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  1. Hi All, I have a question to weigh into the stories debate. Do you use separate plot files or have all of your sheets/documentation coming out of the model file? I've come up with issues a few times where the stories change throughout the design process and the individual plot files start to have errors because the stories are no longer identical. Even if we then manually fix the changes sometimes these errors still persist. Has anyone had experience with this? For me, it seems super counter-intuitive that you shouldn't be able to have the stories referenced into a plot file and updated with the model every time they change. 

  2. On a separate but related note, I want to control the orientation of my north point on my titleblock using the heliodon. However, the plan viewport is rotated 90deg relative to the design layer (in order to fit onto the sheet nicely) is there any way to make the titleblock "read" the rotation of the heliodon within the viewport rather than showing it relative to the design layer?

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  3. Hi All, 

    Not sure if anyone else had had this problem, but I have a model file with stories and wall tags, floor types etc embedded in it. 

    Whenever I update this model file which is referenced into a plot file the stories disassociate from each layer. This causes my stair cases to just appear as red error text. I then manually re-attach the stories to their correct layer (this fixes the stairs). After doing this a number of (not all) my data tags revert back to some default value which I don't even recall setting.

    Any thoughts on how to resolve this?

  4. Thanks Klvanov, I gave that a try, however when the reference is updated the link between the data tag and the object is broken. 

    It also wouldn't work in interior elevations as the tags would need to be put in the annotations layer.

    I think this really needs to be resolved and VW needs to put forward a workflow as this is something that's so fundamental.

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  5. Hi All, 


    One of my colleagues has been having issues with their files - when a section viewport is placed on a design layer (to be drawn over the top of) and then subsequently sent to a sheet layer the "profile line" glitches and moves relative to the section. I might add that the model is being referenced into a plot file - the problem does not seem to occur for sections cut within the same model file.

    The rest of the drawing is fine it is just the profile line that moves - sometime the shift occurs when we send it to print, other times the shift is visible in the file. Has anyone had any similar issues?

    Any help would be appreciated!

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  6. It seems strange that this is not possible. As if you make the changes and place it it the workgroup folder would it not change the appearance of the labels on all your door/window objects? Surely different files will require different user field entries. 

    In the Australian version (oh how I miss it) each data entry simply had a "label" function as part of it, so it was still "user field 1" with a label of whatever you wanted on an individual door basis, and on top of that you could either manually enter the text or select from a drop down set of parameters linked to the door object.

  7. Window and Door insertion class default

    Can I add/ask whether this is possible:

    Ability to change insertion options to assign every new window/door to a particular class. 

    In the same way that a symbol or wall can have a default class assignment this needs to be created for windows and doors.

    Strangely my colleague seems to have a glitch whereby all her windows automatically assign to the "sanitaryware" class - though this has never been set and I can't seem to find a way to change this setting, and her doors similarly automatically go onto another class.


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  8. Hey all this is half a question and half a wishlist (as who knows the functionality might exist and I may not have found it).

    This is primarily for generating fixture and fitting, and furniture schedules:

    Is there a way to assign an image to a symbol i.e in the record format include an image function (photo from the product website) that can then be called up in the worksheet?

    Of course you can include a plan/elevation view of the object but this really doesn't satisfy what I'm looking for.


    Thanks - any help would be appreciated.

  9. I agree, having them visible in the Design Layer is essential for being able to check/update as you are working.


    Having used Vectorworks in Australia before moving to the UK, I never had any issues with the custom tag tools in Windoor, surely we should be able to implement some of the functionality of this? 

    I think ID tag as separate to the door/window is a little clunky.

    Even if autogenerated there is still the possibility of the ID tag being deleted/disassociated from the object without people realising

    Having the symbol controlled by the door or window style is also essential - e.g different tags for existing, fire-rated etc.

    If the window/door tag had a "level of detail" type control where you could set the scale and offset depending on the VP scale I could see that working.

  10. Hi All, 

    We are doing a pre-demolition survey for a project and need to provide a schedule of all the demolition material separated into material groups for BREEAM accreditation. 

    We have a detailed IFC model from the surveyor which I can fairly easily get volumetric quantities from and have separated each of the elements into material classes (eg. masonry walls, stud walls, timber panelling) however I wanted to know if I can schedule out elements embedded in each IFC object separately.
    As an example, a door that has timber framing and glazed panels - I want the schedule to list each of these items based on their class however unless I explode the object into multiple objects I can't seem to get it to show up. 


    Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

  11. Hi All - Not sure if this should be a new topic but: Is it possible to have an issue register customised to show the revision number of each sheet at the date of issue?

    I've added a couple of screen shots to show the current default issue sheet and a butchered customised one which I've just written over the top to illustrate what I'm hoping to achieve.

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  12. Hey All, After a better look into the tool I've found a solution within the space tool.

    Step 1: Select Space Tag and Edit Settings

    Step 2: "Under Space Label 1" Click "Edit Layout"

    Step 3: Add a line for an additional Data field in my case #4#. Exit Symbol

    Step 4: Edit Settings again. "Under Space Label 1": Select Data field 4> Format Field>Finish Floor Elevation


    Only down side is the units of the file determine how the FFL appears (in my case mm) so it doesn't reflect the standard format of an FFL in mm.


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