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  1. Can we get Issue Manager to behave like the new Publish command, where we would be able to select a folder and then deal with editing all the issue dates/notes for a project in one place? That would be awesome! Thanks!
  2. Bosco- Quit messing around with renderings and get some work done!! rc
  3. I will have to check on that. I am pretty sure that it is still a pdf page.
  4. I am in a model layer so there is no DPI control. As for the res on the referenced PDF, I am not aware of a way to control the resolution of a PDF. It shows fine in top/plan view, and in wireframe, but as soon as I go into anything other than that, it becomes distorted. I think I need to explore here a little bit and try what Carl is suggesting. I will report back on what I find. In the meantime, keep any suggestions coming! Thanks for the help!
  5. Thanks for the suggestion. I looked into that and turned off the layer with the PDF on it and the results are still the same. The native vectors are still distorted. I have also checked for resolution control on the layers and viewports, but that does not exist.
  6. I am experiencing a odd issue when rendering. I have a VW 2011 file that has native vector information, an imported PDF and a referenced model of a building. The referenced model renders fine, but the native vectors (lines, polylines) are pixelated and real low res. I have attached the image in wireframe though Final RW. Any ideas on what this might be? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the feedback. We are using the work around that you mention so that the hatches/fills show properly, but it limits some of the visibility control. To answer your question, we do this so that multiple people can work on the project simultaneously. Our projects are typically large enough that at least three people will be working on it at any time. On smaller projects, we do not usually use this type of arrangement. The main model file will hold all the salient model info, including anything that we may generate schedules from. The Sheet files are really just that. They contain the notations, etc. With 2011 and DL Section VPs, we are experimenting with the best practice for our workflow process. Thanks again for your feedback.
  8. The 'Cut 3D Section' command does not even show up in the standard workspaces or menus anymore. I would follow with Mike M OZ and try the 'Create Section Viewport' command under the View menu.
  9. DWorks- We get the same results if we cut a DL Section VP or if we cut a SL Section VP. I am attaching the very basic test files that we created. Take a look at them and see what you think. The Test1 file is the main model and the TesterSection has the DLVP of the main model and a SL Section VP.
  10. Jeff- I checked the classes and the VP settings and everything is as it should be to show. But let me back up and clarify the setup and issue. The project is setup so that there is a 'main' model file (which is the one that you worked on) and then there are separate files which are for the 'sheets' that the main model is referenced into. In the files for the sections, there is a design layer with a DLVP on it that references back to the main model and is showing all the pertinent layers and classes. From that DLVP 'model', we have generated two section viewports that are showing as a Sheet Layer VPs. These are the sections that we can not get to show the wall components even though all that proper settings for the VPs are checked/unchecked and the proper visibilities are set. The wall components show just fine in sections that we cut in the main file, and they show just fine in Top/Plan view in the Sheet file, but as soon as you cut a section of the referenced model in the Sheet file, the components do not want to show in the section. And to make matters stranger, when I reference the section VP in the model file, all the components show just fine in the Sheet file. So for right now, that seems like the work around, but it would be nicer to be able to cut the sections in the Sheet file for flexibility in work flow. And as a follow up edit - I am recreating this is a test file, so it seems to be inherent to the program.
  11. Is anyone using mac based VW with a laser cutter? We are considering one, but are not sure if this will work or not.
  12. That is what I was afraid of - Thanks Pat!
  13. Thanks Pat- I remember this script from some time back. What I am really trying to get at is the actual .txt or .xml file that the PIO's use to populate the record data fields. I have looked in every file that I think it may exist in and keep coming up blank. The old door and window records do not seem to exist like they used to.
  14. Where would I find the files that provide the door and window record info, such as (Door.IDLabel)? I can not find a file anywhere that provides that bit of information to the program. We would like to tweak some of these items to meet how we like to create schedules. Thanks!
  15. OK, I am starting to see how this works, but as usual, the more I understand the more questions I need to ask: So VW will look in order of priority. First it looks at what is loaded in the Workgroups and Projects, the it looks at what is loaded in the User Data and Preferences folder, then it looks at what is on the local drive. Is this correct? Can workspaces be loaded on a server share and referenced thru the Workgroups and Projects pane? It seems that workspaces really need to be in the User Data folder, since there is a continuous read/write between the user and the workspace, but I need to ask so we can get it straight before we try to roll this out. And lastly, how does the filing naming need to work if you are going to have multiple workgroup folders, for the folders and the data inside them? The online help indicates that there is a method that needs to be followed, but when we try to follow them, it does not seem to work. Thanks again for your all help.
  16. Pat and Ion, Thanks for the replies and info. One follow up question on this. I understand the User Data and Preferences folder stuff better now. What purpose does the Workgroup and Project Folders preference settings serve? If the customized content is to go into the user>App Support folders, then what would I want to point at with the Workgroup and Project Folders, and where would I interact with that information while using the program? Thanks in advance. I've been using this program for so long, I feel like a noob when these issues arise.
