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  1. The Volumetric Properties tool can be useful for the odd time you need this information. You have your object.. The figures are displayed straight away - but you can choose to place these on the drawing This places a grouped text block - I generally remove the centre of mass info for simple drawings, but its been really useful for an on going design project where I need to know the the c of m position on concrete worktops where I have odd areas for hobs and designed-in underside void areas to reduce overall weight etc. For this, choose also to place locus at centre of mass For a drawing with many objects, @michaelk's suggestion is a better route I think.This would allow you to develop the information to a more comprehensive output.
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    Create Wall Recess

    This is quite common with VW. Your expectation that the recessed area has now recognised it has less depth (and therefore will work with windows and doors) than wall parts either side is not carried through by the software. This is one of those areas where we users moan about the way the boffins create these features. It seems (and this happens over and over) they don't 'see the thing through'. They devised a way to create recesses and seem not to have bothered to make the feature a real 'winner'. I have a way around this for you @Jeremiah Russell. I think sometimes you need to be the Forrest Gump of design and think 'simple is as simple does' If VW doesn't play ball one way, try coming at it another way. It seems you have your window choice set, so all we have to do is sort the wall. Try it by using two wall types, main wall thickness and then a thickness to achieve the recessed areas. All you do now is attack the problem 'from the opposite direction' - use create wall projection... to create the arched area to the upper part of your recess. Then the wall will take a window (OK, not the one you've shown!) and deal with the thickness of the wall as you'd expect. Hope this helps. Edit - I think I should prove the Top/Plan view...
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    Slow printing after 2018 SP5

    This is worrying. Seems anything issued recently is one step forward and (fill in what you want!) steps back. I'm sticking where I am - both VW and MacOS. I can't afford to play Russian roulette with my choice of upgrades. It's my income VW is playing with. Shouldn't be like this!!!!
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    Switching Between Versions?

    Thanks @Polly - hope its all going good for you now.
  5. The boffins haven't got the time to address these 'reasonable' suggestions. They've been tasked year after year to put more and more 'lace around the sheet'. Trouble is, if they stepped back and looked they'd all see there's a hole in the sheet.
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    Switching Between Versions?

    @Polly is there a reason you've adopted this 'to-and-fro'? Your license will allow desktop and laptop to have 2017 (won't it?). I assume desktop too old? The posting subject is a little off target. Can it be changed so others will see @Jim Smith's good advice for this situation.
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    Hip Flashing for Metal Roof

    Hi @Kevin K Have a look at @Alan Woodwell's excellent vid. https://youtu.be/iqh0692yaAc It's one of those 'why didn't I think of that' moments, that you may adopt for your models.
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    pulley & belt system

    See what I did there? (because you will crack it) I would be in the same boat. I'll have to wait until I have my geometry head on. (think I may have mislaid it! - usually getting VW to provide unknown offset dims and the like.) Best of luck
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    pulley & belt system

    Nice sheet @Chris Burton I see the problem - I don't think this can be down to (say) rounding - there must be something obvious (surely?) You've checked the originator's derivation? Although nobody on that forum seemed to have found fault. I've a had a cursory look but I can't see anything glaringly obvious. I'll have more time later. Meanwhile someone far better than me will surely step in. This would be like a 1 minute brain teaser for @Pat Stanford (if you have time Pat)
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    pulley & belt system

    Often the 'simplest' way is to Google the question and see what the (sometimes quite varied) answers thrown up are. There aren't many questions these days where you're asking it for the very first time (unless you're Stephen Hawking - RIP Stevie) So, the first answer I get is this. http://electromotiveforces.blogspot.com/2012/04/equation-for-determining-belt-size-of.html Looks ok? Also looks like you could quite easily transfer the calculation to a VW worksheet with the primary distances and pulley diameters (the 'given' figures) fed in automatically from the drawing. There are others on the web, but I didn't look further. Once you get into whether the belt is 'Vee' etc, I got 😐 You may even find someone will provide you with that worksheet! - there's some mighty benevolent guys on this forum. Hope this turns out useful for you.
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    pulley & belt system

    I'm not sure you can in this scenario B. Yes, that would enable you to 'grab' and move the three point contact area with the pulley - which is a very useful option on this tool when the geometry is consistent and just needs relocating. I don't think its as easy as that in this instance, as the geometry changes when the pulley(s) are moved in relation to each other and reshape tool doesn't have the finesse required to incorporate the reshape of a small section all in one action. My take on this.... So, the repositioned pulley has obvious and immediate changes to belt contact, and the changes also affect the 'fixed' pulleys.(I've only pointed out the lower larger one) Or have I missed something and I need more coffee this morning!! (prob need more coffee anyway 😴)
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    pulley & belt system

    Yes I remember (hate to admit it) There were some teaser files with moving gears and cranks (the files - not me). In those days the simulation was achieved by scripting - something available today and still works (as not much has changed in scripting). The scripts have ©1997, Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. Developed by Tom Urie on them. These days you'd probably be directed towards Marionette for the way to achieve this, but here's an old thread on that sort of track... Shows most stuff is possible!! Also shows theres clever guys on this forum
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    Selection of questions across a variety of topics

    Have you searched for the problem(s) using a suitable keyword(s) from.. This forum - most questions have been asked before!! Vectorworks 2018 Help - http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm#t=VW2018_Guide%2FLandingPage%2FWelcome_to_Vectorworks.htm Google. Will throw up old information - some from this forum, sometimes from YouTube Direct from YouTube. There are some excellent vids from VW and from users themselves. Some are dated, but the techniques and tips are often still valuable and valid for recent VW versions. Or come back with a list - but its good to go on the search, because you'll often stumble over other (sometimes better) ways of achieving the same thing.
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    previewing a image of a file before opening

    In Finder, Cmd-J will show/hide View Options. This is under the View Menu... In viewing the options available, you can see Show Icon Preview is a choice you can make on a window by window basis. I believe this is default, so (another user?) may have switched off. Edit. Should have mentioned - I assume you are on a reasonably up to date Mac? Or were you given the oldest one in the studio?😉
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    Thanks @David S (I was hoping @Jim Smith would be able to lend you something)


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