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  1. Thanks jan15.

    I was thinking if the default could be changed then i could set it to another tool i use a lot and toggle between the 2 tools faster.... much like the boomerang mode in version 8....before NNA "improved it"

  2. Larry I put this on the wish list last year so haven't been holding my breath for a solution.

    As an alternative to the options mentioned by others you can do this: (doesn't work with sheet layers & viewports)

    Set the print area to how many pages you need. Organise your drawing to suit. When you print to pdf you will get a multipage pdf.

    Obviously this is only practical for a simple drawing setup because everything needs to be on screen at the same time. i have found it useful for promotional material by using a layer for images and a layer for text and just laying out the pages side by side. Press print only once and get a multi page pdf.

  3. Philip

    I too am astounded at the poor quality of your pdf shots. I don't have acrobat and so use the OSX pdf option. My pdfs are virtually identical to the vectorworks output.

    Do you have the same problems with pdfs from text documents or other graphics programs?

    [ 03-09-2005, 07:21 PM: Message edited by: Grant M ]

  4. You can duplicate a symbol and scale the duplicate, by going to the edit dialog in the resource palette and then scaling components that make up the symbol.

    Does the symbol have a class not active in the viewport?

    If you added the symbol to your design layer after the viewport was created any new classes in the symbol won't be active in the viewport.

  5. In Version 11 you can assign classes to dimensions as a default so the old problem of dimensions appearing on the wrong sheet is lessened. I used to minimise this by putting dimensions on a dedicated layer

    I also use combinations of layers and classes to format a file.

    although I typically draw details on a single layer, to scale. Mostly 1:10 although joinery might be 1:5 or 1:2.

    I personally find it a bit pointless duplicating line drawings such as details, onto sheet layers via viewports. So a typical drawing set for me will have some drawings on sheet layers (those generated from a model) and some on design layers (details, schedules etc).

  6. You could place your details on a design layer/s and create individual viewports for each one, or combine more than one into the same viewport (same scales obviously).

    If you are drawing everything at 1:1 you could also detail certain junctions of a section (for example) and use classes to control the visibility in the section and detail viewport.

  7. At my previous workplace we printed from macs over a PC network to an OCE TDS 400 using Vectorworks. We used the OCE printer description file (which from memeory can be downloaded from their website) to create a printer in the print centre.

    Not sure how you would do this at a bureau , but if you had a laptop and knew the printer IP address it could work.

    Or if you installed Vectorworks viewer at the bureau on a PC they may be able to generate .plt files

  8. We previously had a set up similar to yours.

    From memory i don't think we had a queue name - we left it blank. If it insists on having one, make one up - e.g HP250c

    The jetdirect box has a button on it - push it and it should generate a print that includes among other things its IP address.

  9. Diana I use classes and/or layers to separate out objects that only appear in 2D or 3D. They are turned on/off as needed for a particular view. This can sometimes require a little duplication i.e. walls for attic windows.

    If you want a quick(ish) hatched elevation you could convert a copy of your model elevation to lines, place solid polygons behind the windows, and hatch an elevation shaped polygon behind that (or put them on separate layers.)

    Placing a solid polygon behind the windows (or better-within the window) allows a window to be easily moved without affecting the hatch. You can also cut holes in a polygon (in this case the hatching) if you would prefer by using the clip surface tool.

    Obviously using 2D techniques requires more work than 3D modelling when a client requests changes - as is their perogative.

  10. Yes thats exactly what i would like to see also.

    Thanks Katie


    Originally posted by iboymatt:

    in VW 11 a pop-up menu has been added to the new class/layer dialogs, it's near the bottom and not very obvious. It lets you say what state the new class/layer will be added to all the saved sheets. (not saved,invis,grey,visable). Which is a great thing, and speeds things up allot.

    It has a couple of shortcomings

    1. that it doesn't add the visibility setting to viewports.

    2. that it can only apply a default to all.

    Just to clarify, the quote above is not what i'm talking about. iboymatt is refering to the new layer/class dialog box. This only offers a default to all option.

    I mean the buttons in the general layer/class dialog. There is a row down the right and a viewport button there is what is being requested





    Saved Views (new for Version 11)

    This saved view button lists all the saved views for a selected layer/class and its visibility and has the control i believe iboymatt is looking for.

  11. Katie what you say is true but it isn't as useful as having that functionality in the class/layer dialog box. If a layer is added to a drawing that needs to be visible on multiple viewports already created, then each viewport needs to be individually selected and updated to show that layer.

    It would be much easier to do it in the same way as adding a new layer/class to multiple saved views.

  12. I agree with Petri - walls really need this functionality. I've used ArchiCAD and am also using VW Architect Australian version but the offset wall tool is not a suitable work around.

    Walls need to remember the way they were drawn and have a graphic to that effect in the OIP, that allows a change of thickness to take place from that reference or an altered reference. This could be combined with or adjacent to the existing graphic for wall length.


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