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As a novice to Vectorworks 9.5.1 (on PC platform) i need some explanation about exporting a drawing to Vectorscript.

Our intention is to save drawings in a revision control system (CVS) that works much better with text files (like vectorscript) than with binaries.

When we export and reimport to/from vectorscript all callouts are lost, complex polygons are sometimes mirrored!

I believe there are some undocumented limitations of the export/import and any help to clarify is highly appreciated!

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There are many objects that do not get exported when exporting as a vector script file.

Your drawing will never end up importing back in the way it was when it was exported.

I would find an alternative way of setting up your revision control system.

Dave

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Dave's got it right, I'm afraid!

PIOs are not supported in VS export and there are indeed various other deficiencies.

However, on the PC platform - at least with FileMaker Pro - it is possible to put entire VW files as 'objects' into a database.

In short, my revision system goes like this: - the actual current file never changes its name - for each revision, I make a copy of the file and explicitly rename that (sequential numbers) - for each issued [set of] drawing, a copy is also created - a 'revision symbol' is added for each revision to each affected titleblock present in the VW document (one VW document can be used to generate all drawings - or at least several drawings) - a 'project management' document uses workggroup referencing to keep track of drawings and revisions

Anyway, this requires a bit of thinking & planning & implementation. Each practice has its own peculiar ways of operating, so I won't offer to sell my CAD management system to you, although it works very well for me. (I don't use the VWA system at all.)

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Dave's got it right, I'm afraid!

PIOs are not supported in VS export and there are indeed various other deficiencies.

However, on the PC platform - at least with FileMaker Pro - it is possible to put entire VW files as 'objects' into a database.

In short, my revision system goes like this: - the actual current file never changes its name - for each revision, I make a copy of the file and explicitly rename that (sequential numbers) - for each issued [set of] drawing, a copy is also created - a 'revision symbol' is added for each revision to each affected titleblock present in the VW document (one VW document can be used to generate all drawings - or at least several drawings) - a 'project management' document uses workggroup referencing to keep track of drawings and revisions

Anyway, this requires a bit of thinking & planning & implementation. Each practice has its own peculiar ways of operating, so I won't offer to sell my CAD management system to you, although it works very well for me. (I don't use the VWA system at all.)

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