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Tony Kostreski

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  1. Hi @jmccain8, That actually sounds like a great wish but not that I know of. If you really need just the negative space the only workaround I can think of is to select the Plant objects, duplicate them (so you don't lose the originals), and then run the command Modify>Convert>Convert to Group. You should be able to use Inner Boundary Mode with groups. Delete duplicate plant objects (groups) once finished. Here's my test. Let me know if that helps for now. I can put in a Vectorworks Enhancement to work with Plug-in Objects.
  2. Hi @Benson Shaw Use the command Modify by Record found under Tools>Records>Modify by Record. Select the appropriate Record and Record Field and under Modify select Elevate 2D Polys. Modify by Record with shapefiles are a lot of fun! Another great example is extruding all buildings to their known height automatically 😉 or, EVEN BETTER, using this Marionette script, 2D to Massing Models, that converts them to Massing Models while maintaining their floor usage. Best wishes, Tony
  3. @Laura Stone -- I agree and will bring this up internally again. For now, try using "pad" when you want a closed "contour". Don't forget to always use a "grade limit" as well! 😉
  4. Hi @jpccrodrigues, I think this is a great wish. For the time being try ungrouping the landscape area -- this is a nice trick if you want the individual plant objects in 2D but NOTE you will lose the ability to adjust the overall shape of the landscape area as they will now be "x" number of plant objects instead. Afterward, you can select similar plants and change the plant grouping so they act as one object when placing labels. Hope this helps, for now! Tony
  5. Thank you, @KarynT! That means a lot. Yes, It would be a "save as..." and then "IFC file". This also retains all data associated to any object in the data tab of the object info palette. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is just a non-proprietary or open file format that allows for the exchange of 3d geometry and data. I just find it works best when exchanging between various software programs 😉
  6. @KarynT Have you tried importing an IFC file from Archicad? It works really well and might help with the issues you are having.
  7. Hi @plantkind, Check out this webinar on The Power of 3D Modeling. In it, I used a small urban residential project I did when I was still practicing. I'm happy to discuss further with you if you'd like 😊. A good follow-up webinar is Save Time with Hardscapes & Data Tags. For minimizing toolsets check this The Basics: Tool Palettes and Workspaces. The Vectorworks University in general is a great resource. For plant libraries, you can import your own CSV file. Simply place this .csv or .txt file in the plant database folder. Easiest way to find this is open up the plant database in Vectorworks and select "Explore". Best wishes, Tony
  8. I've done similar with multiview—one perspective view and one elevation (ortho mode) using nudge command 😉. Screen recording of just one screen.
  9. @Markvl Yes, using the grade limits mode for the site modifier is what you would want to use. You can also select the pad modifier and select the command "Create Grade Limits from Modifier" and specify a specific slope or distance 😉
  10. A big benefit you gain from this workflow is you can take advantage of the Geoimage tool which let's you view satellite imagery/streetmaps directly in the software and the site model (in Vectorworks 2020) allows you to show Geoimage texture on the surface.
  11. Yes, though to properly georeference you will FIRST want to set up Document Georeferencing—this can be found under File>Document Settings>Georeferencing. Select the appropriate coordinate reference system (CRS) used to generate the drawing you are importing—the civil engineer/surveyor should be able to provide this to you or you can search relative area under "EPSG/CRS Lookup..." though I do recommend getting the exact coordinate system used. Have "Adjust origin..." unchecked when setting this up. Afterwards, import the DWG importing with the method you described "This file contains georerefernced geometry". Make sure you use the following settings And lastly, make sure your design layers are Georeferenced.
  12. Hi @Anna Guzman-- Are you by any chance working far from the internal origin? I've seen this happen when working far from internal...you can check by going to Tools>Origin>Locate internal origin. If so, I would suggest working closer to the internal origin. In Vectorworks 2020 there is a new Geolocate tool that easily does this for. To maintain proper x,y coordinates you can then go to Tools>Origin>User Origin and select the last option "Set User Origin to match the Georeferencing coordinate system" I would also suggest creating the site model and massing models AFTER you perform the step above, otherwise they will remember their source data location. Hope this helps!
  13. Hi @antonf26, It is a known bug, unfortunately. However, there is a patch for you to use that will fix your drawing. Please download the appropriate zip for your OS, and the file ‘Help Scripts.vwx’ from here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aC6XT2nePxrfNFYWLoIBjsvVvrT6w85B?usp=sharing Then unzip and replace the file from your Vectorworks 2020 installation with the file from the zip. The file ‘Help Scripts.vwx’ contains two help scripts that you must run inside your VWX files to fix them. The best way to do that, is to import the entire ‘Tools’ folder into your VWX file. Run the script ‘Adjust Plant Record’ which will fix the issue. And then you can run ‘Reset for Plant Record’ to reset all appropriate objects to pick up the change from the first script. Note, this operation might be slow, if you have another way to resetting, or you want to do it manually, you can skip the second script and just do it manually. Let me know if you have issues with this.
  14. Hi @willofmaine, What version of 2020 are you using? I noticed this in 2020 when it first came out but the issue has been resolved in SP1 I believe. Have you tried updating to the latest version?


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