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  1. @Michal Zarzecki if you post your drawing, I'll take a look at it. Did you look at the thread @rDesign posted? I had the same problem a while back and solved it there.
  2. @Laura Stone Are you using the Plant Tool or Landscape Area Tool? I disagree with your notion that describing plants by spacing or distribution rate is the most useful way to report on a schedule. It depends on the design, what type of plant you are proposing, and what you are trying to communicate. I don't know any contractors who order plants by the square meter for instance 🙂 Spacing is more of a design than quantification tool given the capability of the software. We can design an area based on spacing, tag it so it gets built to that spacing, and report the entire project with total numbers of plants. You can report the spacing value in a plant report, see attached for an example. Open the report and look at the formulas used to get an idea of how it was done. A custom data tag is probably a better way to describe individual planting beds when you are trying to highlight differences. Not sure if your version of VWX has that capability, see screen shot if they don't appear in the documents. The number of records is huge because we all have different reporting needs. Just curious, where are you finding it difficult to use and navigate them? I hope the attached examples help you. Plant Placement Reporting.vwx Plant Placement Reporting v2018.vwx
  3. 250MB is not a big file size in my opinion. Perhaps there is something wrong with your computer or software configuration. I have a 1.5 GB residential project sitting on 2 acres. It's fully 3D and running on a 2015 laptop without issue. I can rotate the view and use the clip cube smoothly section thru the site model, hardscapes, and a building without performance hits.
  4. I had some crazy Filemaker problems due to microsoft office running in the background a few years ago. It took a long time to track down. Hope it helps.
  5. @Jonnoxx I kind of agree with you assessment. I find the help menus to be more of a trap than a resource most of the time. I taught myself AutoCAD back in 1993 using the most advanced technology available at the time.... a well written and logically organized 3rd party textbook written by an architect. This technology has been lost in the modern age of internet 🙂 @E|FA is right about Johnathan’s resources, He offers the best project based tutorials and explanations of workflow I have seen. It’s a modest investment of money and time that pays huge dividends. Ive had some good experiences with some of the Vectorworks University tutorials, the site modeling one that covered retaining walls was particularly good at helping me figure out what I was doing wrong. The various getting started guides were a good foundation to start with as well. I’m optimistic that Vectorworks University will improve as it matures. I think we have all had the frustration you are feeling. I think it is a requisite phase of learning complex things, especially in the absence of a well developed curriculum. I found taking a systematic approach is what helped me. I chose one major aspect of design to tackle until I was productive. I also tried to keep it fun by drawing birthday cards, illustrations, and small 3D models. My first projects weren’t complete design packages, but vignette solutions to specific problems, exported back to AutoCAD for drawing production. Tasks like drawing a detail, vicinity map, or planting vignette were more approachable than jumping in to a complete package of drawings and wouldn’t fail if deadlines became tight. The first major thing I built in 3D was my existing home, just for the experience. I was able to focus on the tools, rather than design, in building that house and site. Knocking that stuff out was easy and laid a strong foundation for the future. Before I launched into my first project that was completely done in Vectorworks, I had almost all of my resources built in advance or could easily import them from AutoCAD using this approach. Drawing templates, title blocks, details, organizing schemes, layers and classes, legends, etc. When it came time to actually get something productive done, I was able to concentrate on the design elements and not worry about the production side as much. This made my transition easier after 20 years of AutoCAD. I still dedicate some time each week learning new things or refining workflow, just last week I dedicated an entire day to build a new series of custom hardscape styles and textures I had been wanting to make, not needed to make under deadline. The week before that I modeled a client’s existing swimming pool from photographs just for the challenge. I sometimes read about problems other people are having here on the forum and try to solve them if I see that it is something I could use in the future, usually in areas I have little to no experience in. Truthfully, I usually have the time to do these diversions because I have been waiting for weeks for technical support to help me with a couple of longstanding issues before launching into a big plant library project 😞 It’s a big program to comprehend if you are trying to fully leverage 3D BIM. If you don’t keep it fun and do the best you can, it can be overwhelming.
  6. @Boh I'll have to play with it. It was the first house model I built a few years ago with the architectural tools, so chances are I screwed something up 🙂 Still, strange behavior.
  7. Thanks, I learned something useful today 🙂 It worked surprisingly well, although the roof texture and windows disappeared!
