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how can you best reference classes from a file?

I need to do this for the reason that those classes can change in our library of attributes. So like you can reference symbols from other file, I want to reference classes.

Now I do this by putting a rectangle from each class in a symbol (with a script of course) and then reference to that symbol. But is there other ways to do it?

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I don't know about referencing, but you can import classes by right clicking in the "classes" tab of the navigation pallet and selecting "new."

Just pick the file to import from.

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I know that, but the problem is that when the class change its attributes in the base file, the files that imported that class don't change.

I normaly don't want this behaviour but in this case I do.

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I looked at standard naming, but where can I find some details on how to use it? In our help files this isn't mentioned because it is one of the many things that didn't get translated in our version.

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There is another problem with referencing classes. When I check the option to edit my classes I referencing, the opacity isn't updated!

I notice that this is a problem with all documents, even when not referenced!

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In VW Architect and Landmark there are worksheets which control the standard classes for auto-classing and create standard viewports.

These are found in Apendix C of the US Design Series manual.

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I have a translated version and those standard naming thins are one of the many things that didn't get translated! The manual is also translated, so I can't look it up!

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That's what I thought.

About eight months ago, I find a version 11 help file online when I was researching Vectorworks.

Unfortunately, the link is long since removed from my computer.

Maybe someone at Nemetschek can help you out with the information.

I don't know what all the copyright issues are with international versions.

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Well, I found the solution a while ago.

You have one file where you maintain your classes. In this file you make a symbol with all of your classes in through for example rectangles.

Then you reference this symbol in you other library files. Make sure you turn the option on for changing the class attributes.

When you now change an attribute of a class, it will also change in the library files. So when you import a symbol from you library, it will have the correct attributes.

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