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  1. Pat Stanford

    "Exploding" a symbol

    Yes, but that was before there were Plug-in Objects. Now it is Convert to Group and works on both symbols and PIOs. Pat
  2. The benefit of drawing in a scale that is close to the final output scale is that you get a much more WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) environment. If you draw at 1:1, either you will use line weights that are far too heavy and will have to adjust them down in your viewports, or you loose the ability to see the line weights at a reasonable zoom. Drawing at the output scale also makes it much easier to see where you have room to put in notes and dimensions without going off the edge of the page. Drawing at 1:1 is certainly possible, but I think you loose a lot of benefits for a fairly minor step in the drawing setup process. Pat
  3. Pat Stanford

    title block in border visibility

    Since you have My Custom Title Block-4, I assume that you have already edited it at least 4 times. To change the class edit the symbol again and change the class. Then go back to the border and select the title block again. It will bring in the title with the new class. Per our other discussion, you do realize that by having only a single title block on a single layer, you will not be able to use the automatic sheet/drawing labeling using the drawing label tool right? Pat
  4. Pat Stanford

    "Exploding" a symbol

    Ungroup should have worked, but try convert to group and then ungroup it. Pat
  5. Pat Stanford

    Vectorscripts to Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets?

    Not really. The best you could do would be to export a text file from one that could then be imported by the other. Formulas back and forth are going to be very hard. Pat
  6. Pat Stanford

    title block in border visibility

    It looks like the drawing label object is supposed to pick up the information from the Drawing Label field of the border/title block on the same layer. Are you trying to put the labels on a different layer than the title block? What title block are you using? Pat
  7. Brooke, Do some research on Viewports and Class Overrides in Veiwports. They are set up for exactly this type of situation. Draw all objects that need to view differently in different sheets in classes that make sense. Make sure the objects are set to use the class attributes. In the viewports, override the class settings to display as you want them to. No duplication required. Pat
  8. Pat Stanford

    title block in border visibility

    Look under the Project pane of the Edit Title Block dialog box. There is a field called Total Sheets. You have to enter the number of sheets manually. Pat
  9. Pat Stanford

    Worksheet Function for Z direction missing

    I don't think there is an easy way to get the Z values into a worksheet. Your best hope might be to attach your own record to the objects and write a script that will interrogate the object and get the dimensions and store the in the record. This would be fairly easy to do if all your object are vertical/horizontal. If you have objects at an angle, it would be trickier. Let me know if you are interested in pursuing this. Pat
  10. Pat Stanford

    Object Type

    Try a fomula of '=PON' without the quotes. I determined this by creating a criteria and seeing what it used. Pat
  11. Pat Stanford

    title block in border visibility

    Select the Title Block in the drawing and click the button labeled Edit Title Block... in the Object Info Palette. Note that not all of the provided title blocks are set up to use the automatic Project and Sheet settings. Pat
  12. Pat Stanford

    Window and Door Schedules

    I don't know. You many not be able to do what you are trying to do. If I get a chance I will play with it later this week. Pat
  13. Pat Stanford

    Scale Bar

    Do you realize that you can put the scale bar in the Annotaion of a viewport and it will take on the scale of the viewport. If you really want to do it manually, why don't you just use the regular scale bar and put it on layers of the scales you usually use, convert it to a group and make a symbol from it. Then you will be free to put the wrong scale on a drawing any time you want ;-) Pat
  14. Pat Stanford

    Window and Door Schedules

    Do you mean in the database header row? If so, go to the worksheet pull down menu (downward pointing triangle right above the column headers) and uncheck the line that says Database Headers. Pat
  15. Pat Stanford

    Worksheet cell text wrapping

    What do you mean by a text cell? Are you talking about a cell in a worksheet? Or about a text block on the drawing? Pat
  16. Pat Stanford

    title block in border visibility

    The VW Border and Title Block objects are intended to be placed on each sheet that you want a title block/border on. Yes, it makes sense to do only one per file, but that is not the way it works. In order to keep the information up to date, if the title block is set up correctly, you can edit the title block data and all of the project information will be updated on every title block instance. The sheet information will only be updated on the currently selected instance. Pat
  17. Pat Stanford

    Worksheet cell references

    Definitely a bug. It does not matter if you use the absolute or a relative reference. If you insert rows, the formulas do not update to the new cells, they all stay linked to the original cells. I suggest you send a report to Bugsubmit@nemetschek.net Pat
  18. Pat Stanford

    Startup question/first time over and over

    The first thing I would check is your preferences. Go to the VectorWorks Preferences and click the Reset button in the lower left of the window. This will delete all of the preferenced except your serial number. If that does not work, make sure you have your serial number and then quit VW and delete the preferences file. When you restart it will ask for the serial number. In both cases, you will have to reset all of your preferences, but I don't think that is such a bad job if it might fix your problem. Pat
  19. You can only snap to something if the Layer Options are set to Show/Snap Others, Class Options are set to Show/Snap Others, the scale of the layers are the same and the layers are in the same view. Make sure that all the layers are in Top/Plan. You might want to check out the Align Layer Views command to switch everything to match the current layer. Pat
  20. Pat Stanford

    window schedule- gettin' with it

    Select the column with the dimension in it. Go to the little downward pointing triangle just above the row headers. Select Format Cells Select Dimension The column will not display dimensions as defined in the File:Document Settings:Units Pat
  21. Pat Stanford

    window data edits lost - window settings

    The Rough Opening, Masonry Opening and New Glazed area are calculated based on the other settings in the PIO. You can not change them manually. They are included in the data fields so they can be used easily in the Worksheet. The Rough Opening Width (I believe) is the door width + 2 x Jamb Width + 2 x Shim Gap. The Masonry Opening Width is the same thing, but rounded up to the Masonry Module. The same type of thing applies to the heights. If you want to change the openings, you will have to adjust the jamb and shim gap. Pat
  22. Pat Stanford

    my border keeps disappearing!

    Did you have a 2D object selected when you created the viewport that got used as a crop? Right Click on the viewport and select Edit Crop and see if there is anything there. Pat
  23. Pat Stanford

    my border keeps disappearing!

    Is your title block on a different layer with a different scale? 1:1 perhaps? If all your visible layers are not at the same scale when you create a viewport, you should get a dialog box warning you and asking if you want to proceed. If this is the case, then you title block will be in the viewport somewhere at 1/48th the size it is supposed to be. Pat
  24. Pat Stanford

    controlling visibility of 2D elements - front / back

    The equivalent of setting the Z of a 2D object is to change the stacking order. There are commands for Send to Front, Send Forward (moves one step), Send to Back, and Send Backward. Objects are stacked on one on top of the other in the order drawn unless you manually change them. Each layer has its own stacking order. Layers are then stacked in the order they are in in the Organization Palette. I find that Send to Front and Send to Back are the most useful. Often if you have many objects in a layer and want to swap two of them which were not draw at about the same time, Move Forward/Backward may take many, many steps to get them where you want to go. Try a new file with about four filled objects of different colors/patterns that are partially overlapping. You will quickly see how the stacking order works. Pat
  25. Pat Stanford

    Auto Opening Blank Document

    You can create a template and name it default.sta and put it in the Vectorworks/Templates folder. This will be used whenever you call up a new blank document. Pat


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