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Neil Barman

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  1. Hi @Patrick Davis, Welcome to the Forum and to Vectorworks,

    In terms of door numbers only, in the OIP (Object Info Palette) when you have a door selected, there will be a field for the door’s number.



    By default each regular door will start at 01 in order to allow the user to control the door’s number. Because there is no strict order/process when designing a building, if doors auto-sequenced their numbers when being inserted in a plan, the user would have quite a mess of door numbers to deal with when it came time to a door schedule. And this is ok because...


    In terms of doors and data tags, you may use one of the pre-made Data Tags that has "(incr)" in the name and those will increment the door numbers as you tag doors.



    Also note that the Data Tag tool has a few modes that you will want to practice with to see how they work. Modes will let you tag one eligible object at a time to tagging ALL the eligible objects at once. Information on those modes, and more about Data Tags, can be found in the built-in Help system on this page.



    I hope this information helps.


    Now, since you mentioned that you may have skipped some steps in learning Vectorworks, I highly recommend making the time to build a good, solid foundation (excuse the pun) of knowledge before diving in too deep. I know how exciting it can be to fire up the application and start drawing and modelling, but skipping the basics can result in hitting hurdles when you really want to be cruising along. In contrast, taking the time to learn all the relevant basics will pay off on every project you do, forever. I recommend doing the Core Concepts and Intermediate Concepts courses (normally available for free to Service Select members but available for free until the end of the year here). In addition, if you find that you need one-on-one training to supplement your learning, please do get in touch with us at Vectorworks Canada – We can help.


    Have a great weekend!


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  2. @zoeageorg It should certainly help. Give it a try and see what your results are. It's always a good idea to work close to origin.


    If the file is still having performance issues I would recommend auditing it for problematic or overly complex items that may have come in with the DWG file. If you don't need any of those complex items it would be best to delete them. If you do need them but they are still overly complex, it would work worth simplifying them or replacing them with native-built Vectorworks objects.



  3. Thank you for the screenshots and it's very good to know where you are located. Knowing this helps. Since you are in Austria, I would recommend contacting your local Vectorworks distributor... By the looks of it they localize your version of Vectorworks so they would be they best ones to speak with about your workspace and the missing tools.


    In the meantime, I would recommend going to the Vectorworks Help (under "Hilfe" if I am correct) and searching for your "Customizing Workspaces" in your language. That should bring you to a page that describes how to add those missing tools back into your workspace. (The English version of that page is here.)

  4. I would imagine that some or most of the slowness may be caused by your project being so far from origin (0,0). See below.




    Try correcting this and then see how performance of the file is.


    Also, it looks like a DWG file may have been imported directly into you Vectorworks file. (Since I never know how other people create their DWG files, I prefer to not bring their objects into my otherwise healthy Vectorworks files.) Instead it is advisable to not import DWG files directly into your Vectorworks file but rather to import them into a "shuttle" file that can then be either be cleaned up for import into your Vectorworks file or saved as a Vectorworks file of its own to then reference into you Vectorworks file.

  5. Hi @IDquestion, Welcome to the Forum.


    The Reference Marker and North Arrow tools certainly should be in the Dims/Notes tool set. Here is a screenshot of that tool set for your reference.



    Are you by chance using a modified workspace or a workspace that was migrated from a previous version of Vectorworks?

    What version of Vectorworks are you currently using?

    Might you be able to upload a screenshot of your entire workspace with a view of that tool set?



  6. Hi @Sawol, Welcome to the Forum. I'm not sure if or how you would get an older version of Vectorworks. However, I would recommend that you try adjusting a setting to get VW2020 instead. Try going to the Vectorworks Preferences > Display tab and adjusting your Navigation Graphics setting to be either "Good Performance and Compatibility" or "Best Compatibility".


    Also, please ensure that your computer meets or exceeds the Vectorworks System Requirements.


    When you have a moment, please add your computer system specs to your Forum signature so that others may know what your specs if you need feedback here.



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  7. I have one Vectorworks 2020 Architect license for sale for either Mac or Windows.

    CDN$2600 or best reasonable offer.


    Send me a direct message here on the Forum if you are interested in purchasing or would like to make an offer.



    (Since you might see my forum signature and wonder “Is he allowed to do that?”, I am. The license I am selling is my own professional license that I have owned since before joining the company.)

  8. Hi @Eric h123, It appears that your profile at the Student Portal needs to have a proof of enrolment (your current & legible school photo ID as a JPG or PDF) added in order to approve your academic license request. You should have received a few emails about this recently, so if you don't see those in your inbox perhaps check your spam folder. Thanks!

