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  1. I love the momentary snapping suspension (`) - but sometimes I use the lower right button to suspend snapping. It would be nice if in this case the (`) key would momentarily ACTIVATE snapping. That is all.
  2. Hi all, I've been using the GitHub desktop app, and I'm wondering how best to utilize this with some plugins that I'm developing. I would like to avoid copying files from the user library folder into a separate folder just for commits, but with both plugin scripts and resource files, I can't target a single folder. For some of the scripts, I could just set the environment path to the GitHub folder, but that doesn't cover my resource files, or the .vsm's and .vso's Curious if anyone else is using the GitHub client, and what is your workflow like?
  3. I regularly need to bring a shape from Illustrator into Vectorworks, and I hate redrawing things. I thought it would be helpful to explain the whole thing here so others can comment, or to see if other folks have different methods. VWX interprets vertices totally differently then Adobe Illustrator. 75 vertices in the adobe world becomes 305 points in Vectorworks. Massive bloat. In illustrator, make sure your path is/are as simple as possible. Similarly to Vectorworks, there's an Object-->Path-->Simplify function. If you hope to do anything with those objects in VWX, make sure your paths are closed (I.e., "joined" in Illustrator) Save the illustrator file as an AI just to be safe (if you haven't already) File-->Export As-->DXF default settings are fine Set up a scratch VWX file so you're not importing garbage into your VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT. In VWX, File-->Import-->Import Single DXF default settings are fine Cool ! Now you have your object and it comes in as a polyline. Make sure it's "closed." If for some reason you get overlapping paths, you can try to repair it using this method You can also use the paint bucket tool (2D polygon) to fill in the shape if it came in all junky. Sometimes this results in less vertices. Sometimes it doesn't. Scale it to the appropriate size. Congratulations!!!!
  4. Got a Mac. Have a full size Mac keyboard as is necessary. I'd like to set up some shortcut keys as renderworks styles so I can quickly preview in the design layer. Obvious thought was to use Modifier + Numpad Number. Doesn't seem possible? Stock keyboard shortcuts: Regular 2 = Line tool Num-pad 2 = Front Command+regular 2 = orthogonal Command+Numpad 1 = orthogonal While the numpad without modifier is it's own shortcut, any modifier key used with a numb-pad key isn't treated as unique. So you can't reassign Command+Numpad 5 to be your own shortcut. So in this example, if I try to assign Command+Numpad 5 to "Custom Renderworks" it says there's a conflict with the 2D plan shortcut. Hmm. Stranger still, if I go to find that shortcut to reassign it, here's what I get: So maybe I should try using a different modifier, like fN for example. Oh there's no way to add additional options for modifier keys. So that won't work. So maybe I should try to use unassigned function keys, like F16 for example. Vectorworks doesn't even recognize when I press it. Or if I press FN+F16. woo boy found a thread about in 2008 with some unfortunate news from Pat Guess I gotta go the extra mile and press an additional modifier key lol Unless it's changed in 13 years?
  5. Work with a intelligent dimension tools that work not only with points, but that can understand walls/slabs/Roofs faces and core components faces, as objects edges... improve the workflow, reduce time and errors constraining and associate the dimension. The competition have this from the beginnings, its time for VWK not lose another version without this improvement.
  6. Trying to develop efficient workflow for architecture drawings development. Looking at Nick Sonders book based on sketchup/layout workflow which I used and found efficient, I was wandering if anyone develops VW based drawings from a 3D model refererenced into multiple files for each sheet of aCD set. It looked to me, coming from VW, that VW has reporting and BIM abilities not found in sketchup and decided to stay with VW. I was wandering if anyone breaks down drawing sets in independent sheets/files and if by doing so one does loose some of this BIM abilities. Do you design everything in one file? Do you have 20 classes or 50+?
