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Judah Warshaw

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  1. Not all the fields that are in the database are exported back to Vectorworks when you create a plant list. Only those that you see in the 'Plant Data' tab of the 'Edit Plant Definition' dialog are there. So even if you imported the data correctly from your excel sheet, verify that they show in the database and create a new plant list, your price information does not get sent back out. This is why your price is not showing up back in Vectorworks.

    The only workaround for this is to copy the price into one of the 3 comment fields which do get built into the plant lists, then grab that data and move it to the price on definition tab.

  2. Bring up the window settings dialog from the Object Info Palette. From there, navigate to the View tab.

    In the section marked Special Classes, you will be able to choose various elements of the window and a class to use for each. To configure the classes, you must use the Organization dialog (found by default with the menu item Tools | Organization). There you can define the textures you wish to use for each class.

    As a side note, the same methodology applies to the Door PIO.

    If you need more information than this, let me know.

  3. When adding new plants to the FileMaker based plant database, you must generate new plant lists for Vectorworks to make use of. You can find this command in the file menu of the database.

    The list generated contains all the plant in the current found set of records. So if you only want a list of our azaleas, for example, do a search that fives you only those plant, create a new plant list and Vectorworks should now show the new list in the drop down menu in the plant info dialog.

    I hope this helps out. If you need more information than this, just drop a line.

  4. Corner windows

    Looks really, really good! Can't wait?

    But what about (i) bay windows and (ii) odd angles? Not to mention (i) + (ii)?

    You are not limited to 90 degree angles. The corner window will miter to the line of the wall, so really any angle should work.

    The window will only miter on one side, so it will not stretch to the width of the entire wall. This has already been requested as a wish several times through the beta process, and please fell free to add your name to the list.

    Here is a sample at around 45 degrees, along with trim, sill and a transom.

  5. Corner windows

    Actually, we can do this already with version 2009.

    So can you tell us how it will be different? Will it be easier? Is it one object in two walls? Or still two objects like we need to do know.

    I'm not sure how you're doing it with 2009, but here is general information on the 2010 Corner Window feature.

    The Window PIO now has a corner window option.

    The window will automatically lock into the closest corner, clip and miter in 2D and 3D.

    You still need 2 windows objects to do it.

    You have 3 Options: Fixed glass, mitered sash and corner post (with setting the size and offset of the corner post). All sashes are fixed glass.

  6. VectorScript PIOs can be edited in the Script Editor. SDK PIOs can not

    Just to verify, this is correct. If you don't see the plug-in listed in the VectorScript editor, you can't make any changes with that tool.

    I have a question in on what happens if you edit a critical field (like the door width) to use a different name/label.

    Right now, the only fields you can change are the ones that appear in the door's related xml file. The names used for the user fields, and the default setting for hinge preference. I specifically built the xml file with all usable fields.

  7. Like many other resources, the door PIO will first look at the user folder for the xml file, then any workgroup folders, and finally in the application folder. If you remove this file from your user folder and place it in a shared workgroup folder, then have all users configured for that folder as a workgroup folder, they should get the change.

  8. Hi Mitch,

    In you user folder, you can find the following file:


    There you can customize the names of the user fields. Find the user field you would like to customize, for example, for user field 1, find:


    Add what you would like for the name, in your case, I believe, Door Type. It would then read:

    Door Type

    In the door settings dialog, it will now show as Door Type.

    One drawback though: If you create a worksheet and want this to you, you will need to manually edit the header line to also read Door Type. This is a simple edit in the worksheet itself.

    I how this helps. Let me know if you need more.

  9. Uli,

    One thing you should do as you use the plant database more and more is learn how to creatively search. The better your searching criteria, the better your plant list will be.

    A plant list is generated from all plants in the current search result. One of the recommended practices is to build a plant list for specific projects, not just based on category. This will allow you find the plants you need in Vectorworks faster.

    There are several fields available that you can use for tagging you plants for specific projects and needs, so make use of them.

  10. I have some further ideas.

    First thing is to check exactly wherethe application thinks it should go to access the database. For this you should check your saved settings.xml file in you user folder. Search for the PlantDBLocation entry.

    Second: If you copied that database to your server, which OS did you use. If you copied it from a Windows system and then tried to access it from a Mac, there will probably be a problem with missing files. Try the following steps:

    1) Copy all the files from a Windows install to your server location. When choosing a folder, make sure you maintain the folder structure of /Plant Database/VW Plants. This is important. Vectorworks will do this for you if you allow it to setup the database.

    2) Go to a Mac install. In the application's plant database folder, there is a packed file called 'VW Plants.app'. It may just show as 'VW Plants' in the finder. Copy that also to you server folder.

    3) From Vectorworks, choose this folder as a workgroup folder, if it is not already configured as such.

    4) Now try selecting this folder as your plant database folder.

    Please update on how this goes.

  11. If you give a little more information, I might be able to help out.

    What OS are you running on?

    Does each user have the proper permissions to access the network folder you are referencing?

