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  1. Simply, I like to view and work with viewports on screen with colors for different classes, but I want to use the vp class overrides so that many of those classes print in black and white. Is there a quick way to switch between the "screen view" and the "print view" vp?
  2. Done. Thanks for the help. BTW, I didn't even have the Stack Layers command in the view menu. I added it, and when I activated it, the problem went away, unchecked, the problem came right back.
  3. Okay, but the problem is if I'm on a design layer, Floor-1 and use the fly over tool, the stairway acts as expected, the 2d stair pio turns 3d and I can rotate it around. If I activate the fly over tool on the design layer Floor 2 (the upper floor), the stair stays 2d and doesn't disappear, so the stair stays in 2d while everything else goes 3d. So I end up with a view with everything in 3d, but the stair still in 2d plan view.
  4. I've recently upgraded to VW 12.5.1, I'm having trouble with the stair PIO. The first problem is relatively minor, I can't get the stair object to take the class line color, I need to set the line color to the color I want instead of using the "Class Style" The second problem is worse. If I have a stair object that is linked to 2 floors, Floor 1 and Floor 2, the stairway function normally on the Floor 1, it displays in 2d in Plan view, and in 3d in isometric. The same stair object however, on the Floor 2 does not project in 3d. It shows up in plan view, but stays in 2d for isometric views. I have tried updating all plugins, reinstalling the Stair PIO, reseting plugins, removing and adding the Stair PIO all with no luck. Any one else seeing this.
  5. I've been using "Info Editor" from vectordepot, and it works pretty well. Allows manipulation en mass of various pio settings. It come up in this thread so I'd thought I'd let people know I found it helpful......
  6. So you have a few different layers with different sun positions on them, and thats all? named like Sun-Summer, Sun-Winter or whatever, and you layer link them and unlink them as you need them?
  7. I'm doing that now. I create a window from the PIO to a certain spec and save it as a PIO. I then can use that anywhere that that window occurs. I like this because the PIO remains highly editable, but the draw back is if there is a change that need to be made to all of those window, I need to manually go to each occurrence and make the change. That process is time consuming and prone to mistakes. I maybe missing some easier way, but perhaps a toggle box in the OIP that would allow changes made to one PIO to effect all the other instances of that PIO in the file?
  8. I think it depends what you are using it for, I have an old G4 400 (upgraded to 1ghz) and I can run VW fine on it,rendering things on the other hand is so slow that I just don't do it. The biggest draw back for the emac to me would be the screen size. Having two monitors is pretty sweet. As I'm actually beginning to earn money using the computer, it's time to start socking money for the new computer, but I'd say the emac will run VW 12.5, I just wouldn't plan on renering anything.
  9. Thanks or the info, clearly there is more than one way to go. Mostly on the addition, single family scale right know, so 15-20 windows. I think I'll try using PIO for this project and see how it goes.
  10. I'm wondering what is the best way to use the window PIO. If I create a window to a spec and get the textures, etc to be how I want them I can then make a symbol out of that window, right? The advantage being is any changes to that symbol update all the windows in the model. Or if I duplicate the PIO, any changes and I need to change each occurrence individually, but the PIO will show up on the VW generated Window Schedule, and the symbols don't. Is there something I'm missing? I guess I'm curious as to how others handle this, so I can try to develop my own method.
  11. Tobias

    Sheet view

    OIP = Object information palette. Click on a viewport and it editable info will appear in the object info palette.
  12. Tobias

