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  1. 18 hours ago, Nick Darin Architect said:

    In Archicad you can draw any type of patterns with lines/polylines/circles/etc and copy/paste it into the hatch dialogue. It will then tile whatever you draw. Does the VW tile pattern tool allow you to draw the custom pattern or does it just tile a jpeg?

    yes. It does.Any vector graphic can be placed inside a Vectorworks tile.

  2. On 7/22/2021 at 5:54 PM, David Poiron said:

    We've been using FileMaker Pro to create an in-house database of products but linking it directly to anything in VW is proving to be a challenge. Each of our products has a serial number that we would like to link to objects in VW but we are at a loss of how to do so reliably - we've tried ODBC before but as one VW staffer mentioned to us recently that can be a brittle connection. In addition to the serial number our system has a three letter code for each section of the North American MasterFormat System (as that is easier to read than a bunch of section numbers), followed by a number for the object in that section for that project: say DHW-01 for a door handle for a particular project. The number changes depending on the project but the serial number (a 6 digit number) does not. It would be great to use data tags to extract the information from an object but it is difficult to make links to the extent we would like; even for symbols there does not appear to be a way to assign a serial number to the symbol that is persistent across all instances of the symbol, which is needed to make a link to an outside database. I am curious about the use of VWs Database Manager for this. I would like more information on @shorter s exporting and importing routines if he is willing to share.

    Are you using FileMaker to generate the specification? FM is great for setting up tables. You can set up a table that exports to vw.  We used to do that in one office until they Revit. A button in FileMaker to ‘export to vectorworks’. 

  3. RLB provide a specification consultancy service, or at least did.  The system started life as a service provided by a company called 'Schumann and Smith'.


    The 'SRS' system is simply a way of annotation drawings with descriptive codes.  The idea being that the code rarely changes and therefore you don't need to chase your tail updating drawings when specification clauses change.  If you change a code on a drawing it is because you have changed the component proposed, but if you were to change stone to brick, for example, the note on the drawing would remain 'EWS-001', but the NBS clause associated to 'EWS-001' would change in the 'SRS database', which is essentially an Excel spreadsheet issued with the tender documentation.  It is a very efficient, if manual, way to annotation drawings, and can also be used with custom property sets and the data tag, or entered into a BIM component in the Classification data fields.  There is currently no way of linking the SRS system to BIM components directly like the NBS Chorus system.  Would be great if there were.


    In some offices we created a drawing, with the SRS codes, and NBS clauses listed and called it 'Technical Reference Sheet' or 'T-Sheet' for short, and gave it drawing number '000'.


    It also contained all the markers used on the drawings, etc; a sort of guide to the annotation on the drawings, so things like 'overhead' lines we defined, but also how a concrete boardmark was annotated.

  4. The NBS Chorus plugin for Vectorworks is also only available if you have a Service Select contract.


    That said, if you use NBS Chorus, you can export a txt file, and use that, with a small amoiunt of modification in Excel, to a Notes Manager Database.  Can send instructions for anyone interested.


    Similarly, if you use Word, and do things long-hand, using the historic version of the NBS like the ones we used to get on floppy disk...!...I can show you how to extract the information you need to generate the Notes Manager Database.


    That said, I can whole-heartedly recommend the SRS system from RLB.  It is a system based on abbreviations, rather than specification clauses so that the item annotated has 'DRS-001' next to it rather than 'L10/100 Door', which means that if you change the clause you don't need to go around every drawing and update the note.  If you prefer, you can annotate the item with 'DRS-001' and then have 'DRS-001' listed as a keynote with it's associated NBS clause.


    Again, we create Notes Manager Database files to enable this in Vectorworks.

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  5. Is there a reason why 'Stair' has no 'classification' data mapping entry?


    If we were to associate 'Stair' to 'Classification' 'Uniclass 2015' and 'Item Reference' 'Ss_35_10' for example as we can with other objects, how do we do that through data mapping?


    The IFC data mapping tables are excellent and a great way to standardise classification and item reference, but some objects are missing this option.


    Currently working on a Data Mapping table to automatically map VW objects to Uniclass codes, to compliment the class libraries we have recently issued, (watch this space!) but getting stuck on a couple of key objects.

  6. How many times have you wished you could import shortcuts from another workspace?


    Matching a custom workspace is quite a time-consuming process.


    In addition to the 'Export' button, it would be great to have an 'Import' button, to either create a new workspace based on the tools, commands, and shortcuts of an existing workspace (e.g. when migrating from one version of Vectorworks to another since historic workspaces tend to cause issues), or simply the shortcuts to map any changes in shortcut in a custom workspace to another.

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  7. I do not want to modify the original. A viewport will still bring the geometry with it. It is just turned off. This is very different from it not being there at all. The original file is not mine to modify.


    I could opt to not reference the file at all! That would do part of what I am asking for.  There are lots of workarounds. I am not looking for a workaround.


    In this instance the file I am referencing is impossible to use. I cannot open it. I am referencing it in order to create a copy since there is no way of opening the original hoping the original will be better behaved.


    in doing so it would be very useful to choose what to reference and not have the whole file referenced with whatever class I choose not to reference ignored and not imported by the reference.


    am I not explaining this very well?

  8. We are developing a class mapping table to convert 'VW Arch' classes to the BS1192/ISO19650 classes we have recently released.  We will be happy to share this when it's finished.


    The mapping table will work when using the 'Class and Layer Mapping' command, but also when exporting DWG by selecting the appropriate class/layer mapping table in the DWG export dialog.