  7. Hi all, Is it possible to automatically calculate the weight of an object in Vectorworks, by its volume and density? Either by internal function or external script? Ideally it should be accessible as a parameter in the drawing title block, and be presented as title block data. Often, the total weight of a design is asked for, and it is a pain to do this calculation manually in e.g. excel for all the parts. BN
  8. Hi folks, We're working on a file that's setup with Project Sharing and our Master File has corrupted a number of times and we're looking into it but in the mean time, I've been using our backups to create new Master Files and keep working. I've kind of cobbled together a workflow that I think works but I'm wondering what other folks do? There's probably a better way of getting everyone back up and running again with as little re-doing of work as possible. Here's what I do. 1 - Figure out which file is the most recent between the Master File backups and the local Working Files. I do this so that we have as little work to re-do as possible. 2 - Save a Copy of the most up-to date file, usually one of the working files as they'll always have the most recent work in them. 3 - Re-name the most recent file and append with todays date (ie Master-20-09-13_userid.vwx to Master-20-10-14.vwx) 4 - Move all existing Working Files to an "Archive" folder stored locally. Move the corrupted Master File to an "Corrupted" folder on our server (where the Master File is stored) 4 - Re-make a Master File from the new vwx file on the server. 5 - Have everyone create local Working Files from the new Master File. 6 - Re-do the work that was lost. It's not overly complicated but it could use some improvement. Ideally we could re-connect our local Working Files with the new Master without loosing the work we have done individually. Or if one user with a complete local Working file could Save and Commit to replace the information in the Master File with their copy and we could all keep working that would be grand. At one point I tried creating a new Master File as described above but I didn't re-name it with the current date. My hope was that just replacing the file with an uncorrupted version would allow everyone to continue to working without disruption. Well, that didn't work. Knowing that it might not work, everything was manually backed up and I followed the steps above and it worked. Any other recovery systems out there? Not just with Project Sharing either, vwx files corrupt as well. Is there a VW prescribed workflow that I haven't found in my searches? Cheers for the input and have a great day everyone. -Dylan
  9. I regularly put notes in VW files using the text tool and place those notes on a layer plane. I create a class for them so I can turn them on and off. I then create a saved view from Top/Plan with the class on so I can quickly navigate to those notes. This process is a little cumbersome. But, I use these for tracking renders (what looked good, what didn't), notes that I'll want to put on a Title Block later, to-do lists, general scratch data, etc. Very good workflow optimization. For obvious reasons it's much easier to place and read notes on a Sheet Layer than in Design Layers. However, it would be amazing if there was a "Notes" palette - essentially a global place where you can put Rich Text notes that aren't dependent on being able to see them in a particular view. Scratch data would be incredibly useful and I can see many different useful use-cases for this implementation! Features: Break-away palette Traditional shortcut keys when in the palette (I.e., Bold, Italic, Underline) Multiple notes Tabs Rich Text Strikethrough Links (for URLs and can link to other local files, like PDFs) Lists Scroll Bar Notes Tabs become Resources in the RM so you can easily navigate and add back in an accidentally closed Notes tab.
  10. I know it's a backwards workflow, but I may have a new client soon who does concept/visualization in C4D, and I'd like to import their models into Vectorworks. They currently have this workflow: C4D --> SketchUp --> AutoCAD. Ultimately they should go: Vectorworks -->C4D, but I may or may not convince them to change their workflow. Meanwhile, can anyone tell me whether there's an export path from C4D to Vectorworks that preserves C4D NURBS? Their current workflow does not, obviously, and that's a headache for them.
  11. Hi hi i'm re-working my workflow and try to do as much as possible with schematic views as I really like the feature to make building plots, although I got stuck sometimes because the way I use the system... That's why I was wondering how other people are using it. - Do you create a hanging position of a complete truss? Or all pieces separate? Or not at all? Because this impacts how you can use schematic views... (if you create a hanging position of the complete truss you can not split them apart in a schematic view and create a detailed building plot...) (if you don't create a hanging position you are missing some useful information you can use to for data tags...) - I love working with data tags; as this is not available how do you guys get along with it? - Did anybody found a way to "auto" label schematic views so you know for example that a certain item is one piece of the complete truss? Tips / Tricks are welcome
  12. 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.
