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  1. For many of my projects I don't have professional surveys so I shoot my own grades and do a bit of ocular estimating.  I am working on becoming more efficient in site modeling so I'm looking for opinions on the best way to go about laying out those grades in preparation for creating a site model.  So far I have laid them out using the stake tool as source data and the boundary tool.   Opinions?   

  2. I had it set to layer only for an operation I was doing.  Then set it a few other times for other particular situations.  I must have set it to Current Selection Mode and that explained part of the issue.  But when I put it back in Select Any Mode the functionality returned but only when I had a limited amount of attributes selected.  For example when I went to select my walls it would only select when I had Layer Class and Object selected it would also work with wall slab roof all selected.  As soon as I selected I selected any of the font attributes it would not select the foundation but would still select my spot grades.  Is the select similar tool not expected to select certain objects if everything is selected for example.  My understanding is that unchecking boxes just limits what it will select for and if all attributes are checked it will pick up just about everything on the drawing.  Am I missing something here.

  3. That's what I did.  The door tool worked fine. However, it will not automatically remove and reconfigure the fence posts and panels.  So essentially the doors must be placed in the desired place and fence be drawn to it from both sides correct?  As far as rendering, texturing etc.  I have the fence in shaded mode and that will work for now.  The gate symbol I created from the door tool won't show its in shaded mode.  In fact I can't get any color to apply to it.  I'm not sure if I'm having a class issue or an object issue.  The class dropdown at the top of the OIP is grayed out, indicates its in the none class but so is the fence and the fence is shaded.  The difference I see is that one is a door symbol and the other is a railing fence symbol.  What setting am I missing?329689193_Screenshot(74).thumb.png.28a578a3e9030d5684e52277c6873ab2.png

  4. That's what I did.  The door tool works fine.  But since a fence is not a wall the offset insertion mode does not work correct?   Therefore the door tool will not remove the section of fence automatically?  The gate will need to be built up to the gate then continued on the other side of the gate?  Then still the matter of making the two appear the same.  I'm guessing that if needed matching textures could be applied.

  5. So I am placing a fence on a clients property.  I come to figure out that there is no gate tool with in the fence option or with in the door option.  Am I missing something.  I'd expect it to be right there with the fence tool or even in the door tool.  Do we not have one?  If not whats the work around.

  6. I might be trying to solve the wrong problem but it looks like @line-weight your having an issue with push pull in an environment other than cube on the screen with basic push pull functions.  Is that correct?  I looked at your building peak.  Your simply not able to detect a face correct?  I just looked at the pptest.wvx file and was able to get a subtraction in the rectangular extrusion fairly easily.  I just used the flyover tool to get a variety of narrow perspective views.  I was able to put a shape on the plane of the object and select the push pull tool which highlighted the shape.  I started my pull operation and then pressed ALT.  Its hit or miss though.  My guess is that its a specific clicking method between ALT and left click which I have yet to master reliably.   I was able to get subtractions and face pulling action.  The face selection needed to be precise though.   I messed with the BIM object...way above my skill level for now at least...thats some wonky stuff to mess with.  I do have to say that with all the issues I have encountered in my brief VW experience the push pull function has been challenging.  My guess is it will be a matter of a work around.  

  7. Thanks for the clarification Mike!  Very helpful.  I just followed your method and it worked.  I agree that with many of the functions of this program subtlety is a constant and likely needs to be for the endless customization options available.  From the standpoint of a lesser experienced user who relies on the educational content provided and these threads-those subtleties need to be pointed out consistently.  I have to say that many of the educational videos give it to us as "its as simple as that".  This is not necessary criticism but feedback.  The learning curve with this is high so at every opportunity the little things that show up as glitches should be highly emphasized in all training resources.

