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Don@Black Dog

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  1. cben is all Autocad. Do you just download and translate? Change layers and classes?
  2. Thanks for the reply. All my transparency (I assume you mean opacity) levels are 100%, rendering quality is high, layer dpi is 300. Pete, I will check on the version. Thanks for pointing it out.
  3. Thanks, Peter. The updates do not work or, rather, a line changes here or there. I have submtted to Tech, and will do so to bugsubmit. Anyone else see have this problem? It happens on different files. Thanks.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion. This is typical, where the windows in the adjacent or opposite walls show through. Back ground: Open GL with lines, foreground, Hidden line. In this case with quick sketch, but it doesn't matter. (I have atttached a file, but it doesnt show in preview).
  5. I have been in touch with Tech support about this (it's been an issue for a long time) and it is a know problem and apparently still being worked. Wish they would hurry, along with an option to stop the handrails at a landing. In the meantime, just make them individually.
  6. When generating elevations (and some flyovers) in 2008, I am getting random lines such as windows in perpendicular or pposite walls, roof lines and random things beyond the elevation plane. Is this happening to others and if so, is there a setting I don't know? I have the background as openGL and foreground as hidden line. Thanks. PS, how can I inset a jpeg or other example image?
  7. Will none of the sofas in the Resources do? (Residential Furniture, or Knoll?)You can edit their 2 and 3-d components for colors etc if you want. The Vectorworks Libraries folder, Object Sampler/Vectorworks Basic/Residential Furniture, or Objects Imperial/12 Residential Furniture or Knoll. Please list your ocmputer and OS as well (set up your profile).
  8. To clarify Pete's rather succinct response for the newbies and students out there, in Settings, set the entire width and height you want, set the window type to Custom, and go to Custom settings and set the parameters. Play with it a bit and you will see quite a few things you can do with it.
  9. I find that making the shed dormer from the Roof Object tool works well, since I can then do soffits, etc. Draw the rectangle, AEC/Create Roof, put in your parameters, including slope or rise/run, make the roof. It will show up as a regular hip roof. Select the sides and top ridge and make them Gables. Top has 0 overhang. Sides are your choice. You may have to move it up or down (alt/M/M/0) to fit into the location on the main roof. To cahnge the slope, select the lower eave, change the slope or rise/run, and "entire Roof" and you should have it.
  10. Related to another posting, I tried exporting an RCP Sheet Layer with 4 viewports to my electrical engineers. I am VW 2008, they are Autocad LT 2004. I exported with to Autocad 2004-5-6 and with Layers as Classes. The file opened ok but they got a stack of Autocad layers with no relationship to eachother (ie, with out the light fixtures assigned to a floor layer). Everything was in one heap. The Page Space opened fine, but Model space was useless. They need to be able to separate the primary buildng elements (walls, millwork, plumbing fixtures, stairs, doors and windows) and convert them to a color layer for backgorund use, but the blocks will not change color. Exploding the blocks crashes the program. Is there an inter-species methodology anyone is using to allow this relatively simple file transfer to work properly, or, maybe better put, to allow the Autocad people to alter there drawing usably? Thanks.
  11. I am having similar issues sending a VW 2008 drawing to my Autocad LT (2004) electrical engineers. The files open ok, but they want to put all the base building items (Walls, doors, window, plumbing fixtures) onto another color layer to use as a back ground. they cannot do this to blocks (toilets, doors, etc). They try to explode the blocks and it crashes the program. I exported with Layers as Classes, with and without the color for line wight option and with and without the hatches and textures. Same thing. Is there something I am missing? Thanks.
  12. For my thumb drives, similar to the dongles, I have attached them to a mildly obnoxious item, like a door knob escutcheon, which has a hole to hang it on a peg or push pin, is big enough to find rooting around the lapdob bag pockets, and big enough to feel in your pocket and see on your dresser top, but small enough to deal with. For your director, use one of those car key fob alarms that beep when you hit a remote button. They make them for general use now. And you keep the fob.