    Verify that the entire database is in the folder you have chosen. Let Vectorworks do the copying for you. In your folder you should have both a 'VW Plants.usr' file and 'VW Plants' executable (.exe on Windows, and an application package on Mac).

    After choosing the folder, go to your user preferences dialog and verify that the database folder was added as a workgroup folder.

  12. Perhaps try the following:

    Edit the *-WALLS MAIN class to show a texture for the Left, Center and Right for Walls.

    Select Tools | Organization to bring up the dialog. Choose the Classes tab if not selected and click Edit. Choose the Walls tab and turn on textures for all 3. OK your way out of the dialogs. (If all this is obvious, then I apologize in advance).

    By having a texture your doors should now be clear. Since there was no texture for either the doors or the wall, they seems to blend together depending on the flip state of the door.

    Let me know if this this helps out.

  13. Just to help you out:

    In top/plan the doors will always be open. You are seeing the 2D representation.

    In all other views, which are 3D, the doors will be open or closed based on your selection. It you look at the Object Info palette, you will find a checkbox marked Show 3D Open. This option is also available in the Door settings dialog under the View tab.

    If you really want to see the door closed in Top/Plan, you can set the Angle value that is right underneath Show 3D Open to 0.

  14. Whenever you want new plants in a plant list, you must create a new one. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism currently to update an existing list.

    I you have a specific set of plants that you wish to use for a project, you can create a plant list for use in Vectorworks in the following way.

    You can uniquely mark the plants you wish to use by using the favorite check, by adding a project id in the "Used in project" field, or co-op on of the fields you are not currently using.

    Once you have marked all the plants you wish to use, do a search on that criteria. If you are using a Project ID, the go to find mode, type the project id in the "Used in project" field and run the search. You should now have a subset of records containing only those you have marked. The same goes for using the favorite tag.

    Once you have done your search, you can then create a plant list like you always do using the Create Vectorworks Plant list menu command, and name the list as you please. The plant list created will always only have the plants in the current found set. This way, when you are back in Vectorworks, you can load this plant list and see only the plants that interest you for this project.

    Keep in mind that you can create any number of plant lists as a result of creative searching. You can limit your list to almost any criteria that you can think off.

    I hope this helps you out. If you need further assistance, or if this does not cover what you need, please drop a note.

    Judah Warshaw

    Nemetschek North America

  15. I know this has been a long time coming, but I am happy to report that with Vectorworks 2009 this issue has been resolved. The ID Bubble class setting in now respected properly, as expected. Many other class related issues with the door have also been resolved. If you have any specific ones drop a line and I can try to verify it for you.

    Judah Warshaw

    Nemetschek North America

  16. Hi Uli,

    Yes, you can change the dimensions used for the Height and Spread fields, but only to a degree.

    In the menu you can choose Edit -> Options -> Use Imperial Value Lists or Use Metric Value Lists. This will change the drop down lists given for both the Height and Spread fields. What won't happen though is updating the existing records. The only way to update the fields is for you to manually do so.

    There are some shortcuts you can use to not have to manually edit every record though. You can do a Find operation to limit the current set to selected records based on the height or spread field. Then you can choose the field you wish to edit, and from the menu choose Records -> Replace Field Contents. This will allow you to bulk update records.

    Another possibility is to use the menu option Edit -> Find/Replace. You may wish to consult the FileMaker user's guide available at FileMakers's website


    You should be able to find more detailed information on these operations there.

    Once you change the selected fields, you will need to create new plant lists to export the updated information.

    I hope this helps out

    Judah Warshaw

    Nemetschek North America

  17. By using the FileMaker based Plant Database, you should be able to import almost any external data into the database, and then generate plant lists for use in VectorWorks.

    The main thing you need to know is what format your data is in, where the various fields are and how they match up to the proper fields in the plant database. Check the

    File > Import Record > File menu

    command in the Plant Database to see the various formats supported.

    If you need specific help in doing this, just drop a line.

    Judah Warshaw

    Nemetschek North America

  18. The current tool set used can be configured in the

    Options > VA Set Project Prefs menu item. This will being up a dialog showing the currently chosen preference set, and the match up to the folders found at \IP Source\Plug-ins\VW_Arch\Data\

    So if you are manually editing the files, make sure the you are updated the one the system will actually use.

    Judah Warshaw


  19. Hi Rick,

    This only cam to my attention recently, so I hope it is not too late to help out.

    The file is easily edited using your favorite text editor.

    The file is located in your VectorWorks folder at the following location:

    \IP Source\Plug-ins\VW_Arch\Data\Prefs_Def (or whichever preference set you are using).

    The file is : Door Hardware Library.txt

    There is no real documentation on the format of this file, since it is typically maintained using the hardware set editor. It is a tab-delimited file, so that format, along with the number of fields must be maintained, otherwise the results are unpredictable. But you should be able to figure it out after spending a few minutes with the dialog itself and the text file that is being created. So if you are willing to put in some time, you can achieve the result you are looking for.

    I hope this covers what you need and helps out,

    Judah Warshaw

    Nemetschek North America


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