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  1. Good morning everyone, Not sure if this is possible but I thought someone might have discovered a way to do it... My workflow right now for setting up viewports (usually plans) is to control class appearances through a data visualization preset so it's consistent and easy to apply, and then turning on / off class visibilities in the "Classes" options under the Viewport OIP. On every plan viewport, I turn off all the wall component classes so that the walls default to their class appearance. (ie, all new walls are drawn under the WALL-NEW class which is a white fill with a .35 black line). I learned this trick from, I think, a @Wes Gardner video. This is great for simplifying the drawing and making it easier to read but it's a pain for dimensioning when we are dimensioning from structure and not finished faces. It would be wonderful if I could setup a data visualization that would alter both the appearance of the classes AND also the class visibility in the viewport. I like working on the annotations in full colour / detail and it would be grand if with one selection I could set all the visibilities / visual properties for viewport when I'm done or need to switch between the two. I know I can accomplish this with the eyedropper tool but it makes it hard to keep things consistent throughout multiple projects and I have to remember to keep one viewport always set to the "final look" to pull from. Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks folks!
  2. I'm in the process of migrating from Revit. Currently I'm trying to figure out class naming standards and so forth. I've found the standards sub folder within the VectorWorks program folders and libraries using the Windows file browser. However, when I go to my resource browser and look for the standards folder there, no luck. ?? using the windows file browser I've opened up the ClassNameStds.sta folder and am able to peruse it's contents. I think I want to create another column for my own standard. Or maybe copy this file and just change the lineweights and colors. What exactly is an *.STA file, how is a new one made, and how does it get connected with the "Standard Naming" command? What's going on under the hood? Thanks, Rudy Beuc
  3. Hi everyone, I would like to be able to write scripts that change objects on a given layer/class. I will want to do things like: changing fill or pen colour/thickness or switching a particular layer/class off. Can you please advise me whether there is a good example of a similar script out there that I could have a look at and use as a guideline when adjusting to fit my needs? Thank you very much!!
  4. Hello Vectors, Recently I had a file where I wanted to overrule the class settings because no symbols were set by the class. At that point, I tried clicking the checkbox hoping that all classes were set "by class". Unfortunately nothing happens. Now I'm currently working with an other file where I did the same thing, and yes, I finally had the popup I needed. Can someone explain to me when and when you don't get this popup?
  5. The NBS team have just announced an update to their Uniclass tables. The updated tables can be found here https://www.thenbs.com/-/media/uk/files/zip/uniclass/uniclass-all-2021-01.zip?la=en As part of our ongoing preparation of Vectorworks resources for our clients and customers, we have just updated the BS1192/ISO19650 compatible class library previously issued, namely Uniclass Table EF to v1.8 and attach it for your information and comment. All amendments and revisions to classes are noted in Red. The NBS team have not deprecated any classes in this latest update, but we will note these in grey when the time comes. There is a 'Read Me' class also in the file, to identify the version of the table, along with commonly used filters as previously discussed. Uniclass Table Ss is currently in preparation, and can be emailed on request. The attached table is v2020. It was felt that issuing v2020 and letting you convert to v2021 did not pose any major technical issues. As before classes are prefixed with the Discipline code 'A-'. Use the Batch Rename command to change this code. If you would like any other tables in any other version of Vectorworks; need help uploading to, or configuring your workgroup folder; or would like be included on our mailing list, please do not hesitate to contact us via the forum. Regards Steven Shorter BA(Hons) DiplArch(pcl) Architect Classes-BS1192-Uniclass2015-EF-v1-8-2020.vwx
