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  1. Good morning folks, I have a weird thing happening in my published PDF sets. I got an email from one of the consultant asking me if I could remove the blue overlay from the two sheets I'd sent them. I've attached screen shots that they sent me and shots of what I see. The blue we see in the consultant screen shot are the space objects extending beyond the crop rectangle on the SLVP. On the design layers, they are that blue colour. The really odd thing is that they extend beyond the boundaries of the page and display as such. Usually when there is an export glitch, it stops at the edge of the page. I have three Data Visualizations running applied to the viewports. One to change the appearance of the spaces to indicate which type of flooring to use. The second changes the rest of the spaces grey or white depending on wether they're in the scope of the project. And the third is to change the overall appearance of the walls and other objects by class. The two DVs applied for the spaces each alter the visual characteristics based on which Zone the space is included in. Flooring (Type 1 and Type 2) for the first DV and Scope (In Scope, Outside of Scope). Any ideas what's going on here? If you need any other info, let me know and I'll try and get it posted here. Thanks, -Dylan
  2. Hi @Pat Stanford, I found a solution for this that resides solely in Data Visualization with one exception. First, each wall is in either WALL-NEW, WALL-EXST classes and there are two component class groups depending on whether the wall is NEW or EXST. For new walls the component group is COMP-XXXX and for existing walls it's COMPE-XXXX. The existing classes are simple, one for structure, one for inner finish and one for outer finish. Really, these classes don't need to be used if that level of detail isn't needed. The wall style can be blank and the entire wall is in the WALL-EXST class. Same goes for the roofs and slabs. I have two DVs. One for simple plans/sections and one for detail plans/sections. Both DVs are "Objects using Function" > "Class". In the Simple DV, all NEW wall / slab / roof components classes have their fill and pen set to white and the EXST are all set to a % of grey. The outline of the walls then defaults to the WALL-NEW or -EXST class for pen colour and thickness displaying the plan without any components even though the component classes are visible in the VP properties. For the Detail DV, the difference is that the pen override is set to "Retain Original" but I have the foreground set to black. Activating the Viewport-Detailed DV then shows all the details in the new walls but "hides" them in the existing walls. The Data Visualizations work both in plan and section VPs (which was fantastic) and they ignore any attributes imposed by materials assigned to the components (another win!). The only time I can't get this to work is in our demolition plans. We note walls/doors/windows to be demo'd by a dashed line and because the wall components use the COMPE class, they turn grey in the Simple DV. If I override the WALL-DEMO class attributes in the DV, I see all the components as dashed lines which gets too cluttered so for Demo plans, I turn off all the component classes. Not a huge issue as there's far less dimensioning and annotating in those drawings. This seems to be working well for me at the moment, I'm sure there will be issues later (there always are!) Below is are the screenshots of what I've been describing. What it looks like on a design layer without any Data Visualization. The simple DV applied. All component classes turned on. With the Detailed DV applied. Same Viewport, nothing else changed besides the DV selection. The setting for the Simple DV The settings for the Detailed DV. Simple DV in section. Hard to see at this scale but this is the Detailed DV in section. Last one. These are the Section VP settings. The only class override we have in the VP properties is the ELEV-04FINE, it's set to 50% grey. For some reason, if we change it in the DV, it doesn't work. The cut fill derived from the component class overrides and pen colour is sorted with ELEV-01CUT which, for some reason does work if overridden in the DV... Go figure. I hope this makes sense, feel free to reach out with any questions. Have a great day folks, -Dylan
  3. Hi Neil, Thanks for that response! The project I'm working on is in 2021 not 2022 (it was started in early 2019). I'll try and replicate your process in of pulling in the ECW file without geolocating the file in 2021 and see how that works. I have 2022 installed on the computer so I can play around with the process there as well. ECW is an odd format. I've been importing them into QGIS and then exporting JPGs or PDFs to then bring into VW or Sketchup as the project requires. I never thought I could import them directly into VW until I did some forum searching and digging into the help files. The city of Winnipeg just updated their aerial imagery wicth is really nice. For quickly modelling in the surrounding buildings it's really nice to have! I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks again Neil! - Dylan
  4. Good afternoon folks, I'm banging my head against the computer here trying to get ECW files from my local municipality (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to import, scale and position properly in a geofenced file. I've setup a clean (new) file and geolocated it according to the system the city uses ( NDA83 / UTM zone 14N) which I pulled from the ECW files in QGIS. The Geoimage tool in VW works great but the city ECW files are far superior. The ECW images import through the Import Image route but they're not recognized as images (I have to choose all files under options) and they show up at the wrong scale and not located properly. If I import two of them they stack one on the other. The ECW files have a world file (.EWW). I've made sure the document units match the units in the ECW file. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? If you're curious where to find the City of Winnipeg ECW files, they can be found HERE. Thanks for any help / advice. - Dylan
  5. Good afternoon folks, I have a weird thing showing up to all my doors and windows. There are these thick black lines at the sides of the window / door symbols. I never noticed it before because I had my data visualization set to make the existing walls 80% black. We changed the graphic representation and went for a 50% black and now these show up at every door and every window. They appear to be "under" the window / door symbols. The "Draw wall lines" is turned off and the lintel and threshold classes are set to an invisible class. I've also looked into the wall type to see if there's something class wise going on there but everything is set to colour by class which has been modified with data visualization. Any ideas what they are and how to turn them off? Thanks folks! - Dylan
  6. Thanks @AlanW! I didn't see your reply until now. Got to check my notification settings... I've never done any marionette work before so this might be a steep learning curve but I like the potential. Thanks for digging out the file! - Dylan
  7. Thank you @Wes Gardner! That did the trick. It's been something that's always bugged me in the past. I would draw a polyline around the stringers in annotation to hide them but I figured there's probably a better way. I wound up experimenting with different angle settings and 50 degrees work perfectly. Again, thanks Wes, I always appreciate your insight. - Dylan
  8. Good afternoon folks, Doesn't anyone know why there are these vertical lines are showing? Any how to get rid of them? Thanks folks! - Dylan
  9. I hadn't thought of that method. It should be easy with one or two little calculations and be much faster than what I've been doing. Thanks for the outside the box thinking Pat!
