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  1. Andy Kovach

    custom selections

    Here's an alternative to custom search that may help. See first response by jfmarch http://techboard.nemetschek.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=004444
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    Finding a symbol in a drawing.

    Use custom selection From Menu pull down Organize>Custom Selection window opens, pick "Select Only" and "Create Script", then click "Criteria" window opens, from left field pull down to "symbol", click the browse button to right of empty field. find the symbol in the resourse browser that opens, select it, click "OK", give script a name. Then go to layers and classes turn everything on. Set Layer and class visibility to "show snap modify". Then run the script by double clicking it. If the symbol is on a layer that has the same scale as the active layer, it will be selected. Look in the info pallet for the symbol's location- how many etc. Make the symbol's layer active then set layer visibility to "active only" to help see it. Zoom in. The selected symbol(s) will center on the screen. With the symbol selected you'll at least be able to see its selection handles if it's behind something. If an even number of symbols have been place one on top of another, you won't see selection handles. Check the info pallet for the number selected. If this doesn't work, set layer visibility to show snap modify, then try a layer with a different scale. I think you'll need to run the script again for each differnt scale.
  3. Andy Kovach

    Where should I Print? (kinkos)

    Re printer driver I simply create custom pages for "Any Printer" Mac OSX Never a problem so far Since reprographics shops print from rolls you can specify goofy sizes, like 36x25. Sometimes it's easier to use slightly larger paper.
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    Where should I Print? (kinkos)

    When you call around for prices, ask if there is an extra charge for printing the first set of a multi-copy order. Some reprographics shops charge a plotting fee (also called ripping) for the first set even when you give them PDF files instead of plot files. Last time I checked Kinkos only charged for the copies. I have 36" wide Calcomp 720c inkjet plotter gathering dust in the corner. It did a nice job more than half the time when I used it, but nowhere near as nice as the ouput from a reprographics shop. I'll use it again if I move away from an urban area...maybe not.
  5. Andy Kovach

    accuracy

    Robert Anderson responds to similar question http://techboard.nemetschek.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=000355 With a little experimenting I was able to get good results. But I was placing a model in a rural landscape with buildings on two sides. An urban setting might have taken a bit more experimenting
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    Acrobat color is off

    Problem solved its a Mac problem that also causes finder buttond to display improperly. here's the fix: Open system prefs, change the monitor color settings for both crts to generic,closed system prefs, restarted finder then all was normal. PDFs created in vectorworks display properly. Web images from my favorite blogs are correct as well. This has worked for about an hour now.
  7. I sent an Architectural Site plan (DWG format) to a civil engineer. He complained that it contained Autocad splines and that it was very hard to work with. What is an Autocad spline? Why is it hard to work with? How should I prepare my files to make life easier for AC users? VW 10.5.1 Mac version
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    searching this site

    Kevin Lots faster. Almost instant. NAA grinds and grinds before displaying search results. Many of google searches are cashed so display is very quick. I don't know if google searches pick up everything.
  9. I find that I spend too much time searching. Something that has made my searches much faster is to use google to search the site. Use the following: site:techboard.nemetschek.net (then insert keywords here without the paraentheses) any other suggestions would be appreciated
  10. Andy Kovach

    New ceiling grid tool won't center

    By default the control point is at 00. On my first try with the tool this was at the upper left corner. it looked like an object corner handel. When I click-dragged it I found the control point. This is a lot more intuitive than working with hatches. Thanks!
  11. Andy Kovach

    set 3d view to align w/background photo

    Thanks Robert The "perspective depth factor" must be the custom perspective value in the Perspective field of "View>Perspective". Do any of the view tools, (Flyover, Walkthru or Translate) provide similar manipulation?
  12. What are the steps in the process get a model view to align with a site photograph? I want to make a perspective view of a building that will allow me to show context that is supplied by a photo. The photo will provide the background buildings street and vegetation of adjoining property. I have my building modeled including paved surfaces and existing refenence objects. I've planned my camera position so that with a 50? cone of vision I see some of the adjacent buildings. I assumed that if I took my photo of the site without zoom or telephoto I could use it as a background by taking a "set 3d view" from the same location and with "Normal" view. I can't seem to get the reference objects I've modeled to align with the photo.
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    VW 10.5.1 very slow in OSX

    OS10.2.8 and VW 10.5x Mac G5 1.6 single 1.25 G ram I was having trouble with speed of selection and moving objects. Everything seemed to take an extra second. After trying Katie's suggestion and a couple other changes the hesitation is gone. here's what I did: 1. Restarted 2. Used coctail to repair permissions, cron scripts, purge cashes and cookies and prebind system 3. Quit all programs except VW and QuickKeys 4. Modified permissions of VW changing from Nobody to Me (does this make any difference?) 5. Removed a 4 files that were cluttering the desktop. Questions: I run Cocktail at least once a week. Is this often enough? How often should my computer be restarted? Why? With over a Gig of ram, can't I keep Mail, Safari and Preview open allways? If not,why not? Last, if I toss the Mac and get a PC will this difficulty cease?
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    key stroke to get out of info pallet

    Cool Is there a key stoke to enter it without mousing as well?
  15. Is there a way to get out of the editable fields in the info pallet without mousing? I can't break the habit of hitting a key to call a tool while still in an editable field. The result is that an "x" most often replaces any text I've just typed. Command I works to close the pallet but is difficult to reach with the left hand (right hand is usually on mouse) Greatful for any tips

 

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