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Found 11 results

  1. AI rendering is an obvious feature to add to Vectorworks, but what about adding AI to the interface to assist with modelling? e.g. prompt: change plasterboard thickness of all Wall Styles in file to 15 mm
  2. Happy New Year All, Heres to 2023 helping us forget 2022 😄 The folks at https://www.evolvelab.io/ have come out with an interesting approach to the rendering game in CAD. https://www.evolvelab.io/veras Would be cool if Vectorworks could get ahead in this space, if they haven't already 😉 https://forum.evolvelab.io/t/rendering-exterior-cabin-the-rac-basic-model-sample-revit-model/493 One basic render > multiple text prompts > generated multiple versions in an instant. For those unfamiliar, prompts are text that are provided by the user to the AI generator, to trigger a response that the algorithm will interpret. So the text prompts are crucial in some instances. Base render. Prompts that adjust background images, weather, and textures on building. Prompt: modern minimal cabin, limestone, white walls, white ceiling, white cabinets, background forest during autumn Prompt: modern minimal concrete cabin, background forest during autumn Prompt: modern gray wood cabin, forest during summer Prompt: modern gray wood cabin, forest during winter, snow, blizzard, white oak flooring interior Prompt: muted colors, cabin in the woods, gray sky AERIAL SHOTS:
  3. Has anybody played around with writing Python scripts for VW using ChatGPT?
  4. All, What is happening with VW on the AI front? I would love to see some ability to input wall dimensions and/or ceiling heights into a dialog box, and have VW automatically render the basic shell. Leaving the designer more time to focus on the deeper design methodologies. Also, if someone can expound on what Nemetschek or Vectorworks plans are to add AI functionality into the future versions of VW, I would love to see the roadmap. It truly is amazing that AI is here, and I think it will all make our lives easier. Would love to here others thoughts on this. - Ryan
  5. I was curious to see what ChatGPT knew about VectorScript. (SInce "VectorScript", unlike "Python", is a pretty unambiguous language name.) I prompted the following: "Write a Vectorworks plug-in using the VectorScript language that creates a parametric pyramid of any size." Here's what it produced (in under a minute): Now, the code is rubbish, of course. It gets its inputs a little mixed up as to types, it seems to confuse the Str2Num() with RealDialog() calls, and it has a little trouble with the sequence of Cartesian coordinates in the Poly() call, among other things. The code won't run, but interestingly, to a casual reader, it kind of looks like a real VectorScript. When I was a kid, back in the mid 60s (pre-historic,) I read a book called Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine by Abrashkin and Williams about a precocious boy who thinks he can get a computer (mainframe at the time) to do his homework for him. ("Lazy programmer", indeed!) Turned out to be more work to write the code to do the work than just to do the work. I'm not sure why, but looking at the code that ChatGPT produced made me think of that kid-lit.
  6. If Vectorworks is "built with designers in mind" then it's going to need to dip its toes into generative design tools like this, that use artificial intelligence to reduce calculation legwork and free up architects to spend more time on creative tasks.
  7. Are any of these image-based AIs capable of transforming a horizontal stretcher bond brickwork (like the attached) into a stack-bonded soldier course texture?
  8. i was bored on a show so i decided to ask the ChatGPT from OpenAI to "build a python Vectorworks plugin that horizontally distributes all the selected items evenly" and this is what it spit out. interesting. # Import the Vectorworks Python API import Vectorworks as vw # Import the VWObjects module from Vectorworks.VWObjects import * # Define the plug-in class class CExamplePlugin: # Called when the plug-in is loaded def Load(self): # Get the selected objects selectedObjects = vw.selection.GetAllObjects() # Calculate the total width of the selected objects totalWidth = 0 for obj in selectedObjects: bounds = obj.GetBounds() totalWidth += bounds.GetRight() - bounds.GetLeft() # Calculate the space between the objects space = (totalWidth / len(selectedObjects)) - totalWidth # Distribute the objects horizontally for obj in selectedObjects: bounds = obj.GetBounds() obj.SetBounds(bounds.GetLeft() + space, bounds.GetTop(), bounds.GetRight() + space, bounds.GetBottom()) # Called when the plug-in is unloaded def Unload(self): # Clean up resources here pass # Create an instance of the plug-in class plugIn = CExamplePlugin()
  9. Hi Jim (or anyone else), I have a general question about the future of Vectorworks development. What is Vectorworks doing (if anything) with incorporating predictive analytics, and/or rule-based intelligence, and/or machine learning technologies into the functioning of Vectorworks? Bentley, Graphisoft, and Autodesk have all introduced predictive / intelligent tools in the last few years. These are all early forays into incorporating predictive analytics and/or intelligence into their overall toolsets. What is Vectorworks doing in this regard? I ask because I have really come to enjoy using Vectorworks, but I am on the fence committing to it as my primary design and BIM-authoring tool package. I followed Vectorworks development for a long time before starting to use it and my impression is that Vectorworks 6-7 years ago was not at all competitive with Revit, AECOsim, or ArchiCAD as a BIM authoring tool and as a design tool ( back then, it had 32-bit architecture, out-dated geometry kernel, limited 3d capabilities, limited support for IFC, limited/no scripting/graphical scripting capabilities, limited ability to handle large data sets, limited visualization capabilities, no building performance analysis, more problematic file exchange performance). In the last several years, Vectorworks has made up an incredible amount of ground at an incredible pace and is now as strong as or stronger than each of the other major tools in some ways. I'm not saying that Vectorworks is "the best program" in all areas. But I think that it is a very competitive BIM authoring tool. Right now it is an incredible value. And its focus on the user needs does seem to have yielded great, easy, fast, intuitive workflows. But the near future of BIM authoring tool development seems to be in reducing time to develop designs and improving design performance validation by incorporating predictive analytics and rule-based intelligence such that designers indicate design intent (for instance by laying out a stair, a road, a sketch line, a room, a roof line, etc. with some conceptual strokes) and then the program applies a combination of a set of rules and perhaps some learning about typical user preferences in order to instantaneously complete the geometry so that the designer may then evaluate the repercussions of the particular strategy on the overall design instantaneously. Graphisoft and Bentley have both introduced tools that offer this ability. In addition to its stair tool, Graphisoft also uses predictive technology to allocate computing resources more efficiently to speed up workflow. Bentley is probably leading with regard to automating and integrating context capture, automated conversion of point cloud data to usable models, and civil infrastructure design, and is also using predictive technology to improve its help assistant (Connect Advisor). Autodesk is deploying predictive analytics with regard to sketching and performance data management, among other applications. And yet a search of the Vectorworks Community forum yielded no results for "Vectorworks"+"predictive analytics" or +"rule-based intelligence", nor did a google search. So what is Vectorworks doing with predictive analytics and rule-based intelligence and machine learning? Is it staying competitive? Or will we realize over the next several years that Vectorworks has allowed a significant gap to develop with regard to predictive analytics and rule-based intelligent tools compared to its competitors and that it then has to close that gap in order to catch up with where the industry is? Thanks in advance for your response(s). Best, Joe
  10. Hello, I am on a Mac, use Illustrator and am able to create custom symbols that I can save as an eps and import into Vectorworks without pixeling or image distortion. I work as part of a team that needs to create custom symbols. Everyone else is on a windows PC and this does not work for them. For these folks, they get an error message that says I either don’t have the correct importer for that file type or I’m out of memory. We've attempted exporting multiple formats or copying/pasting from the clipboard. The files either come in without transparency, are low res, or are pixelated. What's the best way to import a vector image with transparency from a pc into vectorworks?
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