  10. Good afternoon folks, I'm wondering if this is possible. I'm creating a door schedule and to do so, I place copies of all the doors on their own DL and space them out with 36" between them. I then make an elevation VP and use that in conjunction with a worksheet to create the schedules. My question is, is there a way to space them out by 36" without having to do it one by one? The Align>Spacing command doesn't work as it adjusts the spacing from to even it out. If all the doors were the same width, a quick calculation would tell me that the string of doors would be X" + Y spaces of 36" and I could put the first and last door to those dimensions and hit the Align>Spacing. But doors are not all the same width, especially in renovations.... Any ideas? Thanks! - Dylan
  11. Good morning @michaelk That is a fantastic explanation! I just got a chance to apply it to they project file and it works beautifully! Thank you! By writing the Occupancy Capacity to "Additional Info 2", I can call that info out on a different "presentation" worksheet for the info/notes sheet. It also lets me call it from a data tag in the plans. Works very well! It's also great to see how to pull information from a non-database cell from a different worksheet. That (especially for pricing) will be very useful! Now it look into what the script means (I have a bit of coding experience) so I can properly understand how you created it. Thanks again Michael! It's so nice to have folks like yourself on the forums. I really appreciate the help! Have a great day, - Dylan
  12. Good afternoon folks, I'm wondering if something is possible. Using the worksheet created by @Wes Gardner (THANK YOU!) I've been able to have VW figure out the occupancy loads using the space tool. Under "User Field 1" is the # of people per sq m (Canada) which I've added to the Space OIP for ease of input. What would be great is if after the # of occupants is calculated in the worksheet, if that number could be pushed to "User Field 2" in the Additional Info section of the object. The reason for this is to allow the data tags used in the plans to show the occupancy for that one room. In the attached screenshot, I'd like to take the value from column H and put them into the "Additional Info 02" and have the data tag pull from that field. Maybe this isn't the best way to have the data tag display this info? If any of you know of a better way to do it, I'm all ears! The other half of this post is this. Can I have a worksheet pull a value from another worksheet? I'm very happy for the occupancy calculator worksheet that Wes posted but I'd like to make a simpler version to put onto the finished plans. One with three columns (Room number, name and occupancy load) and doesn't have all the columns needed for the calculations. Is there anyway to do this as well? Thanks in advance for all the help! - Dylan
  13. Same questions here. David, did you ever find an answer? - Dylan
  14. Thanks Pat, I'd kind of figured that would be the answer.. I'll give the Saved Views a shot. - Dylan
  15. Good morning everyone, Not sure if this is possible but I thought someone might have discovered a way to do it... My workflow right now for setting up viewports (usually plans) is to control class appearances through a data visualization preset so it's consistent and easy to apply, and then turning on / off class visibilities in the "Classes" options under the Viewport OIP. On every plan viewport, I turn off all the wall component classes so that the walls default to their class appearance. (ie, all new walls are drawn under the WALL-NEW class which is a white fill with a .35 black line). I learned this trick from, I think, a @Wes Gardner video. This is great for simplifying the drawing and making it easier to read but it's a pain for dimensioning when we are dimensioning from structure and not finished faces. It would be wonderful if I could setup a data visualization that would alter both the appearance of the classes AND also the class visibility in the viewport. I like working on the annotations in full colour / detail and it would be grand if with one selection I could set all the visibilities / visual properties for viewport when I'm done or need to switch between the two. I know I can accomplish this with the eyedropper tool but it makes it hard to keep things consistent throughout multiple projects and I have to remember to keep one viewport always set to the "final look" to pull from. Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks folks!
  16. Well, I kind of figured it out. By drawing a rectangle under the ANNO-KEY class, I could set the defaults under the attributes dropdown without the line markers and then select the Keynote menu and apply those defaults. It seems to have worked... For now... Until it changes back to showing the arrows.
