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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Hi Michael I will send you your serial number and a download link via email.
  2. If you are using a Wall Style, which has components, you may need to edit the wall style itself and each component to ensure it has a fill. If you would like to post the file here, I would be more than happy to take a look.
  3. Agreed. Show/Snap/Modify for classes (the equivalent of AutoCAD layers) and Show/Snap (or Gray/Snap) for Design Layers.
  4. Have you tried using the Architect (UK Metric).sta template, (under File > New) which has layers and classes already set up for you and was created by UK industry specialists? It has design layers, classes and Sheet Layers with elevation viewports already set up for you, and would possibly be an excellent way to get started. With this template, you create the building and the floor plans, elevations and sections will already be there. It has also has a title block for you to customise as you wish. I certainly appreciate your comments about knowing which search terms to use in the University. Let us see what we can find for you... Here's a good starting point for content that has been created by the team in the UK: Vectorworks University UK Content But in the Architect section which I sent you earlier, I recommend the BIM Architectural course covers elevations: https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/scorm/player.php?a=13&currentorg=articulate_rise&scoid=26 Our UK industry specialist also ran this webinar: https://university.vectorworks.net/course/view.php?id=279 I'm not sure if you have used other CAD software before, but I hope you will find this useful too: https://university.vectorworks.net/course/view.php?id=180 I hope that helps you move forward with a little more joy in your heart...
  5. Hi Richard Have you had a play in Vectorworks University? Tons of exciting stuff there to get you up to speed...
  6. Yes, as it's now a pure 3D object, it does not have an automatic 2D appearance. You can create the 2D view that you want, using either of the following methods: 1. Draw over the top, with 2D objects, then fill and class those as you desire. Select all, including the extrude, and run Modify > Create Symbol. This will create an object that has both 2D properties and separate 3D properties. 2. Select the Extrude, and run the Create Auto Hybrid command. This will automatically generate the 2D view for you. The Auto Hybrid command is in different places in different workspaces, but if you hunt through the menus, you'll find it.
  7. Correct - Renderworks is included with every licence now.
  8. Hi Richard Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences, Session tab, Undo View Changes.
  9. You can also Send to Front and Send to Back within a layer if you need that finer level of control. Layers are easier to manage though.
  10. Can you copy the 3 rogue plants into a separate file and post it here?
  11. Here's a screenshot from the first part of the Object Styles course I sent you: To the left of each parameter, there is a toggle button which either displays an arrow or a slider. The arrow denotes that this parameter will always be determined by the setting in the style, and when used on the drawing, you will not be able to change it. The slider denotes that it is By Instance, and will use the value in the style as the default, but that you will be able to change it for each instance on the drawing, should you need to.
  12. Once you have selected the Plant, you then need to select the specific blue "handle "that you wish to move, move it to its new place and then click again to complete the operation. To return to the drawing, you have two options: 1. On the Navigation palette, just make the relevant design layer active. OR 2. Double-click on the viewport and choose to edit a design layer. When done, click the orange button at the top right of the screen to return to the viewport. Have you seen the abundance of lovely free training materials available to you in Vectorworks University? https://university.vectorworks.net/course/index.php?search=Vectorworks-Landmark
  13. To answer both questions: @SiddharthIn my example file, I created a flat site model from a rectangle (create site model from boundary command), and then edited the 3D surface to push-pull some definition to the surface). I then created the hardscape using the Hardscape tool - and selecting a preconfigured style on the toolbar, then drew the hardscape. I then changed its 3D type to Aligned Slab (I did not choose a modifier - the Grade Objects act as the modifier). I then chose Edit Surface Modifiers and added the Grade Objects to define the levels - I could also have used Stake Objects to define spot heights.) @Anna Guzman I have had a look at your file. Some problems come to light immediately: the geometry is too far away from the internal origin, and that is why there is nothing to see when you choose to edit the Surface Modifiers. If you scroll to 0, you will see it is there. To resolve this, run the command Tools > Origin > Center Drawing on Internal Origin, and this will move it closer, but retain the user (world) coordinates. Alternatively, if there is a project coordination point defined for this project, draw a circle that is centred on this point, that is large enough to cover all the geometry, and then run the Center Drawing on Internal Origin command. This will place the coordination point on the internal origin and retain the world coordinates. You can then delete the circle. Now, onto the Hardscape: The 3D geometry is all on one design layer, with the Hardscapes. An Aligned hardscape will align to: Other Hardscapes Walls Extrude (their tops) Roadways Site Modifiers Massing Models Landscape Areas 3D Polygons Your file has extrudes all around the hardscape, and these are affecting the alignment. So, in my quick example, I created a new Design Layer and moved the 3 Hardscapes onto this layer. For the ramp hardscape, I ensured that I changed Align with Objects on to a custom layer, and selected the layer which has the hardscapes on it. I then edited the surface modifers, and added 2 grade objects either side of the hardscape just at the lower end of the ramp - you will see them. I have made their elevation quite extreme so hopefully it will be obvious what you need to do to control the slope. Remember you can also add Stakes. You may also wish to explore the option to add Profile lines as these can also control the top surface of the hardscape. I suggest you both study the help sections on this, as they are helpful!: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FSiteModel2%2FAligning_hardscapes_with_existing_geometry.htm%23XREF_61436_Aligning&rhsearch=aligned hardscape&rhsyns= http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FSiteModel2%2FModifying_aligned_hardscapes.htm%23XREF_54692_Modifying_aligned&rhsearch=aligned hardscape&rhsyns= IBC-CD-MP-P5 TS.vwx
  14. Great progress. So, the next thing to edit in the style is to change the different parameters to By Instance. That will enable you to change them on a plant by plant basis. By Style parameters are fixed to whatever is set in the style itself. By Instance uses the settings in the style as a default, but you can override them. Styles are amazing. Learn about styles here and empower yourself!: https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/scorm/player.php?a=142&currentorg=articulate_rise&scoid=284
  15. In your selection, if you can only see the class, it means you have selected things other than plants as well. If you only have plants selected, the Object Info palette will display xxx Plant Objects at the top, and all the parameters will be listed on the Object Info palette. Change only Tag Display to None.
