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Peter Huggins

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  1. Hi hekla, If you'd like to send me the data file that you received, I can try and assist. send it to pete[removethis]@resolve.ca
  2. Skot, You clearly don't understand the viewport technology. It is not only used in 3D, but can be used to greatly increase the possibilites for developing 2D working drawing sets. Perhaps it would be beneficial to use the collective wisdom of this support board, and its many knowledgable members, before knocking a useful and powerful feature of VectorWorks.
  3. >> I think it would be a great investment for Nemetschek to make basic video tutorials for beginners. Hi Marr, The Learning Series CDs, which Resolve produces for Nemetschek, provide a consistent, well-thought approach to learning VectorWorks. We based the content on our experience teaching thousands of users across North America. The development of this type of material is costly, particularly when care is taken to provide a top-quality user experience. I can understand that you would like to see these offered for free, however I think that you'd find them an excellent resource, and that the cost pales in comparison to paying for VectorWorks but not being as productive as possible with it. Best regards,
  4. Hugo, The printing shop is probably asking for a .PLT file because they're used to that for AutoCAD. You might ask them if they can print from a PDF as that will be much simpler for you.
  5. Kurt, Sounds like you may need some additional seats. If you upgraded licenses from version 11 to version 12, the two copies (one from version 11 and its upgrade on version 12) won't run concurrently on a network.
  6. Skot, Although your computers are not at the bottom end of the spectrum, the PB and eMac are not ideal due to the limited RAM and processor speed. However.....I think you may also be experiencing a slower "feeling" due to the fact that you have also made the jump to OSX (I assume that you were running VW8 under OS9 in Classic Mode). Many of our customers reported this when moving from OS9 to OSX, yet were willing to make the jump for the stability and other improvements. IOW, it may not be VW that feels slower, but your OS instead....
  7. Skot, Please let us know what hardware you're using.
  8. Heather, Did you receive the "Upgrade Companion" CD in your package? That has a lot of info for people transitioning to VW12.
  9. CW, Sounds like you have gone through a lot of time and effort so far. Have you considered simply upgrading to VectorWorks 12? May be worth it in the long run for many reasons, not the least of which you can start drawing rather than going through trying to fix this problem......???
  10. mlau, Keep trying - there is a "sweet spot" that will cause the palettes to dock in the proper orientation. Takes a while to find it.
  11. Hi hekla, A survey file is basically a text (comma or tab-delimited) file with X, Y and Z values for a series of surveyed points. Alternatively, if you can get a digital file with 2D or 3D contours, you can also make a site model. If a paper survey is the only thing available, you could scan that, import it into VectorWorks and then trace contours with the Polygon Tool. First question is: What source data is available? [ 02-23-2006, 02:59 PM: Message edited by: Peter Huggins ]
  12. Hi Fuge, The Navigation palette is included with any of the Design Series products (Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, or Machine Design), as well as with VectorWorks Designer. Hope that clears it up.
  13. Hi Thom, Unfortunately there is no way to do this in VW 12, short of ungrouping the property line object and changing individual components (which would cause the object to lose its parametric capabilities).
  14. This is a great example of where a "Rule" is so useful in your mail program. File the messages from the list in a folder and read them when you want to. The list remains a very valuable service for VW users.
  15. Sounds like a shipping mistake. The Core Concepts CD should come with a NEW license (as should printed manuals). The Upgrade Companion CD comes with upgrades, which are manual-less....
  16. The standard workspace in VectorWorks 11.5 includes export commands for VW 10, VW 9, and VW 8.
  17. Upgrade to version 12. The new support for Quartz output fixes this.
  18. Hi Heather, I believe the settings that have the word "detail" in the name have a fill pattern of some type. Are you not seeing this?
  19. Hey islandmon, I am a pilot and regularly use FS2004, which I have heavily customized with local geodata, aircraft etc. I am interested in XPlane. Does it have the full range of capabilities that FS2004 does? The screenshots look pretty awesome.
  20. Hi Clarissa, The easiest thing to do is to revise the existing database as follows: 1. Open Excel, then choose "Open" and locate the file: VectorWorks 12/Plug-ins/VW_Land/Data/PlantReferenceData.txt. Make sure the popup menu at the bottom of the Open dialog box says Files of Type "All Files". 2. In the Text Import Wizard dialog, keep pressing "Next" until the button is greyed out, then press "Finish". The file will now be open as an Excel spreadsheet. 3. Make any changes by adding, deleting, or changing info as required. Of course, you can use all the commands that Excel has to offer. Don't use row 1 as it is needed by VectorWorks. 4. When complete, change the value in cell A1 to be the same as the number of plant entries (i.e. total rows in spreadsheet-1). By default it is 1153. If you add plants the number will be greater and vice versa. 5. Save the file. Excel will prompt you that the file is a Text file. Click OK. Now, you'll have access in Landmark to the revised database. Hope that helps!
  21. Hi amacbabe, Depends on what issue your installer CD is. If it says "11.5.1", you are fine. If it is anything earlier, you will need to download and install the appropriate updates. The series number and version should be printed on the CD. Hope that helps.
  22. carpalmer, Double-click on a viewport and then choose the design layer that you want to view (as VPs could be made up of objects on different layers). You'll be transported to the design layer with the contents that are seen in the VP centered in the window.
  23. Hi Dacamino, You need to add the document inside that folder to your "Favorites" list. 1. Open the Resource Browser. 2. From the top popup menu, choose "Add New Favorite Files". 3. In the dialog, navigate to the location you mention in your message. 4. Select the file called Plant Lists.mcd. 5. Click "Open". You'll now have access to this file in the browser and you can grab any of the four plant lists and drop them in your document. Hope that helps.
  24. In my experience, the most successful firms are the ones where the senior architects (and partners) have crossed the line and produce drawings in conjunction with their tech staff (and often with the same level of competency). Too many times I have seen the firm where the principals are far removed from the day-to-day process of drawing creation. I call it the "Wall" firm (thanks to Pink Floyd). The "designers" are on one side of the wall and the "techs" are on the other. The only way through is a small door where information is channeled through a "CAD Manager" who acts as a go-between. I agree with Runtime (and I often do!). The principals need to be actively involved in, and familiar with, the workflow. Not to say that all principals are cut out for CAD, but I feel one of the strengths of VectorWOrks is that it can be used to teach "new tricks" to "old dogs". wv_vectorworker, I think the workflow that you describe is fairly typical. The trick is to drill in to each part of the process and look for economies and ways to improve. In may case, the saving grace was learning VectorScript. For others, it's other things. My Friday night 2 cents.
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