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Michal Zarzecki

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  1. @Tamsin Slatter, thank you for looking into this. Please do keep me posted. It is bizarre. I am eager to find out what caused it to be able to avoid it in the future.
  2. @Tamsin Slatter, thank you for looking into this and your response. In the project I noticed it, I don't have a site model. I would have expected that the level 0 would be assumed from the working plane/ Layer elevation (which is 0). 🤩 I would love to join. Where can I find more information about it? I haven't explored the website too much 😬. Is there a site with such news and scheduled events? I had never noticed that before. It's ok for moving, but I would still need a visual reference for rotation. The number in the OIP (which I use once I've learned the correct angle) doesn't tell me much, i.e. for example, if its perpendicular to the given edge - the object itself can be aligned at various angles in the model and yet the Rotation value is still 0 dg. Probably that is one of the handy things in AutoCAD hatches - when hovering over the hatch central vertex, it gives options what to do with it (align, rotate ...). Since, there is a handle in VW, it could work a bit harder than just allowing to move the pattern 😉. It might be. I can't find the source of this. I will upload the file to our Cloud storage in a moment. I recreated this problem. I did as you said and left the middle field blank and set the name to be as the Latin Name. It works when first saving the style. But, when I opened it again it duplicated the Latin name again. And again in another time I opened the style. I could save pass that point as the name would have been too long. It seems that every time the style is opened for editing, the algorithm duplicates the name. I understand that the engineers are looking into this anyway.
  3. Hi All, I downloaded and installed v2021 yesterday and worked in it today for the first time. There are a number of new functionalities which seem to be a way forward, but... There is always this but. 1. I like what has been done to Landscape Areas. Some of the implemented changes were very desired and flagged up before. However, I seem to struggle with picking up the LA settings in one instance to apply elsewhere with the Eye Dropper tool. I can't pick up the planting settings. I used to be able to do that in v2020 with no problem at all. What ED settings should be ticked to get that work? When setting up the component layers for the LA, the levels seems to be not as expected. I set my LA datum to top but rather than the top of the LA being at level 0, it protrudes some 185 over this level. Any ideas? 2. I created some specimen planting along a polyline with Plant tool and set the plants to be on vertices with the solid line. Unfortunately the line is not visible at all. Only when I hover over the group or select it. Is it controlled by any class? Perhaps I have this invisible/ turned off. 3. When I try to align the hatch of a Hardscape object with the Mapping tool, I struggle to snap to the perpendicular point. Is there any setting that controls it? Perhaps I need to set it up again in v2021. 4. In Plant Style, I noticed that when I have the Style Name Formula set to Latin name, the Style name will have the latin name duplicated. The images below won't illustrate it properly, because they show the result. When I create a style it has nothing in the Name Formula. I changed it to Latin Name and obviously gave the Latin name to the plant.When save the style, the duplication happens. That's it so far. Any thoughts?
  4. I installed the 2021 yesterday and used it for the first time today. Similar as with Hardscape, I couldn't work out what settings of the Eye Dropper to use to pick the new Landscape Area settings (i.e. planting specifically) from one instance to another. That was not a problem in 2020. When I tried to adjust the alignment of hatch in the Hardscape object, I couldn't snap to perpendicular point even though I used to have no issue with that before. I am not sure if this is subject to some settings that I need to adjust in 2021. Perhaps I should browse topics related to 2021 - maybe others have similar issues or there might even be answers to some of the issues I came across.
  5. Hi again guys. I was browsing through existing topics before creating a new one regarding Hardscape settings. I decided to post it here, maybe you will be able to advise. I want my Hardscape to get the Fill attribute by class (i.e. the class the Hardscape is assigned to). This should apply to both, Main Area and the Border. What is the best way of doing that? I set the Main Area Class and Border Class to Hardscape Class. I can understand that one may wish to assign different colour to the Border even within the same class, but why there is no choice to choose this parameter by Class as well? Am I wrong thinking that I need to assign the same Background [Border] colour as my Hardscape class to make them the same? Then, when trying to Eye Drop the attributes, which do I need to select to make the tool copy all the colours from the original Hardscape? I keep getting the border unchanged. Any ideas and advice?
