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  1. I had a chance to give STORIES a go last week and after several hours of frustration and extensive readings of this board where others expressed their on-going frustration, I found myself looking for a simpler solution. It is far easier to think in relationships than absolutes. I sure wish Vectorworks could help us design this way. My request is to allow users to set a layer elevation as an offset from another layer. That is - allow us to reference layer elevations from one another. This looks like a relatively easy integration into the current design layer setup. Substitute (or add as a separate option) "Layer Level" for "Story Level" Allow the user to set an offset value from the referenced layer. Allow the user to set the offset from either the layer elevation or the layer elevations wall height. The wall height is a means of defining the layers thickness. A layer's thickness can be positive or negative relative to it's elevation height. In the following example I'm using the components of a floor system to illustrate how this would work rather than separate floors, roof, etc. The Subfloor layer is referenced as the Datum Elevation. The subfloor has a "wall height" (thickness) of -3/4" The Finish Floor (FF) is set to the Datum Elevation. It has a thickness of 3/4" The Framing layer is linked to the Subfloor layer wall height (which is 3/4" below the datum) and has a thickness of -11 7/8". The Mudsill layer is linked to the Framing layer and has a thickness of -1 1/2" The Foundation layer is linked to the Mudsill layer and has a thickness of -24" The Footing... With this method, one doesn't have to remember that the Top of the Footing is actually -3'-2 1/8", the software is doing the math for you. I would imagine that the Edit Layer dialogue would display the absolute height (in gray) while showing the layer that it is referenced to. The user could then choose to unlink a layer at any time and set a manual elevation for it. The ease of use would be amazing. If my floor joists needed to change to say 14", I could just change the layer wall height for the Framing layer and everything linked to it (below that layer) would automatically adjust. It could actually make sections fun again.

 

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