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I still cant get to grips with Vectorworks when it comes to complicated roofs so I create it in Sketchup, group the objects & then import the model!

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my architect tutorial manual has all my roof tricks in it.

Is it a reasonable use of this forum to constantly be pimping your products??? I thought you used to be a helpful guy around here...

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Jonathan Pickup has by far helped hundreds of VW users novice and expert with his tips, tricks and tools. I held onto every word he documented when I first began using VW and continue to keep an eye on his podcasts.

Keep up the good work JP. The streets of VW can use a few more pimps to supply us johns with quality strange.

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Agreed he's spent a lot time helping folks, but that isn't the point. In fact, it's because he's been so helpful in the past that it's tempting to click a discussion when his name is listed as the last poster.

I then feel like a chump having actually clicked on an ad when the post isn't an attempt at help, but just a commercial message.

I for one am put off by this.

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I still cant get to grips with Vectorworks when it comes to complicated roofs so I create it in Sketchup, group the objects & then import the model!

I do the same thing but sometimes need to tweak the resulting roof faces a little after import and find it utterly irritating to do so, so I find myself back in Sketchup doing the tweaking. For me, there is no comparison editing the roof model in Sketchup compared to dealing with VW's roof tools. Time is money!

To share my discoveries with the Sketchup to VW import tool, I have documented a few important things to do to the Sketchup file prior to import, if all you want is the roof.

Setup a Sketchup drawing template to have a set of layers with names that match the target VW design layers.

1. Either make sure the roof surfaces and edges are on a separate layer, preferably on a layer that matches the Vectorworks target design layer, and have all the faces assigned to a specific Sketchup material.

2. Un-group all the roof faces, VW sees grouped polylines rather than roof faces if the Sketchup roof surfaces are grouped.

3. Move all the faces to the Sketchup Z drawing origin (not an origin set with the axis tool) if you only want to use the roof surfaces and have them come into VW at a zero Z axis height and relative to the roof design layer Z dimension. Vectorworks will import the file, convert the surfaces to roof face objects and place their Z axis elevation at the Sketchup drawing default of 0 Z.

4. Make sure your Sketchup roof design takes into account the desired soffit depth when using Vectorworks' exterior wall components beyond the structural wall.

Don't get me wrong here, I love VW and all it's capability, I just think, for me anyway, designing roofs in Sketchup vs. VW is an exercise in real creative, and time efficient, design work rather than just killing time fighting the software. Thank goodness for the Sketchup import filter!

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