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Amy L

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  1. "ray, you have certainly dated yourself with this reference!" ......but could the link say it any better? Nevertheless, this thread has been an entertaining diversion from the summertime dog days. Literary, humorous, acerbic, and such a departure from the work-a-day world of CAD. Makes me think there should be an "Off-topic" category for VW users like many other forums have. Just a way to let off steam and such.
  2. I'm confused. I can easily select and drag a solid object from anywhere within the shape, as Jan states, as long as it has a fill (texture, color, hatch, etc.) Only when there is no fill do I have to grab an edge. Am I not comprehending something?
  3. oooh...I was afraid of that. Thanks for the caveat.
  4. I'll remember that next time. Is there anyway to easily "fix" the files that I have so I get my lines back the way I'd prefer?
  5. I just had the attribute of a specific dotted line spontaneously change on me throughout a particular file. All the lines/ polys formerly having little dashes have changed to a series of little dots. In the line selection area of the attribute palette, my preferred dashed line has disappeared and replaced with the offending dotted line. I notice that the palette (even the backups) has 2 identical dotted line selections, but is missing my preferred dashed line. The only thing I?ve done since this happened has been importing a DXF file from a truss company into a layer. How do I get my dashed line back?
  6. There is an ?advanced properties? button at the bottom of the OIP that can scale down (or up) items (like line weights or arrow-heads) in your VP.
  7. I sit surrounded by Macs, old and new- relics of days gone by, like an old Quadra 950, still chugging along attached to an old HP pen plotter. (Rarely used these days, but ready when called on.) So my point is?since my first little ?mac-in-a-box? in 1985 all my Macs have been fun, reliable, and real work-horses getting the job done. No Intel inside yet, because the G5 & G4 do just fine (for now) attached to my HP 500 ps- perfect for the small office. Good luck, Terra?.and sorry about the Ducks. They played well, but after all it *was* the Gators?. 2007 NCAA basketball champs:-)
  8. I didn't like the clatter either until I became dependent on the audible cues. Mac users can simply turn the sound down or off right from the keyboard.
  9. One more thing.... *all* of you who have contributed to this thread (and others like it) always impress me with your knowledge and willingness to share. Thank you for some really good stuff.
  10. Panthony, awesome work. You're a rock star and an inspiration. I just hope I live long enough to get that good with the program.......
  11. I work almost entirely 1/4? scale and with layers rather than sheets as well. View ports on sheets expedite sharing (via email) various components of the project with builders and clients that don?t have access to large format printers. Being able to choose a different page setup (and scale) without affecting the original design layer is nice, and you can do multiple letter-size set-ups and convert to PDFs very quickly in viewports on sheets.
  12. Amy L

    Roof

    Uh-oh, Robert. I can clog your in-box with ?unique? failure conditions. I can get this tool to work for me, but just for the simplest of perimeter shapes (see outhouse). Just kidding?.;-) I know I'm missing something.
  13. Amy L

    Roof

    Thanks guys?. I tried this once again with the original offender. (the inset was not originally selected, btw.) There *were* extraneous vertices that were eliminated. The new problem with this example is crashing after ?create roof? command on two computers, one with VW 12 and one with VW 12.5.1. So, thinking corruption I tried a new file with a whole different foundation and got results. (goofy roofline, but at least it worked.) The quality of the original polygon seems to matter. As far as complexity, shouldn?t any shape be ?roofable? (and then adjusted as needed)? The original example was just a portion of a ?real life? foundation. The garage was deleted out prior to this test, but the roof has been engineered and is under construction?.and this is a simple one. In real life the plate heights are all different, but being able to have a starting point from which to adjust things would be nice.
  14. Amy L

    Roof

    What qualifies a shape as too complicated? From day one I?ve been getting the same message as Stacy. Here?s a comparatively simple foundation outline that I attempted to convert by using the ?create roof?. (I can get the tool to work on simple geometrics.) After I select the polygon, fill in all the appropriate boxes, click, and get the evil message, I notice that a polygon is duplicated over my original. (no ridges, valleys, or overhangs) What?s up?
  15. Katie, many thanks. I should've known it was a simple fix. I just went around the world to cross the street.
  16. Thanks for clarification, Pete, but in the example, I used the uncapped join mode and still got the same errant results. I did find, as per Christiaan?s suggestion, that the component join tool (which I?d not been using ??d?oh?) heals the joints at least, regardless of fill pen weight. I?m assuming that proper wall set-up avoids problems to begin with, but unwanted lines can be eliminated fairly easily.
  17. Pete, My caps are always set to "none" and the T mode was used. I did discover (on the example above) that moving the offending connecting walls "forward" healed them. So, depending on the *order* in which the walls were drawn would result in an extraneous line. The fainter line goes away if the fill pen weights are set to 0 as Donald suggested.
  18. Katie, the ?hit of miss? nature of wall connections seems to depend on the directions in which the walls are drawn to begin with. In experimenting with various unconnected perpendicular 4? walls (my old white fill as in the example above), I?ve found that both ?command-J? and the wall join ?T? mode succeed and fail about at the same rate. Success seems to depend on the direction in which the wall is originally drawn. That said, getting the fill pen points right to begin with in a ?custom? wall may be the real key, since a simple hatch-filled default wall seems to do better. Am I right, or completely off the wall? :-)
  19. Donald, thank-you. It?s not the method of joining, it?s all about the wall component set-up. The pen weight at 0.00 in the right box seems to be the solution. Even the fainter lines at the intersections (the ones I thought were ?normal?) disappeared.
  20. I?m perplexed about extraneous lines at wall intersections (in 2D) that sometimes occur no matter what method is used in joining them. I frequently use the quick & dirty command-J to snap two walls together, as well as the join modes. It seems that walls with hatches join better. I most frequently work with simple 4? walls with white fill, so I changed to a wood frame hatch (which is also white), but got the same results. BTW, ?auto join walls? is selected in prefs. What little trick am I missing?
  21. Amy L

    Pattern Fills

    Just curious.....what are patterns for if "what you see is *not* what you get?"
  22. There is some entertainment value in the abrasive posts and the ensuing sh*t- storm, but as a newbie, I have a very difficult time distinguishing between cogent information and less lucid rambling from the party in question. It is fascinating, though, how one manages to insult individuals, companies, and whole countries in a single post.
  23. I?ve been perplexed by the grid snap at times, too. Like you say, most of the time objects will be in the right place. On the occasions that they aren?t, usually hitting ?command-? (Mac) will snap them right onto the grid (most of the time.) It?s those times when I can?t get an object (or a group of objects) back on the grid without nudging that perplexes me.

 

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