  13. You need to talk to VW tech about the crashing isssues. tech@nemetschek.net Regarding the drawing techniques, you have to reconsider your methods to align more with the Vectorworks logic, although you are closer than you think. One thing, realize that the Layers are WHERE the things are, such as floor levels, roofs, cabinet top, cabinet base, etc. The Classes are WHAT the objects are, such as chair, leg, dowels, lights, windows, notes. These you can adjust the attributes how you like, text style, size, weight, line weight, in Tools/Organization, or even the Attributes palette for single item adjustments. For instance, I have often drawn a detail with one class, say Notes-Details, which has a line weight and colors etc that you have set when you made it. (I put it on a layer Details, that has a scale I want to see on the drawings, say 3:12). After I draw the detail, I will then change the line wight of individual items to make the drawing more readable. If you want the individual items to be separate classes, say so you can turn off certain pieces, then use different Classes for different items (blocking, Ply, Veneer, Fasteners, etc) and adjust those attributes. If you take a little time up front to think your way through it, you can set it up in advance. Or adjust as you go, and when it finally gets to a good set-up save it as a template.
  14. FYI, spoke with tech support (same day!). The issue is using the soffit accessory. Even with a cut out all the way to the roof edge, it will draw the "ghost" soffit across the cut-out area. Suggestion: make the roof without the soffit accessory, draw it in the elevations. If you need it in a model, draw a triangle in a front view and extrude it back the depth of the overhang.
  15. Set a Style class to the attributes you want (line thickness, whatever) and make sure the Graphic Attributes is checked for Use at Creation. On the view page of the settings set the item to the Style class you want to use (this is probably what you were doing). This should over ride the Attributes.
  16. Pete, you are talking about building the whole lap-sided wall, full width, then put the stone on the front as a skinny wall, with the height as desired, right? At the door you would then have two walls. Then set the real door in the lap-siding wall (the thicker one) and make a same-sized door opening in the skinny stone wall with 0 thickness jambs like you describe. I have used this a lot especially where I have openings between diffrent levels that share a wall, like a split level house alteration or row houses with multiple walls built over the years (urban renovations). I like Tads idea, also, just a bit more complicated to learn.
  17. Yes! This has been a wish for a couple of years now. It would require an option for which side of the wall is used for the cap material for dual material walls, like a brick veneer on studs with a drywall interior.
  18. The Create Roof tool should have the option of making the gable wall at the time you make the roof, not only later through the OIP. Also, the gable rake dimension should be able to be set. The framing thickness is never the gable rake trim thickness. Perhaps the eave thickness dimension should be able to wrap around and inform the Gable rake width? Rather it be separate.
  19. Absolutely. Actually, it should default to window-spec (or door spec for doors) anyway. Sort of like the roof framing tool should default to the Structural Framing class instead of the random classes it lands on now....
  20. I am trying to make a roof with a wide dormer. I would rather not use the dormer tool so I can try different dormer roof profiles, so am trying to edit the roof object and clip the surface (edit group/paste a rectangle in place/exit group). It leaves this odd triangular shape floating around like a ghost of an eave. Any ideas? I can't put an image in this post, but could send it if you need to see it. Thanks.
  21. The runtime error used to happen to me in 12.5 (winXP/VW12.53)when I was drawing walls that did not terminate at another wall, and I did not click fast enough to end the command. In general, I have had none of these problems, and on a run-of-the mill off-the-shelf computer. You have thousands of users quite successfully using the program, large and small offices and getting on reasonably, and getting tech support. Quit whining and do what you have to do to find out what the glitch is. Your settings? Your hardware? Your methods? or really the program?
  22. It takes a bit at firts to get to understand the layer/class concepts and flexibility. I think of it as the Layer is the Place (Floor, Roof, Slab etc) and Class is the Thing (millwork, window, wall) on that Layer. Jonathan's point is excellent. When in doubt, turn everything on and see what you get. It's easy to put things in the wrong place.
  23. I use these for finishes, materials and textures. Most if not all PIO's have that capacity either in the OIP or setting palettes. Unless you are doing extensive modeling, you may be ok just using them on a case by case basis,ie, when you need to establish a Style texture, set it up at that point. If you want to look ahead to bigger things, deterimine a logic for establishing them, such as Exterior finishes first, interior finishes, specialty items, order of construction, etc. Don't forget, many objects can be given colors or textures in other ways as well, such as the attribute palette or resource browser, for individual items. Sometimes all you need is a color to get your point across. I would be interested in getting other's feedback on how this is used in different offices. It seems it is either a tremendous resource or a huge pain. What say out there?
  24. Thanks, all. I will give both a try. Did not know about the property line tool. I also have curves, so may have to use a combination.
  25. I asked this in the General forum, but this might be more applicable. Any ideas for a reasonable (or understandable) method of drawing property lines from the typical coordinates on a deed (ie: Northeast 44 degrees, 24 minutes, 30 seconds)? Thanks!
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