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Tony Kostreski

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  1. Hi @DSmith2300, just want to confirm the 2D linework of your plant. The plant shadow mimics the geometry that's furthest back. If you're using Vectorworks sample plants, they should be organized correctly with a shape either on the Color Fill or Canopy class behind all other geometry. If the class that this geometry sits on, Plants-Component-Color Fill (or Canopy), is off, so will its shadow. To confirm, edit the 2D Graphics and make sure the geometry you want to mimic a plant shadow is sent to back. Hope this helps!
  2. Hi @Ned Daugherty, I'm curious if this just has to do with the resolution of the image. The background will display a preview and because you are zoomed out quite a bit, it might be displaying a lower res image. Once you place a geoimage it will use the default resolution of 1024 pixels which is perhaps higher than the resolution. Try testing out changing the resolution higher or lower and you will notice the image changes, grabbing different images from the server based on your input.
  3. @hchen4If you are referring to 3d Locus points there is a command under Modify>Convert>"Stake Objects from 3D Locus"
  4. @jpccrodrigues -- thank you for discovering this. I have submitted a VE that all types of objects should be able to send to surface. For internal reference (VE-102184)
  5. Hi @Poot, not sure why this would matter but the stake object on the bottom right (+4.55m) is ever so slightly outside the crop or boundary. As soon as I moved the stake to the nearest vertex point (0.0000005mm distance) of the crop the model appeared as it should. Hope this helps.
  6. Hey @hollister design Studio, Looks like you have a tiny 3D poly floating. I deleted it and all is good. site model bulge.vwx
  7. Hi @rafaelmartins.95--when you run the command "create site model" found under the Landmark or AEC dropdown menu (depending on Vectorworks license), you can specify the minor and major contour interval. You always have the ability to change site model settings even after one is created.
  8. Hey @shorter -- have you tried using Data Visualization? I used to use Design Layer Colors as you mentioned but found Data Viz to be quite powerful, including how I distinguish consultant's geometry in my drawing. Within the data visualization tool palette select Function>Layers and apply colors to the desired referenced layers. There's the option to grey everything else or not. The beauty is you can toggle on or off or have multiple data visualizations set up. See examples below for a referenced IFC file: by story (design layer) by element (classes)
  9. @Ben59 One option is to right click>open desired file (Exported Objects - ConnectCAD.vwx) This will open up the Vectorworks file that contains all the resources. Delete the folder and save. Refresh libraries and it should be gone from the workgroup folder. I agree a simple right click > delete folder/resource would be an easier workflow. I'll check if a Vectorworks Enhancement has been submitted.
  10. Find a png of a flame you like and create an image prop. I've attached a sample file if you want to use this. Texture has been given a glow/brightness. Fire image prop.vwx
  11. You can ungroup the mesh. It will convert it to "x" # of 3d polys which can be used as source data for creating a site model.
  12. @Pochflyboy depending on which industry product you are using it's either going to be in the dropdown menu for AEC or Landmark>Create Site Model>Site Model from Source Data.
  13. Ah yes, I believe this is being addressed to default to the site model design layer if there is only one site model in the file.
  14. Modify>Scale Objects. 2nd mode "symmetric by distance"
  15. Hi @lisagravy, Now...I'm not entirely sure this is exactly what you are looking for but taking a stab since I thought this was an interesting question 🙂 I did opt to use landscape area to represent forest massing, not including plants but instead using 3D components. Very simple. 2 Components: Trunks and Vegetation (or Canopy). I applied the "ET Canopy Texture" since it has opacity but you can use any texture. The polygon representing forest is converted to a 'Landscape Area' using my 'Forest Line' LA style. It uses a cloud representation for 2D. This will very quickly get you 3D geometry to match to the surface of terrain (site model). This might be good enough but I explored some more. Landscape areas can be ungrouped which will give you a mesh. This mesh can be converted to a Subdivision allowing us to sculpt it to give it some varying height if this is for visual purposes. Note: you lose the landscape area if you need that for area calculations. Let me know your thoughts on this. Attached is the sample file.Sample Forest.vwx Best, Tony
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