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  1. Hans Martin Kern

    SDK equivalent to VectorScript SetDimText function?

    Well, in my particular setting, the dimension would be contained in a plug-in object, so I'm not concerned about the user messing with the dimension - but your suggestion "fake it using the leader text" is certainly a good one - thanks a bunch (didn't see the forest for the trees).
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    SDK equivalent to VectorScript SetDimText function?

    Hi, I've been searching high and low both in ISDK and in the Object variables for an SDK equivalent to VectorScript's SetDimText() function (http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:SetDimText). Any pointers? I think I'm not seeing the forest for the trees here. Thanks! Basically, I would like to create a linear dimension object and modify the value displayed by the dimension object afterwards. Of course, I could dive head-first into the dimHeaderNode and navigate to the text node, but I'm wondering if there's an official way to do it.
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    It's snowing

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    The engineers are working hard on interiorcad 2018 - We hope to get it out to both our international and German speaking customers in late October / early November. I'm not yet allowed to talk about the feature set but will post more details / a URL here as soon as I'm allowed to ;-)
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    Rotating custom objects?

    Patrick, thanks for the hint. However, this leads to the inevitable question: How do rotate a custom-object without taking the current view into account? Coming from an SDK background, I would expect to set the custom object's 4x3 TransformMatrix and I'm done. HMK
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    Rotating custom objects?

    Patrick - sure, here it is. Just for fun, I try to create & rotate a "Screw and Nut" custom object. RotatingScrew.vwx
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    Rotating custom objects?

    All, I'm trying to get my feet wet with creating Marionette nodes to support @Stephan Moenninghoff's endeavours. As you would expect from an old fart I run into all kinds of problems, so please feel free to hit me with a rolled-up newspaper if my questions are way too basic. My first "project" is a node creating any kind of custom object (code below). I tried both interiorcad's objects and stock VW plug-in objects. Works beautiful. If I route the custom object created by my node through the stock "Set 3D Rotation" Marionette node, the object is not rotated. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious here - any hints? Thanks! HMK == @Marionette.NodeDefinition class Params(metaclass = Marionette.OrderedClass): #APPEARANCE #Name this = Marionette.Node( "Create Custom Object" ) this.SetDescription('Creates a custom object') #Input Ports universalName = Marionette.PortIn(0) universalName.SetDescription('The universal name of the custom object') position = Marionette.PortIn(0) position.SetDescription('Insertion point of object instance') rotation = Marionette.PortIn(0) rotation.SetDescription('Rotation angle of object instance') showPropertiesDialog = Marionette.PortIn(0) showPropertiesDialog.SetDescription('Show the object''s properties dialog') #OIP Controls #Output Ports object = Marionette.PortOut('hObj') object.SetDescription('The resulting object instance') #BEHAVIOR def RunNode(self): #inputs universalName = self.Params.universalName.value position = self.Params.position.value rotation = self.Params.rotation.value showPropertiesDialog = self.Params.showPropertiesDialog.value #script customObject = vs.CreateCustomObjectN(universalName, position[0], position[1], rotation, showPropertiesDialog) #outputs self.Params.object.value = customObject
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    Hi, I'm Hans Martin Kern, CTO of extragroup, the makers of interiorcad / interior xs. As some of you have pointed out, our focus has been on driving NC machinery for custom part based designs lately. Rest assured, we feel the pain of those who are using interiorcad / interior xs primarily for detailed cabinet visualization. We are (slowly but steadily) adding more functionality to the new Cabinet object - interiorcad 2017 introduced additional scribe options, additional kick options and rotated stretchers. Shaker-style / stile & rail doors (and faceframes, of course) are very much on our radar and will be (re-)introduced in future versions. If you have any specific cabinet design / visualization options you would like to see us address rather sooner than later, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me (just use the board's message option). I look forward to your feedback.
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    Short Video of Interiorcad and sinks

    Hi ccw, please contact sven.biermann@extragroup.de. He'll be able to help you out. HMK
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    modeling kitchens using VW library

    Hi, did you check out interior xs - This is the basic version without any support for manufacturing but with all other capabilities of interiorcad. It's available for Vectorworks 2010 & Vectorworks 2011 at 299? (about $430, depending on the exchange rate). As I speak, my colleagues are working on revamping our website, so there's no international info for xs yet - just contact sven.biermann@extragroup.de for more information. HMK (Disclaimer: I'm working for extragroup, developers of interiorcad & interior xs)
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    Kitchen drawing strategy

    Please excuse this shameless plug ;-) Looks like interior xs is a great option for you (http://interiorcad.org/index.php?id=387&L=1). It includes the interiorcad cabinet plug-in object plus our worktop object for a way lower price than the full, production-ready version of interiorcad. Disclaimer: I'm one of the developers of interiorcad / interior xs.
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    Interior Cad

    Pat, sorry for the silence. Most of our engineering team is on an extended holiday break and I'm just trying to catch up on my e-mails and RSS-feeds. Unfortunately, there's no holy grail. Our main focus so far has been to provide a seamless CNC interface for our cabinet plug-in objects. In interiorcad 2009 & 2010, we have made some progress on manually designing objects for NC output, but most of it is not yet based on solid-models built with Vectorworks, but 2 1/2 D stuff derived from VW 3D objects. Most of interiorcads NC-output is targeted towards standard WOP-software packages bundled with machines like WoodWOP, NC-Studio, NCHops, IMAWOP, XILOG and others. We do not have an interface to Enroute at this moment (I know there have been talks with the Enroute guys to use their .mpr import interface, but it looks like it's not yet up to the task of importing full-fledged mpr files). We do not support going the "Export DXF route" yet, as exporting CNC-information via DXF is pretty tedious and you will lose all the CNC-semantics added in Vectorworks. Hope this provides a more complete picture, HMK
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    Navigation Palette, Interior CAD or....

    Would there be substantial interest in us releasing the "Views" and "Rendering" palettes from interiorcad / interior xs to the Vectorworks community? Hans Martin Kern CTO extragroup GmbH Developers of interior xs / interiorcad
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    VW 2009 and iCAD

    John, here are two URLs with some information on what's new in interiorcad 2008 and interiorcad 2009 * http://www.interiorcad.com/weblog/support/archives/interiorcad-200/ * http://www.interiorcad.com/weblog/support/archives/interiorcad-200-1/ One major new feature which may be of interest to you is interiorcad's modern frame object (introduced in 2008, enhanced in 2009) which puts VW 2009's Parasolid engine to good use to create beautiful 3D frames. Hans Martin Kern extragroup GmbH (Developers of interiorcad)
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    Does anybody use InteriorCad?

    Tom, interiorcad will not output DXF directly. You would need to take the part layout generated by interiorcad (check the movie I mentioned before) - which is a collection of plug-in objects, convert those to groups / Vectorworks primitives, probably assign colors etc. and then out it via Vectorworks' DXF exports. Doesn't sound like a reliable and efficient option to me, especially if we're talking about whole cabinets and not one-off parts. Another option might be to use VectorWOP mpr file export - AFAIK, Enroute is able to import mpr files - You may want to check with your supplier. Hope this helps, HMK


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