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  1. Hey friends, looking for some ideas on what I've screwed up: trying to plot some GPS way points from a nautical map. We have known coordinates for several (12+) waypoints in Lat/Long format. I've set my file up to use Nautical Miles as the base unit (though this is likely where I've gone wrong?). Using georeferencing. I'm getting a discrepancy of about 25% scale. Waypoints should be 2 miles and 1 mile apart respectively. When measured, theyre showing as 2.5 an 1.25 miles apart. This is consistent over all my points. Have I screwed it up with the units, or my georeferencing somehow? thanks
  2. Is there a place to change the Lat/Long coordinates format? I have reams of input data in Degrees & Decimal minutes, would prefer not to convert them all to decimal degrees if possible
  3. Has this been changed in the past 19 years?
  4. Hey folks, I'm new to this dialog box, not seeing much guidance on conversion of 'units'. Any guidance on using Nautical Miles in Vectorworks? FYI, its 6076.12 feet, or 72913.440001417 inches
  5. How odd, but thank you. FYI, I havent changed anything on this since 2020-2021 update so I'm not sure what happened. Also very curious that only the Plot Date failed with this.
  6. Nikolay, sending you the file - yes its an Auto one
  7. I have a plot date in my titleblock, lately it has not been showing up on sheets however, and the Refresh Plot Date button is gray in OIP. Has this broken with a recent SP?
  8. Pat, thanks for that. I did have that option on. Digging in a bit more, the issue is more related to things drawn on one Plan Rotation, then trying to adjust them on the other. Move Edges Parallel adjustment does not snap parallel if I rotate an object to the new grid! It still snaps parallel to the grid it was drawn on, not actually the edge selected. See my image above again - the edge will move parallel, but the dimensioning/offset will be wrong. Its not actually moving that edge 3' parallel, but 3' on the wrong grid.
  9. Hey folks - I've got a zig-zag shaped lot. Using rotated plan for one side of it to keep things orthogonal on screen. However, when I use the Rotated Plan view, the coordinate system / axes dont rotate, making things very difficult. How do I rotate those to match view or view grid?
  10. Current Vectorworks, 2021 SP3: Create 3d viewport, double click to Annotations, draw dimensions. They're all showing as 50% the correct value? What did I screw up!
  11. Hey folks - looking for some best practices guidance on a very large site model (neighborhood scale). I'm having trouble getting the geo-linked imagery to show correctly. Wondering should I be making DTM (site model) at 1:1 for this to work? I've been at 1:1000 and that has some issues too when I plop buildings in at 1:48...
  12. @leecalisti, Glad you got the idea - the whole point to me is that you DONT have to move it. I usually start with these the size of my property lines, or perhaps the setback envelope. Since they're SLABS that are assigned to a level on a story, they move automatically if you change the story heights. With the tag applied to that object, it will move and auto-update too. Best of all, you can duplicate and rotate the tag so you can see them in ELEVATIONS and SECTIONS! Finally, the gridlines in 3d that auto-update!
  13. Lastly, I made a few Slab Styles (included here) which are 0 thickness and only show as a border. I use these as floor slab Gridlines on their own Class. You can draw the "slab" around your building footprint and assign to the Story / Layer you want. Tag these and it will display the Story and the Elevation of the story. Very useful for keeping track of things like FF, Parapet, Ceiling Height etc... Story Grid Tool.vwx
  14. Next up is a simple tag for Net Area of an object. I use this for net area calcs sheets for opening protection distance sheets. Trace all your windows on a simple elevation & then tag all. Net Opening & Area Tool.vwx
  15. Here's a Path of Egress tag - for your fire life safety plan(s). Use the Piping Run tool to draw the line from wherever to the Exit. Tag the pipe runs with this tool and it will label them and show the total length of the line. EgressDistance Tool.vwx
  16. This is a new one for me in 2020. On a rotated plan FWIW. Space tag shows the dims of the room correctly at the default room name "Bedroom". Change the room name in OIP and the dimensions change?
  17. Yeah, I do it at home and hate it. The lack of video hardware makes it a big drag to use. However, if youre able to use Vectorworks Cloud publish (as I do) it does get the job done!
  18. Pinging back on this now that the new stuff is out. Refurbished iMac Pros w/ 8-core xeon and vega64 are around $4500. New iMac w/ 10-core i9 and 16GB video card around $3200 + 400 for RAM upgrade. Wondering if there's a functional difference between these two for VW users? new Imacs are pretty tempting, but i do recall the xeon PCs I worked on 15 years ago kicking some butt. Thoughts or better yet, experience?
  19. Update: Finally getting some progress here, but using .ttc files (from Mac OS). Contrary to the instructions, .otf and .ttf files seem to fail / error, or even worse, they render pixelated instead of vector.
  20. Windows and Doors always insert in Z-axis (height) relative to the bottom of the wall they're inserted into. If you have walls which extend below the finish floor elevation this is shockingly odd. Walls and doors should be inserted relative to a layer (layer pulldown, say "finish floor"), not the object they're linked to. Doors in particular are rather inefficient when 1' below the floor.... For example, my exterior 1st floor stucco walls have an exterior finish face which extends down to below the floor framing to cover the edge of slab. Doors therefore insert at bottom of floor slab height, instead of finish floor height.
  21. Taproot, our entire office migrated to Dropbox about 18 months ago & we shut down our local file server. Its made working from home WAY more productive as there's just a lot less time spent on slow file transfer, or forgotten-item-on-desktop time. We have set up project folders, which have plenty of empty folders within as a default structure. Also have an office standards folder which, among other things, holds the Vectorworks Workgroup files without issue. Like you we havent gone to project sharing yet for production, but have tested it out and it worked pretty darn well. FWIW, we also have spent a fair amount of time with Vectorworks Cloud and not had much luck. Mostly font related, but it also had a lot of trouble mixing relative and absolute links within Vectorworks files.
  22. Big wishlist item: Add Active Class Texture to Object Textures drop-down. Currently the Class Texture option only uses the Insertion Options class, not the Active Class. We're having great luck using different classes for different wall finishes, ie: Stucco 1, Stucco 2 etc... each Class has a different texture. Setting the stucco component to Active Class Texture yields nice results for walls, but for things like parapet walls, we need the Overall Object to follow along otherwise you need a separate parapet cap to hide the components in renderings.
  23. still doing it... for me to keep palettes open I have to uncheck the "autohide floating palettes" option. There is no way to make them not auto-hide anymore


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