  16. OK - go to the Dims/Notes palette and click Data Tag. On the Tool bar at the top left, there is a pop-up for you to choose the style - pick the one that's in your file. Then choose the mode I described above and choose whether you want to click on the objects first or the drawing first. Then tag your plants! Then, you can use the Modify > Align > Align and Distribute Leader lines command just as you would for Plant tags to organise them as you wish. You can do all of the above in the annotation space of a viewport too, and it will tag all plants visible in the viewport. Also useful for tagging plants in a 3D view.
  17. OK, as I've not heard from you on the fields you would like in the tag, I decided to keep it simple and use Qty and Latin Name only. My file is attached. If you open it, you will find a Data Tag attached to a plant. Copy this Data Tag into your file and then use the Data Tag tool to insert more instances in your plan. If you use the Select Eligible Objects mode of the tool, you'll be able to tag all the plant with just two clicks. Plant Data Tag Example.vwx
  18. Hi Louisa, just select all the plants (in one selection) and on the Object Info palette, change Tag Display to None. That will turn off all the automatic plant tags. Then replace them with a Data Tag. I have made an example, but I need to know exactly which fields from the Plant Record you would like included in the text - Qty, Latin Name, Spread, Scheduled Size, anything else? Once I've made the example, you'll be able to copy it into your file and use it.
  19. Hi To control slopes on Hardscapes, I recommend you use the Aligned Slab as the 3D option. With this, you can add Surface Modifiers (Stakes and Grade Objects) to control the levels and slopes you require. Then uncheck the Interpolate option to ensure that you have the smallest number of triangles, rather than the smoothest surface. These will also modify the surface of the terrain. I have attached a small example, which I hope will get you started, but there are some resources in Vectorworks University that I think you will find useful: https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/page/view.php?id=218 https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/scorm/player.php?a=1&currentorg=articulate_rise&scoid=2 http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FSiteModel2%2FEditing_hardscape_objects.htm&rhsearch=aligned hardscape&rhsyns= The aligned hardscape also has the option to draw profile lines to create a custom surface. And it will respond to elevations of other objects. In my example file, look at the surface modifiers on the hardscape, then look at the existing site and then return to the proposed site. That will show you what the grade objects have done. I hope this helps. Hardscape Example.vwx
  20. Hi Louisa You can't separate the colour on the Plant Tags using the automatically generated tag. But, you CAN do it with the far more sophisticated options available in the Data Tag tool. Turn off your Plant Tags, and apply Data Tags instead. The beauty of these is that you can choose exactly what you want in the tag and how you want it to display. They can also be applied in Viewport annotations, so much more efficient than having to set them up all over the design layer. The Data Tag tool has a library of preset styles on the Resource Manager that can be edited as you wish. I've just tested, and yes, you can have blue lines and black text, no problem. Can you let me know which fields you would like to include in the tag and I'll make you a quick example? Meanwhile, you can learn about Data Tags here. There are tags for Hardscapes, Walls, Plants, Landscape Areas etc, and they offer MUCH greater flexibility. Definitely the future of tagging in Vectorworks! https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/page/view.php?id=158 http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FUsing_data_tags.htm&rhsearch=data tag&rhsyns=
  21. @EricK Thanks for the response. I am still unsure what problem is with the Stake. It CAN read the elevation of objects that are not the site model. I am not sure how it could do this in Top/Plan when the object below the cursor might have multiple elevations. Take a stair object for example - which point would the stake choose to annotate? If you click on the point in 3D, it will report the elevation happily. The Grade tool will do the same thing. Could you give us a clear list of how you would like the tools to work and what you feel is missing. There are comments in this thread that the tool is "pretty much useless", which doesn't help our developers. We would love to understand exactly what the issues are, hence my responses. Sometimes, there is a misunderstanding of how a tool actually works, hence my explanations can shed light on things and unlock a workflow for someone. Sometimes not, in which case, we really want to understand what you would like, and what the desired workflow would be. I will then put together an enhancement request as appropriate.
  22. The Resource Manager will only allow you to change the view on resources that are currently open for editing. So, if you were to click on one of the files under the Open Files heading, and select a resource, such as a symbol, you will be able to change the thumbnail view of that. Not sure why you can't search... will look into that, but at last that answers the 3D view question for you.
  23. Thanks for clarifying Michal. You are correct that if a Data Tag is reporting fields from a particular record, or set of object parameters, then there must be a style for each object type. However, if you are using one that uses Object Function, General Function, or Incrementing value as the Data Source, then such a tag can be used on any object where the function is relevant. You can also include a string. And, if you make the tag layout By Instance instead of by Style, you can change the text in each, but of course you do have to get through a number of layers of dialog to get to each one. I can certainly file an enhancement request on this element, and the desire to reshape the bounding box of the tag itself. In this particular thread, the conversation was about using the Data Tag for a Z value, and the example I showed does that without needing a separate style - but with certain caveats that different objects behave differently. I think the Stake is the safer way to do this, and as it can be applied to any 3D vertex in a 3D view, will do the job.


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