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  1. Thanks mar - just had a go and I think this will work. Have done it by creating a section VP with the label in the annotations layer set to the style that I want. I then duplicated the section VP on the sheet layer and with all of the new section VPs selected changed the section line instances in the OIP (which gave me sequential makers on my plan VP). I can then go in and edit the positions of all the makers so that they are in the positions I want.

    Just what I was after - thanks.

  2. Is there any way to set the label style and section viewport style as a document preference / standard as there is for normal drawing labels? I often put a lot of elevations onto my drawings to show postions and sizes for graphics on exhibition stands - a typical plan viewport might have 20 elevation markers with associated elevation viewports.

    I find at the moment that I have to change every section marker to an elevation marker (in annotations in Plan VP). Is there any way to create elevations rather than sections without having to go back and change them individually in the OIP?

    Also Id like to be able to set the style of the label that appears in the elevation viewport so that it is consistent with my other drawing labels. Currently I have to do this in each elevation viewport which takes a while - can I set the default style of an elevation viewport drawing label so that whenever I add an elevation on my plan VP the elevation VP has a label style of my choosing?

    Any help greatly appreciated.


  3. 3ds files always seem to be very poor quality when exported from VW regardless of the quality you try to output at. Have tried using them in Sketchup and 3d Studio and they always look awful. Have raised this issue with Computers Unlimited in the UK (back in February) but heard nothing back yet.

  4. "Certain kind of lag" - a feature!! Ha! Can I get a version without it? Personally Im not really up for having to work late and stay after hours for free cos of a feature lag!

    I terms of rhythm I, my boss, contractors and clients expect the rhythm to be getting things done accurately in the least amount of time possible. The frustration that builds up while waiting for regen's means that things get lost or overlooked because Im not working to MY rhythm - Im WAITING for the software to catch up.

    BCD - yeah a slider to control the detail you are working to and therefore the lag would be good or something that means detail is progressively shown. InDesign has three different preview modes - could VW do something similar with settings like Preview High, Preview Med and Preview Working for responsiveness . . .

    Anything to improve workflow, speed and user satisfaction on this issue PLEASE . . .

  5. Agree totally willofmaine - anyone from NV? Ive been keeping my eye on this thread and its been 'hot' for two weeks now.

    It wont be a big issue for me for much longer anyway as Im afraid Im jumping ship . . .

    Ive managed to persuade my boss to purchase some pro licences of Sketchup. Its quick, intuitive, responsive and uncluttered and I can instantly see what my changes look like - not it 5 minutes. Just got totally bored and frustrated with the regen speed and material pallet in VW. Over time the cost of SU will be saved in the time I would have spent waiting for VW to show me what things look like.

    As I said in a previous post I understand that the two bits of software are different we are adding SU to our arsenal rather than ditching VW but if VW was less clunky on materials and the working render speeds were significantly better it would still be our workhorse package. See you at detail stage VW . . .

  6. Completely agree - default OpenGL all the way! And please please please a better way of applying materials, some folders to put them in so I dont need a separate "favourite" file for each type of material and a serious update to the UI. Its reminiscent of the FormZ material UI when I used it 4 years ago - but not quite as good!

    I really hope that this is resolved soon, very soon. I for one am seriously thinking of trying other way of producing "quick" visuals of what Im working on and then detailing in VW. Id rather be able to stick with VW as a one stop shop cos its so good in most other ways and so easy to use.

    Maybe my screen might have refreshed now that Ive finished writing . . . ?

  7. NaeSean - I find myself looking at the sketchup forums while Im waiting Im afraid, dont see this getting sorted for a while (but I hope Im wrong)?!

    Having said that I agree with Mark Flamer too - generally I find VW a great tool but I think the really need to up their game and make the graphics / materials side of things much easier and more intuitive. The UI feels very dated compared to other bits of software, its too constrictive and time consuming to be of real use.

    The render speeds for getting PDF'd Renderworks VP sheets is actually not to bad cos you can just set it going and do something else, BUT, not being able to work in open GL or hidden line means VW is falling behind other software. Whenever Im trying to discuss changes to drawings its actually a bit embarrassing having to send colleagues away while I wait for the screen to update every time.

  8. Hi,

    Im having some problems with the 3ds export. I have created some objects in VW by extruding some 2d shapes but I cant seem to get the poly count up on them when they are exported to 3ds. Any curved surfaces come in very faceted. I have tried upping the 2d conversion to very high and have increased the number of polys in the export dialogue to max but they still come in really faceted - in fact changing these settings has absolutely no effect on the 3ds file whatsoever, any curved faces always come in with 5 facets.

    Any help much appreciated . . .

  9. I agree - the regen speed is pitiful! We just made the upgrade to 2011 and its just not working for me in terms of ease of use or speed. I find the way that VW handles attributes, textures and 3d views just rubbish - it makes it so slow to work with, any change made needs so much time to update. My machine is not the newest but its still pretty well spec'd and VW makes it feel like a real dinosaur.

