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  1. I do really appreciate all the new sharing features on VW2021 SP3 and VCS and I agree with @Christiaan that a project sharing server on VCS would help in the future, especially for small-medium practices with little IT experience.

    • For individual and/or small companies, having a robust content management and file sharing platform on VCS, could be a plus. It makes files accessible from multiple devices incl. mobile (iPads, iPhones), making collaboration possibile (via share sync) and providing storage in the cloud optimised for VW files (as an alternative to Dropbox, etc.). I also find the web interface now a bit confusing when it comes to permissions but even for simple silly actions (e.g. renaming a folder...  I am struggling to understand how, but I remember I did rename files in VCS in the past)
    • For small-medium companies, working both with BIM models and other files, a mix between share sync and project sharing server in VCS would be great. It would probably push to a move from nas, small servers and local storages to VCS, at least for Vectorworks and design files. File versioning but also an integrated file&folder history management (and backup guides!) would also be great to store design milestones (project issues/revisions etc.). Group and or granular permissions would also help to share data with internal/external collaborators. Having somewhere in the cloud 1) a .vwxp centralized BIM model (and/or a Common Data Environment?) with VR/AR capabilities and running on a VCS project sharing server  2) shared .vwx files (e.g. details, miscellaneous... but than maybe everything should/could be .vwxp?) 3) .pdf and/or .ifc files issued to other professionals and or clients would be great.

    I would love to have a clear overview on how to deal both with file versioning and backups on VCS before fully integrate this workflow.

    To share some info, we are a small architecture practice, less than 10 people, using VW both CAD/BIM, currently smoothly running a Synology Nas - after years of Mac OS Server - for storage, file sync via Synology Drive, file sharing with external via box+wetransfer, using VCS for VR/panoramas/presentations, testing now VW projects sharing via Docker (and it looks sooo much better than sharing via files & afp/smb... but for use at the office only, no idea on how to deal with it from remote...).

  2. I do usually select the data I need (lot of trial&error) either from the IFC entity or from the Object (PIO) parameters in the "Define Tag Field dialog box" (they're all listed there), adding the selected one to the tag definition. Not sure this is what you're looking for, for windows I would try with #Window#.#Elevation# (not sure, here in Italy the only standards represented in the centerline are width/height)

    Screenshot 2021-02-01 at 22.53.01.png

  3. yep, we do get parameters from the IFC property set since we are/were transitioning from the VW localized door/window PIO to the VW US/International door/window PIO (and we needed tags working for both), but we do also have tags getting info from the PIO or with user entered width/height fields (for special door/windows or 2d drawings etc)

  4. On 11/24/2020 at 1:51 PM, Matt Panzer said:


    There is no better way to do this that I know of.  You might want to repost this in the wishlist forum so it gets more attention (and can be voted up).  Multiline and wrapping text options would be nice for these objects.


    Here we go!


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  5. Hello everyone,


    In VW2021 - Space tool - OIP the "Area" field seems missing. Quite a big issue for us at the office, since we were used to quickly check there areas sum ups (multiple selection of space objects) both for space planning studies in early stages and for quantities check in DD and construction stages.

    Any suggestion? I am aware it is possible to extract data info in sheets or convert space to polygons and polylines... but the Area field is/was a very useful tool for quick selections/checks.


    Thanks in advance for any reply!


    VW2020-VW2021 OIP Space Tool Area.png

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  6. Hello,

    In Top/Plan view - both in DL and in SLVP - slab components are visibile even when component class is set to invisible.

    In 3d views everything seems to work as expected. Is this working as designed?

    I am running VW2021 SP2 on Mac OS Big Sur. Attached both video & vwx file. Thanks in advance for any help!





    VW2021 - slab component.vwx

  7. @Matt Panzer I might be out of topic here - I apologise for it - but do you know if there is any way to force multiline text in tags, as in the attached example? I very often need to duplicate tags, providing an "unlinked/manual" version (e.g. when modelling 3d windows which I am not able to model with the door/window tool). In that case, to avoid the "flipping" issue shown by @genie, a multiline text box is needed or some kind of spacer (e.g. the <br> html tag).


    Currently the only workaround I found is to combining text box width and font size, but this leads to many possible graphic issues (e.g. when scaling text). Thanks in advance all the work you're doing (smart markers are such a good tool!).