  6. @hollister design Studio You can create a Record Format from the Resource Manager. Open it and click the New Resource button at the bottom left of the window. Choose Record Format. Add and edit the fields that you need, such as product name, supplier's name or any specification items you see fit. Once created you go to your polygon representing the grass area and select it. In the Object Info Palette (OIP) select the Data tab at the top. There will be three buttons - choose Attach Record and choose the Record Format you have just created. Now the Schedule. Create one in the same way as the RF, in the Resource Manager. Once created, right click on it and choose to Edit. You will be asked to specify the number of rows and columns, but don't think about it too much as you can add more later. Select the first cell and go to Database meu in the Tool Bar at the top. Choose Database from the menu. A new window/ prompt will appear with the definition of the DB criteria. From the first drop-down list choose Record. In the middle, select you RF name and in the last one choose "is present". The Worksheet will be only looking at objects having that RF attached. Now define the criteria for each column. The row in which you created the DB will have a small black diamond symbol and all column headers will have drop-down arrows. Click on the first arrow - the new prompt window will open. It will already have Records in the first drop-down list. In the next one choose your RF name. From the lower list select the attribute you want to use for the first column, such as Product Name/ Turf Name. Assign your attributes to each of the column headers. If you want to schedule the area of each turf, rather than selecting the Records in the first list, choose Functions. The second will disappear and only the bottom list will be left. Choose Area. Tell me later how it went and if you need any further help. Regards
  7. @Pat Stanford, thanks as always. Doing that without duplicating the information would definitely be desired.
  8. Hi All, I was wondering if anyone could explain me how visibilities work in VW. I have learnt that I can turn off or change visual properties of classes and layers within Referenced Viewports (or just XRefs), such as dwg drawings. But I cannot figure out, if I can do the same for each viewport within my drawing, i.e. if the same XRef can look differently in different viewports, say within various Sheet Layers. A simple example: I have some linework in a referenced dwg drawing which I want to show in one of my drawings (Sheet Layers) but not in certain others. Equally, I want it to have different them in different colours in drawings where it should be visible. Do you know how to do it?
  9. Hi All, I have mentioned that in a few posts, but perhaps an Enhancement Request through this forum would be better. Can the text formatting in Data Tags be reviewed and made more flexible, please? The Data Tag's text box cannot currently be expanded/ reshaped manually, unlike Callouts. This often results in text string being too long and difficult to organise in a drawing. This is particularly frustrating when a multi-line text DT is required. Perhaps, it would be possible to use the dynamic fields used by DT in Callouts, creating a more powerful annotation tool altogether. Happy to discuss any details and possibilities. Please vote this up, everyone.
  10. @BGD, I have the same issue with Data Tags. Unfortunately, this is not possible for now. However, I have raised that issue in a number of posts and have recently spoken with @Katarina Ollikainen about this and other shortcomings for VW developer team's consideration. Having just thought about it, it might be useful to create an enhancement request in the Wishlist section of the forum. I will do that shortly, so please make sure to vote it up.
  11. @Pat Stanford, thanks for expanding on that. That's absolutely clear for me. I just didn't understand if I had been doing something in an odd way when you mentioned "the way I do it". Using the worksheet to do the maths was my goal from the outset. I just hadn't realised things like using the formula in the column header. I suppose this is because the rows are divided into sub-rows within the DB. What I wanted to do initially was to type in a detailed breakdown of the cost per plant in the last couple of columns. However, I realised that I probably couldn't just type random information in the DB cells (subrows), unless associated with some function or record. Glad I managed to do it with your great help and direction. I just wished it didn't take so much time to review all the landscape areas to enable the spreadsheet/ schedule pick up the Price record from styles. Fortunately, the project is not enormous. Many thanks again.
  12. @Pat Stanford, thanks for that last one. I knew it must have been something super easy. What I was confused by was the criteria under the drop down menu in Column I. And I couldn't use the multiplication formula in each cell - I needed to type it in the first row/ heading. I get that now. At least for now, I suppose. What do you mean here? The column criteria is indeed set to Plant Record.Quantity, but I didn't do anything more than that. Is there a different, better way? Could you explain this concept a bit more? You say "the way I am doing it", but I think I am following what I have learnt from the online guides and in the training with VW. How to set the Plant Record.Price for each group, as you mentioned?
