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  1. @Amorphous - Julian yikes! so, core wall, 2 finishes, interior & exterior, then 3 empty opening to keep coordinated? i was thinking you might be onto something until I thought of that issue. ūüėú Thanks for sharing your techniques though. Always helpful to learn new workflows and incorporate bits and pieces as they fit my needs.
  2. @Amorphous - Julian how do you deal with windows in this scenario?
  3. @Wes Gardner thanks for the reply. I understand why annotations should be done in a viewport space. And I always aim to evolve as the technology does. But in terms of windows and doors, can you articulate why using data tags would be a better way to generate a window and door schedule, if that is your position? (vs. using the tags available in the window and door object settings) Do the two features work essentially the same way? I like the tag to show up in both plan and elevation view for my projects- do data tags accommodate that, or would I be placing double data tags to achieve that goal? Do you have any good idea/ tip/ workaround for compiling a skylight schedule, or is the "old fashioned" way, the best we can do at this time? I did search the forum to see if I could dig up any ideas/ suggestions, but did not come up with anything. Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate. - julie
  4. I have skylights inserted into roof objects. I'm trying to determine the best way to collate them in a schedule, as the window and door schedule worksheet "create report" feature does. After looking at the data tag tool, it seems I'm not able to link tags to this type of object. Further, I'm not able to assign any sort of letter value using a number tag, and I'm not able to use the tag style for windows or doors, guessing because I'm not actually tagging that type of object. (I can place a window or door tag on a skylight, but I am not able to see or edit the text of the tag, and a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark appears in the tag). Would be great to have a way to automate this process more, but I am finding zero ways to automate, link, make it easier specifically for skylights. Any tips appreciated. In watching the video about data tags put out by Vectorworks ( I believe in September of 2018), I'm still a bit confused about how it works, and how to gain greatest functionality from the tool. The video seemed to suggest that the door and window tagging will be going away at some point in the future, so get to know the data tag tool. How do you deal with window and door schedules, and is there a way to break down schedules say by floor or story, and interior vs. exterior door types? Again, any tips appreciated.
  5. I love creating polygons over my elevation viewports when the board and batten or brick doesn't line up, then clipping out holes so the windows show. Then adjusting the holes when I move windows. Surprised you don't like this method, Tom. But I do like your blame the printer work-around. (sarcasm) I REALLY want the exterior wall hatches to align from layer to layer, floor to floor, particularly when the walls align.
  6. And, here's an additional question. I have replaced the hatch associated with the surface texture, which was the only way I was able to make this change from batten strips at 8.5" to ~ 24" oc. But, and this was also true before I changed the associated hatch, the hatched don't line up floor to floor, though the walls do line up, which is maddening. I'd like the batten strips to continue vertically from first floor to second floor, rather than being offset as shown. Any ideas on how to accomplish this?
  7. Michael- will this affect the texture globally or only in the drawing file in which I am working?
  8. To reiterate, STAIRS. The tool used to be pretty good. The new stair tool bogs down making it impossible to work with. Are people making 3d geometry to stand in for stairs? I don't know how people can even use this tool and still have functional files. The lag t i m e i s SO l o n g when I make small edits or move a stair. I'm doing pretty simple residential drawings. Windows- would love to be able to easily make a cottage style double (or single) hung window. A slider that is XOX where the center panel is the size of the two side panels combined, instead of 3 equal panels. And a Nana type bifold glass door, where one panel also works as a single door. Viewport editing that does not crash. I had excellent stability after mini cad became VW . I skipped a few years, and upgraded to 2018/2019 and the stability is like one of my original mac laptops circa 1998. I get several crashes a week. Which, back in the day would have been pretty normal, but things should be working better in 2019 than they were 20 years ago.
