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Ben Beaumont

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  1. @Dan Esthercan you upload a sample file here please and describe clearly where the issue can be seen and reproduced.
  2. Hi Nat, if you're wanting to use images, then .png supports alpha channels (transparent background) which you'll need for Image Props. If you're wanting to use the mesh objects in Vectorworks (Caution!*) then Globe Plants will provide low poly .obj files. Are you aware there are sample files in our (Australian and New Zealand) libraries? In 2023 you will find them in the RM via: Vectorworks Libraries > Plants > _Plant (styles) > ANZ Globe Plants Sample Pack (mesh).vwx and Vectorworks Libraries > Plants > _Plant (styles) > ANZ Globe Plants Sample Pack (Props).vwx There are also Image Prop symbols in both formats for Architects. For Enscape, contact Globe Plants. They will set you up with the Enscape Assets that you'll need to install into Enscape. From memory the assets will be revealed in the Vectorworks Enscape Plug-in widget. I have seen a User successfully associate these assets with the 3D components of Plant Styles. However I haven't tested this. [*As @jeff prince intimates, the mesh objects tend to be heavy and you'll take a performance hit. Use with caution.] You can contact us directly for Support.
  3. There are a couple of ways to use Globe Plants. 1. Globe Plants will sell you image files for which you can create Image Props. [Very quick and effective.] 2. Use Enscape and place the Enscape Asset in Vectorworks and render in Enscape. [Amazing results.]
  4. @Samuel Derenboim please find attached the Scripts and Worksheets. You first need an extrude per Texture in the Design Layer (for each you want to create into a Material). Then run the "Create Materials From Textures" script. Then update the "Edit Materials" Worksheet. In that Worksheet, you can copy/paste values down the column/s and/or write specific values. It's a pleasure to use. It will get heavy with a lot of entries. But still infinitely easier than doing it long-hand. All thanks to @Julian Carr for developing this. Edit Materials Worksheet and Scripts v1.1 Vw2022.zip
  5. A bug report has previously been filed for this VB-184791 Projection of hatches gives a wrong output when publish to PDF. It has been resolved for 2022 SP3.
  6. I have a User reporting the same thing. Scaled Hatches appearing correctly on SL VPs on screen but publishing to PDF at entirely different scales. I will file a bug report. @strIn the mean time you could try duplicating your Hatches via the RM and scale the duplicate/s in the Edit Hatch widget...and then apply the duplicate/s to your polys. ie; not rely on local mapping. This should give more predictable results.
  7. I do wonder why we need Level Types at all. To me it seems overly complicated to have Level Types and then Default Storey Levels and then to finally have to apply these to the actual Storey. Let's drop Level Types entirely.
  8. It seems a Material carries all the metadata that otherwise might not have a home. So it sets a project up to be measured. The fact it can also have a Texture (and by proxy a Surface Hatch) is a nice to have and - it seems - a convenient way to help visualise a project.
  9. It seems a Material carries all the metadata that otherwise might not have a home. So it sets a project up to be measured. The fact it can also have a Texture (and by proxy a Surface Hatch) is a nice to have and - it seems - a convenient way to help visualise a project.
  10. Boh, Yes, I would imagine we would be looking to use data tags and worksheets...this is - as yet - untested. It's business as usual for all other objects that don't yet use materials.
  11. We have constructed localised libraries of 100's, (pushing 1000's) of Materials. @Julian Carr has written a script to create Materials from Textures which helped enormously. There is also a Worksheet that can push other material values into Material Styles. This is a boon for building libraries with repetitive information. We have updated our Wall and Slab styles such that the external and internal components (only) use Materials. Typically the external face is textured with an associated surface hatch (eg; painted weatherboard) so the component has a discernable thickness. The weatherboard Material library has any given profile in multiple popular colours. There are around 5 common weatherboard profiles and 100+ popular exterior colours. I don't think we can reasonably use Classes to manage the attributes of 500+ weatherboard options alone. We have constructed an 'Applied Finishes' Materials library with about 150 popular and fashionable paint colours from a leading paint supplier. The Wall styles have a 0.1mm internal Component for the 'Applied finish'. The slab styles (for ceilings) have the same. The Wall Styles in our libraries have 'Natural White' associated with them, the ceilings have 'Ceiling White' associated with them. The Attributes of the other Wall and Slab components are still 'by Class'. We have a short list of (legacy?) Component Classes to control these attributes. It is a pleasure to use the Wall and Slab Styles straight from the library and to be able to simply swap out the Material with a preferred option (also straight from the library). I hear the comments about the absence of Class override type control for Materials, but for me the flatter workflow of simply applying a Material to an object is a far lesser evil than trying to do it with Classes. Considering the ease with which a model can be 'painted' in some other platforms, Materials are a welcome development.
  12. I would love to see the option to see larger thumbnail previews.
  13. Hi Dave, I take it the Beta will not run on 2021? As per the Enscape site "Download Enscape 2.7.1 to run Enscape with Vectorworks Service Pack 3 for free until October 2020". Is there a Partner Program to enable Vw Distributors to provide support? I've asked Phil Read via email...but you may already have something in place?
  14. I really enjoyed the presentation. It was candid and honest. I also appreciated the way Biplab addressed our current predicament in his opening address. Thank you Vw.
  15. @Vlado The file I received is .las. It is in MGA Zone55. The point cloud is over 5,000km from the IO. It doesn't display correctly unless it is centred on the IO on import (floating point errors I imagine). Of course centering scrubs the geolocation. Through some trickery we can firstly establish a lat/long of the center of the point cloud and then import a second time into a file with georeferencing already established. Only for the initiated though. We probably need the same 'this file contains georeferenced data' as per the .dwg/.dxf import dialogue? Mark Aceto - the .las file would supplement and be additional to other shapefiles and geodata.
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