  13. Hi all, Having successfully designed my first house in 3D, I'm now trying to implement BIM into a residential extension project but I am struggling to work out the best way to show the original property and the property with the extension added. Would it be sensible to build the existing model and then duplicate the entire model and add the extension? This seems the easiest way but it doesn’t feel like the correct way? I’m sure it can be done using layers and classes and turning them on/off etc. but I can't see how when it comes to merging the roofs together how to differentiate between old and new? This link should allow you access the existing model if needed. Thanks in advance. James
  14. How about add the description in Organization dialog? so you can have an entire look of the drawing's structure
  15. I have a complicated logo in Adobe Illustrator. I'm trying to transfer the logo to vectorworks in order to create a layout for a neon sign to be created from it, I would like to extrude it to create multiple views of the sign. So far every time I import It is converted to 100 someodd objects that many of which cannot be extruded due to intersecting lines. Now going in and editing each problematic line is an option but would be very time consuming. Additionally I have tried extruding within adobe illustrator but when I export it no long has its 3d information and I am left with just polylines. Does anyone know of a method for me to bring either the extruded adobe version or how I can extrude without editing each individual polyline? Other possible methods of accomplishing this? I have about 30 of these to do and the timeline would be near insurmountable to edit lines 3000+ times. Thanks Turtle.vwx
  16. The 2019 Data tag tool looks really good. Tagging objects is simple but I cannot figure out how to use the information properly. The space labels I had set up in 2018 for finish plan and floor plans no longer work in 2019. I think I can modify the graphics of the new room data tags but I can't get the info to layout correctly in a room schedule. I cannot find any procedures on how to tag a space and generate a room schedule base on the 2019 data tag tool. I'm sure I can come up with a work around but there has to be a procedure that Vectorworks has worked through using the 2019 tool sets. How is Vectorworks designed to tag a space and make a room finish schedule? Is there a file or video out there that can show me?
  17. I'm looking to end the screen hand disconnect and I am seeing the two options. Is a graphics tablet more for animators and Photoshop. Will the Touch screen help or be frustrating because it is not accurate enough. The tablet is a lot more expensive, but is it worth it for VW and Sketchup? Any in put or experience is welcome. Below are what I am looking at right now is the 13" Tablet to small the 17" is twice as much.. Is there another brand of Tablet recommended?? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G5AF1S0/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Cintiq-Interactive-Display-DTK1300/dp/B00BSOSCNE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500898451&sr=8-1&keywords=Wacom+Cintiq Thanks!
  18. I couldn't find any related topic so I started one. I'll try to explain my problem. I'm editing fields within a worksheet and I need to use the calculator (macOS) so when I clic the calculator to inpout some values, the worksheet in the VW window becomes invisible. All I can see is the giant X. (see attached image) This dramatically reduces my workflow because I have to keep clicking (or Command+tab) VW to see the values. The other option is to get out of the worksheet but then, when I return to VW I have to double clic everytime to get into the worksheet. Maybe it is a hardcoded macOS thing but it will be GREAT if I could see the worksheet while using the calculator.
  19. Hi all, I am looking to improve my workflow in Vectoworks (2017). I am an exhibitions designer, and we tend to span between architecture and industrial design. In an individual project we will have to design not only floor plans and elevations of a building, we also design the individual objects placed in the building. I was wondering if anyone could site some links or offer some tips etc. that I might find useful. I have been working in VW since 2008 but haven't fully utilized 3D in vectorworks. Instead I would mass out my 3D work in Rhino or Sketchup then export DXF's and import those into VW. However, that hasn't always generated the best results and it is cost prohibitive to keep all these applications up to date so export functions arent't always reliably available. We tend to end up drawing huge amounts of individual elevation drawings when we could be using the section viewport command to create them. We are considering doing everything in 3D and generating the 2D views from that. I am assuming there are limitations to how much can be crammed in a single VW file before it becomes unstable. Do you recommend creating one 3D file that has the bulk of objects massed in the space, then creating another separate file with more detailed individual objects "i.e. an interactive exhibit"? However, having multiple individual files offers its own set of challenges with regards to updating layers etc. I am a little familiar with workgroup referencing, but I am not sure that it works in that way. I guess this is a pretty complex question haha but if anyone cares to chime in, I would be happy to hear from you. Cheers!
