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  1. quote: Originally posted by tibwag: Hi -- I'm new to this list but not new to VW. I started using it in its MiniCad persona at about version 4, so I'm not new at all. However, this upgrade to 11.5.1 is driving me nuts! I don't like it at all! Now i have to admit, I upgraded from 9.2, and I know that's a huge jump, but this is ridiculous. I'm on a Mac powerbook G4, also new, and running OS 10.3, and using a Wacom tablet. Again, I've been using a tablet for years to work with VW, but this isn't a happy combo. VW seems much slower than the old version on my old Mac G3 powerbook (OS 9.2), and it randomly scrolls down the drawing for no reason. I'm also findng the symbols hard to use -- double clicking has to be done more than once to change from one to the next, and editing them is silly. A separate menu for that? And why, when I do edit a symbol, does VW tell me each time I insert the new symbol, that it can't be grouped while in a wall? Help me! I'm going to have to google the "Wacom tablet". Any comments on tablet? Good luck tibwag thanks, dp
  2. I was working on a drawing that was started on a different machine. The person working on this file was experiencing problems. The drawing would not refresh itself after an object was moved (you have to zoom out to see the results). I thought it his machine, but later I started working on the file and was having the same results. any ideas?
  3. quote: Originally posted by PeterT: If you don't use colors in your drawings, as we do not, there is a slick way of doing exactly what you want. Activate the document preference for "Use Layer Colors", create a layer link as you have done, and in the "Layers" dialog, set the line color of the layer your link is on to whatever shade of grey you like. We do this with excellent results. We have our "Base Plan" layer set to black lines and grey fill, and our "Screened Base" layer (the linked layer) set to grey lines and white fill. For the Floor Plan sheet we display the "Base Plan" Layer. For our Foundation Plan, Framing plan, Electrical Plan sheets we display the "Screened Base" layer. Once you are using layer colors however, you cannot set individual colors in you drawing. So if you draft a la autocad, with many colors displaying in your drawing, this technique is not for you. You can , of course, toggle "Use Layer Colors" on and off to get around this. (i.e. draft in color, then switch to layer colors when you print) Thank you for the help. We will give it a try!
  4. quote: Originally posted by islandmon: And of course you can use the Class Attributes to specify the exact grey color for the lines. When plotting B/W I use variations of red to get the greys. Hello islandmon, The situation we are having is to make a copy of a plan that is linked to the original plan, and then having the option to gray out the plan. So when changing the original plan you only have to change it once.
  5. Thanks Peter- Yes, choosing the light gray diamond is to light. I been trying to use the layer link tool and class setting to control the line weight. I would be grateful for your help. David
  6. We would like copy the floor plan and "gray" the lines, so we can do a framing plan over top of grayed-out plan. I tried doing a layer link, but could not get the layer link layer to turn into a gray pattern. We would like the gray plan to update also when the plan changes. Is their a better way of doing this? hopefully this makes sense. Thank you David [ 07-21-2005, 08:48 AM: Message edited by: david p ]
  7. ....once it has been created, the viewport properties can be edited in the Object info palette...
  8. how can i update layers in a viewport? can't seem to find the right place to do this... thank you, david
  9. hatches: Associative and Static problem w/ the Attribute palette... i used the Tool menu and the concrete hatch seems to work...
  10. quote: Originally posted by david bertrand: I just received my copy of "VectorWorks by Project," by Smith & Massaccesi. It's a tutorial with a CD and looks excellent. It walks the user step by step through little projects, hopefully teaching us the most efficient way to draw. I'll report more after I've had a chance to study it. It's available from www.nicolasbooks.com for US $34.15 complete. david, what release of VW does the book cover? does it cover viewports? thanks, david p
  11. I have been working on this and have tried a few different things... drawing "A" has the correct concrete hatch In drawing "B" I go to the Resource Browser and drag & drop the concrete hatch into the drawing. At that point the concrete hatch has already changed. I'm not sure how to fix this problem? thanks jfmarch, anymore ideas? David
  12. Hello, I copied a hatch pattern (concrete) and changed the scale. Now the pattern doesn't look like the original concrete pattern. I believe that it has something to do with the dash factor. Also, when I'm in the edit dialog box of the hatch the preview and the final hatch are different. Thanks, David
  13. thanks everyone for the help! happy holidays! -david
  14. quote: Originally posted by Katie: David- Check mark Print as Raster to get rid of the thicker diagonal lines. thanks katie but we have already tried this before. i would like to try the other way to see if their is a difference. need help with PPD and VW info...
  15. Kevin, it was easy to copy/paste from Word into VW, but the structure of the existing text was lost. trying to get the text back into the original order takes to long. editing the text(text editor window) and the finish object (object that you can drag around) of the text are not the same in VW.... thanks, david
  16. quote: Originally posted by Kevin: I have always used copy/paste to transfer text from my word processor to VW. I use Wordperfect for the Mac, which is no longer made. I found that it helps to remove multiple font settings prior to copy. So I simply select all and change all text to one font size, type and style. An alternate is to export that file as a text file and then copy that text to VW. The text file export I assume removes the specificity of the wordprocessor program and makes it generic text. I avoid using bit map images whenever possible as they are memory hogs and are not editable. thanks Kevin- the tabs in the original doc are lost with the copy/paste. do you have to adjust all the text?
  17. quote: Originally posted by CipesDesign: Look under the 2d polygon tool for a tool call "regular polygon". If it is not there, try editing your workspace to add it :-) BINGO, i had to edit my workspace! thank you, david
  18. i would like to draw simple geometric shapes (hexagons, octagon, pentagon, etc) i can't find a command for this. AutoCad had a command that you could pick the # of sides...
  19. i would like to use distiller for a better PDF. the line weight with the Mac OS is killing me! -thanks
  20. i need help with the set up of a virtual printer (Adobe).
  21. i'm trying to add some specs to the drawing sheets of a project. the original text is from MicroSoft Word. i started by saving the word document as a PDF, then imported them into VW. OK this works, but i have to send the drawings to the printers as a PDF. the second generation of PDF image makes the resolution of the text unreadable. copy/ paste of the text from Word to VW is a disaster!!! any tricks?
  22. Thanks Robert- I wish we would upgrade to Architect! d
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