Matt Panzer

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  1. Samuel, Each row represents a catalog item in the excel file. You should be able to delete and add them as needed. When finished, "Save As" in excel and choose to save as a "Tab Delimited Text". NOTE: You may need to restart VW in order to see the new catalog data.
  2. Err... oops! I think you're right. Forget I said that. ;-P Thank you for submitting! -Matt
  3. Hi Terrance, Our default content for doors and windows with attached catalogs all have the Catalog Item "by style". This means all instances of the style will use the same Catalog item. The recommended workflow is to edit the style, rename the style to something like "Window A", and choose the catalog item for the style. This way, all instances of "Window A" will use the same item from the catalog. However, if you wish to allow instances of a given style to use different catalog items, you can edit the style and set the catalog item "by instance". This will then allow each instance to use a different catalog item via the "Window Settings" dialog (or via the Object Info palette). Please let me know if you need more clarification. Best regards, -Matt
  4. Ok, great. Thanks Kevin. I do still see an open bug similar to this but it certainly helps to have your report as well - in case it's something slightly different. It also allows you to keep an eye on the issue. :-) Thanks! -Matt
  5. Hi Kevin, I believe this is a known issue. If you previously submitted a bug on this and it was not resolved, I suggest adding a comment to that bug stating the it's still an issue. Otherwise go ahead and submit a new report. This needs to be fixed. Thanks! -Matt
  6. Hi Samuel, Apologies. I should've said save as a "Tab Delimited Text" file. I'll edit my original post. And yes, it would be much faster to add (and manage) many catalog items in the spreadsheet. Can you give me an example of "descriptive elements" that are not editable via worksheet?
  7. Creating catalogs is most certainly an expert/power user/super geeky level task. But, It may not be TOO difficult if you want to create your own using the same set of parameters an existing catalog uses. You can duplicate a set of existing catalog files and rename them for a new catalog. You can find the shipping catalog files in the VW application folder under Libraries/Object Styles/Door (or Window)/Catalogs. If you copy, rename and move the three (xlsx, txt, xml) files for an existing catalog to the same file path in the VW User folder (you may need to add the "Catalogs" folder), a new catalog of that filename will be available in VW. The three files MUST have the same name (before the file extension) and here are their purpose: XML: Defines how the catalog is organized, which parameters are used, and plenty more geeky information. I highly recommend not editing this file. XLSX: This is an Excel file used to edit the parameter values for all items within the catalog. This is for content creators and not used by the VW application. TXT: A Tab Delimited Text file saved (exported) from the Excel file. You can then edit the "xlsx" file in Excel, replace parameter values with your own, and save as "Tab Delimited Text" (replacing the previous "txt" file). WARNING 1: The data must be very carefully formatted. WARNING 2: If needing to create a Window catalog containing windows using Custom Sash parameters, it gets very tricky. I recommend steering clear of this until you really want to enter maximum geekiness. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! ;-)
  8. Great to hear you have it working! :-)
  9. I see no problem on my Mac. Are you using a default or custom workspace? If it's custom, try using one of the default workspaces. If that fixes it, you may need to delete the command from the custom workspace and add it back.
  10. You're welcome! A nice thing about Vectorworks is that you can choose how far you want to go in 3D, then add additional detail as 2D annotations. This allows you to start with the more basic 3D tools that do a lot of work for you (walls, slabs, roofs, doors, windows, stairs) without getting bogged down with more complex modeling until you're more comfortable. And, of course, this community board is invaluable with so many members willing to help you. :-)
  11. Thanks for the file. Something certainly went wrong with the dormers in the roof. the only thing I could do is to edit a roof face and causing the dormers to be deleted. My recommendation is this: 1. Edit a face of the roof to reset it and lose the dormers or (probably better) recreate the roof to be sure there's no gremlins lingering. 2. Create the dormers "from scratch" by placing your own walls, windows and roofs. The built-in dormer feature is pretty limited and best for quick conceptual generic dormers. I think you'll find it far easier to create a dormer to your specs with walls, windows, and roof objects. Once it's in place, you can cut a hole in the main roof by creating a polygon and using "Clip Surface" with the polygon and roof selected. I've attached your file with the one dormer started to give you an idea of how it can work. I hope this helps! -Matt Roof_Dormers_v2017.vwx
  12. Can you attach a small file with the roof so we can have a look?
  13. No problem Andrew! just keep in mind that working the design layers is not WYSIWYG with these options.
  14. Hi Andrew, If the only place you care to see the markers is in the viewport, change the marker scaling as needed in the viewport's Advanced Properties.
  15. Ha! Now I know why my photo never made it into marketing materials here. ;-P