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Wes Gardner

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  1. @Katie M, if I'm understanding you correctly, all you have to do is click on the boarder and hit delete. In the short video, I place a border and then hit the Delete key to remove it... Wes Delete Boarder.mp4
  2. @ashleighguns1, as Pat says, make sure to specify WHICH LAYER, the screen shots provided are set to frame the layer called "2-Floor Layout" Also, if you've classed your walls, you have to tell it what class to frame as well...in my case it's [Wall]-Exterior (see screen shots.) You get to that by clicking the "Options" button in the Wall Framing dialog down at the bottom left. Otherwise, I think you get the error message shown?
  3. @davidwd...If I'm understanding you correctly, are you talking about something like Sweep 2 or Curve Network in Rhino? If so, then no, in Vectorworks you're limited to just one profile curve if you choose the Bi-Rail mode, or as Pat suggests, but then you loose the ability to have two rails... Wes
  4. @Putman, the Windoor classes have nothing to do with the Windoor Plug-In. The door and the bit of wall shown in the file you have were taken from a full project that has both windows and doors. My personal method is to refer to the common elements in both windows and doors as "Windoor" - this saves me one class each time I use that methodology. I apologize for the confusion. To a large degree, the number of classes and thus the "granularity" required on each project can vary a bit. I like to class everything and therefore retain control ALL the way through a set of drawings. Sometimes all those classes just aren't necessary. Wes
  5. @Putman, here's a door you can experiment with, you can turn trim on/off, you can texture the trim as well as the door itself (both inside and out). This door is set up for class controlled attributes Wes Door with Options.vwx
  6. @P Retondo, yes I see your point and yes, I understand how "my way" can cause you to have to maintain additional classes. Wes
  7. @P Retondo, Yes, if a wall style is set up correctly, really nothing has changed. To get the container class of the wall to show (like if you just wanted two parallel lines to indicate your walls), you must turn off ALL the component classes that are associated with that wall style. In the attached file, try turning off the Wall-Component classes...is this what you're after? Wes Component Wall.vwx
  8. @Duncan Gunn, depending on how irregular the wall is, I think I'd model it using an extrude (you can extrude your polygon into 3D space) and then use Add/Subtract Soild to create holes where the doors and windows will be. Doors and windows can then be "set" in the holes (they won't be hosted into the wall like if you used the wall tool) and will give a pretty fair representation. You won't be able to join this to walls at the corners so you'll need to do a bit of "digital carpentry/masonry" to get a corner to look OK Wes
  9. @Victoria2M, since you're on a PC, you may want to have a look at Lumion or Enscape - they are PC only "real time" renderers. TwinMotion is cross platform. They probably have recommendations on their sites as to what i needed. I don't think you need extreme power, just a mid-level laptop will do. For the real intense renderings, you may want to consider ONE high-powered rendering machine in the office. For Renderworks, the number of cores seems to make a difference I believe. We have an Alienware laptop in the office that runs Enscape and Lumion just fine...it's not a high-end machine. Wes
  10. @Victoria2M. I'm not a programmer or tech geek, just a user but I believe that is the direction all software is heading with all of these "real time" rendering engines coming online - graphics cards are where it's at - the REALLY cool ones are liquid cooled and you're right, won't fit in a laptop This you might want to check and see if it makes a difference - in Vectorworks Preferences, in the Navigation Graphics drop-down, choose "Good Performance and Compatibility" and then try "Best Performance" Wes
  11. Hi All, I would like to try to clarify what was shown in some of the videos. If I misconstrue something, I apologize. Here are some items that I believe have a very good chance of being included - Grids - this will be a HUGE improvement Materials - improved handling of materials and data for quantity take-offs Here are some items that are still being considered for development but may have been mentioned - (they probably will not make the cut for the next release) Legends - these are used for window types, door leaf types, door frame types, etc. Stacked Wall Components - although this has been a long time wish, these will not be included in the next release Renovation/Phasing - this remains "as is" using classes/layers to toggle the correct info on/off Unit Plan - I'll clarify what's often meant by "unit plan" here in the States - UNIT PLAN A commonly used design element in mid and high rise buildings is the concept of the “unit plan.” For example, in an apartment building, there may be a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments(flats). However, the individual apartment design for, let’s say, a two bedroom “unit” will be the same, repeated several times per floor and repeated again on subsequent floors. In Vectorworks, symbol technology is often used for the creation of the unit plan. The primary reason to use a symbol is to expedite change management – any change to a particular unit type's symbol will be reflected in all of the subsequent instances of that type. Thus, saving a tremendous amount of time as well as maintaining a high level of accuracy. Additionally, if you consider a symbol to be like a container or vault, then all elements within any “instance” of that symbol are, in essence, clones or copies of the original repeated as many times as required throughout the building design. However, when applied to the “unit plan” concept, several issues arise. Some design elements like Door Numbers and Space Numbers will be contained and repeated via the symbol but will not remain discreet. Wes
  12. @halfcouple I'll certainly put in an Enhancement Request and we'll see where it goes. I think it's a good idea, thank you Wes
  13. @halfcouple...that type of drawing is not typical in an architectural workflow as you probably know...still it would be a cool feature and in your case, a time saver! Wes
  14. Have you considered "Favorites" file(s) kept on your server? Between this and a good template file for your building type(s) that you "goto" repeatedly, this could help organize your office. Wes
  15. @Mik...make sure you have the correct mode for the Data Tag selected...the first one is for some sort of dummy tag (and of course, nothing happens)...the second one, for setting a SINGLE instance seems to work . See attached screen shot.. The tag will then be interactive - as you change the shape/size of the floor, it'll update.. Another distinct possibility is that it doesn't work in versions older than 2020??? Wes
  16. @halfcouple, I'm pretty sure we're limited to the clip cube being normal to the ground plane as you've shown...not sure you can get a section cut like you want without doing exactly what you've suggested. Wes
  17. @halfcouple, you're correct, there is no "Align Clip Cube to Working Plane" command Wes
  18. Hi All, Just want to clarify that Legends will not be included in the next release. Sorry for any confusion. Wes
  19. Also, keep in mind that once you use the "auto-dormer" feature you can explode (ungroup) it resulting in walls and roof faces that are then editable
  20. Make symbol from a Window (or Door) Drag the symbol DIRECTLY FROM the Resource Manager onto the roof It should create a dormer If you try to use a symbol that's in white space, it doesn't work, the symbol MUST be drug from the Resource Manager onto the roof Wes Dormer Maker.mp4
  21. @Mik, Here's a tag back saved to 2019. I typically upload files in the shipping version or if it's clear from your sig I can back save it. Wes Floor sq ft Tag v2019.vwx
  22. @jcsanabria, I believe the answer is in the Insertion Options dialog of the Wall Style. The door will sit at "Z = 0" at wherever the bottom of the container class of the wall is bound. So for the example, the door will come in at "Top of Structure" or whatever you choose to name the level. Wes
  23. Hi All, Here's a Data Tag that gives you area of a Floor object. Wes Floor sq ft Tag.vwx
  24. @MYHABITATDESIGN, you can also download SketchUp items from 3D Warehouse and then drag and drop them onto a blank file as suggested above...you WILL get a lot of mesh (mess). Wes
  25. @line-weight, honestly alot of the offerings seem to be Euro-centric so to answer your question, I think it depends on where the project's located Wes


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