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Hello! 

 

I am using Vectorworks Landmark '19 and I am wondering how to create a database where I can store all of the most common plants that I use for my landscape designs. Basically I am just hoping to have a place where I can quickly access those plants which I use the most. Especially the ones that so arduously create on my own. 

 

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Thanks for the tip, Tamsin, but this didn't work for me. It did not create a new file. It wants to open an existing file in the Object Styles\Plant directory. When I checked my Object Styles subfolders, they are all empty, including the Plant folder (in both my Vectorworks 2020 and 2019 folders). My directory path is: 

 

C:\Users\jmcca\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2020\Libraries\Object Styles\Plant

 

On Monday I started a topic titled 'Custom plant catalogs, Resource Manager, Plant Preferences dialog box', but have received no response. I am completely baffled by this aspect of Vectorworks and it is really hampering my productivity. I would love some advice/help in this area (how to get my custom and favorite plants to show up within the Resource Manager Favorites or User Libraries and/or the Plant Preferences dialog box). 

 

Might you have a moment or somewhere you can point me for support?

 

Thank you very much,

James

 

 

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14 hours ago, Tamsin Slatter said:

Every time you make a new plant in a project, right click on that plant and choose Export Plant. Choose the following location:

Libraries > User Folder > Object Styles > Plant. The first time you do this, a new file will be created called Exported Plant. 

For subsequent exports, choose this file. This file will always be available when you use the Plant tool's resource selector. When you upgrade Vectorworks, files within this folder structure will automatically migrate to the new version without you having to remember where they are.

Thank you Tamsin!

 

I had basically started my own new vwx file copying all my created plants which I could then copy and paste from but I'll try this instead so I don't have to have both files open every time. 

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If you have made your own file, you could just put that file in the folder structure as described above, and then add to it using the method I describe above. Good luck.

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14 hours ago, jmccain8 said:

Thanks for the tip, Tamsin, but this didn't work for me. It did not create a new file. It wants to open an existing file in the Object Styles\Plant directory. When I checked my Object Styles subfolders, they are all empty, including the Plant folder (in both my Vectorworks 2020 and 2019 folders). My directory path is: 

 

C:\Users\jmcca\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2020\Libraries\Object Styles\Plant

 

On Monday I started a topic titled 'Custom plant catalogs, Resource Manager, Plant Preferences dialog box', but have received no response. I am completely baffled by this aspect of Vectorworks and it is really hampering my productivity. I would love some advice/help in this area (how to get my custom and favorite plants to show up within the Resource Manager Favorites or User Libraries and/or the Plant Preferences dialog box). 

 

Might you have a moment or somewhere you can point me for support?

 

Thank you very much,

James

 

 

I think you should contact tech support in the US. This method definitely does work, so something wrong local to your computer I think.

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Thanks.  I ended up deciding to close out my active drawing, and then reopened Vectorworks from the app menu (rather than clicking on my drawing file from the file system).

 

This seemed to do the trick. Now I can see the export file and then my exported plants when clicking on that from within the Resource Manager and Plant Preferences dialog box. But I have to hit Refresh on the libraries from within the Resource Manager before any recently exported plants show up as available. 

 

Anyway, however clunky the process, I might be making some progress. Thanks again.

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1 hour ago, jmccain8 said:

Thanks.  I ended up deciding to close out my active drawing, and then reopened Vectorworks from the app menu (rather than clicking on my drawing file from the file system).

 

This seemed to do the trick. Now I can see the export file and then my exported plants when clicking on that from within the Resource Manager and Plant Preferences dialog box. But I have to hit Refresh on the libraries from within the Resource Manager before any recently exported plants show up as available. 

 

Anyway, however clunky the process, I might be making some progress. Thanks again.

You're welcome. And thanks - I forgot the bit about having to refresh the library to get it to show up!
Enjoy...

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