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jmccain8

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  1. Thanks, Pat - Good to know the limits with Worksheet functionality. Per your suggestion, I assigned a Unit Price to each landscape area, and then added a UP column to the report to sort by. It worked, but I can't figure out how to hide the Unit Price column from the worksheet on the drawing (as can be done in an Excel worksheet). Is that possible here? If not, I'll likely just insert the sort number as a prefix to each Landscape Area Name and then delete the UP column. Here is my updated worksheet: As for the export worksheet problem, yes, the initial dialog box opens for me, but regardless of which combination of selections I make, when I select OK, nothing happens other than a ding sound. Also, I just added my software/OS/hardware info to my signature, which is: Vectorworks Application Version: 2020 SP2.1 (Build 523565) (64-Bit) Operating System: Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, 64-bit Hardware: ASUS Notebook with Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.6GHz, 16 GB Installed RAM Thanks again for your time and help, James
  2. Hi everyone - Using Vectorworks Landmark 2020. I selected and customized a preformatted report called "Landscape Area-Mass Planting w/Images" to create a simple legend. All content is derived from my Landscape Areas (Functions / Image + Records / Name). Here are my questions: 1. DELETE A SUB-ROW: Is it possible to delete or hide a sub-row? When I tried removing one or a few rows, it would remove ALL rows from the worksheet. I can imagine times where this option would be helpful, and simpler than having to go back to the drawing to change Object Info for a particular Landscape Area. 2. MANUALLY MOVE SUB-ROWS: Hoped I could manually drag and drop sub-rows into location within the worksheet, but this doesn't work. In my "Legend" worksheet, using one of the default sort options is not helpful, since I want to sort the rows by hue (or by location on the drawing) to make it easier to cross-reference between legend and landscape areas on the plan. If it's not possible to drag/drop a sub-row, how do I change the sub-row number in order to change its placement in the sequence? 3. EXPORT WORKSHEET: Does not work for me. No matter which file format I select, and regardless if selecting all rows or selected rows, when I click OK my computer makes a ding sound and nothing happens. I don't see any visual message to accompany the ding sound and no popup window appears to enable a file location. James
  3. Ah, you got it, thanks! I had noticed that the opacity was set to 5% from the setting of one of the landscape areas recently created, but thought once I selected the report within the drawing and switched the opacity back to 100%, that would work, but it didn't. As you suggested, the attributed opacity has to be set before recalculating. Thanks again, James
  4. Hello - I am using Vectorworks 2020 and trying to create a simple legend for Landscape Areas, so began by selecting a Preformatted report from Create Report / Type. Below are pasted two screen-captures from my drawing: The one on the left (BEFORE:) is how the report initially looked on my drawing. The one on the right (AFTER) is how the report looks after editing the report and running the Recalculate command. Notice how the images have faded to the point of being nearly invisible. Any known solution to this potential bug? I found a thread from a couple years back, but it didn't help. Is this a known problem, and if so, what is a workable process to create a basic legend for landscape and hardscape areas that will show the image fill? Thanks, James
  5. Thank you. I'm surprised this wouldn't be an option, but good to know!
  6. Wonderful! Thank you very much for your help, and happy new year!
  7. VW Landmark 2020 on Windows 10. Any idea why I can't deselect the "Link Pen Opacity" of a Landscape Area? I created the Landscape Area from a polyline, and would like the fill opacity at 48% but leave the ink opacity at 100%. Thank you, James
  8. Hello - I am using Vectorworks Landmark 2020 and wonder if the opacity of the tag (line, marker and info) can be set at a different percentage from the fill opacity of the landscape area which it is tagging? In my drawing, I have dozens of landscape areas - all on the same layer - but set with different levels of fill opacity. I would like to tag each area and need the tag info, line and marker all set to 100%, regardless of the opacity of areas being tagged. Thank you, James
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. @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
  12. 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
  13. @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
  14. @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!
  15. @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!
  16. @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!
  17. 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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