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  1. Thanks, the update process now works without any problems. I was able to install SP2 by simply running the updater I originally downloaded again.
  2. I'm still receiving the message 'Your version of Vectorworks was checked against the most current version and no updates are needed at this time' when attempting to update with the installer. While in VectorWorks however, the 'check for updates...' menu item does indicate a newer version is available and directs me to the update web page. Do I need to re-download the installer as well? Thanks! Patrick
  3. Thanks for the quick reply Pat. I guess I can use that to control my detail key information. I hoped that the drawing labels would be attached to the viewports they are associated with so that if they are moved or changed the section key on my plan views would be automatically updated. Just not quite a automated as I hoped unless I am missing something else. Thanks again! Patrick
  4. Probably obvious, but is there a way to rename section viewports or otherwise attach drawing label information between keys? I'd like to be able to reference my sections on floor plans with a section key such as '1/A3.3'. Enabling 'auto-text', the section key information shows up in my plan views as something similar to 'Section-2/A.3.3'. I can enter the correct information in the OIP, but would really like to use the 'auto-text' feature for coordination (speed, accuracy, less errors). I seem unable to get the desired result regardless of how my section viewport drawing label (annotation on my section sheets) is configured. The 'item' portion of 'item'/'sheet' options seems to only want to reference the section viewport name. Perhaps my method of implementing section viewports is incorrect. Thanks! Patrick
  5. I can confirm the same behavior with my VW2008 SP2. I am able to exhibit the same issue you've outlined when I select 'Top' view. Patrick
  6. Hi Katie: No rotated plan view here... occurs even in a blank, new file using unstyled walls, unmodified workspaces, etc. For myself, this is a fresh, new install of VW2008 (with SP1) on a new Mac without any plugins or other modifications. Patrick
  7. Hello: This is very similar to the issues I have been having with constraining of walls, lines, etc. while drawing. The issue appears randomly (though consistently) for me as well in blank new files using unstyled walls, unmodified workspaces, etc. For myself, this is a fresh, new install of VW2008 on a new Mac without any plugins, etc. There seems to be no logic to the values of the 'constrained angles' walls/lines snap to. The tooltips that identity the 'shift-constrained' wall/line seem to have no relation to the coordinate system of the drawing or each other for that matter. For instance, the tooltips that read 'horizontal' and 'vertical' are definitely not perpendicular to each other or the orthogonal system of the model. The values, as dcont states, appear completely random. The databar seems to work fine only if I do not enter any values or if I do not try to constrain the wall/line I am drawing. Perhaps there is an obvious convention or setting I have overlooked, but something seems not quite right with the databar. Patrick
  8. Hello: This is probably a simple problem on my part, but I'd don't recall this being an issue with VW 2008 prior to the SP1 update. Previously, I have been able to draw walls using the 'shift' key to constrain the drawing of walls along the horizontal or vertical axis. This is still the case except when I enter a length for a new wall segment. Typically the active wall length is fine, but the next (and subsequent) wall lengths snap to odd angles when I use 'shift' to constrain for horizontal/vertical. The smartcursor tip reads as horizontal, vertical, etc. but the walls are definitely no longer correctly oriented relative to the other 'horizontal/vertical' geometry. This is confirmed by the databar angle field - such as a 'vertical wall' constraint snap at 97.15d. It is as if a new origin/axis point is created when I enter the length for the wall segment. I've attached some images to illustrate this issue. Perhaps there is a setting or other step I am missing? I am still learning my way around VW, but as I mentioned, I did not recall this being an issue prior to the 2008 SP1 update. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Patrick
  9. I use a similar technique to panthony. I put the upper windows in a class I make such as "clerestory" and this allows me to control the visibility for the plan view. The walls at the "plan level" appear solid just as I want them to. Hope this helps! Patrick
  10. Another alternative may be using 'blogware' or similar type of applications that allow access to a variety of file types (images, .DOCs, .PDFs, etc.). Wordpress for example, has a wealth of plug-ins to control users, features such as calendars, photo galleries (think project galleries/updates), interactive commenting, etc. These features could be adapted quite well for projects. Of course the intended use would need to be considered with respect to the application's EULA. Ultimately, the simplest options are the 'old-fashioned email to clients' as PDFs or Katie's suggestion of hosting files on your FTP/web server. But there are some other options in the same 'price' range as Google Docs. Hope this helps! Patrick
  11. Hi Katie: The heads-up display sounds like a great feature. Does it support input based on mouse gestures/inference (movement in horizontal, vertical, along line, etc.) to determine the appropriate input field? This would be a huge feature for my workflow and greatly enhance my production if a 'smart' feature such as this automatically highlights the appropriate input field based on the direction of the mouse movement, rather than needing to 'tab' to x, y, etc. Thanks! Patrick
  12. Thanks Gideon, this is basically what I am looking for! I'll have to play with this a bit more but it would be great if the space tool were a little more robust so it could work in a similar fashion. The ability to 'lock' a space to a specified area/size is invaluable in schematic design. This would allow the designer to quickly arrange spaces while still maintaining the target area/size of the building program. Thanks again!
  13. Thanks for the responses and tips, there are indeed many conventions and standards of practice one can use in dimensioning walls for construction documents. The primary intent of my question is in regards to exterior walls since the layout of these usually coincides with the foundation footprint, sheathing modules, etc. For instance, if my exterior wall has finishes, siding, insulation board, or other materials that project past the face of the foundation, how does one apply associative dimensions to assure that the face framing = face of foundation? I can dimension to the face of framing, but if the length of the wall needs to be changed for whatever reason, I need to update those dimensions manually (is it correct that dimensions are not associative except to outside/inside finish faces and centerlines of walls?). I guess it would be very helpful in some instances such as mine to have the added feature of associative dimensions to each of the control points of wall framing - exterior and interior face of framing as well as centerline of wall. This would give greater flexibility for dimensioning (particularly exterior walls) those conditions where the finish material may be 'variable' such as stone veneer wall system or a wall where a mixture of siding types may be applied to the same wall sub-assembly (different siding thicknesses, profiles, etc). It is in these types of assemblies where the face of framing dimensions can be a useful reference point. Thanks again for the replies!
  14. I'd like to the ability to dimension to 'face of stud' but also show all my wall components if desired for a particular drawing. Can associative dimensions be used in this application? Typically it is common practice in my region to dimension to face of framing unless the work involves renovation or other special conditions. This provides a clear and logical reference point during construction since no on-site mathwork is needed to work back from finishes in determining wall locations. Face of framing dimensions are consistent with the sequence of construction (framing first... finishes last). I certainly can replace wall styles etc. to get the assembly I need, but is there a way to use associative dimensions for face of framing without needing to change wall styles after I dimension? It seems as though only exterior/interior corners, wall centerline, etc. are valid points for associative dimensions. For instance, if I use a wall style like the default 'Ext-2x6 Siding' and wish to create a wall that is 10'-0" long (framing), it is difficult to get a true 'framed wall' length without going through the wall-style switch. Indeed it is important to document the actual 'finish' dimension of an assembly, but it is perhaps more important to provide clear dimensional information for the sub-assembly (i.e. wall framing) particularly to trades in the field. I realize I am probably missing something simple here so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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