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  1. I could have sworn that in 2021 you could just drag a custom symbol from a file to a folder...For example if a 2d/3d plant symbol used in a file is a winner then I could just drag it into my Plants Favorite Folder.  It does not appear as if I can do that anymore.  Did something change or is it operator error.  I'll provide screen shots but for some reason I have lost the ability to take screen shots via WIN/Print Screen.

  2. Yea I customize walls frequently.  As @TomW says its pretty difficult to get a landscape wall with batter, curves, caps and foundation options.  The wall tool works fine to make a wall with a stone façade but you need to explain to the client that it will have a batter and won't look really like what I'm showing you....its just a representation.  And when site modifiers are applied they tend to be very wonky unless they are one piece.  Maybe I just need more training.  I think its safe to say if you want a wall that looks like a landscape wall in VW you need to model it and all its components.  Although @JohnathanReeves makes some good content.

  3. Here's the update.  The system is humming along nicely but needed a few adjustments.  We went through the graphics card settings...See attached.  We went through the file and it is the site model either corrupt or sloppy work on my part.  We also identified that VW back up was running off a standard disc drive and was moved to the SSD drive as the standard drive is much slower.  The task manager never showed VW stopping/crashing just working really hard when I attempted to work with the site model.   I think its safe to say my system is good and VW is running as it should as well.  I'd like to restore my preferences that's Tools, Preferences, User Folders, select C/Users/Owner/App Data/Roaming/Nemetschek/20xx/Libraries/choose folder? 

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  4. I'm meeting with my IT guy and we may be doing a full backup and reformat of my machine.  I will reload VW.  I backed up my preferences during some previous work I did.  Are there any specifics I should be looking for when I reload my system?  I have a subscription so I can reload from VW.   

  5. I followed the advise I got here then learned to Right click on an active layer Select Coincident Objects then choose between the site modifier and the site model.  I put my modifier on one layer and model on the other.  The site model was set to General/Use Site Modifiers On/Select Layers/Site Modifiers.


    @hollister design Studio I did not have the issue with 

    I go to 'site model settings' / general tab / 'use site modifies on:' / 'select layers'

    And then I select my 'V-SITE-MODIFIERS design layer.


    It seems to work fine.  I'm wondering if your having another issue.  I did have what is referred to as either a corrupted file or in technical terms user created HOT MESS and on that I was having trouble just getting to select the layers I wanted.



  6. I'm not sure what's a harder pill to swallow adopting Voodoo or joining the Apple Cult😯.   I will proceed to assure the machine is running and configured properly.   My question is how to access the original site data I want to try to replicate what you did @Jeremy Best.  Did you recover my original stake objects?  So if I'm correct you simply recreated my original site model and just pasted it overtop of my site modifiers?  I'm working on another one and I'd like to look at my original source data.

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  7. Complain enough and someone will set it straight...Thank you for your continued attention to this.  I just had a long conversation about this with @jeff prince and as I suspected its much to do with settings and configuration.  He also brought to my attention that with the myriad of equipment and systems available each system must be looked at individually and set up properly.  This comment @Jeremy Best confirms the discussion I just had.  Thanks to you guys for the help.  I'm fired up to get this thing ripping.  I'm up for the education.  Again LMK what you need from me.  In the meantime I will be having my machine inspected for issues.

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  8. Yes I've been working with the same issue.  I had my crashes in 21 but 22 seems to be worse.  My post Site model looks wrong got some attention and I took the advise given and it seems to be better.  I was having issues with a site model...I think.  But my issues were exactly as you describe.  I'm thinking that its a 2022 issue.  I sent two files to tech support and have been awaiting a response.  

  9. I am having issues with crashes especially on the bigger files I create (not real big).  I have come to realize I have/had some video card settings amongst other things incorrect.  I have corrected some of them, I think, with the help of @Jeremy Best but I'm not sure I'm there yet.  I recall getting a system spec for my machine but don't recall getting info on how to optimize the system for VW.  I'm at the point where I am considering a full reinstall.  If I do that I want to be sure I have it right.  A spec sheet would be helpful, a video of just how to optimize a system would be even better.  An app that can tell you what needs doing would be very useful too.  I see a ton of posts about crashes.

