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  1. My question is in reference to the ability to make a specific viewport print in Black and White. By this I mean that there would be a couple viewports on a sheet that I would still want to plot normal/in color. I am imaging the ability to change to black and white per viewport as more of a 'render mode' type of thing, and not a global override for an entire file/sheet. Thanks for the other suggestions though.

  2. I think it would really be helpful if there were a way to access the date and issue info better through the issue manager. It would be great if there were a way to see all the old date and issue info in a window as part of the Issue Manager windows. I often have to go through the data pane of the OIP to go back and tweak or eliminate some of this info on sheets. This gets the job done, but can be cumbersome going through all the different fields.


  3. I am having issues with several projects that I am saving up from VW11 to VW12. I have come across several files that I need to update a reference link in a VW12 file that is linked to a VW11 drawing. I understand saving up the old doc to current format and do that often. However, there are many times when I want to simply repath the old file to a newer version of the doc that might be in a different location. When I try to go into the Update option in the WGR window, I get the warning that I need to save up the old linked file. It would be great if that warning window could be accompanied by an option button to repath the file to a current version. For whatever reason, I no longer get the warning message about repathing when I open the file. I really prefer not having this initial warning message, but I still need a way to get in and repath.

  4. Another quick question:

    Is there a fast and easy way to make a specific viewport print in black and white without having to use the document preferences to turn the whole drawing to black & white? I've run into this on a couple different sheets I was going to print.

    If not, I'll put a post up in the wish list board. It would make a great choice as one of the render pull down options in the OIP for viewports.

  5. Does anyone have experience working with Revit? We are talking to a potential employee that has experience using it, and I am trying to get some background on the program. I know it uses the BIM approach, but any additional thoughts on it will be appreciated. I'm trying to get a handle on its strengths and weakness as they relate to VW.


  6. It would be great if the fillet tool could be improved. I use it a lot when drawing polylines for parking lots in site plans.

    It would be great if it had the power to see beyond or be able to override the consecutive point issue that plagues it now. I spend a lot of time removing vertexes in my shapes to be able to use it.

    The other big improvement would be to have it the fillet tool be able to fillet a line to an arc within the polyline shape. I usually end up wasting time clipping circles and squares to add in, etc to get the shape I need.

  7. Jan,

    I used to use layers like you are describing, but we have started using classes more to arrange our drawings. We have also been working more in shown/snap/modify more when working with layers too. Because of this, we are coming into more circumstances where the stacking selection thing could be helpful.

    For me personally, I would rank the ability to 'suppress selection' as more important than the ability to drill down and select further back items.

  8. I'll chime in. It took me a little while to get through all the posting, but I'm on board for both recommendations. Being able to hold a key to suppress selection and not lose things selected, etc. would be great. Another thought on selecting buried objects would be to have a mode in the selector bar that would force a 'highlight' around the object below the cursor. I'm thinking of something that looks like what happens in the auto wall join function. When in this mode, hitting the space bar/command/shift or something would shift the highlight to the next closest object, or the next closest object under the cursor at the time. You would then be able to select that object, regardless of whether it was behind something else. It wouldn't be a mode you wanted to be in all the time necessarily, but something you could pop in and out of quickly. I constantly pop in and out of the first two modes on the selector bar now, the anti-resize mode and the insert-symbol-in-wall mode now, and love them.

    Jan & DDD, are these ideas compatible with the other thoughts above?

  9. Is there an easy way to create a grouping of multiple windows using the window PIO controls? I usually make multiple windows and place them next to each other, but it would be really nice to be able to move them as one object in a wall, and not have to go through the time of making a custom symbol.

  10. We find the workgroup referencing and viewports essential to the way we work. The increased capabilities of these areas in VW12 are very important to us, but we also need these areas to be improved.

    We have also upgraded on a relatively regular basis. Keeping current with the software has helped to reduce major downtime between versions for us.

  11. Bruce,

    This happens most to us when we have multiple reference files referenced to one file to print from (kinda AutoCad style).

    Part of the problem might come from the fact that we also have our reference files referenced. (plan-1 referenced into plan-2 and plan-3 and vice versa, for example). All these files are then referenced into a sheet file "A-2.1". Since a common symbol like "Unit Plan-A" is referenced to multiple files, it has trouble updating in the A-2.1 file.

