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Wes Gardner

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  1. 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...

  2. 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


  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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?

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. Further Magic can be performed such as counting items, adding a "Location" column to the Door or Window Schedule(s), creating a List of drawings the "sucks" its data from the title block info.... have some fun with it.

  9. Michael,

    You have stumbled upon some of the "black magic" that lies within this program...

    If you want to add columns of info into your Door or Window Schedules that are listed in the Window or Door Settings panes but are NOT listed in the "stock" Door/Window Schedule you need to, well...mess with things a bit.

    First familiarize yourself with adding/deleting columns in the Door/Window worksheets - this is also the place to edit the column names - create the schedule with the typical Tools >> Reports >> VA Create Schedule scenario. Place the schedule on the drawing and double click to open the worksheet.

    The fun begins now...to add a column click on a column header letter, go over to the top left(just under the red X and green check mark) and find the small "down" arrow's drop-down menu - go to INSERT >> Columns...Voila - new column

    To edit a Column Header Name - click in that cell and look up at the top left near the green check mark - this is where you can edit the name.

    Now the black magic - to get Sill Description info to flow from the Window Settings pane to the Window Schedule you need to know the Database Header code for this info - you'll find it in Tools >> Scripts >> VectorScript Plug-In Editor - scroll down and find Window and Click on Parameters (have I lost you yet?) the two columns you're interested in are Name and Alternate Name - Alternate Name is the one listed in the Window Settings pane, Name is the one you'll enter into the Database Header row as "code". They will not be the same name as is the case here. So find Sill Description under Alternate Name and WindowSill under Name - got it? Now back to the worksheet. Under the small "down" arrow near the red X find Database Headers hover over it and it will activate. click in one of the row's individual cells and observe the "code" there - this is the magic we're after. Now cut and paste code from one of the adjacent cells into your newly created column's Database Header cell (it's just easier to cut and paste to get alot of the formula - you don't need to do this, just insure you include the equals signs and periods where appropriate) . Modify it to read =(Window.WindowSill) Voila - now the data will flow...Remember the text entered has to be EXACTLY right or it won't work - you'll need to practice this a bit I suspect - I did MANY times.

    FYI - you need to RECALCULATE to see changes...that is done under that same small "down" arrow. My e-mail is wgardner@vectorworks.net if I can be of further help.

  10. I concur - however, if I draw a wall and place a window in it I CAN see the hinge direction on both sides (oriented correctly as I flip the wall from "Front" to "Back" - my test wall is a simple unstyled wall with a casement window in it - I used a "NEW" file - the classes that are "ON" are Dims, None and Sills

    What I'd like to see is a small red (or pick your color) reference arrow pointing "OUT" when I place my windows - in several of my projects I "paint" the jambs, sills etc. on the exterior and have had to flip several windows...

    I thought I caught a pair of outswing "French" doors NOT being able to accept color on the exterior - I'll need to go back for a bit and check that out.

    My last project I did just that - dashed lines for hinge direction as I didn't want them to show in perspective or rendered views.

  11. In the Design Layer, when you double click on a window and the Window Settings dialog box opens, under the "Parts" settings, do you see the hinge direction shown?

    I assume the windows are NOT fixed glass...

    If they're Custom sash, there's another place (in the Custom sash pane) where you need to select the operation - i.e. left casement, etc.


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