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    stair tool 2020?

    Thanks @jnr saves me looking at this tool. We gave up attempting to use this tool years ago & have been modelling our own stairs. I always hold out hope but...
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    We have our Practice Stamp in a Class (Notes-Title-Stamp) that's set up as a grey class on our template. When we print an approved drawing set only then do we turn this Class on. The drawing set is saved BEFORE the batch print & isn't saved so we have to make the effort to turn the Class on before a drawing set is again issued to ensure a drawing isn't issued by mistake with a stamp on it. I suspect you could have as many logos as you like in Template each with it's own class.
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    2020 Another Year Of Broken Release

    @sbarnett We've not yet updated but we have a policy in the office that we (almost) never open a file in a later iteration of VW. For example I was working in a 2015 file last week. Where we draw the line is generally a decision that means the project is somewhere in CD or SD and is always project specific. If we've decided to move a project into the latest version of the software, it is always saved and locked in the version it was created in, and a new copy is Batch Converted to the new version. Before we use the newest version on a project, we always try a few test files & make a new template in the new iteration of the software, but pressures of production sometimes make us skip the last step. Given all this, I wish that VW's new release schedule was closer to 16-20 months, but I get that Marketers gotta Market!ūüėÄ
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    Drawings from Mass Model

    I note in some of the Advertising for VW Architect 2020 that it appears that one can produce walls and windows almost instantly from what looks like a subdivision model. While we can produce walls from polygons & I remember watching a training video about cutting holes and shapes that mimic doors & windows from a 3D object, I wasn't aware that 3D shapes will now allow us to make walls, windows & doors. Is this now the case? (Fingers Crossed!)
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    Cropping worksheets

    What we do is is what to is to what Boh notes; that is put the Worksheet on a Design Layer at 1:1 scaled & then make several Viewports taking care not to miss or duplicate cell rows. To ensure this we often add a blank cell row with the note "Continued...."
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    Vectorworks University

    Thanks for the link @Christiaan ! I now have more to catch up on!
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    Scale Interior Elevation Markers

    Not sure if this has been addressed in VW2020 but an issue that's been an on going problem is the lack of scale / output sensitivity of most Tool/PIO objects that produce graphical data on a drawing & as you point out @Jim S. "live" on a Design Layer. We have tried two options, both work-a-rounds. -The first we tried was to turn these objects off when they take up too much room in a viewport looking like an imported ACAD chunk of text, & placing a "Dumb" graphic in the Annotation Layer. (This also allows us to make nice looking custom callouts that one can't achieve with many tools.) This works & keeps 90% of Text in Annotation where it belongs but it becomes a management issue to ensure as things change things of this nature are captured & updated; manually. - The second way we manage this is to use two viewports. One has the offensive PIO's class turned off, the second is a very small Viewport that is cropped closely around the graphics of the PIO but we reduce the scale of this viewport so that graphic object is appropriate for the viewport. A work-a-round but less management other than to check to ensure that the 2nd scaled viewport isn't accidentally sent to the back. This issue in many, examples has been wish listed several times- fingers crossed for 2020!
  8. I'd like to be able to use Strikethrough font in VW especial in Worksheets.
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    Message Centre Crashes VW

    Every time I choose the Message Icon, VW starts to open said dialogue box then promptly freezes. Anyone else get this issue?
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    Message Centre Crashes VW

    I just noted that I had a message, & thought I would try it since I updated with the latest SP (two weeks ago?) and the programme no longer freezes up. So just in time for VW20 this bug is resolved! THANKS!
  11. Agree 100% @Christiaan anything that's text related that should be placed on a Design Layer should be scaleable. Your thread is related to a wish list item I posted a few years back about Grid Bubbles.
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    Message Centre Crashes VW

    @JuanP Thanks Juan!
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    Message Centre Crashes VW

    @JuanP Thanks, I'm pretty sure the programme is frozen. Attached is a screen shot, the first time today was soon (less than an hour) after my morning restart. I just know not to use the icon, but sometimes forget.
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    Message Centre Crashes VW

    See next post
  15. Hey @Jonathan Pickup So we now attempt to have as much notation as possible in the Annotation Layer. The only issue I see as a problem is if the door numbers are to be illustrated in another location, one must have to remember to transfer this information in Annotation Layer AND remember to copy the information if it is ever amended. For example today we have had to issue a Change Order that impacts three doors & these doors all show up on the main plan as well as individual details & elevations. If I use the Annotation Layer I'd have to add this copy & paste to 3 detail plans as well as my interior elevations. Or am I missing something?
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    Exporting to SVG files

    A client is interested in obtaining one of these: https://shapertools.com and asked if we can provide native files. I note that the company seems to be using SVG files, (that I don't think VW can export to, but they mention using DXF files with Pen types as the way to communicate the cutting info. Does anyone have any experience finding a path to exporting to SVG? Is there any talk/plans that VW will be able to export to SVG in the future?
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    Exporting to SVG files

    Thanks for the update & tips on using this tool @Brian(J) @Claes Lundstrom !
  18. Since the latest SP I'm having even more issues with Wall Joins not working properly. Is this a bug or an "improvement "? Here's just one example.
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    Issues with Wall Component Joining Issue

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    Property Line

    Sorry to say but... The tool just does not really work vis a vis the way that I've read surveys for the past 30 years here in Canada. I've given up using the tool & just use lines with notes. Saves hours of work & bashing one's head on the desk.
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    Issues with Wall Component Joining Issue

    Thanks Adam, Please see the attached Waterdown 3.vwx
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    Phillips Head Fasteners ?

    How about the best fastener option the Roberson or Square Head?
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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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