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Phillip Tripp

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  1. I've used autocad for 20 years and VW for about 6 and in our current office, we use both. Autodesk specifically gave our office instructions to do the following pre-processing of files before we used civil 3D created DWG files in autocad. We will often follow these same steps before importing into VW as well to get the cleanest imports possible into VW. We run these 2 commands in autocad (-PU and Audit): -PU/all/*/No - this purges more objects than running purge alone. Make sure you type the dash before PU. Audit/Yes - removes file errors. We have one civil engineer client and we consistently have 84 errors in every file for all 20 reference files we receive from them. It's because autocad and civil 3D are not as natively compatible as you would imagine, per autodesk. Other optional commands would be to set UCS to world, confirm drawing units. Also remove any objects far away from the project site in the DWG file. For files that have many more DWG layers than reasonable for the amount of objects in the file, we run the wblock command which allows you to select the objects you want to keep, which could be all of them by typing "all", then choose a file export location. This creates a new file with a cleaned up list of layers only applicable to the objects in your file. The wblock command was also a recommendation from autodesk for dealing with problematic civil 3D files in autocad. I am sharing this because if a DWG source file can have this many issues in autocad, it is not likely be friendly to VW imports either. Most DWG files do not require this amount of effort from importing into VW, but it doesn't hurt either to clean up the file ahead of time.
  2. Our office has been using project share for years and we have always had the project share file and the working files saved to a server. No one in our office has ever used a working file saved to their local computer while actively working in Vectorworks. The backup files are saved to the local computer. VW tech support recently shared that the working file should always be saved to the local computer. I wanted to ask around and see what other offices typically do: save active working files to the server or save active working files to their local computer. If anyone has any lessons learned from doing one method over the over, please share. Thank you!
  3. Our office has been using project share for years and we have always had the project share file and the working files saved to a server. No one in our office has ever used a working file saved to their local computer while actively working in Vectorworks. The backup files are saved to the local computer. VW tech support recently shared that the working file should always be saved to the local computer. I wanted to ask around and see what other offices typically do: save active working files to the server or save active working files to their local computer. If anyone has any lessons learned from doing one method over the over, please share. Thank you!
  4. I would like to know if we are overlooking a setting in the plant style options that would allow us to specify a class instead of allow Vectorworks to autogenerate the class "Plants-Component-Polygon"? With Vectorworks 2022, you can specify the class for multiple items related to the tick mark, root ball, root excavation, and plant tag, which eliminates all of vectorworks autogenerated classes except for the "Plants-Component-Polygon" class. We use custom plant symbols and do not rely on the default class naming structure of vectorworks plant symbols. Having the one remaining autogenerated class creates a class we need to monitor for visibility control that does not fit within our class organizational structure, creating opportunity for oversight in visibility management.
  5. The new export feature for datasmith appears to be missing from the list of export options when using the Landmark workspace. Datasmith export option is available in Fundamentals workspace.
  6. Everything works fine like you said and the opacity of the shadow works fine if set by the document settings, but if we check the box to Use Class Opacity, the opacity appears to be 100% opaque no matter the transparent setting in the class. We are in VW2019. Is this a program quirk or perhaps not an issue in a newer VW release? Or if it works as expected on your end, we'll double check our settings again. This is not critical since the document settings opacity control works fine, but it would be good to know in terms of sharing protocol with others in the office.
  7. Is it possible to have document settings plan shadows visible on plant symbols in some viewports and then customize one viewport to not show the same plan shadows controlled by document settings? Or are we limited to either all shadows are visible in all viewports or all shadows are not visible in all viewports? We understand we can hide the plant symbol fill class which automatically turns off the shadow, but we would like to have a viewport that shows the fill without shadows while still keeping shadows visible in other viewports. We can also globally set the document setting plan shadows to 100% transparent to turn off appearance of shadows without manually changing each plant symbol to no shadow. But that is a global change and not specific to one viewport.
  8. No response in terms of a Vectorworks shortcut. I believe in the past, the only way we have accomplished direct links to named destinations was through manually creating these in Adobe Acrobat.
  9. We are testing the hyperlink tool for creating a master index to our office details, each with their own sheet within the same file. When we publish all sheets including the index sheets, all hyperlinks work correctly within a single PDF file by essentially converting the named sheets to bookmarks. Our next step involves posting the master detail PDF to the cloud for access from anywhere. We'd like to be able to click a hyperlink in our construction drawings and open the cloud PDF master detail file, which works fine, but we'd specifically like the cloud PDF to load directly to a specific sheet matching a particular detail, which would be possible if the sheet name was automatically converted to what acrobat refers to as a named destination. A named destination in lieu of a bookmark can be directly referred to in the web address for a particular file, such as www.website.com/detail.pdf#nameddest=TOC. Is it possible to have vectorworks publish a PDF so the sheet names are automatically converted to named destinations recognized by acrobat?
  10. Thank you Matt! Works perfect. Interesting discovery is the custom string to choose which snaps to toggle prefers the default snap shortcut keys ASDQWE for example and fails to work if you enter any user chosen snap shortcut key strokes.
  11. Matt Panzer, Is the custom script to toggle all snap settings desired on/off still available?
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