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  1. techdef

    Projected copy of Site?

    Matt, perfect, thank you!
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    Projected copy of Site?

    Folks, Curious what your thoughts are re: matching the diagram below (from my zoning code). I've got the site modeled - is there a reasonable way to make an offset of the grade surface w/out duplicating info?
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    Randomly odd fascia

    On an otherwise good roof, this one bit of fascia shows 4.5' below everywhere else. Any thoughts?
  4. techdef

    Project Sharing and Dropbox

    We had the same issue, there is a simple workaround (at least with Dropbox). The problem is that VW seems to reference the full file path (unlike ACAD). Dropbox always wants to put the shared folders in your (personal) user folder. That puts your share as part of the path name & that's what breaks the references on the other computers. We've put all our Dropbox folders in the /Shared user folder (a mac default folder) instead. Its identical across all our machines. No reference issues anymore. /Computer/Users/Shared/Dropbox
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    Cant keep Workgroup on VW Cloud?

    Intersting, I'll certainly look into it on this end. Thanks!
  6. In the interests of office awesomeness we're trying to keep our VW Workgroup on the VW Cloud (so everyone shares it). It seems that the folders with - in the name do not sync. These folder names are default from VW. This is a problem.
  7. Set the sheets for low-rez for use doing previews & then over-ride to XXX DPI @ publish. For example, use 72 for day-to-day operations, but when you publish it'd re-render everything to 300dpi.
  8. Thanks Jim, I also found this in the help: By default, a viewport’s ambient light is set according to the ambient light settings of the first visible design layer in the viewport. If there are no visible layers, the ambient light is set to on, with a color of white and a brightness of 35% (similar to the default ambient lighting for a design layer). So for me, turning the Background off on all design layers except the ones with the sun I'm using in that particular viewport did the job too.
  9. Hi, somehow I'd assumed that the Lighting Options for a viewport affected only that viewport. It doesnt seem to be the case. I'd like to use HRDI White for elevations, and HRDI Mostly Cloudy for perspective views. I cant seem to get the different viewports to have alternate backgrounds. As seems the case in VW, i can see this setting in at least 3 places but none of them do what I'm looking for. Please advise! thanks, -j
  10. Design layer viewport referenced in some standard details - i'd like to just draw on them a bit & then show them on my detail sheets. Working great, except in the final detail viewport placed on the sheet, turning off NonPlot doesnt affect the non-plot in the reference? Is there any way to leave that on in the design layer but off in detail viewport?
  11. Where do you turn off the 'feature' that occurs when one creates a viewport? As in; working in top/plan on a design view layer, create detail viewport, the window I'm working in switches to the sheet layer targeted for the detail. If i've already got both those views open on my screen(s) its highly counterproductive to have to keep resetting things...
  12. Someone probably beat me to this, years ago, but I have trouble with the search feature on this site... So, for those of us who really like the idea of the roof tool but are frustrated that it doesnt show hatch or texture in Top/Plan viewports... I had an idea today that worked rather than drawing a ton of dumb polys on top to get the hatch right, Get your roofplan VP up and happy in Top/Plan & Wireframe view; the default. Duplicate the VP. Turn off all classes except whatever your hatch is in (in this case, Component-Ext-Finish-Roofing). Change VP background render to Hidden Line. (see 2VPs.png below). Align the duplicate VP on top of the original. (see Merged.png below). May not be perfect, but does 98% of what I needed, and is live geometry so no duplication of effort when the roof changes later on...
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    Friends, I'm just writing in now to report that thus far, I'm THRILLED by vectoworks. We're still in the changeover process from ACAD on old projects, but I've got a 5-story over 2 basements apartment building through SDs in VW and its been a joy so far. SD drawings are really coming out legible and elegant! As new users in 2019 we've jumped right in w/ BIM in 3D. Today marked our biggest victory and payback. Client came in, after some discussion about grading, we changed all the floor-to-floor heights. I updated them in the Story settings. Walls, slabs, sections, elevations, even story elevation markers all updated. F'ing brilliant. That would have been a few days of work in dumb CAD. Going home happy!
  14. Folks, somehow stair origins are offset from the stair by the amount above 0' that their Story is. For example, B2 is 424' above 0'. Stair Insertion point is at 848'. Not a major thing, but inconvenient for zooming and for making sections/elevations. Any guidance? I cant figure out how to move 'em.
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    Hey - is this "working" still for 2019 version? I'm failing at the install instructions in the Edit Workspace portion... I cant find it on the 'left'.


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