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Mat Caird

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  1. Right, so I've used the setup assistant, done a floorplan, and a roof plan. I now want to use the 3d reshape wall tools to add peaks to the walls. My question is this; I need mod-roof and mod-floor visible to do this, and as per an earlier post of mine, the layer z values don't put the roof 'above' the walls as one would expect. SO, my question really is, should I cut and paste the roof onto mod-floor, then manipulate the walls, then paste the roof back onto mod-roof, OR, is there a quicker and easier way? THanks in advance
  2. There's mo potion key on my PC keyboard.....
  3. Well, where is the degree symbol? Anyone know? Thanks
  4. If I have mod-floor-1 with a layer z = 0 layer +- = 2700, and mod-floor-2 with layer z = 2700 layer +- = 2700 , change to standard view left on both layers, then make both layers visible I would expect to see mod-layer-2 above mod-layer 1. But of course I don't, so what am I misunderstanding? thx in advance
  5. thanks Doug, that's exactly what I wanted. Thanks Katie for replying.
  6. Hi all So I began a drawing at 1:50 scale, did a few dimensions, then used the setup assistant to change the layer scale of the floor plan sheets to 1:100. How do I get the dimensions to update their 'scale' to match the new? THX in advance
  7. Katie, if you are using VWA, with units set to millimeters, and you choose Model|Select wall Type|Add, the default is set to inches. I would also have to add, that all the pios have the units in mm, but they have been converted from inches. So, a 24" wide counter top, makes a logical starting point in the USA, but for metric users, 609mm requires changing. This probably sounds trivial, butremember it applies to EVERY part of EVERY pio, so it ends up taking a lot of extra steps. I don't know what the answer is to this without a heap of work from you guys. Except maybe if the VWA PIOs were editable by the end users, at least we could do it once to the PIOs we use the most. Thanks
  8. HI all how do you cycle through smartcursor options with moving the mouse randomly and hoping? Also, what's the quickkey to constrin horiz/vert etc. Thanks in advance
  9. Katie, u can save directly to a cd if you have the right software installed. In my case Ahead's InCD, on a win2000 computer. I suspect my problem was caused by something other than VW though, 'cause I can open the corrupted file on another machine without a problem. I should have tried restarting, which probably woulda fixed it. Thanks for answering. Mat
  10. Now I just experienced a similar problem; I opened the file off a cd-rw (udf packet wrinting), made a few changes, then saved back to the cd-rw. VW showed an error "-39 block is full" (or similar). Now the file is damaged and can't be opened. The cd-rw was definitely not full before, there's still only 3mb of files on it.
  11. The layer dosen't look grey, and holdon, ...it's not greyed out BTW, when I cahnge the layer of a wall with a door in it to Mod-Floor-1, the door swing disapears too. So it's like it turns into a reflected ceiling plan view...on layer Mod-floor-1. Now although I used the setup assistant I may well have changed something about Mod-Floor-1
  12. Thanks Matthew- so is there a quick way of finding an object lost in the myriad of layers and classes, when you don't know what laer or class it is on, and you have drawn a lot of objects, so filtering for type=line (eg) would be impractical.
  13. Hi Matthew, thanks for replying. If I change the wall's layer using the OIP to Mod-Floor-1 (a layer created using the setup assistant) the fill disappears (class is wall-ext-masonry). If I change the layer to Mod-Slab-1, the fill is visible.I do not swicth sheets at all during this.I have tried toggling "use layer colors", and the class is not greyed (I don't change the class).Any more ideas?Thanks
  14. Hi everyone. So I use the setup assistant to create a project for a simple balcony extension. Tell me, why, when I am on sheet 'floor plan-1', and I choose Organise|layer options|show/snap/modify others...well why can't I see all the other layers in the project? I would probably never want too, except when I lose something copying and pasting between layers (eg a roof) Thanks
  15. Hi all I have drawn a floorplan on layer "exist plan". The wall-type is a custom having two different "fills", and a cavity. When I cut and paste the walls onto a new layer "proposed plan", the fills no longer show up. What gives? BTW, both layers are visible on the same sheet for plotting purposes. Thanks
  16. Thanks Carl - awesome I think I like the "make each shop a symbol" idea best. I actually ended up exporting the file to autocad and using paperspace layouts....oh well - next time!
  17. Hi all How do you set up a floor plan sheet showing an entire shopping mall at a large scale (say 1:200), and on the same sheet a "zoom-in" on two seperate shops at 1:50. I don't want to cut and paste the shops onto a differnt layer because then every change I make to the individual shop's floor plan I will have to go back and fix the "original" plan. The shops are a long way apart on the floor plan, so I can't use white-filled rectangles to block out the unneccessary lines since both won't fit on one sheet at a time. Any ideas?
  18. In the resources, Architect, there is an object called "simple opening in wall" Try that
  19. Hi Is there a quick way to toggle "zoom lineweights"? Thanks in advance
  20. I have to agree with Dan. Correct lineweights are simply fundamental to producing good drawings on paper, which, at the end of the day, is what we use VW Architect for.
  21. It's interesting to compare VW's hatch creation process with Autocad's (2000).Acad2000 doesn't even have a UI, you edit a text file directly (here is a sample); *AR-B816C, 8x16 Block elevation stretcher bond with mortar joints0, 0,0, 8,8, 15.625,-.3750, -8,.375, 8,8, 15.625,-.37590, 0,0, 8,8, -8.375,7.62590, -0.375,0, 8,8, -8.375,7.625 There is however, another option in Acad, and that is to use part of your drawing as a hatch pattern (they call it 'superhatch'). This is quite a good approach, because it allows you to preview EXACTLY what you want, as intuitively as drawing normally. Basically, you draw your lines, you select them, then you "convert lines to hatch pattern".
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