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  1. I've been using the rotate view tool a lot lately and find it very handy. However, I'm running into a little glitch when holding down the shift key in order to constrain an angle for a line or wall to extend it from a handle. The line/wall tends to jump out into space instead of holding the angle properly. The extension works fine once the view is shifted back to regular plan view.

  2. I just realized a problem with referenced design layers that are coming into Design Layer Viewports in another (target) file. If you move the page location in the original referenced file, the design layers in a design layer viewport in the target file also move as soon as the reference file is updated. This is a very big pain when reference files back and forth for layout and coordination. I would strongly recommend that VW not take the page location into account and stick with the origin location (that which the grid rulers go by). Should the origin be relocated, it would seems reasonable to me that the layers shift at that point.

    Also, I just updated to 2008 SP2, not sure if that plays into this issue at all.

  3. Is there any way to "explode" a worksheet? I love using them in VW, and often have to send stuff to Revit or Autocad. The ability to convert a worksheet to lines and text would be extremely useful since they can't be exported as a spreadsheet to other CAD formats.

  4. Christiaan & Pete,

    Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. We are switching the bulk of our design and documentation work from VW to Revit. We have gone through several training classes, and feel that Revit has the power to effective handle BIM for project documentation. Part of this decision was influenced by one member of our office that came from a firm that was the first in town to start using Revit several years ago. Teamwork on a project, as well as the additional power of the program were extremely important concerns for us. From everything we see, Revit does a really good job with both. We also had to consider that we are a primarily mac based office, and are running windows on Parallels desktop for a couple of the machines.

    Revit handles teamwork by letting you divide a project up into worksets. These are totally definable by the user- interior, exterior, structure, west wing, east wing as examples. There is a Central Project file on a server. Each user has a child version of the file on their local computer. There is a "Save to Central" command that pushes your changes back to the Central file. It takes active management to coordinate who owns different areas of a project, but we see that as part of collaboration, and far better than any current options in VW.

    I mentioned that we are going to use Revit for most of our work. We plan to continue to use VW for site planning, as it's tools are much better for presentation and layout than the current package in Revit.

  5. Couple things from training. Revit has some pretty powerful spreadsheet capabilities. Room, Finish, Window, Door, Area schedules are just the beginning. Not only that, they are bi-directional. Should you select a door in the schedule, it can highlight the door in the view window (plan, section, axon) and can be changed to a different type directly from the schedule (changed in the model). One extremely nice things it has it the view control window. It allows for extremely efficient browsing through views in a project. Like saved Views, but a lot better, and ready to go out of the box and self generating as new views are added. Plan and Elevation views, Details, Schedules, Sheets, perspective and more are all immediately accessible from this menu.

    One of the biggest issues we face is our projects will have more than one person working on them, often at the same time. Revit really takes advantage of having all sheets, drafting, and modelling in one file. We continue to experiment with ways to set up projects in VW, but are coming to the conclusion that this is a really good approach. We have to have the ability for two or more people to work on the project/model at the same time. Revit's approach is a little complicated, but at least it is possible. This is quickly becoming a deal breaker for us using VW.

    All this said, VW is still superior for us for quick 2D sketching and site planning.

    I am posting these comments here not to try to convince folks to switch away to Revit, but to generate feedback on important features VW will need to consider should they want to be/remain a serious contender in the BIM world.

  6. All,

    We are taking a hard look at Revit instead of VW. I am currently going through a 3 day intensive Revit training course. I have to say that the latest version of Revit is extremely impressive, across the board. I hope that there may be some added improvements to VW from the recent acquisition of Archicad. However, it really feels like Revit is several significant steps ahead in the BIM world. It may not be a totally fair comparison between the two platforms taking price into account, etc. However, the biggest issue holding us back is probably the fact that our office runs on macs, and that we would have to get all new computers. I've been frustrated for years that VW has always been a good program, but seems to be able to 90% of the BIM type things required to really do a full project well. That last 10% always seemed like such a huge difference. I'm sure I'll be getting into Revit's own quirks and setbacks, but the interface just seems so much tighter and better thought out than VW. We're not jumping ship yet, but it has been a very insightful couple of days.

  7. We've been experiencing some similar problems with corrupted files. They seem to only occur for one of our users who is on an intel iMac accessing files across a network. We just upgraded from 10.4.7 to 10.4.8 for that machine the other day. Problems seem to have stopped for now.

  8. Tom,

    File just emailed. Per my email, I was trying to edit the issue date on the title block by using the Issue Manager to update it with a new issue date and remark. I don't know how to add multiple lines to a field in the OIP Data pane if there is only one line present. Hitting return takes you to the next field.

    Project and Sheet Data were not showing up when I tried to edit one of the default title blocks with the Issue Manager.

  9. We have trouble printing to PDF with Acrobat on certain VW files. These tend to be files that were converted from VW 11. Same issue- Acrobat just goes directly to saving the file without asking where to send it too. Haven't been able to track them down in the machine. Only work around I have found is to do a save as postscript and take the file to Distiller. Doesn't help much when you are trying to batch plot. I've noticed that when this happens, there isn't a PDF Options selection available from the print settings pull down menu in the print dialog. Not sure if this is a VW bug or an Acrobat one. Discussed it to some degree in a previous post and never really came up with an answer.

  10. I'm running into some new problems with the Issue Manager Tool. I use a custom title block that worked fine in VW12, but in 12.5 here is what is happening- When I go to add an issue date, it overwirtes the previous issue date in that field. There is no way I can see to get it to add another date in addition to what was shown previously (as it used to do). I went into a new file and tried inserting a new VW standard title block and tried updating its info with the Issue Manager to see if it was just my custom title block. Issue Manager only gave me an option to update the issue and date, and not project or sheet info. It wouldn't change the date or issue info after trying to enter something in and clicking okay.

    Anyone else having problems with this?

  11. I'm missed most of the other thread, and agree for the need to control that snappabiility controls per layer would be really helpful. I think the best way to handle this would be to have another column in the Nav palette for "Snapability". This would allow for total custom snap control per individual layers, greyed or otherwise. Also, as a short term workaround, have you tried putting the greyed layer you want to not snap in just a top view (assuming the other layers are in Top/Plan)? Since layers in different orientations won't snap to each other, this might provide a semi-efficient short term fix, depending on what kind of 2D/3D info you have on that layer.

  12. We second Kaare's recommendation/wish to have associated dims work in viewports. We find putting all our notes and dimension in them as our best option. We toyed with putting dimensions in the design layers to take advantage of associated dims, but we often reference the same drawings at diffferent scales on sheet layers, and don't want to mess with mulitple classes for dims at different scales.

  13. Christiaan, Pete, and all,

    The rotate view feature is still very high on our wish list too. Autocad had it as a UCS rotate feature, and Microstation had it as an even easier tool command. I am wondering if VW's slowness to incorporate has something to do with the difference in 2D vs 3D elements in the program. I don't think the other programs had this difference. Everything had 3D coordinates, which probably made it a simply matter to just change a view and not affect the position of any of the drawing elements. We all know that 2D elements "drop out" when you go into a iso or perspective view in VW- kind of like they are in their own "paper" or "sheet" space. (unless you are projecting 2D objects in a layer link) I'm guessing that VW might have to change some of this 2D behaviour to address the rotate view feature.

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