Nina Ivanova

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  1. Vectorworks does not create empty classes (or layers) anymore. Unused block definitions, line types, materials, dimension styles are also purged during the import.
  2. @ensta, Are you trying to import all the DXF files at ones, using the Import DXF/DWG or DWF menu command? If you are batch importing all the files, then you might want to check the Destination: Current File, Symbols in Current File, New Files in Folder. If you are importing as symbols in current file, only symbol definitions will be created; if you are creating new files in folder, then you will not have anything imported into the current document and you have to open created documents to see the graphics. You could send an example DXF so I could check what happens.
  3. Coordinate data are available after the file is exported to DWG. Points are also created during the export, but they are not visible. You have loci inside the Vectorworks document, which are always exported as invisible points. In order to make the point visible inside AutoCAD, Acad users need to change the value of the system variable PDMODE. I am attaching a picture with the possible values. Alternatively, you might want to import the initial data from the DXF file using another import option for the points - use Import Points as Symbols. After import you could edit the symdef to adjust the "point" size or graphics. Then you can export to DWG and the Acad user will not need to do anything in order to see both coordinates and point location (points will be presented as Block References). Hope this helps, Nina
  4. Thank you, Wesley! Yes, this is a known problem for SP2, which is already fixed for SP3. It appeared after some restrictions done in the third party library, which we use for reading and writing DWG files. We had to adapt our code to follow the same restrictions. This problem appeared in a very special case - export of negatively scaled symbol instances with attached to the symdef record format - which usually happens when you have an imported DWG. There are 3 such symbols in your document - 01PSBB01, 01PSBD01 and 01P054. Detaching record format from mentioned symdefs fixes the problem (and there is no loss of data after export to DWG - see images). Thank you for reporting and sorry for the inconvenience. Nina Venue_1.vwx
  5. Hello Wesley, Would you, please, attach an example DWG so that we can investigate? Thank you, Nina
  6. I would say, that it is due to the difference in the CAD packages - there are things, which you can do in Vectorworks, but there is no exact way to export them in a DWG file.
  7. Thank you for the images, Laura! Would you, please, attach an example Vectorworks document (.vwx file)? Thanks, Nina
  8. Hello Laura, Would you, please, attach an example document, which shows your problem? Thank you, Nina
  9. Pat, coordinates are reversed in the DWG file. There is nothing we can do on DWG import.
  10. And the updated DWG, which shows the reversed coordinates: LP-3.00-WCS.dwg
  11. This DWG uses a custom coordinate system. Converting the UCS back to the World Coordinate System and changing the Plan to Current shows the coordinates in the way you see them after importing in Vectorworks. Original DWG Updated DWG (LP-3.00-WCS.dwg) and coordinates there DWG file is set to Unitless, so you have to ask the originator of the file what are the exact units there. As coordinates, reported by AutoCAD are 1000 times bigger then the X and Y text (except that they are switched), then during import in Vectorworks you will need to set that 1000 DXF/DWG Units are converted to 1 VW Unit. For example, if the X and Y text in the DWG refers meters, then set your VW document units to meters, and from the DXF/DWG Import Options dialog choose the Units settings as shown on one of the images: or Then you will receive the following: Hope this helps, Nina
  12. Hello btg, Would you, please, attach a DWG file which shows the problem? Thank you, Nina
  13. Hi Zoomer, Yes, the reason to receive faces instead of a single solid is that (most of ) your extrudes are defined by multiple profile objects - dark grey extrudes from Extrude Multi class, but also two of the generic solids from Solid Generic class and 1 of the solid additions from Solid Add from Solid class. For these single objects inside Vectorworks the ACIS/SAT third party library creator, which we use to generate the info for the DWG file, will return multiple objects - and if we pass such info to the DWG, it will not be accepted. Solid additions from solids and from extrudes, which have intersecting profile objects, are created as a single object by the ACIS/SAT creator and that is why they export as 3D solids. I do not see problems with 3D solid presentations inside AutoCAD - opening exported by me DWGs from both Mac and Win and even opening your attached DWG gives the result, shown on the image below. Probably the application, in which you are opening the files presents them in this way?
  14. Zoomer, Do you have the option "Export Solids as ACIS Solids" set to ON? Extrudes do export as Solid objects to DWG if you have this option set to true. If you have the option set to ON and you still receive faces, then your extrudes might be defined by more than one profile object?
  15. Anonymous block inside AutoCAD can be copy-pasted, thus creating more instances, but you can not insert it as you do with the named blocks and you can not edit its "definition". The only way to edit such an instance is to "explode" it and do the necessary changes. No way to change in one step all the instances. This is close to Vectorworks groups, so that is why we convert them to groups. There is no need to have an import option for this conversion.