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Wes Gardner

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  1. Maybe try Modify > Convert > Objects from Polyline and Choose Handrail (or Guardrail)
  2. Another method for modifying the path - Click on path, the path will be a NURBS curve, convert it to a polygon by going to Modify > Convert to Polygon, choose Hidden Line Rendering, this will change it to a group, ungroup it then Compose it. You now have a polygon that you can modify with the 2D Reshape tool. Once you're done modifying, convert it back to a NURBS curve and Voila....
  3. Here's an example using Jeff O's methodology and a quick report on the quantity of concrete in cubic yards. I can get it to report quantity of rebar as well but that's just a length function... Hope this helps
  4. Do you have any viewports created that the schedule will "see"? Maybe post up the file and let us take a look at what's up?
  5. I have several versions of the Farmhouse - the "main" or "root" file has all the data and many sheet layers all set up. Another set has been optimized for video production/demonstration purposes with several "Saved Views" which are used to control the various "chapters". If you e-mail me at wgardner@vectorworks.net, I can send you whatever file you think will be most helpful - or both. Wes
  6. Hey taoist... Sorry, I answered your other post regarding crown moldings - for that particular exercise I just drew something using the polygon tool, but yes, as John says, '09 ships with a bunch of profiles...
  7. taoist, VW '09 ships with many molding profiles that you can drag out of the Resource Browser and extrude away!
  8. You need to add a column in the worksheet and tell VW what data to put in there - see examples - in these examples =('Window'.'Location') goes in the database row. Hope this helps
  9. Here's a sample Title Block - nice fonts, huh...
  10. Here's some stuff regarding creating title blocks I've written to kind of jog my memory as I sometimes forget how to do it... Title Block Custom Title Blocks can be drawn and then the text linked to a record. First create a record the usual way RB >> RECORD FORMAT >> CREAT NEW RECORD >> NEW >> Name it To have data appear on every sheet (like the project name and firm name) the ?code? is P_FieldName to have data appear on a discrete sheet the code is S_FieldName. To allow carriage returns in a name, place a # after it in the record set-up. To attach text to the record first make a symbol of the proposed title block, then go to Edit Symbol and within this go to TOOLS >> RECORDS >> LINK TEXT TO RECORD?this must be done for each individual instance. Once created, you?ll get a nice data entry box when you click on ?Edit Title Block? once a border has been placed on a sheet. If you DO NOT want all your fonts to be the same in the title block, just be sure that particular block of text DOES NOT have the PEN STYLE selected to use the Class style ? this will allow you to use different fonts within the custom title block. Issue Manager In the SHEETS DATA button, you can click thru sheets and quickly update Title Block info. To change a global parameter, go to the Issue Manager and change something (a ?dummy? change that you?ll change back), let it work thru the set, ? the set will have updated?
  11. So in the event that you have a "stacked" stair, I was taught to show a "DN" arrow on the down run and an "UP" arrow on the up - how is this done in Europe?
  12. Try going to the Window Settings dialog box, then under the View tab, check "Use Part Line Styles" - you'll now have the opportunity to select line weights for the various parts of the window.
  13. Hi Gideon, Yes, sorry, I did it in 2009. Upgrade time! :-) BTW - cool avatar Wes
  14. If the roof was created by "Create Roof" dialog (not a roof face), it can be reshaped by using the 3D reshape tool by picking one of the blue nodes and pulling it out. If it's a Roof Face - double clicking takes you into Roof editing mode where you are basically editing a polygon by selecting one of the blue nodes
  15. I started with a 2D polygon shaped like a "U" in 2D top/plan view. I then converted the poly to a NURBS curve which provides you with the ability to go to a 3D front view. I then modified the NURBS curve (in Front view) by selecting a node and pulling it up. This shape becomes the PATH. I then created a molding profile (or you can use a "real" one from a supplier). Finally, I ran the "Extrude Along Path" command.
  16. Here's a quick extrude along path based on a NURBS curve
  17. As Christiaan points out, the "Shuttle File" method will provide you with the means to work efficiently without all the "messy" Acad layers cum classes. It'll also reduce file size... I think alot of folks will agree they never directly import an Acad file into their VW work. Wes
  18. Could it be that the Insertion Option for the particular wall style is set at 6'-6 3/8" causing the wall to be drawn at that height. Then if you tell VW to "Link to the delta Z" the wall will change to that height...
  19. Hey David, Is the layer "stacking order" set up such that your imported image is on the "bottom" otherwise it MIGHT mask what you're trying to draw. Also is your Layer Vis sets on something other than "Active Only"? Unfortunately I skipped from v10 to 2008 so I have no direct experience wit h12.5. Good luck Wes
  20. Hey Bill, As I'm sure you know, VW ships with a fair number already made. I tend to make them on the fly and end up classing all the various components so I can, let's say, dimension to face of stud or face of sheathing just by manipulating the class visibilities. Wes
  21. In the Door (or Window) Settings palette, under the VIEW tab try "Use Part Line Styles" to adjust your line weights for individual parts. The Attributes Palette for doors and windows should be set up thus: ? Fill Style-by Class, ? Fill Color-by Class, ? Pen Style-SOLID (NOT by Class), ? Pen Color-by Class ? Thickness (Line Weight)-NOT by Class ? These settings will allow the line weight set up in ?Use Part Line Styles? dialog to show correctly in sheet layers ? don?t forget to bump up ?Wall Lines? line weight for RCP (Controlled by Ceiling-Main Class)
  22. You can also take a square tube section from the Detailing Tools and extrude it
  23. PIO - Plug In Object OIP - Object Info Palette
  24. As MCH says, symbols help to reduce file size, maybe there's a good place to "break" and use workgroup referencing? Wes
  25. Same layer? Can you attach the file so we can try?


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