  6. Hi, Having spent an hour or so on the phone with one of your very helpful support team I thought it prudent to add this feature request to save time and effort for others in the future. I have imported several DWGs into separate reference files and used reference viewports to view/snap to them in my main working file. However I want to grey out these backgrounds in the sheet layers so that my content (not the architect's) is clearly visible against their background. By using viewport class overrides this should be possible (setting the line and fill colours to grey). I was advised today that this only works if ALL the reference file objects have their attributes set by class. The DWG import doesn't have an option to do this. Setting all objects to by class manually after the import doesn't always work well since the AutoCAD layer definitions (which are converted directly to classes - which is the right thing to do) may not have been used by every object in the drawing (colour by layer/fill by layer etc) but instead set manually. Is there any clever way around this problem (perhaps creating more classes where manual overrides have been used). Creating and using classes based on an objects current line type/colour/fill type/colour etc to create a class automatically and apply the same class to objects with identical attributes and then setting all attributes by class? (I envisage hundreds of 'sub-classes' being created) The other problem arises when dealing with hatches. AutoCAD, unless I am mistaken, allows you to use hatches where the hatch line colour is determined by the layer, VW has individual hatches one per colour if needed .... adding to my problems. I went through and changed all the pen colours and set them to grey (but I don't think that a good idea). Love to hear your thoughts. R
  7. Hello, So I'm creating a 3D Building and I've separated it in different layers and classes. Now, as I'm working, I'll naturally move inbetween layers/classes and this has been happening (check photos): I'm working on the tower, for instane, go from top/plan view to a costum 3D view and the rest of the building (on a different layer), as well as the 2D page remains in top/plan view. Also, as you can see I've got "Show, Snap, Modify Others" on in both layers and classes. This did not happen to me before and I'm not sure why it's happening now. Can anyone help? Thank you very much!! Cheers
  8. Hi All, Perhaps an obvious question, or may be not.. but is there an easy way to summarise and view all the objects in my drawing so that I can make sure everything is in the correct class or on the right layer. As a VW newbie I have found myself drawing objects onto the wrong active design layer or creating objects in the wrong class. Sometimes I spot it at the time, or make a note to myself to correct it later. I know. Discipline! Some examples: Walls and doors should be in walls and doors classes (and only on certain layers) Televisions should be in an AV-TVs class and on the AV-Equipment Loudspeakers should be in the AV-Loudspeakers class on the AV-Equipment layer I only expect polylines in my audio zoning layers I was wondering if there was some means of checking things over via a worksheet for example and possibly correcting them from the worksheet too, perhaps. Spotting the things that are clearly out of place? TIA Ross.
  9. Would it be possible to add colour information to the OIP class drop down list to make selection of some classes which relate to the (by class) attribute colours to be applied more obvious/quick and simple? E.g. Class A, B, C, D, E and F will apply different colours to various objects, it would be handy to be able to select them based on the colours displayed in the drop down not just the class name. Just a though, as always! R
  10. The ability to have any Class or Layer become 'non-plot' would be a welcome addition, instead of only having the one 'NonPlot' class. I often put detailed information or notes inside Symbols or Layers, Reference Grids, etc. that I don't want to print, and when there's only one NonPlot class it gets a bit confusing. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the ‘NonPlot’ class does plot, despite its name. This would be best achieved via a check box on the Classes and Layers tab on the Resource Browser. [2018 Edit: The earliest post I found that requested this functionality dates back to 2009.]
