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willofmaine

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  1. In trying to figure out a standard protocol for making symbols, I've been 'disecting' some of the VW default symbols. What a mess I've made of a couch and a chair! Anyway... I have found that they (the hybrid symbols) always seem to consist of meshes, rather than solids. Why is this? I realize meshes offer more flexibility, but don't they also require more memory, having so many vertices? For example, a sphere has 6 grips, but converted to a mesh an 18" sphere appears to have hundreds of vertices. Any thoughts would be helpful!! Thanks, Will
  2. Windows (and Doors too) in walls are separate instances. If you create a VA schedule, they all show up on the schedule, as expected. But if I have several Type A windows, for example, I want to be able to modify them all simultaneously, so... I create a Type A window Symbol, and place that several times. And to modify it I guess I have to "dumb" it down by converting it back into a PIO, make the changes, and resave it as a Type A windows Symbol again. That works well, but... The Type A window no longer shows up on the VA schedule. At least, not until I recently found that I could edit the search criteria of the Database Row Header in the VA schedule worksheet to include windows that are IN symbols. That seems to work... So I think I have a system. But in the meantime, what is the purpose of "Use Symbol Geometry" when creating a door or window? It seems the Data tab is not linked to the size of the selected symbol geometry such that its appearance on the schedule is likely to give incorrect information. More generally, I guess, my question is how does VW intend for multiple doors and windows, of the same types, to be created and also reported in schedules? Any thoughts would be most appreciated!...
  3. In my experience, the geometry of stairs, including their length and height, landings, and rise and run are defined at the tread nosing, specifically, the intersection of the top of the treads and their leading edges. Even codes define stairs accordingly. Whether the riser is vertical, sloped, or recessed with a nosing overhang is only incidental to the stair's overall geometry. Yet in VectorWorks stair dimensions are to the actual treads, and in 2D representations VW even shows the edges of landings as being at the back edge of the tread below, so that if there is a nosing overhang, say of 1", the tread just below the landing appears to be 12" on a stair with 11" treads. Wouldn't it make sense to have stairs measured to the tread nosings? Also, it would be nice to be able to have the top tread show up in 3D sections, but not in 2D representations, where it's back edge appears to be yet another riser. Just some food for thought. Oh, and one other... a dashed line in sections, the height of which could be set as desired, but particularly to 80," to assist in verifying that a stair has enough headroom. Okay, now I''m done...
  4. I can't seem to cut sections without getting the spinning color wheel for several minutes. When I force quit, I find that VW is not responding. In a new test document with just a couple of walls, it will cut a section instantaneously, no problem. VW tech support suggested that corrupt symbols can cause trouble. How does one identify and fix such corrupted symbols?? Thanks!
  5. Never mind... In "Printer Setup" in "Page Setup", in the "Paper Size" pull-down menu there is a place to "Manage Custom Sizes," where I was able to create a borderless 8 1/2 x 11 page. I didn't find anything about this in "Help" - if it indeed isn't there, I wish it were! I then discovered that if "Format for" is set to my printer rather than "Any Printer," there is already a borderless 8 1/2 x 11. Though in the file where I'd originally printed borderless this is not selected, so it's still a bit of a mystery, but one that's only a minor detail at this point...
  6. Hi, I have an HP printer capable of borderless (to the edge of the page) printing. I have done this from VW, but in a new file, it won't let me use the settings that I'd successfully used before. It won't let me use 1 page wide & 1 page high with 11" wide and 8.5" tall - it always adjusts one or the other so that I can't eliminate the margin. What am I missing?? Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks.
  7. Hi - When I reduce the size of a rounded rectangle set with symmetrical, non-proportional corners, the radii get smaller. I would have expected them to retain their size, as happens with a filleted rectangle (where the radii only get smaller if the size of the rectangle is reduced too much, and which go back to their original size when the rectangle's size is again increased enough...). Am I missing something, or is this a bug that anyone else has experienced? (Unfortunately, the filleted rectangles seem to only have corner grips for changing their size, and not for moving them, otherwise, I'd use them). Thanks!
  8. Ah, so dimensions are unique, and are not controlled by Auto-classing. And walls are likewise controlled by their insertion options, rather than Auto-classing. So it's just PIOs like windows, and spaces of course, that are controlled by Auto-classing. And having just done a little experiment, I see that for windows, as with spaces, when they're pasted into a file with Auto-classing enabled, sure enough, they go to the Windows class, and their class can't be changed unless "Enable Auto-classing" is unchecked. Thanks everyone! -Will
  9. Thanks, I'll try that. But my bigger question has now become... what is "Auto-Classing"? With or without it enabled, things like dimensions still automatically go to the Dimensions layer...
