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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Have you definitely downloaded the Windows version - not the Mac version?
  2. Use the 2D Reshape tool. If you look at the tool bar, you will see it has several modes including adding and removing vertices, but it also has several selection modes. You can click and drag around those vertices you want to move, leaving the others in place. Hope that helps.
  3. What's the specification of the machine? You can check this on Control Panel and choose System Then let me know how much RAM and with is the GHz value for the processor. You could also try updating the graphics driver.
  4. Hi Yes - you just need to select the spiral path AND the object together before running Edit > Duplicate Along Path. Vectorworks will then highlight the object it thinks is the path - if it has selected the wrong one, use the Next button to select the correct path. Then set your parameters - either a fixed number of copies of a fixed distance between them. Then click Preview to make sure you are happy with it. When you are happy, click OK! Hope that helps!
  5. We have resolved this by using Illustrator to convert the colours to RGB values and then using those RGB values in Vectorworks.
  6. Did you see my email Olivia? You will see that the colours are close, but slightly different. I sent it to your email address on your profile.
  7. Hi Olivia I have had a look at this on my Mac. Unlike the PC, I can use my operating system colour picker to choose CMYK values. However, I have noticed that once I create the colours in Vectorworks according to your CMYK values, they are slightly changed when I go back in to edit them. I am wondering if possibly it is converting to the nearest Hexadecimal value (aka web safe) colour. I will check it out. I have sent you an email with the colours in Vectorworks compared to the colours in Illustrator. I will do some more digging and let you know what I come up with. All the best
  8. Send me the colour values - not the images. I will do some testing on the colour values at this end and send you some screenshots.
  9. OK - well, RGB has a higher range of colours ("gamut") than CMYK, but they should look similar. Are you comparing the onscreen colours with printed colours? If so, it may be that your screen display needs calibrating - because you are comparing completely different colour systems (RGB being "additive" and CMYK being "subtractive"!) Do you want to send me a couple of example colours (offlist if you prefer), and I'll take a look. I do also have Illustrator and can do some comparisons for you. tamsin@vectorworks-training.co.uk
  10. Hi Olivia You don't mention if you are on a Mac or on a PC, but either way, you should be able to create a new colour and set CMYK values for it. No need to convert to RGB. On the Attributes palette, click the solid fill colour box. When the colour palette manager opens, you can create a new palette. Having created the palette, you can create new colours within the palette. You can open your operating system's colour picker and this should allow you to enter CMYK values directly for your colour. All the best Tamsin
  11. CLick the Menus tab. On the right hand pane, you will see a list of all the menus in your workspace. At the bottom of the list you will see Document Context (that's a right click on the drawing area) and Object Context. That's a right click on an object. Hope that helps!
  12. Use the Workspace Editor (Tools > Workspaces > Workspace Editor. Create a copy of the current workspace. You can change your menus there.
  13. http://www.vectorworks.net/downloads/fundamentals/index.php You will get warnings that it is obsolete, but you can still download and install. Good luck!
  14. P.S. If something accidentally gets placed in the wrong class, simply select the object and change its class on the Object Info palette.
  15. Hi Kriva I've had a look at your plants. The plants will always be red symbols if they are created the Place Plant tool. If you just create an ordinary symbol (Modify > Create Symbol), it will have a black name (unless you set it to Convert to Group when it is placed - in which case it will be blue!) I think your problem is to do with setting the active class. In your file, if I set the active class to None on either the Navigation palette or on the View bar, I then double-click your plant symbol on the Resource Browser and then click on the drawing. The placed plant is a member of the None class. If I make the active class A-BETON and double-click the same plant on the resource browser, then place it on the drawing, this new plant is a member of A-BETON. All the sub-classes still work just fine and I can show and hide them as appropriate. I wonder if, when setting your active class, you are simply highlighting the class name on the Navigation palette? You do need to click to the left of the class name and you will see a tick or checkmark displayed. This sets the active class and anything you draw or any symbols you use will be placed in that class. Hope that helps!
  16. I still believe this to be the None class turned off... Please send me a sample of the plants that are disappearing and I will be able to confirm.
  17. Hi Kriva I don't know what is happening with your symbols. If you want to place a couple in a small file, I will be happy to take a look at them and see if I can see anything wrong. The red symbol names is nothing to worry about though! That just means they are "plug-in" objects - which means they are associated with a tool. In this case, it's the Place Plant tool. That's why, when you place them, they appear as Plants instead of 2D/3D symbols.
  18. Hi Kim Find the Patmore Ash on the Resource Browser - right-click and then choose Duplicate. You will have a new resource. Right-click on that and choose Edit. You can then edit the definition or the 2D graphics etc. to create a new resource for your new plant. The beauty is that these resources, once created, are there for you to use on your next scheme without having to define your plants each time. If you are documenting existing trees on the site, I recommend you take a look at the Existing Tree tool also in the Site Planning toolset.
  19. Hmm - what do you mean by the global template? Do you mean that if you export this symbol into another file it doesn't work as expected? Or is it continuing to fail in the file where it was created? If you double-click the symbol and then click the Inst Insertion tool on the Spotlight tool set, does it then work as expected? It's a workaround, but at least if it fails it may give us some further information about what's wrong...
  20. Hi You need to also run Convert to Instrument under the Spotlight menu. This will attach the relevant records that allow Spotlight to recognise this as an instrument as well as a symbol. There's actually a good section on this in Vectorworks Help if you look up Creating a Lighting Instrument and Lighting Instrument Specification... particularly if you are interested in having your new symbol rotate and focus correctly in 3D. Hope that gets you started!
  21. It's my pleasure! I am glad to help.
  22. There's a file called Textures Stage.vwx under Applications/Vectorworks 2011/Libraries/Defaults/Event Planning (or under c:\Program Files(x86)\Vectorworks 2011... if you are on a PC). Any textures that you add to this file will be displayed when you run the Create Stage command. Hope that helps.
  23. That's correct - a black surface in Renderworks does not emit/reflect any light.
  24. If you look in the Design-Build Sample file that comes in the resources with Vectorworks, you will find an example of a worksheet that queries these prices.


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