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  1. Very strange.

     

    Try this. Go to Vectorworks Preferences:User Folders pane. Click the Reveal in Finder button at the top right.

     

    Navigate to 2020 and then to the Workspaces folder.  What workspaces are listed there?  My gut tells me that somehow you got a bunch of old workspaces stored in your User folder.  If you find workspaces named Fundamentals and Architect, drag them to your desktop and restart VW. Go to Tools:Workspaces and select Architect again. That should get you  the default 2020 Architect workspace.

     

    HTH. Good Luck.


  2. It is likely that the schedule is double (triple/quadruple) counting your doors because it is counting the version in the model as well as the version in each viewport.

     

    Edit the criteria of the schedule (Worksheet View menu, Show Database Headers. Right Click on the Database Row header (3,  not 3.1, 3.2, etc.) and choose Edit Criteria. Add a criteria to specify only the model layers that you want to show the doors on.

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  3. I can't comment on all, but VW expects the Exterior to the the "left" (viewed from the wall starting point) side of the wall. You can either flip the door/window or reverse the direction of the wall if you did not draw it "clockwise."

     

    Could this be your lip/stool on the outside?

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  4. This can be caused by use the letter O instead of the number 0 (zero) or the letter I instead of the number 1.

     

    I believe that VW serial numbers do not container the letter O and I so make sure you are not typing them that way.

     

    Also, serial numbers are version specific, so if you are trying to use an old serial number for an updated version of VW you will have a problem.


  5. Finally, the perfect use case for Rotated Plan View.

     

    Rotate the plan so the wall in question is horizontal or vertical. Use the Constrained Linear Dimension tool to enter your door and window dimensions on that wall. Un-Rotate the plan (did you know that simply going back to Top/Plan [Zero on the number pad] will unrotated the drawing?) and you will have non-orthogonal Constained Linear Dimensions that you can double click and change and move the doors/windows.

     

    Cool!!

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  6. I just tried with a cube and it converted to mesh and then to Generic Solid. Sounds like you might have edited the mesh so it is not closed?

     

    Perhaps try and add a solid that surrounds the mesh, select both and Intersect Solids. Then convert to Generic Solid.?

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  7. You can only snap to vertices, not to a generic point on the object. So you might not be able to snap exactly in line with your start point but rather pick the center or edge of the jamb that is closest. The slight difference in the length due to the angle should not be a problem with typical construction dimensions.


  8. Make sure you zoom in or use the Snap Loupe to ensure that both ends of the dimension are actually snapped  (small green square around the snapped to point) to objects. And make sure one of the ends snaps to part of the wall and one snaps to part of the door.

     

    I just did it here with a non-orthogonal wall and and Unconstrained dimension. When I changed the dimension the wall shifted position, but that was because I started the dimension on the door. When I started on the wall it worked as you wanted and the door moved.


  9. That is exactly what Nikolay was trying to explain.

     

    The grey band is the difference between the paper size and the printable area. This will vary depending on the printer. And it will only be visible on Sheet Layers, not on the design layer. 

     

    So for my printer with the page setup set to 1 page horizontally and 1 page vertically I get the following which shows the default printable area of the printer centered in the 8.5 x 11 inch page.

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    If I then change the Printer Setup so that I use the Borderless (margin less/edge to edge) setting I get the following.

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    So If you want to always have the wider margins, you might have to create custom paper sizes/margins in your printer to get what you are looking for.

     

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  10. The "outer" boundary line of the TBB object is controlled by the Crop Marks line weight on the Sheet Zone/Grids pane.

     

    But there is a bug. The line draws exactly at the edge of the page, so 1/2 of the line is outside of the printable area. I already submitted a bug for this. The best work around for now is to set the out line weight to twice the inner line weight if you want them to look the same in exported PDFs.

     


  11. Add a second text block to your data tag and use set it to Use Dynamic Text and link it to an IFC Wall preset. If you really don't want to see the text set the text size to 0.1 (will make it very small like a dot on the page). 

     

    This will make the tag only associate with objects that have that IFC pset attached.


  12. Thanks for the pointer @Andy Broomell.

     

    I have started to referring to the Drawing Scale as a fixed zoom level rather than a scale.

     

    Since in VW you "always" draw things at actual "size" (in you want a 10 meter long wall, you draw a wall that is 10 meters long no matter what scale the layer is at), you don't ever have to think about adjusting object sizes. If it is too big to fit on the page size, change the scale (zoom) and boom the same object fits on the page. If it is too small (need a bigger detail), change the scale and the object is now bigger.

     

    The term scale seems to confuse a lot of people coming from other programs which is why I have started referring to it as a zoom instead of scale.

 

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