    I should mention that this is happening to us on townhome projects, and that we have also been changing our drawing setup approach to use classes more, and layers less in the past month. We are putting all floor plans for a building into one file, hopefully cutting down on some of these problems.

    On projects already setup, we have found that the best way to deal with this is to delete all our symbols from the "sheet file" we are working from. Since this sheet file doesn't have any native symbols in it, it's a quick step to nuke all the symbols out of the file, and reload all the reference files again.

    I agree that it would be nice to not have to deal with these steps when updating reference files.

  12. We just bought a HP Designjet 130 for our office (Mac OS X.4.4). We have light color output we need it to handle, and it has been working well so far. I posted some comments on the 'Mac Compatible Plotter' thread about it as well. We are using an older iMac to function as a print server for the plotter. The HP rep also recommended the HP postscript driver to help. I think the 130 is going to be less expensive than the 500. It is limited to a 24" wide roll, but that is coming to cover all we need it for. We bought a roll of HP coated paper to print on, and color is very sharp. This plotter really seems more like an overblown desktop printer (with a roll feed and stand) than plotters I have used in the past. Color and line output is sharp on coated paper, and seems consistant with HP inkjet printers producing output at the 720-1440 dpi.

  13. I did a test print of an 24x36 color site plan (maybe 1/5 or the page was colored) of a pdf made from VW. I think it probably took under 5 minutes to process and print.

    I did have trouble with one print a few days ago where it had garbled part of the text and linework. In speaking to the HP tech, he mentioned this could be a postscript issue, and that I may want to look into the postscript driver instead of the standard one for HP. I honestly haven't had time to follow up on that yet.

    We bought this printer as a supplement for large format color, and not our primary source of output. We do 99% of our black and white printing through a local service bureau. I just wanted to mention this because our needs are probably less than a lot of other users out there.

    Hope this helps.

  14. Another update on the 130. I was getting ready to throw it out the window over the weekend. I waited until Monday morning to talk to HP tech support. They were able to walk me through the Maintenance Utility install. It involved deleting a couple files and running a reinstall. Worked great. I was having serious printing/paper jam issues as well. Unfortunately, those were completely a user setup error related to the roll feed. It did take over an hour to go through everything, but the plotter printed great at the end of it.

  15. So far so (pretty) good with the new hp 130 on a mac network. We having it hooked up via usb to an older iMac. It seems to be sharing the printer fine with our other computers on the network. Test print came out fine on 11x17. I still have to hook up the roll feeder for 24x36.

    The only problem that came up is that the installation crashes every time I try to install the hp sys utility from the accompanying cd. I also can't run the utility feature for the 130 via printer setup utility. I'm not sure how big an issue that will be.

  16. I have a suggestion to help with the layer linking/file referencing areas in VW.

    It would be very helpful if the options that appear for a layer link that show up in the OIP could be expanded to include the 'layer' and 'class' buttons (similar to those present for viewports). Case in point- I had to update the layer names of a plan file I had referenced and layer linked into another drawing. I lost all the layers in my layer links when I changed layer names. I don't expect a magic fix for that part of the problem. However, if the layer link could still be selected (as an empty link, similar to an empty viewport) with the class and layer buttons in the OIP, I could go to my layer links that I had placed, copied, rotated, and aligned in my destination file and update the layers I wanted to be there. This would save a tremendous amount of time and effort in redoing setup work.

    If you could also incorporate the crop feature into layer links (similar to viewports), you would be able to address a vast majority of my complaints and problems of Vectorworks lesser Referencing capabilities compared to ACad and Microstation.

  17. We just bit the bullet and ordered a HP 130 for our office. We strongy considered the Epson 7800, but decided to go with the less expensive option. One other consideration we weighed was that HP's 69ml ink is cheaper than Epson's 110 ml cartriages (per average ml cost). Epson's 220ml cartriages are cheaper than HP's 69ml per ml, but we don't plan to do a huge amount of plotting. We use a service bureau for all our B&W, and just need the plotter for color and emergency in house plots.

    Anyway, the plotter should be here within a week or so. I will post a reply with our experiences with the 130.

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