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    Log Home Design
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  1. Mar, That is a fantastic idea! Now the big question, are the windows transparent and able to see through the wall stack? I am going to give this a try right now. Yes remove the history with convert to generic solids a great final step. Peter, I do notice the slower regen with add subtract solids so the alternative may be the way to go. I have been using MiniCAD to VectorWorks a long time and I learned something new about the uncheck "use wall depth". Thanks
  2. I don't think this was done in vectorworks but I can get results like this with the log work roof work etc. The windows and openings are tricky. Jeff
  3. Peter, That method is one that I do use. did you insert the window into the pre determined opening or did you have a wall embedded as Islandmon suggested? What I need to accomplish is the appearance of the jamb depth equal to the log depth. Without a wall thickness I am not aware you can produce jamb depth? For accuracy casing is applied around the window flush with the log face so this may involve a multi step process where the window and casing are drawn separately? These types of more "photo realistic" are done as an addition to the construction plans and aren't necessarily done for every job so this is an additional service for the higher end jobs. Almost considered to be a job within itself so realism is the goal. Jeff
  4. Islandmon, I see where you are going with that. I have worked with this method a bit and it is fairly easy and quick but the problem comes with the jambs. I think Islandmon is right Pat that you would need the wall to get proper jamb depth. The issue I see is that getting a wall thick enough for proper jamb depth would end up showing the wall beyond the curves of the logs. I may work with this though and see what comes up. Jeff
  5. Hi John, I have been using VectorWorks since it was MiniCAD and as far as I know "show others while in groups" has always been just a global setting in VectorWorks preferences similar to changing your display from black to white or adjusting flipped text, etc. Jeff
  6. Hi all, We design log homes primarily and it works great to draw a circle, extrude it, texture it, and then go about building a log model. The issue arises when inserting doors and windows of course. For years we just super imposed 3d windows and doors on the face of the stacked logs. For the most part the way we do it looks fairly good. But in the quest for perfection I have always desired the ability to "cut the logs" to insert a window so one could see into the model like a typical 3d wall window assembly. Does anyone know if this is possible or is it more work than it is worth? Jeff
  7. Never mind, I see you have a version of AutoCAD to do the check. Here is what we do; export as dwg 2000 / 2000i / 2002, convert classes to layers, invisible classes are exported as invisible layers, map line weights to colors. Everything else is default. No problems copying and pasting from one AutoCAD file to another. We do this on every job for the engineers etc. In fact we open the drawing in AutoCAD and save it to a new file IN AutoCAD which dramatically reduces the file size. Hope this helps Jeff
  8. Maybe I can help. We regularly export to AutoCAD 2002 without issue to send to engineers. Am I understanding you are opening the exported AutoCAD file by importing it back into Vectorworks or do you have a copy of AutoCAD on hand to do your check? Jeff
  9. Hi Archturn, The way I rotate textures which is more easy and quick for me is by selecting the texture, under the textures tap in the info box select mapping, in this box you are able to rotate the texture by any degree angle you want in addition I frequently use the scale feature to re size the textures appropriately. Hope that helps, Jeff
  10. Hi Brent, There are many ways to use layers and classes in VectorWorks. The way I use layers are the same as using different drawing sheets or individual paper sheets in hand drawing each with a different scale as needed. Example A-1, A-2, A-3, etc. would all be on different layers. I use classes the same way as an AutoCAD user would use layers in that program. Classes are used to group similar components such as dimensions, text, walls, etc so that the user can turn these "thing" on and off within each layer. There are other ways to use these features but this is how our office uses classes and layers. Hope this helps. Jeff

 

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