  11. Hello, Maybe the subject has already been discussed, but I didn't find it on the forum. I had once found on http://www.vectordepot.com some very useful plugins to manipulate or manage Classes. Especially those by Petri Sakkinen and Katerina Panagiotakis. Today these plugins are mostly obsolete with the 2020 version and I miss them in my production process. Two plugins in particular are obsolete. They are "Assign obj attrs to class.vsm" and "class, set object default.vsm". The first one allows to modify the attributes of an object and once the result is satisfactory, to apply these attributes to the class of the object. This was very useful and efficient when you regularly create new non-standard classes from existing classes. The second plugin: "class, set object default.vsm", was "simpler", but very practical, it allowed to give the default class attributes to an object at once (you can do it from the attributes palette, but you can't put a shortcut in it). These plugins are obsolete, especially because new attributes (transparency, shadow, gradient, ...) have appeared and are not managed by these plugins. I don't know if anyone has something similar in store? or wants to put their fingers in the code, but "Assign obj attrs to class.vsm" was really a very productive plugin and I would be willing to offer a few liters of coffee to whoever could give it back to me 😉 I didn't find @Petri Sakkinen on the WEB, but I attach his plugins and his notice for those who would be interested. Thanks in advance. Ð -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bonjour, Peut-être que le sujet a déjà été abordé, mais je ne l'ai pas trouvé sur le forum. J'avais trouvé jadis sur http://www.vectordepot.com des plugins bien pratiques pour manipuler ou gérer les Classes. Notamment ceux de Petri Sakkinen et Katerina Panagiotakis. Aujourd'hui ces plugins sont pour la plupart obsolètes avec la version 2020 et ils me manquent dans mon processus de production. Deux plugins le sont plus particulièrement. Il s'agit de "Assign obj attrs to class.vsm" et de "class, set object default.vsm". Le premier permet de modifier les attributs d'un objet et une fois le résultat recherché satisfaisant, d'appliquer ces attributs à la classe de l'objet. C'était très utile et efficace quand vous créez régulièrement de nouvelles classes non standard à partir de classes existantes. Le second plugin : "class, set object default.vsm", était "plus simple", mais très pratique, il permettait de remettre d'un coup les attributs de classe par défaut à un objet (on peut le faire depuis la palette des attributs, mais on ne peut pas y mettre de raccourci). Ces plugins sont obsolètes notamment car de nouveaux attributs (transparence, ombre, dégradé, …) sont apparus et ne sont pas gérés par ces plugins. Je ne sais pas si quelqu'un a quelque chose de similaire en magasin ? ou a envie de mettre les doigts dans le code, mais "Assign obj attrs to class.vsm" était vraiment un plugin très productif et je serais prêt à offrir quelques litres de café à qui pourrait me le rendre 😉 Je n'ai pas retrouvé Petri Sakkinen sur le WEB, mais je joins ses plugins et sa notice pour ceux qui seraient intéressés. Merci par avance. Ð Assign obj attrs to class.vsm class, set object default.vsm Class struggle.txt
  12. Hi vectorworks community, I wonder if people use standard naming tool (found in File>Document Settings>Standard Naming...) for daily work as a part of their office standard template...is it of any use and if yes is it reliable to do what it suggest? My main aim is to have classes in my own language - not english, ones that are coming automatically with certain inserted objects (site model, site modifier, roads, window, doors...) I have been experimenting little bit with these tool with mixed feelings so far. For example class name for site modifier will not change even if I have mapped it with custom name...still coming as: Site-DTM-Modifier What about copying objects from other files (ones with standard VW arch active ). Will it bring classes with that standard names or will it rename accordingly my custom standard....? What about class attributes that can be defined within dialogue...will it override existing class attributes? What is best approach to use this tool? Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.
  13. When I insert a symbol from the VW Cloud libraries, I would like a setting to insert that symbol into my drawing in the active class. I don't mind the internal geometry having specific classes that need to be maintained, but I would like to govern how the symbols themselves are inserted into my drawing. If this exists already, my apologies. I have not been able to find a way to make this happen. Thank you for all you do!
  14. How do I control the visibility of classes in a viewport directed to a design layer object which is a referenced drawing? I am not able to see the classes in that reference drawing. The alternative would be to go into the design layer and turn that class off by selecting the referenced item but I am wandering if I would loose that visibility in other viewports which refer to the same object. Maybe I could copy this reference to another layer and work from there; would that add a lot of memory to my file size? I am not sure what the best approach is, please advise . In the image below I would like to not see the plywood in the bracket detail
  15. Hello, Is it possible to set the same landscape areas as different colours on different sheet layouts? For example, I have a class called 'proposed hedges' On my planning drawing I want all landscape areas in this class to have a green fill and dark green line, as this is a coloured layout. On the planting plan I want to use the same hedges but I don't want them to have a fill and I want the line to be black as this is a black and white drawing. For most objects I can select the viewport on the sheet layout and click on the viewport class properties and choose different settings for colours etc just for this viewport. But with landscape areas this doesn't seem to work?? I am using Vectorworks 2019. Thanks.
  16. Would love to be able to go deeper than 4 levels deep with subclass hierarchy. I'm sure I'm not alone here!
  17. I have inherited a project file and I'd like to take all of the original classes and put them in a subclass like "V1" and then moves things out one by one into my new organization. Is there an easy way to do that or do I need to label each class with the prefix "V1-"?
