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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You can insert a Stake in a 3D view on any 3D geometry whether it is a wall, or extrude, or a Hardscape, and it will report the elevation of that point. There is no need to create 3D loci first. The Data Tag will also report the height of the bounding box of any 3D object, using the #ΔZ# function, (found under the Object Functions list in the Data Tag definition). This works perfectly for anything where the height is constant. The #IPZ# function can be used to get the base elevation, but you should be wary of this because the Insertion Point Z may not be the base of the object (symbols, or extrudes, for example). IPZ is also relative to absolute 0 and not the layer elevation. For Walls, there are also specific functions that can be used to get the average height, but a data tag using specific wall functions will only work on walls. The above functions will work on anything that has 3D geometry. Remember, you can also use Grade Objects to report elevations on 3D objects - again these will snap to existing geometry in a 3D view. They can also be used to modify the site. And, Stake objects and Grade objects can be used as Hardscape Surface modifiers to set specific elevations on the hardscape and modify the surface to get the grades you want. When they are encapsulated within a Hardscape, they will report the elevation relative to the hardscape elevation, so I recommend you keep this at 0.
  4. Michal, you can put all your fields into one text box, then you won't have the problem of fields overwriting each other. You can also insert a text string among the fields without any problem. Here, my text strings are "No." and "Press Return Here", and the other data comes from fields. Here's an example: This is a Plant object, and I have just made a tag, which lists the Qty, Latin Name, Spread, and then some other text, then, on the next line, the Scheduled Size. I'll paste screenshots to show how this was set up, but it is just ONE text box, and therefore it expands and contracts as required to display the data from the Plant. Including a return at the end of the first line of the field definition, forces the following data onto the next line.
  5. Thanks for clarifying Pat. If you can't do it, I know, no one can! But at least if the correct Easting and Northing is mapped to X and Y, then those numbers will be correct.
  6. Your signature says 2016. Is that correct? If you are on 2016, the following instructions will not work for you and it's not possible to combine X and Y with Lat and Long in 2016. If you are using 2020, did you first set the GIS coordinate system? Workflow should be: Blank file - set Georeferencing settings to match appropriate coordinate system. Tools > Origin > User Origin - Set User Origin to match georeferencing coordinate system. Now, X and Y will match Easting and Northing for the appropriate coordinate system, and you will be able to report Lat Long as well for the same coordinate system. Import any DWG data using the File contains georeferenced geometry setting - this will align the data with the GIS coordinate system. Import Shapefiles. These will also align with the GIS coordinate system. As for reporting Longitude and Latitude in a worksheet, I am not sure that you can... I am hunting through the functions to see what I can find. But, if your coordinate systems are correctly set up as above, you can report the Easting and Northing values which should match what you have (using XCoordinate and YCoordinate). The Stake tool can display the Lat Long values, but I cannot, at the moment, see a way to report those values in a worksheet. I hope that helps and that tech support are able to supplement this.
  7. Just re-read your comment... have you used the sculpting tools in Vectorworks? What is it that you don't find easy about them?
  8. You can create terrain by drawing a polygon and running the Site Model from Boundary command. Once created, you can edit the 3D surface of the terrain, and use the sculpting tools to create swales, berms, raise and lower points, edges and triangles. You can push and pull an area with a set radius and falloff value. All of these changes will update the 2D also, and maintain track of the cut and fill. And then Livesync to Lumion... What are we missing?
  9. Ah - I see it's a third party product. I note that their contact details are on the listing. I think it's probably best to contact them directly and see what they have.
  10. I'm afraid I don't - I will look into it.
  11. Vectorworks 2020 imports Sketchup files up to version 2019. In Sketchup, save the file as a 2019 file and it will import into Vectorworks. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FImport%2FImporting_SketchUp.htm&rhsearch=import sketchup&rhsyns=
  12. Window > Palettes > Visualization Are all the light sources turned on? By default, Lighting Instruments contain light sources that are not turned on.
  13. Correct - switching to the Fundamentals workspace when you have an Architect licence will still give you access to Architect functionality - it is the serial number that determines this, not the functionality. I can assure you that this functionality has not been removed from Fundamentals.
  14. Rotate Plan is Design Series functionality and has never been available in Vectorworks Fundamentals. Here is the article in Vectorworks Help that describes the functionality. The D beside the heading denotes this as a Design Series (Designer, Architect, Landmark or Spotlight) capability. http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FViews%2FRotating_the_plan.htm&rhsearch=rotate plan&rhsyns= If you now have Vectorworks Fundamentals only, but can see the tool, it may be that you have migrated your user folder and workspaces from an earlier version, but the tool will not work in Fundamentals. I'm afraid it has never been part of the Fundamentals package. This architect in Vectorworks Help lists all commands and tools and their availability in the different design series products: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/Commands_Tools2020.pdf
  15. I am unable to reproduce this - my Existing Trees pop straight to the surface of my site model (and I have not experienced a problem with this in the past either). I don't have to use Send to Surface. If you would like to post the file, I will take a look tomorrow.
  16. Edit the tag properties of the Existing Tree and make sure the tags are assigned to a separate class from the Existing Tree itself. Then make that class invisible.
  17. If you don't specifically need the GIS stuff, this should be fine. Just make sure that you have the same user coordinates over the internal origin, across all the project files. But... if you are interested in looking at the opportunities that the GIS options offer, please let me know and we can schedule some time in the diary to take a look.
  18. If you would like me to talk you through georeferencing in more detail, please let me know.
  19. HI Yes - in 2020, the template files are georeferenced by default. In a Georeferenced file, the Easting and Northing reports the coordinates from the geographic coordinate system, rather than the equirectangular X and Y cartesian coordinates. But, there are two options you can take to resolve this: Retain the georeferencing (in UK files, the default is EPSG 27700 - British National Grid), and align the User Coordinate System: Tools > Origin > User Origin - and choose the option Set User Origin to Match the Georeferencing Coordinate System. OR If you don't want the georeferencing at all, choose File > Document Settings > Georeferencing, and uncheck the first checkbox. All the best
  20. Select all the individual plants of the same type, then run Landmark > Change Plant Grouping. This will convert them to a group with a single tag.
  21. I can help you with this Lisa! I'll give you a shout...
  22. Spot on @Pat Stanford
  23. In 2020, the Easting and Northing values are reported from whichever GIS coordinate system is active in the file (new in 2020). But it's easy to resolve. If you are not using GIS, go to File > Document Settings > Georeferencing and uncheck the very first option at the top of the dialogue. The Stake will now display Easting and Northing the same as X and Y.
  24. Forgive me if I have misunderstood the question, but would Model > Volumetric Properties help? This command gives you the option to include a 3D Locus at the centre of the geometry as well as providing other information such as surface area and volume.
  25. Absorption distance is the setting that gives darker effects on glass when it's viewed from different angles. Have a look at that setting. If you change it to zero you may be able to remove the effect you're seeing on the fillets.

 

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