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  1. @line-weight Yes, data visualization can switch object attributes from hatch to solid and vice versa. 
    You would need to setup appropriate data visualization criteria depending on where your objects are getting their attributes from.

    Simple example:

    You have objects in Class A, B and C that are using attribute by class and you want to override the Fill using data visualization.

    Set the Object Criteria to find objects in class A, B, 😄 Class is A OR Class is B OR Class is C

    Set the Display Criteria to Objects using function Class.
    You'll see the list of classes. Set the fill for the classes you want to override to whatever color you like.



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  2. On 11/5/2023 at 6:43 PM, BartHays said:

    I am working on a Materials and Finishes Schedule - hoping to use an Object Attributes Graphic Legend.

    However, I have tons of textures in my model. I have put all of the textures I want to put in the Schedule into a Texture Resource Folder in the Resource Manager.


    Can I filter the criteria of the Graphic Legend to filter down to a specific Resource Folder? (Renderworks Texures>Finishes>*)

    I suppose I can rename all of my Finish textures with a prefix and sort by name> begins with. . .


    Much appreciated,




    The Graphic Legend tool is building the legend for objects and resources that exist in your drawing.

    There are no criteria for filtering objects based on resources or resource folders in the Resource Manager.

    You could submit a wishlist item on the Wishlist Forum and describe what you are trying to accomplish.

  3. Edit the reference and you should see the option to auto update the reference at file open.
    This an option that can be controlled for each reference individually.
    Note that if you are referencing an image file and the option to save the referenced cache is unchecked, the reference image will always auto update at file open. 
    You must enable "save referenced cache" to control the auto updating at file open.


    Hope it helps. 

  4. 2 hours ago, Shortnort said:

    Thank you for the response, but could you clarify?  I am confused as to what you are saying.




    Sorry. There was a typo in my previous message:  It should read: Your annotations should NOT be deleted because you added a line to the Description title or because of other minor operations......


    Does that make sense now?





    On 5/12/2023 at 4:04 PM, Shortnort said:

    Thanks.  I sure wish that I had been forwarned by VW of this most CRITICAL FACT.  Hours have been lost redoing the notes. I now make back-up copies of my files on a regular basis.  The autosave sometimes saves at the most inconvenient times.


    I think creating a symbol for each annotation is the simplest and safest way to catalog.  Additionally, it will speed up the annotation process for similar frames, door types, etc.



    Your annotations should NOT be deleted because you added a line to the Description title or because of other minor operations.
    If you have a Legend that exhibits this behavior please report it as a bug and send the file to us for investigation.

    Annotations are deleted only when fundamentals changed are made to the Legend in such a way that the cells are no longer referencing the objects that were annotated. 


    5 hours ago, Pat Stanford said:

    I have not done a complete review, but yes, it does appear that some of the newer worksheet functions can report on specific resource. Materials certainly can.


    But in general, there is no overall way to get resources into a worksheet.

    This is correct. As of now, Material is the only resource that can be listed in a worksheet database using the standard database methods.

    Support for other resources will be added in future releases.


    As @Pat Stanford pointed out, database by script is an alternative method for listing any list of objects in a database worksheet.

  7. 57 minutes ago, Tim Harland said:

    It would be helpful (especially for staff less familiar with Worksheets) to be able to control criteria for Database Rows in Worksheets with And/Or functions through the visual interface. At the moment it defaults to 'or' (when one would expect it to be 'and') and the only way to adjust it is to edit the criteria formula to change the vertical bar to and ampersand. As soon as you want to add a new criteria you need to reedit the formula.

    In the same interface it would be good to be able to change the order of criteria or at least delete criteria that are not at the bottom of the list.

    Hello Tim,
    Are you using VW2022? The criteria interface was updated for VW2022 and addressed these issues. 

  8. On 10/8/2021 at 5:54 PM, DDD said:

    How should I modify the criteria to let VW sort out the "M" or "S" category shrub? Thanks in advance!


    Enter the value in the Criteria Dialog with the quotes: ("S" instead of S) 

    It looks like the value of the tag is stored with quotes. This is strange. We will look into that.


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  9. 10 minutes ago, EAlexander said:

    @HuguesThanks - here you go - attached.  This is just solid modeling - no PIOs or anything but extruded geometry.


    Crashes 2022 before I even get it fully opened.  Can't copy and paste it from 2020 to 2022 as 3d.


    EDIT: just noticed the file name has CORONA in it - this is referencing the render engine in Cinema 4d, not the virus 🙂 



    Thanks @EAlexander

    What operating system are you running? Could you please provide the specs of your machine?

  10. 19 minutes ago, EAlexander said:

    Sadly, any file pre 2020 that I try to open gives instacrash.  See y'all in a few service packs.


    EDIT: even weirder - I open a file in 2020.  I copy all the Geo to the clipboard - move over to 2022 and paste.....I get a 2d line representation of my model (like I ran convert copy to lines and no 3d.  ☠️

    Would you mind sharing the files with us? We want to investigate the issue.