  8. @BGD just follow Tony’s recommendation and create more design layers to accommodate your needs. Just curious, but why would you need such a fine level of control over planting to show differences between the same type of plants, shrubs in your example?
  9. I wonder what people do about mirrored floor plans in 3D. Seems like that might require a separate model. Any ideas there?
  10. I haven’t tried this recommendation, but you could mock it up to test before committing to the approach... You could create a master model for each of the common floor plans limiting their content to the features that appear in every variation. You could then create variation models that contain only the elements unique to that variation and reference in the appropriate master model. Changes made to the master model would then update the variation models. Each variation model could then be referenced into the master site model. This would give you a collection of models with no duplications and the control over how everything looks in a 3D site plan. You could then create a master set of drawings for one building, referencing in all of the building variation models on top of one another. You could create your sheets and viewports to cover the largest variation since they are smaller homes. Once everything was set up to your liking, you could do “save as” to spawn the major floor plans with their respective variations. Once these sets were generated, you could delete the appropriate references in each set and control the visibility of everything with design layers. I’m a landscape architect, but used a similar approach to a large marina club where I had to manage 14 to 17 unique buildings, some with design and placement variations we were studying. I made each building a separate file and referenced them into the site. When I would get architectural updates, they would update the site automatically. I ended up having almost a dozen site design variations due to changes in building locations that I managed in my site model with design layers for each hardscape and planting design. The key to making it easier was identifying the facilities that would be common to each variation and managing the to prevent duplication of objects using a similar referencing scheme. In my case I was designing site features including pools, playgrounds, athletic fields, and an outdoor amphitheater which were common to most schemes, but had their locations and orientations react to needs of the building. Connecting features such as walkways, roads, and parking lots were unique to each scheme. Breaking it all up with different references made it fast to deal with changes, but it takes discipline and organization to keep it from falling apart. The content you and I work on are different, but the organizing principles are similar. hope all that made sense and helps. Hopefully you will get some more responses from some architects that deal with your situation. However you proceed, I highly recommend mocking up the organization before getting too far along. Having a strategy for how you use your origins/datum, levels, and/or stories is importantly. And be thoughtful about your roof strategy since they will show up on your site too.
  11. It depends on what your deliverables are and how much these homes vary in size and complexity. Are they multi-level? Are they on flat sites or are there site considerations that influence the buildings? Are you making a site model showing all of the unique home variations in 3D? What about a 2D site plan? Are you creating separate CDs for each unique building variation (20 sets of drawings)? -more work for you, less work for the builder perhaps or Will you create a set of CDs for each plan with variations? (2 or 3 sets of drawings with options)? - probably the most drawing efficient if the options are fairly simple, but requires strict organization on your part and the home builder(s) What about permits? Some jurisdictions and inspectors are finicky about plans with variation for inspections. Knowing what they want will shape your process too. The roofs are really the tricky part, depending on the complexity of the buildings and their variations. In any case, you will be doing a lot of referencing to reduce the work. Explain your end game and I imagine you will get some better advice.
  12. @Meret Lenzlinger LOL, I've never been to Long Island 🙂 The first thing I do when I have unexplained phenomena in Vectorworks is checking my settings for attributes, textures, classes and layers. If those all seem normal, I quit the program and reboot before diving deep into trying to figure out what the problem is. Sometimes the computer just needs a break I guess. I have had site models exhibit rendering problems in the past such as texture beds having their texture mapping settings mysteriously change without my input, or permission for that matter. I figured out that is a program bug. When I first started using Vectorworks, the text in the plant database turned white and I couldn't read it. That turned out to be a conflict between having Outlook running when launching the database in Vectorworks. It can be frustrating to chase these things down, especially if they are seemingly random errors and not user created. A reboot gives both man and machine time to chill, and sometimes solves the problem. OIP is short for Object Info Panel.
  13. @Meret So you can see your model in opengl and all you do is click the render button without changing the view or camera? Do you have a material assigned to the site model in the OIP?
  14. I made the attached material using the free low resolution images found here: https://www.textures.com/download/3dscans0042/127139 It's got some tiling issues, but they don't bother me... it's burnt wood after all 🙂 Works fine in OpenGL or Renderworks Their maps look pretty nice close up in my opinion, having good variation in the char including some not so burnt. The bump map they provided is pretty good too for low rez, I suspect the high rez ones would be nicer. charred-share.vwx
  15. @ArchiPam Have you considered purchasing textures?
