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  1. As you see, I can speak with authority on this subject. I have used MiniCad since version 1 for my civil engineering and survey drawings since 1985. The property line feature on my version 8 works great but you must realize there are some mathematical errors in the very small decimal places, so you must be aware the figure may not mathematically close. Second, the 90? error submitted by another post, is not associated with the PL tool, but on angle entry from the VectorWorks desktop. Any manual entry is considered to be Polar coordinates which are referenced as 0? is along the positive x axis, hence N89?E is 01? on the data entry boxes on the desktop, accordingly S89?E is -01? on the desktop. To help clarify this in your mind, go to the local library and check out a surveying manual and a trig book and make the comparison. I find this program much easier to use than the AUTOCAD programs because of the scaling factor and line weights are the same as actually drawing the plats and plans. Enjoy.
  2. I use VectorWorks v8 for my designs and need to be able to export the Northing(y), Easting(x) and Elevation(z) data for field staking use in my FS2 data collector. I presently use the Create Report feature to create a data base of the necessary 3D loci points which are in my design. But I must hand enter the point number and description for each point in the resource field created for those points. Additionally, I cannot find any command that tells the machine to look up the elevation(z) coordinate that shows in the object data field. What is that command? I use =xcenter for Eastings(x) and =ycenter for Northings(y), but no command such as =zcenter exists for the elevation(z).
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    Importing and exporting to AUTOCAD is difficult because autocad turns classes into layers and vice versa when importing AUTOCAD. Additionally, spot elevations using a symbol linked to a resource is not allowed when exporting to AUTOCAD because it always reads the default elevation of the symbol. Also many things in AUTOCAD are blocks which are the same a symbols but many users make large blocks in AUTOCAD because it is more difficult to do the simple tasks. These blocks are sometimes imported to VectorWorks as symbols but more likely as layers. So be careful. You can set "spidered" field information in your documents by establishing the location point and backsight point then changing a line according to the angle, distance information, making sure you reshape the line at the location point end. Then put either a 2-D loci or 3-D loci at that point on the end of the line.
  4. I have a Mac Powerbook, G3, OS 9.2.2 used for Civil Drawings and Plats of Survey. My local blueprint company uses TIFF files for printing purposes and they must be 1200 dpi or more to relieve the jagged appearance. Exporting a PICT file in the Export menu does not work because it is 72dpi. I try and use the Export images menu item and the exported files is cropped or not completed as shown on the VW file. How can I get the image centered and entirely exported? Changing the export size sometimes works with smaller sized files 11X17 but larger files are reduced to less accuracy and unacceptable. Nooving the drawing on the screen does not work, it always send the same incomplete image. Sometimes changing the origin will affect it, but not with predictable results. Help, Help, Help. When I do get the file to export by accident, it works just fine and prints even better.
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