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Michal Zarzecki

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  1. That is interesting. Definitely sounds sensible. @Anders Blomberg, that's crazy! I wouldn't have thought of that. Initially i was trying to use selection, but it didn't work in VW. Drawing a boundary is basically the same, but it is a more permanent and - I imagine - robust approach. I will give all the ideas above a go. many thanks, gents 🙏
  2. I have found this very frustrating in the past, but I seem to have bumped into a solution - by chance, producing another planting plan for a project. Here's what I do: 1. Annotate the plants and Landscape Areas that are easy/ unobscured first. 2. Use the Select Eligible Objects Data Tag mode () to attach tags to the [obscured] rest of plants/ LAs automatically. 3. I align leaders to arrange them neatly and consistently. If the leader arrow/ dot is not pointing clearly to the right plant or area, do the following: 1. Draw a line (horizontal or vertical or free form, doesn't matter) across the plant or LA you want to move your arrow/ dot to. This line will be used to anchor the arrow/ dot of your DT leader. 2. Move your arrow/ dot to make sure it snaps to that line. Sometimes, you may still see a bounding box of a wrong plant or LA reacting, but ignore it, move your cursor along that line and only release your mouse button (i.e. confirm your choice) when no bounding box shows. It works for me and I hope I described it in an understandable way to help you. It may work, but you will agree it's rather tedious. Let's join forces and make a coordinated feedback to VW that this has to change and they need to review and improve performance of Data Tags, especially in the Annotation Mode. Their Roadmap site is allegedly the best place to do that.
  3. @Scott Lebsack, I can't agree. There is reason in that. If one wants/ needs their plant styles to be data rich, in order to provide detailed information to their clients or stakeholders, it is painstakingly time consuming to add all the data you want and trust to plant styles one by one. What I do when I have a new project and I am devising a planting palette for it, I prepare a spreadsheet with all plant data I NEED AND USE normally. I then use that spreadsheet as a plant catalogue, to import all that data to VW plant styles. Of course, I do that only when I have a number of new species. Once created, the styles can be reused in the future and even tweaked for improvement. Species with similar characteristics may be created quickly by duplicating one style and tweaking the dfferences. @BJRobinson, you seem to have a reasonable collection of your favourite and reliable plants already. If the only data fields you use in your schedules are Latin Name, Scheduled Size and Root Protection, then probably you are better off populating them directly in a plant style as you go. Otherwise, see my first paragraph here.
  4. Hi @jwlandscape, I do exactly the same - for my clients and local authorities, I provide an extended schedule summarising plant's features, benefits to wildlife and whether it's native or alien/ exotic. Not sure how PlantConfig files are defined in the Australian/ NZ release, but in the UK (and I think in the US too), there is Origin/ Provenance field, which I use. As @Katarina Ollikainen mentioned, you can adapt and extend your plant data configuration, but it involves editing config files (which are xml files editable in any simple text editor). And, as I mentioned above re your national release - there are often differences which make using files from other releases impossible without further editing. I've been there, trying to get my head around it in the last couple of months. You don't have to use Filemaker to do any of that. Hopefully, VW will completely change the way plant data is stored, accessed, customised and imported/ exported, so that's it's no longer such a time-consuming pain. If users' input is required, then let's join forces to influence future improvements in a coordinated and consistent manner. Don't hesitate to DM me.
  5. I seem to be in the exact same position. I've been waiting for several years for VW to create a properly working hedge tool with multi-species capacity, without any luck - even though it's such a major landscape component, used in almost every landscape project. I have exactly the same impression, @jeff prince. New or, in most cases, upgraded existing features have been advertised, whilst some others got broken and the really anticipated improvements never came to fruition. Very disappointing on the development side.
