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  1. If I have a job with a large number of windows/or doors, I will skip a number (ie. 9, 19, 29...) that way if later in the job a window needs to be added, it just takes up one of the spare numbers closest to it. With my number sequence I used to go clockwise as well on plan, but now go anti-clockwise. That way on elevations you view the numbers left to right counting up.
  2. Sharing Vectorworks files

    Isn't that what IFC should be good for as you can't change it, only import it. That way if any clashes are found and changes made they need to go back to the original creator and get them to revise.
  3. BIM standard file

    \programfiles\vectorworks 2018\Libraries\Defaults\Standards\ You should find all those files listed there.
  4. Soffit Ceiling

    There is also the ceiling grid tool but has minimal input - you can't change depth or the size of the T, only the size of the grid and rotation. It does have other uses as well - I sometimes use it to create quick decking or floor planks.
  5. Soffit Ceiling

    Another option is to draw your poly and turn into a floor object if a flat ceiling or turn into a roof face if sloping. This way you can control the 2D display of the object as well as the 3D.
  6. It would be able to have the ability to specify 'roll' on a rafter. It seems to be the only one out of the 'Type' that isn't able to have a roll. I need the notch settings but I also need the roll...
  7. Surely it has to be in the works. I still use the custom stair as the new stair tool can be so limiting. As it turns out the last project I ended up putting the stair on its own layer, modelling all the railings/cappings etc separate to the stair object then using fills and classes to hide certain aspects so it would appear correctly on the upper and lower levels - rails and all.
  8. We need a wishlist campaign.

    What about a weekly tool focus? You pick a tool of the week, ie Stairs, and have a stickied thread where everyone can discuss how they need to use the tool and how it can be improved to meet their needs. At the end of the week, @JimW would compile the discussion and ship it off to the relevant engineer working on it. Even better if the engineers got involved in the discussion about how the tool is used etc. While discussing the current tool focus there could be a poll about what to discuss next. If Jim didn't have time maybe it could be a community lead initiative? *Spotlight and landscape have their own version of the weekly (or monthly focus) as they wouldn't care about some of the architectural stuff and vice versa.
  9. Vectorworks User Interface Overhaul

    @JimWOff the top of my head here is a few examples of how you can from 37 to 4 Framing tool: 4 to 1; Structural Member, Framing Member, Rafter, Joist. 2D steel Tool: 20 to 1; (there is a tool for metric and one for imperial) Take the interface of the framing member in regards to selecting steel shape and size and make that into a tool for 2D steel shapes, and then get rid of Angle, Bulb flat, Channel, I beam, Rectangular Tubing, Round tubing, Square tubing, Tee, Wide Flange, Z section Fixing tool 13 to 2; (one for 2D & one for 3D maybe?). Combine bolt and nut (Imp. + Met.), wood screw, sheet screw, lag screw, carriage bolt, hole, screw thread. That's just tools that I can see on the "Detailing" tab I have open. Happy to consult to VW and I can keep going, ha
  10. You used to be able to move just the text portion of the callout, with the arrow end staying by using the reshape tool & drawing a marquee around just the text and then moving to suit, with the arrow end staying put. It worked in 2016, removed in 2017 for some reason and still missing in 2018.
  11. Looks like this has made it's way into 2018
  12. Ok, I set the file up in 2017 with a saved view as the start point. Exported to webview and the saved view was ignored so you will need to use the orbit to navigate to get yourself onto a surface to be able to enable the first person setting, once there you can adjust the height to walk under the low floor framing, and walk correctly up the stairs into the roof space. The file is then saved and opened in 2018, same saved view and exported as a white model. Webview opens at the correct view but when you change to first person, and then move forward you will notice the viewing height jump up. You seem to get knocked by each of the floor members and then cannot seem to pass the last one (they are all at the same height). Even if you use the walk through walls to get past the last floor members and then deselect you still don't walk up the stairs... VW 2017 Webview VW 2018 Webview both saved on the temp cloud so if you need them 2 weeks after this post let me know.
  13. So I set my height in VW before exporting to webview, I know have some nice option to choose from when I export which is an improvement. No problem with the process so far but when I open the link and swap from orbit to first-person mode and move, the height changes to a predefined number - not helpful in my situation as I have low headroom so I keep getting stuck, there is the walk through walls option but that doesn't help with getting me up the stairs... In 2017 you have the option to adjust the height of the view (albeit broken for metric users) and the viewer (as far as I'm aware) would use you the height that you set in VW. 1 step forward, 2 steps back... My problems with lighting solved but now the model is not able to be navigated easily. I'll see if I can get some time to create two sample files showing the difference so others can test.
  14. New Baseboard plugin from Andrea Facchinello

    What about sloping ceilings, can the points have different heights?
  15. VW to Archicad

    Hello All I have ArchiCAD knocking on my door and I am looking to try to find some feedback from others who have looked into ArchiCAD - those that have changed and those that looked into it but didn't think it worthwhile. I have had a look at the ArchiCAD website but most of that is just glitter and sparkles edited to look good. According to the sales guy, the main reasons that people switch from VW to AC is productivity improvements and workforce. The first point I guess is open to debate and dependent on use and experience, but the second is a valid point. In New Zealand AC claim to have 45% (give or take) market share, Autodesk about 43% and then VW must take up the remaining 12%, when doing a search on an online job site I got the following which backs up what he was saying, more in favour of Revit though; 94 in Revit 54% 70 in Archicad 40% 9 in Vectorworks 06% It also doesn't help VW cause that I think most Universities here teach people in AC or Revit. I'm not looking at changing my job position at the moment, but in the near future, I may be looking to expand my work contacts and looking for more firms to do work for. Any thoughts good or bad on the matter are appreciated. Also interested in what the market share situation is like in Australia and Europe as the wife keeps on talking about us moving overseas. Thanks.


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