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  1. Pat Stanford

    Viewport Class Overrides- not working??

    I don't have a lot of time to dig into this right now, and I don't use slabs very much, so someone else might be better to answer your question, but here goes: The short answer is that you should be able to use class overrides on slabs. As long as everything is set up right. Longer answer, I was able to use Textures to override slab settings, but I could not figure out how to get the 2D attributes to show even in the design layer, so I could not check it they were over ridden or not. Longest answer, Yes, class overrides should work for components of slabs (and walls). 1. In the Slab Style, the components must be classes so you can override just the ones you want. 2. The components must have the attributes that you want to override to be set to be By Class. Create a new document. Draw a slab and make sure it has a Slab Style of Floor Assy-Wood 2x13. Create a viewport that shows the slab. Set the view to something other than Top/Plan. I used Right Iso. Set the Render Mode to Open GL and Update the viewport. Click the Class button in the Object Info Palette. Select the Component-Decking (wd) class. Click the Edit button. Go to the Textures Pane and change the Object and Component Textures to something different that it is. Try and pick the most different color just to see the effect. Click OK to close the Edit Class(es) dialog box. Click OK to close the Viewport Class Propertied dialog box. Click the Update button in the OIP. You should see that the object texture will change to what you set as the override. Ask again if this does not work for you. All tested in VW2019 SP2.
  2. Maybe, but I know that the values are supposed to be stored internally as mm2. By definition 25.4 mm = 1 inch. Therefore 25.4 x 25.4 = mm2 to In2 By definition 12 inch = 1 ft. Therefore 12 x 12 = 144 in2 to 1 ft2. Are you sure all of them are scaling by exactly the same amount? If so, then there is something else going on. If they are by different amounts, I would bet it is an effect of rounding somewhere in the floating point routines.
  3. It appears to be a bug in VW2019. I tested in SP2 and it I see the same as you. Please enter a bug report. For the mean time, you can do the conversion manually SQ MM to SQ Ft = (25.4 x 25.4 x 12 x12) = 93268.8 Divide by that and you should have what you need.
  4. Can you post the file here or get me a link to it and I can take a look?
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    Date function - data structure changed in 2019?

    I agree with Julian, I am getting the slashes I expect from my system OS X 10.11 Check your System Preferences, Language and Region pane and click the Advanced... button then the Date pane. My guess is that you have your region set to Canada instead of to United States.
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    Thick lines

    You have Zoom Line Thicknesses turned on. See that magnifying glass with the line through it in the Mode Bar at the top of your screen shots (The line right above the top ruler, at the 4 icons from the right). Click that and it will turn off. You can also set this through the Vectorworks Preferences, Display tab.
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    Page Sizes in Page Setup

    The probably come from the margins of the printer you have selected or from the "worst case" options of Any Printer. Try setting for a different printer and see if you get different results.
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    Why do my doors keep jumping out of the wall?

    Check Vectorworks Preferences, Edit Tab, Check the Offset Duplication check box. With this unchecked, I get window in wall duplicating directly on top. With it checked, the window is still in the wall, but is offset.
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    Dashed hidden line render quality

    Also, check the Line Render Options and make sure that a Sketch mode is not turned on. You may also want to set the smoothing angle so you get less lines on curved objects.
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    Not possible in a database row. Only possible in worksheet rows. You can copy/paste from the database into a worksheet. Or if you still need the database, but just want to be able to "manually" enter some data you can use a custom Record.Field format to allow data to be changed in the database rows. But it will still be linked to the object. See the following thread for more information.
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    Realistic hardware spec for OS X

    I agree with Josh, but if you look at the benchmark scores, the 2018 is substantially faster. 2018 2.6 i7 vs 2017 2.8 i7 is 16% faters in single core and 46% faster in multicore operations. If you are only doing 2D drawings and models, the 2017 is probably fine. If you are going to be rendering then the 46% difference is probably worth considering as it can save you a lot of time. The adage is always buy the most you can afford. Spending a little more now and not having to replace the machine for an extra year is probably worth it. Checkout the Apple Refurbished page. Apple.com scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. I think it is in the second column of links.
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    Why do my doors keep jumping out of the wall?

