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mr. iagea

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    Architectural Designer, Educator
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    San Francisco, CA
  1. I agree with gmm. I suggest using the Roof Face command instead. Start by creating discrete polygons for each roof face you want to create, then run the command on each polygon. You will have better control and are not limited to the somewhat annoying hip roofs that the Create Roof command limits one to.
  2. Thanks for responding, Wes. Yup, I get those too. But in my case, the home run marker tag is nearly a half-page away. Try making a circuit that is much bigger than that, say over an entire 40' x 40' room, using recessed light fixtures and a wall switch. It's quite odd. The other issue was due to the documentation being unclear about how to properly use the Tool. After much trial and error, I've solved the problem.
  3. I have given up completely on using links in the provided HTML help pages. They just don't work. Not on Firefox, not on Safari, not at all. Maybe somebody should write a help document for the help pages. :grin:
  4. I've noticed two issues since updating to SP4. Neither of these very basic things were happening before I updated. I've trashed my Prefs. This is repeatable. Check out the attached file "wrongtacle.vwx". 1. When duplicating any polyline or polygon, and then rotating it, the duplicate retains the width and height settings for the original, rather than showing the correct dimensions. For example, If I had a 2" wide x 3" high rectangle, and then I duplicate that and rotate it 90 degrees, the OIP shows a rectangle with the same 2w x 3h dimensions, rather than the correct 3w x 2h dimensions of the rotated duplicate. And, if I change the width numeral in the OIP, the height of the rectangle changes. 2. When re-naming (or creating new and then renaming) sheet layers, the layer list does not reflect the new name. I actually need to quit the program and re-open the file for the name to properly show up in the layer list. Anyone? Thanks,
  5. Hi all. Been away a while, and now SP4 is on us. Hooray for that. Circuiting question: The whole thing, really. I placed a panel (mistakenly on a sheet layer at first, which resulted in VW telling me I didn't have any panels at all when I went to create a Panel Report!). Fixed that by putting the panel on a design layer. Now, I'm still a bit confused. I've created all my outlets and lighting, and then I use the Circuit Tool to run circuits, but when I do, two awful things happen. 1. When I place a Home Run Marker, the label is way off somewhere else on the drawing. That makes no sense. What's up with that? 2. Even though I've only created one circuit (or so I thought) I now have four circuit records, and they're all different. When I select "Check voltages...", VW tells me the voltages are incorrect and would I like to overwrite the existing data. To which I mutter..."Existing data...?". I tell you: I really just need to create path lines between my fixtures, and VW has made this process way more complicated than it needs to be. Since I need to actually get some work done, I'll end up building my circuit and panel schedules more quickly and accurately by just typing them in an Excel sheet and importing them that way. Is there a good explanation of how to use the circuiting features? The manual's instructions, which I followed to the letter, resulted in my current state of confusion. Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks!
  6. good stuff. thanks, mike!
  7. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the 3D axis lines (the light blue lines running through the middle of the image) that are rendering in this camera view using hidden line? (See attached) Thanks! PS: I tried turning off "Show 3D axis labels" in the prefs.
  8. I just really need to get the Issue Manger working correctly, and at this point, it is not. I cannot enter new Issues because only old deleted ones are showing up on the sheets. The Issue Manger is having issues. Anyone know how to get this to work correctly, without me having to go into each individual sheet and enter the same data 28 times?
  9. We really need a way to get at the Issue Manager data and edit it. I am constantly frustrated by "old" issue entries, which had been deleted from my sheets, overriding my new entries, or being printed when I'm trying to add a new entry. In particular, I'm referring to a more efficient method of dealing with ALL the entries. Currently, to remove and old entiry, I need to individually delete it from each sheet title block where it resides. With documents that are 20+ sheets, this can be very tedious. It would be better to be able to see all the sheets' entries in a single location, and manage the entries that way.
  10. That's what I was planning on. I can grab my prefs from the backup. But, I just wanted to be sure which folders I should replace with the older ones. My thinking is this: Vectorworks 2009 application folder [Libraries (both User and System)] > Application Support > Vectorworks > Vectorworks 2009. ...and the Prefs, of course. I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything. (and yes, I did trash my prefs when I updated. I would just like an explanation of why the redraw has slowed down so dramatically (ha! fat chance! )
  11. So, how's it going with that SP3 Update? Here's what I've noticed on my machine: I updated, then immediately noticed a dramatic slowdown in overall responsiveness. So, I then ran some disk utilities, updated all my PIO's (and reset them, too, which caused numerous beams to magically displace themselves all over the building..that was a joy to track down.) and that seemed to fix it, sort of, and temporarily. After a few hours of working, I have a general sluggishness again. The sluggishness is most noticeable when zooming in and out of my drawing, which is something I do several hundred times a day, so it's starting to get annoying. This afternoon I noticed the biggest thing yet: stacking all my floor layers and then rendering in OpenGL (also something I do a lot, with never a delay in SP2), took a full 68 seconds! What's that about? It was nearly instantaneous in SP2. This is repeatable. In SP2 I did not have any speed issues at all, and I was working full days without having to restart. I was able to perform all these functions (yes, even the OpenGL stack layer thingy) without any noticeable speed hit. I'd like to go back to SP2. At least it was stable. How do I do that? I do have a backup taken literally moments before I updated, but I'm uncertain what to back-date. Seems like there were lots of plug-ins replaced as well as the app itself. Is there a list? Can NNA please publish a list of what was updated and how to go back to SP2? Anyone else having these or any other issues? Thoughts? Thanks!
  12. mr. iagea

    SP3 Install

    Thanks, Jim, I will do that.
  13. It's important to keep in mind that layer links are superseded by DLVPs in v2008 Design Series. They can no longer be created, but can still be viewed (when created in files from earlier versions). Just an FYI, if you're working in v2008 or 2009.
  14. mr. iagea

    SP3 Install

    I'm still having slow zooming and viewport updating after updating to SP3. Even navigation seems to have slowed down some. It's really noticeable now, and I cannot work for longer than a couple of hours before I have to clear out caches and restart the app. Occasionally when I select a VP for updating, click the update button, nothing happens. This is also new. I've already run disk utilities after updating, as well as updated my plug-ins and reset them all. I did not have this problem with SP2. Anyone else experiencing this? Thanks!
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