  10. Oh man @Jeremy Best thanks a ton for the help.  I'm 90% sure my system is up to the task as it is spec'd for high end VW although to the lower end.  The steps I took so far seem to have sped up the system.  I'm thinking I may just do a clean reinstall and clean driver install of my Video card.  My issues tend to come when I get into the 3d and more complex (for what I do).  My next question is does VW have a definitive guide on how not only to spec a machine but to set it up with all the correct settings?  It would be great if VW had an optimizer/analyzer app that could do that work.

  11. This is a bit off subject but I just put another post out there.  I am looking to simply grab the square footage from my plant beds and walk ways.  The menu looks very different.  I used to be able to select the layer(s) and choose square foot or area and It would generate it in the report.  Where did that go in 2022.  Should be very apparent.

  12. I have two issues in tech support without timely response...over 5 days.  I have attempted to resolve on the forum, with very generous input from the members, but still no resolution.  As a result I have a stalled project due to crashes.  This is very likely a setting issue or other user error but non the less I'm stuck.  Seeing what VW charges for training a similar price structure for live tech support would be reasonable especially if billed in 15min increments (like other professional services).  The wait time is the killer.  A tech support service with fast turn around would be invaluable...run it as a subscription possibly.  I'm guessing that the turn around timing is due to labor shortages but there are some really sharp minds on the forum.  Maybe tap some of that talent and just route the call the next available VW guru.

  13. You are correct I tend to ask around though.  I found a couple off the shelf that will work.  Its not a big ask for what I'm doing...I'm managing under 6 people normally.  We are just happy artisans running around designing and installing cool stuff for peoples yards.  Those big ticket solutions are not what I need.  It looks like I'm going to need a full time tech person just to keep VW running unless I can figure out what dogging me.

  14. The topo was created by VW from spot elevations I entered.  I ungrouped the site model and it doesn't appear to show a ton of vertices but does have a ton of site modifier conflicts.  I submitted to tech support 5 days ago.  I separated the site model from the hardscape and building layer and still get crashing on both.   I experience this on a regular basis in other drawings too.  I don't know if I have an issue with my system...is there a way to scan to see if the system is optimized for VW?  The unfortunate part is I spend as much time troubleshooting as I do designing.  See the attached file if you wish to take a look.  I also tried to work with it in 2021 with the same result.  BTW is 59 mb a particularly large file?


    I did just notice that while I had my files backing up to one location as VW went though its crashes it decided to change the backup location to back up to original location from the dedicated folder I set up.  Now I have back up copies in various folders across the drive.  I also have a ton of backups could that be an underlying issue.  I'd like to get the final drafts of what I completed, put it in the clients folder and delete all the other backups.  Is that considered good practice or is there a better way to store final drawing docs.  I remember a thread about excessive backups and crashing.

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  15. Yup that's pretty much what I do.  Now I will just find the PM app...Likely spread sheet based and stick it in the folder with all the other docs so the expectations are set.  I export to excel.  The one thing I have not yet succeeded in is to have my VW take offs export into an excel template so its the same format each time and I don't need to redo my calculation formulas.  That would be a key time saver.  It sends out the groups like shrubs, perennials, trees, loam, mulch etc but I almost need to recreate the form each time.  Is there a way to export to a template instead of just an excel spread sheet. 

  16. Yes I was not thinking VW was the tool for the job but rather seeing in other design build folks using VW had a solution they use.  I started looking for some industry specific stuff as well.  Its really not to difficult to create an inventory spread sheet of tools and equipment but a ready made one is always easier.

  17. This just keeps getting deeper and deeper.  Tell me if I'm wrong but I'm thinking VW can be given enough info to almost produce an estimate although I have tried software that claims to do that without success.  I have always resorted to using design software to give me quantity calculations then I work my magic numbers and come up with an estimate for my clients.  The design and data from it are used as reference for ordering material.   VW does a great job with takeoffs IMO.   I'm looking to schedule projects and be able to share with the crew so they know what, where, how long, what equipment and when the client says "while your here can you" they know call me get approval, say yes to the client and clock in under time an materials and get it done, tell me how long it took and what material they used all in a nice tidy place in cyber space.  I created a post about equipment management and in looking for that piece I found an app called Monday which looks promising then I see others like Trello.  It needs to work for my foreman and crew leaders too...Funny I say it like there are minions...Maybe someday labor will get back to work but I digress. 

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