    Alternatively, make sure the mouse pointer is within the wall when you drag it. If the pointer is over the wall it will insert/remain inserted. If the mouse pointer is outside of the wall it will end up as a door or window instead of a door or window In Wall. Especially easy to do if you grad the door swing instead of the frame.
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    Truss Counting

    Working from memory here. Edit the database criteria and make sure the check box for Include components of PlugIn Objects is selected. You might also the the Symbol and Group check boxes also. I'm not sure how hanging positions handle the truss, but this will probably get you what you want.
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    Archiving VW files

    The problem with VW (and actually most software) is the that hardware and operating systems keep changing. That means that at some point you end up with a condition where even if you have an old version of the software, it will be incompatible with the current OS and hardware. So when you are archiving you should actually archive not only the files, but also the original program, and probably even the original hardware. I have been considering, but have not yet implemented, an idea of doing a "virtual" archive of the hardware. By that I mean setting up a virtual machine with the current OS and current version of VW and keeping that as the backup. Then when you need to access the backup you are not rummaging through junk stores looking for old hardware, but only needing a way to run the old virtual machine on current hardware. Something that I would expect to be much easier. At one time I actually set up a double virtual machine running on an Intel Mac. In the first virtual machine I ran a version of PowerPC OS10. Then inside of that I ran a copy of SheepShearer which is a virtual machine running 680X0 code. This let me run OS6 or 7 and Minicad 5 on a current Mac to rescue some old files. The question about archiving is always how much of the data do you really need to get back. Batch convert occasionally is an OK idea, but unless you have the time to rework all of the drawings to make sure they converted correctly, you are still likely to lose some information. Especially after the 2nd or 3rd conversion. What percentage of the files do you really think you will ever need the geometry from again? If it is a high enough percentage, then it might be worth the time to do the batch convert. If it is a low percentage, it might be better to just figure out how to recover the files you need when you need them. It all depends on what the value is and how much time it would take to recreate (since you already know what to draw, the recreation, if needed, will probably take far less time that the original design. At the very least I would make PDF copies of everything. Probably even PDF/A which are designed to be archives and be recoverable at any time in the future. That way you can at least see what the output of the drawing was even if you can't access the geometry. Difficult question with no good answers. Kind of like preparing for earthquakes. You do what you think needs to be done and then cross your fingers and hope that you don't ever need it, and that if you do that it is enough. Glad to talk about this more if you have questions. Oh, yeah, and remember, it is not backed up unless it is stored on at least three different types of media in at least two geographically separate locations. Yes, I know the Amazon cloud promises 99.9999% recoverability, but what happens when you are the 0.0001%??
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    Is it possible to select multiple extrudes by height?

    Unfortunately, @markdd is correct, you can't select multiple objects from a summarized database row in a worksheet. Would be a nice wish list request. The following script will select all extrudes in a drawing that have the same extrude length as the first selected object on the active layer. It uses the extrude length, so even if they have been rotated or moved it will still select them. If you actually need a script to only select extrudes with the same "top" Z position, that will take a little more work. Procedure SelectSameHeightExtrude; {If the first selected object in the drawing is an extude} {this script gets the height of that extrude and selects all} {other extrudes in the drawing that have the same height.} {January 4, 2019} {© 2019, Coviana, Inc - Pat Stanford pat@coviana.com} {Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License} {Based on SelectSameLengthLines} {February 13, 2012} {© 2012, Coviana, Inc - Pat Stanford pat@coviana.com} {Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License} Var H1 :Handle; OLength :Real; Procedure DoIt(H2:Handle); Begin If HLength(H2)=OLength then SetSelect(H2); End; Begin If GetType(FSActLayer)=24 then Begin OLength:=HLength(FSActLayer); ForEachObject(DoIt,((T=XTRD))); End Else AlrtDialog('First Selected Object Must Be An Extrude.'); End; Run(SelectSameHeightExtrude); Select EVERYTHING in the code box above and paste into a new blank Vectorscript edit window. Test first on a backup copy or sample file. Very minimally tested, but since all it does is select damage is unlikely. Now warranty expressed or implied. User must determine suitability for their requirement. 😉
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    Hoist Symbol/ Plug-in Object