  6. Hi All, I have a large project where I have my planting scheme distributed over several drawing sheets. ATM, I have a single plant schedule, but I would like to create partial schedules for each sheet, showing only the plants within the given drawing extent. I can't seem to get my head around how to achieve that. I tried adding a Record to all Plants and Landscape Areas with the drawing/ area/ phase ID and use it in the schedule criteria definition to filter the plants. Unfortunately, I managed to get it work only for the Plant instances but not for plants within Landscape Areas. Any ideas or advice how to achieve what I am describing above would be very helpful.
  7. Hi guys, Following some digging, I found that my copy of VW has the US settings - I think this must have come from the trial version I used. I was wondering if someone who uses the UK version could send me a copy of the _CatalogFileConfig.xml. It lives in the Plant Database folder where catalogs are saved. Apparently, column names/ headers in Plant Catalogs differ slightly in different versions. I tried to get some help with this from VW [a few weeks ago], including the replacement config files, but no success so far 😕
  8. When I was preparing the file for you, I found the culprit. It was Heliodon. Its class was in fact set to no fill, but the "Set at creation" box was not ticked. When I set it to solid, the blue colour popped up as default. I set it to white and now everything is as it should be. Thank you both for your time with this.
  9. No no, I checked everything I could think of. The default attributes are set to By Class rather than to anything specific. I tried to reset Plug Ins too. Sounds like some sort of corruption :/. How surprising 🤷‍♂️
  10. Hi @Pat Stanford, yes it exlains it well enough - but the problem must be elsewhere. I pen and fill were set to By Class. I changed all that, as mentioned above, but the problem persists. What's more, whenever I create a solid 3D object (like Hardscape set to Slab or steps), they become blue. Even the textures get a blue tint. Even though blue is not used in class definition 🤷‍♂️.
  11. Hi guys, I was hoping someone could help me out with this issue I am experiencing in relation to the class "None". When creating objects originally, I had None used as an active class. It had pen set to blue, to easily spot any geometry that was not assigned to proper end-classes. And now, I can't get rid of that blue colour from anywhere, even though I have already changed pen settings in None to be black and fill to be none or solid white - nothing helped. Any advice how to change it now?
  12. I would basically like the same as for Retain but with different colour (which I control by class). Shall I then just duplicate the Retain symbol (with the prefix 1) and give it prefix 2? Is this what differentiate the different states?
  13. Thanks @Tom W., I have read it, but I still have a problem. In the Plant DB there are VW fields (sometime with different names than mentioned in the pdf you attached - e.g. in a Plant Style you can see Bloom Time, which in the DB pdf manual is referred to as Season; in the Config File there is only Blooms Begin), the NPS fields and DTP fields. In a spreadsheet, this means columns from A to AY. In the Config File, only files up to AF are listed. I know that I am able to handle it from the IT side, but I need some clarity in how to properly map the fields.
  14. Hi all, I was recently battling a bit with how my existing trees appear when I choose action such as Remove or Custom. Can I change the way existing trees are displayed in response to different proposed actions? For example, I would like my trees proposed for removal to be red rather than presented with a dashed line. I can't find the way to change the 2D graphics associated with these actions. Eventually, I used custom fields to be called Custom Action so that I can use these without changing the graphic style automatically and still have the information presented in a tree schedule. Any other ideas?
  15. Hi all, I am struggling with using the Plant Database and wanted to pick your brains. 1. Is it possible to cherrypick plants to be added to a catalog, i.e. choose one by one from the entire DB? So far, I can see that all plant records within the active search are added. 2. If I want to create my own list/ catalogue/ data base in a spreadsheet - which fields should I use, if I then want to import it to VW and map the fields correctly to create Plant Styles? The Config File only has certain fields and they are sometimes called differently than the fields in Plant Styles. I am really confused about how this all works. Anyone with some experience and an established workflow? A couple of years ago I was working in another well-known package and it was super easy to import plant lists in a spreadsheet form. Why is it so complicated in VW?
