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  1. See attached. Took less than 3 minutes with Fence/Railing Plug In. I also attached the VW file... 6 ft fence.vwx
  2. Hmm. Interesting. Might have to do with light passing through or reflecting off some green object(s)? Just out of curiosity, if you have Renderworks try rendering in the Renderworks Style "Realistic Exterior Final" and see if the result is any different. (Note this RW Style may take a bit of time to complete the render). If you want to post your file, I or someone can have a look...
  3. Although the interface is a bit clunky, I have always been able to get what I want from the PIO. Perhaps you can post a sketch of what you're after so I (or someone) can try to create it?
  4. When I hire a surveyor (often!) I always have them locate the house corners on the survey. Then I use their survey (imported .dwg file) as a base for my drawings. I always leave their work by itself in one discreet design layer and then create additional design layers for my work as needed. PS: "The only stupid question is the one that was never asked" - my primary school teacher.
  5. Number Stamp is present in Legacy tools for me. Maybe try selecting "All Tools" and search alphabetically?
  6. When you select the Prop Line Object a small reshape handle appears at each label location. Drag the handle and the label will move with it.
  7. Unfortunately there is only a workaround. But the good news is that for this basic, rectangular, shed roof the workaround is easy. Model it. 1) Change the thickness of your existing Roof Face to match the thickness of the roof sheathing, then move it up so that its top is at the correct height. 2) Go to a side view and draw (probably in Screen Plane or Screen Plane Aligned) the rotated rectangle that would be the section of a rafter. FWIW I would normally use a standard lumber size for this, as in real life (eg: 2 x 12, or specific Glulam size) 3) Still in side view, Extrude the rectangle (this can either be a 1.5" extrusion which will be duplicated to represent each rafter, or a full-width extrusion, and it can be adjusted later so no worries) 4) Go to Top/Plan View and carefully move the Extrusion into its proper X (or Y) location. 5) You might ned to model the color bands that show on your attachment. The same (or similar) method can be used. NOTE: I almost always do this procedure as it then allows me to generate roof framing plan, etc. Make sure to create and use discreet Classes for different roof elements (eg: Rafters; Sheathing; etc.) so that you can control visibility for various views. NOTE 2: For many reasons it is helpful to create a 2d/3d Symbol for the basic rafter. 1) Go to Top Plan and move the Extrusion (some precise distance) from the building so that you can work on it without accidentally selecting other objects, 2) In Top/Plan View, draw a Rectangle which exactly coincides with the Extrusion, 3) Select both the Extrusion and the Rectangle (by dragging the cursor around both objects - see 1, above), 4) Use Command Modify>Create Symbol, and follow the naming prompts, etc. 5) Move the newly created Hybrid Symbol back its location. Now you can use Duplicate Array to frame the whole roof, and you already have the sheathing. NOTE 3: This whole thing might be possible using Framing Members, but I'm old school ūüėČ . I find this procedure more precise and less time consuming than fussing with a bunch of Plug-in parameters. Don't get me wrong, the Framing Member is a very useful tool, but when it comes to roof framing this is my preferred method.
  8. From the Resource Manager, grab and Drag any Symbol right into your drawing... Once it's in there you can move it around, etc.
  9. I can think of one way: use a separate object for the chain link mesh. With your posts and rails already in place, go to a straight frontal view and draw the shape of the wire mesh. Extrude that shape with a extruded depth/height of about 1/2". Go to Top/Plan View and drag/move the extrusion so that it centers with the posts. Apply a Chain Link texture to the extrusion. Done. I have attached a file with a pretty good Chain Link Texture (in two file formats: 2019; 2020). I can't remember where I got it, but it was someone through this forum, a long time ago (thanks!). Chain Link Texture! v2020.vwx Chain Link Texture! v2019.vwx
  10. Rob, Sure you can post/attach the file here. I'll be happy to have a quick look. (So many settings, nothing is simple anymore!). P
  11. Try using View>Create Section Viewport. {VW's Help, which I just checked, would be worse than useless for a noobe, as it is assumes that the user already knows the following basic functionality}: 1) Go to Top/Plan View 2) Select Menu Command: View>Create Section Viewport, then immediately (as in very next mouse click) 3) Draw Section Line (like all lines and other shapes, you can constrain horizontal or vertical by hold Shift Key while drawing), then immediately 4) Double Click to choose direction of view (Notice the little triangle (arrow) pointing to one side of the Section Line. You can switch sides by moving mouse, then double click) 5) Assuming you've got all that, a Dialog will appear ("Create Section Viewport"). Choose On Sheet Layer (or New Sheet Layer) then choose other parameters (note: all of these except the Viewport type can be modified later, so don't fret too much). 6) Click OK. Vectorworks will take to to the designated Sheet Layer and you will see the new Section Viewport. I hope that helps get you started.
  12. CipesDesign

    wall tool

    You can modify your Workspace via the menu: Tools>Workspaces.
  13. Importing: File>Import>Import PDF. Best to do this into a clean (empty) Design Layer which is set to the same scale as the Design Layer in which you will create the trace (eg: for me, all floor plans are generally drawn/modeled in 1/4" = 1' scale). Also, make sure the "Snap To Geometry" option is ON (note: this will only be useful if the PDF was created in a program that has certain types of geometry; tends to work with most PDF's generated from CAD programs; tends not to work with hand-drawn/scanned documents). Scaling: Once the PDF has been imported, use the line tool (or measuring tape) to check that the scale is correct. If the snapping is functional (see above) then you can very accurately measure any known distance. If the scale is correct, then proceed to trace (see below). If the scale is incorrect, use the command "Modify>Scale Objects " to correct the scale, then proceed to trace. Sometimes there is a bit of trial and error to get the scale correct. Undo can be your friend here; and /or symmetric scaling by very small ratios (1.05, or .99 eg). Tracing: If snapping is functional tracing is pretty easy. I usually trace (using Wall tool, or just lines or rectangles first) right in the PDF Design Layer, then move (or copy and paste in place) to another discreet layer. I do this because even though I wan to keep the PDF for reference, it can really slow down basic functions (screen redraw, eg). So being able to make the PDF invisible is helpful going forward in order to avoid these sorts of lags. Hope that helps.
  14. I'm not entirely sure, but I would guess that the crossed planes which make up the props are not playing well with Twin Motion's rendering. If it was me I would try using the trees and plants provided in Twin Motion, and only use building models exported from Vw's. FWIW, in my limited messing around with TM I noticed that the trees in TM will pick up on seasonal/weather and wind changes built into the program (which are super cool!!) and I would bet that imported trees will not behave like that. Just a thought.
  15. You can accomplish this visually by simply lowering the door. As long as the Floor (stage) is continuous, as continues past the wall, it will look as intended. See attached example:

 

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