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  1. @A McDonell that's a shame to hear the problems return... I agree, the big frustration with the space objects was ultimately wanting to use Energos. The space objects can really underpin (undermine?) a lot of useful functionality.
  2. I have to say, after contacting VW UK about this I had a good experience on a call with a member of their tech support team who renamed my user folder, forcing VW to set up a fresh one. Since then I am having a much better experience with Spaces and the file is much more usable. For context the file is a single house, with approx 15 space objects within it.
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    Templates

    Thanks for the input guys, some really good points. And big thanks for the worksheets @Boh!
  4. Could you use class overrides in viewports to show the demo class as the same as ‘none’ in the viewports where you want them to appear normally?
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    Templates

    With the release of SP3, our practice will likely move up to 2020 from 2019 once we're all back working in the same office. I'm therefore setting up templates and resources and wondered what are people's "must-haves" for templates? I thought this would be a good way to share functionality of their templates and how practices use it to remove some of the repetitive tasks to work quicker. Some things we already have: - Class structure with attributes to control the appearance of objects - Standard door sizes for the UK preconfigured with preferred line weights and styles etc. - Worksheets for electrical symbol legend that automatically counts objects and displays this in the legend and door/window schedules - Up to date furniture and symbols etc. (if anyone has some simple beds in UK sizes that would be great!) that auto-class - Wall, floor, roof types with U-Values - Custom space tags to display room name, area and finishes if required - Standard timber sizes as symbols for wall studs/furniture construction etc. What other functionality are people getting from their templates?
  6. I know this is an old thread but it would be great if we could do the following: - Recognise different wall styles within a document/viewport and display the description from the 'data' tab of the 'edit wall style' dialog - Control the opacity of the visualisation to still show the wall, or at least an idea of its construction underneath the visualisation. Ultimately, for our office, the most powerful use of data visualisation is exactly as the OP; scope drawings: Whilst I understand and could set up the way of tagging walls via a record, I doubt I could get the rest of the office to do it. It would be so much simpler if the visualisation was pre-loaded into the template and the wall style descriptions were pre-written as part of an office-wide shared set of resources. All they then have to do is select the visualisation from the OIP and put the key/legend where ever they would like it. I get that the workaround of creating a record is quicker than manually annotating over the walls, but for us where we're doing 1 house, maybe 2 or 3 storeys, people would say they could draw the boxes quicker.
  7. Also interested in this. We're currently setting up our template in preparation for 2020SP3, currently we don't use spaces but are thinking about it and it would be handy to know what it's like in advance of setting up a custom tag for room names, areas etc. quickly. I've previously read very mixed negative things about the space tool in terms of it slowing down the whole model but in theory it sounds useful.
  8. archicad has had a nice lindab plugin for years - this would be a good start but i agree, having it built in would be great.
  9. Hi @Luka Stefanovic, This is really interesting - looking forward to the webinar on Friday. Will this work on Mac too? I know chorus is cloud based but previous NBS plugins were windows only if I remember correctly.
  10. This may be fairly niche, but for anyone in the UK with a service select license the UK distributor is running a webinar on Energos this Friday (13th) at 2.30pm - more details at: https://designsoftwaresolutions.co.uk/learn/vectorworks-service-select-training-events/ @Tamsin Slatter - will things like the above be covered in the webinar?
  11. Hi @michaelk and @Matt Panzer, Thanks both for the suggestions - problem solved!
  12. Hi Matt, Sorry, still no luck. Would you mind taking a look at the attached file? Door Data.vwx
  13. Hi @Matt Panzer Thanks for your reply. My Record is called "Door Data" and the field in question is called "Fire Rated?" I tried inputting that by writing - =IF((DoorData.FireRated?='TRUE'), '✔︎', '') - but this didn't work. Am I doing something wrong? I'm not sure if the question mark affects things or anything like that?
  14. Redshift sounded great until I read that it's essentially Windows only as it currently only supports Nvidia Cuda GPUs, so any current Mac wont be supported. You can work around it with an external GPU and you'd need to be on an OS no more recent than High Sierra or be working on an old mac with an Nvidia card. They say they're working on AMD support - hopefully this comes in time for VW2021!
  15. I'm setting up an internal door schedule and want to show whether doors are fire rated or not. We mark doors as fire rated via an attached record that has a boolean field creating a little checkbox that people can tick to show it as fire rated or not. I've integrated this column into the worksheet, but it writes "TRUE" and "FALSE" based on the record. Is there a way that I can make "FALSE" just be blank and not show, and "TRUE" show as a "✓"?
  16. Thanks all for the replies - I hadn't even considered just dropping the background in as a JPEG, very good!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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?

 

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