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  1. Is there one? I seem to keep turning them off by accident, which is mildly annoying.
  2. So how do you manipulate the viewport? I have given up and when I need a new view just draw a new viewport. But I get the idea from you post that maybe one could change the scale to something much larger in the OIP, reposition the viewport and then change the scale back. Or do you have another way of doing this? (So far not convinced it is better than AutoCad. I spend a lot of time focusing on how VW is _different_ and has lovely qualities all its own.) thanks
  3. Erich, What do you mean? Print to PDF and add notes in the PDF?
  4. Remember that (as I see it) the fundamental difference between an Xref and a WGR is that in VW the referenced file is _in_ your drawing. So you never bind.
  5. thanks for the command connect info--I am getting more familiar with this tool and it is clearly more useful than I would have anticipated.
  6. Mechanix I suspect you are working on a different kind of project than I am. I only have architecture notes on my plans. RCPs are done by WGR (not something I necessarily think is a great idea but that is the office standard). We haven't had a renovation since we started using 12.5 but I suspect that the standards czar will want to deal with demo through WGR. So I already have 7 or 8 ANNO layers to cover various things and keep the drawings organized. Not a big deal for me. I really like your idea of drawing notes that get turned of in the viewports. One of the things I miss most about AutoCad is the defpoints layer and the ability to have non-printing stuff on a drawing. So how do you deal with revisions to drawings as I described above?
  7. Oops. The two questions are the same thing. It is not unusual here in the US to issue drawings, called sketches, during construction to clarify issues that have arisen during the construction process. CA is construction administration. So a CA sketch (CASK) is one issued during construction administration. One example might be that due to some condition on the site the entry stair has to be changed and extra riser or something. So I would go to the original drawing, make the change and bubble it. If it is something small instead of reissuing the whole sheet it would be issued as a sketch on letter-size paper. Ideally then, at the end of construction one has a set of as built drawings. Does this explain why I am having trouble shifting to text on the annotation? How does one issue a small part of a sheet, with all of the original text, if that text is connected to a viewport? thanks!
  8. Christiaan, Did you see my question about CA sketches? If you have your text in the annotation how does your issue small-size sketches during construction? I would appreciate hearing how a larger office handles this.
  9. There are two things to try. The clip tool draws a marquee that you can use to trim lines--but only orthogonally. If you use the clip surface tool you can trim any shape you can draw. In your example you would need a shape on top tf the lines that aligns with the arc. Select everything and choose clip surface. This is a tool find I use so often that I have a keyboard shortcut set up for it.
  10. We are still debating whether or not to go to putting our text on the viewport attribute. The consensus in the office seemed to be moving in that direction until the issue of SKs came up. When issuing a sketch during construction, I would typically set up a new sheet layer for an 8.5 x 11 sheet with a viewport to a specific area of the drawing that needs to be changes/clarified whatever. But with the text in the viewport one would loose the text in the sketch. Right? Has anyone dealt with this issue?
  11. What about power usage? Is the machine drawing the same amount of power shut down as it is on but not doing anything? I realize that per machine it is not much but every little bit . . .
  12. I lied, follow up questions for you dcont. 1. Do you have sheet layers in all of the files or just the print file? 2. Where are you putting your notes? Are they in the design layer or in the annotations? 3. How long does it take your print file to load? We have found just referencing in 6 or 7 files will make a drawing really slow to load. thanks!
  13. Last question, maybe, do you use sheet layers for each sheet or is everything in on a drawing layer in the traditional VW manner?
  14. eas


    As someone who has a similar issue thinking about polylines in VW I also find the paint bucket under the polygon tool to be pretty useful. In many ways it is way quicker than the AutoCad trace method. I just wish I could set it to be the default for that tool or set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Add/clip surface is huge--I set up keyboard shortcuts and use both of these tools constantly. They work well when you are searching for an ACad "fence" option.
  15. dcont So you have one file for printing a whole set? I like this idea if you can use batch print--can you? How many sheets do you typically have in a set? Does this ever cause problems when you need to print one sheet and the print file takes forever to load? I am _really_ interested in this idea. thanks (I agree about the ugh--I used to open all of my files and close them as I printed which was tidy but took a while. And of course doesn't work in VW because of the open file limit.)
  16. Katie, We are working on fairly big projects and often have three or four people drawing at once. For that reason we can't have one file. We do a fair amount of workgroup referencing. This works well for our projects. I agree that RCPs should be in the floor plan file--probably not one class though. I still have some ACad holdover that makes me like everything on a class to have the same line weight--just to keep things simple. So that means a group of RCP classes for soffits, act, lights, other fixtures. I floated the idea of controlling RCPs through the viewports to our standards person and she is really stuck on one sheet per file. I think it has something to do with looking in a folder and seeing how many drawings there are in the set. I will keep working on her! Amy L. thanks for the tip I will investigate.
  17. This is something we are discussing in my office right now. The method of using class overrides is how I would have handled this back in my ACad days. We are having conflict where some people in the office would like to reference the plan into a clean file and draw the RCP specific information in that file. The primary reason for this is to have one file for each drawing. I think the ease of editing everything all at once in one file is a better option. Sorry thinking in through in the post. But I think that what is being discussed here is a better system and I will bring it up. Thanks. Jonathan, Why do you prefer annotation in the design layer? I do also but I need solid reasons to convince the people around here. And VW isn't helping because we have to scale the drawing layers so some people are getting weirdly sized arrows in their sheet layers--an attempt has been made to say all drawings will be drawn at 1/8" and printed at whatever scale they need to be. This obviously doesn't work. But we like rigor.
  18. Look under Legacy in the Workspace Editor.
  19. Katie, how does one hide the edge of a polygon with the 2D reshape? I did a little investigating and can't figure it out. thanks
  20. Oh, thanks Pete I vaguely remember trying this during my brief attempt at making a custom drawing border (am using a symbol now, works dandy). I will follow up. And the grouping idea is also very practical.
  21. Okay, I have rtfm (well no I haven?t but I have looked at it pretty thoroughly) and I get a sense that this is possible but need help. I would like to make an editable tag. A symbol with text that can be edited separately in each insertion. VW has all sorts of lovely automated things but I want to make my own tag. How does one go about this? Are there simple instructions somewhere? Or is this something that VW doesn't handle?
  22. Recently I have seen this on a few lines and occasionally at corners in the space tool. There will be a small space at the end of a line with a dot actually marking the end of the line. It seemed like it might be related to getting into a 3D view by accident, but I can not seem to find any simple thing that is causing this. Has anyone else had this happen? Is there a way to avoid/fix it?
  23. thanks for you thoughts--this is useful as we establish office standards. Also, one of my colleagues wants to know if it is possible to view information on the annotation from the design layer. I don't think so but thought I would ask here.
  24. Having recently moved to the wonderful world of viewports (jumped from 10 to 12.5), my office is considering making the next big leap to putting notes, dimensions and so on in the annotation area. As we figure this out it would be great to hear from other users: How are you dealing with text? In the design layer? In the annotation? Somewhere else entirely? Most importantly, what are the advantages and disadvantages to how you deal with text? thanks much!
  25. Defaults are always a little wierd. I find that for mirroring I switch back and forth from keeping the original to deleting it fairly frequently. But that is me. Something I have found useful is to change my workspace so that the ` key switches the preference on the mode bar (instead of the default U). This makes it fairly quick for me to move between options. I believe that there is also a way to change the defaults for this sort of thing, but that is still beyond me. Generally, VW is odd compared to other CAD programs I have used in that you really have to alter the workspace to suit yourself. I resisted this for a while but now that I have totally customized my workspace I find I can work much faster. My two cents.


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