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  1. Thanks all for the replies - I hadn't even considered just dropping the background in as a JPEG, very good!
  2. This is perhaps a bit niche but who knows. As a small UK based architects practice, we often do electrical/lighting layouts for projects. These have long been done in a 'dumb' way - i.e. symbols for fittings, switches, sockets etc. and polylines indicating wiring routes. We don't really get involved in voltages and the actual detail of the electrical system, just the position of things. Getting a bit more advanced, we can create a key for our sheet layer using worksheets that schedule out which fittings are present and the numbers of them, but that's about it. The vectorworks circuiting tool is far more advanced than we need, despite some nice functionality. What would be great is a simple set of tool, perhaps only 3; switches, fittings and wiring. These could be a bit more intelligent and communicate with one another, whilst being flexible enough to use each practice's/nation's electrical symbol conventions. Imagine placing a switch on the wall near a light. You wire it up with the same method as using VW's existing circuiting tool - just two clicks and your nice arc is created. No polylines and then poly-smoothing or messing around with the arc tool. You then wire up another light to the same switch and the switch knows to change to indicate to a two-gang switch now that it's controlling two circuits. Add another switch at the other end of one of the circuits and they both automatically become two-way switches. Tick a check-box in the OIP for a dimmer switch and they both become dimmer switches. This would be a joy to use compared to the way we currently work and would clear out clutter in the resource browser. It shouldn't be necessary to have 1 symbol for a single switch, 1 for a double, 1 for a single two-way, 1 for a double two way etc. etc. and then multiplied again for the dimmer variant (or manually typing a 'd' next to the symbol which is what often gets done instead). As Archicad have, a parametric lighting object would be great. If you want to layout 4 simple downlights in a room you shouldn't have to draw lots of construction lines. A smarter light-fittings tool could be used to specify the number of lights required, a simple box is drawn over the room area and the program works out how to distribute them easily. This would be amazing!
  3. The practice I work for is rather fond of a Sketchup rendering style (image below). I'm looking to reproduce this/get as close as possible in VW to save importing the VW model into Sketchup to take some views from. Any tips on where to start? It seems to be a mix of both a VW Sketch Style and an Artistic Renderworks style but I don't have a lot of experience rendering in VW. The lines I can probably get close to, but is there a way to get the border effect? Likewise for the texture that comes through, is there any way to achieve this? Thanks in advance!
  4. Hi all, thanks for the suggestions. I think the best workaround is to make a simple yellow rectangle as @Andy Broomell suggested. With the worksheet cells set to unfilled this can be sent to the back so that the text sits on top and is clear. The copy and paste is a good solution, but it's a slightly longer workaround. Bearing in mind that once the worksheet is set up and recalculated etc. I then copy and paste as a bitmap, and then duplicate and crop these to give the illusion of a worksheet that is more than one page of A4. So i'm trying to keep workaround's as short as possible! I know VW can spread worksheets across 'pages' - but the way in which it does it is quite cumbersome and doesn't seem to be able to be done retrospectively to suit an issue sheet that changes in length over the course of a project
  5. Thanks Nikolay - if you don't know i'm not sure anyone else will! By enhancement request is that done through posting on the wishlist section of the forum or is there another way?
  6. This might be one for @Nikolay Zhelyazkov but perhaps others have come across this also. We have a DIY Issue Sheet for our projects that is based on the default VW worksheet. What we would like to do is 'highlight' the sheets included in the current issue which at the beginning of the project is obviously all of the drawings, but after that the issues are more sporadic with some drawings issued here and some issued there. This creates a formatting problem as it seems that database cells all have exactly the same formatting and cant each have their own 'highlighted' status. When I try to format one row to have a yellow background, they all have yellow backgrounds which defeats the aim of being able to quickly identify which drawings are being issued at the given point. Has anyone come up with a workaround/knows how to do this properly? Thanks!
  7. Hi @Nikolay Zhelyazkov On a quick test this seems to have solved it. I think the trouble comes from merging the two records and a lot of useless data being carried over. Thanks for all your help on this.
  8. Yes hopefully it was a one-off. Should it return i'll let you know. Thanks for all your help. Was there ever any update about very slow printing from project sharing files from the following thread?
  9. @Nikolay Zhelyazkov details of how I merged them on this thread -
  10. @Nikolay Zhelyazkov Exactly, hence why I think they must have come from merging the records. Does this seem plausible to you?
  11. @Nikolay Zhelyazkov no, we created them from scratch. Files with old and new attached. The document experiencing problems however was started in 2016 and later converted to 2019. The new titleblock was added to the drawings and the records for them merged to preserve all the sheet data. 2016 titleblock.vwx 2019 titleblock.vwx
  12. Hi @Nikolay Zhelyazkov, Thanks for looking into this, I can confirm that this has helped the export to separate PDFs issue - thank you very much! I haven't looked into the printing order yet as it's still very slow from a project sharing file and I don't want to hog the printer! I think the excess of sheet data may have something to do with merging the records of a 2016 file with the 2019 file? Certainly our template title block doesn't have all this extra sheet data and so thats the only explanation I have although i'm no expert.
  13. I've managed to get this to work in other files, but not this one, I think this comes from the window misremembering my selection, and instead using a naming convention that doesn't actually work: VW PUBLISH.mov
  14. We tend to export PDFs as one large single document containing all of the files, but like to include a file with each drawing as a separate file as sometimes that's what you need. I was really excited by VW19s ability to come up with a custom naming format for the files, but so far I haven't managed to get it to work on our titleblock - neither when using VW's default naming conventions or our own custom one. I set up the naming convention as follows: (As an aside - I have never managed to get the 'edit' or 'delete' button to not be greyed out - if I select my custom naming convention from the drop down button, everything below that is greyed out, so I can't delete or edit an old convention i've made) When I press publish I get the following error message: If I click 'Append Numbers', it will export the sheets, but the file names will be like the following: Clearly something is going wrong, I wonder if it's something to do with our custom titleblock (which works completely fine everywhere else!). Thanks @Nikolay Zhelyazkov for your help in advance!


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