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  1. Is this familiar to anyone - I get a magenta line to each edge of my roof on hidden line renderings seemingly at random (although shown is hidden line over RW white card, the issue is with the hidden line element and will show up on a hidden line only render). The house with that roof is a reference file, none of the roof component classes are magenta, and no class overrides are set up. I have just re-rendered the two viewports, which share the same settings. Last time I rendered those VPs (about 1 hour ago) neither had the magenta edging, first one did, now they both do. I haven't been tampering with the roof or related classes in the meantime (or not in any way I'm aware of!). The same issue was also affecting the barn shown in the same VPs earlier, not now! If its still happening at the point where I want to issue the drawings its gonna be a bit irritating... Anyone had similar issues? (also note the ongoing hatch-alignment-between-walls-across-floors issue!) Cheers Mike 17-126-Model-3D-COMBINED_web.pdf
  2. Hi its worth having a search particularly for issues/ requirements that you think others might share. A search for "vectorworks white card" turns up a lot of results, including http://www.vectorworks.net/training/2016/getting-started-guides/common/white-card-rendering
  3. Hi Jim - the link to "maintain a copy of your preferences" on this page https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/articles.html/articles/troubleshooting/resetting-vectorworks-preferences-r264/&tab=comments now appears to be broken - could you update please? (I still have the pdf issue...)
  4. Yes, I don't think rooflights is an area where VW covers itself in glory. I had to refamiliarise myself with them in the last few days and its incredibly clunky. What to an outsider would 'just' seem to need a variant of the window tool that can work on an angle with roof and slab objects is instead almost unusable. Even once I have a rooflight in place I can never predict whether it will be visible at any one time. I can see why nrkuhl does what they do, and may adopt the same practice, but its a bit of a sad workaround.
  5. I'd suggest you select the viewport on the sheet layer, then click on foreground render and choose hidden line, click on background and apply Open GL (for speed). Click render and print out or save as pdf. Then do the same but click 'none' for foreground render. Compare the images. Then have a play around with the other render combinations, rendering and printing/ creating a pdf each time. This all assumes you are working with a 3D model, rather than a 2D line drawing.
  6. Thanks - thats what I felt should work, but I have no effect from those settings - see screenshot where the edge bound for the mineral wool is -250mm. It also feels like 'Modification - Clipped by walls' should do what I want, but it doesn't. The roof is modelled out of individual faces, interestingly I've just tried a test model with a 'Create Roof', and within that the negative offset works for the components as I want it to. I've generally used roof faces more sucessfully than the Create Roof tool as we have a lot of asymmetric & irregular or monopitch roofs.
  7. I'm wanting all elements of the roof structure, except for the surface (tiles) to extend no further than the inner face of the walls to produce what we in the UK generally call a clipped or struck verge (and the same at the eaves) ie. no overhang, fascia etc. - the tiles cover the wall and are bedded in mortar. The settings in Edit Roof Style - 'Edge Condition, Wall Associated, Bound: Inner Face of wall, look like they should do the trick but seem to have no effect (see screenshots - I edited the 150mm mineral wool element as that should show clearly either way). I've also tried everything I could think of under the manual settings (Manual Bound/ Offset etc.) but couldn't get any visible difference there either.. Any thoughts or words of wisdom - or even better a steer as to how to make it work - much appreciated Mike
  8. This has immediately reoccurred as an issue on the first job this morning. Ho hum, off to Tech support we go.
  9. Thats better I think in all these things the danger points need robust highlighting as its so easy to miss something even when you think you're reading carefully (especially when your used to skimming over irrelevant paragraphs ie. different OS etc.)
  10. Thanks Jim, that worked - great. Its a bit worrying that the article doesn't suggest backing up your preferences first (theres a reference to a link in a comment at the end, but I couldn't see it). Elsewhere we're told to use our User folder to keep title blocks, templates etc. safe from updates, but the instruction "4) Throw away the "20XX" folder found in 'HD > Users > (User's Home Folder) > Library > Application Support > Vectorworks' " could wipe all that out if you didn't know. Fortunately I keep a copy of all (hopefully) that sort of thing elsewhere, 'just in case'. Worth a caps lock warning at the top of the article, I'd have thought? Cheers
  11. Looking at it now I have a file where I have imported pdfs (I guess before SP1), which are still showing fine on the sheet layers, but if I try to reimport the same pdf it kicks up the same error message.
  12. Thats odd, I haven't been able to import any PDFs, from VW or not, certainly since update to SP1 (I can't remember if I did any before that). I've had to save images as jpeg just to get them into the file to get the work done. Never had any problems with 2017.
  13. Example attached here... 17-126-Model-3D yard.pdf
  14. Anyone else having trouble importing pdf files into 2018? Even pdfs exported/ published from the same file throw up the 'unable to import' window shown. This is quite irritating, can't really see what I can have done wrong as its only a 2 step process - drag & drop or Import have the same result. I have restarted VW and my machine. Running SP1.
  15. Ahaaa! Am I imagining it or was this all within the sketch setting under previous versions? Just for clarity, for anyone reading in the future, the sketch setting is a subsetting of Hidden Line (check 'sketch hidden line results', whereas (I believe) it used to be under the Sketch settings. If that makes sense! Thanks Jim.