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  1. Thanks! I knew in the back of my mind that there was something like this. Much appreciated! 😃
  2. Is there a way to have wall components illustrate with Hatches align to the direction of a Wall? Is the alternative to use several wall types with different Hatches or use a Texture?
  3. Most walls, including Curtain walls will often self generate classes. So if in your Design Layer your wall resides in a Wall Class but you don't have all the component Classes turned on you won't see the wall. Either turn all the self generated Classes on or, you can set the attributes of a Class when you create the wall or you can edit the wall type to display the Classes you want visible. Hope this helps!
  4. May I add to this thread a 3D dimension tool that may be used in the Annotation Layer rather than the Design Layer?
  5. In Ontario Canada, our Building Code is in Metric but a significant number of clients &/or contractors*** want dimensions expressed in Barley Corns ( ie Imperial, a pointless gentle jab introduced for larffs 😁). We tend to work in metric (mm) but will also from time to time issue an Imperial set (very rare) or a set with dual dimensions*. Add to this mix, new surveys are expressed in meters** and some older surveys are in decimal feet. So having MHB's suggestion would be very handy. * When we do this we choose Dual Dimensions & may uncheck the "show dim value" button in the OIP if there's too much info ** To express this, we generally uncheck the "show dim value" button in the OIP & Type in the value in Meters in the "Notes" *** Funnily enough, the most requests for Imperial construction sets tend to come from contractors who had to migrate to the Imperial system when they moved to Canada With the aim of reducing headaches, we have a standard note stating a drawing is a metric document & that any Imperial measurements are for convenience and metric values govern. You know, with the other standard notes about reporting discrepancies & not to scale drawings; the notes that contractors never read?
  6. So there's a wish list item here: In Canada in addition to the clients & contractors who still want dimensions based on the size of barley corns, we have legacy surveys that are expressed in Decimal Feet, but all zoning regulations are expressed in Meters. (Sorry, people clinging to imperial measurements is a pet peeve !) 😜
  7. I know that many of us would like to see more options for Dimensions. Here in Canada for example we often have clients or contractors who want to see drawings that may include Imperial Dimensions. To avoid a large number of Dual Dimensions the following is what I do & it will work the same for for mm & cm display. - Edit the Units and set the main Units of Length to whatever is the most used in the document (for example cm) - Choose Dual Dimensions & set the Dual Dimension to mm - Add Dimensions as you normally would in your document - When you need to show mm change the dimension setting to Dual Dimensions (you may want to add a custom Dimension to your Dimension Standards) - Un-check the box marked "SHOW DIM VALUE" - What remains is the mm value I can't find a way to edit the 2nd Dimension Value to do away with the rectangular brackets, so this may be inelegant, but hey, it works!
  8. Sounds Great! I have to point one thing out and it just may be the way my old brain works/doesn't. The way Mr Johnson is sitting adjacent to the empty chair, it looks like he's sitting on some kiddy furniture. Sorry, but it made me smile!
  9. THANKS! My old brain looked at this preference at least four times & just didn't process it properly!
  10. I run into this from time to time & this time I can't find where to adjust this. An extruded circle becomes a hexagon in plan. I thought there used to be something in the IOP that allowed one to set the "segment" but I don't see that. Choosing a High level of detail in the IOP for a Viewport doesn't seem to work either. One of those things that I should know, & thought I did known; but obviously don't know. Please help prevent an old geezer from pounding his head onto the desk any more than than is necessary!
  11. Thanks for helping me find that Pat! Not so much a crit. as an observation. Seems like this should be pretty straightforward thing in Preferences.
  12. Thanks Jeff, but in VW2019, I can only change this from the Export PDF only results in Changing the Grey level on a Export of a single Sheet basis, essentially the same thing as print PDF. There may be another place to find this setting, but the ironically named "Help" does not list this nor does looking in the usual locations. You may note that the Button on the bottom reads EXPORT & not SAVE. Any other tips?
  13. If I print an individual Sheet as a PDF, Classes & Layers that show as grey are, well, grey however; if I Publish the same Viewport the Grey shows up as b&w. Is this a bug, a feature or am I not holding my mouth correctly?
  14. When you listen to this song and listen carefully and realize that the words are really "That the HOT DOG GOES ON!" one may never listen to the song & not hear that line forever! You are welcome
  15. @michaelk @bcd Thanks! I'm going to try this out & book-mark the info so when I need it again in 4-6 months I'll be able to use it.
  16. I only use the parking space tool about 1 or 2 times a year & don't see a way to add all the different parking space tools together on a worksheet/database or perforated report. Any tips?
  17. Jim Smith

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    @eva is that due to an issue between 2019 & the new OS?
  18. Jim Smith

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    @eva This is happening on all your VW 2019 files correct?
  19. I have a friend & sometimes client who's colour blind. Years ago I was working with his firm on some models for a public meeting & I kept asking what the large pink thing was & should I get rid of it. Pressed for time he groused "Never mind that, just get the images to the service bureau !" & I shrugged & had everything ordered. My pal was embarrassed by the number one question at the public meeting was "What's that big Pink Thing?". The big pink thing was a mistake someone had made early in the project & that his colour blindness did not allow him to see. Lately I've been working on a heritage project and the chair of the heritage group is also colour blind & has asked me to assist him in deciphering some planning & land use documents their committee receive from other consultants & government agencies because the nuance in colour changes are not visible to him. We who work with graphics & colour to communicate often don't recognize this disadvantage & that our work might not be totally understood by some people. My suggestion for VW is for two ideas that could help when users are preparing documents for public review: 1) The relatively easy one is to offer a "Colour Blind Palette" that users could choose when preparing presentations documents so all viewers may see contrast when that's required so users could choose to use these colours 2) The more difficult, but more interesting suggestion would be a "Colour Blind Filter" that one could employ to give normal sighted the ability to quickly review their output to ensure the "Giant Pink Thing" is visible to everyone who'd like to know what the heck that thing is
  20. I should re-phrase this. Some textures do this already, but many don't.
  21. Surface Hatches is a time sink. I would like them to be baked in to both a Hatch & a Texture.
  22. @Pat Stanford Thanks Pat. That's not the issue. I have found that if one has more than one stair tool in a project one has to restart several times & the additional stairs often have a Z that's 100km away. So maybe 2022 or '23 for a stair tool that works? @Art V Yeah, this has been a request since about 1999
  23. Looking forward to using 2021 - after the first SP (I'm even going to try & get over the cartoon icons). Have not really seen if there have been any improvements to the many BMW's (B____ Moan & Whine) at the top of my list is the stair "tool". - Kicking myself for using it in a hurry rather than creating a model & the stair created just goes away. But not gone gone, just in most viewports, & not in others. I know, don't ever use it but sometimes I think "oh just this once". In future I'm going to put a Toonie in a jar every time I think that thought & just make a model.
  24. Thanks @Pat Stanford that's what I was thinking was the case. I'll add this to a Wish List
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