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You can play around with the drape surface command to see if that gives you the result you want. I ended up using the insulation tool in plan, converted it to a polyline and then extruded it the height I needed. Of course, this just gives you the "open" drape look.

I would also suggest just making your venetian blinds. It should actually be easier than the drapes. Draw a rectangle, extrude it the thickness of one piece and duplicate it vertically.

hope this helps

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During the olden golden days, greco-roman Architects used to refer to windows as fenestrations in the elevations

from the latin , fenestratus { having small window-like perforations or transparent openings } .

Thereafter, the window blinds were referred to as 'fenestration blinds' .

In New Jersey the Italians easily morphed those fenestrations ... into venetians ; )

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Islandmon, did you just make that up while you were lying on the beach sipping a rum punch? Fenestration means windows even in English, but the New Jersey part - turning finestra into Venetian - that sounds far-fetched.

A quick check of web sources (example) suggests they're called Venetian blinds because Venetian traders first brought them from Persia in the 18th century. This site says they were called Venetian blinds in an 1841 U.S. patent. I don't think there were many Italians in New Jersey then.

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It would be quicker to make them yourself:

1. Create a class called Venetians and make it your active class.

2. Create the 3D:

- Use a 3D polygon for a single slat.

- In an end view rotate this to the angle you require.

- Turn this slat into a symbol.

- Use duplicate array to get the number of slats you need vertically.

- Use a very small extruded rectangles for one vertical connecting string.

(set its graphic attributes to how you want it to appear)

- Turm this 'string' element into a symbol and then place instances where you need them.

- Use extruded rectangle(s) for the wand

- Use an extruded rectangle for the top box.

- Use an extruded rectangle for the bottom rail.

3. Create the 2D:

- Go to a Top Plan View.

- Draw the 2D Plan appearance you want directly over the top of the assembled 3D elements.

4. Create the hybrid symbol:

- Select all of the 2D and 3D elements.

- Select Create Symbol on the Modify Menu.

- Set the insertion options as you want them.

- Select an insertion point.

- Give it an appropriate name.

Having created one symbol you can then then duplicate it and by modifying its 2D and 3D components create other sizes.

One day one of the clever scripters might be able to create a PIO for this.

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