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  1. First question to as is why you need the trim. If you really need it in 3D because you are concerned about clearances or shadows, they you will have to create it all. However if it is really just going to be background in renderings, I would consider drawing it in 2D export to an image and create a texture for each wall. Probably only slightly less work than doing 3D models, but it will keep you file much lighter and probably improve rendering speeds.
  2. Are you saying it moves with your cursor as if you are going to insert it like a symbol? Is this with all tools or just the Selection tool? Standard procedure for strange events like this is: 1. Restart VW. 2. Restart the computer. 3. Run VW from a different user account (this if effectively a test for 4). 3. Delete the preferences. More details on deleting preferences in this thread:
  3. Procedure Test; Var H1:Handle; Begin H1:=FLayer; While H1<>Nil do Begin AlrtDialog(GetLName(H1)); H1:=NextLayer(H1); End; End; Run(Test); Try the above script and see what happens when you move the layers around. Throw in a check to see if the layer is Design or Sheet and you should be able to get what you need relatively easily. Interestingly, Flayer gives the highest numbers Design Layer, but when it wraps around to the Sheet Layers it starts with the lowest number in the stack order. If you need to change the order check out HMoveForward and HMoveBackward.
  4. But you are new to the forum 😉. Which is what is used to calculate that. Make a few more posts, get a few more likes and you will move up the heirarchy. And no, I don't know what all the levels are or what it takes to move to each level. 🙂
  5. I don't know of a way to get those displayed values into a worksheet. They don't seem to be stored in a record attached to the stake object and look to be generated on the fly, but I don't know what calculation they are using to generate them. Hopefully someone else will have a solution.
  6. How many dash styles do you usually use/need? Do you want to define them? Or just show all of the styles in the document?
  7. I don't think it has anything to do with taxes. Vectorworks has to deal with two operating systems. They can't plan releases around unannounced release dates of those OS's. When VW picked the fall release date before Apple moved to Fall OS releases. As far as planning goes, a VW release is planned a long time in advance. There ads that have to be created and purchased, training materials that have to be created. Etc. If Apple decided in June to say they would not release until December (or October as they did this year), that is far too late for VW to be able to rearrange their schedule. The best we can hope for is a product to be ready when it is released. Any outside changes that happen after then just have to be dealt with.
  8. Hand:=NextLayer; Check out the Vectorscript Function Reference, either the local one in Applications:Vectorworks 2014:VWHelp:Script Reference or the online version at: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:Function_Reference Easiest way is to look at the document By Class (top left) and then the Document List Handling section.
  9. I don't know that there is really a good solution for this. When I did this for a customer (about a decade ago), He wanted to export his highly detailed cad models. Until I pointed out that the end users really didn't need and he didn't want to give out all of the internal dimensions and tolerances. All they needed was an external model. I think we ended up converting to just enough Generic Solids to allow the different textures required. We then exported STEP and IGES versions. There are probably better export formats now. But when I am importing 3D, these are usually the two I fall back on for engineering parts. There probably is no one best export format and offering different formats is probably your best option.
  10. OK, try this. Copy the script below. Go to Tools:PlugIns:PlugIn Manager Click the New button and choose Command. Set the name to Set Line Weight and click OK. Click the Edit Script button and paste the script into the Script Editor window. Click OK. Click Close. Go to Tools:Workspaces:Edit Current Workspace. Pick the Menus option at the top center of the dialog box. Select Miscellaneous in the left column and drag that to one of the menus (where you want the command to live, create a new menu if you want). Enter a keyboard shortcut for the command. Click OK. Run the command by entering the keyboard shortcut you entered. Procedure PS_SetLineWeight; {December 2, 2019} {©2019 Patrick Stanford pat@coviana.com} {Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License} {Opens a dialog box asking for a line weight and then sets all visible selected objects to that line weight} {Line weight is entered in integer points.} {Use at your own risk. No warranty expressed of implied.} {There be Dragons.} Var N1:Integer; H1:Handle; Procedure Execute(Hand1:Handle); Begin SetLW(Hand1,N1); End; Begin N1:=IntDialog('Enter Desired Line Weight', '20'); ForEachObject(Execute,VSEL); End; Run(PS_SetLineWeight);
  11. Do you want the script to change the line weight on the selected objects or to change the default so that future objects are drawn at that line weight or both?
  12. I just tried and it is not reversing order for me here. VW2020 SP2, Mac OS.15. What happens if you create a new file and add 5 blank sheet layers (Create 1 and duplicate 4 times)? Do those show reversed? If not, it is something with your file or your template file. If they do show reverses, check your printer drivers and see if there is something there set to print backwards. The printer driver should not have anything to do with the Publish, but you never know.
  13. There is no built in way to do this. It could probably be scripted. But do you really need more than the 10 different line thicknesses provided in the Attributes Palette? You can customize those from the Tools:Options:Line Thicknesses menu command. Of it you need more you could use Line Styles.
  14. I don't think it is so much a case of planned obsolescence as it is a case of we want to go in this direction and if it breaks something then oh well on Apple's part.
  15. The main reason for the difference in compatibility is a difference in attitude between Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft makes backward compatibility an absolute priority. That means that newer versions of Windows will support older versions of Vectorworks. Apple on the other hand cares less about backward compatibility and more about moving the Mac platform forward. From version to version of the operating system them keep making changes that break older versions of Vectorworks. Vectorworks has decided that they are better off spending the engineering resources on making VW better rather than making older versions run on newer versions of the Mac OS. Especially as they are advocating for users to subscribe to Service Select where the newer versions are included in the annual subscription. Apples changes over the last couple of years have been especially bad about breaking older software.


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