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Wes Gardner

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  1. Hi Robert,

    As J Lucas suggests, you should use the power of referencing to get the job done (it will also keep the file size to a minimum).

    Yes, you will be able to "cut" all of your elevations and sections from the "master" file (the one with all the buildings and site incorporated into it)

    You might want to do a small test file first so you "get the hang" of referencing and manipulating the viewports.

    Let us know how it goes.


  2. Like Mike says, extrudes will get you there, I've also used extrudes for beams, etc. and in several cases, made a hybrid symbol with the extrude for 3D and a dashed rectangle for 2D.

  3. Hi Brent...

    It's fairly straight forward - select your roof and dormer to make them active (to select multiple objects, hold the shift key down then click on the object) You should then be able to go to MODEL >> 3D Power Pack and choose "Create Drape Surface" - you'll get a dialog box that basically is asking for how fine a "mesh" you want in your drape, maybe try the defaults at first and see if they're suitable. The drape is a 3D element so it can be textured - the texture I used is a stock Vectorworks texture called "Shingle Wood Irregular". This can be applied by dragging it out of the Resource Browser and onto your drape. (You may have to first get it from the Library) You may have to adjust it's Mapping in the Object Info Palette so it maps ACROSS rather than DOWN the slope of the roof - play with it a bit.

  4. 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). The ?Sills? class can turn off the door swing for RCP?s

  5. I use Saved Views a fair amount when switching from designing/building the model to viewing - I get Saved Views to do all the work for me in turning on the appropriate Classes and Layers, toggling on Stack Layers, setting the camera view, etc.

    Also, when demonstrating files, I can get the correct amount of zoom, centering, etc. making the demo smooth and reliable.

  6. Hi Matt,

    If you go to Document Settings >> Document Preferences and choose the Dimension button then hit Custom and create and Edit a new dimension style, you can probably get the look you're after.

  7. The "Bat" dormer settings seem to have some issues...the piece of wall above the springline of the curved-top window doesn't seem to model correctly. The dormer returns don't seem to model at all...

    I've submitted a bug.

  8. Up at the top left find "New Reply" - type your text answer in the text box - look near the bottom left and find "File Manager", you'll get to a dialog box where you can browse to the drawing you want to attach and then click on Add File, when you're finished click on Done Adding Files.


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