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  1. I think what you are looking for is called Control Geometry. Once you create an Object Node out of a Network, you can edit the Control Geometry by right clicking on the object. The Control Geometry node will get you a "handle" to the first object in the Control Geometry group. You can also access object outside of the node by Criteria. Name might be the easiest way. If you need multiple items perhaps place them in a group that is named in the OIP so the Object Node can find it.
  2. Thanks for thinking of me. I think. ;-) Most (all?) of the Areas in the Space record have both a Numeric version and a Static Text version. The static text version is just that text with the number and the unit included. If you want to be able to sum the area you will need to use the number version. These are stored as numbers in the Space record These are stored as text in the Space record. There does not appear to be a Text version of Proposed Area. The Space record does not appear to have a Cost field. You could use one of the user fields. If you don't include the currency marker or thousands separators, then something like =Space.Area * Value(Space.'11_User-Def info 1' should work. Column number formats are set in the Worksheet Format Menu:Cells...:Number tab. Columns formatted as a Dimension will pull the units and decimals from the Document Settings:Units. Columns formatted as Decimal allow you to set the number of decimals, but will not put the unit marks into the cell. Ask again if you need more information.
  3. Don't use the option in the View bar, just select the PDF and use the Rotate tool in the Basic Tool Set. Click on two corners of the PDF and then "drag" that lever until it is horizontal/vertical. Or tab into the data window and enter the correct angle.
  4. Take a look at this link before you make a final decision. ;-) Is_It_Worth_The_Time?
  5. I have never tried using a Stake in Edit Section in place mode. Do you have the Stake Mode (in the OIP) to be Use as 2D/3D Graphic only?
  6. I didn't think about it yesterday, but Worksheets can only access items that are in the drawing, not only in the resource manager. I think your best bet is to probably have an extra layer with a single copy of all of your image symbols. Let me give this some more thought and see if I can come up with any other ideas.
  7. Thank you both for the update about the database formula being left in the dialog box after editing the criteria. I have also used that for years. But I do find the new Edit Database Formula convenient. I try to keep moving forward instead of being stuck in my old ways. Worksheets and Databases have improved substantially over the last few versions. If you look at all the new functions that have been added to be able to access Materials in worksheets, it gives me hope that they are considered important and will be further improved.
  8. Yes it is very possible to do. I don't think you will be able to take the data from a Saved View as you can't access the view. You could use the view to set the visibilities and then use that to apply to the viewports, but then you lose the Don't Change ability. As you can see, there are a number of us here who will be happy to help you get started with the script(s) necessary. My guess is that to get a prototype working you will probably need 4-8 hours of time to learn the basics. You will need two to three times that to get everything completely debugged and working nicely if you want it to be more than just a simple menu command. With 30 years of programming VW, I would probably still need 2 hours to get a prototype running. So is it worth that much time to you? Do you have any programming background at all? If you want to move forward, then the next question is do you want to do Vectorscript or Python. I think Vectorscript is easier for beginners as it requires explicit begin/end statements. While these are sometimes a pain to get right, they help make sure the code is actually doing what you want. Python will let you access far more things outside of VW, but if you don't care about that, I recommend Vectorscript. The best way to move forward is to write a complete description of what you want the script to do. I.E. should it apply the settings to all VP? Or Selected VP? Or just Visible Selected VP? How do you want to specify the Layers/Classes to set visibilities for? Do you want separate scripts for Layers and Classes? How would you do this manually? If you can write down all of the little steps, it will be much easier to make sure you don't make design errors that will require lots of changes to the code later. HTH.
  9. While it would be nice to have more control over the & and | options through the dialog box, you do know that you can edit the criteria formula directly and change it to whatever you want? At least in VW2021 (and I think 2020, not sure about before that), if you right click in the Database Header row column (eg. 3, not 3.1, etc.) you get an option to Edit Database Formula. This will put the database criteria in the the formula bar and you can edit your & and | as you need. The basic logic behind the Criteria dialog box is that any items of the same type (eg. Type is Rectangle, Type is Circle) will be OR'd (|) together. Any items of different types will be AND'd (&) together. HTH.
  10. I just went through the feature comparison. The Door tool was not part of the default workspaces in VW2016-2018 (I did not go back further than that), but could be added to a workspace. In VW2019, 2020, 2021, it just shows as not being part of fundamentals. If you need it, you will have to upgrade. VW is usually good about letting you get full value as a trade up. Unfortunate that you will have to spend more. Sorry.
  11. In imported data, it is quite possible that you have "curves" that are actually hundreds or thousands of line segments. That will certainly slow down a file. If you are only using the Acadias data as backgrounds, it is usually better to import it into a separate file and then do a referenced viewport into your working file. That way you isolate all of the Acad "Layers" (VW Classes) to the other file instead of contaminating your drawing. I know that best practices are probably too late for this project. About the only other thing I can suggest is check for duplicated objects. Run the Purge command using the "Coincident Duplicate Objects" options. Perhaps things got doubled or tripled and you can get rid of them to speed things up.
  12. Could you possibly use Classes to isolate the imported object and group them? You can always enter the group and Cut/Paste In Place the items that you need to work on while leaving the rest as is. Or even just try a quick test to select everything on each design layer and Group them. At least that way you can relatively quickly see if that help with the speed.
  13. One of the things that greatly slows VW is the calculating and redrawing of selection handles. If you can group a lot of the items so the selection handles don't have to be calculated (except for the 8 of the group) you might end up with a snappier drawing. A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I did a test. I tried a file with something like 60,000 lines. To Select All or Deselect All took multiple minutes. I then Grouped everything and the time to Select All went to just a few seconds. Your mileage may vary.
  14. Several possibilities, but none of them are really a "link". 1. Put the image into the symbol and set the class to all of the images to the same class. When you Recalculate the worksheet, make sure the class the image(s) are in is turned on and the classes that the other parts of the symbol are turned off. 2. Put the images into individual symbols. Store the symbol name in a Record.Field attached to the symbol. You should then be able to use the name of the "image symbol" to use the image symbol for the image in the worksheet.
  15. What version of Vectorworks? If you have Fundamentals, I don't believe that it contains the Door Tool, so you can't modify Door objects, but you can view them.


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