  13. @Pat Stanford , that column is already summed up. When I do Summarize items by Latin Name, the values in column H show now the total price per species, but a total of the number of instances, so 10 number of planting areas with Achillea will produce £79.6, not £358.2 (45x£7.96).
  14. @Pat Stanford, thanks for your time anyway. I know that sometimes it's difficult to understand the problem without seeing anything. I just feel quite disappointed that it takes me longer than I thought when I put together a quote for the client. I scrapped what I did yesterday and start with the previously saved version of my design. I took my time to add price to each plant [style] and then tweaked each planting area, as my client wished. This is what I managed to achieve: I am quite surprised again, because the values in the Rate column are not added based on number of plants. I unsummarised the Latin Name column to show numbers in each Landscape Area. For example, Achillea [...] has been found in 10 LAs, but the price is still shown as a unit rate, rather than the product of Quantity and Rate. Even though I selected the values in the Rate column to be summed (see the plus sign). Probably there is a simple thing I need to do to get this added up. I just don't know what. In simple terms, I want the schedule to show how much each plant is and what the grand total is.In Excel, I would just use the right formulas at the end of each row and the Price column. Can I have some help with this - pretty please ?
  15. @Pat Stanford, I have tried both header formulas. When I use the Plant.Record it doesn't update the Price record in the Plant Style. It appears that I need to navigate to Advance Settings within OIP and choose what I want to do with the Price information. I think I should add the price to each Plant Style and in the Advance Settings make the Price field by Style. Technically, in the schedule I can manually type the price value for the plants inserted with Plant tool and figure out the most time-efficient way to apply the price to those in Landscape Areas. I think for these ones, I would add that info to their styles and the schedule will pick it up as I start amending the planting design. Another way is to export the schedule to Excel and do it flexibly. The downside is that I will need to go back and fro (between the model and the Excel spreadsheet) to see how the cost changes following the design tweaks. Or perhaps you can see a way to do it in the live schedule in VW?
  16. @Pat Stanford, thank you for your prompt response, as usual. I must say I don't get the way this works. I added Price values as a test for several plants. Schedule doesn't get it. When I go to Advanced Settings of these plants, the price I used in plant style is set under Custom, whilst Use Plant Style shows 0. Plus, the same issue as always - Plants within Landscape Areas are not being updated as their styles change. I need to go one area after another, open settings and close, to get these updated in the schedule. Apparently this is a bug and has been filed as such.
  17. Guys, sorry to but in in this very specific conversation, but I would do with your expert advice about using formulas in spreadsheets. I think I am doing something wrong or something that is not possible. Or both. I have a plant schedule, i.e. database rows with such information. I was asked to find savings in the design, so I would like to add columns with rates next to each plant, to calculate the final cost as I change the design. HOW TO DO THAT? In the database row headers I can either choose records or functions. I tried to change the header criteria to be Price and hoped that the value would be transferred to each plant style, but this doesn't seem to work either, i.e. the Price record stays as defined (0 to be precise). If I change the Price record in the Plant Style, this is then not taken to the schedule. I cannot input Price value for plants in the Landscape Areas. Can I have some steer on that from someone who understands the relationships here?
  18. Hi guys. I am trying to change an entry in a number of callouts in the Annotation Mode. I doesn't find much and when it does it doesn't actually show where the instances are. I must be doing something wrong here, because this is a simple task in most programs.
  19. Hi @jeff prince, I think that's the source of our misunderstanding. Yours seem to be limited to the botanical data. It might be because you use Vectorworks Designer, whilst we went for Landmark. It might be more comprehensive. See below a screenshot from the mapping exercise when importing an Excel file to the Vectorworks Plants Database: Note that some have VW prefix and others have none or NPS. The ones with VW will definitely go to the catalog, so would ones without any prefix, I think. But none of the NPS ones seem to do. These ones can be found in a VW Landamark Plant Style under Plant Data. So, what I needed to do when working on that project, was to go to all styles, one by one, and add my own ID, root protection info, girth for trees etc. Quite tedious. I am speaking to Hannah at VW next week, so maybe I will learn something new. So far, it's been trial and error (which is quite costly when working on a project). To save time, I just resorted to specify everything in one record which lives within the Schedule area - Specified size. This can be imported. The problem is that the text within Data Tags doesn't wrap. So, when you have a lot of info in that one record and you want to annotate it in a drawing, this gets really long and arranging tags around the drawing gets really difficult, time consuming and as a result inefficient. I am hoping that programmers will eventually code it to be more flexible (discussed in another thread). Actually, having pasted that shot here, perhaps changing the Target to a custom database would allow for integration of all needed fields 🤔. I shall see next week. I hope this clarified a bit where that misunderstanding came from. Then, I do understand what you are saying about data bases, because I am a table freak - I always needed my data to be organised and comparable. During my bio studies, I used to produce tables with everything, botanical families, comparison of species within the same genus, systematic groups, anatomical features, enzymes - you name it. And I would also like to have a DB with plant info and images for easy reference. For what we use in the office, I produced a custom font that represents plant features - for easy illustration of benefits in our reports. Perhaps I need to have a closer look at that Filemaker - sounds like you mastered it and it's very useful.
