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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Is there anything else accidentally selected when the user creates the plant?
  2. Hmm, I don't know Stephan, but I will check. But I am very excited to see a new version of your Books tool!
  3. Ah, excellent. Thanks for posting.
  4. Hi all I've reported this as a bug and it is in hand. I was able to reproduce it at the time I filed it, but can no longer make it happen. It seems that not all templates exhibit the problem, so it might be worth trying different templates. I'm sorry I can't give more precise instructions, but did want to reassure you that our engineers are on the case.
  5. Here it is in 2017... And here's the cake (soon to be smothered in chocolate icing and raspberries...)! Glow Sphere v2017.vwx
  6. No time to explore your file just at the moment (in the middle of baking chocolate cake...) But I did whip up this quick example. It is a closed box of walls floor and ceiling, with a camera inside and a sphere that is coated in glow. I have added a Heliodon as this will not penetrate the closed box, but will turn off the default light in the scene. Render with Realisitic Interior Final and you'll see the texture is emitting light. Render with Fast Renderworks (which doesn't use Light Bouncing) and you'll see it doesn't emit light. Light bouncing is critical to success. If you want more light, you can increase the percentage in the texture... Glow Sphere.vwx
  7. The above problem was caused by the use of the legacy Model View, which created a series of Layer Links. In the client's workflow, we initially replaced the Model View with Design Layer Viewports and the problem was resolved. However, on closer examination of his requirements, we found that the model view and design layer viewport were no longer necessary at all, as he was using Sheet Layer Viewports and could bring his model together there. If you have problems, make sure you have the latest service pack installed. Lupin, your signature says you are on 2016 SP3 - there will be a later service pack for 2016 which may help you. Other reasons that could cause disappearing geometry is to have geometry that is a huge distance (greater than 5KM) away from the internal origin. Check the drawing for "stray geometry" such as random text boxes or Loci and remove them. Then run Tools > Origin > Center Drawing on Internal Origin to move the geometry close to the internal origin but preserve its coordinates. Ideally, if you are coordinating with other users, agree the coordinates of the project coordination point, and use the Tools > User Origin > Next Mouse Click is option to overlay those coordinates on the internal origin before starting to draw.
  8. The licence needs to be deactivated by your local Vectorworks office or distributor. They'll need your serial number.
  9. You have to have light bouncing turned on in Renderworks for a glow to emit light... but from your screenshot, it looks like you do.
  10. Or you might want to consider Backlit instead of Glow, with a light source behind it.
  11. P.S. If you've already spent hours of your life adding dimensions to the design layer, you can select the Viewport, click on the Advanced Properties and increase the text scale. But my recommendation above is my preferred suggestion.
  12. Hi and welcome to Vectorworks! I recommend that instead of putting the text and dimensions on the design layer, you add them to the annotation space within the Viewport on the Sheet. This way, you can ensure consistent text size across multiple viewports, regardless of their scale. Double-click the viewport and choose Annotations. Then add dimensions, callouts and text to your heart's desire. Click Exit Viewport Annotations when done. Enjoy!
  13. The default option when creating a symbol is world-based, yes.
  14. Page based symbols would be for an annotation. For example, if you were creating a plan that shows a city centre, and will be shown at a scale such as 1:1000, but you will want to be able to see the symbol for the railway station. Hatches and tiles can also be page based - and are used as patterns that will never change regardless of presentation scale.
  15. You're welcome, and don't worry, you'll get there!
  16. Just sending instructions through the VSS email...
  17. Hi Miles and Wes I've had a look at the file and my first thought is that those cabinet symbols seem to be page based rather than world based. My gut feel is that you probably want items like this to be world based. So, I suspect they are not sizing as you expect in the viewport, and that appears as a rendering problem. Taking a closer look, but that's our initial diagnosis...
  18. I can't see the rulers in your screenshot, but could the geometry be a large distance from the internal origin of the file? This will cause problems like this. To verify, run Tools > Origin > Locate Internal Origin. If your geometry disappears to a micro-dot, it's probably a long distance from the origin. In an ideal project, the geometry will be close to the internal origin, but will have the project coordination point in the user (world) coordinate system overlaid onto this point. If you have a pre-agreed project coordination point, take a record of the coordinates of this point on the site, and then move everything close to the internal origin. You can set the coordinates using Tools > Origin and then choose Next Mouse Click is and type the X and Y coordinates of the project coordination point into the fields. Click OK, and then click on the internal origin. If you have a series of files referenced together, you will need to repeat this process in all the files. Ideally, the internal origin will have the same project coordination point overlaid onto it. If you just have one file, and are not planning any referencing, and you don't have a pre-agreed coordination point, use the Stake tool to report the Northing and Easting of a known point on your site (the corner of a building for example.). Make a note of this. Then run Tools > Origin > Center Drawing on Internal origin. This will center everything. Then use Tools > Origin and Next Mouse click as described above to set the coordinates of the known point on the building. I hope this helps.
  19. Hi all I just wanted to let you know that there is an "enhancement request" open with our development team. I have added a link to your comments within that report.
  20. I will file an enhancement request for discussion with the development team. Have a lovely weekend!
  21. Hi Lisa Yes... I just tested this and it works fine as long as each contained the same mix. I had three Landscape Areas and used Modify > Add Surface to connect them. Then, I tested with a Landscape Area that contains different plants and found that the new plants did not add to the group. Let me investigate...
  22. A Workgroup Folder, which replicates the structure of the User Folder is the way to go. Store different library items under the relevant Object Styles folder to have those items show up directly where you want to use them - for example files containing Plants go into a file in the Object Styles/Plant folder. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/index.htm#t=VW2019_Guide%2FWorkgroup%2FSharing_Custom_Content_Using_Workgroup_Folders.htm&rhsearch=workgroup folder&rhhlterm=workgroup folder&rhsyns=
  23. Use the Send to Surface command and choose the option to Fit the Retaining Edge.


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