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  1. For the record, I dislike Python and am not very good at it. But it looks like you are getting the area, but never actually getting the handle to the Space Object so it has nothing to set the class of.
  2. Do you possibly have the Foreground Render settings set to Sketch? or to Hidden Line with the Line Render Option to Sketch Hidden Line?
  3. Sounds like a corrupted user folder. There are a number of post here on the board about rebuilding or replacing your user folder. Of if you are not comfortable in messing with hidden folder, call Tech Support and they will be happy to walk you through the process.
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    If you save an unlimited number of backups then you will have an unlimited number of files you have to look through to find what you are looking for. The typical configuration of backups would be something like every 10 operations for one day, One per hour for a week, One per week for a month, then one per month as archive forever. Or what I do is only worry about backups of the actual working file that I manually save. All of the Autosaved backups are only for very recent data recovery and are all purgeable. I have VW set to store all of those backups in a single location which I then purge about every 3-6 months.
  5. Unfortunately, the Drawing Number and Sheet Title are actually not Record.Field instances, but rather data that is stored as part of the Layer. It is accessible from a script, but I don't think it is accessible in a standard worksheet.
  6. If you don't mind your title block being smaller on smaller page sizes, you could edit the Style and change the Title Block Pane, Scale Factor to be By Instance instead of By Style and then you can change the size on a by instance basis.
  7. OK, I just had more time to read your post. Shorcuts are drive specific. That means that when you moved the folders to the new server it is probably using shortcuts to the old server that it can't access. There is ZERO reason to have shortcuts between the Workgroup and User folder. VW has three levels of hierarchy from which it draws it's resources, the Applications Folder, the Workgroup Folder, and the User Folder. In each of those folders there should be a lot of folders and files, but the most important sets are Libraries:Defaults, and Libraries:Object Styles. Inside each of these is a long list of specifically named folders that contain VW files containing resources that are called upon for setting Object Styles and showing Default Content for various tools. If a file with the exact same name exists in two or more levels of the hierarchy, then the one closest to the user wins. So the objects in the User Folder will be used instead of the ones in the Workgroup Folder. And if there is nothing in the User Folder, then the Workgroup Folder will be used instead of the data in the Application Folder. Since VW handles all of the picking between the different folders, you do not need shortcuts. Personally, I believe you need to be very careful about using a single User Folder shared among different users. Too much chance of fighting preference changes, or different options being set by another user. But other who actually use a shared User Folder (@Zoomer are you the one using the shared User Folder) have reported that they have no problems. HTH
  8. Are you sure you have the location of your Workgroup folder set properly in Vectorworks Preferences? I seem to remember it picking a different level of the folder hierarchy than I intended when I was first setting up my Workgroup folder.
  9. I don't know about iMacs, but MacBooks have the option of using either Built In Graphics or External Graphics (at least the high end models). I found last week that I had the External Graphics turned off that was making things very slow. For me it was in the Battery Control Panel in System Preferences. For an iMac it might be Power? It is called Automatic Graphics Switching. With this turned off, the external graphics card is always used to get the best performance.
  10. We don't know what you think is wrong in the photo you posted. You will have to tell us what to look for, what you think is wrong, and what you want it to look like or do. ;-)
  11. Try selecting the Space tool. On the Mode Bar choose the Settings Icon. Make sure that nothing is set for Zone there. Or if you are using Styles for spaces, you will need to check each style and make sure that the Zone is not set By Style and that nothing is set as default. Or it might be something else.
  12. You will need to contact technical support or customer support directly. This in not a problem that can be easily solved on the forum. 410.290.5114
  13. You always have to drag from an object, not from a blank part fo the drawing. Do the marquee (or hold down shift and click to add items to a selection or remove existing items from the selection). Then move the mouse pointer over one of the selected objects. You should see a change in the highlighting of that object. See the different shade of green in the bottom wall that I am hovering over. Then Click and Drag and the entire selection will move.
  14. It sounds like the new server is not set properly to allow everyone access to the required shared folders.
  15. It looks like spaces can be assigned to Multiple Zones from the Occupancy Pane of the Space Settings dialog box. I think if you get each space set to only a single zone you might have your solution.
