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Can't edit dwg after import

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I am 100% new to Vectorworks. I can import .dwg files fine, but I can't edit them. For example, I am unable to select a rectangle and change its size or delete it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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This would be a layer or class issue. Right click on the rectangle and choose Force Select, then look in the Object info palette to see layer/class info.

If you can see something and not select it, your settings under View menu>Layer/Class Options is set to either Show Others or Show/Snap Others. Depending on how the drawing is set up you can change either the Layer Options or Class Options to Show/Snap/Modify Others and you will be able to select anything as long as the object is on a layer that is both the same scale and in Top/Plan view.

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hmmm...that still doesn't work - could it have been saved in an non-editable format?

thanks

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When you import a DWG, it creates a new layer, so you should have two layers, one name Layer-1 and one named Name_of_DWG (whatever that file names was).

If you started with a blank document, it is likely that Layer-1 is at 1:1 scale and that the other layer is at a different scale. You can only snap/select objects that are at the same scale.

Try switching to the DWG layer and see if you can select objects there.

Pat

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I tried the DWG layer at all possible different scales and I still can't select.

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There is no non-editable format so the answer is there somewhere. If you were able to post the file it would be very easy to give you a solution.

Did you try setting layer and class options to Show/Snap/Modify Others?

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yup, I tried setting layer and class options to Show/Snap/Modify Others

I will try to attach the file,

thanks,

jake

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It doesn't seem to have attached correctly, how big is the file?

You can email it to me: cad(at)raylibby.net

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The file is to big for the Techboard.

The reason you can't select any individual object is they are all contained in a symbol, when you click on any object you are selecting the symbol.

Select the symbol, Modify menu>Convert>Convert to group (Ctrl+k). The symbol will now be a group. Modify menu>Ungroup (Ctrl+u) will ungroup it to individual objects.

Look in the Object Info Palette to see whats going on. When you select the symbol the OIP will tell you what it is. When you convert to group it will also tell you it's a group. When you ungroup it will tell you how many objects.

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Hi, I have the same problem with a survey file. Tried the above and managed to group and ungroup but the result is still uneditable. Is there a chance that there is a symbol within a symbol?

 

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Yes, there is a chance, of nested symbols, or several stacking symbols. 

But first, just in case, and assuming that you start with a symbol selected (look at the OIP):

1. Note that the first step is not Group, but rather Convert to Group via Modify menu>Convert>Convert to Group.

2. Now OIP should indicate “Group”

3. You have a choice - Edit this Group, or Ungroup. Either way, select something.

4.a.  If it’s a Group, dbl click to edit and examine the contents. It might have geometry objects, or one or more Groups, or one or more symbols. 

4.b. If it’s a symbol, Convert to Group and Edit to see what is inside. Do the steps in 4.a.

5. Repeat until you reach the geometry.

HTH

 

-B

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