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  1. Hello - 

     

    This is going to be hard to describe but I'll do my best.  I am referencing a landscape consultants Vectorworks file (let's call it "File A") in to a Design Layer in my Vectorworks file (called "File B").  

     

    I created a Design Layer (called "LANDSCAPE") in FIle B that contains a viewport whose source is File A.  This Design Layer viewport correctly shows the opacity of several 2D objects.

     

    However, when I create a Sheet Layer that contains a viewport of the Design Layer "LANDSCAPE", the opacity for all objects is 100% rather than the less-than-100% that they should be.

     

    Attached is a screenshot showing what I see in the Design Layer "LANDSCAPE" and another showing how that information looks in a viewport on a Sheet Layer.  

     

    What's going on?  Am I missing something obvious?

    SCREEN CAPTURE - DESIGN LAYER.png

    SCREEN CAPTURE - SHEET LAYER.png

  2. Hello, everyone -

     

    For years now, I've been using the "Stone_Cad_Hatches" hatches referenced in this post:  

    I really like these hatches but have found that many of my favorites tend to bog down my files if they are applied on a relatively large area - a simple house elevation, for example.  I suspect this is because the hatches are made using MANY levels.  SSTNWSB, for example, has 1001 levels!  Zooming in and out and panning becomes nearly impossible.  

     

    I've searched and searched for alternate stone hatches and haven't found any that are close to as nice looking.  Can any of you share additional stone hatches or point me toward any that look decent but are more practical?

     

    Thanks -

     

    Doug

     

     

     

     

  3. Same problem here.  Sporadically, the split tool will delete windows / doors that are inserted in walls.  And most of the time the split tool in "point split mode" simply does not work.  I've been using VW for 20 years and never had this problem until VW2020.  Lame.  

     

  4. Hello, 

     

    An employee in our office recently installed Big Sur on his Macbook Pro (2017).  We are using Vectorworks Architect 2020 and every time he saves a file, Vectorworks crashes.  This occurs with all Vectorworks files.  The good thing is that it saves the file just before crashing so no work is lost, but obviously this shouldn't be happening.  I searched the forum to no avail for similar issues.  Thoughts?

     

    Thank you -

     

    Doug

     

     

  5. Hello -

     

    Is there such a thing as a Date Stamp and / or Time Stamp that I can place on my custom title blocks?  Rather than entering this information manually, I'd like there to be a field on my title block that updates automatically every time I create a PDF or Publish.  I have found the "Data Stamp" tool but have not found good instructions regarding how to use this to create a simple date stamp as described.  I seem to remember a simple "Date Stamp" tool in older versions of VW...

     

    Thanks -

  6. Hello -

     

    I am in the process of adding a user account (User B) on a MacBook Pro running Catalina and am wondering if I will need to deactivate the VW2020 license on the original user account (User A) on the same computer.  I say this because when I try to open VW2020 while logged on as 'User B', it asks me to enter license information.  To clarify, VW2020 was originally installed / activated on the MacBook while logged in 'User A'.  'User A' does not need to use Vectorworks any more. 

     

    Or should I just enter the license information while logged in as 'User B' and be done with it?

     

    Thanks -

     

    Doug

  7. Hello -

     

    VW 2018 and VW 2019, Mac OSX

     

    I found a few similar topics on this subject but the solutions they offer don't fix my problem.  In the past week or so, using both VW 2018 and VW2019, when opening many Vectorworks I get this error message about 50% of the time.

     

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    I have confirmed that no one else in the office has the file open and that permissions on the server are set properly.  Because the problem seems to occur intermittently, I'm having trouble zeroing in on a solution.  

     

    A few things I've tried that didn't work:

    -  changed name of file

    -  "save as" under a different name

    -  erased hidden files that were in the same file as the problem files

    -  tried opening in VW2018

    -  tried opening same file in VW2019

     

    Any thoughts about what may be going on?

     

    Thanks -

     

    Doug

  8. Hello -

     

    VW2017 Architect - SP3 - Mac issue

     

    One of our installations of VW is exhibiting strange behavior.  Here's what's happening...

     

    1.  Double click on viewport on Sheet Layer that contains no crop object - select Edit - Crop

    2.  Create new crop rectangle (Class '0' - default line wt. 0.13, line color = black)

    3.  Exit Viewport Crop

    4.  Double click on same viewport on Sheet Layer - select Edit - Design Layer

    5.  Crop rectangle drawn in step 2. (above) now appears in the Design Layer, in Class '0' - but line color is green, line wt. is 2.54.

     

    The crop rectangle should NOT be showing up as an object in the Design layer.  And when returning to the Sheet layer, the green rectangle is visible at the perimeter of the viewport.  This occurs on every file now.  Not sure why this started happening.  This was happening before and after installation of SP3.

     

    Anyone have any idea about what may be going on?

     

    Thanks -

     

    Doug

     

     

  9. Thanks, bcd -

    The Shim Gap suggestion gets a little closer to what I'm after, but the interior masonry opening remains the same as the exterior masonry opening.

    What do you mean by "Components and the little component handle dragger in Top/Plan view"? I can't seem to activate any handles around the window jambs.

    Thanks again -

    Doug

  10. Hello -

    VWA 2016 - Mac

    I could swear that this was possible in the past, but I can't seem to figure it out in VWA 2016.

    I am using the window and door tools to place them in a solid masonry wall with a 6" component (clay tile) and 4" component (brick veneer). At the window and door jambs, I would like the interior frame dimension (and the interior masonry opening) to be 40" and the exterior masonry opening to be 42". That is, I would like the exterior masonry opening to read 1" wider than the interior masonry opening at the jambs.

    In past version, I could swear that I would just add and "exterior trim" to the window / door and the exterior masonry opening would automatically increase to the extents of the trims. It was a long time back, and perhaps I'm not remembering exactly how I accomplished what I'm after, but I'm certain that it was possible.

    Any tips?

    Thanks -

    Doug

  11. Hi -

    I've looked for an answer on this forum but can't seem to find one. I want to be able to select a Group and similar to the 2D Reshape tool, be able to grab a corner of the group and drag it in any direction independent of the other corners of the group. Is there a tool for this?

    Thanks -

    Doug

  12. After recently installing Yosemite, we are experiencing something very similar - objects can be selected and moved with the cursor, lines, shapes can be drawn with tools, but clicking on the menu bar reveals nothing but grayed out items.

    We can use the quick-key (command-s) to save the file, but then have to quit and re-open Vectorworks to get it to work properly.

    We are using VW Architect 2015, OS X - Yosemite.

    I'm certain there are no hidden windows open that might be causing the behavior.

    Thanks for any help you may offer -

    Doug

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