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  1. Tony Kostreski

    Adding Landscape Areas

    Hi @lisagravy, Try the modify dropdown menu. If it does not appear when right clicking (I believe you need to right click the upper most object), you can always add it by editing your workspace which can be found in the Landmark dropdown menu. Hope this helps!
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    Landscape area challenges

    Hi @J. Wallace, Out of curiousity, I wanted to see if this was related to design layer scales—it seems like it is. The larger your Layer Scale is set (i.e. 1"=50'-0"), the less definition you get. See attached image for example of 3 different layer scales of the same landscape area with the same border style settings. I'm curious if this is new to 2019 and if so I can report a bug but in the meantime, I hope this helps! -Tony
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    Domestic sloped site. Best Workflow for 3D?

    Hi @NoemiM-- If you have the ability to get 3D surveys, the best thing to do (in my opinion) is to start by creating a site model. 3D loci (points) and 3D polygons can both be used as source data to Create Site Model. This command can be found under the Landmark dropdown menu>Create Site Model>Site Model From Source Data...Plants will automatically recognize the Site Model and land on the surface of the site model when drawing in top/plan view. For all other objects, you can use the Send to Surface command. You can either right-click the desired object>send to the surface or go to the Landmark dropdown menu>send to surface. NOTE: 2D objects (i.e. rectangles and polylines) when sent to the surface will convert to a 3D Polygon. This is useful when you start getting into site modifiers—another topic. I would refer back to the Getting Started Guides and watch the Site Model videos. Please keep the dialog going. I'm curious to hear about other workflows.
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    Getting Hard Landscape Levels Right

    Hi @Pan.Gad, In regard to Hardscape Objects, check the "Main Slab Components" or the "Slab Style" in the Object Info Palette (OIP) and make sure you're settings are set to "Top of Component" (see images attached ). If Main Slab Components is greyed out in the OIP, select the Slab Style > "Edit Slab Style" and make the necessary changes the "Datum". I agree that the default should always be Top of Component since that's what we use for reference when designing. As far as the Stair Object goes, I agree that you should be able to input top of stairs (TS) and bottom of stairs (BS). Hope this helps! Best, Tony
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    Massed plantings lose interior line work

    Hi @KarynT, I'm curious to know what it is you are trying to accomplish. Can you elaborate? The purpose of plant massing checkbox is to remove interior linework though you can keep tick marks if desired. If your goal is to have a thicker line that encompasses the plant grouping but interior linework remains I would suggest unchecking plant massing and setting the 2D attributes of the plant object to a thicker line. I recommend setting this by class...one set for trees and another for shrubs/perennials. Just make sure that under Visualization in the Object Info Palette that you have the appropriate Mass Outline selected (i.e. Tight Outline). Hope this helps! -Tony
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    Data tag for existing trees

    @J. Wallace Glad you found a resource! I've still gone ahead and attached a quick sample of how to create a custom Data Tag for Existing Tree objects. Hope this helps anyone. Data Tag_Existing Tree Sample.vwx
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    Planting figure showing different direction--how to fix

    @Sally yang Is your Plant Rotation set to Random? You can disable it in the Object Info Palette. See image. Best, Tony
  8. Hi @jmccain8, From the looks of your plan, you may be able to use the 2D Polygon Tool with "Inner Boundary Mode" selected (see attached image)—it looks like a paint bucket and it will fill in the void spaces you are requesting. You just want to make sure there are no gaps in your linework otherwise it won't work. I would suggest turning off the plants and drawing a temporary quick polyline on either side of your irregular stone pavers before using the tool. Hope this helps! Tony
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    Planting schedule add more rows of plants based on its category

    @Sally yang Glad to hear! An easier way may be to use another worksheet (find attached). You can copy and paste this worksheet into your active drawing. All of the plants will appear since the "criteria" is set to "Plant Record" is "present". There is a column for Category. You can type the appropriate category in the respective cell and it will push that data into the plant object itself. Once complete, Recalculate the other worksheet 😉 Plant List - Category.vwx
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    Planting schedule add more rows of plants based on its category

    Hi @Sally yang, The easiest way IMO would be the following: Select an existing row with a database header (it will have a diamond all the way on the left) and make a copy of it. If the diamonds aren't showing up, select the dropdown menu View and make sure there is a "check" next to Database Headers. After you make a copy of this row, right-click and select Edit Criteria (see image). When the Criteria dialog box opens up you can type the desired plant (i.e. Orchid) in the far right entry for the field value. Hope this helps! Tony
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    Videos of the foliage tool in action?

    Hi @Christiaan- There are no videos that I am aware of but I did use it when creating The Power of 3D Modeling webinar. Attached are the same foliage objects used in that webinar. It includes a pergola with draped plants and vines on a wall using a couple of different configurations. Pergola—I used 2-3 foliage objects with configuration mode set to Area - Grid and changed the "z" elevation. Vines on the wall—I used several foliage objects with different heights and set the configuration mode to Linear. These look good in 3D but I turn them off whenever in Top/Plan view. I hope this helps! -Tony Foliage Sample.vwx
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    Generic Mass Planting Mode?

    Try using landscape area tool found in the tool sets. Under the drop down menu in the resource selector (found in the top tab next to “landscape area:”), select object styles>landscape area>gardens. There are preconfigured styles like purple perennial mix, white/silver mix. Select one of these and draw a shape. In 3D you will see the mix. Under the object info palette see how these are organized by different distribution rates. These are great to start with and adjust to your needs. Hope this helps! - Tony
  13. Hi @J. Wallace, I agree that site modeling could be improved upon to be more intuitive. If you haven't tried this already, create a simple 3D polygon or NURBS object and place it on the Site-DTM-Modifier class. It will be recognized as a site modifier object and gives you similar controls to the retaining wall site modifier. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have further questions. -Tony
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    segments in roadways?

    Glad to hear. I agree that the roadway tool palette is currently limited and deserves some love – please suggest this on our wishlist channel 😉 In the meantime, have you tried using Roadway (NURBS) using the following process discussed on Vectorworks 2019 Help? I've found better success when sending this Roadway type to the surface and redistributing the stations as needed.
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    segments in roadways?

    Hi J, Objects like the roadway, hardscape, and massing model offer the ability to modify the site. The red lines are site modifiers for that object. Simply turn off the class "Site-DTM-Modifier" when you don't want to see them. Hope this helps! -Tony

 

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