Matt Panzer

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  1. Can you attach a small Vectorworks file for us to look at?
  2. Also, if you have rendered viewports in the document with the document preference "Save Viewport Cache" on, try turning it off, save the file, and check the file size. This will require you to re-render the viewports every time you open the file, but it will reduce file size.
  3. Try going to "Set Lighting Options" in the View menu and turn on Ambient Occlusion: A side effect of this feature is that the clip cube cut fill turns translucent:
  4. Thanks for the file, Sky. Vectorworks 2018 fixed many issues similar to this so I’m surprised this is happening in that version. I submitted a bug with the file. One workaround I can think of would be to break the main roof up into separate roof objects by making the gable and Dutch gable with separate roof objects. I realize this is not ideal. Another option would be to create the dormer “manually” by placing separate walls with the window and a roof for the dormer. Then manually cut the hole in the main roof by placing a polygon in Top/Plan View and using the Subtract Surface command.
  5. Could you attach a small Vectorworks file showing the issue?
  6. Hi Sky, What version of Vectorworks are you using?
  7. As Pat mentioned, Hybrid objects cannot be rotated off the ground plane. They can only be rotated around the Z axis. If that's all you need, one of these scripts should do it for you. This script will rotate selected objects about their centers (center of their bounding box): PROCEDURE MAIN; FUNCTION RotateIt(h :HANDLE) :BOOLEAN; VAR x, y, ang :REAL; BEGIN HCenter( h, x, y ); ang := Random * 360; HRotate( h, x, y, ang ); END; BEGIN ForEachObjectInLayer(RotateIt, 2, 0, 4); END; RUN(MAIN); This script will rotate selected symbols and plug-in objects about their insertion point: PROCEDURE MAIN; FUNCTION RotateIt(h :HANDLE) :BOOLEAN; VAR x, y, ang :REAL; BEGIN GetSymLoc( h, x, y ); ang := Random * 360; HRotate( h, x, y, ang ); END; BEGIN ForEachObjectInLayer(RotateIt, 2, 0, 4); END; RUN(MAIN);
  8. Actually, I retract my statement. :-) Modifiers in VW 2017 are added the same as in VW 2018. The difference is that VW 2017 will allow modifiers to be added even when they do not overlap the slab's true boundary. VW 2018 seems to add them only when they overlap the boundary. I'm thinking this IS a bug. Submitting it now...
  9. I believe this is by design. Edit the Slab's Boundary and you will notice only for the original slab shape. Edit the slab Modifiers and you will see the objects added. When these objects are added (using Add Surface), they can effect any number of user selected components of the slab object - so they do need to be treated differently. However, If you Edit the Slab Boundary, place an object over the boundary object, then Add Surface, you will then add it to the boundary. -Matt
  10. This is a known issue and should be addressed very soon.
  11. You’re welcome, Niki! Thanks @Christiaanand @Gadzooks It’s always interesting to see the many clever approaches from you folks on the boards. :-)
  12. Another variation on this with a Wall Feature: Create a 2D polygon, select it and the wall, and use the Clip Surface command. A wall feature will be created. In the Object Info palette, set the Right Side Wrap to the desired component and set the Offset from Wall Top to get the niche to align with the top of the window. This method does creates pretty good Top/Plan graphics and also carries the outside component finish into the cutout in 3D.
  13. You’re welcome! You can find a lot of videos of 2018 features here:
  14. Our Door and Window content now takes advantage of the new Door and Window Style Catalog feature in Vectorworks 2018. This allows us to provide much more content than in previous versions. Catalog content is accessed through a Door or Window Style. The basic workflow is to insert a Door or Window Style from our content, edit the style, rename as desired, and choose a product from the catalog. Here's a quick (silent) video showing how it works: ScreenFlow.mp4
  15. Setting the line weight of the components should give you what you need.