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  1. Thanks @Pat Stanford, Do you know where I can find a list and description of all the notations applicable to controlling the boolean logic in the formula bar? @Edgar RAMEL mentioned use of "*" in this thread, for example. Seems promising...I would love to try out some more advanced formulas. I'm sure I could have benefitted from this info. in the past! Thanks, matt
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    Use marionette to create parameters on object

    @Pat Stanford, This thread caught my attention, but didn't go where I was hoping it would. I'd like to control the display of parameters relating to objects that all share the same record(s). I think VectorScripts or Marionnette might be able to help... Currently when doing a site plan, I use a few custom records to track polygons that represent various types of site planning areas. These relate to zoning designations, planning tabulations, storm water coverages, etc. It's basically a catch-all system for identifying and tracking any areas relevant to site planning and fit studies. In other words, it's become a site plan version of the space tool for me. The problem I'm running into is that the record is getting bloated, and so I would like to add conditional formatting to it. Is it possible to filter or funnel an object's pop-up options based on some primary selections? Example: Project proposes a Commercial building. Property belongs to a zone that represents a sub-designation belonging to all Commercial zones (i.e.- "C-1") All other Zoning options (Agriculture, Residential, Industrial, etc.) are non-applicable. Currently, if I were to attach the building footprint to this zoning/planning record, it would show the selection related to Commercial\C-1, and then maintain a bunch of "n/a" selections related to the other zone groups. The object would have to carry around all this "n/a" data, which then makes it overly complicated to apply worksheets and data tags to these objects (which is the whole point). What I'd like to have happen is to select Commercial from a list of major category designations, and have this filter out all other lists of minor zone designations, so that I can then select from a filtered list of sub-categories only related to Commercial. This might seem trivial, but without this capability, it's a lot harder to make useful and simple "Project Info." worksheets, as well as a small and simple set of data tags. So filtering the data is a critical first step in an overall attempt to track and document project info. The attached screenshots show this issue in a simple zoning record. Keep in mind I have other records containing many more parameters than this one. The need to filter the OIP using conditional forms becomes more apparent the greater the record becomes. I hope this makes sense! Thanks, Matt
  3. Hi @Pat Stanford, This just caught my eye, because I never knew we could control the logical connective between database criteria. The default is always '&', correct? Is the only way to create an "or" connection between criteria to overwrite the formula in the formula bar? Is there any sort of white paper or forum post listing ALL the ways to manipulate the logical connections in the formula bar? I would like make use of this hidden functionality! Also, YES, PLEASE!...we should add the ability to delete a criteria row without the need for workaround!! It is unbelievable that this is not a rudimentary part of the edit criteria interface... Thanks, Matt
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    Updating Record from Excel Spreadsheet

    A tool that lets you easily link (and update) records to spreadsheets, especially something on the cloud like google sheets, would be a huge win for vectorworks! But I would settle linking to a .csv on our company server as a good starting point. @Marissa Farrell, please pursue this if you can! Thanks, Matt
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    How to make a custom Data Tag

    yes! that's it...thank you!! i somehow missed all the "object function" options.
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    How to make a custom Data Tag

    Thankyou all for contributing to this thread! I am able to use this method in general to create custom tags. However, there is a very simple custom tag I am unable to create successfully. We often use polygons and rectangles for early site plan documentation and analysis (in lieu of using the space tool for example). We have a few handy records that allow these simple shapes to track and tabulate things related to lot coverage areas (i.e.- building footprints, hardscape, landscape, parking, etc.) I was hoping the new data tag tool would make it possible to intelligently label all this elements, leveraging them for more than just worksheets. It works well enough in displaying field definitions that are part of the attached record, but I can't get a data tag to work that displays a polygon or rectangle's area, height and width. I would assume there's a way to manually enter the tag field definition to call up the area and dimensions of a rectangle or polygon...seems like it should be super simple. But I can't seem to make anything work. I fear the data tag only works for "smart" objects and not dumb old shapes. Can someone please confirm or deny if there is a manual tag field definition that works for this purpose? Thanks! Matt
  7. yeah...the window sill tool is SUPER half baked. Aside from not being able to control the profile in an intelligent and contextual way, it also doesn't provide an accurate way to represent the trim. There needs to be a separate component just for the apron (THE APRON IS NOT THE SAME AS THE TRIM COMPONENT!!!! Same goes for the head trim. Apron and Head Trim are very often sized differently than the side trim. So there needs to be 3 separate components, not a one sized component that wraps all the way around!!!
  8. A great addition to VW would be a universal profile tool that could be applied to multiple plug-ins and modeling objects. I'm imagine a new category in the resource browser that stores simple polygonal profile shapes (as profile symbols). Many plug-ins could then be improved to include an "add profile" function or "add edge profile", depending on the context. Some likely candidates for this feature... roof (at eave or rake) - at edge framing member - at end condition (i.e.- decorative rafter tails!) extrusions (already uses profile but now profile would be a resource) slab (at edge or boundary) wall recesses and projections window/door sill and trim etc... Matt
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    Space Label issues after 2019 SP3

