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  1. No, the stair tool is pretty limited in what it can accomplish.
  2. @unearthed I've been waiting a while for an answer to this...
  3. @MeTheMachine If you need wall objects, then it seems separate wall objects is your best option. If you just need the geometry of the wall, but not the smart object, an extruded polygon would be fast and easy too.
  4. Separate walls is probably the easiest way to do it in my experience. Are you doing 2D or 3D?
  5. Interactive appearance settings work just fine for this. If you are in an orthangonal projection, General - Background - 3D Views governs the color If you are in a perspective projection, General - Background - Perpective Horizon Ground & Perspective Horizon Sky gover the colors.
  6. just make sure you are in top/plan view when doing so otherwise you could snap to 3d points that will throw the measurement off 🙂
  7. @katherine@katherineroper.c seems like strange behavior. When I import a survey from DWG, I start with a blank file to prevent anything imported from causing problems with my design file. Always a good idea to quarantine data in this way to avoid potential disaster. During import, I see what units Vectorworks senses in the DWG and use the following settings: Sometimes, a survey will appear tiny as you state because the surveyor has included points far from the project. Typical stuff since surveyors tie their work to benchmarks. You can likely find those distant points and delete them, then zoom to fit object to see what you are working with. Perhaps there is a property line or other dimensioned feature in the design layer that you can check. Hopefully you find the survey has been drawn 1:1 and your measurements ring true for the units it was imported in. If not, you will want to scale it, but later as I will describe. Best not to scale a survey in it's native import state IMHO. Purge and save this vwx file, perhaps naming it survey. Open up your design file and use a reference viewport to refer to the newly created vwx survey file. If the survey was drawn 1:1 originally, there should be no scale issue, vectorworks resolves differences between files for you. If the surveyor sent you a scaled drawing, no worries, you can scale this referenced viewport without affecting the source survey file you create. There are many ways to accomplish the same, but I find this method to work well and keep my design file safe from contamination. Hope it helps.
  8. Yes, one can dream.... Vectorworks can't even import ArchiCAD, and they are owned by the same company 😞 C4D models can not be imported. Point cloud files still aren't imported correctly. OBJ import still appears to have issues compared to Blender and Meshlab. 3D assets imported from fbx...
  9. @JuanP As a customer, I do not recall ever being asked of my opinion on the utility of having Rhino/Vectorworks connectivity. @elepp Wow, those are some strong opinions. As a former Rhino and current Vectorworks user, I couldn't disagree more. Maybe things are different in Germany, but while working in the US, UK, and Middle East I did not find the tools to be as important as the professional skills I was employed to use. Talent can learn tools. It is not uncommon to hire an architect, engineer, or designer who has no knowledge of a particular software package, especially if the firm has proprietary processes or software implementations. However, it's unlikely that a CAD/BIM operator would be hired without knowledge of the tools. Having your ability to design or document tied to a single workflow or software is a good recipe for becoming unemployable in my opinion. Who knows what software or processes will be in fashion in 10 years, but it shouldn't affect one's ability to design. All that said, it would be nice to have Rhino/Vectorworks connectivity 🙂
  10. @samgbickel When it comes to site models, I would say so...but I'm biased as a lanscape architect 🙂 I will sometimes set design layers for built features on their own design layers with their assigned real world elevation. I do my buildings in separate files with FF of the main level set to 0, reference them into the site, and move them to their real world elevation, position, and orientation.
  11. @jdepaepe the file you posted has elements that are in two different scales 1/50 and 1/100... The dwg was presumably drawn in CM, based upon the dimensioning present. Using these settings will get you there. You will then have to scale the 1/50 plan by 0.5.
  12. @samgbickel you need to set the elevation of the grade object. It currently appears to be set to 0".
  13. Did you actually need model geometry for the project? If not, did you consider the use of textures with bump maps?
  14. @mchevalier there are many sources of png entourage on the web that might help you through your project. Personally, I generally do not care for many of vectorworks entourage people and prefer to source or make my own to fit the vibe of the project. When I was working in the middle east, our projects featured what must be the 5 most recognized arabs in the CG world 🙂


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