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  1. Our office does a lot of retail work and I am looking to revise our system for standard symbols for retail fixtures which are used right across our office. i would appreciate any advice on a system that best suits our needs. In our office we have varying levels of expertise on vectorworks so the system has to be easy to implement no matter your understanding of how VW works. We also do not yet have an office standard for classes so everyone is currently using different systems. The current symbol system is confusing especially for the less experienced VW users on the staff. It uses different classes inside the same symbol so that you need to have viewport visibilities for 2 (or sometimes 3 classes) set correctly to see the symbol in a viewport. For example a symbol for a table will be placed in a class called "Arch-Furniture-Contract". The table will have 2 rectangles inside it to represent the table - one rectangle with a solid linetype placed on a class called "Fixture - solid" and the other with a dashed linetype called "Fixture - dashed". The viewport classes are toggled depending on which view of the table is required. E.g: - On the main floor plan a solid view of the viewport is required so both the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" & "Fixture - solid" classes need to be turned on. - On the electrical plan a dashed view of the table is required so both the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" & "Fixture - dashed" classes need to be turned on and the 'Fixture-solid" class turned off. - On the ceiling plan no view of the table is required so the"Arch-Furniture-Contract" class is turned off in that viewport. This is confusing especially when a symbol gets put on the wrong class. It also means these symbols drag these classes into any drawings they are imported into. I am looking at 2 alternative options: Option 1: For the table symbol example I would have only one rectangle which is set to say the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" class with the rectangle's linetype and solid fill attributes set to "by class". The symbol itself is placed either in the "none" class (which always has visibilities set to "on") or it could be placed in the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" class. You can then override the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" class attributes in the viewport to get the dashed line with no fill. This is relatively simple and once the symbol is set up pretty easy to implement. Though if the symbol is inadvertantly placed into a different class then that class also needs to be turned on for the object to be visible in a viewport. Also it drags the "Arch-Furniture-Contract" class into any drawings it is imported into and as it is using "by class" attributes the symbol will take on the class attributes of the file it is brought into. Option 2: For the table symbol I would have only one rectangle which is set in the "None'" class with no attributes set to "by class". Viewport visibilities are adjusted either by graying the class or overriding the opacity of the class the symbol is placed into. The plus side is that it is really only dependant on one class - the class which the user chooses to place the symbol into. No importing different classes into your drawings and the attibutes are the same no matter the class attribute settings. Downside is that you can't override the linetype to get a dashed line instead the table would need to be grayed out or set to lower opacity for some views such as the electrical plans (perhaps not as clear as the dashed line system). Any expert advice on these options (or perhaps someone can suggest a better way that I haven't yet thought of?) would be very much appreciated. Perhaps a wishlist item for vectorworks would be to introduce a "by object class" attribute setting for symbol objects similar to the "by block" setting used in AutoCAD. That would mean symbol subobjects could simply be on the "None" class but take on the attributes of the class the symbol is placed in. Thanks Boh
  2. Is there a method anyone has used for hybrid symbols or objects to inherit space properties? I would like to shortcut the lengthy and error prone effort of manually assigning room numbers or names to furniture records (which is my current method) to enable worksheets with room-by-room (i.e. space-by-space) take off. I hope I am not alone in this requirement?
  3. It is very nice that the Grass Shader in VW also works within Symbols. That makes it easy to create instances of plant tubs or other green furniture. However, that will not work in C4D after Import/Exchange when you keep your Symbols als Instances in VW order. Which I think is the recommended way to go for Symbols. Grass Shader Materials (like Lights) in Symbols will not work as "Render Instances". Export as "Render Instances" is VW's only option to get VW Symbols into C4D and not dissect them into separate geometry. So if you encounter such problems with Symbol exports not working as expected, try to search the Instance Copies in C4D by Name (You can't isolate them by Single Layer (Class) display, as Instances from VW unfortunately don't have a Layer assigned like their Symbols Original) and deactivate the Instance Copies "Render Instances" option - so they will work again.
  4. Hey, I create some custom symbols/lighting instruments and added them in my drawing. Now I went back and edited those symbols slightly but I'm wondering: 1. Does the lighting instrument automatically update with the new symbol changes? 2. How can I update all of the currently used symbols on the drawing? Is there anyway just to make it auto-update? I searched but couldn't find a clear solution to this. Thanks for your help
  5. Hi there, I have a problem with the linked texts inside the symbol blocks. When I see them in any type of 3D visualization even in wireframe, I can see all the information pulled from the record without any problem, but when I try to visualize the symbol not in plan view, with the hidden line mode on, all those data disappear. Anyone knows how can I do to show the linked information inside the symbol block even in hidden line mode? Thanks
  6. I have a unit (lots actually) that I want to always use in mode 1. How do I get the mode to stick to the symbol in the resource manager? Thus, having the mode already set each time I insert the symbol...
