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Nina Ivanova

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  1. Nina Ivanova

    DWG export - not exporting space label

    I think, that the export problem in your original file and the problem given here are different issues, but still there might be some relation. @Jim Wilson, do you have any thoughts about the space issue?
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    DWG export - not exporting space label

    Would you, please, send the Vectorworks document directly to me? Thanks, Nina
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    Export dxf profiles for custom tooling

    @mgebel, I think, that the only thing you need to export is the profile (the polyline, which you used to create the extrude). Export the polyline to DXF (Text) file format, version 12. You might also need to temporary set the Vectorworks 2D conversion resolution to a lower value - I think Low will be OK in your case. 2D conversion resolution setting is taken into account on export and controls the number of vertices of the exported polyline. This option can be found in Tools --> Options --> Vectorworks Preferences --> Edit tab. After export, do not forget to restore the option to its previous value.
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    DWG Export Files

    @Haydenovative, You are receiving .pat files because the "Export Hatch pattern files" option is set to ON AND you have hatched objects inside your drawing. If you haven't had previously hatched objects in your drawing, .pat files would not be created even the export option to create them is set to ON. Compared to previous version, compared to Vectorworks document size, or compared to something else? You are exporting Design layers only, i.e. no sheet data will be exported at all; When you export VW Layers as DXF/DWG Layers, according to the chosen options, invisible VW Layers will be exported as invisible DXF/DWG Layers, BUT all the objects from the invisible classes will not be exported. Also: be sure that when you are exporting Design Layer only, your current layer before export is a design layer, not a sheet layer.
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    DWG impor Scaling issue

    Did you check the units you use to import in Vectorworks?
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    Export DWFx

    Are you using a custom sheet size? There are predefined paper sizes, used by the third-party DWG/DXF, DWF and DWFx writing libraries. When a custom sheet size is used, the most appropriate predefined paper size is chosen. Seems that there is no good approximation for the 6300 mm long sheet. Exporting to a different DWF type will not work because of the already mentioned reason. Exporting from a Design layer should show all the objects. If you want, you could send the file, so that I can confirm the cases.
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    It might be, but also might be some different issue, which we need to investigate. All the previous fixes are already in VW2019. If you send the document and export settings, we could do more investigations. As a rule, when there is a need of special document edits in order to complete some export or whatever else, you must work in a copy of your original document.
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    Reducing exported DWG files size

    @jmr, Would you, please, send the document which you are talking about so that we could analyze the export?
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    Lineweights not printing to PDF

    I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader and do not see a problem with the lineweights. Attached are two PDFs, one is direct publishing to PDF, without rasterize option selected, and the other is print-to-PDF using the Publish menu command. Both PDFs look in this way: PublishPrint as PDF.pdf PublishToPDF.pdf
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    DWG Import Error

    This is a bug, which was fixed long ago. Probably you are using an old Vectorworks version.
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    No PDF option in File/Publish

    @hinnam, Publishing to PDF is not allowed in Fundamentals. You could try the Cloud Publish instead: Best regards, Nina
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    Import turbocad issues

    @amberhine, this message would appear, if you are trying to open the file. If you want to import a DWG file, you have to use menu command File-->Import-->Import Single DXF/DWG...
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    Problems importing large DWG files

    Hi Mike, Thank you for the file! I was able to see a delay while reading 3D solid entities and creating Vectorworks Generic solids - which is in general a slower operation. The DWG also contains more than a hundred layouts, each one containing 2 viewports - and creation of the viewports also takes time. There is a delay on the final stage of the import (Finishing... stage), which is due to the centering on internal origin procedure. We usually recommend to Center the drawing on import, especially when there are objects far away the internal origin, but if you want you could avoid this using the location import option Align with Internal Origin. After the import you could center the drawing using menu command Tools-->Origin-->Center Drawing on Internal Origin. For this exact DWG imported graphics corresponds to the graphics shown in AutoCAD and there is no difference between Vectorworks 2018 and Vectorworks 2019. Please, if/when you have a DWG, which imports differently in both versions, send it to me so that we can find the reason and fix it. Thanks, Nina
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    Problems importing large DWG files

    Except the numbers, what else is written in the Progress dialog? Would you, please, send the DWG, which demonstrates the problem? This is another issue, just exposed by importing specific DWG files. No DWG import changes were done between the versions, but, of course, from a customers' point of view this is a DWG import regression... We are working to fix it. Please, send a test file, so that we can analyze the differences in our support and fix the problems? Thank you, Nina
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    VW19 - DWG import generates strange result

