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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Before you insert the Stake, click the Stake Tool Preferences, upon the Tool Bar. Here, you can choose the desired Label Reference. Click OK and then insert the Stakes. If you've already inserted many Stakes, use the Select Similar tool to select them all, and then change the Label Reference field on the Object Info palette.

  2. Glad you have found a solution. Just a thought for you - perhaps you could have used Roof Faces instead of a full roof to create the various elements of the Mansard. Then, with 3D symbols for the windows, you can insert them into the Roof Face and create the dormers.


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  3. By default, the light source within the instrument is turned off. However, it's easy to turn them on. Go to Window > Palettes > Visualization and click the Lights tab. 

    You'll see the list of lights. There is a column where you can turn them on.

    Note that you can also control each light source independently in different viewports.

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  4. Hi @Vectorworks Novice

    I know that my colleague in the UK has contacted you by email. However, I also wanted to point you to some excellent training resources.


    Now that you've done some basic training, perhaps it's time to move onto the tools that will offer you the huge benefits of your move.

    Have you had a look at Vectorworks University yet? You can sign up free of charge:


    Once you've logged in, take a look at the Architect section. You'll find more courses there that will enable you to make full use of your software:



    I can also really recommend this webinar:


  5. If the geometry has been centered, you may still have other geometry that is far away from the Internal Origin. This can happen when importing DWG files for example, where the draftsperson may have left geometry scattered far and wide.


    Create a saved view of your current layer and class visibility. 

    Make all classes and layers visible.

    In a Top/Plan view, draw a circle over your site with a radius of 5KM.

    Deselect the circle and click Fit to Objects. 

    Is there anything outside the 5KM circle? If so, this is causing the problem and needs to be removed, or moved within the circle.

    Once you are happy that everything is within the circle, run Tools > Origin > Center Drawing on Internal Origin. 

    The command will report that the most distant geometry is 5KM from the internal origin. 

    Once complete, delete the circle, and restore the saved view.

    This should resolve the problem.

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  6. Open a new blank file. and get to the Create Class dialog. Instead of naming your new class, click Import Classes. Select the file which contains your classes and then import them into your new document.

    If you want to use the same classes regularly, use File > Save as Template with the new file. You can then create new projects from this blank file that contains all your classes.

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  7. 1. Marionette is available in Design Series versions of Vectorworks 2019 (Architect, Landmark, Spotlight or Designer. It is not available in Vectorworks Fundamentals.

    2. I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that.

    3. The output from Marionette is Python.

    4. The output from Marionette is Python.


    I hope that helps.


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