  16. @Pat Stanford, thank you for your reply. Could you clarify what you meant by I know that Height and Spread can be set to be by style or by instance, but I don't know how I would choose to make the Scheduled Size parameter (i.e. the one in a Plant Style's Schedule pane) by instance. Not that I want though anyway. Mmm, not sure if we are on the same page. I may not fully understand how Plant Styles work and how data records attached to them link to worksheets. In most instances, I can edit the data in a worksheet - either inserted in the model or from the Resource Manager - and the data attached to the plant style will be updated. For example, I can change Height at Purchase or Root Protection in any worksheet and the same information will appear in the Style. It looks like it's only Scheduled Size that doesn't - and once it has been changed through a worksheet and not within the Style, it won't work (i.e. cross update) any longer. These are my observations. What I said about the 'connection' is as I explain/ describe above, but it looks like it only applies to the Scheduled Size parameter
  17. Hi guys, I'm glad to have found this thread as I noticed similar problem yesterday. What I think happened here was some sort of corruption of a plant style. What I did, I took one of my generic plant styles; inserted instances in a drawing and then inserted my worksheet/ schedule in order to edit plant properties from there. Whatever I typed in this schedule under Scheduled Size, it didn't go through to the plant style. As a matter of fact the plant style appears to have lost the connection with the schedule. The plant instances using that style are counted ok, but the Scheduled Size parameter is not cross-updating. Another thing I noticed in the same drawing, was that some plants disappeared from the drawing but are still counted in the schedule. When I open teh schedule and choose to Select Item (i.e. those 'ghost' plants) nothing happens. All classes and layers are set to be visible. I reset plugins but it didn't help either. I had a very simple job to do and trying to resolve that issue (without success) took me more time and effort than the job itself. I will probably start a fresh drawing for that, but I would like to understand what happened, to avoid it in the future. Any help here would be great.
  18. @Tom W., it sounds exactly as I imagined it should be done, but I am not sure how to execute it. When I go to edit the 2D component of the symbols (canopy and trunk), they seem to be in the None class. And yet, they acquire properties from the class to which the entire tree symbol has been assigned. Shall I reassign the trunk geometry to my new Trunk class and follow suit with the canopy geometry?
  19. Tom, in this case I meant in 2D. I should have been more clear
  20. But I actually headed here to ask a different question. I would like the tree canopy/ crown to have different appearance than the trunk. How is this controlled and where to set it up? Should I somehow assign separate component classes to the crown and to the trunk?
  21. @Laura Stone, fortunately, you can modify all trees at once. When you decide you want to make a change, head to OIP and scroll down to 2D (or 3D) Properties. There, you can choose from the Apply Properties drop-down menu to e.g. All Objects on All Layers. I personally put my trees in classes named after their custom significance (Quality Category according to BS5837) as this is different than the Vectorworks categories. I then apply colour to reflect the scheme in the BS and set all trees to use attributes by Class. I hope this helps.
  22. Hi All, I have just realised a bizarre behaviour of Hardscape object [still in VW2021 SP5]. One would expect to control the colour of the joint lines by the class Main Joint. And this is true, if grid, running or flagstone joint pattern settings are used - but not when radial. The latter seems to be controlled by the object class's pen settings instead. Can this be flagged for review, please (if still applies to 2022)? Ideally, the appearance of Hardscape objects should be subject to control from one place, regardless of the settings used (ie. whether grid, running, radial or whatever).
  23. i tend to use Wall tool to create edging. Using this method you can also shape droppers, i.e. the special kerbs that taper down to surface level at level crossings.
  24. I am suggesting a further enhancement to the Railing/ Fence tool. Traditionally, one would draw these objects using complex line types including some geometry, such as circles or squares, or at least as some sort of dashed line type. I suggest that fences, railings and other boundary treatment should be hybrid objects, able to be represented in 2D Top/Plan View as line types, rather than the detailed top view of the Railing/ Fence object. This way one can create a legible set of boundary treatments, represented in 2D by colour coded, or otherwise differentiated, line types and having the desired representation in 3D.
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