  17. Tolu- Thanks for your help! That was exactly what we needed.
  18. The DLVP is the design layer in this instance, so the answer to your question is no. It is referencing design layers from an external reference, so there is no way to point directly to them and simply control them via the classes button on the OIP for the SLVP. I guess the point to the question is, can I control the visibility of an externally ref'd DLVP with a SLVP?
  19. We have a drawing that has the floor plan referenced into a mod layer using a DLVP. We have created a sheet layer for a floor plan that contains a viewport showing the layer with the DLVP. That works great. Then we create a new sheet layer with a new viewport on it showing the same mod layer with the DLVP on it. This new sheet layer is for a reflected ceiling and lighting plan. We can not control the visibility of the door swings, headers, etc that we want to turn off for the RCP. The viewport on the RCP sheet can not control the visibility of the DLVP objects. If we go back to the DLVP on the mod layer and control it there, then the floor plan gets messed up. Suggestions on how to think/tackle this issue? We are still on VW08. Does 09 address this? Thanks!
  20. Kevin- If you read thru the earliest posts in this thread, Jeffery does a nice job of explaining how things set up in 2008. We have made some changes based on his comments and somethings work well and others dont. I can say that you really want all your user folders on the local machine. We currently have each user folder on the server, and while it is stable and works fine, it is incredibly slow, esp. at program boot up. If you are running in the Mac OS, then your local machines should automatically connect to your server at startup. Are you running an OSX server? If not, you should consider upgrading to it. It will eliminate the need to connect to the server before VW starts.
  21. Back in VW10, Project Preference Sets were introduced. They are found under the Tools>Options menu. They have kind of been marginalized over the last few releases, but they are critical to the hardware, room finishes, etc. The source files for them are located in Plug-Ins>VW_Arch>Data. They have nothing to do with the actually preference settings for individual users, but are more workflow based.
  22. Jeffrey- I did not mean to imply that we are deleting anything. As a rule, everything in the application folder is untouched. I have used this program long enough and made enough mistakes to know what that can do. With the Notes Database, we have had decent stability of late with the program always looking at the correct location on the server. Is there a problem with locating a 'master' Preference Set on the server and having all the users point to it? I know that it is a read/write file, and am wondering if there would be similiar problems to having a master user folder. The Prefs Sets hold a lot of information that is best standardized in a multi-user environment and would really address a large number of our operational issues. Thanks for all the help!
  23. Jeff- Thanks for that info. It certainly clears up how to approach some of the setup. One question about the Libraries in the WorkGroup folder on the server: Can/Does that take the place of the Libraries Folder in Applications>VW>Libraries? From your earlier post, it seems that the program will look in the Workgroup Folders first for data, then in the application folder if it does not find it. Is that correct? How would you handle the Notes Database and other issues that I mentioned in the earlier post? It seems that they would want to go in the Workgroup Folder, but it does not seem that the program looks in there automatically.
  24. Jeffrey- After reading through your post a little more thoroughly, I have a bunch of questions/comments: The manuals actually talk about the user folders being setup on a server, and do not talk about the intent like you state in your post. If it is a big no-no, then NNA should be VERY clear about it. This is a part of the problem that we are having. We have been directing the User Folder to a main location on our server, so that everyone will have the same workspace setup and plugins. This makes a tremendous amount of sense in a multiuser environment. If this is not what NNA intends to happen with this feature, then what is the appropriate way to approach it? Again, this does not make a lot of sense for a multi user environment. We want to have everyone working off the same workspace. It is much easier for training new staff (since most do not have VW experience) and for those times when you have to sit at someone else's machine and actually be productive. To go further with this, how should we be thinking about things like the Finish Library, Notes Database, Hardware Library, etc.? These are all items that we want in one place, that each user is connected to and can have read/write access. Having individual copies on each local machine means that you get a different set of notes every time you open a file someone else has worked on. VWA 11 was very good at allowing these to be read from a central location on a server, but from 11.5 to now, it does not work. That is, unless I am missing something right before my eyes. If I can make a suggestion, I think it would be great if NNA did a white paper on multi-user server deployed setup, like the Ellicot Hts. white paper is on how to set up for a multi-user project. Orso make some interesting suggestions about using alias' and the like, but I see that as becoming a tangled web very quickly, and not at all intuitive. I would not want any of my staff to have to try to make something like that work, or God forbid, troubleshoot. As I have said to a fair number of people at NNA over the last couple of years, I think you should plan for a version of this program to solely address these types of issues. The WGR upgrades and DLVP's have been fantastic. Now it is time to address simplification of setup, usability, and advancement of the multi-user features, although I fear this might be a lot to ask of a program at this price point. As always, thanks for taking the time to address our comments and questions. We really appreciate the effort that all the folks at NNA put in on VW!
  25. Jeffrey- Will do - thanks for the response.
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