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Wes Gardner

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  1. On a Mac it's Apple K...so maybe on a PC it's Control K...? Didn't there used to be a command "Symbol to Group" or something similar
  2. Rather than drawing on the Sheet Layer and having to do the math to convert to scale, you may want to try double clicking on the red candy cane stripe of the Viewport on the Sheet Layer which brings up a dialog where you can edit Annotations - this allows you to draw at the scale of the Viewport. From what I can tell, the only "drawing" I do on the Sheet Layer is to place the Border and title Block. Everything else is "imported" via a viewports and placed on the Sheet Layer - sorta that "presentation board" concept. The concept of scaling a Design Layer may be a "Legacy" thing as there were no viewports years ago. Seems now you could draw at 1:1 on Design Layers and then "throw a scale on it" when bringing the Viewport onto a Sheet Layer. What you could have done with your text experiment is on the Design Layer create a Viewport and place it on the Sheet Layer at a scale of 1:48 - I think then you would have gotten the results you expected. From an AutoCAD perspective - Design Layers = Model Space and Sheet Layers = Paper Space...I'm no AutoCAD guy so I really can't expound too much more with that...
  3. Also, in Design Layers you can't have Stack Layers on if you want to Show/Snap/Modify Others...
  4. Hey Brooke, To be honest, my knowledgebase has a big gap in it - I jumped from v10 to 2008 consequently I'm not entirely sure how/what the workflow is for 12.52. Certainly islandmon's methodology is sound. In '08 once I've created a Sheet Layer, I can go to page set-up and pick a size, say ArchD (24"x36") and then go to my Dims/Notes tool set, grap a border (that auto-sizes for the selected page set-up) pop it on the sheet, then in the OIP, select a Title Block and voila! There are some other automated features in Document Setup. Sorry for any confussion
  5. You're on the right path - Sheet Layers is where Title Blocks and Borders should go. Their scale is 1:1. Think of them as a presentation board - you can have different views at different scales and different rendering modes on your "board." As you've seen, the Viewport can be scaled to fit your design ideas on the sheet. You can then use Class Overrides within a viewport to manipulate the line weight, color, etc. I typically place my base dimensions (most of the exterior dims) on the Design Layer - I can then toggle them on and off for views that don't require dimensions (like presentation plans) or an electrical plan maybe.
  6. You can "grab" a script from one file and import it to another by going to the Resource Browser, finding the VectorScript Palette (folder) double click to open and that's where your scripts are stored for that file, in your new file use the Import function to tranfer your script to the new file
  7. I tried moving a plan viewport and it had no effect - rock solid stable and same results with a section viewport - even if I move the section viewport, the plan stays in-tact, same the other way 'round I'm on a Mac? In theory, platform shouldn't have a thing to do with it...but that's THEORY?? Sorry, I can't make mine mess up...
  8. Can you be a little more specific, when you say "move" is that just relocate on same sheet or create another sheet and move it there (or another scenario?) and move which, a section viewport or a plan viewport? And yes, I'd be glad to help.
  9. You CAN locate your section lines in the plan viewports of your final drawings. Here's how - Go to one of your section sheets, single click the viewport there, go to Section Line Instances in the OIP, toggle the button to show you the list of VIEWPORTS, select the plan viewport you wish to have your section "bug" occur on and Voila! You may have to "mess around" (technical term) to get your class visibilities where you want them but that's how it's supposed to work If you send me your e-mail, I'll attach a file (residential scale) showing this process Wes
  10. My understanding is that things 3D cannot be shown as dashed. What I do for beams, etc. overhead is make a hybrid symbol with the extrude being the 3D component and let's say a rectangle (dashed line) making up the 2D element - combine into Symbol and voila!
  11. I can't get it to happen for me...I wonder if it's some sort of platform-specific thing? I'm on a Mac.
  12. With things architectural the Space Tool gathers information as you've seen within the "Set Additional Data." This is the location for entering room finishes for floors, walls and ceilings - the data can then flow to Room Finish Schedules, Door & Window Schedules, etc. depending on how they are set up and what data you are interested in displaying.
  13. What I have done with, for instance, the Window-Spec class is make it a unique color, then when I assign my Window ID numbers, it becomes a visual clue that they are in the correct class so I don't have surprises down the road when I go to make presentation plans (where I typically don't show the window ID info) vs. CD-type drawings were I DO want that info to show...
  14. Michael, Have you got your section info worked out...once a section has been cut and placed on a sheet, you need to go to the Object Info Palette (OIP) and as CS1 suggests, down near the bottom is a "button" called Section Line Instances - this is where you can tell VectorWorks on which drawings (Sheets) to place your section markers... Is this what you're looking for?
  15. Real architects don't use gutters! Ha, just kidding
  16. I kind of think of saved Views as my drawing manager - it manages layers and classes. For example, if I'm working on a particular portion of the drawing, I can turn off certain elements and save the view. I can then create a Saved View with ALL elements turned on (including stacked layers) so I can quickly toggle between where I'm working and the entire drawing...
  17. I have used Jonathan's method and also agree it would be cool to have an "Interior ElevationMaker" "bug" that you dropped into a room and a dialog box would allow further refining of height/depth etc. resulting in four elevations placed on a sheet layer of your choice.
  18. Nice script Pat... beats the flang out of my 267 word diatribe!
  19. Mine seems to work fairly effortlessly...could it be a video card thing?
  20. Perhaps a small red (or pick your favorite color) arrow indicating which way is "out" when inserting a window - obviously it wouldn't print...
  21. Michael, Let us know how it turns out. Yes, agree, we are still not to the point where we can click a mouse and have the program design the building (or I haven't yet found that resource in VW) ;-) Wes
  22. When going thru the same steps, mine retains the settings of both layers and classes from the design layer where I last worked. In that particular file, are the design layers set-up with just "Active Only" as the pref?
  23. I like it! Anything improving the graphic quality of our work is what I'm after. I think NNA has done a "bang up" job of providing some very fine tools - yes, there's room for improvement but it is my opinion that this graphically rich environment is what separates us from the pack. Your scheme as outlined, I believe you'll have the most flexibility and control over the "look and feel" of your work.
  24. Ha! Yep, it did take me a few words to say "Open the worksheet, insert this code" didn't it...


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