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Mat Caird

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  1. I found that in an existing file, when I drew the detail callout, it created on a 3d plan. If I changed to Layer plane, I was then able to "create detail callout". When I created the detail callout in a new black file, I t created on a layer plane, and worked as expected. Mat
  2. I found this post, and tried some of the suggestions, but still no luck; I have to admit I was too cheap to pay the $99 that the font converter I found was demanding. SO I did try using free font converters.
  3. I'm having the same problem - does anyone have a solution?
  4. Open Recent should update as soon as you open a file, so that when VW crashes, the file you were actually working on is at the top of the list 🙂
  5. Method 2; Model both houses and draw all the details in one file. Import the surveyor’s 3d model of both sites. Use design layer viewports to position the house model correctly on both sites. Set up your sheets as usual, all identical except the site plan, and drainage plan sheets, elevations, and maybe sections if the terrain is different enough. Use the publish command to save sheets for house 1, and sheets for house 2. I found my building inspector was unable to work on one file for both houses, so I had to lodge 2 separate files for the ‘permits’. The drawback with this method in my case was the "99% the same" myth. In my case there were enough differences that the building inspector kept asking more and more questions it wasted months. There are other complicating factors in my case which may not apply to you. I just felt method 1 was easier to understand. For my simple brain.
  6. I have done this a couple times. Method 1. House 1. Model the house and set up all your normal sheets; site, plan, elevations, sections, schedules, typical notes. Save this file as ‘house 1 model" Make a new file for the 2d construction details. Manually annotate the "house 1 model" sheets with the detail references Copy "house 1 model" and rename it "house 2 model". Alter the garage and property lines, drainage, height restrictions. The reason I did it this way is because of the way our ‘government building agency’ processes ‘permits’; the architect lodges the plans, the building inspector reviews the plans, then sends an email "requesting further information". In my experience, most of the difficult questions relate to the 2d details (we do high end custom houses). So changes made to the 2d file get easily incorporated into both houses. ‘The drawback to this method is manually referencing the details (which we used to do a few years ago anyways). Also, any changes to the model files you’d need to conduct on both files. I had consider various design layer viewport options but I find it hard to go back a few years later and get my head around how I’d originally set it all up. Plus, if someone else were to try and work on it they’d be potentially confused.
  7. I like that your client, a Pharmacist, can afford to develop a quality building, and supports good Architecture. Good work. Here attached a pharmacy in my home town for comparison;
  8. It looks like a bug; with nothing selected, change the default fill to a solid colour create a new class, you'll see the solid colour defaults to the fill of the new class tick use at creation change fill style to none click OK draw a rectangle, change it's class to the the new class you created, and as expected, the fill will be none in the attribute pallet, change the fill style to solid, and it will change to the colour you set as default - this is to be expected. Bug one - the OIP will show the fill colour as "by class" (ie the arrow in the colour box), yet you have not set a fill colour by class. Not a big deal really. Bug two - with nothing selected, change the fill colour default to something else. now set your rectangle to "make all attributes by class" (the 3 lines beside the question mark on the OIP). now change the fill style to solid, and it won't chose the new default colour, rather the previous colour you selected in step 1. You can open the Organization pallet and change the fill to solid, select a new colour, then change the fill back to none, exit the pallet and your items on that class will change to the newest colour, even though use at creation is on, and fill style is set to none. You might wonder how I've had the time to answer this question, and it is because I'm waiting for that dog software Revit to print a set of drawings to PDF. Mat