    Hello bjoerka, I believe, that this problem was already for sp3. It is related to the proper regeneration of the drawing - i.e. objects are imported correctly, in their right positions, but due to a missing drawing regeneration graphics does not look as expected. This additional regeneration was not necessary in previous versions, but for VW2019 it has to be done. This problem appears only for some files, which is the reason to not been found and fixed earlier. For now I could propose two workarounds: 1) Import the DWG in Vectorworks and immediately after the import has finished, without switching to another layer or zooming, save the document, close it and then open it again - everything should be regenerated correctly. 2) Import the DWG using the Location import option "Align with Internal Origin". Graphics will be drawn correctly. If you need the drawing to be centered, then use the menu command Tools-->User Origin-->Center Drawing on Internal Origin. (Note: Importing with Location option "Center first import, align..." (for a first import) or "Center on Internal Origin" are equivalent to importing with Location option "Align with Internal Origin" PLUS using the menu command Tools-->User Origin-->Center Drawing on Internal Origin.) If you still have a problem using the workarounds, please, send the DWG file directly to me. Best Regards, Nina
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    BIM to DWG

    Hi François, Thank you for the file. I suppose, that it is the one, which you used when you firstly wrote to me. When this file is exported with the default settings, for section viewports in the sheet layer you will receive corresponding clipped blocks with geometry in the AutoCAD's Paper space layout. It will look exactly as expected - with the appropriate clipping. With the default settings, we do not write any graphics in the Model space for the sheet layer section viewports. You should not re-import the exported DWG to check the exported graphics - as I wrote in my post, we are not able to crop our graphics in a sheet layer without creation of viewports - DLVPs are not allowed in the sheet layers. If you want the graphics to be exported in the Model space, you could use "Export Viewports as 2D graphics in Model space" export option. This of course will not create the corresponding viewports in the Paper space layout. If you re-import this DWG in Vectorworks, you will receive the graphics properly cropped because we will create the necessary DLVPs. From your second post I understood, that you have created cropped Design Layer Section viewports. If you export from a design layer, you will receive a DWG with clipped blocks. Then, re-importing them back you will receive properly cropped graphics because the necessary DLVPs will be created. This is what I meant in my post. If you create sheet layer viewports presenting the cropped design layer section viewports and export with the default settings, we will create blocks to place there the necessary graphics for the sheet layer viewports (for visibility control) and clipped blocks, presenting the design layer section viewports will be actually inside these blocks. The graphics will look as expected in AutoCAD - you will have both the model space graphics and the paper space presentation - which as I understood is what you want. Again, re-import is not a good check for the exported DWG. On re-import we will not be able to create the necessary DLVPs because we do not support DLVPs inside symbols. That is probably why you have not been able to see what I explained in my post. Regarding the annotations: you have added annotations in the sheet layer viewports, correct? On export to DWG we will place all them as additional graphics over the created viewport. DWG viewports do not have a spacial "space" to put the annotations as we have in Vectorworks. That is way they will be re-imported as separate objects over the created VW viewport. Please, let me know if there is something unclear. Thank you, Nina
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    BIM to DWG

    Hi François, Yes, please, send the files off list, so that I can look at them. Thank you, Nina
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    BIM to DWG

    Hi François, All the section viewports are exported to DWG as ready graphics - i.e. blocks with elements, presenting the section. When the section viewport is cropped, it is exported as clipped DWG block. When a clipped DWG block is imported back in Vectorworks, there are two possibilities: - if the clipped DWG block is from the Model space (i.e. needs to be created in a VW Design Layer), by default it will be converted to a cropped Design Layer viewport (or to a non-cropped symbol, if "Ignore Block clipping import" option is set to ON); - if the clipped DWG block is from a Paper space, like in your case, it will need to be created in a VW Sheet layer, and then it will be imported as a non-cropped symbol. There is no way to import it as a clipped DLVP there. So it is not a matter of a setting. Best regards, Nina
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    Export Import DWG Problems - General questions

    Did you try REGEN command from inside AutoCAD?
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    Autocad layers import

    Thank you all for your comments! We will consider your requests. Best regards, Nina
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    Problematic negatively scaled symbols with attached records, placed inside other symbols, were not fixed. Fixed version of the document was sent via PM. Updated VectorScript can be found in my previous post.
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    Tparabia, Shrunken Ned, You can do the following in order to be able to export your documents to DWG - as a temp workaround until you get the SP3 version where the problem is fixed: Save your document as a new one, just for the export purposes. Create a new resource of type Script. Copy the script from the attached txt file inside the opened Script Editor window, compile and run it (be sure to have Language set to VectorScript). It will detach all the records from the negatively scaled symbol instances and corresponding symbol definitions. If you still see a crash even after you have run the script, then, please, send the original document to me. Best Regards, Nina DetachRecordsFromNegScaledSym-updated.txt
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    Autocad layers import

    Vectorworks does not create empty classes (or layers) anymore. Unused block definitions, line types, materials, dimension styles are also purged during the import.
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    DXF Import Issues

    @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.
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    exporting point data to AutoCADD

    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


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