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Wes Gardner

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  1. Wes Gardner

    Two-Way Finish Schedule

    Hi Everyone, Ever have a large project (or maybe even a not-so-large project) requiring you to enter lots of finish information and then having to change it and update it again and again from each individual space? Ever wished for a worksheet where you could edit the finish information, change the space name and/or the space number and do it for either one cell or the entire column? Well, now you can… First, I’d like to thank all the folks who had a hand in creating this as it’s taken quite a few hours to create, document and test the functionality. Are we there yet? Nope…but this a HUGE workflow improvement for anyone who has struggled with the Finish Schedule. Enclosed is a Vectorworks file containing two worksheets and a pdf file containing instructions and set-up information for managing finishes from a worksheet. Of the two worksheets, one is a fairly standard Finish Schedule (in fact, the one from Tools>Reports>VA Create Schedule> “Room Finish Schedule”) will work just fine…, the other is what we call a housekeeping worksheet, “Custom Room Finish Housekeeper” that pushes the information to the actual Finish Schedule. This system is set up to take advantage of Project/Workgroup folders for use over a server but could be simplified for local use and still maintain the ability to edit from a worksheet. I’ve also included Pat Stanford’s worksheet (thanks Pat!!!, sure made this easier…) that returns all the variables from a given plug-in object and a little secret script letting you change the speed of the new view transition. Bonus! So please, read the instructions once or twice, take the worksheets apart, see where the information comes from and goes to, give it a try and report back so that we can continue to improve the workflow. For the Industry Expert Team Wes wgardner@vectorworks.net
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    Data Visualisation / VW2020

    Hi All, At this point, Data Vis does not support INOBJECT which is what would be needed to look inside the hanging position for the truss object. Wes
  3. Wes Gardner

    render resolution

    In fact, we recommend doing your rendering in viewports...and as fabrica points out, you can change the DPI of the sheet layer...I usually go to 300 for anything rendered. Yes, it takes a little longer for the rendering...
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    Creating attic ceilings

    @Josh-gsy...maybe use the Split tool in the second mode and use the underside of the roof face as your guide to split the "ceiling". In this case, the ceiling is a simple extrude
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    Data Visualisation / VW2020

    @nakedeye...if you can, post a sample file so we can see what's up... Wes
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    Import Rhino V6 .3dm file fails

    @milezee...since it's not really a bug, the best way is to use the "Wishlist" function here on the Board. Wes
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    Import Rhino V6 .3dm file fails

    @milezee...sounds like an opportunity for an Enhancement request...I think I'll file one 🙂
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    Import Rhino V6 .3dm file fails

    @milezee...yep, I'm a fan of V6
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    Import Rhino V6 .3dm file fails

    What I would like to see is the import of Rhino's layer structure...similar to how we import a .dwg
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    Data Visualisation / VW2020

    @nakedeye.....I'm not in entertainment but I know a bit about the Data Viz tool...maybe you need to set your criteria to "Hanging Position" so that the data viz set can "see" it??? Wes
  11. Wes Gardner

    Vectorworks Preferences, Revisited

    Not really a preference but...Apple V = Paste In Place - because that's the way I am... I leave "Paste" as a drop-down so that I know that I'm intentionally NOT pasting in place In the "old days", did the number of Undos have a memory usage component? Just as an aside...I do alot of demonstrations, training, etc. where I need to represent "what ships" so my workspace is "stock" - no smoke and mirrors...I also run the "shipping build"... Wes
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    Shutters different color than window?

    @Inspectorjack, are you really on V2012? If so, there have been a few changes in the Window/Door PIOs (plug-in objects)...maybe post a window in a file... Wes
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    Shutters different color than window?

    @Inspectorjack...try mine...get into the Class dialog and under Window-Shutter, get into the Texture chooser and choose another one and see what happens Shutter Test.vwx
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    VW & BIM Certification

    @RussU...I believe we are certified for IFC 2x3...You can find out more from buildingsmart.org Wes
  15. In addition to dimensioning, I think you'll find with the introduction of the Data Tag tool that TAGS, wall tags, room names, door tags, window tags, etc, etc. should be placed in the Annotation space of the viewport. BTW, I DO draw with "control dimensions" on design layers with the intent of "publish dimensions" in Annotation space.
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    History-Based Modeling?

    Hi Bruce, There isn't really a menu...but there is a history list...double-clicking on the objects "steps" you back through its history...you can then modify the surface/edge for that operation. Tamsin beat me to it...Enjoy! Wes
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    Automatic Visibility

    @Kai1...Saved Views are your friend! They can toggle classes and layers as well as both the layer and class controls (like Show Snap or Active Only), they can return you to the exact view with the appropriate render style, they can jump you from design layers to sheet layers etc. etc....very powerful feature not to be overlooked! I've attached a screen shot of some saved views that help me quickly navigate my file(s) Wes
  18. Wes Gardner

    Create walls from a Shell Solid object?

    @MaltbyDesign, a quick way might be to use the Extract Surface command to get a surface from the underside of the roof, then Extrude that. Now you have two solids whereupon you can use Subtract Solids keeping the original shelled object. I believe the "Fit Walls..." command ONLY works when clipping walls, however you CAN use objects like extrudes to do the clipping
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    Walls - fitting to object

    @Josh-gsy...if you can post the file (or a portion that has the issue(s)), I'm sure we can get you squared away....just by looking at the lower image, it looks as if you have a "leak" where the roof object doesn't quite cover the walls that are resulting in those spikes. Wes
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    Tapered Stairs

    @Keito64..some folks have found using the "old stair" which you'd need to get from the Workspace Editor, "explodes" better into what some consider more usable extruded elements.
  21. @mgebel, the username that Project Sharing uses is the computer name. I would use all the same version and run it all over one sharing service - I believe we recommend DropBox. Here are some other recommendations: Turn off project file backup when using dropbox Project file must be in a folder and the folder must be shared not the project file. Set the sharing permission at the folder level Wes
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    Skylight 2D component from 3D

    @drelARCH...not a great option but just overdraw the skylight in plan-view on your sheet layers to get the graphics you want. At the moment, you can't really "get to" skylights as they are embedded in the roof as you've probably found...sorry Wes
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    Skylight 2D component from 3D

    @drelARCH, I have filed a bug on this, thank you Wes
  24. @Kane you can also use DropBox for Project Sharing if you have remote offices, etc... Wes
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    What are the max no. of light objects in an open GL rendering?

    @Andrew Pollock, I think you're stuck with the 8 as long as you're using OpenGL...sorry. Artistic Renderworks "Cartoon" might get you close to an OpenGL rendering and you're not limited to quantity of lights Wes


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