    It would be great if Vectorworks would also provide this function within the IFC export settings too.


    For the time-being you will have to continue to use the class/layer mapping command, despite this being more long-winded.

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  9. Yes. It would not resolve this issue, would it?


    We don't use viewport referencing for a long, long list of reasons.


    The question was in relation to layer referencing.


    Viewport referencing would not remove the unwanted data from the referenced file, which is what I want.


    I have site model.  The site model is huge.  It contains trees.  I don't want to reference the trees in at all.  But I also do not want to delete them from the original or make a copy of the original file.


    Having an option to 'ignore' the objects in the class 'Trees' would make the file I am referencing lighter.


    The only analogy I can think of is the list of elements you get when importing an IFC.  I can tick all elements, or opt to not import 'ifcFlowTerminal' objects thereby making the resulting vectorworks file lighter.

  10. ...it would be very useful if we had an opportunity to ignore objects in sepcified classes. 


    Just referencing an imported site model, and the horrendous ACAD trees take up 9/10th of the incoming model and it's taking ages to reference.  If only I could untick the class 'Trees' when referencing and have Vectorworks ignore, i.e. not reference, the trees.

  11. Dear Vectorworks user


    The NBS team are retiring NBS Building.




    This means the NBS Annotator Plug-in for Vectorworks, the plugin that exported a 'Notes Manager' text file for use with the Callout tool, will no longer work.


    Notwithstanding the NBS Chorus plugin for associating your specification with your BIM model, NBS Chorus, the replacement for NBS Building, has no Notes Manager text file export for Vectorworks. It has one for other software, but not Vectorworks.  Vectorworks is clearly a lower priority despite the presence of the existing NBS Annotator plugin.


    Can I suggest you contact the NBS team to raise your concerns and request that they reinstate this functionality in NBS Chorus asap.


    In the meantime, we are currently creating callout databases from NBS specifications free of charge for all our clients and customers (or for a small fee for those that aren't) :-)







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  12. Have you tried using a roof object for any wall that is not vertical. This will give you components.  Won’t work for curtain wall and is a pain where Windows and Doors are concerned but one hopes you don’t have many inclined walls.

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  13. Good morning


    The NBS Uniclass Team has recently released some updates to the Uniclass 2015 tables.


    The Uniclass 2015 classification system can be found in the new NBS Chorus plugin for Vectorworks which I recommend you take time to review as it really is rather good.


    Having started this endeavour and promised the occassional update, please find attached the latest rebranded set of class libraries aimed at the UK market and those markets intending to adopt UK CAD and BIM Standards. 


    We have stopped referring to BS1192, since it is now defunct, and now refer to it's replacement, ISO19650, even though all classes have been drafted in accordance with ISO19650 using BS1192 naming conventions!


    Install the class libraries in your practice workgroup folder.


    EF Elements and Functions 1.9

    Pr Products (Group and Sub-Group) 1.22

    Pr Products (Group, Sub-Group and Section) 1.22

    Ss Systems (Group and Sub-Group) 1.22 (note there are no changes to these classes)

    Ss Systems (Group, Sub-Group and Section) 1.22


    Zz Annotation 1.0


    All files are issued in Vectorworks 2021 file format.  Please get in touch if you would like an earlier version.


    We are currently preparing an addendum to the Zz table to include the additional codes devised by the AEC UK CAD Standards team back in 2015, since the Uniclass 2015 table Zz is missing a number of critical non-building element 'annotation' classes, such as 'Areas' and in particular 'GEA', 'GIA', and 'NIA'.


    Please note that the class libraries attached are intended to replace the 'AEC UK CAD Standard' libraries that have shipped with Vectorworks since 2016.  Vectorworks 2019 introduced class and layer filtering.  As a consequence, the use of the - (hyphen) to act as a separator and to make use of the hierarchical menu system is redundant and we can now adopt BS1192/ISO19650 naming conventions verbatim.  Filters are included in the class libraries to help make navigation easier.


    As always, if you have questions about the class libraries, workgroup folders, class and layer filters, or Vectorworks CAD and BIM Standards compliance in general, please get in touch.


    The above does not obviate the need to correctly classify your BIM objects and components correctly via data entry and asset tagging, but will hopefully go some way to ensure your 'Layer' naming convention is compliant.




    Steven Shorter

    BA Hons DiplArch(pcl) ARB


    Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-Pr-v1-22-GroupSubGroup-2021.vwx Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-Pr-v1-22-GroupSubGroupSection-2021.vwx Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-EF-v1-9-Complete-2021.vwx Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-Ss-v1-22-GroupSubGroup-2021.vwx Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-Zz-v1-0-Complete-2021.vwx Classes-ISO19650-Uniclass2015-Ss-v1-22-GroupSubGroupSection-2021.vwx

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  14. I may be mistaken but it would be very useful to be able to create a horizontal section viewport from a clip cube in the same way we can a vertical section viewport.


    We have been working this week on a project with distinct Loosian overtones and it has been far easier determining where the cut plane for the plan should be taken using the clip cube. frustratingly though we cannot generate a plan from the clip cube it seems.

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  15. The 'Architect/Landmark/Spotlight' add-on is well worth the investment.


    Batch PDF and DWG export

    Rotate View

    Navigation Palette

    Selection Tool


    Explode PDF

    Advanced Referencing



    all for less than £2 a day.


    However, if you use symbols, and you rotate a symbol, you get rotate view for free when you edit it.

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