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  1. This thread is intended to bring together the features needed to bring the window and door tools to what I (and some UK architects I worked with on these) consider maturity. These tools have been neglected for too long. These aren't interface improvements, nice-to-haves or radical ideas, but rather basic features (from a user's point of view) needed to model windows for the vast majority of our projects (mostly medium-sized residential buildings in UK/Europe). The last set of items are the interface improvements, nice-to-haves or radical changes that we'd love to have but I've posted here by way of contrast to the basic features we need for window/door tool maturity. Window Tool: Additional window sash types required (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49476-additional-window-sash-types-required/ Additional window panel types required (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49477-additional-window-panel-types-required/ Window sill improvements (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49479-window-sill-improvements/ Control attributes of individual window panes/panels (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49478-control-attributes-of-individual-window-panespanels/ Brick header and decorative window lintels (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49481-brick-header-and-decorative-window-lintels/ Support for 3D 'Wall Detail' component returns at windows (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/50263-support-for-3d-wall-detail-component-returns-at-windows/ Door Tool: Ability to define gaps for Door Tool (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49508-ability-to-define-gaps-for-door-tool/ Frame stops for Door Tool (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49502-frame-stops-for-door-tool/ Custom ID tags for windows and doors https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/51066-custom-id-tags-for-windows-and-doors/ Bi-folding sliding doors for Door Tool (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49506-bi-folding-sliding-doors-for-door-tool/ Meeting Stiles for Door Tool (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49503-meeting-stiles-for-door-tool/ More refined control over complex door opening arrangements (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49504-more-refined-control-over-complex-door-opening-arrangements/ Window/Door tool interface improvements: Ability to configure doors within the Window Tool (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49369-ability-to-configure-doors-within-the-window-tool/ Traditional window schedules (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49480-traditional-window-schedules/ 2D front view vector-based door schedules (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49364-2d-front-view-vector-based-door-schedules/ Ability to define Wall Hole Component of Window/Door Objects (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/50187-ability-to-define-wall-hole-component-of-windowdoor-objects/ Ability to manipulate windows/doors directly in model (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/49482-ability-to-manipulate-windowsdoors-directly-in-model/ Ability to define our own sash types and markers (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/50577-ability-to-define-our-own-sash-types-and-markers/ Need better way to hide Window ID Tags irrelevant to current elevation https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/53910-need-better-way-to-hide-window-id-tags-irrelevant-to-current-elevation/ Undo function for Custom Sash Options (not implemented as of v2021) https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/51103-undo-function-for-custom-sash-options/
  2. Hello, Usually I make elevations by creating section viewports en using renderworks as my background render mode. Since VW2022 windows look very strange in these viewports. Here is a comparison between VW2021 and VW2022: These are the render modes from top to bottom: Hidden line OpenGL / Shaded Renderworks (Realistic Exterior Fast) All classes are set to visible, yet in VW2022 some parts of the window are not rendered. I think this is a bug, or did something change in VW2022 and do I have to do something different to render correct elevations? Any help would be great! window tool renderworks v2021.vwx window tool renderworks v2022.vwx
  3. The Plan Wall Offset setting in Window Style > General is currently based on the centre of window frame to centre of Wall. This is not a figure we're generally interested in practice. As designers we're interested in where the outside or inside face of a window frame sits relative to the outside or inside face of a wall, or relative to the outside or inside face of a particular wall component, more often than not the Core component. So instead of being a simple offset from centre of window frame to centre of wall we'd like the following offset options added to the OIP: OFFSET FROM: 1. Outside face of window frame 2. Inside face of window frame 3. Centre of window frame TO: 1. Outside face of Wall 2. Inside face of Wall 3. Centre of Wall 4. Core component of Wall [or, if possible, specific component of Wall]
  4. Hi all, I'm having some hard time with window schedules because the Sill is always coming with the window height function, even when we have in the tool the selection of "Structural Opening" which by default should include the sill height in, like the door threshold does, but when we add the sill to the window it adds literally the height of the sill but it doesn't add it to the "structural opening" size in the GENERAL OPTIONS for the window. Example is having a 1200mm height window (general options - Structural opening) if i add the sill of 50mm what will happen to the overall size of the window is going to 1250mm height instead of the sill being incorporated in the overall height of 1200 making the "Unit Size" smaller So with the above in mind is there a way of using the worksheet functions to "remove" the height of the sill while having it on the drawing so i can have a Realistic Structural size of the window opening ?? Hope i was clear on my explanations.
