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  1. Have you looked through the hatches provided? Check for a hatches file in the extras folder.
  2. If you click on the OIP arrow just to the right of the texture name another pallete will come up. Different textures will have different color options, some will have none.
  3. Check your Page>Unit settings
  4. You can very easily create a duplicate set of sheets, copy viewports onto them and just keep these scaled to half-size. Rather than reduce in the print window I would consider using the VP to reset the scale. If you put your scale marker in the VP annotations you can even have it read accurately. Plus you can add any special notes that might be specific to one set or the other. See also this thread regarding a sheet setup plugin: http://techboard.nemetschek.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=20;t=001548 [ 06-30-2005, 10:59 AM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  5. I don't think you can expand the pallete. The new pallete you create will only apply to the file it is created in however. You can always bring one of the default palletes in temporarily from another file if you need it.
  6. Chris, you're absolutely right, just taking your comment to the extreme for the sake of a little levity. A good balance between flash and substance makes for a healthy diet.
  7. There is a GDP Suite plugin at http://www.vectordepot.com/PlugIns1.shtml that does this among other things.
  8. Set your viewport to final quality RW. Duplicate the VP in place. Set new VP to hidden line rendering. Click render settings on hidden line VP, check sketch hidden line results.
  9. I'm sure you're right. There's a multiplication factor involved when a vector element is broken apart. A simple wall with a half dozen parameters becomes a multitudinous set of line segments compounded by cutouts, foreground objects and colinear items. Polylines will be a whole other level of added coplexity if there were many of those. With a wireframe object its not the number of lines that causes file size explosion, but how those lines are registered by the program/computer. A wireframe box is a recorded as one object with length, width, height, position (& some incidentals). Convert it into lines and you have, what, 12 objects with their positions and lengths to record. [ 06-29-2005, 09:46 AM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  10. Alan, I don't have many answers for printing problems because I usually can't relate. Am I wrong or are most of the printing problems Mac related? (Maybe just most users have Macs?) The only time my pdfs slow down is in drawings completely hatch-laden, and even then no more than 30 seconds or so for a 30"x42". If this helps here are my default distiller settings: Print Quality 300dpi ICM disabled ICM Intent: Pictures Download True Type as Softfont Postscript optimized for speed Postscript language level: 3 Others at typical defaults.
  11. Page>Set Attribute Defaults>Color Palette Double click on any square to assign a new color. The Blend is a great option. Drag in a line or rectangle from one color to another to produce a series of values in between the two.
  12. There is a very handy plugin called Cleanup Hidden Line Renderings at http://www.vectordepot.com/PlugIns1.shtml that will help eliminate redundant lines. It works by limiting lines produced during the Convert to Lines process. I am certain there was also once a plugin that would clean up redundant lines on any 2D drawing but I've lost track of it.
  13. With that I do see what you mean. I get everything you say except my cursor goes where I tell it. The easiest way for me to accurately reposition the text in this case is to deliberately follow the hint along the line between endpoints. You're right, funky.
  14. I think he had used stuffit to compress the files, you may have to download the software (equivalent of winzip). When extracted put .vsm files into your vw plugins folder. Edit workspace, adding to the Organize menu with a couple of separators is one thought. Relaunch VW. Select operation from menu, select drawn object.
  15. Rendering in OpenGL will give white surfaces gray shades so as to be able to differentiate between them. Adding a fill color will still produce different shades, but they should no longer be gray. Is it possible you are adjusting the class default fills while the objects themselves are not set to take on their class colors (in the attributes pallet)? Any symbols you create should be able to be found via the resource browser in the file where the symbol was created. [ 06-29-2005, 09:24 AM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  16. I've been pretty happy with my VW popup blocker plugin, but the script for sorting my inbox still seems buggy.
  17. Bruce, if you group a particular set of walls you can select them all and adjust their properties simultaneously. They even stay healed pretty well when adjusting thickness. The 2D reshape tool works on them too. Only thing I can see that might be lacking is that when altering thickness they adjust on either side of the CL. I don't think you can specify an adjustment relative to a specific side.
  18. Peter, as far as I can see adjusting either an existing constrained or unconstrained dimension length by dragging the endpoint of the witness line produces the reaction I would expect: shift will constrain along a direct path between the two points dimensioned. Holding shift, I can move the cursor anywhere I like and the dimension line reacts in a similar fashion to a simple line adjusted similarily. Am I missing your point? [ 06-27-2005, 09:15 PM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  19. Some roof designs just plain don't lend themselves to automated creation. The roof face tool is very useful in most of these situations. Draw the roof profile in plan with a rectangle or polygon, select the command, go through the settings, when you exit you will need to draw a line on your plan to represent the roof axis (and Z height location), then click again on the upslope side. If you have further problems post again. [ 06-24-2005, 08:06 PM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  20. I can't say about a script, but this hurdle is wonderfully cleared by using a macro. I downloaded Workspace Macro 4.5 for windows from www.download.com for $25 and it records a batch print process perfectly. You don't even have to use a sheet name, you can call your pdf files whatever you like. Download size 1.56MB. [ 06-24-2005, 05:40 PM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  21. Robert, I don't quite fit your formula but if you're just looking for opinions . . . I have tried the assign room finish tool and for my purposes a plain old worksheet is better.
  22. Hatches are another item that should remain at the forefront. My best solution to Brendan's initial query is to 1) Set a class for each of the heavier hatches. 2) When setting class fills first select solid and a grey (or color of your choice). 3) Then change the class fills to hatch and select their respective hatches. 4) Create a custom select script that will select only those classes. By simultaneousely setting them all to solid they each take on their different greyscale fills. When ready to print or view final use the script to select and change the fill back to class style to bring up the class-specific hatches. It works very well but that doesn't mean I would be sad to scrap it. [ 06-22-2005, 10:18 PM: Message edited by: Delmer ]
  23. My addition of the moment to Mike's record setting request would be something between constrained and unconstrained dimensions. I can't easily dimension something like the following:
  24. Eddie If that doesn't work you might try setting up one VP and then copying it. When you paste the new one just adjust the view and layer if need be. Might be easier than remembering classes.
  25. Visible with a nonplot setting in classes or elsewhere would be handy, but not currently available. You can select any visible item in the viewport to select it, it is only when adjusting the crop that you have to search for it.
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