  18. Would be great to have more places where you can "Auto Class" - a great example is an unstyled door. Rather than creating your own symbol that you've gone ahead and created classes for all the door elements, it would be great to simply click an Auto Class or Default Class button so you don't have to manually create classes for everything. In this example, ideally, you'd be able to set a prefix for these default classes so you can separate out door types.
  19. I just watched the excellent Hidden Treasures Seminar presented by @BSeigel, and was thinking maybe there's a setting hiding in plain site that I've missed all these years... See attached screenshots: Some Child Classes are set to Invisible Parent Class is set to Invisible to hide that entire department Parent Class is set to Visible to restore #1 settings (but overrides them) Is there a "nondestructive" way to change Parent Class visibility? The reason I continue to use Layers for Departments is because I'll have my Classes set to all manner of Visible / Gray / Invisible, so I can easily hide an entire Department by hiding it's Layer. Then, when I restore that Department's visibility, the Classes aren't affected. In addition to using VW the way it was intended (Layers are "where" and Classes are "what"), this also helps myriad other areas, like exporting to DWG. The goal is to have a proper Layer hierarchy like Production Air Production Stage Production Ground Surely, there must be a way to do this that I'm overlooking.
  20. Is it possible to generate scope drawings from wall styles? For instance make 'wall type 1' solid green and 'wall type 2' solid purple in a plot file viewport, rather than showing either the whole wall detail or using the hide details function in black or white? Thanks
  21. So I look at my LX Plan sheet layer last night and all my lamps are gone... Lamps still exist and behave normally when working in design layers, but upon playing around I realize their visibility in my sheet layer is controlled by a different class. The lamps themselves are in various classes, but all in the same design layer. I have confirmed they are still in the correct classes, which are turned on in the sheet layer. The symbols and their components themselves (including symbols within instrument symbols like S4 body) are either 'none' or 'lighting-incandescent', 'lighting-led' etc, which I have confirmed are all turned on in the sheet layer. Eventually I realize that the visibility in the sheet layer of all my missing lamps is controlled by 'POS-us truss' which is a class I made recently. Nothing in the object info indicates that any lamps are in this class. I turn the class on, save, then restart. Joy of joy, the lamps are gone again. I eventually figure out their visibility is now controlled by a completely different class, also created recently. Restarted my computer and problem persists. Creating an entirely new viewport seemed fine, but there are legends and notations in my old sheet layer I don't want to have to redo, especially if this could just happen again. When mentioned the problem to someone this morning, he mentioned having the same issue but not necessarily in sheet layers. He said he turned it on one day and the problem went away, but that just leaves me with hoping this problem is magically fixed - somehow, someday. For what it's worth the other guy is a Mac user and I am on Windows 10. Anyone else have this/know the cause or solution?
  22. Is there a way to place different types of annotations on their own class/layer/visibility within the sheet viewport? ie. wall tags on a layer, window tags on a layer, door tags on a layer, dimensions on a layer, notes on a layer, room labels on a layer...etc I'm about to go back to annotating everything on the design layer within different classes in order to keep better track of each type. It just gets too crowded to catch mistakes/omissions/changes once you have a full set of working drawings going. I've got a client that keeps changing their mind and I know I must be missing some changes in the annotations. I can't believe I have to ask this. We were arguing about using the viewport annotations versus annotating right on the design layer when I worked in an office back in 2005! Please tell me I've just missed a setting! Thanks!
  23. I learnt to use Vectorworks (Landmark) at college as part of my design course. Now that I'm upgrading to the non-student version, I would like to use the classes that I developed over the past 2 years in VW2019 (Student License). When I try to import classes through the New Class function, I get: This file is not in the format used by the application version you are running, so the file cannot be used. Anyone with any bright ideas of what I should do? Or even if I can? I don't know if I can go through developing all my specific classes again.😬
  24. At a recent online webinar, some of the users wanted to know more about layer and class filtering. I made this youtube movie to explain how i use layer and class filtering: https://youtu.be/6xCPL_I-qdg
  25. Search field in the New Class window would be great.
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