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DSmith2300

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  1. Welp... as it happened, my big GPU died a couple of days later. "POP!" it said!....and everything went black for a couple seconds before the onboard GPU took over and displayed on a single monitor in potato-resolution. New PC on the way.
  2. As title. Cannot find a way to stop the little arrow buttons in the landscape area style palette / plug-in object style option palette, to stop flickering when I mouse on / off over them. The rest of the program seems fine in this regard. No other flickers. Screen grab below taken fortuitously as flicker happened. (highlighted) Never seen this before. Luckily I'm not constantly in those palettes.
  3. OK, I've found out from other sources that the text file is "merely a record" and not importable to change current workspace. I should've grabbed the the whole .vww file before losing the PC. Oh well.
  4. Hi All, I am on a borrowed PC and need to import my workspace settings, which I managed to export from my original PC. It seems to merely be a text file. How do I re-import it into VW? (If I still had access to that PC, I'd go and grab the VWW file from C:\Program Files\Vectorworks 2021\Workspaces... but It's across town now.)
  5. Thanks Pat : Strangely enough those two polylines are happy to 'compose' in a fresh blank file. I do have "compose" but not "combine". And I really don't know what "join" is meant to do if not at the very least join two lines as one. Thanks.
  6. Hi, Still in Version 2021. Two polylines are refusing to join. I cannot see a "combine" function that everyone refers to. Only a "compose" command. The "join" command only shouts "DING" at me doesn't give a reason. The 'compose' command merely says nothing audible but does nothing either. I've copy and paint-bucketed 'all attributes' from one to the other to make sure that they are not having conflicts. They're on the same plane etc. Any advice??? Thanks
  7. Yes. I did go watch a few videos, perhaps not enough however as I still don't entirely understand what it's doing. Notably: Overlapping percentages of coverage able to equal more than 100% Getting multiple planting rates to play nicely together Trying to set up an object style that will stay constantly like I set it: distribution rates keep resetting themselves back to 'custom rate / fixed percentage' every time I look away / breathe. Not seeing a correct graphical interpretation of filling the area when selecting 'show 2d plants'
  8. Hello, I seem to have having a mystery issue with landscape areas not filling with plants. See attached screengrab. This blank areas varies as to plant spacing. If I show plants in 2D and hit 'random plant placement' then it fills up. But what If I don't want to show the graphics? And how can I be sure that the count is correct? OK Well two things. The other is I do not seem to understand the logic of how the plant numbers are calculated within landscape areas. For instance if I want 2 species at 5pm2 then they spread out ok and evenly. If I wish a third larger species to be placed within that mix at say .25pm2 (1 per 4m2 ) then it decides that there's no room and I'll only get 2 plants of that third species even though there's 182m2 to play with. I guess that I could just overlay loose plant symbols onto the landscape area, but that seems to defeat the purpose of the system. Currently reviewing VW university videos to try and understand spacing logic. Thanks for any help.
  9. Just discovered this issue. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGHHH
  10. I'm having this trouble currently... a year later and you still haven't gotten a reply. Why do these things always have to happen when a deadline is like, 5 minutes away!
  11. It would be helpful when exiting a plant symbol (or other symbol) edit, instead of taking a user back to the layout sheet view, it merely exited the symbol as the dialogue says.
  12. Gosh! Thanks SO much for all the answers and ideas flooding in. I'm really overwhelmed with the generosity.
  13. I'm really struggling with an unwanted 'sketch' effect on crops of images. I've read past posts and tried to turn off the option in the Render menu, but it refuses to budge. Have edited my workspace mode now to delete the insane default of using the same shortcut for 'sketch render' as the universal one for 'save as' (which developer thought that was good idea?!?!) It's only appearing in my image crops.. Not really funny since am working towards a deadline. It's now gotten so bad that the crop is not only wobbly edges, but has actual reversed-out so that only tiny slivers of the image are visible. This problem is on top of a vanishing dimension issue which had me screaming swear words at the screen at 1:30 am. - that's still not resolved either. Image: within crop mode Image: cropped
  14. Thanks Tony. The shadows were displaying, but refused to change direction. Of course this morning, when I woke the computer up and tried to change the settings again...voilà! They decide to change. Now that I've been on VW for almost a year, I find that my main gripe is the unpredictability of the program with things like this. I'm not sure what background process it thinks it needs to talk to, to eventually deign to follow a users instructions, or not. It's utterly baffling, and of course incredibly frustrating.
