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  1. Just moved to 2011 from 2009 - and love the new automatic document co-ordination. We use the Batch PDF export (separate files) when we issue drawings - which provides a PDF file with the sheet number and title in the file name eg A100 [Plans].pdf.... is it possible to create a script to get the revision number to appear there as well... Currently we go through and edit the file names to add the revision number to the end.
  2. Argh... Hoping someone can shed some light on this one... When viewing the same wall and different angles I see different things... I have two walls in the same plane on two different storeys, with a slab in between. When I view at an oblique angle the walls and slabs merge together and I see a nice smooth plane with no joins (see view 1) When I rotate the view more towards an elevation - the joins appear (see view 2) When viewed in elevation all you see are the joins.. Any ideas? Thanks Pete
  3. we really love vectorworks because you can make the 2d elevations look so great - good control of lineweights, hatches, fills, gradients etc... But in 3d it is a different problem. The elevations look clunky, so just thought I would get some advice on getting the settings right. In the absence of separate controls for how a wall looks in plan, section and elevation what is the best way to set the combination of classes, and wall type settings... It is a pity that this is not clear anywhere in any VW help. For a wall... there is: -The class the wall is on which you can control fill and line weight.... - the wall attributes - The wall components. I currently have the wall types as: The best way to get the walls to look good in plan and elevation is to: Have the class showing the setting that you want to be, (say 0.15, black with white fill) and set the wall attributes to 'class' then set the wall components to the fill, lineweights and colours you want to see in plan. (eg. hatch and 0.3 lineweights) However, if you want to use the 'hide wall components' then all you get is the lineweights of the wall attributes - which is the same as the elevation. What to others do?
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    Referenced Symbol Library Folders

    rename the existing symbol, then re-reference new symbol and then replace symbol.... never had this happen myself, so cannot replicate.
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    floor plan & pitched roofs?

    why can't they just make that the standard plan view then!
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    stories 2012

    we have tried 3 projects in the past 12-14 months in full BIM using VW2011....everything from a two storey house alts and adds, 12 storey 165 unit apartment building and development of 5 town houses and villas running into the same problems as you christian - stuffing around with wall and floor junctions, then an engineer changes the slab profile or we move a wall and have to do it all again.... Doing 1:100 plans and elevations and 1:50 sections (using them as a base to draw over.... After all of this and experiencing all the annoyances we have with creating the model, I have been looking very seriously at Revit and Archicad and had many interrogations with 'experts' and done my own test projects using the trial version... Result: Revit is the far superior modeller - even for simple projects, ArchiCAD wins for getting the stuff out, project setup, interface, Revit wins on compatibility with other consultants (many who are moving to Revit from ACAD). As for vectorworks - nothing beats it for making communication easy - pity it is so bloody hard to get it to work... it needs the constraint locks of Revit, and the teamwork of Archicad, and the section (both vertical and horizontal) settings (to control both lineweights AND depth of cut of both AC and R....storeys that work (preferably like Revit) then perfecto!... oh and vector patterns. P
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    2d vs 3d elevations and line weights

    Nup - only as a viewport annotation 'overlay'. You can also 'extract a planar object' under the extract command - however it is not linked to the wall so you have to manually adjust the hatch. The only way to do it if you want your hatches in your perspectives...
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    finish symbols and schedule

    For labels I use the general notes tool, or the VAA Multistamp (an Ozcad Addon)... Many of the things you mention are fixed with some of the OZCad options.
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    Time / Date Stamp?

    i have the date stamp in my title block symbol and it updates.
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    Truncated roof face problem

    Ken, I understand your problem and I can replicate... does not matter where the 'pitching line' is. When I add another section below the part of the roof that does have the correct eave - the eave 'treatment' moves to the lowest edge.
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    2d vs 3d elevations and line weights

    This discussion has been good, and has helped crystalise some of the workflow issues I had been having.. In short currently in VW you need to to a class override on the elevation views to get the elevation lineweight to look good. The problem still exists where you want to create 'depth' of view or highlight 'profiles' of the building. I do: -A class override of all walls to be 0.15mm - 80% opaque white fill over the parts of the elevation you want to fade (not ideal as it makes these bits a bit fuzzy) - Trace over some profile lines where you say want the edges of a building / part to read a bit thicker with a 0.35mm line This combined with adding hatches in the elevation (as I think patterns give a crap looking drawings)are all work around we need to do to get the 3d elevations looking as good as the 2D ones.
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    Wall styles