  8. I have been away from the computer for a few months so I decided to brush up and take the VW certification course.  I recommend especially to nubs and novices.   I get to the 3d Modeling section and am told that I can simply hold down the alt key and subtract one shape from another.  I set my working plane to the desired surface of my solid subtraction created my extrude to be subtracted.  No matter what I did I could not get it to subtract.  Finally I went to subtract solids in the modeling tab and did it that way.  It appears that even though my working plane was set when I added shapes to shapes they were all over the place on the z axis although my snaps were all on.  Even once my surfaces were all aligned it was still an issue.  I suspect user error so for instructional purposes it should be mentioned that the push pull needs to be handled precisely and should give the work around.  If VW believes it works as advertised the presenter must be very detailed into all the nuance when presenting the tool.  I have a feeling I had one setting off and it threw the whole thing which I spent a ton of time figuring out.  Judging from the length of this string its an issue that need addressing.   Pardon the redundancies. 

  9. I'm a landmark user and am considering my options.  I pay the monthly subscription and am considering a few things.  First buying the software.  Second upgrading to Designer.  My understanding is that designer includes the most functionality and cross discipline usage.  Three getting service select.  As a subscriber I know I get some advantages of service select.  Obviously cost is a factor but I am looking into every option.   Opinions please.

  10. Jeff you hit the nail on the head.  I have faced similar issues and had very similar conversations. I'm not super interested in work arounds especially in professional grade software.  Time is money.  Consider this my vote for a landscape wall tool set up to include varying components, elevation changes, curvature, batter, cap options, setting bed options, with material settings for different construction methods etc.  Will we be able to pick a dry stack wall with a loose aggregate setting bed and our preferred backing, a block and veneer wall that needs a concrete pad or, block wall and all the afore mentioned things Jeff noted.  I'll second its Likely complex, I've never coded, but we are being sold "high functionality" so lets have an effective tool.  If a tool is not in the works then I think one of our VW gurus should put together a training on how to effectively create one. 

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  11. Yea sometimes I have to go with the tax map from the locality's GIS.  Yes accuracy is an issue.  For better or worse we have very few public sewage systems in my neck of the woods...despite density septic systems are the standard.  For the most part those plans come on very accurate but still in PDF form which until the resolution on the PDF thread I have failed to achieve any snapping.  So I my guess is that the GIS we have available on Vectorworks is suitable for some limited site analysis and conceptual work.  I have site contractors who have survey tools and software which will geolocate points and elevations within the inch but that's the result of multiple disciplines being onsite and physically locating their points.  My bigger question is are there GIS systems which provide the level of accuracy which can eliminate or significantly reduce the need for time and money consuming site visits?

  12. Is anyone using GIS for residential applications?  I have messed with it a little bit but don't seem to be able to get usable data out of it.  I get some good info from the towns GIS systems.  Then its an excercise of down loads screenshots and combining info which is not a problem but if the Vectorworks GIS can help streamline it I all in.  I know many survey companies use it for residential.  I'm not sure if thats different/better tech.  Thoughts?

  13. I can't get the blue rigid insulation on my roof layer to respond to the bounding I set out.  Each time I add a layer of material it raises the roof instead of just putting the material with in the bounds I set.  It also makes it difficult to determine my headroom because it keeps raising the roof each time.

  14. Long time since we had this conversation.  I got really busy in the field and am just getting back to a mountain of design work.  My understanding is that it is cad based programs that create the raster PDF.  I spoke with a few graphic people even high end printing and reproduction people I spoke with could not do it with their equipment.  I put the time in messing around with a simple residential plan against just tracing out the plan and decided its probably quicker just to do it the old fashion way...relatively speaking.  Any bigger projects tend to come from engineering firms that are all readable.

  15. I have some boulders for a dry creek bed and a number of them...Highlighted won't respond to any mouse clicks.  They are there digitally but are completely unresponsive.   This is the second time since I updated that my mouse quit working.  First time it was the whole screen this time its particular graphic items.  I'll do a reboot and see if that helps.

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  16. I'm seeing Current Projection change from 2d plan to orthogonal when I switch from wire frame to shaded.  Did it always do that.  I understand why they have to be image props in shaded because its no longer a plan view.  Correct? 

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