    Sheet view

    I have a sheets set to show the plan view of design layers, i.e. first floor, foundation, etc. In the design view top/plan the wall cavity details show up fine, that is, siding, insulation, etc. In the sheet view the cavities don't show up. I checked the class settings, and have looked for some other pref. setting, but with no luck. What am I missing?
  13. Yup, I see what you mean. Wouldn't it be better if the light object created by set sun position... was some sort of specialty light, and changes in the dialog either updated the existing sun, even if it wasn't selected, or created a new light object if there wasn't on already? I just got got messed up because I had light objects to be hidden. As an aside, the location of that setting seems a little weird, too. It took me along time to find that.
  14. I have a suggestion for the set sun position tool. The light object it creates should automatically delete or update an existing light object created by the set sun position... tool. I have light objects set to display only in wireframe, and some time if I forget to delete the last light object created by set sun position, I'll end up with quite a few light objects for different seasons and times of day. I'm sure his must compromise the accuracy of the particular sun simulation I'm trying to view?
  15. Got it. I had to change the permissions for the plugins folder. Thanks, this is going to be really helpful There seems to be a limit on the number of characters (not lines) that can be used in the parameters. Have you experienced this?
  16. Alright, I have tried you method with no luck. I did as you said and edited the the column plugin. I changed the choices under the "capital finish" parameter to include "paint-1" It apeared to save the change, so I quit the vw script editor, and put a column in my document. "Paint-1" did not show up under the "capital finish" drop down menu. I re-opened the parameter for capital finish and it was back to the default styles 1-15. BTW this is exactly what I want to be able to do. How do you name your styles? Are you specific (ie Paint-White , Wood-oak) or more general like "Int. Paint-1, Int. Paint-2, etc? Thanks for the help.
  17. I'm wondering what peoples strategies are for keeping track of the which textures they use for Style-1 through Style-15. Is there away to rename the default names to something more descriptive (i.e. Interior Paint, Oak, etc) or do people set up a system of using the same # style for the same component (i.e. Style-1 is always exterior trim, Style-2 is always interior trim)?
  18. Is there a way to change the views in the symbol libraries in mass instead of one at a time? i.e. change window symbil from plan to elevation view in the resource library. I know how to do it one at a time, but is there away to change them all to elevation?
  19. I have a VW 12.5 file that when I use the "Set Sun Position..." Dialog under View>Lighting it opens with the Lat/ Lon values with long numerical values that don't relate to degrees and minutes. If I try to change the values to the site location (or any other value I get an error that says "The minute value is bad or out of range" and I am unable to change the Lat/Lon values. I have tried other files and they work as expected. Unfortunately the back ups of this particular file all exhibit the same problem. Is there a way to purge the Lat/Lon value in the file? Where is that info located? I have also tried removing and re-adding the "Set Sun Position.." command from the workspace, and the "reset plugins" command, both with no effect.
  20. Purging symbol worked for me. the size went from 80mb to 7.5mb. Much better. Thanks alot for the tip.
  21. I'm also experiencine this. The .dwg are ~15 mb, and the vectorworks file is ~86. I don't have access to autocad, is there an easy way to trim the fat? Were is it all?
  22. "Reset all plugins" didn't work for me, either. I still have the siding rendering at 90 degrees around the windows.
  23. Thanks alot for the info. The Epson 4000 looks to be a little to much for me, and I'd be a bit leary of buying a used printer on ebay. Right now I'd be using it mostly for my own uses (i.e. dimension a wall, or what ever, the way I want at home and print it out so that I can build it.) The larger format would be very helpful for this, but the "photo" aspect of all these printers would be over kill. Showing the client nice pictures isn't what I need it for either, but it would be nice to have that option. It's great to be able to take a set of CAD drawings and figure out cut lists, stock etc. and have it all layed out the way I'm going to build it before I even get to the site in the morning.
  24. Does any one have any suggestions for a good workhorse printer that will print atleast 11 x 17? (Mac running 10.4) I've looked at the Canon i9900, the epson 2200 and HP 9800. The Canon and the epson both are a little over the top photo printer with 7 inks (pricey to run), and the HP has gotten bad reviews. All I want is a 4 ink printer that works well for printing drawings. Does any one have any suggestions?
  25. I would suggest perhaps trying VW for beginners by Jonathan Pickup Archoncad . His manual has been very helpful to me. He teaches the very basics and the exercises in the manual are very good at learning how to us the tools, as well as the concepts and use of classes, layers and saved sheets. The author is very responsive to questions that I've had about his book and the program. It is also geared toward the architect so it will be particularly helpful for you, being a contractor (which is what I do) I was a little worried about the units (the book uses metric, not imperial) but this proved to be no big deal since the use of the tools, etc. is the same. (Actual left me thinking I wished we used metric here)
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