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  1. I am wondering what others may have done in the past for a situation I am presented with.  I am essentially wanting to draw a section viewport that jogs and changes direction.  I guess my closest comparison would be from the architectural front.  Say you have a kitchen that is a "U" shape, but you want one view that essentially shows all of the cabinets "unwrapped" you would almost want to make a section viewport for an elevation that is the shape of the "u" just a little smaller.  I have not found a way to do this.  I am essentially trying to do the same thing as this and I have to imagine some people on here have come up with some creative ways to achieve this.

  2. When using the image function on a report/worksheet database is there a way to keep the images at a standard scale or ratio?  I.E. I am showing a list of truss with truss symbols in there, but let's say I have a 12"x12" corner piece on a row and the next row a 12"x12"x 120" piece that 120" piece looks visually significantly smaller compared to the other piece.  I ideally just want to lock the sizes to be consistent and I have not seen a great way to do this yet.  However, my guess is someone here may have.  


    Any help is appreciated




  3. Yeah sort of thought about that, but wasn't sure if someone had some sort of cool work around without doing the kind of "pretend" non-associative dimension.  I do dummy dims in perspective views all the time and it just sucks when you update things and they don't update.

  4. I am trying to dimension items along a path.  I am wondering what others would do for this type of dimension.  Basically, the path is made up of different arcs.  See the attached simplified picture.  


    Typically I will do things like this with curved stage trussing, but generally, those items are all on an arc that is a consistent angle. I generally use the arc length dimension tool to note where things land on an arc by adding a dummy arc to it and apply the dimension to that arc.  However in this example, I want to dimension point "C" starting from the lower left point like A & B, but the arc changes diameters along the way.  What would be a good way to dimension that distance in other's opinions?




    Arc dimensioning.PNG

  5. I don't think you are understanding what my issue is if you think it is OS specific.  I certainly can see why there would be issues with the cloud services.  That is I believe a separate similar issue.  I have had odd luck with cloud services and have my own grievances with how that is currently working.  


    Below is a super simple video of what is happening.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/tkxorko4evtzomf/Font Mapping.mp4?dl=0


    I have a file with font 1 using fonts on a local machine.  I generally don't share all fonts because some are purchased fonts and I do not think that is right.  I also use a lot of Adobe Typekit fonts because I work in InDesign a lot and like to keep all that consistent.


    The file goes to machine 2 that does not have that font.  That font is replaced with font mapping to whatever that user uses or defaults to.


    I get that file back I want it to return to the original font. 


    What I want is a way to be able to have some sort of a digital fingerprint or something that says that font was originally font "x" and whenever font "x" is available it should use that.  Right now any reference to font 1 is lost when that font is remapped.  I definitely could file that as a bug, and probably will, but I was curious if anyone else had any great workarounds for when this may come up in their workflow.


    I think the 2 obvious answers are to use text styles, but this still has some issues or to share all fonts, but I don't particularly like the idea of that.

  6. Yep that is basically exactly my issue.  So most noticeably we have a disclaimer for liability on our drawings.  I have some fonts we use part of adobe typekit.  I use the condensed versions for things like that that really no one ever actually reads to make them occupy as little space as possible.  Then arial or whatever comes into play and not anything like that looks all silly.  In a perfect world, the program would remember what it was set up to originally and just default back to that when the original font is available and only map when the defined font is unavailable.

  7. Here is an interesting one, and I feel I should have been able to figure this out but I think I know the answer.


    I use a set of custom fonts on a lot of drawings.  I use them 1 because I like them 2 because they are condensed that lets notes not be so large etc.


    I sent a file to someone who did not have these custom fonts.  There were just going to look things over.  They ended up making some changes but because they did not have the custom fonts they ended up mapping the fonts to something else (Arial).


    Now when I look at the drawing all my annotations and most of the text overall looks odd.  Is there some way to look back into a file to have what was Font 1 that was mapped to font 2 be remapped to its original font 1 without too much issue? I can go through and try to manually fix everything, but that seems silly.



    I would not do a surface product, just my opinion.


    I am a windows user.  I personally find in my workflow CPU Performance has the biggest impact on overall performance.  I have a surface, more as just a thing to do some light work on when I travel.  I would not even consider running VW on it, but that is because I know what the files I work in demand and I know it would just be unusable. 


