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Found 45 results

  1. Hi guys, I am currently working on Autocad for a couple of projects. I want to use the resource library that I have created over the years on Vectorworks. Although all the resources are embedded in the file (in the resource browser) and are not in the drawing space. I could drop all the items to the drawing and export them, but that would take ages... Is there a way of easily exporting all my resources to DWG? Thanks in advance, Russo
  2. nubourne

    Walls Export to DWG

    I use the wall tool to draw a good portion of my theatre architecture and scenic elements (how I was taught). When I export to dwg for some collaborators, all of the walls are not exported as 3D objects and are only visible in plan view. Is there something I can do to make them show up?
  3. Hi all, Does anyone have an idea why referenced DWG viewport classes turn off after updating the file link? The classes in the linked file have not changed, only the contents have been revised. This happens with project sharing, at least. After updating the link the DWG disappears, there is only a small red rectangle at the insertion point (usually origin) representing the viewport. Selecting this reveals in the OIP that all classes have turned off by themselves. If I turn the classes on and update the project file, the classes will still be off for other users (of course, since class visibility is a user setting). However, this affects sheet layer viewports as well since the referenced dwg viewport class control occurs at the DL viewport, not on a sheet layer. Therefore, updating a DWG link will cause any dwg information to disappear in all related sheet layer viewports as well.
  4. PROBLEM: Vectorworks can't properly locate referenced DWG onto a model PROCESS: We reference DWG files created by our consultants (as is normal for any architects workflow) - First, we make sure all files have the same (0,0,) point - Then, we import these DWGs as design layers in a VWX file, so we can append class names for better organisation. - Finally, we Reference this VWX file and put them in our Project File. MANEFESTATION: On one terminal (where were did the imports), the file is in the correct location. However, in the shared project file, other terminals open this file and the position is wrong. [See enclosed screenshots] Also, if there was permission issue, causing us to re-save this project file, we also lose the correctly referenced location. This is frustrating and wonder if others have experienced similar issues.
  5. I would like to have an option where VW appends a prefix- or -suffix to classes at export. We export DWG to coordinate with consultants. Since they don't have a Class/Layer setup, things get very complicated very fast. For walls on the in VW are on Class: A-Wall & Layer: 1st Floor Plan or 2nd Floor Plan In AutoCAD that wall would end up on: Layer: A-Wall (stacked on top of each other) I would prefer to append the AutoCAD so the walls end up on: Layer: A-Wall-1st Floor Plan Layer: A-Wall-2nd Floor Plan or some version of that. And the same for Plumbing fixtures & Doors & Windows, etc.
  6. Hi VW lovers, I am having major !!! problems with PDF and DWG files prduced out of a 3D Revit model. the Revit files are 3D models of a building with interior fit-out of a supermarket ( displays only no products ) which one of my clients generated the files I am using in Vectorworks are one floorplan and 4 interior elevations - all created from the Revit 3D models into a PDF and DWG I - at this point - only need 2D elevations and the top view of the floorplan in order to create layouts for signage on the walls when inserting ( import or drag & drop ) either PDF or DWG into VW the program slows down so bad that my workflow goes from minutes literally to days !!! I tried every work around I could think of referencing the files deleting all displays out of the files as I only need the building and the layout of the walls So basically what happens is that my computer screen build up takes forever and I am looking at my 'wheel twirling' forever. Is there by any chance a work-around? Please note that I do need a vectorised file in order to be able to snap to the layout. Your insights and feedback is much apprecaited. Cheers, Grethe
  7. Hi guys I wanna submit a request based on the topic linked below https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/51777-vw-17-massive-file-size-for-dwg-export/&page=0#comment-259615 In my opinion VW till the 2014 release was great in exporting 2D manageable DWG files with many Viewports, while maintaining a good compatibility From 2015 till now every viewport doubles the file size In effect Vectorworks creates a symbol with the FULL drawing inside for each Viewport included all nested symbols So if you export the only model space with about 10 symbols in a DWG file, its size could be for instance 10MB, while the same file exported in in 7/8 Sheet layers with 4/5 Viewports for each one can reach the file size of 170/200MB with 1300 blocks/symbols inside For each Viewport a new AutoCAD layer is created, so you really can't work Every time I was exporting in Vectorworks 2014 and then to DWG, but 2014 isn't compatible with High Sierra It should be nice having a flag, permitting you to export in the old way at the cost of a minor (not sure about that) DWG compatibility Erminio
  8. António da Cunha

