaces

    some plastic reflectivity? Maybe a noise bump shader. Just a wee bit.
  9. I was training a colleague and it was one of the stock title blocks, the symbol appeared in the correct location, but it did not align as expected on the drawings. I had intended to research this bug, but then came this post.
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    QTY of Selected object

    Can you make them plant areas? Are you grabbing groups or individual symbols, or then a combination?
  11. I think this description creates a Blue Symbol, not a Green symbol
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    Panoramic Background Troubles

    or use a curved wall
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    Exporting to consultants that use Vectorworks

    Well, I'm pretty free with my sharing. If you create a Dropbox (pick your flavor of WAN), you can v=create a new folder and a new VWX drawing in that folder and do a DLVP reference, however, if the Engineer doesn't have access to that file, they'll likely not get updates. So you would have to repeat the process with any revision. You could also create a Project file and limit that user's access.
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    How do you work? Workspace Configurations

    My own is very similar, I swap the Attributes and the toolsets. I keep the RM at the top and either window shade or use Common-R to reveal and hide.
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    Crowd with LED wristbands

    The Hardscape tool can also create floors. DTMs are useful to create natural stage platforms, or for outdoor events. These come immediately to mind
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    How to model....

    EAP and NURBS Curves for the straight Wood. Loft for the wood that changes width. Subdivision for the cushions. You could use Subdivision for all.
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    Design Summit ends Election Day

    I just have to fill men out and drop in th email!
  18. Kevin Allen

    Crowd with LED wristbands

    I think a Marionette script could handle the random distro.
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    How to create a garden shade sail?

    Happy to Help. Let me know how it goes. I have the file I made if you need.
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    How to create a garden shade sail?

    So, I would Draw the triangle in plan, go to Modify>Convert>Convert to Subdivision. Start buy setting the subdivision iteration to a low number, like 0 in the ensuing dialog. Change to a front or side view. Select the edit subdivision tool in the 3D modeling toolset, first mode or operation (transform), select one corner. Hover over the dragger until eh Z axis turns yellow and drag up. Tab into the floating data bar and set a height. Remember, the triangle is the ground, so set the heights above the bottom for the heights from the low point of the swoop. Then I would raise the the thing. Alternately, you can raise the flat surface first. Changing views helps, working in OpenGL may help. Select the Split mode of the Edit Subdivision tool and select an edge. drag towards the center. Do the same with another edge. Use the transform mode to select the new center point. use the dragger to have the surface bow down in the middle. By default, the dragger is constrained to XYZ movement, although you can rotate those axis. For what you want, I don't think you want or need to do that. It's tricky at first, but once you get it, it all makes sense.
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    How to create a garden shade sail?

    or convert the triangle to NURBS, the old skol way
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    I don't believe so, but it would be useful
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    Anyone using Database?

    The Callout tool could use some love, but the Reconcile Notes Command helps IF everyone is properly using the database.
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    Anyone using Database?

    I'm not sure you can reconcile notes as you suggest. Organizing a team is always a challenge. There need to be some rules about how and where notes are added to the database. On a recent project we saw duplication of notes and inconsistent use, so training is needed. One other issue I've seen is a Mac/PC thing with Dropbox. The Notes tool would 'lose' the link tot he database and s=need to have that link reset when a user switched platforms.


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