  20. Since the introduction of Project Sharing in VW2016 and many other features in VW, it seems like the company has made a decision of steering users to single file workflows. With that said, we haven't found a way yet to consolidate our complex and memory intensive referenced file workflow into a single file system...at least not practically. I'm curious to what credit VW gives to differing workflows when developing tools or looking at the big picture. While I love the idea of doing everything in one file, we face two large hurdles to practically implement this practice on some of our larger sites. These roadblocks are: File Size - Our work is often broken out into 3 different segments (layout/grading, planting, and irrigation); thus, we have created a separate file for each. We have created a referenced file workflow that combines each of the various files together to generate our documents (schematic, design development, construction document). On large projects it is not uncommon for any one file to top out at 1+ GB, and individually, this already puts a strain on our machines. I cannot imagine combining our files together will result in smaller or more manageable file sizes, so we really haven't even considered it. Layer Management - With our multiple files, each with their respective design and sheet layers, it is also equally hard to imagine combining all of this organization into one file without a better way to organize it. Take our irrigation files alone. Our practice is to put each individual irrigation design zone/station into its own respective design layer. We do this for a myriad of reasons, but mainly, it is just easier to track and document complex systems. That said, it isn't unheard of that some of our irrigation files will contain almost 100 design layers! Similarly, we have worked on projects that have 20 irrigation sheets, 20 hardscape/grading sheets, 20 detail sheets, and 20 planting sheets. If I put all of that information together in one file, there is no way to organize it. I imagine a simple hierarchical or folder system similar to how classes currently sort would help this exponentially. The main reason I bring this topic up is that I have noticed that many of the new features VW has pushed in the past few years are solely intended to function in a single file workflow, but immediately run into difficulties when using a referenced file approach that we currently employ. Take the new Titleblocks for example, or even the old Sheet Borders...how do I use the same titleblock in 3-4 different files while keeping the Project specific data constant and maintaining individual control of the Sheet specific data? Referenced symbol? Referenced Titleblock Style? This works great in theory, but you quickly realize that the Project based data, when changed in one referenced file, does not transfer to other referenced files. I would love to hear more about peoples experiences/struggles with their single file or referenced file workflows. How is it working for you? Cumbersome? Have it all worked out? What else needs to be done to make this practical?
  21. It would be awesome if you had the ability to right-click on a worksheet, placed anywhere in a drawing and have the option to create a duplicate instance of that worksheet in the resource manager/replace the selected worksheet with said duplicate. This is a workflow that would be extremely helpful when creating duplicate sheets with different worksheet variations, each designed to total different quantities/data present on that sheet alone. Instead, when duplicated such a sheet/worksheet, the original worksheet and criteria are still present and require a cumbersome resource manager duplication and replacement workflow.
  22. So...we've come across an annoying bug. We are using a reference viewport system to build separate Production files, containing all of our sheets for a given project. These files reference in a Design file as we call it where all of the live linework is housed. The reason for this is not for discussion, it is just a workflow we have found works best for a multi-user/large multiple drawing set projects. With this workflow comes a strange bug when referencing worksheets through referenced viewports....they shrink. We often have to build our smart database worksheets/legends in the Design file and then reference those into the Production file through viewport references, but when we do, the worksheets shrink in vertical dimensions. We noticed this because we often have to put a reference symbol over the top of the worksheet for items (this is because the =image function in VW needs some serious attention), and when the worksheet and symbols come through the reference, they are no longer aligned and often are off by a completely illegible amount, no longer aligning with their intended worksheet row.
  23. I am dealing with a workflow issue regarding the drawing of construction details. I am trying to solve maybe too many issues at once and I may have to make a choice on which is most important. I am trying to create a variety of details for residential construction, here are the issues: Whether to create 3D(part of the building model or separate of) versus 2D details If using 2D, do I annotate the design layer or the Viewport annotation layer How do I create a reusable set of construction details, should I include the notes in my symbols? I usually ending up doing all of the above which is very time consuming, How do you do it?
  24. Our team is having trouble with .dwg imports that contain clipped xrefs and clipped blocks. Objects outside of the clipped area are being imported into vectorworks as live linework, and contain schedules, exploded views, etc. We would like to be able to import these files with the clipped objects excluded or cropped. Is there a way to accomplish this? We have tried using the "Ignore Block Clipping" tool, but this doesn't change or alter the import at all?
  25. Does anyone know if it's possible to create a script set the active class. I'd like to have a small palette on screen that sets my most used classes as the active class. This would give a much quicker way of getting to the classes I need the most without constantly searching through the full class list. I'm aware you can do it with saved views (as I've shown on the attached screenshot) but if possible I'd prefer to have it in a seperate list.
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