  5. We'd like to be able to manipulate windows directly in the model, similarly to how we already can with the Curtain Wall Tool, including: Resize window/door widths, heights and sill/head position via a set of selection handles Move transom, sash and mullion positions
  6. This one's be doing my head in for years and I haven't got round to troubleshooting it or submitting a bug because it's usually a last minute thing and historically I've just ended up just not presenting drawings how I want to present them. What I find is that the attributes of wrapped wall components ("External Wall Detail" and "Internal Wall Detail" in the door and window tools) cannot be controlled by Class overrides. Worse still you can't get around this by just changing the attributes of the original wall. This is because wrapped components take on the attributes of the wall *at the time* of being inserted into the wall and that's that. It's remains like that no matter what you change the wall attributes to. To change the attributes of the wrapped components you need to update the attributes of the wall and then remove and reinsert the windows/doors to take on the new attributes. Test file attached. If you've found any other way around this I would love to know it. Even if it's some way to reset all the windows at once without having to remove and reinsert them. test-file.vwx
  7. Can we please have the ability to offset Sashes from Mullions, as we already can from Jambs. Perhaps something like the attached mark up.
  8. In the Design Day Live Europe Q&A a question about future development of windows, doors and stairs was answered by way of pointing out that Vectorworks is always working on incremental updates to these tools and prioritising which updates to include. Windows, doors and stairs are at the core of our experience, but these tools have been missing key features for many years. Can we have a release where major updates to these tools—instead of incremental updates—are one of the biggest focuses of the release?
  9. Greetings. I'm guessing this may be something easy I have overlooked. How do I make my shutters render one color and my window render another? Thanks
  10. For a while now we've had the ability to return wall components at either side of a Window object in a Wall. Which is great. The problem is that it's only in 2D, in Top Plan view. I think it's well past the time that this should also work in 3D (including separate control of the window head). This is of critical importance for us. Apart from just not showing in 3D it also causes problems for things like Section Viewports. Without 3D returns we end up having to add masks to our Section Viewports to hide the wall components that shouldn't be showing. Pretty anachronistic for where Vectorworks is these days. Here's an example of Interior and Exterior Window Detail component returns in plan view, which is great: But these returns don't show in 3D: This is how our Section Viewport ends up looking: And this is roughly what we'd expect it to look like:
  11. 1. Projecting Side-hung (still missing in v2021) (hinged on friction stays at top and bottom of window for easy cleaning) 2. Projecting Top-hung (still missing in v2021) 3. Fully Reversible (still missing in v2021) (in addition to pivot) 4. Sliding Sashless (still missing in v2021) (horizontal and vertical) 5. Ability to add custom tags to sashes (still missing in v2021) We need the ability to annotate sashes in 2D/3D. For instance we might like to mark fixed lights with an "F", or we might need to make a certain window opening with FEW (for 'Fire Exit Window) on an elevation, or we may need to mark a door in elevation as "FE" for Fire Exit. 6. Markers (still missing in v2021) Markers for the above sashes should be as follows. 6. Ability to define our own sash types and markers (still missing in v2021) I've been pushing for above sash types since at least 2010. In that time we've had "tilt and turn" added (but badly implemented), plus maybe a couple of others, but the above types are still missing. I don't know why. They're critical from our point of view, for correct scheduling and display of markers. So perhaps one way around this impasse is to provide us with the ability to define our own sash types and markers? Then we don't have to wait a decade for them to be coded into the application. Edit 6 Oct 2020: review of whether any have been added to v2021. Only difference is we now have right and left tilt and turn operating functions, so I've struck out "but badly implemented".
  12. We need to be able to generate traditional window schedules (vector-based as opposed to bitmaps) that fit on an A1 sheet and include dimensioned elevations of the windows/doors. Preferably all at the click of a button.
  13. Window Stools (or internal sills) need to be controlled separately from the external Window Sills as they are not typically one object or material. Extruded PVC-U and folded Aluminium external sill options are required as these are very common in Europe. Window Stools should be renamed Internal Sills in the international base version. See more here.
  14. In a Window Schedule Report (or just a simple Worksheet) is it possible to call up the thickness of wall that each window is inserted into? I want to do this to help tenderers do take-offs for the various sill depths they need to allow for.
  15. Can we have a proper arrow for sliding doors instead of this silly little triangle?
  16. Anybody care to explain what's going on here? In both of these screenshots the window on the design layer is shown from the Front (exterior). But look at the preview in the Window Settings. It doesn't match. If we look at the Front preview (which I understand as the exterior because it correctly shows my exterior frame colour) the sash configurations appear to be flipped relative to the external view of my window on the design layer. If we look at the Back preview (which I understand as the interior because it correctly shows my interior architrave colour) the sash configurations appear to be the same as the external view of my window on the design layer. Very confusing and it's only now that I'm doing meditation that I've been nail this one down. 😂 example.vwx
  17. In Custom Sash Options the user interface needs to be explicit about which side of the window the user is looking at. "Front" or "Back" in VW parlance**. Otherwise how is the user meant to know which side they're looking at other than trial and error. It's not even explained on the Help page. **I would also prefer the words "Outside" and "Inside" despite that both sides of a window could logically be inside. "Front" and "Back" is a matter of perspective. If you're inside then the inside of the window is "front". If you're outside then the outside of the window is "front".
