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  1. SMannVW

    Double socket and light switch - help needed

    If you'd like more choices, I'd recommend searching BIMobject. The models available on their website include IFC data sets and standard classifications for better model management and communication. There's also a plug-in browser available in the Furn/Fix toolset for BIMobject. One thing to note if you're using the current plug-in browser is that not all types of models on their website will download directly to Vectorworks and must be downloaded and then imported.
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    Double socket and light switch - help needed

    Hi Charlotte, There are Receptacle and Switch Tools in the MEP Tool Set that have a number of configuration options and will also display in 3D. Best, -Scott
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    I recommend setting the Design Layer scale to the same scale that you plan for most of your Sheet Layer Viewports. This will reduce the amount of effort needed to adjust line weight and text scaling between Design and Sheet Layers.
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    Wall elevation hatch lineup

    Try selecting your walls and checking the "Use World Z For Origin" box in the Rendering tab of the Object Info Palette.
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    Hi Chris, Text spacing with the General Notes and Keynotes plug-in tools are controlled through the Object Info Palette rather than with the text tool. Best, -Scott
  6. You can use the Hide Edges Mode of the Reshape Tool on the hardscape to hide the edges where you don't want to have borders. Select the hardscape Activate the Reshape Tool with the Hide Edges Mode Click on mid-point of the edge where you want to eliminate the border
  7. You can use a single exterior wall instead of splitting it up into parts and using the L Wall Join Mode. Experimenting with the reshape tool on a single wall will allow you to create a jog in the wall for the double height. Then try using the component join tool to connect the exterior wall finishes. You may need to put the walls together and take them apart a couple of times to accomplish the correct graphic in Top/Plan view.
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    Slabs & Door Visibility in Plan

    Have a look at your Design Layer Option drop-down menu in the Navigation Palette. It might be set to Active Only, Gray Others, or Gray/Snap Others.
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    Locking something and not have it highlighted

    Locking an item will not give you the option to turn off highlighting for that object. Although, there are a couple of ways to keep objects from being highlighted in Vectorworks. You can turn off highlighting for all objects in the Vectorworks Preferences Dialog Box under Tools>Options>Vectorworks Preferences... Select the Interactive tab and deselect the Selection highlighting option. The other and perhaps more useful way to keep from highlighting objects is to place them on a separate Design Layer and change the Layer Options to Show Others or Gray Others.
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    Existing vs Demolition vs New Construction

    This often depends on the scope of work, project budget, and level of detail needed for submittals, consultant coordination, and construction documents. I normally create an as-built model from surveys and/or measurements. I'll save that model for reference and create a copy of it to build a demo model with a set of demo classes that can be turned on and off. Finally, I'll create a new construction model and reference the demo model into the new construction file.
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    Callout Tool Problem

    Glad to hear you've got it working and are able to move forward. Thanks for the update!
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    Callout Tool Problem

    Hello, Can you submit this question as a tech support issue? It sounds like it could be a file update or migration problem and we may need to examine the file. https://www.vectorworks.net/support/help Thank you, -Scott


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