    I have a desktop I work on in the office and a laptop on the road.  I travel a lot so something that can keep up relatively with the desktop is key.  I do not own these, but these would be my recomendation


    Something with an intel 6 core processor, this is fairly newish in laptops and something with a decent GPU (1050 or up or even a quadro, but you pay more for a quadro and don't get the bang for your buck) and something that you can load up with ram and possibly adjust later.


    The gigabyte Aero 15X with the i7-8750H would be good. 



    The MSI GS65 series, the stealth thin is cool, but I imagine it gets very hot



    The Asus ROG stuff like the zephyrus or so 



    Personally, I like dell products.  I have a dell precision laptop.  The 5000 series is nice and the 7000 series is nice just a little chunky.


    Good luck



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  9. I am sure this has probably been covered and debated just reaching out to appropriate people but thought it would be good to see publically.


    I am looking for when I use the chain hoist tool to add hoists function types.  I am playing in the "Chain Hoist Symbols.vwx" file.  I saved from the VW program root directory to my user folder.  I have added a folder in the function folder in the resource manager.  I have then duplicated a symbol and put it in that folder.  I went to edit the symbol and in its attached records adjusted the function field to the value I wanted. However in the dropdown for function on a new hoist I do not get this new value.  


    What can I do?




  10. That works.  Thank you.  One issue I am having is the test is backward.  Reading like in your example of "EVRUC A NO TXET"  I have tried flipping the text before converting and a few other things.  Any ideas?

  11. I have a hunch we are thinking of the same one.  I have a little bookmark folder on chrome of VW help videos.  Not in there.  I don't know which is more annoying forgetting the secret sauce or being unable to find something I know exists.

  12. no, have seen that one.  So the text is on a stage backdrop.  The backdrop is curved.  I am looking for it to follow the curve but face straight out.  I found the text along path.  I use that from time to time but trying to get that to work in a 3D space.  So when you do as shown in the video it is parallel to the ground plane.  I want the curve to be perpendicular to the ground plane.  Make sense?  The one I am thinking of is even older 

  13. I am kicking myself right now.  I know I have watched a video on this a number of times but I cannot seem to locate the video and I am forgetting what the best approach is to this and hoping someone can help.  I am trying to make 3D extruded text that follows a curve.  Think like a circular sign but the text letters are CNC'ed out and attached to the face of the sign.  However, if it makes any difference the area I am trying to have this show up on is the concave of a curve.  


    Anyone have any tips on best way to do this.  I know I have done this in the past but don't do it often and know I am forgetting something.




  14. Yeah, I really hate having to regenerate the instrument schedule every time.  I think it might be something to wishlist somehow.  I agree it would need to make a database line for each position, but I have to think that there might be some way to automate that.  Maybe a marionette operation?  Otherwise, I am getting more into the habit of generally creating my paperwork in VW as database worksheets that I can save as resources and have saved in my template folder that just updates.  Then have these all placed on sheet layers for printing.  I can get most "standard" worksheets pretty easy the only one that from a visual perspective looks odd is the instrument schedule without doing those headers like that.


    worksheet database example.PNG

  15. That is exactly my point.  What I showed in my attachment was just like what you showed, generated from the generate paperwork.  However, I often put notes on ancillary cells in worksheet, format things in certain ways etc.  I want it to function as a database rather than a regularly regenerated worksheet.


    My hope is someone with great database/worksheet skills can think of how to replicate that.




  16. I know I have inquired about this before and I don't think there was a really great solution before but inquiring again for all the smart minds out there.


    I like the general appearance of the instrument schedules in VW.  However, I have that they are worksheets that are generated without using a database header and are straight data.  The reason I hate this is that then I need to reset text, spacing, wording etc.  What I would love is the ability to have a worksheet that looks very similar visually to the attached screenshot of an instrument schedule in VW, but has this as a worksheet that I can save in my resources and just drop in a file and recalculate. 


    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


    I can make a worksheet that sorts by the appropriate things etc.  I think the secret sauce is that I like how the VW schedule has almost a header approach showing the position only on line 1 of the grouping.  When I make a worksheet it populates that position label with every line.  That would be great if there was a work around for that.





    instrument schedule.PNG

  17. Yeah, both of those things make sense and that is what I was thinking, but not really what I was looking for.  Right now we have symbols for most products.  The idea was to not use symbols and try using this tool to get out some of the information it can produce, but honestly, I think it is a little trickier than it is even worth. 

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