  9. 16 hours ago, TRC said:


    I'm having a similar issue - specifically it is Attributes and Snapping that aren't docking on my Mac, but they do on my PC...

    If the Attributes and Snapping palettes are docked to each other, then you can't dock those two, already-docked palettes to other palettes.


    If you separate the Attributes and Snapping palettes from each other first, then you can dock each one individually into the locations you wish.


    And as far as I have found, the Snapping palette on Windows doesn't dock. I'm not sure why this is though.

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  10. Just now, Benedick_Miller said:

    OK - will do. Is it a bug or a feature? 😉

    I would suggest submitting as a bug and having the team assist in figuring this one out with you, especially given what you noted in your PS post above. The development team does listen to feedback (I know this first hand from even before I joined the company) so they appreciate hearing use cases to help tune and enhance tools and commands.  

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  11. 3 minutes ago, grant_PD said:

    @Neil Barman  I am on the most up to date version, and as my video I posted shows, there is clearly an override happening that is not intended.  

    Yours does looks like it may be a bug. Good catch. Please do submit your video so it can be investigated and if it's a bug, corrected. The Bug Submit page is here. Thanks!


    Unless I'm mistaken, what @Benedick_Miller originally described was different from what you demonstrated in your video, so it will be good to have Tech Support hear about his issue too.

  12. 16 minutes ago, Benedick_Miller said:


    yes that is what my post is about - selecting use on creation for text styles does not work as expected. 

    Have you contacted technical support for assistance? If not, please do get in touch with them so they can help you.


    Also, do make sure you’re running the most current version; your first post indicates that you may be using SP2.1 but there have been updates since.

  13. 1. Agreed and because of that, the formatting can stay as is for now.

    2. Keep an eye on that of course, and if it does turn out to be a bug, definitely submit it.

    3. If a 100% accurate report is not currently possible, then I would say just get it as close as you reasonably can, noting the ways it doesn't work. If a 100% accurate report is possible now, then I could use that on a project, but if a 100% accurate report isn't possible yet we can still use the report you do create as part of a feature request (and the more info we can provide towards that, the better.)

  14. It's getting there. The layout of the data is looking good so far, but... the data that is being pulled isn't all correct. It seems that the data pulled for the levels themselves is mismatched and in some case not the actual levels used. There appears to be a mismatch with the Layers as well. For example, taking a look at Story-2 in the test file:



    • Ceiling Level in the worksheet should be 3500, which is a custom Level I made. (2473 is the height of the default.) "Ceiling" should be the Layer noted in the Layer column to the right of it.
    • Top of Slab should be 0, and it should have "Slab" in the Layer column to the right. 
    • Bottom of Slab (Layerless) should be -500 (also custom) and it should not have a Layer in its Layer column to the right of it.

    In contrast, the Finish Floor Level, at 0 height, with its "Floor Layout" Layer is correct.


    Having the Level, Level Ht and Layer. columns sorted from highest to lowest (with Level Ht. being the governing factor) is the goal, so that the words in the worksheet match how the building would "stack" in real life.


    Removing the zeros in the Storey Elev column would be ideal, if possible, in order to remove them from being a another piece of data that could be a distraction.


    Fonts and fonts sizes... As-is they can work, but if it possible:

    Row 1: 14pt, Arial, Bold.

    Row 2: 14pt, Arial, Bold, Underline.

    Row 4 onwards: 12pt Arial

    (I wasn't thinking of getting too fancy in terms of the look of the data, but simply having some examples of how formatting can be done would help.)



  15. That's interesting about there not being a call to get the Levels of a Storey. Hmm.


    Realistically, knowing the way templates will be set up and the way users may work "on the fly", it is conceivable that Levels will created both ways; Some Levels will be added from a template and others will be added manually as needed as planning a project.


    I very much appreciate you digging into this, Pat.

  16. 14 minutes ago, Pat Stanford said:

    Ah, scope creep. 😉


    LOL... Busted!


    Yes, the end goal would be to view/print said Report so that a small-and-very-smart team could look at all the Storeys, and their associated heights, and building height limits and such, and plan the project (height-wise) well, before even drawing and objects.  

  17. Thanks @Pat Stanford!


    The storey info I am hoping to extract is mainly what is shown in the Stories tab (and related dialogs) of the Organization Window. I'm thinking that this order should work:


    Highest Storey name & elevation plus prefix/suffix, then that storey's List of all Levels (the ones I have actually used, not the full list) in order from high to low plus the name of Design Layers associated with a Level.


    Second highest Storey name (with all the info as above)


    Third highest Storey

    and so on, until...

    Lowest Storey


    Something like this...




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