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  1. Actually, no. I model them from scratch. I also use 2D and 3D stair parts symbol sets to create realistic looking stairs. I also sell them on my website. I couldn't imagine presenting a stair design to a client with no turned posts or balusters.To me it's the heart of the design in the client's eyes. Not only that, but you can't design a staircase accurately without knowing what your parts are going to be. Parts placement is critical when it comes to the baluster spacing, rail centerline and where the posts are installed.The layout of the framing could be very different if 7-1/4" box newels are used as apposed to a 3" turned newel. The stair tool has been an issue for me for fifteen years. I'm still waiting for the ability to insert custom symbols like posts, turned balusters and rail profiles. Also, some of the dialog box terminology is not accurate, nor is the travel line tread depth when creating winders. You can't create winders that would allow them to meet code regulations. I agree they should work on it. Especially on the Architect version. I would think most architects would rather have a robust stair tool that create really great looking presentations rather than a subdivision tool and some others get a lot more attention to improvements that seems to me, less useful on a daily basis.
  2. You're better off using the stair tool. There's more flexibility, especially on rake rails.
  3. I have set up file that I use for collecting symbols, textures and other resources and add it to my favorites list (I refer to it as my symbol dump). I use it to collect resources I create in other files throughout the year so I don't have to go looking through which file the resource is in that I'm looking for. When a new version of Vectorworks comes out, I just update that one file to the new version. I would still like to see the resource manager separate the resources in the list by category (IE: symbols, textures, line types etc.)
  4. Vectorworks is quite an extensive program for architects, but not everyone uses the same tools or designs, or presents their designs in the same way. There are many tools in Architect that Fundamentals doesn't offer so just because I don't design buildings or use BIM technology doesn't mean the tools offered through Architect aren't useful to other trades.
  5. I wondered the same thing. Can you save it as a plug-in object?
  6. Thanks Matt, I'm starting to see how I can use this tool. Having no formal training I'm still trying to figure out the best practices for consistency and clarity of drawings. I created a detail viewport on the sheet layer and now I see how this can be implemented. The shoulder length issue was because of the 1/4" scale. 10" would be too small at that scale. Thank you for your help. I learned a lot today!
  7. Ok, so I just created a new detail viewport. Here's the steps: Create detail viewport from circle Opens Callout dialog box, put in 1 1/2" scale. Open callout details graphic options, put in 3/4" Creates callout in viewport go back to design layer and open callout graphic options again and it's set to 36" (if 36" is relative to the 3/4" at 1/4" scale, fine, but ask me for the number you want, not the conversion) And yes, it won't let me change the value once the viewport is created.
  8. This is the shoulder length using 1/4"=1' scale. I originally typed in 10". When I went back to the design layer it was at 480", so I changed it to 10". Now when I go to the "callout detail graphic options" it has 10 1/2" and when I try to change it to 10" it won't let me. My main issue is that no matter what I type in at creating the detail viewport, it defaults to 480". How to I get this to stop, and why can't I change this 10 1/2" to 10?
  9. Why is it when (in VW2016) I create a detail viewport and go back to my main drawing, the leader line is 480" long even when I type in 10" at creation? Is there a way to set this so I don't have to fix it for every viewport I create? The first screenshot is what it looks like when I go back to my design layer The second screenshot is what I get by default at creation. (I've even retyped in 10" and it doesn't help) (I realize it shows bottom left and the drawing shows upper left. It was from a different viewport creation but the same issue) The third screenshot is what I see when I edit the "callout detail graphic options" in the resource browser after the viewport is created. VW2016 is up to date.
  10. Just updated to SP1 and restarted my laptop. Still not working. Hopefully next Service Pack.
  11. Why does VW2017 keep telling me it has to close because it is being used elsewhere. My other computer isn't even on and I've only installed VW2017 on my laptop. Is this another bug?
  12. Thanks Jonathan. I'll check out the SP and go from there. @nrkuhl, I've been using a Mac. Never had this issue prior to VW2017. It worked in the Resource Browser.
  13. In trying to move multiple symbols into a symbol folder I was not able to select more than one item at a time while holding the shift key. I clicked on the first item, then clicked on another item holding the shift key but the items in between did not highlight. Is it just me? It worked in the old Resource Browser.
  14. I agree, if it's a lot of work for little response I'd hate to see you do all that work for nothing.
  15. Even if you could right click after selecting the objects you want to delete would be helpful. Thanks Pat
  16. To add to this, I just noticed if you select all resources, they list alphabetically. Is there a way to list them by resource type? If not, can this be changed please?
  17. I'd like to be able to select (or check off, selection box maybe) which resources to view because I always like to have about 3 or 4 resource types available. I don't want to have to choose one or all by going back and forth to the dropdown list. In the Resource Browser (2016 and before) you could use the arrows to open folders to view the resources.
  18. I don't know how this reputation thing works either but I'd like to know how I got a negative reputation for wanting something that's been an issue for years. I'm not the only one. I guess you're not allowed to say anything unless it's patting VW on the back. Altivec, If you're referring to me, I may have done that by accident while scrolling.
  19. Thanks Altivec, I tried using the 3D line mode and the rail was rendered sideways.
  20. Has anyone had a chance to play around with the rail / fence tool? 1) How do you get the wall rail to rotate to the pitch of the stair. In Jim's video, the rail was already drawn so you can't tell how it's done. I've tried using the rotate, rotate 3D command and the rotate tool with no luck. I keep getting a message (see attached) 2) Wall rail does not return back to the wall (IRC Code in the U.S. states the wall rail must return to the wall). If 'I'm going to use this tool, It would be nice to draw it to code and not just close enough. 3) Is there way to have the post taller than the rail height or is the rail always over-the-post? What about a post-to-post rail? 4) How do you add custom rail profiles, balusters or posts? The defaults are horrible. This tool should just be called a fence tool. Rail tool? Maybe for decks, but certainly not for interior use. If you can select posts, baluster and rail profiles in this tool, why can't this be done in the stair tool? I approached Nemetschek last year about incorporating my complete stair symbols library into the program and they just blew me off. They could have used it just like the rail/fence tool or Interiorcad where you can select door styles and hardware styles with a library of choices. Instead, just keep creating work-arounds. Sorry for the rant, but as a stair builder, and using Vectorworks since it was MiniCad, I'm tired of waiting for the next version thinking the stair tool will be usable. There are so many things wrong with the stairs tools it's insulting. I think the rail/fence tool was introduced to distract us from the useless stair tools. Seriously Nemetschek, get somebody in there that builds stairs to coach your programmers.
  21. Now THAT would be sweet! I second that. Wishlist? ...Please
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