  9. I'd like to create simple elevation line drawings. I currently use wall textures which, of course, in hidden line rendering, show as a hatch. Without knowing how to create new textures and associated hatched, I'm limited to the available hatched in VW architect. Is there a way to apply a hatch to a wall (or exterior wall component) so that it renders as desired? For example, VW has like an 8" board and batten hatch, but I want something with greater spacing. I dont see where it's possible to edit textures the same way it is hatches. I'm sorry if this has been answered before. I searched, but didn't come up with exactly what I was looking for. Thanks
  10. I'm having this same issue with walls doing nothing when I ACE> Fit Walls to Objects. I'm using a roof object, not roof faces, so I don't think there's any "leaks" in the geometry. Trying to get a section to look correct where there would be a scissor truss, and also cheat it, so I have accurate exterior elevations as well. To achieve the look, I create two roof layers, one roof with the exterior pitch, and the second layer with a roof with half the pitch to mimic what would be the bottom chord of the truss. I fit the walls on the main floor plan to the layer containing the roof with half pitch. I then create a layer for the gable end walls in hopes of generating this geometry automatically for the elevation and section views. Are there any other tips for making this work, or is it just a buggy and unpredictable feature? I've had it work so pleasingly well, terribly, and not at all- with some success trouble shooting, except that sometimes one fix works here but not there. Does binding walls by layer height and elevation affect this command? I've tried copying the walls and roof to a new file, lowered the base elevation of the layer on which the walls are contained, removed wall peaks after each attempt, deleted and then created new walls using different types of walls, created new roofs, shortened the walls so they don't interfere with the roof edges- and all kinds of other things. Screen shot shows the walls selected to fit. Spending more time troubleshooting this than actually getting work done.
  11. Hi Jeremy, Thanks for the response. These are good tips that I wouldn't have known to check on my own. I will test it out to try to determine the problem. I didn't think to check the workspace. This definitely occurs in all files so far, and sometimes I even get a crash when returning to the viewport. Fun!
  12. It used to be that when editing viewport annotations, right click, edit design layer (or elevation or section in place) then clicking the "Return to Viewport " would put me right back to where I was working in the viewport when I left. Now, it navigates back to the sheet layer, in an odd place on the page, usually not near where I was working, and I have to exit the viewport and then double click to open up the viewport for annotation again, adding two extra steps that previously did not exist. Will the previous functionality be restored to this feature? Let me know if you want more details or a video screen grab. Thank you.
  13. I have not had so many crashes since vectorworks was called Mini Cad 7. I'm using most current version of VW (2019 SP4) on a MacBook pro 2.5 GHz intel core i7, 16 GB High Sierra 10.13.6. I've started using the section viewports tool, creating the viewports on sheet layers and editing them on design layers, rather than my previous convert to lines method of creating sections (before section viewports worked they way the do now). I get frequent crashes when "editing in place" via a section viewport. The crash most often occurs when I navigate back to the section viewport after I've made the changes I wanted to make in the building model on design layers. I've fairly new to 2018/19 versions of VW- I like the section viewport feature, but the crashes are frustrating. I do have back up files set to save every 5 minutes, but the disruption in work flow is frustrating. I'm not too keen on updating to Mojave, but would consider if it would fix the crash issue. This does seem to happen multiple files. (So I tend not to think it's an issue with this one file that's causing the crashes today).
  14. I have window ID tags displayed in elevation viewports. I have assigned a class to the id tag so I can turn it off and on independent of the window depending on the view / drawing. In very small windows, the exterior trim covers /obscures the ID tag (because the tag is wider than the window). I've tried changing the attributes of the trim class to no fill, but that has not yielded the results I am looking for. I also have exterior trim in it's own class so I can keep it off in plan view. I tried to move class display order around, but that doesn't seem to be a feature in the class display options of individual viewports, nor in general. In the window settings dialog box it displays the way I would like for it to display. Any tips on what to try to achieve the desired display properties? Changing the attributes of my "exterior trim" class to no fill does not make a difference in the way this renders in hidden line. The window ID tag has a solid fill (both classes mentioned set to "use at creation"). Any guidance appreciated. Thanks in advance. - Julie
  15. Thank you all so much for the replies. The file was converted from an older version. The issue was repeating, but to a lesser degree with the copy + paste to a new file (but there were also fewer objects in the blank file... so?). Ultimately I did a save as, to make a new file. I deleted the offending section viewports & their container layers from the file, created new design layers for the section viewports, new section viewports on design layers, then section viewports on sheet layers (is that an excessive extra step?) and was able to get this to go away. I can't say exactly what it was for certain, but it seems to be rectified. I'm almost afraid to open my file this morning for fear the issue will reappear. @Stephan Moenninghoff it is possible there was an extruded open poly offender- good tidbit to know. Again, I thank you all for your consideration. The responses sparked many ideas about what could be wrong. I work alone, am completely self taught in VW (since mini cad 7) and all the discourse on this forum, youtube videos and VW resources by others have helped me tremendously over the years. You served as my weekend tech support, and truly, I am grateful. Until my next catastrophe.... Happy New Year!


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