    I am of two minds about this Generally I agree, however we often have a number of different types of masonry wall or framed walls with insulation, some without or slightly different widths etc.... I often find the best way do deal with communicating the different types is to apply different hatches. So we 'use class attributes' for all linework, however the fill is applied by wall component type. Also I have issue with lack of control for the way line weights and fills are applied to walls when used in 3d. For example: the wall is set to class attributes and the class has a red fill and a line weight of 0.3mm. This is how it will be viewed in both plan and elevation. However in elevation generally you want much finer line work, and often don't want the same colours. IN SUMMARY: "Edit wall attributes" - controls how the wall is viewed in 3d and when 'show wall components' is turned off in a viewport. "Wall components" control how it is viewed in plan Except the edit 'wall attributes' will be always be visible unless the 'wall component' settings block it out - ie if you have a wall attribute with a pink fill but a component with a none fill the pink fill with be visible. I have a three generic wall classes - New, Exg and Demolition. Every wall is on one of these. Then a number of component walls - frame, masonry, cavity, low. Dworks: I tried the 'none' line on for the main wall class but it made the walls transparent in hidden line view.?
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    Classes - Workflow

    It is easiest to have all the classes in the template file.... We generally use the standard vectorworks ones with a few additions and substractions.... We have two templates.... a blank one and one with full classes - when we add a new class we import the class from a standard file. The template files and the standards files are located on the network.. so any refinements we make are easily updated for all new files created. The key with classes is to be able to judge how to have enough to be able to manage your drawing information but not too much that it causes a headache. I have found the standard vectorworks ones a good start. (And we do have autoclassing turned on - and like DWorks every symbol in our library is set to the appropriate class - everything to make it easier so you don't have to think about applying classes)
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    stories 2012

    Yes - and I thought I was the only one - We do apartment buildings and the most efficient way to do the apartments is to create symbols for each type - however if for some reason you have different floor heights you have to create a new symbol. You start to get to the point where the software dictates the building design - not good.
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    2d vs 3d elevations and line weights

    And if you cut a section you only get a choice of the original class or an override class that puts everything in the same attributes - great for elements in the background but nothing else.
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    Time / Date Stamp?

    The 'Date Stamp' works very well. We use it all the time in title blocks. When you export the pdf or print make sure the "Reset all plug in objects' is ticked in the print / export dialog box. Set it once and forget!
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    stories 2012

    I seem to do quite a few houses with split levels / mezanine type arrangements. In starting the 3d journey, i have tried both of the options above. I have tried separate layers for each floor level - very easy to control wall heights then, and also just adjust the slabs / wall heights in parts. Neither is better than the other. I just changed one project from separate layers for each level to one layer for levels that are similar to resolve dwg export issues and make it a bit simpler. When you have a a mezzanine type of arrangement it all becomes very inefficient - you want to be able to just have the one wall run all the way to the roof, but then you only see that on the lower level plan, and not at the upper mezzanine level. I guess this one of the limitations of vectorworks hybrid 2d/3d environment Although my pet hate is that if you have to export dwg files of the design layers then you only get the contents of each layer - which becomes annoying as the recipient has to piece it all together
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    VW 2012 Feedback

    Does anyone know if the DWG export works. Been having problems with 2011 with exporting the content of Referenced Viewports
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    Vectorwoks 2012 is here!

    Yep - they seem to be really pitching vectorworks for extra small practice, for the extra small project.
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    Vectorwoks 2012 is here!

    and is it still so memory hungry
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    Folders for Sheet Views

    this would be fantastic - I think archicad has a similar thing
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    List design layer in Space Worksheet

    OK next part - I have created a user field called 'north' how do I get this to show on the schedule. I tried 'space'.'north' and 'space'.'user1' but no luck Thanks Pete
  23. I am working on an apartment building. I have created spaces for each apartment and created a schedule, giving me apartment number, number of bedrooms, area and other information.... All working great!. To add to the usefullness does anyone know if it is possible or how to list the name of the design layer in which the space appears.... I thought Space.designlayer... but that did not work. Thanks Pete
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    List design layer in Space Worksheet

    Thanks - by adding the layer name I could indicate what level the space is located on. Thanks
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    List design layer in Space Worksheet

    The response to my question seems to have been deleted... I have forgotten what the answer was and I need to do it again..


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