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  1. The difficulty is going to be entering additional data via the callout database interface in Vectorworks. You could have a database in excel, that contains the additional data and simply set that up to be read by Vectorworks as the callout database so the flow of data is one way. We usually advise clients to edit data at it's source, and not in every file. This way you always know where to go to find something and know it is the source of truth. This is particularly useful when comparing files and trying to figure out which one is current.
  2. All plugins can be saved as symbols or styles now to preserve settings for office wide standardisation. Saves hours of work. however, the callout is extremely useful when annotation detail drawings when the objects drawn are not BIM ‘objects’ and therefore are not tagged by NBS chorus, for example. We link our callouts directly to an excel file which originates from the specification writer. They update the database and it updates our callouts and keynotes. No plugin or script necessary. No marionette. You can’t do that in Revit.
  3. Can a data tag read data from a callout database, and produce a set of keynotes? Would love to see that.
  4. Create a symbol, with a callout inside it, using the 'Convert to Plug-in Object' option. It works a bit like a template for the callout. Put the Symbol in your 'Favorites'. Make sure the callout is not associated to any database though, otherwise it will start looking for the wrong database, unless your notes databases are always in the same place on every project. The callout can then have the 'record' attached to it, inside the symbol, and is ready to use anytime. You still have to associate it to the database, so either way, you have to do some work. Alternatively, once all your callouts are placed, run a script to 'select' them all using custom modification. You can then 'attach record' via the properties dialog that appears. Think that should work.
  5. And here is another example…where the ability to sort layers in conjunction with filters would be a huge time-saver. I have a model. It is a large building. It is composed of 15 stories each with four layers. So just on its own the model comprises 60 layers. Nothing unusual about that. When we then add layers from the referenced structures model and the MEP the number of layers increases. Thankfully we now have Filters! And we set up our template with filters looking for specific layer identifiers because we work to industry standard naming conventions. I call up the filter that lists just layers associated with the ground floor. And it lists my model layers, the structure model layers, and the MEP model layers. However unfortunately having filtered the layers I want, there are two things that Vectorworks does not do. It does not treat the list of layers filtered as though they were the only layers in the file and therefore scrolling through them activates layers outside the filter. It does not immediately turn off the layers not listed by the filter. This would be quite useful although I tend to use saved views in conjunction with filters and that does the job. the filter applied in the organisation palette or the navigation palette is only a display of layers In the palette. it is not a setting that acts upon the layers filtered. If the filter Ignored the nonfiltered layers and presented you with a model displaying only the filtered layers, and you then sorted those filtered layers in the organisation palleted by layer elevation, for example, and used that sort to scroll through the layers one by one...This would improve efficiency and make model navigation far easier.
  6. The issue is the stacking order. I don't want to have to change the stacking order each time I want to view the layers by elevation, or by storey, or by name. There is no way to list layers by any other means AND use the commnd up and down arrows to navigate the layers one by one. The request is to sort by one of the other columns and have VW remember that sequence of layers.
  7. Results are out... Vectorworks Architect 2020 is the 2020 Architizer A+Awards Jury Winner in the Design Tools-Apps & Digital Tools category? https://awards.architizer.com/winners-gallery/?type=52
  8. Currently Design Layer order is governed by it's layer number or 'stacking order', so when scrolling through layers using cmd up/down arrow, it starts with layer #1, then layer #2, even if these layers have no relationship to each other in space. Logically, if I sort the layer organisation in the organisation palette by 'Elevation' and the scroll through layers one by one to check the model, it would be great if it remembered the layer stacking order I want to view the layers in, i.e. by elevation. Current behaviour is to scroll from ground to roof because they are layers #1 and #2 resp., whereas I would like it to scroll through the ground floor layers first, then the first floor, then the second, finally finishing at the layers on the 15th floor/roof.
  9. It would be useful to have IFC layer mapping added to the Organisation Palette, when Layers are mapped to an IFC Storey, and in particular the 'Visibilities' tab which is really useful when checking whether a layer is associated to a viewport, or saved view, etc.