  18. There are various window sash configurations and door opening configurations missing from the window and door tools. See below for the ones I can think of. I'd like NV to support these (ASAP) but another approach could be to provide us users the ability to define them ourselves within the tool interface. Things we need to configure would be 2D plan representation, elevational representation (namely the hinge direction marker), 3D aspects such as if and how it opens and schedule data. And then the infill types. Potentially difficult to implement but at least then we'll be able to add our own types, as window manufacturers come up with them, instead of having to wait for NV. In fact this principle could be applied to parametric objects in general, not just the window tool. Sash configurations: 1. Fixed glass, i.e. sashless (currently only a fixed sash can be created, currently called a "Fixed light") 2. Tilt n turn (implemented, but the ability to choose opening side still needs to be implemented and they need to remain inward opening at all times) 3. Easy-clean side-hung 4. Fully reversible 5. Single sliding horizontal sash (at the moment horizontal sliding sash splits each sash into two when applied) 6. Centre-pivot 7. Sliding sashless 8. Round windows Infill types: 9. Fixed insulated panels 10. Frameless panels 11. Louvre vents 12. Louvre windows 13. Glass block Door configurations: 14. Double acting 15. Fixed door 16. Various missing folding configurations 17. Various missing sliding configurations 18. Stacking 19. Overhead rolling 20. Overhead tilting 21. Overhead sectional 22. Overhead folding 23. Pivot 24. Wall hung sliding 25. Louvre doors
  19. We'd like to be able to configure the louvres in Window and Door objects to be vertical. Currently we're restricted to horizontal.
  20. Hi all, I cannot find the way to edit the viewing Level Details (if you can call it like that) for certain symbols, like Doors, windows and wall styles, i know when you're creating a symbol you can choose what to see in LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH detail that you can then setup in the viewport but on 2020 i cannot find that option for windows doors and walls, (on how to edit the detail level not how to choose it in the viewport as you can change it easily on the OIP) I've attached the window tool example of what i'm addressing if i wasn't clear on the question. Window Tool preview you can see the differences and for the viewport example where i choose the detail level i want to show, the wall goes from a complete gray to detailed version, i wanted to change this let's say the low and medium settings for the wall i wanted it to be Gray and in the High setting i wanted to see the detailed version of the wall for example, how can you change this either for wall, door and window tool??
  21. We'd like custom ID tags for windows and doors. One of the main reasons we need them is to display the fire-rating of doors on floor plans for instance. We used to use symbols for doors, including our own custom ID tag (linked to a record format), and this included a fire-rating field. But now that we're using the Door Object we don't have this capability. The fire-rating is there in the door data but we're unable to display it as part of the ID tag, because ID tags are limited to ID Prefix, ID Label and ID Suffix. You might say that we could use the ID Suffix field to show the fire-rating but we already use this field to identify a door type (and the fire-rating is already has its own field). So a typical door number for us would look like this: D-09-B (D=door, 09=door number, and B=type) WinDoor, for instance, has custom ID tags, which are symbols the user can edit. They also have a second field that you can use for any piece of data you like, such as the fire-rating.
  22. 1. Fixed insulated panels (as a substitute for glazing, direct into frame (i.e. sashless) or into sash). 2. Frameless panels (this is similar to a fixed insulation panel except that the window frame is hidden behind the panel, so all you see is a monolithic panel). We often use these to form spandrel panels between levels of a building where a window spans several levels. 3. Louvre vents 4. Louvre windows 5. Glass block (Maybe as a window panel type as well as a Wall Style?)
  23. A common alternative to glazing in Europe is polyester powdercoated insulated aluminium panels or opaque ceramic glazing. So we'd like the ability to control the attributes (colour, texture, etc) of individual panes/panels, including by Class, as we can with Curtain Wall panels.
  24. We need more control over the lintel parameters than there are at present. We need control over the overhang either side of the window reveal so that we can show brick header/soldier courses above windows and other decorative features.
  25. As we can with Symbols I'd like to be able to define the Wall Hole Component of Window and Door Objects, so we can more easily model modifications of the wall that are associated with a window/door.
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