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Allan Christean

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I want to know if VectorWorks has a command or tool similar to the boundary or hatch tools included in AutoCAD. For now, I simply create an "areas" layer and use the polygon tool to trace out my lawn space, pavers, concrete, flower beds, etc. so I can place good looking hatchs or fills and include bidding information for my clients. I find this tedious and time consuming but see no other way to do it. If all this time I have been wasting time, someone please let me know. I should also say that these are not, of course, objects created with a tool that automatically calculates its area - like a polygon, polyline, rectangle or circle. It's normally a combination of arcs, ploygons, polylines, etc on the boundaries of the spaces I want to measure and area for. How do you all come up with these measurements?

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If the boundaries that you want to fill and area-track are defined by intersecting lines, arcs, etc, you can select them and use the "combine into surface" command which will find the least selected area clicked and automatically create a polygon which can then be filled and measured.

The "compose" command may be of interest, also.

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Well, I've used the tool "combine into surface" under several different conditions on several different landscape plans of mine. I have learned that the tool won't work with my landscape bed lines which I created by created with the arc tool and then combined and trimed the edges to make it look smooth. I just can't use the polyline tool to do that. Anyway, I tried selecting all the arcs and using the compose tool. This makes a single line, but still won't work. I also converted a copy to polygons, which also won't work. When I used polygons, polylines, and other shapes from scratch, it works great, but not with lines I derived from the arc tool. So anyway, it was a nice hope.

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