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DSmith2300

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  1. Gosh! Thanks SO much for all the answers and ideas flooding in. I'm really overwhelmed with the generosity.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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. ???
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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."
  12. 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!
  13. Same problem. Grouped or ungrouped. Baffling.
  14. 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.
  15. I am once again asking about the resize tool. This is the most awful, useless thing since the invention of square wheels. All I want to do is select an object or several objects or a group, and scale proportionally in simple, logical fashion. I want to be able to just grab the tool and do it on the fly. I don't want to have to go into a sub-menu and then carefully jump through several button clicks to do it either if I don't need that precision. Just grab it by corner or side handle, Scale (holding SHIFT to ensure that everything in the selection stays exactly proportional unless I want it loose), Bam! Done. Next. Trying to use it honestly makes me want to throw my computer across the room. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make it work.
  16. Has there been any update on this? I'm really struggling with the Landscape Area logic also.
  17. Thanks Jonathan. I really think the term 'extra-super-duper eyedropper' is far more elegant, mysterious, and should definitely be included into the VW literature. My current class / layer hygiene/ discipline is pretty raw at the moment. So I've got a lot of room for improvement anyway. Cheers
  18. Thanks Pat, A colleague just showed me that the easiest way accomplish what I need is to change one dimension and use the extra-super-duper eyedropper (Ctrl +Alt) to keep creating new dims just like that. It's not a permanent thing in the resources, but done done on the fly. Fair enough. I was probably over-complicating things. Have a good New Year.
  19. Hello all, As a newby I am still coming up with questions which may be silly. Is there a way to create a dimension style which only comes up with a standard text leader ( "EQ") instead of the measurement? Some sort of symbol / label which you scale / stretch on first use like a dimension? Thanks for the help!
  20. AutoCAD LT handle text a LOT better than VW, and it's nowhere close to something like Illustrator etc. It wouldn't take very many 'features' to improve VW control.
  21. Thanks Zoomer. I know about the tracking slider, and in my humble (but correct) opinion, it's garbage. I use it because I have no other option. Spacing out letters in their own boxes makes an absolute mockery of the last 40 years of computer graphic interfaces. I have the feeling this sums up VW for me. Great for counting plants, but tortuously inefficient for actual graphic processes. "like drawing with your good hand tied behind your back" I believe was a quote I saw in the forum somewhere.\ Don't get me started on the lack of polyline editing shortcuts.
  22. It is indeed hilarious in a sad way that there is more control in the forum pages than in the actual program. Zoomer: I'll dig around a bit more to find this kerning control, but I certainly couldn't see anything in my first look. Thanks
  23. Hi, I'm still new to VW and while I'm slowly beginning to enjoy some of its functions, I keep coming across frustrations which seem a big disappointment in the software. I've mentioned this before but it seems more and more pressing every time I use VW for presentation documentation: lack of real kerning /tracking control. As someone coming from a graphic design background, it makes me squirm with embarrassment to output documents which have such glaringly awful typography setouts. I'd like to avoid having to take PDFs into another program merely to do labels on maps etc. Attached is a sample of the problem. The letters K,I,N are not spread out enough to be proportional with the rest of the letters. This is magnified with the tracking (INFO PALETTE) set to maximum in the closest approximation of mapping styles for road names etc. I understand the inbuilt letter-based kerning proportions that VW is using, but unfortunately that is incorrect for anything other than body text. Adding spaces in between the offending letters helps a little but is still wrong, and it pains me greatly. Can VW PLEASE add in a little more control to to stop people with a few typography bones from weeping uncontrollably. Or... let me know where I can find controls that I have not yet discovered? Thanks!
  24. Thanks Tom, I agree that's a useful method for accurate scaling. As for "allow you to quickly take dims direct from the drawing which speeds up the process considerably!" I'm afraid I humbly disagree. The time is very quickly multiplied when doing all those extra steps in drilling into menus and sub sub menus and clicking at least 5 times within in it. The quickest (and not nesc any less accurate method if using snaps correctly) would be to use a simple grabbing modifier and simply pull the offending group /object bigger /smaller, just like the Illustrator example I've given previously. ALT (for a centre anchor) + SHIFT (proportional) + grab a corner and go. Bang, done. Next. I understand now that this bit of UX is unavailable in VW, but I'd hope the dev team might see fit to include it one day. Still curious to know why the fixed point scale doesn't work as described.
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