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About jmccain8

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    Landscape Design
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  1. Hi everyone - Using Vectorworks Landmark 2019: Is it possible to export a "basic plant list with images" worksheet? When I click on File/Export Worksheet and click OK, nothing happens except for a ding sound. No error message. If it's not possible to export this kind of worksheet, does anyone have a tip on how I can copy or export the plant images? I would like to include them in a plant list in Excel, rather than cramming a large plant key within the drawing itself. Thanks for your help! James
  2. This was a quick and easy solution, thank you!
  3. Hello - Using Vectorworks Landmark 2019 and working in 2D only at this time (just learning): Is there a convenient way to define as lawn (turf) all the "negative" areas left between the landscape and hardscape boundaries created in other design layers, and the footprint of buildings, the road, etc.? In other words, all the amorphous space left over from all drawn objects and boundary lines. My hope is that it won't be necessary for me to go back and trace the boundaries of all these other objects, already created by complex polylines composed and created into objects. That would take me a very long time and would be duplicating my efforts. I'm assuming VW has a smarter way. Most important reason for being able to turn all that negative space into a landscape area (turf) is so that Vectorworks can provide the square feet of all that space so that I can calculate required amounts of loam and seed or sod. Attached is a PDF. Note the road at bottom of drawing, from where a polyline runs diagonally to upper left of drawing, then across the top and straight back down to neighboring building and the road, then left along road and up the driveway edge. All empty white space outlined by those lines - up until reaching various landscape and hardscape boundaries - will be turf. Thanks for your help! James Landscape Plan - Create Turf Landscape Question.pdf
  4. @Tamsin Slatter Thank you very much, Tamsin. I will view the video and try the pathway mode w/tile fill. I appreciate your help! James
  5. Hello. I am a novice and wondering if there is an efficient/easy/quick method for drawing a 2D representation of a path that will be curved, and created from irregular flagstones set at varying spaces from one another? It would be great if there was a simple ability to insert stepping stones (in a resource library) by placing/clicking cursor at a central insertion point for each stone, so that I can eyeball draw a path in CAD that has an organic look. This is just to represent the design for my client and gather the square feet of surface for quoting the install. The contractor and I will hand-select stones from the quarry and improvise as the site and stones dictate, so I'm not looking to actually spec each stone. Thanks for your help! James
  6. jmccain8

    Rotating Issues

    @michaelk Thanks, Michael. I took your advice and am well on my way to completing the tracing of info I needed from both PDF imports. Wonderful! James
  7. jmccain8

    Rotating Issues

    @michaelk @Benson Shaw Thanks for the clever Design Layer Viewports option and for the comparison with the more straightforward solution. I'll likely play around with both. In my case, I know that the site plan and house plan are not going to change. Given that I won't need to maintain reference to potential future edits on the PDFs, would it be best to follow Michael's process and then delete the imported PDF layers if they make the vwx file too large/slow? Thanks again!
  8. jmccain8

    Rotating Issues

    @Benson Shaw Thanks for the clever Design Layer Viewports option and for the comparison with the more straightforward solution. I'll likely play around with both. In my case, I know that the site plan and house plan are not going to change. Given that I won't need to maintain reference to potential future edits on the PDFs, would it be best to follow Michael's process and then delete the imported PDF layers if they make the vwx file too large/slow? Thanks again!
  9. jmccain8

    Rotating Issues

    @michaelk Thank you very much! This is exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, I won't have time to try this until tomorrow morning, but it gives me peace of mind that i can make more progress with this great info. Cheers!
  10. jmccain8

    Rotating Issues

    Hello - I am a landscape designer and new to Vectorworks, working with version 2019 in Windows 10. I would like to import a PDF of a site plan (exported from AutoCAD), and another PDF of a house floor plan (also exported from AutoCAD, so both PDFs are vector-based). The site plan includes a simple outline footprint of the house, but it is at a different scale and a different angle than the floor plan PDF. I've figured out how to import each PDF into separate Vectorworks files, and get them at the same scale I wish to work in (1/8" = 1'-0"), and calibrated, etc. I realize that I can then copy one to paste into the other so that they can each be on their own design layer within one Vectorworks file. My goal is to do that and then align them so that I can trace lines from each imported drawing to create my hardscape and planting plans (on different layers from the import layers I've created). QUESTION: How do I rotate the site plan so that it will align with the floor plan. The former has a different orientation than the latter, which is parallel with the sheet border/title block. When I use the Rotate Plan tool it rotates everything (all layers). Once I rotated the site plan I thought I could copy it over to the Vectorworks file containing the imported floor plan, but it doesn't maintain the rotation. Thanks for your help! James

 

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