  20. @jeff prince , I do appreciate your time and help. And I think you did point me out to what caused the corruption of the 3D data, which was the main point in this thread. However, we don't seem to be on the same page when it comes to the data base. I explained what I wanted to achieve - import data from external list/ spreadsheet to batch-create complete Plant Styles. By complete, I mean with both botanical data and specification (in the Plant Style referred to as Plant Data, see screenshot above). If you feel that any of your questions have not been addressed within the posts, do let me know. So far, it seems that one can only import data that is consistent with any VW Database records that have VW prefix (e.g. VW Category). Other data can be mapped during the import process, but these would not be saved in a custom catalogue and hence cannot be imported/ converted to a Plant Style data.
  21. Hi all, I was hoping to hear from someone about Plan Rotation. Last Friday I produced a planting plan and annotated in this mode. Today, I downloaded the new SP and after that came back to my plan to add some plants. When I rotated the plan, I couldn't do anything meaningful. The Data Tag tool couldn't pick up the Landscape Areas nor Plants. What I noticed was that the graphics did rotate, but the Selection Tool can pick up geometry in their original position, if that makes sense. As if it never rotated. It's difficult to take a screenshot of that. For example, when I managed to pick planting, the red outline appears in the unrotated position. Is this controlled by some option that perhaps got back to its defaults after the update?
  22. @Tamsin Slatter, I always appreciate your support.
  23. Jeff, as per my previous post. The Plant Data area of Plant Style provides information beyond the plant's botanical and horticultural records. It's not about organising data in multiple places. You mentioned that you use FileMaker Pro, but we don't. Rather than producing [complete] Plant Styles one by one, I would like to be able to import them from whatever spreadsheet, external database etc. What I can import to the Data Base now, is the botanical information. This is fine for creating our own thing in the office, but we need it to translate into styles and these include specification information on top of the botanical data. For the time being, the Schedule area of Plant Styles is very limited with one record of Plant Size. We actually had a good conversation about it with @Tamsin Slatter and @Katarina Ollikainen last year. If such comprehensive import and mapping is not possible, then it would be worth reviewing the matter and anticipate enhancement. I am just hoping that I am missing something in the process.
  24. I didn't catch what you meant here. This extra information is stored under Plant Data section of the style. It combines the botanical data from the database and other information, such as Height at Purchase, Girth, Root Protection etc. See below. I considered KeyScape much easier to use when it comes to hard and soft landscape planning, execution and specification. Import from external sources is dead simple as well. I have a feeling that with VW everything just takes ages (endless clicking) to set up anything. Anyway, it seems that I need to edit those styles one by one 😩. "Very useful" this import from a spreadsheet - from all the data I have, I managed to import barely the name and category 🤦🏻‍♂️.
  25. Hi @jeff prince. There is definitely nothing wrong with the visibilities - I checked. Plus, it starts working after i open the 2D component edit and exit it. As if VW needs to acknowledge something. In Style creation, I assigned the 2D graphics and left the 3D be. This must have been my grave mistake. The default says "Copy from symbol". There was nothing to copy from the 2D symbol. 🤦‍♂️ Shame there is no way to batch-rectify this. I will do it from scratch. Fortunately it's only minutes. Do you happen to know if there is a way to import not only the botanical data, but also the spec, i.e. the NPS infor, ref code/ abbreviation etc? I have a whole xls file with a complete specification of my plants. I don't want to edit each style separately.
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