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Help! Taking a plan from a clip cube


whashisface

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Hi All

 

I'm trying to take a plan from a clip cube. The VWs helps says all I need to do is right click on the top face of the clip cube and select create section viewport from the context menu [See first screenshot].

 

Unfortunately when I right click on the top or bottom face I do not have the option to create a section viewport [see second screenshot]. I only have this option when I click on one of the sides.


Am I missing something?

 

Thanks in advance!

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And a screenshot of when I click on the sides.

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6 hours ago, whashisface said:

Thanks for the replies but I'm using VWs 2018 so it should be an option.

 

Can I suggest you change your signature then.

 

Both @Wes Gardner and myself were  guided to provide you with an answer based on your use of '2014  SP4' stated in your sig.  

 

As for 2018, I can't replicate your problem. In fact I find clip cube is one of the more reliable VW features. 

 

Others might be be able to replicate. 

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Gadzooks, I thought that might be why but I can't even see my signature in the new forum layout. This is all I can see of my post and it's the same for your profile too:

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Any idea where it is and how I change it? The edit profile page doesn't seem to include anywhere where I can change it!

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2 minutes ago, whashisface said:

Gadzooks, I thought that might be why but I can't even see my signature in the new forum layout. This is all I can see of my post and it's the same for your profile too:

5a0b009b68fed_ScreenShot2017-11-14at14_40_58.thumb.png.5582807dd6a5ce8447b8954dea4b2438.png

Any idea where it is and how I change it? The edit profile page doesn't seem to include anywhere where I can change it!


You had signatures disabled in your profile settings, I have re-enabled them. The control for this is found at the bottom right of a post (when enabled) and you can choose to hide one users or all users sigs.

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It seems to not work when I rotate the clip cube from 0 degrees using the drag handles at its base [see attached screenshot].

 

It was working on my office computer but as soon as I rotated the clip cube to match the orientation of my plan the option to cut a plan section viewport has disappeared.

 

I've got no idea how to reset the clip cube to it's original orientation. Any ideas?

 

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3 minutes ago, whashisface said:

It seems to not work when I rotate the clip cube from 0 degrees using the drag handles at its base [see attached screenshot].

 

It was working on my office computer but as soon as I rotated the clip cube to match the orientation of my plan the option to cut a plan section viewport has disappeared.

 

I've got no idea how to reset the clip cube to it's original orientation. Any ideas?

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 14.43.56.png


I am not able to replicate that, I see the option to cut a section whether the cube is rotated or not, so that would lead me to suspect your workspace as others above did. Was it migrated from an older version or was it built in 2017/2018? 

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3 minutes ago, whashisface said:


If its working again there is no need, but if it keeps disappearing then yes a backup and reset would be worth a try. If it still happens after that, get in touch with technical support and they may try transplanting your workspace rather than a full reinstall first.

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Being able to rotate the clip cube and still cut a plan section is an important feature for me so I don't think it's working as it should.

 

I'll rebuild the preferences.

 

It's very frustrating that every new release there is some feature or other than doesn't work and means I have to rebuild my preferences. Surely this makes the migration manager a bit pointless?

 

Thanks for everyone's help.

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  • 6 months later...

I'm really pleased with the clip cube feature to create presentation plans. It was on my wish list for years.

I find there are some strange issues with the shadows though.

On this particular wall shadow and some other corners a 'gap' shows up for no reason.

Is this a bug?

Clip cube plan.png

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Are you in OpenGL mode ?

 

These are simple fast Shadows. They work quite well in perspective views

but I don't wonder that they fail or leak in orthogonal Views.

 

I also mostly use these in highest quality settings.

 

Maybe you could fake them with 2D drop shadows for the Walls ?

 

 

BTW,

beside your 3D floor plans are looking great !

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I think it happens for all (horizontal Objects where the light comes more from

the side than along, like for the vertical Walls.

(And if they are longer in horizontal direction vs vertical, as that Column shows ?)

Maybe it would help if you extend your Walls temporary downwards through

the Floor.

 

But you could also use any similar, suitable RW Render Mode that will calculate

precise shadows. Takes a bit longer of course.

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