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  1. TomKen

    Stair Tool - Pain Points

    Stairs can be very complex items, I would be happy even if I model my stairs then tell Vectorworks that this is a stair object and have it show up on the first floor and second floor the same way the stair tool does it now, and have control over how it displays on the first floor and second floor.
  2. For elevations I turn off all the classes of objects that are inside the building, plumbing fixtures, millwork, walls interior etc. Also when I know my elevation has become static I sometimes generate a PDF of the elevation and then paste that back onto a sheet layer, that way I don't have to regenerate viewports.
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    Lumion Ingratiation is Amazing

    I did some nice video and images in the previous trial version of Lumion. I was very pleased with the outcome alas I find it hard to justify the price tag of the software.
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    Snap Point Hierarchy

    Instead of zooming in and out hit the 'Z' key and you will get temporary magnification window wherever you cursor is located.
  5. I downloaded Twinmotion last night and started playing around with it. I exported to C4D from Vectorworks and that seemed to work fine. I think I'l be able to figure the program out by playing around but it would be nice to find and in depth getting tutorial on how to use the program.
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    Web viewer

    I use it all the time. Just wish I could get rid of the cloudy blue sky background.
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    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    I think a simple way to achieve what you want is to use the the Data Tag Tool in Vectorworks 2019. In the attached image I modified one of the data tags, The PL in the box is fixed and when you click on it you can add whatever text you want to appear on left.
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    Elevation Linework Poor Quality!?

    Set the background render to OpenGL, under background render setting set uncheck draw lines. Set the foreground render to hidden line. Increasing the DPI on the sheet will improve the line work as well.
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    Elevation Linework Poor Quality!?

    Is your viewport render mode set to Open GL?
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    similar to ACAD fence command?

    If you want to stretch all the lines select all the lines using a window or cross selection. Grab one of the grip points at the end of one of the lines and drag in the direction you want to go they will all stretch. If you want to cut all the lines look at the clip tool on basic tool palette. (looks like an old school eraser). Check all the different modes -Include/exclude/overlap.
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    change all views to always show openGL?

    Look under TOOLS/OPTIONS/VECTORWORKS PREFERANCES 3D TAB. You can set the render mode when switching from top plan to 3d views.
  12. You might want to have a look at the Surface Array Tool it's under the model menu. In the attached image I made one surface array then copied it and adjusted width to what I wanted. Was very fast to do. There are lots of options in the tool so you would need to experiment with it.
  13. Thanks for all the replies. I've used viewports before to split worksheets, but I find that a clunky workaround. I think for the next project I'll look into setting up my titleblock so that A- and Sheet Number are two different fields.
  14. My project drawing list is too long so I want to split it in two. I created two worksheets Drawing List Part A and Drawing List Part B. I then added a criteria field to have sheets less than A-999 in worksheet A and sheets greater than A-1000 on worksheet B. The problem I'm having is that A-100 and A-1000 both show up in the list for Part B. So how do I get the criteria to see A-100 and A-1000 as different numbers? If I set the criteria Sheet Number to >= A-1000 I get all my sheets except for A-100, If I set my criteria to Sheet Number <=A-1000 Below is a simplified version of my drawing list. Even though A-1000, A-2000, A-3000 etc are less than 900 they still show up in my list. How do I resolve this?
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    Joining 3 walls with different styles

    L join the same walls, T-join the odd wall, then use component join to connect the cores. I run into this all the time on projects where walls all have the same stud core but change cladding materials
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    Best way to cast shadows in section viewports

    Matt. I use 4 Heliodons on a layer called suns. I have one in each of the four directions then use the Visualization pallete to control which Sun is on in the Viewport. Although I didn't do it in the attached image I usually set the time or date one minute or day apart. ie. 9:00 a.m. = south 9:01= west, that way I know which suns to turn off in the viewports.
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    Stacked Openings in Wall - 2d Plan View

    Place the upper opening on its own class. Then turn off that class. The opening will still show up in 3d views and will be off in the plan view.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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