  15. Hi, I am currently(once again) trying to make sense of the plant shadow settings. The plans are simple 2D with some colour and shadow from the trees. I've tried setting it globally via document settings and then tried within individual plant styles. Neither budges the shadows at all, except within the sample direction animation in the settings box I've closed and opened the document. I've tried various tricks to try make it think about the settings, but to no effect. Any ideas? Is this a bug with SP4?
  16. I'll see if it crops up again. I'm well past that project now. Could've been a cursed file / bad hair day for VW.
  17. Hi, Up late and not thinking straight. I could've sworn that data tags used to work on labelling landscape areas; Species numbers etc. Does not seem to be working... I have tried in both annotation layer (where I'd really like it) and on the design layer itself. ???
  18. Thanks Tom. I have tried it in the design layer and yes it's somewhat easier. This of course means multiple design tag layers or tag classes if one does not wish to display them all on every page. The coordination of these can quickly get out of hand with multiple overlapping sheets on larger jobs. Hence the alleged ease of placing them in the annotation dimension within viewports.
  19. Copy from 'Site Design' to get wider viewing: Hi, A couple of us in the office are trying to use data tags instead of 'inbuilt' plant tags as a more flexible labelling option. An issue that we cannot seem to solve is that sometime when symbols overlap, the data tag refuses to recognise the other other plant unless pointed to an awkward, unsatisfactory edge of the symbol. This particularly happens with plant multiples where the large rectangular 'aura' of the species (rows, groups etc.) is much larger than the visible total of the actual symbols Is there a way to change the snapping focus on the fly? Something like 'ALT' or 'B' ? (tried these - no help) I've tried deleting a plant, creating a tag, then putting the plant back in and trying to create a another tag, but the focus merely shifts and is still incorrect. Many thanks for any help or suggestions.
  20. Hi, A couple of us in the office are trying to use data tags instead of 'inbuilt' plant tags as a more flexible labelling option. An issue that we cannot seem to solve is that sometime when symbols overlap, the data tag refuses to recognise the other other plant unless pointed to an awkward, unsatisfactory edge of the symbol. This particularly happens with plant multiples where the large rectangular 'aura' of the species (rows, groups etc.) is much larger than the visible total of the actual symbols Is there a way to change the snapping focus on the fly? Something like 'ALT' or 'B' ? (tried these- no help) I've tried deleting a plant, creating a tag, then putting the plant back in and trying to create a another tag, but the focus merely shifts and is still incorrect. Many thanks for any help or suggestions.
  21. I know this is an old post but it's been bugging me something awful and I want to raise this again. Has there been any proposed fix to this yet? Seems like such a basic thing to want to do: copy landscape area plant settings without having to jump through a dozen hoops.
  22. I've changed my mind again, sorry. I just tried to use that 'under fire' and it totally failed. Circles + text ----> Grouped---> grab corner and scale... nope. circles ended up halfway across the screen and text stayed where it was and still as small. Useless. Text should scale just as much as an object, and everything should scale up in proportion and in relative position with everything else selected. Why is this such a difficult concept for VW to get? These things on screen are just THINGS. Not sacred treaties to be individually negotiated according to specific cultural sensitivities. Me: "Hey scale this stuff please when I drag out a corner of the box surrounding the things" Adobe Illustrator (or ACAD): "Sure. Done." VW: "Oh. Well... it's complicated. You see; green circles like to do this on a Tuesday but not on a Friday. Purple circles won't scale f you've eaten bacon for lunch but are fine with ham sandwiches for dinner. Polylines will only scale if not rotated counter clockwise. A square is not just a closed poly line, it's a whole separate species so it will scale but will jump across the screen out of sight and away from the group which you just carefully arranged. Text won't do anything because it only believes in obscure conspiracy theories and won't leave the house. Symbols refuse to speak to anyone except their therapist."
  23. Actually Boh, I think you've just solved it for me. I hadn't played with those functions, so the 'single' mode is fine enough for a group. Still seems unnecessarily complicated. The one tool should just do all this without having to go up to the corner and switch modes. Anyway, thanks!
  24. Same problem. Grouped or ungrouped. Baffling.
  25. Thanks Pat. It still does really weird things to groups or multiple selections. Like decide to throw one object far away from the others. Utterly bizarre.
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