    Hi JMR, I didn't even realize someone had move my post and created a separate stand-alone Troubleshooting post from it. Thanks for responding. I'll try your remedy out, and see if I get the same results...thanks! Mat
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    OMG...Is THAT what's going on?! Thank you for clearing this up for me! I had learned that setting class to "none" inside a symbol allows the overall symbol class to control display. But often this does not work. Now I know why... Honestly, this really needs to be fixed! It is far too often the case to have some text inside a symbol set to a separate "...IDEN" class, so the text can be turned on or off separate from the linework. This shouldn't get in the way of using the "'none' class gets overwritten by symbol class attributes" rule. Matt
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    Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2019 released

    I'm getting a new problem related to Space Tool upgrade. I'm using the old version space labels in which I've created some sub-classes for the text. This allows me to independently turn on/off extra data about the space (such as the Area, Room Dimensions, or Occupant Load). In the screenshot I've attached, for example, only the top 2 lines of text are on the none class. The last 3 lines of text are on unique IDEN-DAT1,2,...etc. classes. After updating to SP3, all of the space label text is permanently displaying regardless of on/off visibility of these sub-classes. Is this supposed to work this way now? This had been a very simple and consistent way for me to control label info. Please help! This has wrecked my drawings! thanks, Matt
  12. I'm getting a new problem related to Space Tool upgrade. I'm using the old version space labels in which I've created some sub-classes for the text. This allows me to independently turn on/off extra data about the space (such as the Area, Room Dimensions, or Occupant Load). In the screenshot I've attached, for example, only the top 2 lines of text are on the none class. The last 3 lines of text are on unique IDEN-DAT1,2,...etc. classes. After updating to SP3, all of the space label text is permanently displaying regardless of on/off visibility of these sub-classes. Is this supposed to work this way now? This had been a very simple and consistent way for me to control label info. Please help! This has wrecked my drawings! thanks, Matt
  13. Is it a known issue that hidden line sketch mode (I'm using Section viewports in this case), produces seriously unstable results? I've run into a few different ways it fails to draw the expected result: The most common issue is that it displays everything in the view, but sketch mode does not appear to be activated. In some cases, the line work initially displays in sketch mode, but then after drawing annotation in the viewport, sketch gets deactivated. To be clear, sketch is still checked off as the desired render option, but the viewport behaves as if it's been turned off. Other times, all of the lines "beyond cut plane" simply don't display at all. Silver lining here is that for whatever reason, this seems to reactivate sketch mode for the cut plane elements and the annotation. There's also cases where the model line work maintains sketch display, but the annotative layer displays without sketch. I've also gotten the reverse situation, where only the annotation was displaying in sketch! It's really all over the map. There does seem to be one way to control this situation (at least it's worked so far). I discovered that by setting the line style of objects beyond cut plane to "use original" in the advanced properties, I can stabilize the sketch render setting, and both model and annotation maintain the correct display. When this is overwritten with a single class, all bets are off. Unfortunately, using the original line style of each modeling object requires a lot more work than being able to quickly set all lines to the same weight. So this is an unfortunate work around to have to accept. Thanks, Matt
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    Barn Door

    This is a great tool @sbarrett! The major drawback, unfortunately, is that there's no way to style the door. What happens when you move this into design development, and need to represent the door as a specific style? Would it be too much to add a few simple style options to this tool? Thanks, Matt
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    Isolate Object command

    I saw this thread, and didn't know about this command. I went to add it to my workspace, but I don't see it! Is the name of the command something other than "Hide Objects"?

 

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