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  1. Ah. I built a similar model with cassette glazing units and panels, as symbols, attached, but not breaking the wall.
  2. ps If symbols are jumping out of walls, check how far you are from the internal origin. If like in the UK, you are not aware that a, you have a user origin, or b, are working a long way from the internal origin in 'OS' coordinates, symbols will jump out of walls. It's a 'BIM' thing.
  3. In a pure 2D workflow, 2D symbols are great, and very efficient. Set doors or windows them to break the wall, with or without 'caps', or simply associate them to a wall without a break, e.g. furniture or studs. Have to be careful about flipping them though. When you want to move to a 3D workflow, simply add a 3D object, or a Door or Window component, or if it's simple massing, leave them as 2D. They disappear when in a 3D view leaving a massing model, with no openings. Great for early stages. This is what I find really great about Vectorworks. The move from 2D to 3D is incredibly easy.
  4. If I have many symbols that have been changed from 'wall-phobic' to 'wall-philic' I wish there was a way to command all of them to engage with the wall. Seems the only way to make them all engage with the wall is drag them manually and individually.
  5. If I select and place a column, in architectural only mode, I cannot select a custom profile for a concrete column. Would be useful to be able to do so, from a symbol in the file, similar to how the framing member works. Only options for concrete colimn is 'oval' and 'rectangle'. We are able to select a profile for the steel column, but only from a predefined list, and not a custom profile as one can the framing member.
  6. Tricky if you name walls in accordance with BS8541 or the forthcominig ISO. The bit that you need to search by is never at the start. Can you search by 'contains'?
  7. In the report, limit the selection by searching for a specific class or classes, and for all 'walls'. If you use Uniclass 2015 this is a bit frustrating since EF_25_10 will point to all 'Walls', so you will need to create an additional class for internal wall versus internal walls, e.g. A-EF_25_10-M_WallExternal A-EF_25_10-M_WallInternal Of course, if you have you own class standards, then the world is your proverbial bi-valve mollusc.
  8. If a class name =a$0$b where a is the xref file name and varies and b is the class name I want to keep but also merge with other classes where b is the same, I want to be able to rename all classes on import of 800 DWGs or apply afterwards to 800 vw files.
  9. One of the many issues we face when dealing with importing DWG data from third parties (other than the sheer mess we are asked to work with) is the endless number of duplicate classes caused by autocad prefixing the layer (i.e. class) name with the xref name, separated by the $ character. There may be multiple files, but the underlying classes are the same, e.g. ABC4L4$0$PL-SANW-AR ABC4L5$0$PL-SANW-AR ABC4L6$0$PL-SANW-AR etc Of course, none of the above classes are compliant as a result, but that does not seem to matter if you use Autodesk products... It would be very useful if we had an option to remove the file name prefix on import of a DWG.
  10. Yes. Of course it is. But when you uninstall Vectorworks (eg for troubleshooting) it asks if you want to trash the user folder or if trashing the user folder (eg for troubleshooting) is necessary or if the IT department decide to wipe your workstation without telling you... Workgroup folder is best and if you use Dropbox for the WGF you can access the Favorites from anywhere.
  11. @E|FA we don’t. we used to get obsessed by this but in the end decided that life was too short to add small solids at each threshold, or clip walls from slabs.
  12. Don’t use the user folder as that can also be deleted when uninstalling or when troubleshooting. (Sorry, @Pat Stanford) best to make use of he ‘workgroup folder’ setting instead.
  13. Vectorworks walls and slabs have a similar 'priority' but this only works with 'bound' slabs. Does ArchiCAD clip slabs that are not bound by walls, as in this example, where the wall crossing the slab is not interacting with the slab? If so, how do you associate a wall crossing a slab with the slab, or conversely ensure the wall does not interact with the slab because I can see that being more of a pain. When modelling finishes, it is quite normal to model multiple slabs. The 'structural' slab, is associated to the external walls. The 'finish', i.e. floor or ceiling is associated to the walls bounding the room. That's how it will be built ergo that is how it should be modelled.
  14. On a single screen the (Resource Manager) RM is pretty unwieldy, but yes, an (Organisation Palette) OP that can be docked, or float around and allows you to edit the file, would be very useful, as would loads of dialogs tbh. That said, the issue I can see is that until the 'OK' button is hit, the file would not update to any changes made in the OP. Could be an issue. More info in the Navigation Palette (NP) would be useful. The NP needs to show a lot more information, IMHO.
  15. Title says it all... Just trying to set up a model, so have one file open showing the 2D design intent, whilst trying to set up the storeys and storey levels in the model. When the Organisation Palette is open in one file, you cannot navigate to the other. The fact that you are locked out of the file while the organisation palette is open has always been a pain. Wish you could leave it open and navigate to the file to check something either in the active file or another file and then go back to the Organisation Palette to complete whatever it was you were trying to do.
  16. Create a custom page size, precisely the size you want, but for 'Any Printer' and enter 0mm in the margins. Then print to 'One Printer Page. Then make your titlesheets approx. 10m smaller all round for A3 and approx. 15mm all round for A1, or whatever suits your printer. You really don't need the grey area to tell you if it fits on a printed sheet or not. We do this because few have the same A3 printer, and it looks nicer that having the grey border! Tip: Paper Size has to be entered as short side, then long side, i.e. as a portrait sheet in the Page Setup dialog.
  17. Check also that you have no hatches, particularly imported hatches from autocad, e.g. the ubiquitous 'AR_SAND'. A client generated a PDF of a 1:200 elevation the other day, and used this insidious hatch. The PDF ballooned to 50Mb. Remove the hatch and it was 2Mb. The 'AR_SAND' hatch should be deleted on sight! It comprises millions of small lines less than 1mm long often less than 1mm apart.
  18. How large is the final image when printed? What I mean by that is what is a physical dimensioned size of the image when printed. Is it any bigger than an A1, for example? Open the JPEG in any image viewer, E.g. ColorSync utility or Preview and resize it so that it is max.300 DPI and the size that it will be printed. I am guessing that a 9mb jpeg like a photo is going to be at least 4k x 3k pixels which can be printed at around 20x15 inches, so resize the image if it’s only going to be printed at 4x4 inches. If you do not appropriate an image so that it is the size that it will be printed and just throw a PDF the size of the moon at vectorworks then yes the resulting PDF will be huge. Same logic applies to indesign too. There is no point trying to reduce the size of the resulting PDF. you have to do something about the data going in, not the data coming out.
  19. When in the organisation palette, I select a layer named in an alien naming convention... Would be useful if we had a preview window on the right hand side of the organisation palette to show what's on the layer in a similar way to the storey window, and title block manager or resource manager. Could also be useful for sheets, saved views, and viewports.
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