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  1. @Michal Zarzecki Thanks for the tip, and for your help. I downloaded the free trail for 2022 and am exploring it now and will likely be in touch soon!
  2. Any idea why the 'Show Properties Dialogue' option is dimmed (not selectable) if I select 'Landscape Area' for 'Object Type' within the Create Objects from Shapes dialogue box? Using Vectorworks 2020. Thanks, James
  3. @Michal Zarzeck and @Edgar RAMEL - THANK YOU! This is really fantastic progress, though I'll have to invest in the upgrade! I appreciate your help. James
  4. Hello -How can I get Vectorworks 2020 to automatically generate the plant quantity for each plant within a defined landscape area where I've added several plants and assigned their distribution rate? The tag info correctly displays the percentage of each plant but it would be very helpful to include the actual quantity of each plant, based on the total square feet of the defined landscape area. Thanks, James
  5. Hello! Has anyone at Vectorworks followed up on this topic? It would be transformative to the process if Vectorworks offered the option of displaying 2d plant symbols defined by the Landscape Area Settings. Per the comment by @SurroundingsCS on Nov 2019: "In the hypothetical scenario where 2D plants could be displayed having the versatility to move the plants within the landscape area would be preferred. But simply having 2D plants displayed without the capability of moving them would still be very helpful." and per @Michal Zarzecki on Nov 2019: "I can clearly understand where this might have come from. In our work for example, for large residential or school projects with limited budget and time constraints, we don't have the time for showing each specimen on our plans - we tend to show areas of single or mixed-species. However, I think it would be great if there was a choice - similar to the one we have with the 3D representation." Thank you, James
  6. Any idea why suddenly when I select a plant style to insert onto my 2D plan, it reverts back to the previously inserted plant? I've tried it a few different ways and even though the Plant Style field updates with the plant I've selected from the Resource Library, once I click a location of the plant, it reverts back to the previously used plant style (for an entirely different plant species and symbol). Thanks for your help! My system: Vectorworks 2020 SP6 64-Bit Operating System: Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, 64-bit James
  7. Hi Tony - Is there a way to get the 2D Polygon Tool/Inner Boundary Mode to recognize plants within a landscape area, so that when I use the command it will exclude all the plants and create a polygon of the remaining negative space around the plants and inside other boundaries? Thanks, James
  8. Thanks. I ended up deciding to close out my active drawing, and then reopened Vectorworks from the app menu (rather than clicking on my drawing file from the file system). This seemed to do the trick. Now I can see the export file and then my exported plants when clicking on that from within the Resource Manager and Plant Preferences dialog box. But I have to hit Refresh on the libraries from within the Resource Manager before any recently exported plants show up as available. Anyway, however clunky the process, I might be making some progress. Thanks again.
  9. Thanks for the tip, Tamsin, but this didn't work for me. It did not create a new file. It wants to open an existing file in the Object Styles\Plant directory. When I checked my Object Styles subfolders, they are all empty, including the Plant folder (in both my Vectorworks 2020 and 2019 folders). My directory path is: C:\Users\jmcca\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2020\Libraries\Object Styles\Plant On Monday I started a topic titled 'Custom plant catalogs, Resource Manager, Plant Preferences dialog box', but have received no response. I am completely baffled by this aspect of Vectorworks and it is really hampering my productivity. I would love some advice/help in this area (how to get my custom and favorite plants to show up within the Resource Manager Favorites or User Libraries and/or the Plant Preferences dialog box). Might you have a moment or somewhere you can point me for support? Thank you very much, James
  10. Can no one help with this? Thoroughly confused, after much trial and error. How do you get custom plant catalogs to show up in the Resource Manager or Plant Preferences dialog box? I am hoping that it's possible to search for, access and select all plant catalogs from within the Resource Manager. Would have thought they'd show up in User Libraries. How do I save them in there? In Landmark/Choose Plant Data Source dropdown box, I am offered two options: Plant Catalog or Vectorworks Plant Database, both which are stored in my Vectorworks user file system. This is the path on my computer for Plant Catalog: C:\Users\jmcca\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2020\Plant Database. Within this folder, I see a file named "_CatalogFileConfig.xml" along with several .txt files that came with the installation, as well as my own custom plant catalogs (.txt files). The Vectorworks Plant Database is stored in a sub-folder of the Plant Database folder: C:\Users\jmcca\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2020\Plant Database\Vectorworks Plants, but my computer has also placed a Vectorworks Plants folder within my 2020\Libraries folder, though it is empty. It seems like through my many attempts to understand the plant catalog features, my system has saved the Libraries within my Plant Catalog folders, and vice versa, and same with the Vectorworks Plants folder. Any advice on setting up an ideal file system so that my custom plant catalogs are accessible from the Resource Manager? Thanks, James
  11. Is there a way to get "Images" to export when exporting a "Landscape Area Mass Planting With Images" worksheet (preformatted report)? I'd like the option to expand the worksheet from within Excel, adding info not captured within the Vectorworks drawing/database. But for it to make sense, I need to be able to see the 2D attributes Function/Image info associated with each landscape area. This shows up within Vectorworks, but is just an empty column when opened in Excel. Thanks, James
  12. Is there a way to get "Images" to export when exporting a "Landscape Area Mass Planting With Images" worksheet (preformatted report)? I'd like the option to expand the worksheet from within Excel, adding info not captured within the Vectorworks drawing/database. But for it to make sense, I need to be able to see the 2D attributes Function/Image info associated with each landscape area. This shows up within Vectorworks, but is just an empty column when opened in Excel. Thanks, James
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