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Peter Eichel

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    Changing wall textures

    When changing a wall texture by editing the wall style, why doesn't the texture update on the existing walls? I still have to navigate the drawing and select each wall separately in order to change the siding texture. Its a real pain when clients want to see their "new" home in every color of the rainbow.
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    Drawing list tool

    Is there something wrong with the -DRAWING LIST- tool under the REPORTS menu? I start my drawing as usual using VW's set up tools. The various sheets were automatically listed in the drawing list tool but now its blank. This behaviour has happened with my update to VW 2011. Any ideas?
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    ISO symbols

    I need ISO graphical symbols of safety signs for workplaces and public areas in a format compatible with VW's.
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    Space tool behaviour

    I found the problem. It has to do with the plane setting in the OIP. The space object's disappearing behaviour happens when the plane is set to "layer" and acts as it should when set to "screen".
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    Space tool behaviour

    I'm working on a number of building projects that have two floors. The SPACE TOOL works fine on the first floor design layer. When I use it on the second floor design layer it disappears entirely when the 2D boundary is turned off. Both floors are at the same scale and I've turned on all of the classes looking for it. It appears again when I edit the symbol as a precautionary measure but the next time I use it the same disappearing act happens. Anyone else experienced this?
  6. I'm just finishing a 2 storey ICF home (3700 sq. ft. total not counting the basement) which is coming in at around 30MB. It's full 3D and includes electrical plans, schedules, deck framing, rendered perspectives along with lots of hatch patterns, textures & symbols. You must have one heck of a file to be 80MB and only half finished! I too learned VW's on my own after using DataCAD for awhile. It was not easy but like Jershaun, I stuck with it and discovered faster & better ways of using VW's many tools. My latest extensive learning curve involved using the worksheets that come with VW's to create material take-offs for a client. I had to customize the existing worksheets but the effort was worthwhile. I can import my custom worksheets into new residential projects and watch them automatically tally quantities as I'm drawing. It's very satisfying, believe me. There are quite a few good architectural software packages out there and I count VW's in this group. The deeper you go into any of them the more rewarding the experience.
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    Material take-offs

    I have a new client who wants me to do complete material take-offs for residential projects, and I mean complete, right down to rolls of tape, pounds of gyproc screws and so on. I am looking into using either VW's worksheets or purchasing estimating software. The estimating software actually uses the plans in PDF or TIFF formats and is very easy to use. It is also a bit expensive. So, I'm wondering, who of you out there actually uses VW's to do detailed take-offs? It looks to me like it would be a ton of work creating the worksheets and organizing the layers and classes. There also seems to be a lot of potential for errors. The data then needs to be output in the format of a typical and well organized material list (which is automated in estimating software). I'd like to hear the pro's and con's. VW's 2009 Designer with Renderworks
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    Material take-offs

    Tobias, thanks for the tip. I had been trying to import/open the text files, which is the format VW's worksheets are exported as, into Excel which is problematic. Instead I tried import/opening them in Access which works great, however, it is still another step which got me thinking about your idea. Any changes to a set of plans would require doing the whole export/import thing again. The solution is coming up with a border which sets the boundries for, lets say, a legal size sheet (any printer that can print letter size can print legal size). Configured in landscape orientation gives me the width I need. A new worksheet would have to fit within the border negating the need to adjust columns, text size and so on when exporting to PDF for printing or emailing to a client. I'll let you know how it works out.
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    Material take-offs

    Islandmon, you mentioned that you use Filemaker. I can produce excellent material takeoffs with VW's worksheets but they aren't very "exportable" in and of themselves being physically large if you know what I mean. My client is understandably looking for takeoffs neatly organized on letter sized documents. How exactly do you use Filemaker? Does it import data from VW's worksheets without to much fuss or do you need a degree in computer science?
  10. When placing celestory windows I use the Elevation Reference "Head of Window". When placing a window below it that a client wants to be as close to the finished floor as code allows I use the Elevation Reference "Sill of Window". How do I edit the window schedule to show these dimensions in separate columns, one for the head height, the other for the sill height?
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    Walls

    Does VW's 2011 have a glass block wall?
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    Wall component solution

    I use the wall tools to join the common walls and then drag/scale the odd wall to meet the corner with the auto join walls feature turned off.
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    Duplicate along path tool

