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Grant M

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  1. I'm with you Ken.

    Whilst there are work arounds for this problem its something a cad program should be able to automate.

    I want to be able to join intersecting roof faces in the same manner as joining walls. And in the same vein since we no longer have to manually join walls to a roof I'm hanging out for the day we don't have to maually edit roof plane intersections

  2. Joel

    Here is a thread, although it relates to servers so won't really help you.

    I'm not sure what could cause the problem when working directly off the hard disk.

    I have encountered similar issues when transfering files between computers that have differing versions of vectorworks installed, although again that would appear to not apply to your situation.

    Sorry i can't suggest anything else.


  3. Sim, I've also experienced this a few times since we started working off a server. It seems to happen randomly.

    We use the autosave to separate file and also have a rotating backup for the server - it has saved us a couple of times.

    Joel, there was a similar thread last year i think - you may be able to find more info by searching this board if you haven't already.

  4. If you are referring to the line defaults being corrupted by ACAD (a regular occurance in my experience) i get around this by importing ACAD data into a new blank file and then copying the info into the VW file where it is needed.

    This avoids the line types being corrupted in the target file.

  5. Robert

    Yes I realise I can control the database definition after it has been created. The spaces are on a single layer and defined by space name and occupant name and area.

    However I need to do further calculations on every space, so it becomes time consuming for a large project to define each one in the worksheet. Its easier to export the worksheet to excel, but of course i lose the live update capability then if a space is altered.

    As a work around I tried to reference individual cells to elsewhere in the worksheet but it doesn't accept a subrow reference - b2.1 for example just shows in the cell as typed rather than the content of cell b2.1.

    Is there a way to reference sub cells?

    Is there a programming reason stopping the initial worksheet creation placing the data into normal rows rather than creating subrows?



  6. I've used the create report command to make a worksheet from spaces and am left with sub-rows listing each space. I have 3 spaces per building and would like to summarise the areas of each unit and add formulas to calculate carparking etc.

    There seems to be no way to insert rows within the subrows, or select single cells in adjacent columns.

    Am I faced with having to manually create the worksheet and retrieve the records in order to have the worksheet in a presentable format?

    Any advice on creating schedules from space planning is appreciated.



  7. Editing a symbol is working in isolation from the rest of the drawing though isn't it. It would be useful to edit angled buildings in context.

    Maybe a "show objects while in symbol" checkbox could be useful. (to the particular instance of the symbol)

  8. Yep that book sounds interesting.

    I remember Julian Carrs 3d manager add on for VW8 that allowed users to create pretty impressive curved stairs, among other things.

    Haven't played with the extrude along path tools in VW11 much but does anyone know whether such things can still be made with a plug-in or similar?


  9. I'm using a G5 imac at work and its ok. Until recently it only had 256mb of ram which made it a bit slow, but works pretty well now with 768mb so your 2gb should be fine.

    When the processor is working harder the fan winds up to an annoying whine which can be disconcerting, although its never overheated.

    I haven't done any modelling or rendering on it so can't comment on performance when its really being pushed by Vectorworks.

    I find using idvd and classic applications stress it more than VW.


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