  17. Hi Folks, It's been a while since I've posted here but I've got a weird thing happening in my Keynote Legend. The line markers are showing up on the bubbles in the legend... Has anyone else seen this? Any idea how to remove the line markers? I've tried setting a default without the markers then applying it to the legend and that doesn't work. The Legend and keynotes are all in the same class ANNO-KEY. If I change the class the end markers just change to whatever is set in that class. There doesn't seem to be an option to turn them off.. Any help / suggestion is much appreciated! -Dylan
  18. Ah, thanks! Certainly not a bug but something for the wish list.
  19. Thanks for the insight @TDimov, If there was a way to move the drawing label from outside the VP that would be great as that's the only sticking point with the staff here at the office. I don't know what the acronym "VE" is, can you elaborate? Really it's just a preference in how we use VW. I think we're just going to have to get use to putting them in the VP like most folks. Thanks again for the response Tdimov! Sorry it took a while to get back to you, it's been a busy time here. -Dylan
  20. Hi @Frederic_Vbc, That's an interesting workflow. So in your method when you're annotating details, would you assign a record format to each element? As an example, we draw in the air/vapour barrier with a dashed line, would you then assign a record format to that line and have the data tag call that out? The same being done with all other elements in the detail? The chart is a great help! I've got some ideas on how to implement this into our workflow. I'll have to experiment with it when there's some downtime in the office (a very rare thing these days!) Thanks again Frederic! -Dylan
  21. Hi folks, We're working on a file that's setup with Project Sharing and our Master File has corrupted a number of times and we're looking into it but in the mean time, I've been using our backups to create new Master Files and keep working. I've kind of cobbled together a workflow that I think works but I'm wondering what other folks do? There's probably a better way of getting everyone back up and running again with as little re-doing of work as possible. Here's what I do. 1 - Figure out which file is the most recent between the Master File backups and the local Working Files. I do this so that we have as little work to re-do as possible. 2 - Save a Copy of the most up-to date file, usually one of the working files as they'll always have the most recent work in them. 3 - Re-name the most recent file and append with todays date (ie Master-20-09-13_userid.vwx to Master-20-10-14.vwx) 4 - Move all existing Working Files to an "Archive" folder stored locally. Move the corrupted Master File to an "Corrupted" folder on our server (where the Master File is stored) 4 - Re-make a Master File from the new vwx file on the server. 5 - Have everyone create local Working Files from the new Master File. 6 - Re-do the work that was lost. It's not overly complicated but it could use some improvement. Ideally we could re-connect our local Working Files with the new Master without loosing the work we have done individually. Or if one user with a complete local Working file could Save and Commit to replace the information in the Master File with their copy and we could all keep working that would be grand. At one point I tried creating a new Master File as described above but I didn't re-name it with the current date. My hope was that just replacing the file with an uncorrupted version would allow everyone to continue to working without disruption. Well, that didn't work. Knowing that it might not work, everything was manually backed up and I followed the steps above and it worked. Any other recovery systems out there? Not just with Project Sharing either, vwx files corrupt as well. Is there a VW prescribed workflow that I haven't found in my searches? Cheers for the input and have a great day everyone. -Dylan
  22. Hello Folks, I hope this is possible. I am trying to populate text within a data-tag with information drawn from a database. I have created a database and associated it with a record format. In the data tag, I have selected the text that I want to populate with the information from the database and it seems like it should work but it doesn't. It just displays the placeholder text. I've attached screen grabs of the settings. Any help would be appreciated! -Dylan I'm on VW 2020 SP1 (but updating to SP5 as I type) Please ignore the actual values, I was experimenting with how to enter information.
  23. Good afternoon everyone, We're using data tags to call out material in our detail drawings. As we are using them right now, the text portion of the tag is set to "User-entered Field" so that we can put the number/letter combination we need for the project. Right now it's kind of random and we just number 1 to whatever but we are in the process of setting up an office standard. Ideally I would like to have a database that has all the materials numbered and grouped (ie "1A" where "1" is for fasteners and "A" is the specific screw and "2A" where "2" is for existing conditions and "A" framing etc...) The database would be ideal so that if we changed a number on one material or vise-versa, all tags would update with the correct information. I know this is possible with callouts but we like the way the data tags look and the method of placing them over callouts (which always seem a little messy for detail callouts..) Attached is a photo of the data tag callouts and how we represent them in the material legend. They are two different data tag instances (one with a leader and the other without). It would be fantastic if the text beside the symbol in the legend could also populate based on the data base. Thanks for any help/ideas! -Dylan
  24. I was afraid of that, thanks for the responses Nikolay. -Dylan
  25. Hi @Nikolay Zhelyazkov, Thanks for the speedy response! With a little playing around I got it to work. Is there anyway to change the way the scale from being represented in metric (1:96) to imperial (1/8"=1'-0")? Another question, can the tag be associated with the VP from outside of the VP? It would be great if the drawing labels could be placed outside the VPs to make alignment easier when we have multiple drawings on one page (fewer double clicks...) We haven't moved to VW 2021 yet, it'll happen soonish I think. We're hesitant to shift over to the newer versions of VW when we're in the middle of large project as the files sometimes go sideways. This was a huge help, thanks Nickolay. -Dylan
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