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  1. You can kind of already do with with Dual Dimensions. Just make one dimension standard that only shows the Primary unit and one that shows the Secondary unit. You can set the primary and secondary to different precisions and different decimal/fractional. The problem becomes when you need more that two different types of units. @AndySmithArchI only did a quick test, but it looks like you could put the Survey and the elevations in a different file with the units set to Decimal Feet. Then reference that file into your primary file with units set to Fractional Feet/Inches. Each will stick with the unit display of that file.
  2. You may need to use the Duplicate Array tool and do each row separately. Either do it centered on 0,0 or make sure you put a loci at the center so you have a stable reference point. I don't think there is a tool to do this directly in VW. You probably will need to work the math out manually first.
  3. Two minutes is way to long. Copy and paste everything in the following script block into a new blank Vectorscript Editor window. It should run in approx. 2 seconds or less. Procedure Reset_TBB; {December 11, 2017} {© 2017 Patrick Stanford pat@coviana.com} {Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License} {Resets all VW2018 Title block objects. Useful to force changes} {made in a worksheet drawing list to display.} {Created in response to a thead by DigitalCarbonZero of the} {Vectorworks Community Forum 12-11-17} Begin ForEachObject(ResetObject, ((INSYMBOL & INVIEWPORT & (PON='Title Block Border')))); End; Run(Reset_TBB);
  4. Try Tool:Utilities:Reset All Plugins. This should allow you to reset them all at once, but if you have many plugins in the drawing it may take a while to run. If this is too long, I can provide you with a script that will just reset the Sheet Border objects that should be faster.
  5. They should all be stored in your user folder. Check the help for the location of the user folder on Windows and just copy that folder to the new machine.
  6. I failed to mention that the script would only work for dimensions placed AFTER the script was run, not for dimensions already in the drawing. :-(
  7. And for the other part of the question, why don't you get the The Selected Object can be used as crop dialog box. This is a Yes/No dialog box and there is an extra check box that says Always do the selected option. At some point you checked this box and clicked No. Poof no more dialog box. To get it back, you have to turn ALL of the Always do the Selected Action dialogs again dialogs back on. Go to Vectorworks Preference, Session tab, and click the Reset Saved Settings button. Make sure the Always Do Selected Actions line is checked and click OK. You might be surprised at the other option you hid and forgot about as they start popping up again.
  8. Have you tried different fonts? Nope, just tried. It appears to be all fonts. But what does eliminate the problem is Advanced Properties and uncheck the None fill uses Alpha Transparency. Sounds like a bug to submit. But at least there is a workaround for most situations.
  9. It looks like a bug, but here are two work arounds: I appears that there are two preference which control the display of dimensions, The Fraction Precision and the Dimension Object Precision. You can see both of these plus the chain Icon to have them linked together in the Units dialog box in the Dimensions tab. In the Dual Dimensions tab you can access the Fraction or Decimal precision, but not the Dimension object precision. 1. Swap your dimensions to use the inches as the primary and mm at the dual. 2. Copy the following 2 lines into a new blank vectorscript and run it on your document. If you use a template file, it is probably enough to run it once on the template and have it carry over to all future files that come from that, but no guarantees. These two lines will set both the Fraction Precision and Dimension Object Precision for the secondary dimension to 1/32. SetPrefLongInt(221,5); SetPrefLongInt(222,5); You might also want to submit a bug on this that the secondary dimension is not taking the proper display settings from the Units dialog box.
  10. If you are really interested in protection, just ungroup everything before you send it. Convert all symbols and PIOs to groups. But you will break a lot of the functionality of something like Spotlight that expects them to be symbols. How would you like them to be locked? So they will only function in that drawing? So they can't be copied or duplicated? As you say, you do this to make your work more productive. In many years of working and training in VW, I have rarely found a time that what made sense for one user ever made sense for another. Yes, there are basic workflow similarities, but almost everyone is an individualist. If you really want to lock things down, we could probably work with you to create a PIO wrapper that would not allow changes except under your serial number. But even then, if they are willing to blow everything out to lines, they would still be getting some of your content. Probably better to just accept the small amount of piracy that exists and trust that your ability to use it better will give you an edge.
  11. Yes, I agree. The Rectangle should automatically switch to a poly if the Reshape tool is used in such a way that it is no longer a rectangle. Manual intervention to make it a poly should not be required.
  12. Perfect. I just wanted to get it documented that the file was drawn strangely in AutoCAD (or where ever it came from) and is not a limitation in what VW does and should do. Thanks.
  13. You now have to set things in two columns. First, use the pulldown menu and choose Summarize on. From what I can see of you screen shot this would have to be Column A as it is the only one that has the same data. Then go to the column that you want the data Summed in and check the Sum Values check box. With this new setting you can better control how the data is displayed. If you don't Sum Values and they are all the same, you will get the value. If you don't Sum Values and they are different you will get a (dash) in the column indicating the data is different for different items. If you do check Sum Values, you will get the proper sum.
  14. That is the way it is right now. You should file it as a Bug and a Regression. In VW2017, database rows that were added took the height of the rows around them. In 2018, database rows that are added go to the default height.
  15. IN column B, choose the Sum Values Option when you use the Summarize option in column A. You could actually do this with a single database. Edit the Report (or database) criteria to include Class is rows for Class A, Class, B and Class C. Put a formula of =C in the column A header. This will give you the name of the class of every object in the drawing. Put the formula of =LENGTH in the column B header. Go to the pull down menu for column A and click the Summarize button. This will give you one row for every class. Go to the pull menu for column B and click the Sum Values button. Column B will now add the values for all the hidden subrows. Write back if you need more help.