    Upgraded to 2011 to be able to "easily" produce visuals that display materials but am finding it a serious pain to work with. Am actually wishing that we had ditched VW and gone with Sketchup which seems to far outstrip VW in its ability to produce visuals quickly and easily and to edit in a view mode. VW has clunky and unintuitive material controls, awful viewport update speeds and no ability to work in open GL view or hidden line view . . . wish I'd put the money elsewhere cos its not delivered on the promises so far. Am spending far too long waiting to see what things look like in viewports and am not actually able to just get on with work.

  10. Thanks both for your help with this. After you both raised concerns about naming records the same as symbols I did a bit of further reading and experimenting. I now understand why you were questioning why I wanted to match the record name to the symbol name. I hadn't been able to create a worksheet that displayed record information as well as the symbol names but have now figured it out! Looking at it its pretty obvious now but just got distracted by other parts of the problem.

    Thanks - am looking at this all with a clearer idea of how to create my worksheets now. Sorry of the request seemed a bit strange in the first place.



  11. Hi,

    Thanks very much for coming back to me and sorry if Im confusing! Just trying (obviously not very clearly) to explain how Im trying to make this work. I really appreciate you persevering with me. The script you sent works now that Ive changed the name of the field to Symbolname but its still not quite what Im after although its extremely close.

    What I want to do is attach record formats to a symbol definition from the Resource Browser and have the script copy the name of the symbol to the name field in the record. Sorry if I didn't make this clear enough. To help make it clear I have pasted the info from VW help to explain the process Im going through and where Im trying to do this. I want to be able to run the script to get the name from the symbol at stage 7 in the process below.

    "Attaching Record Formats to a Symbol Definition

    To attach record formats to a symbol definition from the Resource Browser:

    1. Select Window > Palettes > Resource Browser.

    The Resource Browser opens.

    2. Select a symbol definition.

    3. Select Edit from the Resources menu.

    4. Select the symbol component to edit, and click Edit.

    5. In the Edit Symbol window, deselect all by clicking in an empty area of the window.

    6. In the Object Info palette, click on the Data tab.

    When no items are selected, the Data tab displays *SYMBOL DEFAULTS* at the top.

    7. Select the record to attach.

    To attach multiple records to the same symbol definition, click on each of the records.

    8. Click Exit Symbol at the top right of the Edit Symbol window."

    Thanks again for your help with this and I hope Ive done a better job of explaining what Im trying to do? I already have another use for the first script you wrote so thanks for that.


  12. Thanks Blind Expert,

    Am a total newbie to scripts and have tried what you sent but am not totally sure how this is supposed to work. Have tried your script but cant seem to work at the moment, can you advise a little further please?

    I guess I need to change the




    as this is the name the field I want to fill with the name of the symbol but when I do this I get an error message with this portion of the script?

    My default value for the KIT NAME field is 'Name'. I have created a record with 4 fields (CATEGORY / KIT NAME / COMPONENT / NUMBER) and want to be able to work on these objects in a master library file and then be able to copy them across to other drawings with the records present (so not just applying the record to the symbol once its in the drawing but have it built into the symbol in the resource browser). I have created for example 3 symbols all with different names in the resource browser. The symbols are called;

    Platform 1x1

    Platform 1x0.5

    Platform 0.5x0.5 etc . . .

    I would like to figure out how to get the name of the symbol and put it into the field KIT NAME in the record within the symbol. Does that make sense - sorry if Im missing something.

    Thanks again

  13. Hi,

    Am totally new to scripting but am keen to start to understand how they work and what they do. Does anyone know of a script that exists or could anyone help me to write a script that will take the name of a symbol (from resource browser) and put it into the name field of the record? Tell me if this is a stupid request but it could be a massive time saver for me!



    Also where's the best place to start out with writing scripts and are there any good resources for downloading pre-scripted scripts from.

  14. Hi,

    Im looking for some info or a script that will allow me to change the class of several symbols at the same time. I know I can right click on the individual symbols in the symbols folder but is there any way to change the class of multiple symbols. I have a library of several hundred hybrid symbols and I need to change most of their classes.

    Any pointers . . .


  15. Hi Blind Expert, just re-read your post and had another look around for further info on ODBC on the forum and in the Help - this could be the solution!!! Thanks for pointing me to it.

    As you say - using this to track kit going in and out on jobs will be an amazing tool if I can get my head around FileMaker and Vectorscrits, never really used either.

    What kind of complications are you referring to! Can you point out any potential pitfalls before I start to delve into this?

    Will look forward to the release of SP2 and will start having a play with this ASAP.

    Thanks again.


  16. Thanks Blind Expert - sounds very interesting. Dont think my colleague will be out of a job but he would love to have the time to get on with other work which he will really appreciate. Will do some digging around on this. Our inventory is already in FileMaker so could be possible - but im guessing costly! Definitely worth some investigation tho so thanks. Will send you a PM in a bit.

    Any further info anyone has on my symbols on different layers worksheet query would be much appreciated..


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