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  1. Hello Would anyone find it useful if filters had an option to 'hide' all layers or classes not captured by the filter? For example, when filtering layers by keyword 'Structure' for example, it would be useful if all layers that don't have the keyword 'Structure' were hidden. A checkbox when creating the filter would be great.
  2. But yes a script would be useful if it does not mess things up like the class mapping tools do currently.
  3. The idea is to use the description as the ‘compliant’ name.
  4. Who would find it useful if we could export a DWG or IFC using a class's 'other name' i.e. it's description? So if a class is called 'Bobs Bits' but it's description is 'A-EF_25_10-M_Wall'...export as 'A-EF_25_10-M_Wall'. Adding the description column to the Organisation and Navigation palette would also help enormously.
  5. ps we work with a great synology and dropbox consultant if anyone needs more information.
  6. Cloud Services such as Dropbox are able to sync to a NAS like a Synology via it's Cloud Sync application which in turn means we can back up using a local hard drive or Synology's own C2 backup solution. It would be very useful if we could utilise this sort of service when using Vectorworks Cloud Services directly, i.e, not via a Dropbox account, and link VCS to the Synology via Cloud Sync. The perennial problem with cloud services is that you have to have indepenent back up solutions to ensure you have historical and incremental backup of data for a prolonged period and not be beholden to the cloud service provider to provide the backup for you. Data retention on most cloud services is useful, but it is always a good idea to have different backups running.
  7. Hello Thought I would share with you two new class libraries for use on your Vectorworks BIM projects, or just if you would like to adopt industry standard class naming. Attached are: Uniclass Table Zz v1.0 and Uniclass Table Ss v1.21 Due to the sheer quantity of possible classes in the Ss table, I have decided to issue them in sections, or rather by group. The Uniclass system comprises four sets of numbers. These correspond to Group, Sub-Group, Section, and Object. The Ss classes attached are limited to Group and Sub-group, e.g. A-Ss_25_30-M_DoorWindow Further libraries are in preparation. In the meantime, let me know if you would like any more libraries, or classes. Regards Steven Shorter, architect Classes-BS1192-Uniclass2015-Ss-v1-21-GroupSubGroup-2020.vwx Classes-BS1192-Uniclass2015-Zz-v1-0-2020.vwx
  8. We have to include 'Min. Clear Width' in our door schedule. How are others calculating this, since it does not come out of the VW Door automatically?
  9. 'Ignore Source User Origin' can be thought of as 'Link or Reference models Origin to Origin', like in another well-known BIM authoring tool. When ticked, Vectorworks references files together by internal origins (the blue marker at the centre of the model), and not via the coordinate system established by the user origin. It is an extremely useful way to link/reference files together reliably and avoids the problem that arises when viewports shift or disappear because the user origin has moved due to someone importing a DWG directly into their file... It does rely on a reliable and consistent project start-up procedure; discipline; standards; resisting the use of the 'recommended' option to import DWGs 'centred on import'; defining the project origin properly; and setting up project templates, (all of which you should all be doing anyway...) but if all files share the same internal origin relative to the model/plan/elevation/section/detail, etc, then ticking 'Ignore Source User Origin' will link files together by virtue of the internal origin and not the coordinate system defined by the user origin. However, can we politely request that you re-phrase this term and use the term 'Reference Origin to Origin' or similar instead? Grazie.
  10. Extremely useful! Thanks, @Pat Stanford
  11. Hello We are working on a project where our IFCs are being viewed in eveBIM. Normally we check IFC output in Solibri, and eveBIM is fairly new to us. Our policy thus far has been to validate the IFC using Solibri. eveBIM has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works. If you don't know eveBIM, it is quite fussy. Whereas an IFC will open fine in Solibri, it does not always open in eveBIM. This is good and bad. Good because it encourages you to find out what is causing the error. For example, today's error message is: Unable to read IFC stream : ERROR: Inverse links : Error during reading parameter 4 of IfcRelDefines, line 1 ERROR: Unexpected entity name : IFCRELDEFINESBYPROPERTIES , line 1 which seems to occur when choosing to export an IFC with 'Quantity Take Off' ticked, and bad because it wastes a huge amount of time trying to find the error due to the way the software obfuscate the error codes. The other issue with eveBIM is that it does not always read storey levels correctly, but not all the time. Anyone else care to share their experience with eveBIM? Would that I had hair!
  12. Hello. Still no answer to this one. We still keep getting sent an IFC which is fine in Solibri, and aligns with our IFC in Solibri, but results in design layers at the wrong levels once imported, or rather seem to import using revit internal levels. Bug?
  13. Hello Beth I trust you received the class libraries okay and that you have been able to install them in your office workgroup library.And share them with the rest of the team.
  14. I really wish VW2021 did not populate the workgroup folder with loads of empty folders. We often set up a project resources folder as a source of project specific content and of course VW2021 dumps a load of folders into the Project Folder.
