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jeff prince

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  1. I needed to model a quickie landscape light today, maybe it will be useful for you. Wish there was a complete library of all the FX Lights and have them actually work for rendering, etc. light fixture.vwx
  2. I believe @Pat Stanford gets credit for that mantra, I just adopted it 🙂
  3. lots of options like…. convert Revit to 2D .dwg and finish in 2D Vectorworks or hire a Revit operator to finish the current Revit projects while he gets up to speed on Vectorworks or Pay the Revit tax to do the work himself while getting up to speed on Vectorworks. It’s nice to want to move over to a different software, but without an efficient plan to do so, it never happens smoothly.
  4. Assuming you are using the default classing for the tool and symbol.... It looks like you have the seat Furnishings-Chair-cloth (and/or metal) class(es) turned off.
  5. Some days I feel like going back to paper and just hiring out the computer work 🙂 Autodesk went to a subscription the same time I needed to update my PC. Became my justification to switch to a Mac, Vectorworks, etc. Total cost of computer and software went down to less than $2000 a year.
  6. Adobe lost me as a customer precisely for this reason. Affinity Photo & Designer gained a new user.
  7. I recommend leaving your projects in Revit and just doing your new projects in Vectorworks. The cans of worms you will open could consume your billable hours. Then, factor in the downtime of learning a new package... You could lose a lot of money and only have headaches to show for it.
  8. please stop, I’m laughing so hard I’m starting to get light headed.
  9. Turn them off and used modeled ones instead. Then you can texture them to suite your needs and depict at the correct width.
  10. I can’t see a compelling reason to migrate a project from one package to another. Start in (insert software of choice), finish in (…). Heck, we even try to keep projects within a single release of Vectorworks due to all the little issues that can pop up when updating to the latest version. @rudybeuc@gmail.comcurious why you would want to migrate a project over. Is there a compelling reason or is it just an academic exercise?
  11. The approach with details varies, depending on how you want to manage things and your utilization of smart markers tying them to their reference and backreferences. For my typical 3D details, I just make a PDF of them and drop them into a design layer rather than try to mange them in the file. If you could copy/paste model and viewport annotations in a single move, maybe I would consider that. For one off project specific details, I put them on unique design layers and annotate them in a viewport. You can have all your sheets with sections and elevations set up in a template file. Then you just drop the building in, adjust your smart markers, and update your viewports to quickly get things going.
  12. You can work in the same way as depicted in that video. The guy isn’t doing anything magical… each typical detail is a separate Sketchup file that he copies from his library into his project folder using the same organizational scheme. Once in the specific project folder, he customizes them to the project. Same thing can be done in Vectorworks, AutoCAD, etc. You just have to decide if you prefer to have the details as separate files referenced in to you sheeted set or if you just want to place them in the same file as your overall project. Houses and light commercial work can easily be done with everything in a single file and using design layers to keep it all organized. Big projects or ones requiring multiple people working on them usually benefit from the separate file approach or using project sharing. I do most of my current work in a single file to simplify sheet organization and management due to the size of the projects. If your computer is slow, there is an advantage to using separate files. organizing the typical details library can be done in separate files or by grouping details with similar content. Personally, I like grouping details because it is easier to keep thing like classes, materials, and styles consistent quickly. Everyone has their own preferences and there are dozens of ways to do it 🙂 I would suggest rather than copying and pasting your template content that you just set up an actual Vectorworks template file. When it’s go time, you just create a new document and tell Vectorworks what template you want to use. You can have an entire project set up with design layers, sheets, and a titleblock instantly. Then you just fill out the project info in the titleblock manager and you are rolling.
  13. Thanks. I tend to bend a lot of these Vectorworks tools to my will😉
  14. This is a perfect use for a 2nd wall in the Curtain Wall mode. The horizontal slats in the model below was built with a curtain wall. It also works well for vertical slats.
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