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  1. hmm yeah - Id have thought annotating plans with labels that have different references would be a fairly staple requirement
  2. Ok thanks Bgoff sounds interesting.. Not used workflows before . look forward to it
  3. Thinking about it, Even a symbol with several text references that updated with a different number each time it was pasted would be a significant step in speeding up this process . If thats any easier? cheers
  4. hello all. I am am trying to get beyond the basics of vectorworks to use it a bit more intelligently. Essentially we typically are building sites of 20-50 houses with several house types. We are regularly required to provide co-ordinates of service connection points to ground workers so they can set out the site before work begins. We use different symbols for each house type, with the service pop ups (internet, electricity, water, rainwater pipes etc) as circles within the symbol. To provide co-ordinates we have been doing the rather painful process of naming each connection manually with a text reference, clicking on each circle and copying and pasting its easting and northings onto a separate note pad file, and then pasting again onto the sheet later with a reference to the connection on a plan. As you can imagine this takes a lot of time and there is a lot of room for error. I have been experimenting with the stake tool, but it is quite laborious on its own, and i still have to enter the reference name by hand as I cant seem to get it to autonumber each time I insert another point. What i'd like to do is essentially somehow reference each connection point in a symbol as Plot 1 - electricity Plot 1 - water Plot 1 - internet etc And then re-paste the house symbol and it automatically renames the connection points in that second house as Plot 2 - electricity Plot 2 - water Plot 2 - internet etc Then create a report which would give me the reference of each connection with a co-ordinates. It doesn't seem particularly outlandish requirement but it has me absolutely stumped and after a morning of trying it is taking longer than my old fashioned copy paste method. I would image this in a function that people require a lot so surely its doable? Is there an easy way to do it? look forward to your responses as always regards Im sure it has the capability to do what I require.
  5. Ok so an update, weirdly I have noticed that this issue seems to happen when I have a document open, as well as an unsaved new document. For example. If i open vectorworks and it has a default blank file, and then I open my file and leave the blank file in a closed window it wont snap. If i then close that window ,the file works. Must be some kind of bug?
  6. tried this with no luck. increasingly confusingly the file that i removed the info from is now working for me too! original one still not working. wonder it is reference related? I removed these before sharing
  7. yeah its just with occasional files. Ive removed everything out so will just upload here if you can take a look? thanks smart cursor settings 190228.vwx
  8. thanks Interestingly, that file is working ok on another machine. Other then resetting the resetting the smart cursor settings, is there anything else that could be directly related to my machine? Thanks
  9. Hi Jim This didnt fix it unfortunately Thanks
  10. Hi Russ, Not a file I can share unfortunately. If the issue persists, I may have a go tonight at stripping any private data from it and then sharing
  11. Hi Russ, Thanks for your reply. Yes my settings as as per your suggestion. Unless I am mistaken, this allows it to snap how it is in the start of the video before changing files?
  12. Hello all We are encountering an issue in the office whereby some files do not snap to 90/180 degrees etc regardless of the snap settings. I have uploaded a video to explain the problem. -If I open a blank file, it shows that the cursor will snap to the 90 degree intervals as you would expect -If I open a second file (the problematic one) and don't change any settings, it now wont snap -If i then return to the original file, It wont snap until I close vectorworks and start again Its very difficult to work with . Has anyone else experienced it? Its happened on several files, not just the one in the video any help is appreciated Using vectorworks 2018 regards vectorworks snap.mov
  13. hey, thanks for your reply. This sorted my issue. Thats frustrating as cropping was one of they main thing I switched to DLVP for hopefully it can be rectified sooner rather than later
  14. did you ever fix this issue? i have it now and cant solve it
  15. thanks for your reply. Ok sounds like I am on the right path with it
  16. Hello all, Looking to start using vectorworks bim. I'm teaching myself and have some questions regarding general principals of setting up drawings. I'm fairly familiar with revit so its not a huge leap. we regularly produce housing sites which currently are produced in the typical way, (from 2D with plans sections and elevations drawn separately). I'd ideally like to produce BIM models of the different housing types, and arrange them by plan, and then be able to generate the elevations and sections from taking views in the model. We generally do not produce a 3d site model as we just view from above. generally our sites are flat or as good as. Ideally the plans sections and elevations would look identical in style to what we currently produce. There is clearly more to elevations than just the faces of the buildings. We'd like to be able to add context, trees cars people etc. These would probably want to be done in 2d to maintain the style of drawings that associated with our current output. In principle would it be ok to set up 2d working planes in front of the 3d elevations to add context? or would this just be crazy way of using BIM? I have trialled it on a simple house and context and it worked, but yet to try it for a site of 50 houses. Or would it be possible to link views from the 3d model to a 2d file and draw over the top to add trees and people? Appreciate your thoughts
  17. hello all me again, and origins again . Thanks for all your help on my previous origin questions. I think I have got to the bottom of what is causing our practice to have issues, and things seem to be running a lot more smoothly for now. I am now comfortable setting up and amended user origins to reflect real world coordinates, etc. however, I have noticed that if I set up my user origin and then use the 'rotate plan' command (available in architect) the origin will change to accommodate the new view. I understand why it would do this. What i don't get is, if I then re-do my user origin to the same offset within that rotated view, it is happy to work at that origin in a rotated view. If i then set my rotation back to zero, it will change the origin again, when in theory I am now in my original view with original origin. If i am wanting to give setting out co-ordinates, it is pretty crucial that these are correct. What do people do to get round this? thanks
  18. Seems like most people use my method shown in the first post its good but its a bit of a weird old tool seems best to do by eye, but will definitely save me a lot of time for quick stuff
  19. Ah great found it! - cheers for your screen shot, managed to identify the tool ! Yes on a mac but I was on the 'visualisation pallette' not 'visualisation tool set' - I hadn't acknowledge the difference. Thanks a lot
  20. is the translated view something people use regularly? or is it common practice just do the method I listed as a fudge in my original post ? thanks
  21. thanks for your reply Art V, sounds simple but am I missing something? does it definitely work for 2d? on my visualisation palette, I have only the option of lights or Camera? the translate view tool (the dashed square with a dot in it) does nothing, until i click new, at which point i get the same 'render works camera can not be used on a sheet layer'
  22. no one? should I assume thats a no then?
  23. From that thread.. You can also use the Translate View tool to pan around within the crop. Often times, we need the crop to say in the same place for page layout purposes, but want another area of the drawing visible within the crop window. The Translate View tool allows you to do this. It works just like panning. This sounds like exactly what I'm after but cant get it to work


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