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  1. Is there a way to select only 2D symbols in a file?

    I will often go to the custom selection dialogue, but it only lets me select symbols. It does not distinguish between 2D, 3D, & Hybrid Symbols.

    My issue is I am trying to make a DLVP from an external source. The source is a front elevation only and I am trying to make this viewport appear in the back of the drawing as it would in real life.

    My issues is that the drawing was done in a top plan view. When I make the designlayer viewport it is in top plan view. No problem I think I will just rotate it as I have done before. Well apparently when I have done it other times I did not have 2D or Hybrid symbols referenced in the viewport. Now I am trying to get a work around on how to do this.

    My initial thought was to go through and convert all the 2D only symbols to 3D in the resource browser. However there are a ton of them and after 10 minutes this proved to be quite a project.

    What I want to do is select all these items and decide if I can just delete them, but I cannot find a way to select just the 2D or Hybrid symbols.

  2. I don't use designlayer viewports too often. I have come across a scenario where I have a sheet layer with a viewport and I want some classes in the designlayer viewport to be off in the viewport and on in other viewports on other sheet layers. How would I do this?

    To this point my knowledge of how to adjust visibility would be to go to the design layer viewport and select the layers and classes I want visible. However this is more tricky in the given situation.

    Anyone have any input?


  3. I am hoping someone might be able to help me.

    I have an issue that I know is a known bug in vectorworks. Sometimes when I go to update a hidden line viewport vectoworks will crash or give me some errors before it closes. When I reopen vectorworks the sheet layer I was working on looks the same, the viewport in the same position the title block in the same spot etc. but the page has moved to some random place.

    This is an annoyance. Either way I am trying to at least make a work around with it. What I want to be able to do is recenter the page with the center of the page at the origin.

    Does anyone have a trick to do this? Right now with the move page tool it is kind of a crap shoot.


  4. Is there a way to select a previously imported image file and export it as an image file?

    Right now my only thought is to see the image file on the screen go to file export and marquee over the image. What I am wanting is to have a selected image export directly as the image with it's previous properties.



  5. That is what I figured. Oh well, that is a bummer.

    My main concern is about how to handle revisions. I have made exploded drawings from a 3D model before, but I haven't had a ton of revisions. My fear is if I start making a ton of adjustments it might get a bit more tricky.

    Oh well maybe at some point there will be some integration for that.


  6. I primarily draw production drawings, light plots, etc. I will often draw scenic pieces, but never really draw the construction side of the scenic pieces. I am actually working on building a bookshelf for myself at my home which is bringing me to my question.

    I read a lot of the wood working magazines and handyman type of magazines. When they put projects in the magazine they often have exploded views of the projects. I am curious if there is a good way to quickly/easily do this in vectorworks. I have been looking into solidworks for other projects and it appears that you can easily make prints of exploded diagrams in solid works. Are there any tips or tricks to simply do this in vectorworks?

    My main concern is that I can do this and have it be something that will "update" when I make adjustments to the 3D geometry. I can make my own little exploded diagram, but than if I make an adjustment I have to re adjust all the pieces that were edited on the main model and the exploded diagram.

    Any thoughts?



  7. I am fully aware that this probably won't be possible before I ask, but I figure why not.

    I am curious if anyone has ever come up with a method for formatting summarized columns in a worksheet as a row, if that makes any sense.

    I have noticed on multiple occasions that this would be much cleaner for presentation purposes. I am adding two files with images as examples. In the one item I made a excel document where I attempt to illustrate what I mean, the other is an example where this would be cleaner in a current project.

    In a example I have a custom made truss piece record I apply to all my entertainment trussing pieces. When I draw up a job I can than pull out a report summarizing the pieces I would like. Great so far. Now I want to make a spreadsheet for the guys installing the show as to how many pieces of truss and what types make up a lighting position. Okay I can summarize by the position field I made in my record. All good, but now I have in some instances 4 rows or more of the items that make up this position. The first column in them all is the position. I would like to take that column and make it a row that would look like a divider of sorts between positions.

    This is I believe a product of the lighting guy in my that has been familiar with Lightwright. On the instrument schedule in light wright you can make data appear with a header that is summarized by position. It looks cleaner. I am attaching a image.

    I am fully aware this probably won't be able to be accomplished, but curious if anyone has any ideas on how to do this.


  8. Does anyone have a good stacking truss symbol? I have one I have made, but I am working on a project where I am looking for a better, more detailed version. If anyone has one they care to share it would be much appreciated.



  9. You wish it was that easy, and frankly so do I. It was hard for me to write out what I am seeing, so I drew a mini picture here to help illustrate. Let me know what your guys thoughts are.

    I have had one mac guy humor me and we were playing on his machine, we found if we made a new paper size that is 36"x24" and instead of it being 24"x36" which is the drivers default arch D it would work, but we have a lot of people using one printer and having them all make new custom sizes seems odd.

    I'm not really sure that this is a vectorworks problem or not, but the way that the page set up is set to interact with the plotter is very strange to me as a PC user.

  10. I am prefacing this with I am a PC user. I am hoping someone can enlighten me on how to properly rotate a drawing when printing on a Mac.

