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  1. 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
  2. How about add the description in Organization dialog? so you can have an entire look of the drawing's structure
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  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. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. Hi, I really like the auto-hide palette feature for work on my laptop, but I wish I could make it appear/disappear faster. Is there a way to adjust the speed? I would love it if it would appear instantly if my cursor touches the frame, and disappear instantly if my cursor leaves the toolbar. Also, is there a way to get rid of the slow-mo, blurry animation for the toolbar hide as well? It seems to be a waste of system resources for a program whose focus seems to be the speedy creation of readable build diagrams. Thanks!
  16. I'm looking for some pointers on workflow here. I've made some Marionette scripts that are critical to my company's workflow. Many of these are commands that pull record information from the title block and then generates an email template (using a mailto: link) to update a team of people on the status. What is the best way to share these scripts with all of the people in my department? Currently I have a file in our workgroup folder with the marionette wrapper in a symbol and people have to drag the symbol into their document, run the script, then will often delete the wrapper. It's a few steps that feels a little sloppy, I'm looking for something that feels refined. Is there a way add to Tools > Marionette Commands from the workgroup? I want to maintain of control of updates to the script. Does anybody have a good way to convert Marionette scrips to regular scripts in a pallet? If I export any of my marionette networks they are way to big to use as a regular script. Edit: spelling.
  17. There should be a way to automatically connect an irrigation outlet to any nearby pipe. Since we often work on large complex irrigation systems, our workflow has been to draft irrigation lines as polylines first and get them all correct before converting them into pipes. The reason is that once pipes are created, they cannot easily be replicated through offset methods to show multiple pipes or precise locations. Similarly, we will have often already placed all of our irrigation outlets for the design...thus it would be awesome to select an irrigation head, or multiples, and tell them to auto-connect to the nearest irrigation pipe, or the irrigation pipe of your choosing. THis would autodraw the shortest possible lateral connection in between the outlet and the chosen pipe. I have another very specific workflow example where this would be helpful, but I'll save that for later.
  18. At Tangably we do training & workflow consulting for Spotlight, Architect, & Landmark through screen-share online and on-site at your office. Anyone may book our time on-demand by clicking the "Schedule" button on the header of our website. Read what others say about us: https://tangably.com/#TESTIMONIALS We are honored to be part of a handful of other Professional Third Party Vectorworks Trainers out there empowering designers around the world, in addition to the great Training Department at Vectorworks. Other third-party trainers invited to comment and share contact info on this thread.
  19. Hi, I have been using VW for a bit over 6 months. I have moved from Acad after using it for 12 years. I really tried to embrace the differences and there are some things that work better than in Acad, some are different and some are just plain stupid. Of course I am writing about the stupid hoping that somebody will explain me that I am wrong. Is it possible that out of all possibilities creators of VW decided to put same COPY and MOVE under a same function. So every time i decided to move something and use shortcut I still have to look up , check if it is move or copy. Not to mention when you copy something and then right after you want to move it... its just to complicated and making me furious when i am in the middle of construction of a drawing and realize that instead of coping i have been moving the same element over and over... If anyone have made some script, macro, button, whatever that is making possible to move or copy unrelated to a previous state, please share. I'm really in a struggle here. Thanks Jan
  20. I was reading another post (LINK HERE) and it starting veering into an interesting territory, so rather than clogging up the bottom pages of that feed, I thought I would start another with the subject matter more clearly defined. 2D vs. 3D vs. BIM? It seems to me that the potential of BIM and digital technologies is taking us away from traditional project documentation and delivery methods. 2d plans, sections, details, elevations, etc. are still the currency that we deal with on a day-to-day, and I have noticed that many of the posts and troubleshooting that is happening on this forum are dealing with ways of translating often complex 3d digital design work and details into traditional 2d plans or visa versa, taking 2d linework and starting the process of taking that to the 3d level. VW tries to make this easy, but at the end of the day, I often feel I spend more time trying to make 3d read in 2d than if I just drew it in 2d to begin with. 3D DIGITAL DELIVERY The real reason for this post is to float out the idea and to see if people have any experience or are looking to start...digital delivery. What I mean by this is, rather than delivering traditional plan set full of 2-dimensional drawings, are we heading to a world where we communicate with 3d models? With the advent of 3D PDFs and augmented reality/immersion as means of sharing design, is it possible that we will be entering a world without paper where everything is decided and built from a digital 3d model? WHERE ARE WE GOING WITH THIS? I'm interested to hear what people's experiences are with BIM and digital delivery. What are the things holding this up? What will the standards be? Getting cities and jurisdictions on board seems like the largest hurdle since paper plans have always been the media of record.
  21. Anyone using a CURVED Ultrawide monitor for VW? I can see how it would be great for gaming, video editing and similar tasks. But wondering if the curve "distorts" (perceptually) the VW workspace. I've always enjoyed big monitors, but at some point a monitor can be too big for practical desktop use.
  22. 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+?
  23. Is there a way to link object information to record formats? I want to create a schedule by applying a record format to existing objects and have the record information auto-populate the record fields with the object's height, width, and depth dimensions.
  24. Associative Dimensions are great! Problem is they work only from Point-Point. I would like their role to be expanded to include associations between other snap conditions. eg Point-Perpendicular.
  25. i tried to create the flow chart. but i am stuck in middle. can anyone help in creating? Driver backs up the truck into one of the available docks.For full truck loads (FTL) the forklift driver checks the seal to be intact, and matches it with the seal number on the PL/BOL. If seal doesn’t match, he reports to the receiving clerk. Receiving clerk contacts the buyer and fills out the “discrepancy form”. If buyer doesn’t approve the discrepancy, the truck is rejected without breaking the seal. If buyer approves, the forklift driver unloads the goods from the truck and stages them in the receiving area. He counts the goods, and visually inspects the packaging and the parts themselves. If there is a shortage/discrepancy, or if packaging is damaged, he takes pictures, lists the damages/shortages on the BOL, as well as the form, and has the driver sign it. The forklift driver then fills out the “Visual Inspection (VI) Form” by matching the “Packing List (PL)” with the shipment and notes any potential quantity or visual defect issues. Receiving clerk should put a red tag on damaged goods. Damaged goods are moved to quarantine for further inspection. The receiving clerk logs the data under “Incoming QC” in “SmartSheet”. “SmartSheet” sends a notification to the QC inspector. If the load is intact, or the non-damaged portion of the shipment are staged in the receiving area, and are tagged with orange labels “inspection required”. The “VI” form and a copy of the PL are passed to the QC, and another copy goes to the inventory controller. QC inspects the shipment, and passes the “inspection report” to the inventory controller. Inventory controller receives the number of goods that passed the inspection in the ERP system. If there is a discrepancy, shortage, or quality issueQC inspector makes a note under “SmartSheet”. The buyer then follows through the “MRB (Material Review Board)” process.

 

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