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  1. How do you get your door in symbol to have a unique tag? Or are you scheduling by general type?
  2. A cursory search didn't turn up anything on this, but I would like to see the polyline OIP have a "Closed" checkbox like polygon does.
  3. Note: Most networking file systems do what is called "write locking". This essentially means that whoever opens a write filehandle first can write to it. Everyone else can just read it. When you open a file in VW, it always tries to open a write handle and if it fails, you get a message that you will only be able to read.
  4. If you click on the database header line, there should be little sort icons in the worksheet tool bar. You just drag one of these to the column you want to sort on.
  5. Thanks for the links Christiaan. Sounds like the master/satellite model is using a kind of version control where the file is divided into parts and only one person can check out a part at a time. It's definitely a step in the right direction.
  6. Version control is cool, but that's not what I'm talking about. It is doubtful that a binary VW file would ever be mergeable, which makes version control less useful for people who want to edit the same file at the same time. I've already made a wishlist post about being able to integrate a VC system into Vectorworks. It is definitely doable with the SDK, but I haven't had the time...
  7. I think it would be awesome if VW drawings could be based on a server based transactional database (like mySQL) instead of a file so that multiple users could do edits to the same drawing at the same time. Like I said... pie in the sky.
  8. There's the big file thing of course, but we seem to do a lot of work in the viewport annotations on the sheets. If they are all in one file, you can only work on one sheet at a time (you can copy the file and manually merge changes later if you are really desperate, but I wouldn't make this a practice) That's just how the workflow in our office has evolved. I'm sure there are better ways to do it.
  9. After working on one fairly large project with VW12.5 the main thing we have gotten from it is to split up the master sheets file into seperate files. Section viewports work somewhat the way they are supposed to, but are seriously hampered by a couple things- 1) They take can take FOREVER to render, and while they are rendering, VW is unresponsive. The "Update all viewports" command does not work with larger projects, so you cannot leave a file to render overnight. This is a huge time sink for a workstation, unless you have the cash for an extra seat and maybe an intern to babysit. 2) While you can supposedly assign objects that occur beyond the section line to a seperate class, this feature does not work, which leads to wonky line weights in your sections and elevations. There are workarounds, but they are cumbersome. I'm not sure about repetitive layering. I haven't tried it. I imagine such a thing would be better implemented by symbols.
  10. It still needs to be saved for changes to show up though.
  11. I'm pretty sure this can be done by having a copy of your (Vectorworks Folder)/Plug-Ins/VW_Arch/Data/Prefs_Def folder on your server. You can either replace your local copies of this folder with an alias or symbolic link, or you can use some kind of synchronization method between the local and server copies. The advantage of the former method is that it is easy and automatic. The main disadvantage is that you might not be able to use VW if your server goes down. A synchronization method can be done any number of ways, and that is where UNIX becomes very handy (cron and rsync being the main tools for this kind of thing). Synchronizing folders will allow VW to still function even if the server is not functioning. I don'
  12. You could win the obfuscation prize and strip out all of your newlines. In theory, it should still work ;-) One thing that I have noticed is that if you copy and paste between a third party editor (TextEdit in my case) and the editing pane, editing can get hosed where you often cannot insert a new line.
  13. symlink will only help you if you are writing code. It won't work from the command line.
  14. I spent many years as a UNIX geek and I still can't decode permission masks without looking at the man page. (chmod has a nicer letter based interface thankfully) A permissions problem won't usually cause a server disconnect though.
  15. This is a function call from a man 2 page. The appropriate terminal command for a symlink is ln -s
  16. I'm not a big fan of Tekton. It has weird vertical alignment issues in VW. Still, it is what we use. If you want to really tick off the comics geeks you could try Comic Sans. It isn't as cool as Tekton, but it does have that hand lettered look.
  17. I already do this where it makes sense, but I still would like to see hybrid groups as I have described. Adding group editing functionality to symbols might be nice, but I also think it would be overly confusing to users.
  18. Is it a limitation on the editing pane, or a limitation on the interpreter? If it is the editing pane, you might want to try moving a bunch of your functions to an external file and then use the #INCLUDE compiler directive to access them.
  19. A hybrid group would have seperate 2D and 3D representations that can be edited like a hybrid symbol, but with one notable exception- if indicated in preferences, the rest of the drawing is visible while editing- like a group. The hybrid group would be its own instance and changing it would only effect itself. In drawing, the hybrid group would display its 2D representation if the view is in plan and display its 3D representation if the view is not plan- just like a hybrid symbol.
  20. I'm already doing the class thing, and it is rather cumbersome. But so is having a symbol for every collection of hybrid objects.
  21. You obviously do not work in building design or your sarcasm gene is heterozygous, as opposed to non-existent- as evidenced by your feeble attempt at it. Everyone knows that no one actually looks at the drawings!
  22. Don't get me wrong, I love symbols. It took me a LONG time to give into PIO doors and windows. I still use them as much as I possibly can. The thing is, I want a hybrid group that does draw like a hybrid symbol- turning parts off or on depending on the view.
  23. If you have a mac office, knowing a little bit about the UNIX can be extremely powerful. You can do a lot of cool synchronization with cron and rsync, and it's free.
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