    I get the same behaviour working on older VW's files in VW 2011. No problem with files started in VW's 2011. Someone on this forum offered the very good advise of finishing any file with the same VW's version it was started with.
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    ISO pipe drafting

    Does any one use VW 2011 to do ISO or spool pipe drafting? I can read piping and instrumentation diagrams, what I need is for someone to teach me a good technique for creating the spool fabrication drawings from the P&ID drawing. I will gladly pay for your time or if anyone can direct me to courses or literature on the matter it would be much appreciated.
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    ISO pipe drafting

    Does any one use VW 2011 to do ISO or spool pipe drafting? I can read piping and instrumentation diagrams, what I need is for someone to teach me a good technique for creating the spool fabrication drawings from the P&ID drawing. I will gladly pay for your time or if anyone can direct me to courses or literature on the matter it would be much appreciated.
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    TIF images

    I purchased a CD of TIF images years ago and used them up until the new rendering engine in VW's 2011. They import just fine but when I use them to apply a background to a viewport they do not appear in the rendering. Is the new rendering engine incompatible with TIF images or am I missing something here? VW's 2011 Designer Win XP, ATI Radeon Sapphire VGA card Intel Core 2 Quad Processor
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    Changing wall textures

    Jonathan, I followed your instructions but no go. I discovered that there are two rendering modes, object mode and component mode. The INSERTION OPTION tab in the wall edit window must have the component option checked in order for each wall component to render it's assigned texture. The render mode option is also available in the OIP. The replace texture option you mentioned makes no difference as far as I can tell. The walls in VW's and their options have become complicated to say the least.
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    MiniCAD installation

    I have a lot of MiniCAD 5 files that VW 2011 won't open. I have MiniCAD 8 on a CD which appears to install well enough but will not open. An error pop up states that the vectorworks.exe file is an abnormal operation. I think it's a conflict with VW 2011 which I do not want to uninstall. Any advice out there?
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    MiniCAD installation

    To clear up any confusion on my version, the CD I have states both Minicad? and Vectorworks version 8 on the label. The operating system on my PC is Win XP pro but it should still run Win 95 software, right?
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    MORE BUGS!!!!

    I'm getting fedup with the bugs in VW's. I just changed the scale on a floor plan VP only to have the sheet, YES THE SHEET, enlarge to the extent that I thought it disappeared. I fixed it but still have no idea how it happened! Among other bizarre behaviours are tools that won't work on this file but will work on another (duplicate along path). Will you please concentrate on getting these time consuming bugs repaired, it's very frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!

    1 Duplicate along path-regardless of settings places duplicate(s) on top of one another. 2 Task manager-error message 3 Window settings-ID tag size can only be changed in the OIP 4 DXF export-since last service pack will not open on clients CAD/CAM Anyone having similiar problems VW's designer 2011 on Windows
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    Properety Line issues

    The line is an external connection to the text which displays the area of the property. If you turn on scaling a blue dot will appear near the text. Grab it and drag it to the center of the property, after which, the line should disappear. You can also ungroup the property and delete the line. It is a bug that I believe has been corrected in VW's 2011.
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    dashed (&other) line type scales

    Q: It's good practice for your design layer to be at the same scale you intend for the viewport on the sheet layer. When you change a design layer to, lets say (1/4"=1'-0") you are still drawing at a 1:1 scale on the design layer. By doing so you are "calibrating" the design layer to the intended viewport which ensures the scale of text and lines remain unchanged.
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    Space Areas

    Waad, when you first click on the SPACE TOOL it creates a symbol in your drawing. Delete this symbol and start again. 1- Go to a design layer with a 1:1 scale 2- Click on the space tool and then exit the space tool 3- Open your resource browser and you should see the symbol created by the space tool (#1# over #2#) 4- Edit this symbol by coping the #2# and changing the copy to a #3#. You now have three numbers aligned vertically. 5- Go back to the space tool and open the preferences menu. This will open the space settings window. 6- Go to the SPACE LABEL and you will see the 3rd row added due to your editing of the symbol. Click on it and add what your looking for in the pick box below. It's a big improvement over the old space tool but it's a humdigger to learn!
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    Roof tool in 2011

    I was a little misleading in my earlier reply. The worksheet I was refering to is called the "Roof Quantity Report" which still makes no sense to me. I simply edited the worksheet with the roof area function and it works as you stated Mar, so thanks. Do you know how I can calculate the perimeter of a roof or roof face? I need to know the amount of soffit & facia required.

 

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