    Screenshot 2020-11-24 at 09.42.23.png


  8. hi @genie not sure mine is the right way to fix it, but here attached your file edited.
    This has happened to me in the past also with text in symbols and tags, and I still remember a night before a deadline spent trying to understand (and fix) a last-minute potential big fail due to mirrored information/symbols. When the position of the text (top-bottom) has semantic relevance (e.g. for windows dimension in some countries), using one or two text boxes and controlling text alignment is crucial in my experience.
    A question for @Matt Panzer: is there any other way to force a new/multiple line in dynamic text (e.g. section line, markers, tags etc.)?





    Screenshot 2020-11-23 at 19.12.05.png

  9. To avoid “sheet” and “drawing no.” switching when “auto rotate” is selected, pay attention to the “sheet” and “drawing no.” text box settings: it might be related with its vertical alignment and with the fact that both values are in the same box (which mirrors on its center when rotated) instead of being in separate text boxes (so they don’t switch places)

  10. Thanks @michaelk for your kind reply. This is very strange, I double checked but I am not able to find any misconfiguration. This is working as expected in VW2020 but not in VW2021 (attached here both versions). Furthermore I get more inconsistency with horizontal bars (showing, but with incorrect size, as in the image below).


    VW2021 odd railing flat bars.png


    VW2020 railing.vwxVW2021 railing.vwx

  11. Hi @JuanP & VW, I do really appreciate all the effort made both for 2021 and for the design day.

    Here are my questions, all related to VW Architect:

    • Is VW planning to improve consistency and shaping capabilities of slabs, roofs, roof faces, hardscapes, slab drainage (e.g. making non-horizontal ramps/slabs possibile)?
    • Is VW planning to extend wall and component joins capabilities to non-2dplan environments?
    • How VW plans to develop in future the most common BIM tools (walls, slabs, stairs, windows/doors, etc)? Is VW moving towards a shaping-friendly attitude (e.g. structural elements, walls) or towards a data-input approach (e.g. the current stair tool, lot of inputs to be inserted before getting a shape)
    • Is there any plan to simplify and increase consistency - maybe even merging - of polylines and 2d/3d polygons tool?

    Thanks in advance for listening!

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  12. I do very often create closed geometries (pen+fill) while designing: sometimes 2d only, sometimes as a shape to extrude/pull/push for massing.


    An "hidden treasure" I recently re-discovered is the "bucket option" (inner boundary mode) in the 2d polygon tool (while I am used to it creating slabs). Most design software/apps would probably emphasise - in their UI/UX - the action needed while designing (fill that blank area!) rather than trusting the capacity of the users to remember where exactly the mode of a tool is located.

    Furthermore, besides geometrical and/or code technicalities, I wouldn't be able to determine any difference in terms of shaping between a closed polyline and polygon.


    A few enhancement proposals/requests, increasing visual consistency and going for fewer but smarter tools (which looks the way VW has developed lately, and I really appreciate it)

    1. combine 2d Polygon, 3d Polygon and Polyline in just one tool
    2. introduce a "bucket tool", which could simply do what the "2d polygon > inner boundary mode" and the "menu > modify > combine into surface" are already doing.
    3. if not, please add a "inner boundary mode" to the Polyline tool (which means > turn the "combine into surface" menu command into a visual "mode" icon under the polyline tool)
    4. combine "menu > model > extrude" and the "push/pull" tools (here I see the geometrical difference... but... after all the love given to the push/pull tool in VW2021... not sure how, but it would be nice to have these 2 actions somehow combined... the extrude command looks almost a legacy from a previous 2d world)
    5. (please please please) make the Reshape tools > "Add/Delete Vertex" and "Hide or show edges" mode available for the rectangles family as well. In my experience this is soo confusing: the same tool non-acting on similar shapes (although made with different tools/geometries), and requesting many extra steps (e.g.: select a shape > want to hide an hedge > find out it was made with the rectangle tool > convert it to polyline (ouch, that conversion to polyline popup window asking for more choices...) or > pick a vertex and deform it > go back to a rectangular shape with snaps and smart edges > add vertex and/or hide/show edges.


    Not sure if this has to do with UI/UX @Ian Lane or with tools enhancements @Donald Ward.


    PS: I've just realized that the "menu > modify > convert to polyline" command might be for some localised European versions only, can't find it in the VW Architect US/international licence.

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