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    Black & White Output in Open GL

    Some building departments are getting very picky about electronic submissions being Black & White PDF files. To ensure compliance, I have chosen the document preference of Black & White but a series of building sections rendered in open GL still produced colour PDFs. This meant having to find every symbol that had the least amount of colour & edit these symbols to remove all colour. Is there a different way to produce a B&W PDF? Additionally, is there a issue where Open GL & the setting for B&W don't play nice together?
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    Custom Elevation Tags

    I do sometimes use the US style Elevation Tag but wonder if there might be a way to customize these things so I can get something like the attached as it is a pretty common way of indicating Elevation in Canada.
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    Dual Dimension Scale bar?

    @RGyori I've run into the same problem, but the other way round. The work-a-round I found was to open a blank working file with Imperial units (I think in your case you would open a Metric file), create a scale bar, Ungroup the scale bar then save the resulting objects as a symbol then import the symbol into my document. Not elegant, but it works.
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    No Stories, No Problem

    Thanks @Wes Gardner
  5. Good idea, you may want to wishlist this @JMR
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    No Stories, No Problem

    It may be powerful but in my, all be it limited trial & error (heavy on the error) I find the storeys function to be counter intuitive in both the interface & the way one adjusts and edits. Things may be better now, and as with any new workflow, one has to get used to the change to overcome misgivings and early frustrations. I for one, will give this a workflow a wide berth until we are engaged in a project that's greater than three storeys in height. So that's the thing with VW I like, one is not forced into one particular workflow; for example I have a colleague who does everything with 2D lines.
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    Frame stops for Door Tool

    In addition, as rated & commercial doors are metal extrusions this should be an option as well. We end up drawing these in details.
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    Black & White Output in Open GL

    Thanks, I suspect this may have been a case of unintended consequences. In the olden days I just used the Document Preferences & that seem to give me what I wanted. Having said this, other Building department have been more accepting of a bit of stray colour as long as it's not material to the drawing, but this one seems to be picking at nits. Off topic but related: I have been told by a retired official that as many building departments are not replacing staff, and budgets are being cut, in part due to departments being sold a shiny new electronic plans submittal system that's the opposite of user friendly (on both ends) that employ a windows 95-like interface. The result is overworked staff are finding any little thing they can find "wrong" after a quick review. Staff then kick the project out of the line-up. This takes pressure off as that project's legislative time line because a "mistake" stops the clock. In the bad old days, some of these questions would be solved by a phone call or an email. Redlines that might have been added to a drawing now have to be addressed rather than accepted or talked about. The result is projects are being delayed weeks and there is noting other than phoning & pestering that one can do to get the finger out.
  9. Why is this still a thing? I spent far too much time on elevations not showing window numbers all to find out that the newly installed windows had an auto class that is not something that can be turned on in a viewport?!! PLEASE this is an stupid stupid thing, and needs be fixed like about 15 or 20 years ago already!
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    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    I was getting tires today & the shop was getting new counters as they continued to work. The counters are provided by the tire company & the monitors are flat screens with black backgrounds with mostly green blue & some red Helvetica like font. Think MS DOS from 1989, & as I had time to snoop the monitor stand that looked like what a bartender uses to administer shots of liquor from were being unloaded from a box. I happened to look at the invoice $689. $689 for a 2 1/2" tube with a flange & a bracket welded to it & a decorative escutcheon ring. So a Mac Version is 50% more does not surprise me. Not that I'm going to pay it, but some folks just are not as thrifty as me.
  11. I'm still an analogue guy. I would pay $20 more to have a book version of help.
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    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    I usually budget for a machine to last 5 years, so I'm hoping by Autumn 2020 they may have a "value engineered" version. As for sticker shock, I think we paid about this much for a toaster mac in the '80's. For some reason (we were likely to young & cocky) we had less problem with clients paying for stuff than we do now. Colour illustrations were expensive things that were almost alway warmly welcomed. Now clients have a dog house built want a 3D rendered walkthrough and have that as part of the package.
  13. The Spell Check File should be able to be imported from one iteration of the programme to another. With each new iteration of the programme, additions to the spell check need to be re-added to the spell check, not just regional issues such as Colour & Centre but common abbreviations like D1, D2 et cetera, et cetera.
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    Import Changes to Spell Check

    Usually we leave a the Structural Engineer's firm to do the structural drafting. We just finished the first project in VW 2019 with lots of structural information & I spent what seems like hours with the spell check reteaching it to accept such simple things like: HSS, LVL, MPa, et cetera, et cetera. Is Spell Check too deep into the programme to not allow it to update/import? This happens with scores if not hundreds of items every time we launch a new iteration of programme & in a big file can take a long time to chug through the file.
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    Grid Lines

    @fergus I have an older Wish list item you can find here if you'd like to vote it up! Further down the thread I outline what we do to create a 3D Symbol with classes to get a (somewhat) better result than what the tool allows
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro that runs OSX 10.6.8 that I've been reluctant to update to a newer OS as I don't know if things like VW 2008 or VW 12 will run with a newer OS. My Question is; how "new" an OS can I install and still run these older versions of the software?
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Thanks @ASagatovVW . I have been able to open Vectorworks 12 running on my OS 10.6.8 MacBook, this allows me to back save files to Vectorworks 10. In the opposite direction I have been able to import some old Mini Cad files by opening them in VW12, then opening successive iterations of VW to bring these files "back to life". I suspect that I'm going to have to abandon much of this if I update this machine to a newer OS.
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Thanks @Mark Mosher , I use a 3yro MacBook Pro running 10.13.6 & VW 2019 right now for 99% of my work. The older macbook is to open older files in their original format. I also have a client (a millwork shop) who asks me from time to time to give him files in Vectorworks 10 (I know, perhaps he should also update from Windows 98!). Not being able to use most websites from the old MacBook is a bit of a pain, so I was thinking of updated the OS, but the idea of losing the ability to run some older versions of VW has me on the horns of a dilemma.
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    Older versions of VW on older OSX

    Update: I've just read on an Apple Forum that Power PC applications won't work past OS 10.6 & I assume that older Vectorwoks 12 through VW 2008 or 2009 will not run. Is this correct?
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    @lgoodkind Add this to the wish list, so we can vote this up. I've just re-listed a spelling related issue.
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    Grey Classes in Publish vs Print to PDF

    @ASagatovVW Bingo! That did the trick, thanks again.
  22. I'm not getting consistent results with Publish. The PDF's created with Publish are "sorta Grey" while Print as a PDF images are what I have set the Grey Level for greyed layers & classes to. Is there a setting I'm missing in Publish? Here's a grab of what I see in Print as a PDF (what I'd expect) Here's the same file, the same sheet but using the Publish command
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    Grey Classes in Publish vs Print to PDF

    @ASagatovVW Thanks! I do note this is set a little higher than rest of the document (ie document set to 40% Publish set to 60%) so that may be the cause.
  24. I would like to have a bit of consistency & visual navigation. Take the Slab PIO for example. As slabs are never as neat as bounded consistently by walls, & using the poly tool is rarely accurate, I'd like to be able to create a slab from a polygon, not use the poly tool in the slab. Just like a roof. I'd also like it to constrain to other objects in elevation. So can we not make all the PIO's to work more or less like every other PIO?
  25. Thanks,@cberg I did forget that avenue. What I end up doing is quickly creating a shape then use the polygon that I've created to edit the slab.


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