    @Sam Jones Can you comment on this please?
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    Worksheets - window schedules

    You only need to change the formula in the database header row. Unless you need to edit the criteria to change the windows that are shown in the database, you don't need to change the criteria. The criteria only effects the objects that are shown in the database. Column formulas can refer to anything about the object shown. If you specify a Record.Field that does note exist for an object you will just get a blank. There is definitely something weird with Userfld2. I tried it and it would not take anything. I then went to the OIP/Settings for the window and edited the User Field 2 there and it showed up in the worksheet. After that I was able to edit from the worksheet. ??? If I can replicate in a new file I will submit as a bug, but for now, try and edit one windows from the OIP and see if that will force the formula to work correctly.
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    Worksheets - window schedules

    All data in a database section of a worksheet has to be an attribute of the object (Layer, class, name, type, etc.), information about the object (XCenter, YCenter, etc.) or a Record.Field. The Record.Field can either be from the PlugIn Object Record or from a manually attached custom record. There is no way to just type things into a database cell in a worksheet. That being said, if you have a record.field that is formatted as text, you can set that to be the cell value and through the magic of 2-way worksheets, any changes you make in the worksheet will be stored with the object and be accessible from the OIP. For windows you can use the User Fields if you are not already using them for something else ='Window'.'UserFld1' Change the 1 to whatever (1 to 10) user field you want to use. If you are already using the User Fields, you will probably need to add a custom record and use those fields.
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    How to report dimensions of symbols or objects in a worksheet

    In VW2019, the worksheet returns the correct width/height/length for extrudes regardless of their rotation and location inside of outside of symbols In VW2015, the worksheet returns the width/height/length for the object bounding box, not the OIP values for the extrude for objects that are not in symbols. For objects that are in symbols, it will return the values based on how the object is drawn inside the symbol definition. Even if the symbol instance is rotated, it will still give you the "orthogonal" values from in the symbol definition. So, you will have to access the extrusions inside the symbol definitions instead of the symbol itself. The following Database Criteria will give the values of all extrusions. You will need to add some other criteria (probably a class would be best) for the extrusions inside the symbols to be able to limit the table to just the objects in the symbols. And if you do it this way, you will not be able to access the symbol names since the criteria is based on the extrudes and not the symbols. If you instead Name the extrudes in the data pane of the OIP, you can access that name with a formula of =N. Let me know if you have more questions.
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    How to report dimensions of symbols or objects in a worksheet

    Can you post a simple test file with a few of your symbols and a worksheet that is not giving the correct information? You may need to attach a record and use that to store the values and then use the stored values in the worksheet. A fairly simple script could be used to store the values.
  21. Can you ask the person who gave you the file to export it back to VW12?
  22. Then either it is corrupted or it is not a VW10 file. Could it be a VW 2010 file? That would be newer than the VW12 version you have and could be the reason it will not open. If that is the case you will need to find someone with VW2010 to open the file and Export it back to a VW12.5 format. The best option would be for someone with an actual version of VW2010. If you do a newer version it will first have to convert to the new version and then export back. More likely to lose data that way.
  23. It should just open. VW 12.5 is capable of opening and converting files back to at least Minicad 7. Put the file on your laptop. Open VW 12.5. Go to the File menu and choose Open. Navigate to the file. Click OK.
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    Hoist Symbol/ Plug-in Object

    Sorry for the delayed response. Red Symbols are automatically converted to a PlugIn Object upon insertion. I think that is a problem when used with the Hoist object. If you don't want this setting, select the Symbol in the Resource Browser, right click and choose Symbol Insertion Options and uncheck the Convert to PlugIn check box. Search the VW help for 'Symbol Types' for more information on the different types of symbols.
  25. Did you ever get this figured out? The 92903 number is about right for conversion of mm2 to ft2. Check the Area Units in the Document Preferences.


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