  10. Why not use a symbol to create the opening? A symbol of any shape will automatically cut an opening for itself in the wall, and can have any representation you want in the 2D plan view. In the plan view, loci can be used to determine where the wall breaks (so that, for example, casings can be shown wrapping the wall at the jambs). In cutting openings, I think sympols do have a shortcoming in that they will not cut 'concavities' - in other words, a five-pointed star will cut a pentagon hole in the wall, not a star shape in the wall. But an arched opening should not have that problem. I'm pretty new to VectorWorks, but those are my thoughts, hope they're helpful...
  11. Thanks everyone! I'll go ahead and update QuickTime.
  12. I'm relatively new to VectorWorks. When I installed 12.0, I remember reading that QuickTime should not be updated. I don't remember reading a similar statement (in the "ReadMe" file, I think) when I upgraded to 12.5. Is there still an issue with VW 12.5, or can QuickTime be updated to it's latest and greatest version with 12.5? Thanks!
  13. I guess I figured it out. I had "Auto-Classing" enabled, so it was pasting the spaces into a VW created "Areas" class, though I'd think one would still be able to move the spaces to another class once they're pasted...
  14. When I copy Spaces from one file and paste them in another, they are placed in a non-current, non-relevant class, and I can't change them to the class that they should be in. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  15. Ah ha! The "Wall Insertion Mode" tool not only makes it possible to engage a symbol or PIO in a wall, but it also makes it equally possible to disengage the same symbol or PIO from the wall. So, disabling that does the trick, and my windows now stay in the wall when I move them about! I'm tracing from an AutoCAD underlay drawing, thus, the Position Button isn't very helpful, though I have used it before. But thanks for the explanation! At least I now know what a 'PIO' is! I didn't realize you could use the 2D shape to move symbols in a wall. It's especially useful because you can move more than one symbol at a time, and especially because the entire wall doesn't move (as it does when you select a symbol and use the Move command). Interesting that sending lines to the back prevents them from disengaging symbols from walls; I'll have to play with that a bit more. Thanks all for the excellent information! -Will
  16. Is it possible to move symbols, particularly plug-in objects such as windows, in walls and snap them to lines (such as one might use for reference, for the edge or center of the window)? Sometimes it works, but more often the symbols become 2D symbols, rather than remaining as a "Symbol in Wall." Thanks.
  17. Excellent, thank you Peter, that did the trick!!! -Will
  18. When I do Final Quality Renderworks, the resolution of the on-screen display is about 72 dpi, and this low resultion is obvious when images are printed, even though in Document Preferences I have both resolution settings (PDF & Print) set to 300. How does one increase the resolution? Thanks!
  19. I have just upgraded to 12.5, and when I insert symbols, there is no preview (so that, for example, I have to flip doors to get their orientation correct after they're inserted). Is anyone else experiencing this, or am I missing a setting?... Thanks!
  20. Okay, well that is all very interesting, indeed... Explains why my Open GL suddenly started working properly when I updated my PC's graphics card, and it seems consistent with NNA's recommendation that the graphics card won't make much of a difference when 'rendering,' if he'd assumed I'd meant Renderworks. My understanding is that the OpenGL is just a quick, cursory form of rendering, to preview things & work in 3D (where it seems to continuously update), before doing final renderings with Renderworks... so, aren't we all relying on Open GL, at least to that extent?... Thanks!
  21. Thanks Christiaan, I called NNA tech support, and they suggested that upgrading to the X1900 wouldn't make that much of a difference. But I know so little about it, that I may have presented my question poorly! He did mention something about Rosetta, though how that relates to the graphics card I'm not sure. But your link to Apple was certainly informative, and in that context the X1900 looks like the way to go... Decisions, decisions.... anyway, thanks! Will
  22. Does anyone have any advice as to whether or not it is worth paying for and waiting for an upgraded graphics card for a Mac Pro 2.66 GHz with 1 GB RAM? (The ATI Radeon X 1900 XT in lieu of the NVIDIA GeForce 7300) Thanks!
  23. Thanks Pete and Nicholas for your most helpful responses! Turning off the "Snap To Edges" constraint indeed did the trick. But I'm left thinking you can either snap nurbs to corners of 3D objects, or snap other items to edges/centers of 3D objects, but that you can't snap nurbs to edges/centers of 3D objects... Though like you say, maybe a bug resolved in 12.5... But NOW that I can snap to 3D objects, I've found that in creating a solid, if I snap an extrude to an existing extrude, I get an extrude, but if I snap an extrude to an extrude that is a symbol, I get a mesh! But maybe this is another topic, and I've yet to learning anything about meshes, so maybe I should do that next... Thanks! Will
  24. Is it not possible to snap to the 3D components of hybrid symbols and/or hybrid objects? For example, I have a floor object that is a deck on the side of a building. I wanted to snap a nurbs curve (or 3D polygon) to three of it's four edges to use as the path for a gutter/deck edge profile, but when I try to snap my lines go way off the screen, snapping to nothing that I can identify, even when switching to a plan or top view... In Snap to Objects I have "Snap to Edges" selected. VW 12.0.1. Thanks!
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