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  1. Francois Levy

    BIM to DWG

    PS I do not have your email address so am using private messaging on the forum. If you prefer email, find me at francois@levykohlhaas.com. Best, François
  2. Francois Levy

    BIM to DWG

    Hi Nina, I'm attaching a 2018 VWX file with a typical sheet layer we want to export. Again, we'd prefer for section viewports to export as flattened 2D geometry in model space with annotated, cropped paper-space viewports (like plan viewports do). As you can see, Exporting DWG from Vectorworks and reimporting the DWGs into a blank Vectorworks file imports section viewports as scaled, uncropped symbols. 19Z_export_test.vwx
  3. Francois Levy

    iMac advice for 2019

    Sounds like an SSD is a good idea, as well as adding 16 or 32GB to the base 8GB.
  4. Francois Levy

    iMac advice for 2019

    We're getting ready for a new iMac purchase. The $200 processor upgrade seems an obvious choice (to a .2GHz quad-core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz), and of course we'll beef up the RAM. Is there a functional limit to RAM, or does 64-bit VW use as much RAM as is available? What about a drive upgrade? I don't hear good things about Fusion drives; I think for our purposes a 1TB SSD is adequate storage and real-world performance has always seemed much snappier with SSDs. Anyone have any advice on Fusion drives?
  5. Francois Levy

    BIM to DWG

    Hi Nina, Thanks for your response. Are you suggesting that in order to achieve the desired DWG output, my section viewports should be on design layers? I've tested that and it doesn't seem to work. Here's what I did: —I created a sheet layer with three viewports: a top/plan viewport, a section viewport, and a "back" viewport. —For the sake of the "back" viewport I created a distinct design layer for a single section. There I created section viewport, populating it with the design layers where the model geometry occurs (source design layers), like an old school layer link. Other than this design layer section viewport, this design layer is empty. —Back on the sheet layer "back" viewport, I placed all annotations for the section drawing there, in its annotation space. Same for the sheet layer section viewport and sheet player top/plan viewport. —I exported the sheet layer as a DWG. Here's what I get: —When importing the DWG back into Vectorworks as a test, both sections come in pretty much the same, whether the sheet layer section viewport or the "back" viewport from a design layer viewport. —The section plane geometry is a scaled block, uncropped. —Annotations as well as the geometry beyond the section plane are 1:1 objects (hence out of scale) on the sheet layer itself. This is really not a usable outcome for my DWG recipient, and seems to be different in some respects from what you describe. Do I need to abandon sheet layers altogether to get the workflow I want? I need to figure this out by September 20th or so, and can share files with you offlist. Thanks!
  6. Francois Levy

    BIM to DWG

    We are working with another design firm on a project, and eventually need to hand off DWGs that they can use. Internally, we're employing a BIM workflow: 3D model of the project, viewports for plans and section viewports for interiors and sections. Ultimately we want to be able to export drawings (plans, sections, and interiors in sheet-layer viewports populated by design layer geometry) as DWG model-space entities (design layers) that are annotated and cropped on DWG sheet layers (paper space). Unfortunately, when we do a test DWG export of one of our sheet layers and re-import it back into a blank Vectorworks file, we get sheet layer viewports of plans (good), but scaled symbols in lieu of section viewports that are not even properly cropped (not so good). Is it possible to achieve what we want? Is this a matter of settings, or am I asking the impossible?
  7. I'm completing my second book on BIM in the next few days. I would like to include an eye-catching image of a representative, design-oriented architectural project produced with Revit. If you have any colleagues or associates using Revit who would like to share an exemplary project with me for publication, please contact me offlist: francois.levy.architect@gmail.com. I'd prefer a high-resolution rendering or composition of a smaller project, say under 20,000 SF. Thanks!
  8. Francois Levy

    Cinema 4D to Vectorworks

    Maxon lists these export formats for C4D that Vectorworks can also import: 3D Studio .3ds DXF STL Wavefront .obj I would guess that STL is polygons/meshes only, so probably not suitable for my purposes. I'll ask for 3DS, DXF, and OBJ and see which is the cleanest import into Vectorworks.
  9. Francois Levy

    Can you change the Sills class on Windows and Doors?

    By default, the Sills class is applied to the door leaf and swing arc in Top/Plan. You can override that in Settings/2D Visualization. Thanks to Door Styles, you can create default styles that eliminate the use of the Sills class for that door style (same is true for windows). When you insert a non-styled door (or window), however, the class will probably be re-created in your file, even if you deleted it.
  10. Francois Levy

    Cinema 4D to Vectorworks

    I know it's a backwards workflow, but I may have a new client soon who does concept/visualization in C4D, and I'd like to import their models into Vectorworks. They currently have this workflow: C4D --> SketchUp --> AutoCAD. Ultimately they should go: Vectorworks -->C4D, but I may or may not convince them to change their workflow. Meanwhile, can anyone tell me whether there's an export path from C4D to Vectorworks that preserves C4D NURBS? Their current workflow does not, obviously, and that's a headache for them.
  11. I'm testing a new MacBook Pro and I see a similar issue with 2018 SP2. Starting from a saved view (design layers, clip cube on, OpenGL), I turn off the clip cube, render in wireframe, then do a Final Quality Renderworks. All geometry disappears, though moving the cursor around activates pre-selection highlighting. Zoom out then zoom in clears it up and rendering can proceed as normal.
  12. Francois Levy

    Is there an easy way to create a Sheet Layer List?

    Thank you again Pat!
  13. Francois Levy

    Worksheet of Layers in File

    Thank you Pat!
  14. Francois Levy

    List All Classes in file

    Thanks, Pat! I needed this very script for my Design Summit Presentation! Is there a version for layers, separating design and sheet layers, and not alphabetizing them? I tried editing this one but swapping "layer" for "class" doesn't work... See you soon!
  15. I am teaching a Vectorworks workshop at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills over the weekend of November 19-20, 2011. Here's a link with more information: http://thedrafthorse.francoislevy.com/bay_area.html