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Vladislav Stanev

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  1. Vladislav Stanev

    Property Line Tool

    Hi @Jim Smith, I've played around with this file, and i think i can see the underlying issue. This a little bit a workflow issue. Of course, we have to tune up the feature to make it easy, but for the time being you can be mindful of this while using it. First, the align issue is that the PDF page is not rotated nor scaled to match the document in Vectorworks. So if you precisely draw by angle and length it will not match until you position, rotate, scale, and then position again the PDF page under your drawing. And then, there is the issue of clock-wise (CW) vs. counter-clock-wise (CCW) direction of the polygons. If you look on the left side of the PDF page, the lines are at N72°38'40"E and then it turns to N17°59'00"W. The first direction is CCW but the next one is CW. This means that if you draw the polygon of the Landscape are using these values, it will go the other direction than what's on the PDF. This is expecting, as you cannot have a single polygon with conflicting directions. So, for this file i would suggest the following workflow: - start of without importing the pdf, but have it in front of you so you can read the directions; - use the Property Line tool in the Bearing and Distance Mode; - enter the corners one by one using the bearing-distance provided in the PDF. With each corner you have to be mindful of the direction it is going in your drawing to match the PDF. if it goes the other-way as you expect, then go back one (with the 'Previous' button) and edit the bearing by flipping the direction (if 'N' make 'S' and if 'E' make 'W' or reverse), then click 'Update' so you can see the change in the drawing. The "Next' button will get you to the new one to be added again; - at this point you should have a Property Line that resembles the shape of the one on the PDF; - now you can import the PDF page - having the PDF selected, use the Modify -> Scale Objects menu command to adjust the scale of the PDF to match the drawing. You can use the dim-buttons to precisely match points on the drawing. - then you can use the cursor and protractor tools on the PDF object to position and rotate it to match with the Property Line. Here you will note that the bearings from the drawing not always match the PDF. You can use the 'Reverse Direction' checkbox from the 'Segments' group of the Property Line shape pane. But again, in your PDF they are not consistent directions. With a single Property Line polygon you can have them either CW or CCW. Of course, you can break it up into several Property Line objects and each can be set appropriately to match the PDF if that's important. I hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions. I'll see to adding a rectangle for the corner indicators, and think about how do we improve presentation of mixed CW and CCW property line segments. Regards, Vlado
  2. Vladislav Stanev

    Property Line Tool

    Hi Jim, can you send me a test file, so we can see what's going on and fix it? Please send it to vstanev@vectorworks.net Also, i'll make sure we add the option for rectangles. Thank you for the suggestion. Regards, Vlado
  3. Vladislav Stanev

    Irrigation Tools...So Slow!

    @ericjhberg can you send me a test file? I want to profile and see what's going on, so we can fix the problem: vstanev@vectorworks.net
  4. Vladislav Stanev

    Is the search in developer.vectorworks.net broken?

    Yes, the API for the google search that we use has been deprecated. We'll update it soon.
  5. Vladislav Stanev

    Reporting Pressure Loss in Worksheets...incorrect values?!

    Hi Eric, to add to Lance's response. This works via a new worksheet function 'WSCustomUnitsTranslate' The worksheets have been updated to use that function os it reports the same value as the OIP. See the worksheet in a new file.
  6. Vladislav Stanev

    Problems Encrypting a Python Script

    Hi, sorry for the late response. I didn't get notification for this for some reason. Anyway, the configuration XML file should be placed next to the vso/vst/vsm file, and it should have the same name. Below, i'll give you a sample xml. The Tools -> Plug-ins-> Encrypt Sript menu you found will only encrypt a single text file. You need to work with the plugins, and thus you need to run the Plugin Manager. You can encrypt a one plugin from the Plugin Manager (as an alternative to EncryptVSPluginFilePath call) holding Ctrl+Shirt+Alt on win or Ctrl+Option+Cmd+Shift+CapsLock on mac and double click on a plugin. It's rather obscure way, and we have plants to make it more stream lined. Maybe this would be easier for your case. (I though this was documented in F1 help, but i couldn't find it) A sample XML file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?><!-- This file defines how the corresponding script plug-in should be packaged--><Plugin> <Package> <File>Common/__init__.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/__init__.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/vsoEventsConstants.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/Vector.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/Utilities_Setup.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/ObjsType.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/Utilities_General.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/CheckDashedLineStyle.py</File> <File>Common/Includes/Roadway_Curved.py</File> </Package> </Plugin>
  7. Vladislav Stanev

    Reporting Pressure Loss in Worksheets...incorrect values?!

