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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. You can download CINEMA 4D docementation from the Maxon website. This has some information about the different shaders available in the Material Manager.
  2. Hah! So sorry I misunderstood you! In the Help, search for "Lighting Instrument Specifications". So, you want to rotate the 3D element of your truss? If you use the Truss tool, it does have a hanging angle field which will rake it nicely. However, lights won't hang properly as they will pick up the Z value of the light position, which is no longer constant. The solution is to use Create Plot and Model View. THis command moves stuff around a bit and makes design layer viewports that can be rotated in 3D. This has not changed in 2011..
  3. The change means that your 3D symbol will automatically follow the focus point, rotating just the body towards it for a correct 3D view. You should not have to create a new symbol for every view at all. All the symbols in the library are set up this way - give them a try and you'll see what I mean. Help - is under the Help menu. It is an Adobe Air application. Hopefully that helps you.
  4. Have you created the 3D Locus within your 3D geometry and created the three parts that make up the symbol i.e. body, yoke and clamp? Then set the correct insertion point for both 2D and 3D elements of the symbol? You also need to attach the Parts record to each of these elements and edit the fields so VW knows which part each is. This is documented in the Help (I don't mean to insult you by sending you to the Help - but there are diagrams!). Search for Lighting Instrument Specifications. I have just tested again with my own symbol and I can rotate about X and Y. Hope that helps.
  5. Which objects are you trying to rotate? You can do this with Lighting Devices still in 2011. Other than that, hybrid objects 3D element remains parallel to the layer - and this hasn't changed. Let me know more about what you're trying to do...
  6. Absolutely! I'll send you a file which has some examples, based on the Brick shader and the Tile>Brick Shader.
  7. Hi Do you have Renderworks? If so, you can edit the symbols in the default library (Libraries/Defaults/Existing Tree/ET Symbols.vwx and apply a texture with transparency enabled. (Make a copy of the file first just in case of disaster!) The opacity setting only works on 2D things. Hope that helps.
  8. And of course, Dan's excellent Getting Started Guide!
  9. To create textures with real world parameters, all you need to do is set your texture size to 100 units, and then 100% = 100 units. So, my drawings are set to mm, making each repetition of a texture 100mm. Bear in mind that the preview you see in the shader editor is the equivalent of one repetition, so, 100mm. As for strange names for shaders - they come directly from Maxon's CINEMA 4D - you'll find all the same names there and more. The Renderworks texture libraries contain many textures with the names you need (metals, glass etc.) and can all be edited. If you want some migration information, I have put some stuff together here, but I would suggest you also look at the Renderworks Getting Started Guide, written by the excellent Daniel Jansensen. http://www.vectorworks-training.co.uk/Buy_Vectorworks/Renderworks.aspx http://www.nemetschek.net/training/free_resource.php I would like to understand a little more about your brick repeating problem - perhaps I can help?
  10. Thanks Jeremy - the solution, for any other readers, was to use the Custom Selection tool under the Tools menu.
  11. Hi Alison You can do one of two things: 1) Change the mode of your Stakes to Site Modifier, but set them to modify the existing site. OR 2) Make sure your stakes are set as Site Model Source Data. Select all of your Stake objects and cut them (Edit>Cut). Right click on your site model and then choose Edit Source Data. Use Edit>Paste in Place. Click the large, orange exit button on the top right corner. All the best
  12. Hi Jeremy It may be that there is some other conflicting preference set with select similar? You are welcome to send a sample file over if you wish and I'll take a look.
  13. Tim It's my pleasure - I am glad I was able to help. All the best with your project and do keep in touch.
  14. Hi Tim You are welcome to send the file directly to me and I'll take a look. support@vectorworks-training.co.uk All the best
  15. Hi Tim Welcome to the forum. Regarding the None class issue - I would recommend that you don't turn off None. There are many objects in Vectorworks that belong to the None class without you realising. Just leave it turned on. If there are things you want to hide, put them in a different class and turn that off. I concur with Vincent's advice regarding the rebuilding of the file. If you start with a blank file, you can do the following: Click on the layers button and go to create a new Design Layer. Instead of naming your design layer, go to the button below and choose to import layers. Click on the Browse button and navigate to your misbehaving file. This will then list all the layers from that file. Choose the first one and also check the Import Layer Objects box. Click OK. This will import the layer and any objects on it. Save the new file and repeat, one layer at a time until you get to the offending one. I do hope that helps you. All the best
  16. Hi Tobias Take a look at your OpenGL settings - do you have it set to render textures?
  17. You have to first click on the plane that you want to map the decal on.
  18. Hi Bruce Probably because it is looking at the total extents of the object after its rotation, rather than the area of the object.
  19. Hi Draw a shape (e.g. a rectangle using the rectangle tool) over the area you want to show. Leave the rectangle selected and then run the Create Viewport command. When prompted to use the selected item as a crop, click Yes and it will create a cropped viewport. Once the viewport is created, you can double-click it and choose to edit the crop. Then you can adjust the cropping rectangle as necessary - move it, or resize it, change its line weight etc. Hope that helps!
  20. How about creating a Directional light, pointing toward the ceiling, which is set NOT to cast shadows. This will then pass straight through any geometry and light the ceiling. Turn it down so it doesn't overlight the space, and so that you can still see the effects of other interior lights.
  21. Hi I just answered you on the Architect forum too, but 3D Polys AND Nurbs surfaces can all be turned into Modifiers by assigning them to the Site-DTM-Modifiers class.
  22. Hi Firstly, you can select your 2D Polygons and then choose Modify>Objects from Polyline. Then choose Site Modifier. You can also choose if you want to retain the original poly. If you have already made a 3D Poly with vertices where you want them, you can turn this into a Site Modifier by assigning it to the Site-DTM-Modifier class. If it crosses contours that won't be a problem. But it will cause problems if it crosses or intersects other modifiers on the site. You can convert your 2D Polys to 3D Polys and then send to surface. This will place each vertex at its relative height on the model. You could look at the Roads commands under the Landmark menu to create a road from a polyline. But these commands are only available in Landmark and Designer. Hope that helps.
  23. There is! Select your seating area and on the Object Info palette, choose Draw Boundary Line. Then select the little focal point and snap it to the front center. But I think it would be really nice if it started out like that and THEN you could move it if you want.
  24. Thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  25. Hi We can help with that! Please see our website for details of our training courses. We run a public schedule but also one to one training and can tailor the courses to suit your organisation. http://www.vectorworks-training.co.uk All the best


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