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  1. DZens

    Custom Titleblock

    I too would like to create titleblocks that can be used with the Drawing Border Tool on the Toolbar, where the shape tab is used to edit the fields. Is there any discussion of decrypting the VectorScript for the Drawing Border Plug-in Objects and related tools and such. Being able to manipulate already written code would be much more efficient than starting from scratch. After all VW created tools and objects in previous versions didn't have the scripts encrypted. What is the purpose of that Drawing Border Tool if it cannot be customized? So will NNA ever share again? Hope So.
  2. Katie, It happens when you Set exterior trim to none the line gets thick then.
  3. Katie, I am sorry I can't post a picture but it is not that line you speak of . It is a segment of the frame of the window it remains thick after you turn off "Use Wall Line Weight" and even change all the line weights to 1 there is just that one segment that stays the same thickness of the Wall class. If I change the wall class thickness to another thickness it does not change until I turn "Use Wall Line Weight" on and then turn it off again. Just to reiterate it only happens on one side of the window. The other frame behaves properly. If you turn off plan detail it still happens. This is not a visual preference issue it is a BUG. PS You never called me back about the Disappearing Files on the Mac OS X system. I have update for you on that but don't have your number. Haven't solved the problem though. So call me.
  4. There is a mysterious Thick line on window symbols on the frame of the window right next to sash. What the hell is this line? Have gone through all the settings with no luck. Why do the jambs not match. This is VW 10 Architect. I have tried both the window tool and using objects from the Resources such as Marvin Window symbols. Anderson symbol dosen't have it. Have these symbols been updated or fixed?
  5. Runtime, You of course are entitled to your own limiting beliefs. If you believe that computers can and will only be used for presentation purposes then you will continue seek deeper into the dull drum of society producing idle masturbation at best. Or you can let some gas flow past that almost burnt out pilot light in your head and find NEW ways in which computers (CAD software) can be used to design as a conceptual tool and not just a visual one and ultimately contribute to the aspiration of design. For the computer has the capability of adventuring to places where your pencil and paper have never even begun to dream of. Just as the discovery of perspective drawing in the Renaissance opened up an entirely new world to painting and various art movements. So moving onto the point of this discussion, making Vector Works better. Lets hear some more ways to make VW useful. Besides my stay here is only temporary, for I have seen the New World and it is beautiful. Truthfully Runtime, you should only make your comparisons to AC 2000 version because r14 and lower aren't that great, but 2000 is leaps and bounds beyond them and VW. So if your talking about AC before 2000, don't even type because you then in all your deep frying experience have no clue what you are talking about.
  6. Runtime There you have it. You are right I am used to using CAD software, not a graphics package dressed up like a CAD package. I am used to entering in percise data in a GUI that just so happens to output some way of communicating intent to another. Not just drawing pretty pictures. So, it is like arguing Photoshop is better than Word. Unfortunately I have been using VW for more than a year now, but ACAD for 8 before that.
  7. I have thought of something. Rather than I just rant to all of you about how AutoCad is a more productive and powerful CAD Package (not the most productive and powerfull mind you) than VW, we should use this discussion to teach eachother and NNA the differences and how users of CAD want their CAD software to work. So I extend this challenge, anyone who knows AC and VW give me/us ex-AC users an example of something VW does that AC does not. And I will do the same I will present something that AC does that (as far as I know which I am fairly new to VW but have over nine years experience with CAD systems). So, AC has Xefs , VW has Workgroup References. In AC you can clip an Xref to only display the portion you need. No such thing have I found in VW. Along with that it would be nice to be able to clip Layer Links as well so when you have information you need to show a different scales you can hide all of the rest. This is a use of viewports in AC. Next.
  8. Peolpe are abandoning AC because it costs three times as much and the people paying the bills don't know the difference in a superior CAD package when the output is ultimately the same(or is it). Not to say AC dosent have its problems or the common problem of claiming parametric modelling and 2D drafting combo like Real Time sections and Elevations (from an Arch. perspective) . AC Arch Desktop trys to sell this, but does it pratically work NO!., neither does it in VW as you can see from the wish list. If you want a CAD package to do this stuff then your talking a whole lot more money and the use of a system that is not simple or intuitive, such as UniGraphics, Catia, SolidEdge, ProE etc. So what I am talking about is simple stuff. Like a MOVE by implicit points tool like AutoCADs (which I had to write my self with the pseudo-MiniPascal (structured language). Vector Script. My question is how is this not a BASIC part of any CAD package? That disturbs me. I really like the worksheets though. They are very usefull. The interface could still be refined. VW10 is better now that there is not a combination of menu pull-downs and clicking on that triangle button to format text within cells. Actually does any one have a good suggestion for a source on digging deeper into VW. The manuals (like all Cad manuals) Suck. And I'll tell you VWs manuals describe more commands that don't work the way they describe than AC. What is up with the Trim Tool in VW it does not work at all like it should. Any one got a revised script for that or something?
  9. Buy a copy of Auto Cad and do what they do!
  10. Unfortunately, I didn't make the decision to purchase it. But to be more specific, besides the very very basic MOVE & COPY(by implicit points) Commands and also FLEXIBILIY. VectorWorks only allows for one order of operation in a command. For instance, in VW you have to select an object before performing a command with it. Where as in AC you can select the object(s) first then initiate the command or you can initiate the command then select the objects. Or better yet you can right-click on any object and get a contextual pop-up that has the applicable commands for the object type you selected. Snapping is also limiting in VW. In AC I can use the tab key over an area that may have a mess of objects in close proximity to cycle through the endpoints , midpoints , whatever youmight want to snap to. Another thing is TRANSPARENT COMMANDS, I found the Boomerang Mode in VW but that just does Zooming. In AC you can do (most Commands) up to 255 stacked I think. Boomerang is also just annoying having to hold down space bar. Graphically Selecting Objects is very limited in VW. In AC there are 8 different selection modes, all of which to a skilled computer draftsperson are necessary. VW has three. Oh and the latest annoyance is AutoSave. I don't want to open a file and have it automatically save it to self. I might just be opening a file to verify something and I might modify something but don't want to save it. If AutoSave is on then it will save the changes also modifying its date signature. AutoSave should save IN THE BACKGROUND to a temporary file located in a USER SPECIFIED location for recovery purposes only. Also when a save is issued a Backup file of the previous version of the file should be also retained (bak files in AC) if the user decides this to be. That is all for now. I can go on and on.
  11. DZens

    Older DesignJet Plotting with OS X.2

    WOW! this is great. We were just looking at new plotters because HP does not support DesignJet 700 on Mac OS. Now we can use it and don't have to throw it away. Actually it is still too slow for us. But know we do not have to worry about only buying a plotter that Supports Mac OS. This is so cool!
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    Trim Command

    I also am having this problem in VW 10. The Trim Tool DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY(as described in the manuals or common logic. It currently trims line to the nearest line(s) regardless of what you have selected as you cutting objects. Please fix this!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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