  7. We are shifting our workflow into using stories. In past multi-family-residential projects where many units are the same, we've put these units in symbols so that we can make wide scale changes to them. However, when creating a symbol of the units with wall styles bound to story levels, the walls show up as having no height. There is a story aware checkbox in the create symbol dialogue box but I'm unclear to what it really does. Do styled walls work within symbols or do we need a new set of unbounded wall styles? Any tips relating to multiple unit type arrangements using stories would be appreciated.
  8. I always import my plant symbols from one design into another design, but all of a sudden it doesn't seem to work.... As soon as I want to copy a plant symbol which I created previously into my current drawing I can’t select it and it doesn’t display any graphics only an outline. When I double click on it to enter the 2D Graphics, it is empty and then the image also disappears from my resource browser. The definition is still present. What am I doping wrong.
  9. When I group objects, symbols become invisible but still there, this happens in wiremode for me. Sometimes it works to just rerender to OpenGL and back to wiremode. Symbols are mostly 2016 and older. All objects have same class, "ingen" in my language. Active class is "ingen", and active layer is visible. I use 2017SP1, and problems occur on both mac and pc, and on three pc's I have tried. I have tried to change stuff in preferences, but nothing works. I have seen post on this since November but I have seen no solutions. Have someone found a solution to this problem?
  10. Hello! I'm working to figure out the best way to export a useful DWG. I'm wondering, is there any way to maintain Symbol names (ex. S4-36deg) in the exported DWG block? They are currently exporting as a seemingly random array of numbers. Thank you!
  11. Hello, I was working on VWX 2012 in a teamwork project. Means several people were working with the same files. We happened to have an ongoing problem with the drawing precision. I know about the Units-Settings. But maybe our problem was also linked to Symbols. Whenever a file was opened with a different MAC the symbols for example changed its places by 0,027453 meters (lets say). Since the Units-Settings are file specific I don't know what could cause this issue. Are there any settings that are global in the program and could cause this problem? Or do you think its a symbol based problem? Any help would be very much appreciated! Thanks and kind regards Malte
  12. I've been scouring the internet for any indication as to how to go about creating a record format that auto-populates the extrusion length of a symbol...and I've had no luck. But I just saw this script posted on another topic: and I was wondering if anybody could help me alter this to work for my purpose. I have a number of 2D shapes that I often extrude and then make into symbols. These symbols then act as the structures of trade show displays that I help design. As there are a number of similar objects in these structures, I'd love to be able to run a report that includes the length that I've extruded the symbols. Or any other suggestions as to how to get a similar result would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
  13. Hello, I was wondering if there is a way to change the classes of the components that make up a symbol all at one time in multiple symbols? Not just editing the symbol and changing the class one at a time. I ask this because when I import some .dwg files the walls, doors, windows, etc.. import as symbols and often they have multiple lines and polygons. I can use the custom selection tool or just select all symbols and change the overall symbols classes to "0" or "none" but the components of the symbol still retain there original class say "New_A-STRS_Pen_No__2." I would like to have everything as a single class so I may then import into a working template and not have 500+ new classes added to the file. Is this possible and I'm just missing the correct approach using the Modification tool?
  14. Hi there, I have put together a drawing and want the worksheet to count nested symbols in a specific area of the drawing. I have named a rectangle area in the drawing "000-OrderArea", and they Symbol "ProjectSeat" appears in this area both on its own, as well as being nested within two other symbols. Here is the formula in the Worksheet cell: =COUNT((INSYMBOL & (S='ProjectSeat') & (LOC='000-OrderArea'))) The Worksheet is only counting the 'loose' symbols in the area, not any of the nested ones. Any clues as to how I can get it to count ALL of the symbols in the area? Cheers, Nick
  15. Hi, I noticed a weird behavior: I had two drawing windows open side by side (which, thank you for adding this functionality!), one on each of two monitors. The resource browser was positioned over drawing b, but I had drawing A active in the list of drawings. I selected drawing C in the resource browser (which was tabbed with drawing A), and tried to import a symbol into drawing A with r-click->Import. The import dialogue window opened and showed that I was importing into Drawing A and I hit OK. The resource browser then showed drawing B as active, and the symbol didn't appear in my drawing A resources. Moving drawing B back into the tab stack with A and C solved the issue. Hopefully that makes sense, but basically it seems like the resource browser wants to activate the drawing that it's floated over no matter what you have selected (bolded) as active within it when importing symbols. Drag and drop showed the same problem. Thanks for any help you can provide!
  16. When importing dwg files sometimes symbols duplicate and you get e.g. valve, valve-2, valve-3 etc. even though they are actually the same symbol "valve". It would be nice if instead of having to use the replace symbol for each instance there could be some functionality where you could use the resource browser to select the duplicates and "merge" multiple instances of the same symbol into a single symbol (e.g. "valve" in the example above) and it will automatically replace the duplicates with the "master symbol". It could even be used to replace an incorrect variant of a symbol with the correct one instead of just identical variants of a symbol.