  10. Having recently used the Deform Tool to great effect the tool needs an option to use a path or surface for those moments when the object need to deform to a bezier, or NURBS surface.
  11. When looking for a new class or layer it would be very useful if the Standards folder in the default and workgroup libraries could be similarly split into two folders; one containing classes and one containing layers, or by using the word 'Classes' or 'Layers' in the file name, Vectorworks displayed only files containing the word 'Classes' in the pull down menu as opposed to all files irrespective of content. Current behaviour displays all files irrespective of whether they contain classes or layers or both.
  12. Set storey to lowest level and use storey levels for intermediate levels. you don’t get (story above) but you get all the levels you need for most buildings. sure there are some short comings but Having just built a model with a dozen levels on one floor I am fairly confident any other way would be even more complicated than it already is!
  13. We currently have an option, in the custom window settings, to change the configuration of one window panel compared to another, but we cannot choose 'Solid' panel, i.e. Spandrel. We can add louvres, so a spandrel option would be useful.
  14. IFC Export dialog > Layer Mapping so it is easier to isolate layers prior to mapping to IFC story. It would also be useful to have a search option that automatically maps layers to IFC storeys without the need to use Vectorworks storeys, so if we use '00' in our layer name it maps to a '00' IFC storey.
  15. It would be very useful if we could simply model something in place, and then associate it to a storey level. Currently only symbols and PIOs have this ability, but given most bespoke modelled objects are not parametric, they also need to be associated to a storey level.
  16. All these years and it have never occured to me before but it would be useful when importing classes from a library to make multiple selections from multiple files. Current behaviour means we can select classes from one file and click OK to import, but than have to go back to the New class dialog to select another class from another class library. Would save some time if we could click 'Import' rather than 'OK' and remain in the new class dialog.
  17. It works in 2020 but didn't in 2019. Thanks.
  18. Try undocking palettes, not using document tabs, and not using 'Application Window'. Also worth trashing preferences/user folder. Make sure you have no workgroup folder that has been infiltrated by user settings.
  19. I would agree with Pat that there is probably something in the files or workspace that is causing this. we have lots of reports of migrated workspaces, settings, Favorites [sic] and templates causing issues because they have been sequentially upgraded from earlier versions some as far back as minicad 7. we have issues with some files converted from earlier versions on some OSs but not all files or all OSs. The state of the file is often an issue particularly if it has been used to import DWG data into directly etc as is: - running software update and not downloading and running a combo update. - certain server connections - allowing a full download of vss content. - fusion drives - the size of the autosave folder. we have had users with 100s of GBs of Backup files dating back to 2011 on their computers where their account was simply migrated from one Mac to the next without a fresh install of data or applications. PerformNce is definitely improved by deleting almost all autosave content. - server or Mac capacity if within 20% of full will slow things down. - deleting content from the default libraries we had an issue during this lockdown of a user unable to work at all. Draw a wall, and beach ball for 5-10 mins. We find out that the mac was not prepared for home use and was still looking for the office server at system level, nothing to do with Vectorworks but was causing the processor to work overtime and that of course affected all software but, of course, that was Vectorworks’ fault too. I would be surprised if there is not something very straightforward that would fix the issues you are experiencing.
  20. I think there is a limitation in the 'XCoordinate' function. It only reports to the nearest 1/1000th of a millimetre, whereas 'Length' appears to be 12 decimal places.
  21. I also recommend having a storey and storey level naming strategy.
  22. It is pretty easy to add a layer to a storey via the layer dialog, as opposed to the storey dialog, and therefore 'link' layers. Most of our projects start in 2D and migrate to 3D later, so rather than defining a storey strategy from the start, it evolves. A button though to 'link to layer above' would be useful as would defining layer elevation etc via a worksheet. We have toyed with (and criticised for) generating our layers and associate heights in excel and then embedding those in a script but it's cumbersome and not something for the every day user.
  23. You are suggesting I cheat... I would like the software to tell me the precise location of a point in space so that I can coordinate my model correctly.
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