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  1. Diamond

    Marionette Resources for Beginners

    I was looking at this book. Has any of the Marionette guru's read it, and is it worth investing the time in? https://www.amazon.com/Algorithms-Aided-Design-Parametric-strategies-Grasshopper/dp/8895315308/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=grasshopper+software&qid=1560959974&s=books&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=arch0c7-20&linkId=76f078acacb337c13732e3130fc5f8cf&language=en_US
  2. Hello, In our (North) Sydney studio we are currently looking for architectural documenters / technicians / draftspersons, or experienced architects with sound construction and documentation knowledge. High Vectorworks proficiency is preferred, but exceptions might be made depending on fit. Candidates must be willing to learn Vectorworks to a high degree of proficiency. Some information about us… We are a medium sized design firm (~ 60 team members across 3 studios). We work across three key disciplines: Architecture. Interior Design. Masterplanning. We focus on the following market sectors, bringing diverse expertise and experience: • Consumer: retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment. • Community: education, residential, community, leisure, retirement. • Commercial: workplace, commercial. If you are interested, please contact me via private message (hover over my user name and select message). Warm regards, Troy
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    Why Does VW have so much trouble with Spaces?

    I have used this…
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    Why Does VW have so much trouble with Spaces?

    @JMR I know the feeling. I have recently been doing some concept planning for a ~9,500m2 building and it was often like wading through mud – but the Resource Manager Refresh did end up helping. Even then the delay is still noticeable for such a geometrically simple object.
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    Why Does VW have so much trouble with Spaces?

    How is that delay since refreshing the Resource Manager Library?
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    Why Does VW have so much trouble with Spaces?

    Try refreshing the Resource Manager (pop up menu under the gear icon). Not sure why it helps. Cheers.
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    Thank you for that Dom.
  8. Diamond

    Workflow for large projects

    That is what we have been doing also. Thanks for heads up re: Dropbox.
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    Workflow for large projects

    Yup. And section reference markers. Depending on the project and skill level of the team, we use a hybrid 2D/3D process, so these feature aren't always important. I find using layer referencing as apposed to viewport referencing achieves better results for sections and elevations in a referenced file. But then it does bring in all of the resources of the referenced file, and I find stairs linked between storeys can bug out. On the flip-side splitting a project up into multiple files provides some redundancy if a file is corrupted. No one said managing large projects was easy 😉. Hopefully project sharing in 2019 is more robust. We have been having huge challenges with project permissions and changes not being submitted. It can get cray-cray when you have more than ~3 people on the same file. @Christiaan, @zoomer Any suggestions how you manage this?
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    Workflow for large projects

    Yes, large projects can be a challenge to manage. Beyond the software, I find the team is the most challenging part (requiring each team member to put on their big boy/girl pants 😉). Team members will often begrudgingly only use unfamiliar workflows unless forced – but that is all part of going to the next level in their skill level. 1. As per Zoomer's comment, invest in your libraries by making sure you are using symbols as much as possible. If you have purely 3D symbol's, convert them to hybrid symbols (or auto-hyrid objects if appropriate0 as much a possible. 3D geometry can slow down redraw times dramatically in Top/Plan views. 2. Use saved views to switch between levels and working states. Using the Navigation Palette, and viewport visibility settings is okay for basic switching on smaller projects. But saved view will really switch up your navigation between levels and drawing states (that is, general arrangement plans, RCP's, Floor Finishes, Slab Setout, and so on). 3. Echoing points 1 and 2, as much as you can, turn off 3D geometry, or complex 2D (such as site survey's, and so on). 4. Objects need to be classed correctly. One renegade team member can really throw a spanner in the works by using objects assigned to the wrong class. 5. Work on your templates and standards. Keep them simple enough for small projects, but be able to import classes and layers from your standard files. I concur. Once again, I concur. Although this is an option I would generally only recommend for rendered 3D views, as Saved Viewport Cache can dramatically increase file size. Alternatively, we tend to break up files into Survey, site, + terrain Model + plans Sections, elevations, + details HTH.
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    Hi Dom, In 2019, for me the custom name and number of the space is not being copied. Can you suggest what I might be doing wrong? Cheers.
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    Space Tool Bugs

    I have spoken to my local distributor and he is sure that is a bug. Thanks again.
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    Space Tool Bugs

    Markdd, Nailed it! I cannot believe I have not seen that before! For the last couple of years, this tool has been giving me no end of grief. I am meant to know this stuff. Now I feel like a goose. Thanks for the fresh eyes. Time to serve up some humble pie. But doesn't it taste good? ! Thanks again.
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    Space Tool Bugs

    These bugs are still present in Vw 2018 SP3. We do a lot of masterplanning using the space tool. It used to work, but in the last few of versions of Vw it has been broken. I really don't want to have to recommend we move back to Vw 2015 just to make this work. 1. When I adjust the gross height, the space object gets moved down to 0 height. This is an annoyance. I can work around this. The next bugs I can't. 2. The class transparency attributes on the 2D boundary class are still not adopted. The 2D outline of the Space should take on the line style, fill and opacity settings of the 2D boundary class. It does take on the line style and fill, just not the transparency settings. 3. When I attempt to apply classes with textures to the 3D boundary class, no texture appears. Textures will render, but only in Renderworks. Renderworks won’t render colour, and OpenGL won’t render colour or texture of space objects. 4. Vw Example File The Space Tool used to do all of this in Vw 2015. I need – : The Space Name and the 2D Boundary outline to be opaque, The 2D Boundary fill to be transparent, And the 3D Boundary to render textures and colours correctly in OpenGL and Renderworks. I want to place the objects in a 'Space-Main' class, with the 2D and 3D boundaries to be assigned to transparent filled 'Zone' classes. The example on the left shows this. You will notice the 2D boundary fill displayed opaque even though the class fill is set to 40%. The right example shows the overall object assigned to class 'Space-Zone-A' transparent because the Zone classes' fill is set to 40%. But doing this then sets the object's outline and text to 40% transparency (which I don't want). At the moment my only solution is to use text, and slabs or 2D polygons and 3D extrudes to get the same result. I would love to know if I I am doing something wrong. Thanks. Space Tool Bugs.vwx
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    Wall ID Tag is there such a thing?

    Oh yeah, here is the Vectorworks Help link for more detail. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm?#t=VW2018_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FCreating_Custom_ID_Label_Symbols.htm&rhsearch=ID Label&rhsyns= &rhhlterm=ID Label


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