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  1. Mitchell Brooks

    Saving sheets to scale

    Your work flow is backwards to the way we do it. We typically set our sheets to 24x36, and PDFs from them can be printed at that size to scale. If we want 11x17 prints of them in the office because we can print them fast and/or because they are a convenient size to take to a client meeting or the site, we just adjust the scale of the page setup to 50% (if scale is important) or something like 45% if we want to get the whole sheet on the 11x17.
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    radial stairs

    JohnA, you might be wanting a gently curving set of stairs, such as you might see in a park. If so, use the 'extrude along path' command; first draw your steps even as lines in section, group them, then draw a 'path' which you will use as the plan layout for the stairs. Select both, choose the command, select the object for the path, and you will get what you want, I think.
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    Door visibility

    Are you sure you are not seeing either transom lines or threshold lines? Does the door have those included in its definition?
  4. Mitchell Brooks

    import from 3d warehouse

    Check out this thread on the Board from 2012: http://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=178170 You can get textures and certainly colour without having to dig down into all those polygons.
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    Inserting rooflight symbols

    Jonathan, what orientation do you mean?
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    Inserting rooflight symbols

    Mog, disregard my post above. I just easily inserted a Velux skylight directly into a roof object, symbol and all complete with correctly sized opening. Perhaps there is something special about a skylight object (like 3D loci) that have to be provided to do what I just saw.
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    Inserting rooflight symbols

    Mog, I don't believe that (in 2011 anyways) you can actually insert a skylight symbol in a roof object at all. It does what it is doing for you now only, i.e. inserts a hole for it. You do have to place the skylight manually. There is a video on YouTube which I viewed recently which goes over this exactly. Check that out for confirmation. Mitch
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    Stairs/nosing problem

    I keep looking at your two attachments and they look the same to me; both have treads which are 400 mm wide. Look at it in elevation or section; I think you will see that what you have drawn is what you want. Or do I need more coffee?
  9. Mitchell Brooks

    HVAC piping

    Why not just use the Extrude Along Path? Use a circle as the shape and an l-shaped polyline for the path.
  10. Mitchell Brooks

    Faceted object

    You could also set the working plane to a facet of your solid and then dimension in that plane. Repeat for each facet.
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    Flying Blind - Export DWG

    Matthew, for clarification: my question would be: what arrangement do you want in the resulting DWG files? Do you want 1 DWG file for the design layers of each of the two files (i.e. 2 DWG files), and another DWG file for the sheet layers? Or 1 DWG file for the design layers of each file AND the sheet layers? The DWG export has improved a lot since VW 2008 too.
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    Pdf Batch Export name customization

    Vincent, you're right; this would be great. As it is, we use re-naming software to modify the file names after the fact. We use R-Name which is share-ware and works well. It seems to be abandoned by its developer but is still available at www.macupdate.com/app/mac/12259/r-name.
  13. Mitchell Brooks

    Foldable Sheet Layer list

    Use 'Saved Views" instead for Design Layer access?
  14. Mitchell Brooks

    Create Keynote Legend - How?

    Jason, This is certainly a work around but it worked for me just now. Select all of the notes on the drawing; use the "magic wand" tool if you have it (I am not sure it was available in 2010). In the Object Information Pallette, turn off their designation as key notes. Then turn them back on again. When I did that, my key notes legend reappeared. Good luck.
  15. Prue, Select your viewport and then in the Object Info pallette, go to Layers and make all the layers visible.


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