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Wes Gardner

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  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Hi Gideon, Yes, sorry, I did it in 2009. Upgrade time! :-) BTW - cool avatar Wes
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Here's a quick extrude along path based on a NURBS curve
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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)
  13. You can also take a square tube section from the Detailing Tools and extrude it
  14. PIO - Plug In Object OIP - Object Info Palette
  15. As MCH says, symbols help to reduce file size, maybe there's a good place to "break" and use workgroup referencing? Wes
  16. Same layer? Can you attach the file so we can try?
  17. If you use the Hardscape Tool, try a simple test in a new document by just drawing a simple shape then just go to Tools >> Report >> Create Reports and create a report... one of the many fields is "Main Area" which will give you what you need.... It might also be helpful if you'd post up what system you use, etc. in your sig.
  18. Hey CW, You may want to submit a bug on the double hung window issue... Wes
  19. Hey sketcher, In the Attributes Palette - go to where you can pick your arrowheads and at the bottom should be "Edit Marker List" - in there is a button for "Half Tick" Hope this helps Wes
  20. Hi Allison, Could it be you've turned OFF AutoClassing and the class the window is ending up in has black fill? Maybe post up a sample file and we'll "work" on it... Wes
  21. Hey C W, You may want to contact Tech - they might want you to attach/send them the file to "proof" it for a bug or not... Wes
  22. Actually "Nudge" is pretty cool You can nudge by pixel using Shift + Arrow keys OR You can nudge by a user defined distance using Apple + Arrow keys - set the distance by going to VectorWorks Preference and at the bottom find Move Objects: Choose "By Custom Distance" and enter what you want...
  23. The way I do it is go ahead and create Gross Poly from walls then use the Offset command to reduce the size of the poly...in my case on this last project, I had 7/8" thick siding + 1/2" sheathing - added together equaled 1 3/8" so I just reduced the size of the Gross Poly using the Offset scenario by 1 3/8" resulting in a poly I could then turn into a Floor Object and model my project correctly....
  24. Additionally, You'll need to know the overall thickness of the wall, divide by two then subtract the thickness of the siding + sheathing and that's the number you enter into the Control Offset data field. Find this at Wall Prefs. >> Insertion Options >> Control Offset. If you just enter a number in Control Offset, you are offsetting from the center of the wall NOT the face... Hope this helps
  25. Here's something from the NNA KnowledgeBase... http://kbase.nemetschek.net/index.php?ToDo=view&questId=163&catId=29


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