    We recently purchased a HP Designjet T520 36" plotter. It is a nice plotter and when I print from my PC everything comes out as expected. When my coworkers print from their Mac's I am noticing that a Arch D 24x36 print comes out with the 24" side along the 36" side of the paper. I have tried playing with their settings to the best of my ability and I cannot seem to get it to properly print from vectorworks with the 36" portion of the paper along the 36" side of the drawing.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience and if so how have you solved it?



  11. What determines direction? The way I made those shapes was to start with a rectangle and set it to the dimensions I wanted. I drew a arc along one side. I mirrored the arc. I trimmed the piece in the arc to create 2 lines and 2 arcs. I composed them.

    I than went about drawing the little insert piece, mirrored it, and subtracted the two pieces from the larger piece. Like I mentioned I did this about 8 times and only one came up with this issue. I guess I am curious what determines direction in this scenario and how I could avoid having this issue in the future.

  12. Thanks guys, sorry I didn't really thing of that. I created the geometry offset from each other performing the same operations so it is a little surprising that they ended up being slightly different.

    I actually pulled this out of a file and there are about 8 layers to this. This was the only one I couldn't get to work, but that does make sense.

    I did know about the closed and not closed portion of this. However I didn't realize they wanted similar number of points.



  13. I am trying to loft two nurbs and they are not taking. I am posting a file and a link to a video of what I am seeing. I am hoping this is a operational problem of something I am unaware of and not just a bug.

    Any help is as always appreciated.


  14. Hey Kevin,

    That worked well. Thanks for the help. I wish there was a way to extrude the polyline I drew and just choose it as a slice plane. It just seems like a few too many steps to achieve this.


  15. I am attempting to do a slice on a 3d object. I do this semi regularly, but I am curious if someone has a better thought on how to do this.

    I have for arguments sake a cube. I go to the front view of the cube and I am basically needing to split it in half, however I need to split it in half with some detail along the line I want to split. The line I want to split on has sort of teeth on it. I want to split to go all the way through my cube, but to follow that path of the teeth. I cannot really figure out how to achieve this.

    I am attaching a little image of what I am trying to do. I want the redline to basically extrude through the 3D shape and have two separate pieces. One with the teeth on top and one with holes for the teeth on the bottom.


  16. Thank you very much, that was very helpful as I never thought about applying a hatch to a extracted surface. That creates the look I was attempting to get in a perspective view.

    However I am curious if there is any way of doing this to actually make 3D geometry without detailing out all the 3D geometry by hand. I don't really need this, but it is a thought I had. Say I wanted to create a section where I just made a 2D polygon from a extracted surface and I put a hatch to represent siding on it. In my section I would not see any representation of the actual siding because the siding is essentially flat. I am thinking this isn't really doable without going through and modeling everything, but worth asking.

    Thanks again.


  17. I have to preface this with the idea that I am primarily working in the lighting industry with little experience using the architectural tools.

    I am attempting to do a 3d perspective view of a corner of my house for a contractor. I took some measurements of the area drew some walls using the wall tool and it seems okay. What I am hoping to do is to get the view to more accurately represent what is there. My final output is either a hidden line or final shaded polygon rendering on a viewport.

    This portion of the house has a poured foundation that goes about 1' ish above grade. Following that it has siding for most of the way up. I am trying to get that to show up in a hidden line view. How can I get a rendering texture on a wall that will make the look of the siding appear in 3D on a hidden line view?

    Also if I can do this how would I do this in a way where I have it start at a 1' elevation?



  18. I think that is the problem unfortunately. Because it looks so similar to excel but doesn't act the same as excel it can lead to large amounts of frustration. I am of the believe that if it is going to resemble something we already know that much it should act very similar to it.

    I miss the fill handle to do the operations like you mentioned where you can just pull down and have a function repeat for the new cell. I appreciate the ideas for workarounds, just annoying that they are not actually able to perform actions in a similar manner.

  19. This is a constant point of frustration for myself as well...

    Unfortunately I do not know of anything beyond what Kevin mentioned.

    I would be interested in hearing if anyone else has some magic secrets to help solve this.


  20. I am curious to know if I just have not located this or not, but I am hoping to be able to sum in a worksheet. Right now I have 7 rows of data. This is manually entered data in a spreadsheet form not data from a database. I am debating if I want to use this little template worksheet I've made on my future drawings but I am noticing a problem, the sum function in Vectorworks.

    Right now if I understand correctly I can put in my eighth row a "=SUM(A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,A6,A7)" and I subsequently get the sum of these items. Now I am comparing this to Excel and I can just put "=SUM(A1:A7)" and get the same result. For what I envision using my worksheet for I am going to potentially see very large row counts and manually entering every cell in this manner would prove very tedious. Is there something I am missing to do this or is this "working as designed" and just not able to do what I want.

  21. I have a worksheet that I tried to add a image too. I had a database row referencing lighting devices. When I added a column and inserted a image function I did get the image for the lighting device. What I do not want is for it to show a specific lighting device as there are label legends applied to the images for the lighting devices. Does anyone have any idea how to insert a image without the label legend and only get the symbol view rather than a lighting device view?



  22. I get a vectorscript error when I change a title block on a drawing boarder on a sheet layer. Any time I do this I get a error that reads "Warning:_4821_4835-Object Handle is not to a 3D object."

    Does anyone know what this means or how to get this to not longer appear. It does not appear to actually do anything, but it is just really annoying and I cannot locate anything in the help on it.


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