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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Genius @Pat Stanford! Thanks for resolving this. I had a go at it, and got as far as reporting on all the fields available in the Wide Flange record, but didn't explore the idea of the Custom Size to get the data into the relevant fields. Thanks so much for your help.

  2. Instead of putting the dimensions on the Design Layer, put them in the annotation section of the viewport. 

    Double-click on geometry on the viewport, and choose Annotations.

    Add the dimensions - they will be sized as you want.


    If you put dimensions and any text on the design layer, it is a scalable item, just like the other geometry. Using the annotations space enables you to ensure consistency, and also manage which annotations are relevant to which viewport.

  3. The Stakes are independent objects, so will not disappear when you are looking at the proposed model. However, if you have set them to be Existing, this simply means that they contain levels that should set the level for the Existing site. So, any elevation changes will not be included in the cut and fill calculation.


    You should always enclose site modifiers (Stakes or other) within a Grade Limit. You don't need one for each stake - just draw a single grade limit that encloses the whole site, and set this also to relate to the Existing site. The Grade Limit is a mode of the Site Modifiers tool. All modifiers should be enclosed within a Grade Limit, but they can all be enclosed by the same grade limit.


    You might find the following free training on Vectorworks University useful. The Site Design course includes a section on Site Modelling.

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  4. Hi Steve

    Yes, if the Plant is based on a polyline (in other words, you converted it with Poly-vertex mode active in the Plant tool, then you have two options:

    1. Double-click the plant and choose to edit the Path - this actually activates the Reshape tool, and you can then reshape the polyline as you wish. When you exit this edit mode (but orange button, top-right of the edit window), the Plant will regenerate.
    2. Simply click the Reshape tool, and then click on the Plant. Reshape as desired. The Plant will regenerate.
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  5. I think this is a great idea, but of course I'll need to run it past a few people and discuss. I will talk to the training teams on both sides of the Atlantic who have been involved in getting this enormous project together. Thanks for your feedback.

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  6. Hi
    In Vectorworks Preferences (Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences) click the Session tab. There is an option turn on/off hierarchical display of classes in pop up menus.  

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  7. @konst - it's as I said above - when you create a plant style, you set the default values. But when you USE the plant, any of these settings can be overridden by the active settings in the Plant tool's preferences. Edit the preferences in the tool and set everything to Use Plant Style, then insert the plants. This will use the style values instead of custom values.

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  8. Jim, I'm not able to reproduce your problem. I can select a Custom Leaf, choose a symbol from the library, and change some of the parameters, which updates the symbol. I have just done it again. I can change the width, height, jamb depth, operation, and much more. All of these changes can be made on the Object Info palette, and result in an updated door, but based on the Custom leaf. You could then save this as a symbol, with the option checked to Convert to Plug-in. This would give you a red symbol that you could reuse (from any library file - not just the custom door leaves file). And it would be parametric, so you would still be able to change it.

    The underlying geometry of the Custom leaf symbols is a generic solid, and therefore not parametric itself, but the parameters within the Door tool will cause it to remodel.


    Alternatively you can model any symbol as you wish, and then insert it using the Use Symbol Geometry checkbox on the General tab. Using THIS kind of symbol geometry creates a door that will NOT respond to changes made with parameters. 


    The Door Style and Door Catalog functionality also provide the ability to start with a huge range of doors, all with preset parameters, and then change them as you wish. Depending on how the Door Style was setup, you can change 'By Instance' parameters, and those that were set as 'By Style' cannot. But to get to all the parameters, convert the Door to Unstyled and you'll be able to change what you want. But I appreciate from the start of your post that this is not what you want to use. 

    In case anyone else is reading this post, this section of Vectorworks Help gives a good overview of this and includes a link to a video that explains Door Styles in more detail:

    There is a link at the bottom of this page that also explains Catalogs in detail.



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