  16. There is certainly an adaptation and learning curve associated with moving to multiple monitors. It has been a long time since I've worked on dual monitors regularly, never in VWX. When I did use that setup, the second monitor was for secondary tasks like having a different application open or viewing a model or video. I experimented with stacking my PC monitors vertically after seeing a video editor I hired using that arrangement many years ago. I found the movement of looking up instead of twisting was actually nice for reducing fatigue and eye strain. It was especially nice when reviewing videos, I would lean back in the chair and suddenly feel the urge to grab some popcorn 🙂 Everyone who visited my office had something to say about how crazy it looked. The last team I managed all wanted dual monitors for CAD. I figured it would be a good moral boost to hook them up and maybe see some production gains to boot. It was comical watching them adapt during that transition. I prefer having a large screen and an iPad to multiple monitors though these days. I essentially use the iPad as a second monitor for secondary tasks (email, referring to videos or tutorials, etc) and as a primary monitor for doing image editing and mark ups with the apple pencil.
  17. I've been trying to get help on with this issue for a long time. Emails to tech support go unanswered. Please check this thread and explain what's going on here.
  18. Nifty... VB Basic plants have the same issue if you decide to export via C4D and import into Twinmotion...
  19. I use this occasionally on my laptop when creating items in 3D or wanting to reference items on a different layer that I don't want to see in my active pane or is not available in my active pane because it exists on a sheet. If I was setup on dual monitors, I would probably have a dedicated perspective view pane running all the time during 3D work. I find it is exceptionally useful for placing and sizing items like doors and windows on an existing context model when you have no measurements 🙂
  20. I would like to move my user folder to a more suitable location. I followed the directions in the help menu exactly. Vectorworks opened up and seemed to operate correctly. I then went into Choose Plant Data Source to update the database folder location. When I choose to Browse for the new location, Vectorworks crashes instantly when I click the browse button. Putting the everything back to normal using the default settings, the crash happens in the same manner What's up with that and how do I fix it?
  21. @konst glad it worked for you! It was an interesting challenge.
  22. @konst just copy and paste the landscape areas and worksheets into a new file, switch the landscape area to 2D if you are using 3D plants, and purge before saving. That should make it pretty small. No need to post the whole design file for trouble shooting the worksheet. Did you check that file I posted for you? It had the Landscape areas on different classes and 3 unique worksheets with criteria set to report those classes. I was impressed by how easy it was, worksheets are my weakness and this has been a good learning experience 🙂
  23. @konst Post a file with your report format and the landscape area, I'll take a look at it. The bug is probably in there in the criteria.
  24. @konst Here's a variation on @Pat Stanford's idea of putting worksheets on different layers.... Why not put the landscape areas on different classes or design layers? You could group the mass plantings into logical design layers or classes and then create different worksheets and use criteria to report their findings from those specific design layers or classes. I can see how this could be helpful on very large projects where you only want to report the plants in a certain area, so maybe it would be an effective work around for you? Attached is a quickie example. Keep in mind, I don't really use landscape areas and had never used criteria to filter a report until I saw your post and became intrigued. In other words, it's an easy solution 🙂 PLANT AREA WITH CRITERIA TO BREAK UP LARGE REPORTS.vwx
  25. It depends on your intention and what you are starting with and what your final intention is. If you are starting with an ungraded site in your site model and proposing modification that will change that grading, using hardscapes, slabs, and walls with site modifiers to shape the site is pretty effective. The bonus here is you end up with a graded site model that can show the proposed contours and surface. It takes a little effort to learn the tools for creating sloped hardscapes and retaining walls, but it is very worthwhile in my opinion. If you are starting with a graded site that already has the surfaces developed where the hardscapes or roads will exist, you can use hardscapes in the texture bed mode applied to the site model to quickly depict them on the site model surface as well, basically projecting a 2D representation to a 3D surface while retaining the ability to reshape or retexture the proposed hardscape non-destructively. There are other processes you can use as well, but those are the two big ones I use. The attached image demonstrates both techniques used on an existing site model where the road and driveway were already represented on the site model by drone survey. The site modifiers indicated were used to clean up the site model where the drone survey produced sloppy results.

 

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