  9. It seems to work when you first create a symbol, but once you start adding items (maybe a nested symbol), it fails.
  10. Hi All Why does "Center on objects after view change" not work when editing a symbol? Thanks in advance. Mat
  11. You could try creating a texture with a displacement map - you'll need to render in Final Quality Renderworks to see it. Here's a teaser - I spent 5 minutes on this. One render is OpenGL / shaded, the other I've applied the texture to the wall, and Final Quality
  12. Hi KenH I got to here then gave up. My next step would be "convert to 3d polys", then manually draw to top arrangement. Then create a symbol so it will insert correctly into the wall. Convert to 3d polys generated a lot of items, so maybe just draw the elevation manually using polygons, then extrude. Then make a symbol. These workaround methods won't show a window on a default worksheet, so you'll have to workaround that to if you use the schedules. HTH, Mat
  13. Thanks zoomed, it looks terrible on a 16" MacBook pro with retina screen.
  14. Hi All Do any of you Mac users know how to get the Twin Motion user interface to scale correctly on a hi res MacBook Pro screen? And who in 2021 is using low res screens for goodness sake! Thanks, Mat
  15. Maybe I shouldn't have refereed to force-quitting as crashing. Perhaps if I'd waited long enough the hidden line render would have completed.
  16. My model featured many curves (the steel sections are curved in plan), so maybe that caused rendering delays.
  17. I didn't think so - only one design layer. File size 39MB. I built the model using symbols, mirrored, rotated, etc.Here's the open GL rendering of the section I was trying to render hidden line. I've basically given up on hidden line rendering, it was just a mistake to choose the wrong option when I created the viewport.
  18. Force Quit 3 times yesterday, using Creat Section Viewport with hidden line rendering. Hadn’t crashed at all in the last week. I find the latest update to be for more stable than earlier updates.
  19. Thank you BDC, and others, yes that worked.
  20. Thank you guys. Where / how do I insert the criteria? I tried this in the cell where previously =COUNT was located; =COUNT((L<>'Parts')) What is the correct syntax please?
  21. Hi All - I need some help with Worksheets and Record Formats please; I have a file with 2 design layers; "Model", and "Parts List". I have built the model using custom symbols, all of which have a record attached. On the design layer "Parts List" I have a worksheet to list all the part names (a record attached to each symbol), and also a single instance of each symbol. When I use the =COUNT function in the worksheet, it sums all the symbols with the same part name in the drawing, ie all on the Model layer, plus the additional symbol on the Parts List layer. So I need a worksheet calculation =COUNT-1 but this doesn't work for a database worksheet. Or I need to include only the instances on the Model layer in the =COUNT, but I can't get this to work either. Or I need a new spreadsheet worksheet that takes the data from the =COUNT column of the database worksheet, and subtracts 1, but I can't get this to work. I could workaround by deleting the extra symbols on the Parts List layer, but I want to avoid this if possible. Or maybe a design layer reference to a new file, etc, etc. There are workarounds I could try. But =COUNT-1 is my preferred approach. Any ideas please? PFA. Thanks in advance, Mat.
  22. Hi All I'm have unusual slowness on my MBP using VWA2021 NZ/Aus version. The MacBook is 2019, full spec. It should be good. Both OS X and VWA are up to date. I can't pin point when the problem occurs, but attached video shot from my phone shows an example. I've tried toggling the various options under "display preferences", but no improvement. Any suggestions please people? Thanks , Mat IMG_0640.MOV
  23. Hi All I am trying to share the resources and favorites between two licenses of VW, using windows server 2003 PC to host the VW_USER_DATA folder. I set the "User Data and Preferences Folder" to the server location on each copy of Vectorworks, and it appears to work as expected. However, most times when I launch VW, it requires activation over the Internet before it will proceed. When I pointed the second computer to the server location, VW asked if I wanted to copy the entire contents to the new location, and I declined. So I suspect some license information didn't get copied over. Can anyone enlighten me on a fix for this. Thanks in advance. Mat Caird
  24. Hi All I'm trying to work out how to stop VW overwriting the textures I have applied in C4D every time I update the geometry in VW. Dave's earlier post stated "If you change a material in RW then merge to C4D the C4D version takes precedence so it doesn't change" yet this is not what happens on my system. The VW/RW materials overwrite the C4d materials every time. How to stop this happening please, otherwise, the $2000 I spent on C4D has been a waste... Thanks all. Mat
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