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Michal Zarzecki

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  1. @Boh, thanks for your thoughts. I think it should work when we realise a mistake like that which would reflect an error in the Plant Style. However, in both these instances, the Plan Styles were either correct or rectified, but the schedule was not able to pick it up. My guess is that there is an issue with plants in Landscape Areas. I once had a problem with plant style not being correctly expressed in specimen planting either. The Support Team was contacted but not able to explain the issue either. I needed to reassign the style to get it work. I suppose there must be some tiny bugs that randomly cause the styles to fail to work. It is then easy to fix it, but the malfunctioning specimens or LAs need to be identified first. This is the experience I have had with such issues so far.
  2. @Pat Stanford, you may be right about what the LA is, but I don't think this is a problem. Most of the plants in my project are within a LA and they work fine. As I said earlier in this thread, reassigning of the 'stubborn' plant definition within all LAs remove the incorrect behaviour. My first encounter with it was the reason I started this thread (apparently). Back then, the change that I made in the plant spec didn't go through to the schedule. Now, one plant wasn't picked up at all in the schedule, whilst another one had no Root Protection field value. Regarding selecting Plug Ins in the criteria - the first time I did that I had double numbers of plants, because the schedule also picked up the ones in Data Tags.
  3. I also struggle with 'symbolism' and 'stylism' in VW. I appreciate the use of styles, but in VW it has been quite inconsistently executed for different object. There is a number of posts where Members are unhappy about how styles are then applied to new features - or actually how counterintuitive it is to apply a style to already created object, such as Hardscape or Landscape Area. A good example of styles that are easy to create and use is Illustrator. A simple solution where Symbol colours can be modified by class or by symbol would be great. I actually have found already quite a number of things that are much simpler and more flexible in AC, such as blocks (even making a dynamic block is very easy), multi leaders, panning within an active viewport etc.
  4. Guys, I think I found out what had been happening. I actually had a similar problem before, but in a different form. Something is wrong with Landscape Areas. Sometimes Plant Styles don't get expressed through them correctly. I don't know what precisely this is associated with. I noticed that if something is going wrong with plants which are used within Landscape Areas, then they need to be reassigned in settings. That always rectified the misbehaviour. The problem is that this makes the planting plans and schedules quite unreliable. One needs to thoroughly check that everything works and being picked up in schedules. I am not sure if there is any kind of inspection tool. In one of the competitor packages I used to use, there was a tool like that. It checked if all planting areas had been labelled, and so on. You would be surprised how easy it is to miss some areas on large schemes.
  5. @Pat Stanford and @bgoff , Thanks for coming back to me on that. See the attached images. Sambucus is categorised as Shrubs. The criteria are set as to pick this up, but there is still something not working. And yes, I do recalculate the worksheet.
  6. @Pat Stanford, can I use your wisdom and experience with worksheets a bit more? I made a Plant Schedule for another project but it seems it doesn't pick up some of the plants from the drawing. I checked the Criteria, Category fields in both the schedule and the plant style, but still nothing. The plant is present within the drawing/ plan so I would think everything is correct with it. I also noticed that with other plant it doesn't pick up the Root Protection field value. Again it's not a global issue, but problem with individual parameters or plants. Any idea what else to look at?
  7. I actually found out what is happening so hopefully that will help others. My reference is a dog drawing and it seems that the layer/ class greying out doesn't work with these. What I did then, I found out that I can control the properties (colours) of dwg layers from the Organization level. I went to Viewport and Visibilities and changed whatever needed to gray. Don't hesitate to write to me if you find it helpful but need any help to execute. Or, perhaps it's only been me not aware of that solution.
  8. For the time being, I just used the door symbol in thin air, i.e. not associated with any wall. I simply needed to insert a dynamic door symbol for which I could define the width. Any more landscape designer-friendly approach than using Door tool would be much welcome. I suppose a consultation exercise with landscape and garden designers would give some insight into the traditional design process and how VW can assist with that - rather than to hold back or require any walk arounds. Kind regards.
  9. @Wes Gardner , thank you for this. Now I know where the problem is. I am not creating the doors in a wall, but rather in a fence. Generally use it as a gate symbol, hower I actually parametrised it to really reflect teh design intent for the gate as far as I could. So I don't have the opportunity to set the side/ swing nor do I have the flip button in the OIP, you see. Well, if there is no other way, I need to resort to Mirror, I suppose.
  10. Hi All, Not sure if anyone would actually monitor a topic from five years back. I am working in 2020 and I seem to have the same problem - flipping. I can't see this option in OIP and anywhere else. Door insertion is quite odd too. Only the grip is located left/ centre/ right, but the result is the same. Am I missing something here?
