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  1. Regarding the first question, yes I have also noticed that the "use as crop" option seems to disable itself (or maybe it's some user error?). EDIT: On closer examination (reading the manual!) I discovered that if the desired Cropping Object is Selected during the Create Viewport it will automatically become the crop. Also, you can easily create a Crop. Just double click (or control click/right click) on a VP and choose Edit Crop. Once in the Crop Edit space, simply draw the desired shape. As a side note, often a drawing label is created with the VP and this can be far away, making the VP appear to be much larger than the cropped area. It is in the annotations and can be moved, or removed by entering the annotation space.
  2. The functionality you describe is (probably) not as designed, but more likely just a by product. Try using the Eyedropper Tool (with a close look at the specific tool settings) to pick up and put down attributes, classes, and other things.
  3. Yes, this is a shortcoming of the Parking Space tool. One way to achieve it is to create a solid shape and place it behind the parking spaces. Then you can Group the two together to make it a bit easier to deal with changes, moves, etc. Hope that helps. This would be a good Wishlist Item!
  4. Sub Classes (AKA Nested Classes) are created when you use a hyphen in the name (eg: roof-main). Or, if/when you Import a file, you can choose to add a prefix- which will place all the imported objects into that class with sub classes (eg: when I import a survey file I usually choose to have all the objects go into Survey-(various)). To change the Class assignment of one (or many) objects, select the object(s) and use the Class Pulldown in the Object Info Palette (OIP). You might find the "Custom Selection" command useful here...
  5. If you are using a Site Model (derived from your Polys), and Site Modifiers are not showing up, make sure that "Show Proposed" (or Existing and Proposed) is selected, both in 2d and 3d. Then make sure to update the Site Model.
  6. Without seeing your file (or a screenshot of the roof plan) it's hard to be sure. But I usually use more than one Roof, or Roof Faces for this type of thing. Another trick is to Ungroup the Roof, which will yield a number of Roof Faces. I find it much easier to edit and play with Roof Faces; you can Add/Clip Surface, etc. and you can duplicate one roof face and then rotate, edit, etc.
  7. Also, in regard to the original post, a really great (fairly recent) enhancement: hold the "b" key while hovering over the drawing to reveal, pre-select and select hidden/covered objects!
  8. SIDEBAR: Some years ago I attended an expensive 3 day training course (at that time only third party providers were doing that). I went in thinking I knew a lot about the software and how to use it. Boy was I surprised. Best money I've ever spent! [Thank you Janis K ;-)]. Just saying...
  9. nca777, keep submitting bugs and enhancement requests. Be persistent, constructive and patient.
  10. The plan I attached was a preliminary version, mainly used to demonstrate graphic capabilities (not grading capabilities). I agree that the Site Modeling tools could be more refined. This takes time; software evolution is slow. If you have not done so yet, you might consider filing specific bugs and/or enhancement requests which clearly state flaws and/or possible improvements.
  11. If you examine a Wall in 3d by Double Clicking, or by selecting the Reshape Tool, you will notice that in it's basic form there are six little nodes (vertices); one at each corner and one each at midspan along the top and bottom of the Wall. These define the Wall. One way to think of these is that they are almost exactly like the "handles" on a 2d rectangle (or polygon); but these are in 3d. If you create a basic Wall, then double click, you will also see that new options become available in the Mode Bar (by the way, all of this stuff is in VW's Help!). The first is Reshape. Try grabbing one of the corner vertices and pull it up or down; watch what happens! The second is "+", you can use it to create a new Vertex by clicking on an existing Vertex and pulling the new Vertex in the desired direction. The third is "-" which is used to delete a vertex (note: some vertices cannot be deleted as they are integral/required for the form of the Object). I recommend that you open a new file and play with these functions. I think you'll quickly get the idea. P
  12. A couple followup comments: 1) You can set the graphic attributes for Proposed and Existing Contours in the Site Model Settings/Graphic Properties. 2) If the current "grading" tools are used as intended, there will be very clear "limits" to the altered (graded) area(s), and Proposed Contours will tie in as expected. 3) It does take a substantial amount of time to master these tools; but it's well worth it in my view. 4) Don't forget to set the Site Model to "Show Existing and Proposed" in 2d; "Show Proposed" in 3d; and don't forget to Update the Site Model with each change. As proof, see attached, which was produced using these exact methods. Site_Model_Example.pdf
  13. One way is to use a Wall, set to 6ft High and about 2" thick, and textured with Wood Decking (turned vertically it looks just like fence boards). Draw the wall in Top Plan, on the Site Model Layer, then use the Send to Surface command. Once done, you will need to add some top vertices and adjust their elevation accordingly. Post back with further questions if needed.
  14. Not crazy at all. I use the Number Stamp on every drawing I do! P
  15. It is called the "Number Stamp". You can add it to your Workspace via the Workspace Editor (Menu=Tools>Workspaces>Edit Current Workspace). Click Tools in the center pane, then All Tools in the left. Tools are listed alphabetically. See attached.