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  1. willofmaine

    Flippin' Flipped Doors

    Flawed design or bug, I think we're talking semantics here: it definitely doesn't work as one would reasonably expect it to! So, thanks Matt, for submitting it as a bug (where hopefully it will get more attention than it might as a "flawed design" Wishlist item...). Yes, ultimately, I created a duplicate, reversed leaf. But that's twice as much work. Creating the vision panel using the PIO would have meant no frame for the vision panel. Eluding "form follows Vectorworks" is a constant battle, but someone's gotta do it... And yes, it seems too often we are slaves to the idea that the left side of a wall is always the outside, and the right side is always the inside. Control over swing and inside vs. outside, independent of a wall's direction, would be great! @Matt Panzer I'm assuming you don't still need a file showing this issue. I'm seeing this issue in VW 2018, though I first encountered it in VW 2016.
  2. willofmaine

    Flippin' Flipped Doors

    Same door style, same custom leaf (by style!). The correct door (Image 04) is not actually in its wall. The "huh" door (Image 05) is in its wall. If it's flipped to swing in, all's good. But it's an egress door, and both my client and the codes want it to swing out. But when it swings out, the vision panel goes to the wrong side. Why?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!? I discussed this issue with Tech Support over THREE YEARS AGO!!!!!!!!!! Please make it so that custom leafs have a consistent orientation with respect to the hinge & strike sides of a door. Please FIX Vectorworks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VWIS071
  3. willofmaine

    Thumbnail Views for Page-Scale Symbols

    Okay, thanks. If 2019 becomes usable, I'll upgrade!... ... ...
  4. Is it not possible to create meaningful Thumbnail Views for 2D, Page-Scale symbols? The thumbnails are either way too tiny, or, zoomed in way too much.
  5. A deadline. 4:00 AM in the morning. I duplicate a floor plan sheet and use the eye dropper tool to "quickly" transfer class visibilities and overrides from a master viewport to convert the floor plan to a reflected ceiling plan. But only 3 of 12 light fixture symbols appear, and there's no ceiling grid. Huh? What? The class settings for both the master and target viewports match. All other viewport settings appear the same. If I move one of the missing fixture's draw order to the Front, it then shows. So I search high and low in the design layer for some geometry I might be missing. Nothing. Double check layer & class visibilities. I create a brand new viewport from scratch, and, finally, the fixtures and ceiling grid display as expected. No problem. Ultimately, I end up duplicating the floor plan and manually adjusting all of it's class visibility & override settings to create the reflected ceiling plan. Spending 30 non-billable minutes on what should have been a 30 second procedure is especially frustrating & annoying when under the gun at four in the morning!!! NO NEW FEATURES!!!!!!!!!!! please, Please, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just FIX VECTORWORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. willofmaine

    Hidden line for over head slab in floor plan?

    Interesting! I'll need to play around with that approach a little. It seems there as many ways to do things as there are things to do in Vectorworks!
  7. willofmaine

    Hidden line for over head slab in floor plan?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Horizontal Section Viewports are only 3D ("Top") views (which are rendered, typically in Hidden Line), as opposed to 2D ("Top/Plan") views, so, they don't seem ideal for floor plans used for construction drawings. What I'll do to address the OP's issue is to create a 3D symbol of the floor slab. I'll do this either with 3D geometry, or with at least two Floor objects combined as a Solid Addition. (I rarely use Slab objects, so this approach may abandon the benefits of those...). I then place an instance of the 3D symbol on each layer (vertically displaced as required so that they're coincident in the Model). I then create Auto Hybrids out of each symbol; on Layer 1 the Auto Hybrid would display as dashed lines above, and on Layer 2 the Auto Hybrid would display as solid lines below. It's then only necessary to update the 3D symbol of the floor slab, and its 2D representation on both layers will automatically update. HTH... L09-01
  8. willofmaine

    Editing 2D and 3D

    Auto Hybrids. Pretty much anything you model in 3D (3D only, and including 3D symbols) you can make into an Auto Hybrid, so that when you change the 3D geometry, its 2D representation automatically updates. After creating your 3D geometry, in Top Plan view go to AEC > Create Auto Hybrid. If you have multiple instances of your object (that will all be the same) you can make a symbol out of your Auto Hybrid object; the symbol you create will automatically be a 2D/3D Hybrid symbol. Alternatively, for things like shelves and tables, you might be able to use Plug-In Objects; these are inherently Hybrid objects where both the 3D and 2D are automatically updated based on your input parameters. HTH
  9. willofmaine

    Text Attributes

    Oh, okay. I did find the "Set Character Properties" node, and it seemed overly complicated with having to set which characters got the formatting; I thought maybe I was missing a simpler node. Thanks!
  10. willofmaine

    Text Attributes

    Is there a node to set basic text properties, such as font, font size, and alignment? I can't seem to find such a thing...
  11. willofmaine

    Marionette Objects Relentlessly Reset

    @Nuno Antunes I've been having lots of success with Marionette in Vectorworks 2018, with only a few snags that necessitate work-arounds. Hopefully it will be even better in 2019... good luck!
  12. willofmaine

    Offset Sweep Profile

    Well... at least I was sort of thinking along the right lines... I tried using "Group" instead of "List" to incorporate the locus. "List" works better... Thanks!!
  13. willofmaine

    Offset Sweep Profile

    When creating a sweep in VW, a 2D locus can be used to create a "donut" sweep (a sweep with nothing at it's center). But how is this accomplished with Marionette? The Sweep node's "nOffset" input seems to only introduce a Pitch to the Sweep, not the desired displacement of the Sweep's profile away from its center of rotation...
  14. willofmaine

    VW 2019 -- BEWARE Upgrade

    Hmm... I don't get that message. Try going to Vectorworks Preferences > Session > Check for Updates (near the bottom) and make sure that "Never" is selected.
  15. willofmaine

    VW 2019 -- BEWARE Upgrade

    Glad I could help calm the Irritation-O-Meter!

 

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