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  1. Man this program drives me nuts sometimes.  Thanks!


    I did a dummy report with every field hoping to find the secret field that may store the units but no luck.  Just really odd.  I do that using some of the braceworks stuff to make custom things manipulating that data, but it seems really odd that is a hard value.


    Either way for now that works.  


    Thanks as always.



  2. I have been okay doing this in the past but am noticing an issue now in 2021 but unfortunately have not been doing as much lighting in VW these days with the pandemic.  


    It appears I am having trouble dropping the "lbs" from the fixture weight in a worksheet that pulls the data from the lighting device criteria.  


    I used to be able to do =Value() and it would bring back the number, and my secret if I wanted it there was that I could then just put the lbs in the cell formatting as a suffix, but everything I have tried seems to be unable to dump the lbs suffix off that. 


    Any help is appreciated.

    I feel like @Pat Stanford has probably already solved this...... 🤣🤣




  3. I am working on switching my workflow from what is now the "legacy Hoist" tool to the current hoist tool (2021).  


    I see the field for Connector Type.  We use the very standard P14 type of connector for our chain hoist power distribution system.


    I don't see anything that obviously jumps out as being that in the connector type.  Am I missing something?  What connector type should I be using?



  4. I'm playing catch up on some of my reports and worksheets in VW and converting from the now legacy hoist tool to the new version.  


    I know it is a bit like an apples and oranges comparison. 


    Is there an equivalent of the rounded dimension check box from 2020 and earlier in the hoist tool in 2021?  I've looked and I cannot seem to find it.


    I like this for me personally because I used that field in reports to avoid fractional values without needing to adjust anything in the document unit settings.


    I tired finding something but have not been able to find that similar option, any help is appreciated.



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  5. 21 hours ago, P Retondo said:

    You need to create a design layer with "Overlay" transfer mode selected instead of "Paint."  That layer when converted to a .pdf can have an assigned opacity by %, allowing you to vary its transparency.


    Well I consider myself a fairly advanced user and I have never really realized this is an option.  Not really what I am looking for but good info.


    I am for simplicity sake just looking for something that takes a viewport on a sheet layer and lets me have a viewport at 30% opacity.  I feel like there should be a simpler way to do that then doing that in the design layers etc.  In the end I can do it in a adobe program after the face quickly, but I just have to believe there would be a simple way to do that. 

  6. 23 hours ago, Matt Panzer said:

    Have you tried applying Image Effects to the viewport and playing with those settings?  That might do the trick.



    I tried but there is nothing in the Image Effects for opacity, but I really think there should be at some point because that or just being able to use opacity in the attributes pallet would do the trick.



  7. Nope I lied.  I am trying to recreate it in my Titleblock.  I don't think you can use data vis on a sheet layer title block?


    Basically the current workflow for these PPE style shields goes.


    1 - I draw the shield on a design layer.  I have 10 or so design layers already set up in the drawing.  Each design layer is a line item on a PO

    2 - Make 3-4 viewports depending on what it is on a sheet layer showing different views. 

    3 - fill out the title block with appropriate info.  Project data = purchase order info sheet data = line item specific info.


    My whole point for this is to highlight the things that are different from line item to line item for the guys pulling the items to catch it.  I don't think I can do that on sheet layers?

  8. Cool, kind of what I was thinking.  I do use the dropdown in title blocks from time to time, but more what I was looking for was something where I can show existing text and have a check mark or x or something fill in a box like a form based on that selection.  Kind of taking that to a second step.  Almost like conditional formatting in excel.


    Basically in the pandemic here we have been pivoting to doing some custom cutting of polycarbonate panels for barriers for buildings.  I have a little drawing template I have made for individual orders.  We offer lets say 6 variants of shield material.  I have the list of 6 items on the side in my title block with currently an open rectangle for a check box (I made this for the guys to take to installs and be able to fill out). When we actually fill that out and I choose item 2 of my 6 variants of shield material I am hoping that I can generate a check or something in that box or link it somehow that way.


    Reason being the next step we currently do is hand that to our guys pulling the material and I think visually that helps them if they see it that way.


    Any other thoughts?



  9. I am wondering if I can have something function similar to a radio button or check box in a title block.  Does anyone have any experience with this?


    Basically I am drawing a product.  The product has different field with different variables.  So I am hoping I can somehow create a field that would have "option 1" "option 2" option 3" "option 4" etc to and I can click one of those.  That would then be linked to some geometry on the title block that would fill in a fill color or something similar.


