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Francois Levy

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. Has anyone been using one of the new 13" MacBook Air machines? If so, how well is it running Vectorworks? Is the limited (4GB max) RAM a problem? What are your typical file sizes? Do you do much 3D modeling, and if so how complex are your models?
  5. Have you successfully exported a Vectorworks BIM model to DOE-2? If so, please message me or email me offlist : info AT francoislevy DAUGHT com.
  6. I am completing a book on sustainable architecture designed within a BIM workflow, focusing particularly on skin-load dominated buildings (i.e, smaller projects than those often associated with BIM). The book will be published by Wiley next year. I am concluding each of my chapters (e.g., Massing Analysis, Passive Cooling, Passive Heating, etc.) with an approximately 500-word case study of a notable project. I intend the case study projects to concretely demonstrate the use of the quantitative analysis potential of BIM to support design decisions for high-performance architecture. I'm specifically looking for architects who employ the quantitative analysis opportunities in BIM to design skin-load dominated sustainable buildings for better performance, firms that are to some degree using the "I" in BIM coupled with building geometry to make informed design decisions. This typically involves applying in schematic design or early design development some or several performance design guidelines (some of which have been around since the 1980s), and/or sharing the BIM file with subconsultants (energy modelers, etc.) late in design development or construction documentation. The later is commonly done but by then it's often too late to make significant design changes; the former is less common and the emphasis of my book. The subtext is that building performance can be a form-giver for climate-dominated architecture. If you or your firm is interested in contributing a Vectorworks project for a case study, please message me or email me offline (info AT francoislevy DOT com). I would prefer heretofore unpublished built projects, preferably under approximately 20,000 square feet/2 000 square meters. I am particularly interested in case studies for these topics: Innovative software use Passive Cooling Building Hydrology I regret that I am on a rather tight deadline, and need to move very quickly. Images should be of sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1500 pixels wide, TIFF format) for publication. Interior artwork will be in black and white, but color images should be sent in color (the publisher will convert them to gray scale). Fran?ois
  7. I think I may have answered my own question: http://www.vectorbits.com/VectorBits/vectorbits/Entradas/2008/1/8_Optimize_Drawing.html If anyone knows of another solution, please let me know...
  8. I seem to remember seeing a script once that deleted duplicate (superimposed) instances of the the same object. I looked for it over at the VectorDepot but it's not there. Does anyone know of such a script? Thanks in advance...
  9. I'm wondering if anyone on the list has exported a Vectorworks model to STL and output to a 3D printer. If so, I'd like to hear about your experience.
  10. Thanks Michael! Just what I was looking for. In 2010 you can use the Attribute Mapping Tool to position the hatch correctly in the wall.
  11. I'm curious if anyone has developed/found a batt insulation hatch (for use in wall components).
  12. You have to assign a class to the texture bed not from the Class pull-down menu (as you normally would), but by typing in a class name in the appropriate field (Class) via the Object Info palette, or upon creation. Assign the texture you want to the class whose name you typed in.
  13. I have a Vectorworks BIM workshop coming up this weekend (August 1-2) in the Bay Area, with another in Pittsburgh on August 15-16. Here's a link: http://is.gd/1dcIX. ABOUT THE CLASS The BIM Workshop is intended for users of Vectorworks ARCHITECT or DESIGNER (and even FUNDAMENTALS) who wish to integrate intelligent models into their design and documentation workflow. Topics covered include: * Using hybrid 2D and 3D parametric objects such as site models, walls, windows, doors, stairs, etc. * File organization and maximizing the effectiveness of classes, design and sheet layers, and viewports for efficiently extracting views of a building model * General 3D modeling * Embedding data in hybrid objects and generating tabular views (reports) such as door and window schedules, area takeoffs, and performance calculations * Team collaboration using workgroup references, including integrating DWG (AutoCAD files) in your workflow, and importing and exporting IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files For a preview of projects demonstrating some of these principles (and others) please see these two online movies (approximately 40 minutes in length each): http://download2.nemetschek.net/www_movies/Francois_Levy_AIA/Francois_Levy_AIA.html http://download2.nemetschek.net/Presentations/Levy_7shades_green.mov Macintosh workstations will be available for all participants, and participants are welcome to bring their own laptops with Vectorworks installed. Fast-paced and comprehensive, this training is helpful to Vectorworks users wanting to take their expertise to the next level. For more information, email me info AT francoislevy DOT com
  14. I'd like to save myself some trial and error time on this. Does anyone have a preferred export format for best quality animations? Video, PNG, MPEG, etc.? Which produces the best quality (least pixellated) in a broadly digestible format? I've been typically rendering in FQRW using Video format, as in my experience most people can view that, but even at highest quality I get some pixellation, particularly with raking light (low sun on a DTM hillock, for example). Anyone have any favorites?
  15. I have Vectorworks BIM workshops coming up in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Pittsburgh: http://is.gd/1dcIX
  16. I am seeing one of my students with a similar problem (VW 2209 Student Version, Windows). Is this a known issue with the student version, to avoid circumventing watermarking?
  17. I strongly agree that direct editing of the model from a Viewport and especially a Section Viewport is an essential direction VectorWorks should take.
  18. Did I miss something, or are stairs now only in 3D? I seem to have misplaced the draw in 2D only option. Can anyone set me straight?
  19. Does anyone know of a script or worksheet function which will return the Z-coordinate of a specified PIO? Thanks in advance!
  20. I seem to be missing the Site Modifier as an option of object types to convert to in 'Modify/Convert Objects from Polyline...' I usually work in Designer, and am on a colleague's workstation with Architect installed. Is 'Convert Polyline to Site Modifier' a Landmark/Designer only command?
  21. I've noticed that from time to time textures which had been applied at a 90? rotation to extrusions will flip back to 0?. Is anyone else experiencing this? Is this a known bug? Anyone know what triggers this behavior? Unfortunately this is one of those that's hard to predict or reproduce ...
  22. Hi Pete, I don't entirely agree. Individual objects need not be selectable in the VP window; there could just be a toggle in the classes column (next to visibility) for "VP overrides object attributes". Another approach would be to make objects selectable within the Annotations Space itself (that's a taller order of course). I don't know how much engineering effort is required. We can already override graphic attributes by class; it seems a small thing to allow them by object. But of course seemingly trivial features can actually involve daunting coding. As to your larger point: I think these kinds of requests actually have everything to do with making VPs "work". In private conversations with NNA, I like many others I am sure have pointed out that there exist in VPs graphically conflicted interests, borne out of the fact that an object may be required to appear one way in plan, another in elevation, yet another in section, and be represented in yet another way in a rendering. Overriding attributes in VPs in effect allows me to assign multiple attributes to the same class. I suppose another way to go about it would be to give every class multiple (user-defined) attribute panes. Each class could have a plan appearance, elevation appearance, section characteristics, etc. In essence that already exists to some degree with classes assigned both RenderWorks textures and 2D graphic attributes. I think your caution is valid, though, that such systems could collapse under their own weight and be either buggy or unusable. Ultimately, I'd like to see "smart" elevations and sections (i.e., VPs) that "know" to lighten line weights as elements recede in the background (preferable controlled by a simple slider by the user).
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