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  1. AndySmithArch

    Linear Materials Flipping (VW2017)

    That's right - I'm either drawing details in 2D or creating a section viewport that I'm drawing on top of. Either way, it seems that the linear material tool makes seemingly arbitrary decisions about which side it believes is the outside of the material. For some unspecified reason it seems to randomly flip the instance of the material back and forth as you reshape it - I have no idea what logic it uses to drive that decision. Also, when it DOES flip, it doesn't flip around its centre-line - it flips along one edge. So you can find your line of drywall suddenly intersecting with the framing you're trying to put it against. Any other folks finding a similar issue or is it just Taproot and me who are experiencing this?
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    Linear Materials Flipping (VW2017)

    Is anyone else experiencing this - or just me? Any ideas?
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    Linear Materials Flipping (VW2017)

    Does anyone know why my linear materials keep flipping when I resize them or edit them? And how do I prevent this happening. Example, I use the linear material tool to draw a section cut through a layer of 5/8" drywall which is on the underside of a stair stringer and landings. So the material runs horizontally along the underside of the lower landing, then turns 30° to run up under the risers before turning -30° back to horizontal. I find that my drywall linear material shows the finished surface on the wrong side and I cannot seem to choose to flip it. On the rare occasion where it seems to work ok, if I need to use the reshape tool, it seems to behave unpredictably and can randomly flip my finished surface from top to bottom or bottom to top. Another example would be drawing Corrugated Deck W Fill. If I want to draw a curved line of the material to represent drainage mat running over a perimeter drain, I find that I cannot control which face the corrugations appear on. And if I add a curve to the run of material, VW seems to decide for me that I must want to flip the material upside down and does not let me choose whether side A or B is the corrugated side. Thanks, Andy
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    VW2017 - Section Viewport. Wall Hatch Scale

    Hmm... I solved my own issue. I unchecked then rechecked the "Show Wall, Slab and Roof components" option from the Advanced Properties area of the Section Viewport OIP. I have no idea what caused this issue but that seemed to cure it. Cheers!
  5. Hi folks, I have been working in a section viewport for a project I'm assigned to and (I believe, without me doing anything) my wall fill hatch on a party wall (and several other walls) seems to have gone haywire. It looks like the scale for the fill has changed so I'm now seeing a super-sized version of the hatch. Everything looks fine when I switch to plan view but the section party wall insulation fill is all wrong. Is there a setting somewhere I've hit by mistake? Thanks! Section View: Plan View:
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    Title Block 2018 to 2017

    I have created a file in 2018 which uses our company title block. I have exported the file to a VW2017 file so that my boss can continue to work on the file in 2017, now that I've finished my tasks. However, when he tries to edit the title block (which I could edit fine in 2018), he gets a message saying "The selected object has no edit behavior". VW2017 recognizes the object as a "Title Block Border", like it does for me in VW2018, so why would he not be able to edit it? If I open the VW2017 file in VW2018, once it has opened and converted the file to VW2018, I can edit the title block fine again. Presumably one of the purposes of exporting to VW2017 from 2018 is to ensure that VW2017 is able to manipulate the file, including the title block? I've noticed too that if I create a brand new document in VW2018 using our template, the title block is now referred to as a "Sheet Border" rather than a Title Block Border. This appears to export file to VW2017 so why would this one file have somehow changed itself to a Title Block Border and become locked when exporting to VW2017? Thanks!
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    Moving Multiple ID Tags

    Dragging up an old, neglected thread but I'm looking for a similar function. Lots of Windows on a wall, ID tags all over the place. I'd like to move them all to snap them to a single line which doesn't conflict with other annotations on my sheet layers.
  8. Thanks markdd The problem I'm having is that 99% of the dimensions in the drawings need to be in fractional inches, apart from the elevation markers which need to be in decimal. Thanks,
  9. Hi everyone, I'm working in an imperial unit file but from a metric survey (Canada...) The survey has given me elevation markers in decimal metres. 72.68m for example. But I'm needing to show my elevation markers in imperial. My file is set to imperial units so it's easy for me to set the Z value of an elevation marker to 70.63m and see it show up as 231'8-3/4" but I really need it to be in decimal feet - so something like 231.78' Does anyone know if this can be done? Thanks!
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    Text Scale in Symbol

    Thanks guys, Neil, you have actually been helping me with this issue directly since I originally posted this thread. I'll do some research into the referencing approach but colleagues have advised me to stay clear of it if you're referring to the situation whereby you have multiple VW files which are referenced in a master file. If you're talking about a situation where you're only referencing assets on different layers within a single file, that sounds different. However, although one of my applications was to use these symbols to create modular units to stack into a building, I should point out that: 1. All I was trying to do was to repeat a symbol multiple times - I had no intention of changing its scale or making unique changes to these symbols. I just wanted to create a self-contained living unit as a symbol and then replicate it 10 times in a floor plan. This would mean that if I wanted to move a window, I would do it once in the symbol and see it replicated throughout the building. I am not certain why this should be difficult for VW to achieve. 2. I also have this same text scaling issue on 2D symbols that have nothing to do with walls, space objects, etc. For example, I created a 2D symbol comprised of elevation markers and dimension markers. This 2D symbol would be dropped onto a number of viewports to show grade and floor elevations in sections and elevation drawings. If I want to change one of these elevation markers (say if we decide to lower the roof), I should be able to edit the 2D symbol, change one of the dimension markers and then drag the elevation marker to snap to it. However, when I do this, the black and white circle of the elevation marker immediately shrinks to a tiny size but the text remains the 'correct' size. So we're not actually talking about text scaling specifically but seemingly random scale hiccups of certain items when a symbol (or part of a symbol) is scaled or moved. See this video for a demonstration. I would love to know why this is happening and how to prevent it - I'm sure I'm just doing something wrong. Thanks! SCALING_ISSUE.mp4
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    Text Scale in Symbol

    Any thoughts?
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    Text Scale in Symbol

    P.S. Should have said - this is with VW2017 Architect edition. SP4. Build 373796
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    Text Scale in Symbol

    Hi all. I think I'm missing something obvious. I can create a symbol from a group but when I insert it back into the same drawing in which it was originally created (even the same design layer that it was created from), I'm finding that my text scale changes. For example, a simple square room with a SPACE tool showing the floor area. I build the room using walls, slab, etc and place the space tool on it. The text appears fine and is automatically set at - I believe - Arial 14pt and 12pt. No problem so far. Then I convert the items into a group and then convert the group into a Symbol (World-based or Page-based scale doesn't affect this issue). The symbol shows up in the Resource Browser. I add an instance of the symbol to the drawing. I can see the space tool is there (because of its fill colour) but I cannot see the Arial 14/12pt text showing the area. If I zoom in to around 10000% I see that the text is still there but is tiny. It appears to have scaled to real world scale, despite me being on a 1/4" = 1' design layer. Has anyone else experienced this? Any advice on how to prevent this happening? Ideally the text would remain at the size it was when I created it (14/12pt) but it's definitely not - I can tell because I have other 12pt text boxes on the same design layer which I can read clearly at a zoom level of 40% Screenshots show 2 symbols alternating. One of them shows the 'correct' size font. The other (with the balcony) shows apparently no text. Other screenshots show that the text actually IS still there but very small. Final screenshot shows the need to zoom into 24000%+ to read the text that should be much larger. Thanks for any help!

 

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