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  1. TomKen

    T model window

    I find the window tool very limiting in what configurations you can make. Lately I've just been placing window or door openings in a wall, then using the curtain wall tool to create what I want. You can create almost any shape you need with the curtain wall tool. Then I make a group from the curtain wall and place it into the opening. It would be really great if VW would allow you to place a curtain wall into another wall.
  2. TomKen

    Roof Construction

    I use the create roof tool to make several simple roofs. Once I have several roofs that give me a close proximity of what i want I un-group the roof object into roof faces. After that I will use the join tool or edit boundary to finalize my roof. I find this quicker than just making all roof faces at the start.
  3. TomKen

    Flippin' Flipped Doors

    You could just duplicate the leaf in the resource browser, open it for editing and rotate it about the centre 180 degrees. So that you have a left and right leaf. Also you don't need a custom leaf to create a door with a vision panel, that option is available in the OIP under leaf.
  4. TomKen

    Dimension Trailer Presets

    If you want to add the trailers afterwards, you still only have to type each trailer once. For example to add typical to a bunch of dimensions select all the dimension you want to add typical too then use the eyedropper tool. With the eyedropper tool select a dimension with the typical trailer, then change it to the bucket and apply it to one of the dimensions you have selected, all the selected dimensions will have the word typical applied as a trailer.
  5. TomKen

    Dimension Trailer Presets

    Right click a dimension that already has the trailer that you want and select "Create Similar Object" The new dimension will include whatever you had typed in the trailer field.
  6. TomKen

    Fitting a slab to the slope of another slab

    Add the soil layer to the slab components so that it tapers like the tapered layers below. Create an extrude at height you want the soil level to be horizontal. Select the extrude and the slab object, right click and subtract the extrude from the slab.
  7. TomKen

    Concurrent Open Documents?

    I usually have the main project file open, then open other project files to grab details as needed. One issue i have found with having multiple files open at the same time is that sometimes the navigation browser gets stuck on one of the files and won't switch to the other files.
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  9. TomKen

    Window and Door Schedule Problems

    From what I know you can't add a comments field to a database. Window and door objects have about 10 user fields in their datasets that you can type your own information into. Add this text to the column criteria ='Door'.'UserFld1' . This is easily done by right clicking on the grey area in the worksheet where the column headings are. Click on the option to edit the report. At the bottom of the you can add fields to the report. Good Luck
  10. TomKen

    Window and Door Schedule Problems

    Open your worksheet right on the grey area on the left side of the row right click. The option select item will pop up. This will bring you to the object in your drawing
  11. TomKen

    Floating views - multi view.

    I don't think Vectorworks can do this. I'm using windows so when I want to do that I use the Snipping tool to take a screen shot of drawing 1 and then put it on my second monitor so that I can refer to while working on the other drawing 2.
  12. TomKen

    Window and Door Schedule Problems

    Kristen: Set the criteria in your worksheet to only look at the layers that you want to count the doors from.
  13. TomKen

    Wall tool, lineweights

    The overall line weight of a wall (outside line) is controlled by the wall class it is assigned to Wall-Exterior, Wall-Interior. The line weight of the components are set by the class they are assigned to in the wall styles set up. I usually set my Overall wall line thickness to a lighter line then set the structural component of my wall style to a thicker line.
  14. TomKen

    Un-joined walls

    Tolu, The walls are all on the same layer, Some are Wall Exterior Class, and other are Wall Interior. Walls of the same class and different classes both come unjoined. The walls in the attached image were all joined the last time I looked at them.
  15. TomKen

    Laser Measures

    Look at the software that people use to do real-estate floor plans. I was using Chief Architect, a surface pro and a bluetooth laser measure. The walls in chief can be pushed by the dimension line input. So I would draw a wall then have the laser input the dimension to move the wall. There is other software out there that can do the same thing. So when I left the Site I already had my floor plan.


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