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  1. Furthermore... If I untick the GIS settings in the layer after referencing and update, it comes back again. If I untick the GIS settings in the document settings altogether in both documents, it comes back again. I cannot get rid of GIS settings. Is this a machine/session setting not a file setting?
  2. Under what circumstances would a file with no geo-referencing, no user origin and no layer geo-referencing suddenly acquire geo-referencing? File 'A' contains a layer 'A' containing a plan. It is referenced to File 'B', layer import referencing. Layer A is not geo-referenced. Reference it to file B and it acquires geo-referencing!? Why?
  3. It is a huge shame that the search field in the navigation and organisation palettes for classes and layers was not followed through in other layer and class lists, particularly when searching for a new class, or layers when layer referencing, for example.
  4. i will add that the above is why you must NEVER use the 'centre on import' DWG option in vectorworks 'recommended' or not, or in any software, for that matter!
  5. How do you communicate the coordinate to your design team precisely if you do not define an exact coordinate? Setting out is different. Contractor will be setting out to the nearest 5mm if you are lucky so giving them a rounded coordinate of 531240000.123456789mm will only be greeted with derision, like brick dims to the nearest .5mm. If you do not set out the model to the nearest whole unit it is impossible to communicate and record precisely the coordinate at the project origin because the display value itself is rounded. To avoid errors when setting out a model, set the project origin in all models to a coordinate that is easy to write down and easy to remember.
  6. you have a search active and it is looking 'everywhere' which includes files in multiple locations. turn off 'premium' libraries and 'vectorworks' libraries and see what's left. ideally you should create your own content library either in the 'user libraries' or if you work in a practice, 'workgroup libraries'., and download required content from the premium and vectorworks libraries and store it in the user or workgroup libraries. i would also consider renaming all content, or adding meta data to identify it as yours or practice 'approved' content.
  7. how are the files being shared? are you simply opening the file or are you using project sharing, or referencing, or both? we have 10s of 1000s of shared files in 100s of offices, and never have any issues like this. that said, not many in the scenario you describe, i.e. different windows OS.
  8. Without modelling separate wall finishes 'walls' how are you exporting wall finish data for COBie from a Vectorworks model? Seems to me that there are a few things that do not export via IFC that will soon be necessary (some of which we are not sure if it's just 'BIM-flation' or not, i.e. BIM for BIM's sake. 1 Materials All materials and classification of materials need to export via IFC. We will need to be able to issue an IFC and have the OFC contain the data that someone else can quantify for embodied carbon, etc. 2 Wall Finishes Wall finishes are often requested as part of COBie output because they are considered 'maintainable assets'. Has anyone seen a painted wall that wasn't? 3 Studwork We are now being told that due to current fire regulations and the impending and increasing use of the controversial 'FIREie' output, we, or someone, will have to model studwork. Given studwork is currently a zone within the wall object and not something intrinsic to it, this is going to be a bit of an overhead. You have the AIA BIM Forum documentation and the imaginary LOD350 nonsense to blame for this. #bimflation
  9. All I know is that very large companies in the U.K. use Newforma because no one else can afford them!
  10. make sure all classes are visible. As a test… In top/plan, create four normal walls using the rectangle mode 10m x 10m and then use the fillet radius tool set to 1m radius to create a curved wall on one of the corners. Does that work?
  11. Well, I will look forward to your solution in 2035. For now, we set up saved views, and create a plugin that we give the short cut 'option cmd 5'. We then use 'cmd 5' for top/plan. #fedupwaiting
  12. Oh and ps we consider it bad practice in larger offices to change pre-existing shortcuts because we have enough to do training staff how to use the software properly in large teams and stop bad habits that re-training them to use new shortcuts causes a huge amount of confusion and is frankly a waste of time, hence we think certain shortcuts should be changed to be more logical out of the box. we only apply an overlay of short(er) cuts to the existing set. We do admit though that it would not be easy agreeing which default shortcuts to use!
  13. Of course… I am a reseller and cad manager for vectorworks offices in the U.K. and build many custom workspaces and plug-ins for my clients. Fair to say I am fairly familiar with that option. I am talking about out of the box for those that don’t know who to edit or em get frustrated that every time a new version comes out they have to start all over again with a new workspace with shortcuts they feel should be more logical and often complain at how illogical short cuts are in vectorworks. 2 for Line? Why not L? Etc etc
  14. It is also a question of perception. Vectorworks is maligned by a great majority out of ignorance and received wisdom. Many opt for Rhino and SketchUp over Vectorworks purely on the back of these softwares being better, or Vectorworks not offering the same functionality. BIM is the case in point now, as it was with 2D in the 2000s. That said, having a well-organised system helps more than functionality when architectural projects get larger.
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