  11. I understand your frustration and I agree that this functionality isn't intuitive.
    I'll try to explain how this is designed to work. We are aware of the issues with this design and we will improve it in a future release.


    On 8/5/2021 at 5:32 AM, line-weight said:

    1) Newly created "level types" disappear

    The behavior you are seeing is intentional. When you open the "Edit Story" dialog, the list of levels shows:

    - Levels that present in the story (these have a checkmark)

    - default levels (unchecked)

    You can create a new level and add it to your story. Note that this new level is not a default level. Therefore, if you do not add it to the story, it goes away.


    If you need a level that you can make active in whatever story (these levels are what we call default story levels), you should create by editing your Default Story Levels.


    On 8/5/2021 at 5:32 AM, line-weight said:

    2) Not possible to make an existing level type a "default story level"

    A level type is not the same as a story level.

    You can create a level type from the Level Types dialog. The level types can be used when creating Story Levels or Default Story Levels.

    I think there is a confusion here that I would like clarify by describing what level types, story levels and default story levels are.


    Level Type: A Level Type is just a text label that specifies the type of level (e.g. Ceiling, Finish Floor). It has no elevation, no additional properties.

    Story Level: A story level defines an elevation in a story. It has a level type and an elevation.

    Default Story Level: Preset story level stored in a list of readily available default presets so that they can be selected and activated in any story.



     Hope this helps.



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  12. 18 hours ago, taoist said:

    Thank you.


    By Material I mean the new Materials in VW2021.

    Can the materials be used in formula calculations, in this case takeoff??

    Square Feet or area for the paint area and the paneling area of the wall.

    I know one can apply a texture, but that is not a Material in VW2021 speak.


    I am using VW2019 Architect and want to know how far or well integrated the new Materials are.


    Appreciate any input.



    Yes, you should be able to assign a Material to a Nurbs surface get quantity takeoff in worksheets.

  13. 16 hours ago, Boh said:

    Hey @Hugues I've just upgraded from vw2019 to vw2021 and am struggling with the new notes manager.


    If I write a callout note I'm struggling to see how to add that note to a database.


    I have the callout.

    I right click "edit" to open the edit callout dialogue

    I click on "Add Note to Database"

    Now what? Do I have to retype or copy/paste my note into the dialogue? I've already written the note, how can I just add it to the database?


    See video. I must be missing something.... Please help!


    This is not a normal behavior. I'm not sure why you are getting an error loading the "callouts.txt" database located in your application. This may be because you do not have write access to that database.

    It looks like that database is your default database. This is why we try to load it by default and since it fails, the process break down.

    Go to the Notes Manager and change your default database to one you have access to. This may solve the problem.

    Let us know if this solution doesn't work.

    In the meantime, we will improve the error messaging when a database isn't accessible.





  14. On 10/30/2020 at 12:50 PM, _James said:

    Hi @Hugues,


    I don't have 8 decimal places set, could there be another cause?


    I'm not including the tabs in the prints no, I would rather not see these. Do you know the dimensions of these so that I can account for them in my margins?




    It appears that those rounding errors are the result of some legacy unit conversions. 

    The width of the row tabs is about 64mm.




  15. 33 minutes ago, spries said:

    @Hugues that's what seems to be the case. What do I need to do to modify the current function in order to prevent this from happening?


    As I said above. Currently I am using.    =IMAGE(S='My Symbol Name')

    S='My Symbol Name'  will find all instances of the named symbol in the drawing. You could modify it to isolate a single instance of the symbol. For example you find an instance of the symbol and give it a name, then use (S='My Symbol Name') & (N='name')

    Or you could place an instance of the symbol in a layer and make sure it is the only instance in that layer, then use (S='My Symbol Name') & (L='layer name')

    Or you could place an instance of the symbol in a class and make sure it is the only instance in that class, then use (S='My Symbol Name') & (C='class name')

    Or you can use any other criteria that only one instance (or maybe just very few instances) of the symbol would match.




  16. This is because your criteria is set to find all instances of the named symbol. It will then generate an image for each instance found in your document but will only display one in the cell. That function would need to be a bit smarter and avoid generating images that won't be able to be displayed anyway.

    What you could do is set your criteria to narrow down the result to a specific instance of the symbol.

  17. On 10/22/2020 at 5:57 AM, _James said:

    Thanks for your help on this. After a bit more playing around I realise that it's my error as I had set all the margins to 0. Now that i've restored these to a more sensible amount, particularly the bottom=25 the rows split correctly. On this, is there any reason why the margins give 8 decimal places? I do not need this level of precision! Also I found that if I put all the margins as equal amounts, the worksheet does not sit centred on the page, hence right and left have different values.





    These unit and precision of these values are controlled by your document units and precisions. The length unit precision for your document is probably set to 8 decimal places. 


    Are you including the tabs in your prints? Tabs always taken into account even when you turn them off. That would explain why the worksheet doesn't appear centered on the page.





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