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  1. The proper field for both Doors and Windows is NGA2. This is defined as an Area parameter and should you the value in the defined area unit for your document. Keep in mind that value calculated for Net Glazed Area is the area of the glass/glazing. This does not include the sash and jamb that surround the glass. If you have several panes of glass NGA2 accumulates all pieces of glass. The NGA (for door) and NetGlazedArea (for window) field are outdated. They were from before Area type parameters were available.
  2. Just to give you some background on this...when you convert the PIO to a symbol, you have one copy of the geometry that is duplicated through all instances of that symbol in the drawing. The symbols in the drawing, at that point, have no knowledge of any parameters that the underlying objects may have. In the Use Wall Depth situation, the Jamb Depth parameter gets adjusted whenever the door finds itself in a wall. When using a style, Use Wall Depth will always adjust the Jamb Depth when the door is in a different wall, or the wall's thickness changes. None of this can happen when using a symbol Think of it in terms of a container - when the door is in a symbol, the symbol definition is the container, not the wall. What is in the wall at this point - a symbol, not a door.
  3. The has always been my understanding of the hierarchy as well.. If it has changed it would be news to me. The door and window code make use of the services in VW to find the file. In this case only the first one found is used, as opposed to resources that might aggregate together. As a FYI: The source for this goes back many years to when the plug-in was converted from VectorScript to SDK. In the VS version, the user could edit the plug-in within the plug-in manager and change how it would appear in the UI. This is not possible with SDK plug-ins. That was always a per user only solution. There was no way to do this for a workgroup. When the change was made to SDK, a way to get user defined name was needed, and this was the best solution, at least at that time. It has the added benefit of being available for workgroup folders as well.
  4. Correct. Ultimately, these are a per user issue. But, as you ask, they can go in a workgroup folder. Either that or everyone needs a copy. It is only a visual change in the UI that is made. The field name in the record does not change. Yes they can. The changes can be places in a Workgroup or project folder. When VW launches, the first one found is the one that will be used. The file is found through that standard hierarchy that Vectorworks uses to find files. Again, you are correct. Since this is only a visual change in the UI and not the record itself, it is not portable.
  5. The door hardware definitions are found in the folder Libraries\Defaults\Door - Hardware in the file Door Hardware Library.txt If this file is set to read only then you will get the result you are seeing. Be sure the check the file in your user folder. This takes precedence over one in the application folder. Typically the files in the application folder are read only. You will have to check you file attributes to be sure.
  6. This is a little obscure, but it can be done with ease. Navigate to your Plug-Ins\Common\Data folder. You will find 2 files: DoorPreferences.xml and WindowPreferences.xml. In this file you can name each of the 10 user defined fields. Fill in the Key section, for example <Parameter> <Name>UserFld1</Name> <Key>MYFIELD1</Key> </Parameter> This will rename user field 1 to show as MYFIELD1. In the door settings dialog you will see: In the create report dialog: and in a worksheet:
  7. I'm sorry that I did not see this earlier but...there is a built in worksheet function for this: =PLUGINSTYLENAME You can find it in the Insert | Function menu item.
  8. You can also use the Edit Curtain Wall tool and choose edit panels from the toolbar. Then select a panel and use the context menu. There will be two options to insert a door or window directly into the selected panel. This will save the step of having to check the Curtain Wall object setting.
  9. I just checked. The convert to metric command is working, most of the time. Look closer at your plant lists. Many of the records will convert correctly. The problem with this commands is: there was no really good way to do this conversion. The database simply checks the value and has a mapped list of corresponding ones. If the match is not exact, no conversion takes place. You best bet for records that did not convert to your satisfaction is to do a find operation on them and change those yourself. You can do this with the Records | Replace Field Contents command. I will look into possibilities of refining the search and match for the next version, but no promises.
  10. When the choose class control says , then the class assigned to the door itself will be used for that part. If you wish to assign specific classes to the various parts of the door, then you will need to create them, or choose from one of the existing classes.
  11. The Leaf Width is i nthe field DoorWidth and the Leaf Height is in the field DoorHeight. Note that there are no spaces in the field names.
  12. After doing your Find operation and you have the set of plants that you would like to print, switch to preview mode. That will show you how your print job will look. Then, from the print dialog, the top of the dialog has a pop-up menu called Print. Choose "Records being browsed". This will print your entire found set of records.
  13. Hi Lee, If you could attach the Vectorworks file it would help in trying to track this down. Thanks,
  14. Vectorworks 2012 allows you to customize the classes that will be used for all 2D visibility purposes. If you are using a version earlier than 2012, the classes listed only control 3D objects. 'Sills' was hard coded and could not be changed. The same was true for 'NonPlot' and 'Ceiling-Main'. All these classes are exposed for you to change in VW 2012.
  15. This is done by design. The Show Shim Gap button only controls the Top/Plan visibility of the gap. That's why the check is labeled "Show Shim Gap in Plan" It is always shown in 3D views. This way the hole in the wall exactly matches the specification given - the object's overall width plus the shim gap.


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