  11. Thanks for your thoughts and tip, @bcd. I will try it out.
  12. Hello Katarina, Yes, the times are difficult. Looking outdoors everything looks normal, but when I think about all those poor people in hospitals, including the medical staff, I just can't think about going out and enjoying it. Thank you so much for looking into my posts and helping out. I am aware that there are so many parameters, settings and options that it's easy to miss something. Which apparently keeps happening to me. I knew it must be somewhere. I was looking a number of times into the ID options and display etc., but didn't notice the Class field right below it. It seems that I had this disabled when I was editing the style. When I added the TPZ/ RPA parameter again, the units were available to set up. And now I also understand the syntax behind the units. That was very helpful Katarina. I am trying to create our VW resources so that they resemble our 'traditional' CAD ones and it seems to have been a steep learning curve. I suppose someone needs to pioneer it for the sake of the company 😒. Now, the second post/ problem. No no no, I do refer to the Existing Trees. I realised that I have this problem only in the Annotation mode within a viewport. In a Design Layer, it's fine. The behaviour is slightly different between these two spaces as well. In the DL the tree shape is highlighted, whilst in the Annotation mode, it highlights as a square outline of the tree symbol (I suppose). Anyway, I got back to the Design Layer with these tags.
  13. I actually came across another problem with the same project and tagging exercise. I initially created tags on Design Layer. Then I realised I should probably annotate the drawing in the Sheet Layer, so moved them all across. Not that that was smooth - I am not aware of the way to move items with reference point between Design Layer and Annotation space on a Sheet Layer. As one could imagine, once moved all tags lost their association with tree objects. Now, when I tried to reassign them by just moving the marker, I was not able to choose which tree the tag should point to. VW tries to identify which object is relevant. And unfortunately it fails. For example, I tend to point to tree trunks, but always the wrong tree was selected. Does anyone know if there is a way to circle through the objects available within the tag's range? Like with some key pressed, e.g. like when using B key to X Ray the linework.
  14. @KWABA , I don't unfortunately. I was hoping with this thread that I could get help from someone who can do programming and scripts. Watch this space - maybe one day.
  15. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has come across an issue like that. I am working in V2020 and when I export to DWG, the leaders in the SheetLayer/ Paper Space have massive arrow markers. See below What is interesting, the annotation is done within the viewport, but in the dwg file they live in the paperspace itself. As you can see, the text and shoulder lines are fine - just the arrows. Any ideas or settings to tame this? I must say that I struggled to get my drawing out last week. Was ready by afternoon, but then I spent hours (I think I submitted it as draft after 10 pm!) to try to get my head around why graphics (particularly hatches) doesn't do what I intended. I will post that in another thread, existing or new.
  16. Hi guys, I work from home on my personal Mac and I can't get the greyed layers grey when exporting to PDF. I have already decreased the 'gayness' to 30%, but they come out perfectly black. Am I missing anything here?
  17. Hi guys, Is there a way to do it through the Resource Manager? It would be great if all that could be done from one place. For example, to import dim styles one needs to do it through Document Settings/ Preferences. I also experience VW [on my Mac] 'quitting unexpectedly' every time I try to import layers from another documents. Shall I look into any specific graphics card settings?
  18. Hi guys, I was trying to do a few things with Existing tree tags, but couldn't find the way forward on my own. Perhaps someone could help. First thing I wanted to do, was to replicate the way we annotate existing trees in our daily routine in AutoCAD. I tried to modify the tag information to show what I want, but I can't go beyond the options VW provides as options. For example the number only, number + name etc. I want a bit more information and cannot compose the built in tag this way. I think it is possible with proposed plants, but not with existing. When I gave up I moved to creating my own Data Tag style, which largely worked. Two things I don't know again: how to then disable the automatic Tree Tag display and how to express TPZ in metres rather than in mm [by default]? With the latter, I tried to type in expression like /1000 in the tag data link, but it didn't work. I didn't expect it to, to be honest. I knew it had to be more to it than this. Any experience and ideas, anybody?
  19. Yeah, this is what I thought when I first did it, but after exiting the Worksheet Edit mode both of them got updated. Perhaps there is a relevant option somewhere.
  20. I noticed another interesting, but undesirable behaviour of the Landscape Areas. I changed the Category field of a plant style that is used only within the Landscape Areas, in order to get it picked up by the schedule. Nothing happened. It appeared that the changes to plant styles won't get updated automatically by Landscape Areas. I needed to go to them one by one and reassign. Like I described above - I think it's the same behaviour.
  21. Now I can see that there is a Selection State criterium. I need to play with these, but do I understand it right, that every time the schedule is to be recalculated the right set of items needs to be selected? Also, I understand that for different set of criteria, different worksheet templates need to be created/ saved in the Resource Manager. I noticed that when I simply duplicate one and change the criteria, all duplicates follow the behaviour.
  22. @Pat Stanford , but answering the query exactly, is there a way to limit the data to selection only? I have a feeling that the answer is NO.
  23. On a side note, is there a way to replace one plant style with another? Even, when the plant [to be replaced] is part of a Planting Area? I know this can be done with individual plants/ specimens, but can't find the way to do it globally, particularly for plants within groups/ mixes. I tried to create an instance/ specimen of the plant I want to get rid of and use 'Replace all instances', but that didn't affect the mixes :(. Any thoughts?
  24. I think I am almost there. The thing is I can't do this Select Item thing. It's grey. The only ones that can be selected are actually those 'duplicates' that are correct.
  25. I noticed that when I reassign the style again, it removes the instances with the incorrect spec. Well, at least a way to go, but quite laborious. Not sure even where this came from as I have only one style for these plant species. Perhaps a bug. The drawing was migrated from 2019, so perhaps this is a sort of redundancy.
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