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Tom K

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  1. Tom K

    Cannot edit textures in VW2018.

    Gadzooks Thanks that was the problem. Thing is I didn't set the preview size to zero. I started a new file using the Architectural template file. I added a few walls. I then checked and all the Renderworks textures in the file are set to a Preview of 0". I've never had this.
  2. When I try edit a texture I get no preview and if I make any changes to the texture it won't let me exit the dialog box except to cancel.
  3. I am also having problems with losing the ability to input information into the floating data bar. I have no idea what is causing this, it will work for while then stop working. If I close the file and reopen the file it works again for a while. I'm using Windows 7 Pro,
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    Viewports

    I use the toggle viewport on off tool, that I downloaded from Vectordepot. I don't bother with all that line weight stuff (too much work). When I want to edit my viewport crop I toggle it on, then edit it, when I'm done I toggle it off.
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    Viewer - how to?

    I think it is very unfair to call it consultant laziness. I worked in an Architectural office that uses VW and all the consultants are using AutoCAD. If dwgs are exported from sheet layers all the underlying objects in the viewports become a single block which makes it very hard to edit out unwanted objects in AutoCAD. If you export from the design layer you have the option of exporting by layer or class, which is easier to edit in AC, however any notes or other items you have on the sheet layer are not included. A large project in the early stages is very fluid, backgrounds are constantly changing, and may need to be sent out to the consultants on a regular basis. If it takes them hours of their time, each time to clean up a background so that it suitable for their use, that is a huge waste of time and money. My approach has been to contact the person who is doing the actual CAD work. From them I get a list of what they really want, so that I can set up my dwg exports in a format that will make their lives easier. Why do all this, 2 reasons. First it only takes a few minutes or less to set up the VW drawings in a format to export for the consultant, and could take them hours to clean it up at their end otherwise. So what is a few minutes of my time compared to hours of consultants time $$$$. Second the goodwill that flows back to me from the consultants makes a better and stronger working relationship. Remember I will need something back from them too, and my life might be a lot easier if they sent it to me in a format of my choosing. But this is just my opinion. Cheers
  6. Tom K

    Hatch

    Thanks, Pete. I've been trying to figure out how to have a running bond brick hatch with the first course starting at the bottom for a while now.
  7. No, wish you could. You could always copy text from callout, paste into a text box, change capitalization, paste back into callout. To much work for me.
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    workgroup referencing (WGR) fumble

    Ignore source origin refers to the location of geometry within drawing. WGR a layer, then unlock it and move or rotate. If ignore source origin is checked the next time the drawing is updated the WGR layer objects will remain where you put them. If ignore source origin is not checked the WGR layer objects will move back to the orginal coordinates from the source drawing. A least that is my understanding of how this works.
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    workgroup referencing (WGR) fumble

    In the WGR dialog box do you have the "ignore source origin" option near the bottom the dialog, unchecked.
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    individual class attributes viewports

    Classes can be set for each viewport, that override the orginal class setting. You can have two viewports side by side on a sheet showing the same geometry but with different lineweights, colours and styles. You do this by selecting your viewport - in the OIP select classes, when the classes dialog opens there is and option to edit the class settings. This only affects how objects appear in that viewport. Note this only works if your objects are set to use class colour, fill, linetype etc. I've used this for creating Reflected ceiling plans, where I want to show the door swings as solid lines in my floor plans and as hidding lines in the RCP.
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    roof pitch to degrees

    try this website. http://www.roofingchildsplay.com/calculators/roof_pitch_to_degrees_calculator.php?type=calculate
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    character for "degrees" in text

    rcarch thank you, and thank you again. I am fairly new to VW and Mac computers, I asked everyone in my office (all supposedly long time Mac users) how to input these symbols and they didn't know. I was used to %%d, %%u etc. Boy am I going to look smart this morning.
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    Closer Bricks?

    If you are talking about the brick return @ a window. Select your window PIO in the information Pallet choose Settings>Wall Detail - Exterior, Number of components 1. This will give you extra control points on the wall break, that you can grip and drag to create the brick return. This assumes that you are using the window PIO and a styled wall type.
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    Plot Date and Time Stamp

    The problem I have had with the Data Stamp.vso is it does not update until after you print, or generate a PDF (sort of like closing the barn door after the horse ran away) unless you manually click on date stamp object and turn the show date off and on in the OIP.
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    Boomerang Pan Mode gone

    If you are using VW 12, you should be able to pan or zoom in and out at any time while in another command simply by holding down your scroll button for pan, and rolling you wheel for zooming.

 

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