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  1. Chad Hamilton HAarchs

    Project sharing workflow

    We keep the building model in one shared file, which tends to approach 200 mb as a file. We keep the title block in a separate, referenced file, and 2d details in individual files. We keep alll sections, elevations and schedules derived from the model in the model file. Due to sheet size (typically we stick with 30 x 42 inch sheets), we will frequently split our models to follow what fits on a standard sheet - this also tends to keep our models within the same storage size range. For publishing, we link related files, so we can publish the entire project from the model file. Other than periodic file sharing bugs in the conversion from VW 2017 to VW 2018, this system works well with minimal problems.
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    Default Door Trim Dimensions?

    To set basic parameters of Doors, Windows and other objects, you can set up a standard template for future use – 1. Create a new, blank document (or use a previous template if you have one) 2. Review the parameters of each object and set them to normal dimensions or values. 3. Do this for all the tools you want to affect. 4. Set default line weights, text size and formatting, etc. 5. Under the File menu, select "Save As Template" - navigate to your User Data and Preferences folder, which is defined under the User Folders pane of Vectorworks Preferences (User/Libraries/Application Support/Vectorworks/2018/Libraries/Defaults/Templates on a Mac - similar for Windows. 6. Once you save your template, create new documents by selecting "from document template" rather than "create blank document" in the new document dialog box. Your standard preferences will show up in documents created from this template.
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    Door and Window Tag - Page Based?

    I second this - and this should include not just door tags but window, plant id, wall tags - anything that is an id symbol should be page-scaled.
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    Mac to PC file sharing

    Assuming you are talking about VW files - we use both Macs and PCs in our office, and share all files through a server. You can also exchange files from one machine to another if you don't use a server, but VW runs the files as well on each machine. We also use Project Sharing in a multiplatform environment - one thing to note is you must set up file sharing using SMB, not AFP, as PCs cannot read AFP file protocol.
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    Project Sharing and Dropbox

    We have been moving towards as little paper as possible, both for long term archiving as well as day-to-day filing, so we keep almost everything on our own server. As paper comes in, we scan most rhings and file them on the server. Here is our hierarchical file system. HA Filing System.pdf
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    Importing DWG and Viewport Scaling Issues

    Check out this video - Check known dimensions on a design layer - if all else fails, try scaling your import so that the dimension of an object in the DWG file is correctly dimensioned to the scale of the design layer.
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    Delta Save & Commits

    This sounds like a very good idea.
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    Project Sharing and Dropbox

    Interesting - we run a local server, with cloud backup every fifteen minutes (I think - some short period of time, anyway). When a file gets corrupted or a user does something unfortunate, we go back to the cloud backup. Day to day, everyone works off the fileserver.
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    Syncing of Viewports in Project Sharing

    In my opinion, this would not be good. I think it would be better to have the program behave as expected, and in my view the analogy would be between the behavior of data, revisions and viewports in a shared file should be the same as in a regular Working File. To deviate would be confusing, and one more thing to have to keep in mind while working. Again, the basic reason for not auto-updating viewports is to avoid chewing up machine computational time when you really want to be working.
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    Syncing of Viewports in Project Sharing

    I set up two computers next to each other so I could check and verify the conditions we've been bouncing around. 1. On machine A, add an annotation to a VP, then run 'save and commit' - refresh on machine B - the annotation immediately appears. 2. On machine A, update a rendered VP to show the rendered textures, sky, etc., then 'save and commit' - with the same sheet layer visible on machine B, hit 'refresh' - no change on machine B until 'update selected viewport'. 3. Add some data to the model on machine A - I added some geometry that would stand out very visibly, then 'save and commit' - on machine B, 'refresh' - the new data does not appear in the VP until you also 'update selected VP' This works with any data that's added, including adding rendering textures, but anything on machine B that would normally require a viewport update still needs a view port update. Adding annotations do not require a VP update, rendering operations, or model revisions, do require a VP update. They will only show up after 'refresh' plus 'update selected viewport'.
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    Project Sharing and Dropbox

    Isn't dropbox just syncing to local files? How do you get around the issue of losing data in dropbox if the local file is deleted?
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    Multi Storey Stairs

    Don't you have a landing at each stair, with a break in the handrail? Christian's method is what everyone I know uses - if you need to run the rail continuously through the landing, you could model that single piece of railing as a separate element and use it on as many levels as you need.
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    Syncing of Viewports in Project Sharing

    This is my experience - if you add annotations to a viewport in a Working File, then save and commit, it is pushed through to the Project File. If you invoke the "Update Viewport" command to update a viewport in the Working File, whether for rendering, modeling, or to update any other new data, that does not cause viewports in Project File to have updated views. To me that makes sense. For example - imagine user A is working on updating the design documents, and user B decides to do a complex render of a view of the school, then saves and commits. User A's file would be essentially locked up while the viewport rendered - that's why we have control over when viewports are updated. I have no idea whether this is on purpose or not, but it does make sense to me.
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    Vectorworks User Interface Overhaul

    Shows how different users' perceptions are - I always use class hierarchies because for me it's very difficult to find what I want in a long list - makes my eyes glaze over. Points up the benefits of a customizable interface.
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    Vectorworks User Interface Overhaul

    I think the interesting thing about discussing interface design is how to get all that data organized visually, and hierarchically. Some of us respond better to the visual organization, others to the written data organization. i personally like the idea of expanding or collapsing tabs - allows me to see information together that I think is important.


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