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  1. Jeff, thank you for getting this fence concept to work 

    This process feels awkward but the benefit is having the fence tool allow for quick design adjustments and develop studies and details -  

    In plan, do we set the initial fence outline (post alignment) and then offset the next elements (rails/caps and then pickets/stringers) ?

    The fence layout is one polyline sent to surface of a terrain model - once the first ploy line is at the surface, then uses the offset tool for the other fence components.


    Vectorworks Design Team - would you consider having the fence tool work similar to the handrail tool on the stair tool ?? and allow dialog to offset the components ?  Jeff's file provides the template of the desired effect - 


    Having these fence styles in a library to recall quickly (on multiple projects) is essential


    Did you look at the marionette scripts ??  Marionette may be the best one trick solution for fences and gates ??


    Developing a library of gates (via the door tool) allows use of the VW tool without too much trailblazing, but having an effective gate tool as part of the fence tool would be terrific - 

  2. to create the fence in the post's original photo, there would be 3 fence styles:

    1 for the pickets

    1 for the posts

    1 for the rails

    Jeff - could the 3 styles be saved as a symbol ?  


    AlanW has a marionette script for fences that may help us -

    I am not versed in marionette, but was able to, adjust the fence design



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  3. Is there merit to having fences like the green one in Jeff's images be two fence styles placed along side each other - the adjusting of either the post, rails, and fence fill can be easily adjusted using the fence dialog (once you get accustomed to it) 

    style 1 - post, caps, and rails

    style 2 - fence fill (pickets, stringers, and caps over the stringers/pickets)

    I wanted to use custom profiles for offset fence elements, but adjusting them after creation is not as easy as I would like


  4. When publishing multi sheets into a single PDF, many times the sheets do not maintain the class selections.

    This is especially true with irrigation classes -

    We will have classes for viewports and worksheets selected and saved, and when publishing the drawing set, the classes randomly turn off.

    The workaround is to check each sheet and publish them individually and then combine them into a single PDF.

    We could be missing a step in the save and publish actions - 

    We assume we are not alone ??

  5. You can save a landscape area and reuse it -

    You can use the eyedropper tool as well

    If you have the plants in the LA specified, the eyedropper will add them as well

    One thing I have not figured out is if you use the eyedropper and have the plant tag on the DL, the new LA plant tag travels away from the new LA and requires resetting the tag to be the way you want - it would be great if when using the eyedropper, the plant tag can be set by an additional click - OR - just use data tags for plant info in Annotations of a viewport - 

    Hopefully someone else can pick up the plant tag issue and solve its location when using the eyedropper 

  6. It is great for you to share these investigations.

    I agree the 3rd study using the road for contours works best for the road.

    Using PIO modifiers beyond road edges as a grade limit (either by distance or slope) should make more realistic grading solution on the sides of the road.

    Custom Curb tool allows for varied road shapes and then you can reshape the road as desired.

    Use station points to adjust the elevations along the road allow for fine tuning.

  7. With the current work-separation situation, my associate and I are working remotely.

    We are using the redline tool to communicate changes and ideas on drawings.

    In order to overcome the small comment box in the OIP, we have developed a worksheet that we place on the drawings for easy access/editing long comments and discussions.


    How are others accomplishing this coordination, redline tool or other methods ?


    Thank you and be safe 

  8. On 11/7/2019 at 11:07 AM, neal-2002 said:


    couldn’t stand thought of using windows, so bought a pc and installed OS X on it....hackintosh...best of both worlds, am tempted to have a go at using windows as it would probably perform a little better, but just hate fact that there’s so many updates on windows machines..


    I am curious on your hackintosh setup, please share as much as you can

  9. We are developing a workflow to add irrigation emitters to a drawing that allows for automation in placing them in multiples at each plant.

    We have considered using symbols (perhaps in a special class inside each plant symbol ? but do not want to break the class system and the pre-formatted worksheets)

    Adding tubing between the emitters with an automated system would be helpful.

    Perhaps a workflow already exists  -  Bryan Goff - 

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