    I'm fairly sure there is not a real way to do this in the title block and right now I'm just manually doing this.  However I have been surprised to learn things in the past and would not be totally surprised if someone had a good work around.  Ideally trying to keep everything in the title block to streamline the data on a project. 




  10. Is there a way that someone here has come up with to make a viewport have opacity to it?


    Basically I have two viewports of the same thing stacked on top of each other.  I want the viewport in the back to be able to have the equivalent of a 30% opacity, all other rendering settings the same.  


    Right now I'm playing with render styles to accomplish this but it is not really getting the desired effect.  Anyone have any advice?




  11. I have a drawing I am working on with a bunch of symbols made up of other symbols.  I am making a report to show me all the info on the symbols.  Is there any function or way of showing a field that shows what symbol a symbol is in?  


    For example I have 5 of symbol A and 8 of symbol B put together to make a thing.  I make that thing a symbol and call it symbol Z.


    I have a report that now shows all the symbols and their record format which is what I am really trying to get out of this.  However they are just all in one big list.  Is it possible to put in a field/column that shows the parent symbol and then summarize by that field/column?


    Not sure that totally makes sense.



  12. That was what I saw just looking through this forum, looks like ODBC would be the way to go, but right now I'm not sure I have the want or need to tackle that. 


    I was hoping there was maybe some sort of a great script or something that could basically replace all instances of an existing symbol with their self.  That would solve my issue.  



  13. This is kind of the jist, basically I have this x100's.  So say I change the value for any of it but specifically the cost value.  It will change in the resource manager and be good for putting into new document.  However in my actual file I made a few sheets that show all the symbols laid out for reference.  None of the ones in that file are updated unless I either manually insert again 1 by 1 or replace and replace 1 by 1.  Super frustrating.



  14. That's not exactly what I'm trying to do.


    That worksheet works for objects inserted in the document.  I am using this file as a resource file.  i.e. the symbols I'm wanting to update are in the resource manager, not the symbol instance that is on the document. This file is just a referenced file in my resource manager after I hit save.  


    So one of the things is that I want to be able to open the file, edit the symbol in the resource manager and have the instances that are in the drawing reflect the updates.  Main thing is we are doing some custom build stuff right now but using known pieces.  The known pieces, nuts, bolts, etc all have known costs.  A good example is I am entering the costs today.  However in a week the costs may be different.  I want to be able to open a new document and have all the symbols I grab from that referenced file have the right cost.  However if I were to open the file and click on an inserted symbol its cost would not actually be updated.  Does that make sense?  


    I can make a video if that is helpful.



  15. I am hoping someone has a better way of doing what I am looking to do.  I have a bunch of symbols.  I made them semi quick for a project.  I attached a basic record to them with about 4 fields and made a quick worksheet.  I made a resource file from them just showing them all in space with labels next to them for easy reference.  I have since added 4/5 fields to my record to get a bit more detailed.  I updated the symbols in the resource manager.


    Here is my question.  Is there some better way to get existing instances of a symbol already in a drawing to "update" with updated record format information?  Right now my process is to select a symbol (any with the name) and replace with something, then replace back to what they were.  But in my resource file I have just one of every one laid out on my workspace and I just wish there was a easier/better way for this.


    Anyone have any thoughts?




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  16. @Wes Gardner Thanks for that.  I'm using a non story wall style and it works for what I am doing. 


    While believe me I get the idea of having things structured a certain way to help with automation etc.  It was just frustrating not getting it for a bit there.  


    Either way I think I am okay for now.



  17. I consider myself very competent in VW and use it all the time for spotlight work.  


    Now I bow down to get a hand using the Architect tool set and wall tool. 


    I started a drawing with the Architect.sta file.  I am literally just drawing a bathroom for a friend to do a remodel on and trying to draw in notes for the contractor.  For some reason the way the wall heights are determined seems to baffle me a bit between layers and story height etc.  I guess a few questions here.


    1) Does someone have some good guidance, video, pdf, direction, on how wall heights are controlled?  It seems tricky for someone not familiar to fully understand.


    2) is there some way to use walls without having the heights determined by layers, story, style, etc.  


    In my current example I am using the wall style "Int Wall-2x4-Gyp Bd 5/8in"  Looks correct.  The heights seem to be correct but they are based on the story/layer set up.  What prompted me on this is I have two areas we are wanting to draw in a half wall.  One is one of those walk in showers where the bottom half is tile/stone with a sheet of glass above the other is just more generic.  I tried changing the top and bottom bound setting and changing the height but it still stays at the same height as the other walls. 


    What is the best way to do this?  In the mean time I am just drawing extrudes etc, but I have to think this is not the right way of doing this.




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