Jump to content

Gerard Jonker

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by Gerard Jonker

  1. True. The oval of VW is an ellipse. An ellipse can be made by taking a circle and scaling it in one direction. (to check individual points on that ellipse you can convert the circle to a Polygon and check if the points lie on the ellipse (oval). They do.)

    Back in the MiniCad days the offset of the oval was a polygon (good) and later a polyline (nicer but less precise). But at some moment in time VW decided to let the offset of an ellipse be an ellipse again and this is not true. This is easily check by drawing dimensions between the first oval and its offset.

    • Like 2

  2. Make sure not to make the class while setting up the wall. The class must be made prior to opening the wall settings dialog and the class must be set to "Use at creation", else it won't work. Chnaging this later won't help.

    I ran into this in VW 2018 and VW 2019.

    • Like 1

  3. On 1/29/2019 at 7:20 PM, bc said:

    @Gerard Jonker So, if you please,  briefly what are some of the problems can they expect?


    Is it moving around in OpenGL Walk-through or Fly-over? Or something else?




    I don't know about these two. Just major problems in displaying 2D plans:

    - Objects not showing, just selection handles visible

    - Objects showing on a different location, Selection handles seem to be in teh right place

    - Showing objects that are actually on invisible layers

    - Editing a group still seeing objects outside the group even though "show other objects while.." is switched off.

    - Plans redrawing not showing the whole plan. Quit VW and then open VW and the file again seems to be the only cure.

  4. In other words, you need a MC7 or, in my experience, VW 8 (not 2008) running as steppingstone between MCD files and current VW versions.

    This means running an old Mac with OS9 in a classic environment. An old G3, 1st generation iMac for instance or a G4 (blue front) will do.


  5. You always draw 1:1 (a door = 800mm wide), but your display scale of the Design Layer is best kept close to the output scale of the View Ports. That way hatches and text need less correction scaling. I have a fixed Design Layer scale of 1:50 as it lies close to output scales I use most: 1:10, 1:20, 1:50, 1:100 and 1:200.

    Just my 2cts.

  6. May I suggest to you to start working with ViewPorts in all of your projects and forget about the saved views.

    At first you draw in the design layers and make every now and then a viewport. When the drawing nears completion your angle of attack changes: You roam the SheetLayers and double click viewports when you see something that needs editing. You edit DesignLayer or edit annotations. Then exit the viewport again and check the other Viewports.


    When VW introduced Viewports I thought it would be great for bigger projects but after a very short period of time I started using them on even the smallest and simplest of projects, like the bike shed for the neighbours. They are so powerful, I can't imagine having to live without them.

    • Like 1

  7. Hi Andrew, Indeed, usually you want new Layers to be invisible and new classes to be visible in all existing viewports and Saved views. The dialog doesn't follow the general logic, which is a pity but we can correct for it. However, most om my new classes are not created new in the current document but instead they come along with copy and paste from older projects. These pasted classes are all set invisible. Such a shame.  At least we should get a question about that when pasting objects with classes new to this document.


    a bit more than 2 cts,

    Kind regards,

  8. Among my clients there were many who Used to set up their files in such way that you needed merely changing the active layer to have another drawing in sight.

    The command "Create ViewPorts from DesignL" assumes your LayerOptions to be set correctly, Then it flips through the DesignLayers and creates a ViewPort on a new SheetLayer for each new actively Layer. Some of these VP's maybe maeningless (only showing grid and Title border) but all other VP's should be useful.




7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

  • Create New...