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# The Mystery of a Rectangle's Width and Height

## Question

I've run a worksheet report on rectangles.  One of the rectangles (on an angle) is 19' wide by 1' high.  I know it's so because the OIP says so.  But the report returns the rectangle's 1' height as its width.  Why?!?!?!?!?!  Why are a rectangle's width and height such a mystery to Vectorworks?  Why does EVERY new thing I attempt in Vectorworks represent inexplicable difficulty and the need for a workaround or two???

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Yes, while VW has some great features, it is riddled with these behaviors which seem designed to send you to some other software.

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Yep; more and more I find myself seeking an alternative - something with all the great features and the rich promise of Vectorworks... but without the endless array of crippling issues.

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In reports (worksheets). width is not actually width, but rather the X dimension of the bounding box (might be different for rectangles) while Height if the Y dimension of the bounding box.

The OIP is much smarter than the worksheets.

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@Pat Stanford apart from rectangles, which worksheets really do take the width and height from the object (it seems). @willofmaine"s rectangles are at an angle and I'm getting the same results.

The Object Information Palette of Rectangles swap the Width and and Height fields around when rectangle goes past a 45° rotation. This function is just not picked up by the worksheet. Frustrating.

I think this is a bug.

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1 hour ago, Pat Stanford said:

In reports (worksheets). width is not actually width, but rather the X dimension of the bounding box (might be different for rectangles) while Height if the Y dimension of the bounding box.

The OIP is much smarter than the worksheets.

Just gunna say that is a very sad song you're singing there @Pat Stanford.

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@markdd If you think it is a bug, then make sure you submit it. This it the kind of thing that rarely gets submitted and therefore rarely gets fixed.

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Bug submitted: VB-177180

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A long time ago I had a vision that I could pull length and width of my 3d rectangles that I used for print graphics on set models, and put them on a worksheet for a graphics schedule.  I worked with a VW trainer to set this up, and then we both came to the conclusion that the worksheet data is only accurate when pulling that information in a Top/Plan view.  If the rectangle was in any other orientation, the data would be inaccurate.  Such a pity.

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It seems Vectorworks' understanding of Rectangles and Spaces is backwards.  If only they were switched around...  VWIS211:

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