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Tom K

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  1. 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.
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    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.
  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
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    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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    Save Rotated Views?

    Maybe a stand that lets you rotate your monitor to any angle, so that you can work on floor plans horizontally. Just kidding (sort of). The ability to rotate your view to horizontal is one feature I really miss from AC.
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    Moving and selecting

    you can get pt to pt move and copy @ vectordepot, for free
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    some basic viewports questions

    Go to http://vectordepot.com/PlugIns1.shtml scroll down you will see a plug-in that toggles your viewport crops off/on. Big time saver.
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    wall components in viewports

    Christiaan, I agree with you, the default should have been components on not off. After we upgraded to 12.5, I had to issue a set of drawings to the printers. Fortunatley I checked my PDF files before I sent them out becuase what do you know all my wall components were not showing. After digging around I found that I had to select my viewports and turn on show wall components.
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    walls & sheetrock

    jgm I just completed a school project, where I created all the walls as styled walls with components. By code I have critical dimensions to the finished surfaces, which can be sometimes 2 or three layers, (shear material-seismic, gypsum-fire protection, hard surface MDF - because little people like to wreck GWB.) The framer needs to know where stud face is, so I carefully zoomed in and applied all my dimension to the stud face, which was of course extra work. I tried doing this two ways: First I drew the stud walls, then applied an interior wall finish style and an exterior wall finish style. The down side of this method was that I had three walls in order to create one wall assembly. As well you cannot control the lineweight of the outermost left and right side of the wall separately (that would really be nice.) The second method I tried was to create complete wall assembly styles. The problem I had with this method is that I might have stud framing that runs in line 200' feet down a corridor, but the wall finishes might change at each room along the corridor. Since the wall control points are to the centreline of the entire wall assembly and cannot be set to say the centreline of the stud component,(yes I know you can control how you initially place the wall, I mean later when you may need to move things around.) It can become a real pain in the --- to keep your walls in line.
  21. Why not have one Worksheet in a Design Layer, Then Have three Sheet Layers , A1, A2, A3. Create one Viewport on each sheet Layer of a section of the worksheet. Creat a second Viewport on Sheets A2, A3 of the header row of your worksheet.
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    VectorWorks v AutoCAD

    I work in an Architectural office that uses VW Architect. Most of our consultants use AutoCAD. I have used VW for the last year and a half, and before that AC for about 16 years. I would have to agree with Jim. AutoCAD is I think a more robust program, however VW is a better graphics program. The fact that you work more with objects with VW rather than lines, circles and squares with AC, makes it much better for producing plans. I haven't checked it out yet, but it does look like AutoCAD 2007 did add many graphic features to that release. To get many of the Architecural drawing features that come with VW, you would have to have AC-Desktop or Revit, vanilla AutoCAD wouldn't cut it. By the way AutoCAD is only supported on the Windows platform. After working on a Mac for the last year and half I would hate to have to return to Windows platform.
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    Widescreen Monitor

    I just purchased a 32" Widescreen LCD TV, $750 CDN, it can also be used as a computer monitor. 6 years ago a I bought my wife a 15" LCD monitor for Christmas and paid more. I'm waiting for the day that monitors become the size of drafting boards. Then we can switch to a hybrid type of CAD drafting, with monitors attached to adjustable legs, that can go up, down and tilt. just like the old boards. No more staring straight ahead, sitting in an office chair for hours. It would be nice to be able to stand up, or sit down, just like in the days of yore.
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    Export PDF (Batch)

    Katie the file size is too large to send by email do you have a FTP site.
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    Export PDF (Batch)

    Has anyone else run into this. I have a VW file with fifteen SheetLayers, On the sheets I have notes, viewports of floorplans, and JPG images. When I use the PDF Batch Export command I get a very nice multipage PDF document, except that none of my JPG images show up. When I use the Batch Print command then select "save as PDF" I get fifteen separate PDF files, but my JPG images show up fine. Also the things like fills do not look the same when generated by the two different methods. The batch print command creates a much better quality PDF image. VW 12.5, Imac G5, Mac OS X 10.4.8

 

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