    3D solid Import from AutoCAD

    Hello, I have stairs created with AutoCAD, which is a 3D volume (solid). Imported to Vectorworks and they appear as NURBS inside a Group. I'm not able to convert the NURBS to a generic Solid. Is there a possibility to have this 3D import as a Solid in Vectorworks and not NURBS? Thank you in advance!
  9. rowbear97

    Importing DWG Files

    I'm sure some of you have already come across this issue but I thought I would share my recent experience with importing DWG files. I've been doing this a while and have never come across this issue. While importing a DWG file I kept getting this strange result of most everything coming in as extruded objects. I went back to a DWG clone software and discovered that the offending objects all had a thickness assigned to them. Once I set the thickness to zero and imported again the issue was resolved.
  10. Hi, I think I have asked this before but since there has been no answer I'll give it a shot again. For versions 2016-2018 at least, we find that dwg reference viewports on design layers sometimes turn off almost all classes and layers, even though "Use document's class visibilities" is turned off. The viewports diminish into tiny rectangles at the insertion point. I haven't found out the reason for this behaviour so far. It's not any saved view combination, and in any case, these should not have an effect on the dwg viewport if the tickbox is not selected. Please see the attached image. This issue is not version or file-specific, and is not project sharing related, although occurs also on those projects. There is quite a bit confusion sometimes as there might be multiple tiny rectangles at zero representing the dwg viewports with everything turned off. Any ideas? Thanks
  11. Asemblance

    Dwg Export incorrect scale 350%

    Hi All, Having a problem exporting from a vectorworks 2018 model file sheet layer, where the resulting dwg seems to be scaled to 350% (exactly). I'm hoping this is something obvious we've overlooked our end, any suggestions?? Thanks, A
  12. Hi all, I've been trying to troubleshoot a file that a friend sent over. The task is to export a lighting plot which has been drawn in Vectorworks into DWG with all the 3D Spotlight objects in its proper 3D space when being opened in AutoCAD. The lighting plot includes lighting trusses that are at an angle, so Design Layer Viewports have been used to properly display the angled trusses in 3D. I have discovered that once hybrid symbols are being sent into DLVP I am unable to export the 3D objects to DWG properly. The DLVP objects that are exported are in its angled orientation but only with the 2D elements exported and not the 3D elements. The lighting truss and lighting fixtures that are not sent into DLVP - i.e. those that are in its "normal" horizontal orientation remains exported as expected. To demonstrate, I have created a VWX test file with Spotlight 3D objects and exported it to DWG. Attached is the 3D test VWX file, another VWX file with the DWG reimported back in, as well as a couple of snapshots with the export settings. In the snapshots, the truss with its angled orientation is on the left, while the right is the truss with its normal orientation. Possible (serious) bug, or am I doing something wrong? Gabriel 3D test VWX file.vwx 3D test DWG import file.vwx
  13. so I need to export a dwg - but I only want the export to include the elements you can see in the sheet - how is. this done?! help! thanks
  14. gfp38

    Teigha Library Error

    I'm getting a 'Teigha Library Error' when exporting some DWGs. Does anyone know what this is?
  15. If a text object in Vectorworks has a background fill to cover items underneath the text this fill does get exported to DWG as a solid hatch behind the text with the colour used by the attribute setting for the fill. Even if the fill is set to white it often comes out as black in DWG for either print or when the DWG background is set to white. It would be nice if there could be an option in the DWG export settings to convert fills of text objects to MTEXT background masks with the additional option to set this mask to use the DWG drawing background colour instead of the colour used in VW. This would save quite a bit of cleaning up of MTEXT objects in the exported DWG file.
  16. Hello, When I Export a File from Vectorworks as .DWG, certain curves lines (arcs) and polylines change to line segments that are not curved anymore and the shapes change from round shapes to shapes with angles (squared). If I import back that same file to Vectorworks, some longer lines become fragmented in smaller lines. Is there any options to avoid this situations or at least make it smaller? Increasing the document DPI did not helped. In general I find several problems with Export .dwg and Import .dwg Thank you.
  17. tca