  16. Probably the zone data you are using for the spaces is not exactly the same as the zone data you are using in the Visualization. Can you post a screen shot of your Visualization setup?
  17. I have an almost functional version that is displaying the Name, Description, Elevation and Scale. I don't think the Sorting Order is displayed in the OIP is available via script. The default order that you get the layers is they "inverse" of the stacking order. i.e from the bottom of the list up to the top. We could fix that in the script if necessary. I have another script floating around about getting tag data that could be incorporated. If I remember correctly, all of the tags have to be read out at once. Do you want the Tag field to show all the tags associated with the layer? How do you want the final output? Your list above, a space and then the list from the next layer? Or one layer in each column? Can you post a file showing a few layers with your typical descriptions and tags I can use to test?
  18. I thought I had done something like that but I can't find it right now. I will look harder after dinner.
  19. =Concat('DB Markers'.'Type', '.', 'DB Markers'.'Deck') Concat is short for Concatenate and is used to combine multiple strings together. It is also smart enough to convert numbers into strings to combine them. Each bit of text is separated by a comma. Litteral strings (things you are typing in) need to be surrounded by single quote marks. In the example above that is '.' (Single quote, Period, Single Quote). Records are identified by the Record Name period Field Name. 'DB Markers'.'Type'. It is good practice to use single quotes around the record and field names, but it is not required unless the contain a space character. A simple test to try is to type text into cells A, B, and C. I am assuming row 3. Set the formula for cell D3 to =Concat(A3, B3, ' ', C3) and see what that does. Ask again if this is not clear enough.
  20. It actually sounds like you are misunderstanding Scales in VW. Always draw object at real world dimensions using the rulers and Vectorworks measuring abilities. Layer Scale is not actually a scale, but rather just a preset zoom value. You do not (should not/can not) draw something to scale and have it work right. If you were drawing a shoe box on a layer with a Layer Scale of 1:1 you would draw it about 12 inches long x 8 inches wide x 5 inches tall. At 1:1 scale this would take up most of your screen. If you were to draw the same thing on a layer at 1:4 scale you would still make the object 12 x 8 x 5 using the built in measuring tools, but at 100% zoom it would only take up about 1/4 of your screen. Page Based symbols are only for things that you want to always display at the same size regardless of what scale the layer you place them on. Things like North Arrows, Approval stamps, etc. Everything else should be drawn as a World based symbol and it will automatically display in correct dimensions for the layer you place them on. In the example above is you drew the symbol on a 1:1 layer but them inserted it into a 1:4 scale layer, it would display at 1/4th the size, but using the built in measuring tools it would still be the correct dimensions. If this is not clear enough, ask again and I will try to explain it better.
  21. Fill Patterns are a very old technology and were designed at a time when 72 dpi was state of the art. Now with monitors running upwards of 200 dpi, those patterns are 3 times smaller. Your best option is to give up on fills and switch to Hatches that are designed to be more resolution independent. ps. send me your current email so I can update you on the LA Users Group list.
  22. In Reports (Database fields), all data must be either integral to the object (ie dimensions, class, layer, etc.) or in a Record.Field combination. It can be ANY record.field that you want. So create a Record (named MyNotes [ or whatever you want the name to be]) with a Field (named Note1 [OWYWTHTB]). Attach this record to the objects to be displayed in your report. Create a new column in the report with a formula of =MyNotes.Note1. Now anything you type into that column will be stored in the record and recalled when you recalculate the worksheet. You can edit the data either in the worksheet or in the Data pane of the OIP. Having to attach the record to each object makes it less than ideal, but this is currently the only way to get freeform text entry in to a database. Some PIOs (Doors, Windows, maybe others) have User Fields in the PIO Record that could be used for this instead of the custom record format.
  23. I fairly regularly use Show/Snap/Modify Others with layers, but I usually am working on 2D schematic drawings. If I am working on 3D models I usually use just Show/Snap Others. @Dean Raymann Tell us a little more about what you are trying to do and we might be better able to help. What do you want Grey and why?


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