    We internally store the values in metric. So what you see in the worksheet is kPa (kilo-pascals). However, it should translate the value when displaying in the worksheet. I wonder why it is not working. Can you send a simple file that demonstrates the problem?
  8. Can you send me a small test file that exhibits the problem? Maybe a video too so we can see how to reproduce it.
  9. Vladislav Stanev

    Temporary Disable Irrigation Network Update

    Hi Eric, i'll answer you on the threads of the questions.
  10. Vladislav Stanev

    Temporary Disable Irrigation Network Update

    Hi Eric, well, this is a giant file.It's awesome to see you pushing the limits. The XML property i told you about just removes the asynchronous calculations, which in this case is not useful. I'll add a new property to turn off the auto-calculations (SP2 hopefully) until we find a solution of this. This way, it will not interfere with your work but you'll have to do manual recalculate when you need to see updated values. Regards, Vlado
  11. Vladislav Stanev

    Temporary Disable Irrigation Network Update

    Hi Eric, You can disable the automated calculations and then you can use the menu command to recalculate. However, i'm interested to see why is it cumbersome to you? Can you send me a test file, or at least a video of the problem? (vstanev@vectorworks.net) Thank you. To disable the automated calculations, open this file: \Libraries\Defaults\Irrigation\IrrigationSettings.xml Edit it with a text editor, and put 'false' in the 'AsyncCalculation' tag (there is 'true' at the moment there). This file should be in your app folder. Regards, Vlado
  12. Vladislav Stanev

    Progress Dialog bug?

    Hello, It seems this is a bug in the software. Unfortunately, I cannot find a workaround. Thank you for reporting it. I've added a bug issue request and hopefully it will be fixed soon. Regards, Vlado
  13. Vladislav Stanev

    Origin Woes...

    Hi guys, this issue has already been fixed in VW2014 SP3. Regards, Vlado
  14. If you drag & drop files into Vectorworks, it will import them accordingly with the correct importer for the file type.
  15. Vladislav Stanev

    pasting into georef layers

    The request is implemented for Vectorworks 2015. Thanks for the input.
  16. Vladislav Stanev

    Problems Encrypting a Python Script

    Hi all, now I see this feature was never documented properly by Vectorworks. The encryption (obfuscation) of Python scripts is similar to the VectorScript process. I'll make sure we make an article on developer.vectorworks.net site about that. Until then, here is explanation of how python encryption (obfuscation) works. A user develops his python vso/vst/vsm plug-in. Typically, as the samples demonstrate, the code of the plug-in just includes an external py file. This way it is much easier to develop as it allows external IDE. At the end of the development, the python script is a collection of py files. The encryption (obfuscation) process (run from the Plugin manager or from EncryptVSPluginFilePath call) will compile and pack up all the external pyo or pyc files (those are compiled py files) into the vso/vst/vsm file. This means that the vso/vst/vsm files can be distributed without providing any of the source files. More on python files here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8822335/what-does-python-file-extensions-pyc-pyd-pyo-stand-for And here is the trick. For VectorScript the app follows the {$include} directive when doing this, but for Python, there is no way to follow the includes and figure out what is to be included. So, Vectorworks would expect an xml file next to your vso/vst/vsm that is being encrypted. This file will define what files must be included. Note, Vectorworks 2014 has a problem where the main script text inside the vso/vst/vsm will not be modified by the process. This means that even though the plug-in is packed up, the script text is still untouched and can be seen if there is an error reported. The issue will be fixed for VW2015. Here is an example xml file that defines several files to be packed up when encrypting (obfuscating) the plug-in: Note, the name of the XML file should be the same as the VSO/VST/VSM file. Common/__init__.py Common/Vector.py Common/Utilities.py Common/ObjsType.py MyDialog.py MainProgram.py
  17. Vladislav Stanev

    syntax for vs.ForEachObject(callback, c):

    Also, it is even more interesting (different than VectorScript) is the vs.GetPt call. See the sample at: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:GetPt
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    syntax for vs.ForEachObject(callback, c):

    Check the developer.vectorworks again: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:ForEachObject I've put an example of python using this function.
  19. Vladislav Stanev

    Python. From the very beginning

    Yes, you should be able to. Those you should install in the side packages.
  20. Vladislav Stanev

    Python. From the very beginning

    Hi Ilay, you should not copy anything to 'site-packages' from the sample. Unzip the sample in your user's plug-ins folder and that should be all. when a vsm, vsm, or vst runs, VW adds that folder to the python search path. So, when the scripts does 'import import ui.dlgHandler' the first thing python would do is to look for a folder 'ui' next to the vsm.
  21. Vladislav Stanev

    Python. From the very beginning

    Hey guys, it seems the vs.Message was not added to python. This omission be fixed in SP2.
  22. Vladislav Stanev

    VectorScriot or ...

    Hey, how many of you would be interested in switching to C#, VisualBasic, Python, Java, F# or what ever language there is these days? For more complex projects for example? Thanks, Vlado
  23. Vladislav Stanev

    VectorScriot or ...

    Well, but that's not problem of the SDK, it's a problem of the plug-in's design. But yes, I know what you mean ... VS is more user friendly
  24. Vladislav Stanev

    VectorScriot or ...

    Just informational (this is the VS forum anyway), but SDK does have much better support for popup value list, also dynamic popup value list. Also it has much easier XML API for configuration files. The SDK is OS independent, as long as you can handle two different compilers. The only drawback maybe is that it uses C++. You can tell I like the SDK, eh
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    Developing for the mac

    Also, pay attention to the Xcode version ... for VW2011 development you have to use 3.2

 

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