    Autocad layers import

    Does anybody have any advice for the following problem? 1. We received an Autocad template (.dwt) containing a layer system used by the client (we have to use the same system) 2. When we import the .dwg (saved from the .dwt) in Vectorworks it only brings in the layers (VW classes) which contain objects. The .dwt template doesn't contain any objects so no classes in Vectorworks 3. Possible solutions would be: - manually draw an object in each of the +300 layers in autocad and then import in VW - some kind of autocad script that does the above - a magic VW trick or script? thanks
  18. Hi all, Trying to export a DWG and getting the enclosed error about a Teigha library? Any ideas? Thank you E_
  19. Charlie Winter

    DLVP cutoff in 3D Flyover

    Morning all! I'm having some issue with a design layer viewport being cut off when I engage the 3D flyover tool. I've attached (2) screen grabs showing two different 3d views, and the point where my views are cut off. Any support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  20. 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?
  21. LauraCB

    Export to DWG Issue

    Hi All, I have been having trouble exporting sheets to DWG where the viewport has render works as its background render and hidden line as its foreground render. I can only get the background render (and annotations) to export no matter which export options I select. Has anyone got any ideas on what I could be doing wrong here? My current workaround is to change all the viewports to hidden line for the background render to export and then changing them back which is a very time consuming process. Thanks!
  22. ABi

    DWG files problems

    Hi guys, I've receive a DWG files to make a 3d model in VW and I have a problem with them, looks like I could only work with them at 2D Plan. I attached a jpg files to show you what I mean. Is there's something I do wrong ? The file in the middle (backlit) is join as a reference file, elevations are copy and paste in to the file. Either way I can't work with this dwg files in others than 2D plan view. Thanks a lot for any help! Alice
  23. I wish the DWG Export had an option to convert all Extrudes to Generic Solids before exporting. Currently all my Extrudes, a Geometry Type I really like, inside VW, get exported as lose DWG Polyfaces. (Even only when "Triangulate to preserve Fills "activated, otherwise just un-filled Polylines) Currently, to avoid that, I would need to : - "save as" File Ccopy for export - check and set Layers/Classes visibilities - Select Similar > Extrudes - Convert to Generic Solids - Export - Close Export File - re-open VW File Same wish for FBX Export.
  24. What I don't get at all is, if you import a DWG at a wrong Scale/Units, the Object's (Off) Scale itself between objects is totally ok. But the Location of (some?) Objects is wrong and some Objects spread all over the drawing. It looks like there are no problems in Z heights, just dislocations in XY plane. I think often only one Axis is affected. (I am not 100% sure about that) If I re-import that file at a correct Unit Setting again, I have to choose Millimeters as DWG Units, everything is fine as it should. I noticed that behavior over many years and VW releases. So I do not understand what the problem is, that Objects come in fine but not their Location. Why import in wrong Units happened at all : In this case I worked in a DWG file that had "Working" Units set to Meter and VW was set to Meter. It looks like the "File" or System Units Standard internally may be in Millimeters though. Whatever or which side does wrong reading or exporting the correct Units, - I would have expect to import Meters - VW expects to import in Meters And it is just a Factor of 1:1000 off + everything sits directly around file origin.
  25. scottoire

    Spotlight - Export to 3d DWG help

    Wonder if someone could help with a DWG Export problem i am using Spotlight and trying to export my drawing in to a 3D DWG. i'm sure it is some settings i am missing, however when i export, the Truss and Lighting Instrument symbols remain as 2d Symbols (but retain the 'Z' measurement). Un-ticking the Decompose 3D Symbols and Groups button successfully exports the lighting instruments as 3D, but still not the truss. however the DWG does not retain the 3D Orientation of the lighting instruments. ie - some fixtures are spun 90 degrees, to appear flat on the front face of the set. however the DWG ignores this are outs all 3d Orientation back to Zero. any help with this would be great.

 

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