  15. It would be extremely useful if we could set our preferred class for ALL plugin objects. For example, the Door Style currently has the ability to set it's class on placement just as we can a symbol. Ditto the Wall. However, Revision Cloud does not. Stake does not, etc. Would be good to have an interface that edits an xml file somewhere where you can set the class you want for each tool. Alternatively we can create symbols for each and pre-class the plug-in, except there is quite a lot of work involved if we need to change CAD standards.
  16. The NBS team have just announced an update to their Uniclass tables. The updated tables can be found here https://www.thenbs.com/-/media/uk/files/zip/uniclass/uniclass-all-2021-01.zip?la=en As part of our ongoing preparation of Vectorworks resources for our clients and customers, we have just updated the BS1192/ISO19650 compatible class library previously issued, namely Uniclass Table EF to v1.8 and attach it for your information and comment. All amendments and revisions to classes are noted in Red. The NBS team have not deprecated any classes in this latest update, but we will note these in grey when the time comes. There is a 'Read Me' class also in the file, to identify the version of the table, along with commonly used filters as previously discussed. Uniclass Table Ss is currently in preparation, and can be emailed on request. The attached table is v2020. It was felt that issuing v2020 and letting you convert to v2021 did not pose any major technical issues. As before classes are prefixed with the Discipline code 'A-'. Use the Batch Rename command to change this code. If you would like any other tables in any other version of Vectorworks; need help uploading to, or configuring your workgroup folder; or would like be included on our mailing list, please do not hesitate to contact us via the forum. Regards Steven Shorter BA(Hons) DiplArch(pcl) Architect Classes-BS1192-Uniclass2015-EF-v1-8-2020.vwx
  17. Hello, Beth Have just sent you an email with the 2020 library attached. Any questions, let me know. Regards Steven
  18. For those of you thinking shall I or shall I not buy an M1 Mac... From a well-respected UK practice... "I had the opportunity today to test a new Silicon Mac with VW for nearly an hour, the one we tested was a MacBook Air (Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 8‑core GPU, and 16GB Memory). I was afraid of the fact that VW is not a native software but it didn’t seem to be a problem at all. I know I have just used it for a limited time but I tried to do most of the things we are usually doing in the office and it performed brilliantly, it was quick, responsive and flawless. I tried it even with 2 quick renders and it did those under 5 minutes, I did the same with a 2019 27” iMac (3.7Ghz i5, 32GB RAM) earlier and it took significantly more time to deliver them. The point is it was amazing, especially knowing that this is a tiny laptop and not even a native software, I hope that VW will do a native software soon to make it an even better experience." Here's to the future.
  19. Actually, this is simply a use of the existing 'import layers' command. Select Create New Layer in the Organisation Palette, and click 'Choose' and opt to 'Import Objects'. However, it would be useful to be able to do this from multiple layers in multiple files.
  20. batch import and tick all layers if layer referenced. Layer referencing more reliable when copying between files.
  21. Batch Rename in 2021 is brilliant! but... What if we could right click on classes or layers in the navigation or organisation and 'batch rename...'?
  22. When importing a sketchup file we can convert the SketchUp model to 'Architectural' BIM objects. Shame we cannot do the same with Vectorworks solid models for those stages of a project where we design in Vectorworks using tools like Sketchup. ps Thanks Vectorworks for making the ability to model so easily like Sketchup without the need for an additional plugin, unlike a certain BIM solution I could mention.
  23. When importing DWG we can import multiple DWGs into one VW file. When referencing a VW file (the VW equivalent of 'importing' a VW file) or copying and pasting, we can't. When we want to copy data from multiple VW files we can't simply 'import' multiple files at the same time by dragging and dropping on to the Reference dialog (a la Microstation) for example. Have a situation now where we have received 50 or so DWGs from the MEP. Have imported them separately, and have removed extraneous data (mainly our out-of-date data sent back to us...) and now want to amalgamate all the data into one file for easy of use and referencing. Some means of copying layers from multiple files into one file would be useful. While the import multiple DWG process is useful, as you know with DWGs emanating from a certain BIM solution, DWGs are usually huge and need a massive amount of editing to be useable so this is only useful on small amounts of data. A Vectorworks-biased solution is needed.
  24. Yes it only affects 2021. Although this default class issue is a bit of a side-issue to the main thrust of my post. It was requested that Door and Window Styles have a 'default' class like Walls, Slabs, and Symbols, and this appears to be the mechanism by which one sets it. It is slightly inconsistent with how walls and slabs work and I would prefer a similar setting within the style itself, not via the 'Plug-in Options' unless Walls and Slabs are brought up to date with Doors and Windows of course. The fact still remain though that styles do not behave entirely like symbols and cannot be replaced when you create a new one and name it as an existing one. The only way you can do this is to take the new window style out of the model, modify it, name it and then copy or reference it back in, and then replace the definition. Then it behaves like a symbol.
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