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  2. James Herrick

    Freelance Drafting Services

    Licensed Architect in Michigan with over 40 years of experience in a wide variety of project types - specifically K-12 educational facilities and residential projects. I have been using Vectorworks (currently version 2020) for over 20 years. Fees are negotiable.
  3. BSeigel

    How to use the truss tool sets properly?

    It's possible, you will need to have the files downloaded on another machine with Vectorworks. 1. One the computer with the resources downloaded, find the Vectorworks 2019 application folder (Applications folder on Mac or Program folder on Windows) 2. Open the "Vectorworks 2019" folder 3. Open the "Libraries" folder 4. Locate the "Objects-Ent Truss" folder 5. Copy the "Objects-Ent Truss" folder onto a removable drive 6.On the computer that does not have the resources downloaded, find the Vectorworks 2019 application folder (Applications folder on Mac or Program folder on Windows) 7. Open the "Vectorworks 2019" folder 8. Open the "Libraries" folder 9. Copy the "Objects-Ent Truss" folder from the removable drive to the Libraries folder 10. Restart Vectorworks and you should have the resources available 11. (optional) if you still do not see the resources select the gear icon in the Resource Manager and choose "refresh libraries"
  4. michaelk

    Object not working like an object?

    Matt Great idea!
  5. Hi Boh! Glad you like them. I use these scripts every day, also 😁. I'm not terribly good at writing scripts - this one is just simple enough that I could handle it. But I have to extend credit to the hardworking men and women who frequent the vectorscript forum who are always helping me out. For example, I know this is the script where I learned from @PatStanford the trick of naming something the current date down to the second to make sure you don't have a duplicated name.
  6. JetSet86

    How to use the truss tool sets properly?

    Thank you for this. Is there a way to download these libraries outside of the Downloader and import them? I am using the software on a production computer with no internet.
  7. Matt Panzer

    Object not working like an object?

    You're welcome! I can direct this to the right people. I don't know if we have an article on ways to keep file sizes manageable but, if not, that would be a good one. Along those lines: Here's great (and simple) way to quickly find which textures are taking up too much precious space in your files: Select all of your textures in the Resource Manager Right-click on one and choose the "Extract Image(s)…" command. This will export the image used for the textures so you can see how big the file currently is. If you sort your Finder window of the file by size, you'll get a good idea of which could benefit from being reduced.
  8. If one user has two computers, Home/Office, and they both have same user name on the home folder, how can I get VW Project Share to list the local VWXW files as two different files? And, how do I get the Project Share Users pane to list the two computers as two users? This is important for when, not if, the user forgets to release items from home and has opened the file at work. Both files are open and now in conflict with themselves. Thanks, Scott
  9. BSeigel

    Functioning Swivel Cheeseborough

    Here you go Swivel Cheeseborough v2019.vwx
  10. I agree that it would be useful to place the markers in other viewports similar to the Data Tag would be useful, but that would mean that users would be required to use spaces into order to create interior elevations. While it sounds reasonable to me, it may not to others. However, I really like the idea and think it's something worth exploring! The reason for my original question is because You can currently place a Section Line with the tool, then create a section viewport from it, then choose to show the Section Line in other viewports. If interior elevations worked in a similar manner it would, at least, be consistent. I'm not saying it'd be a perfect system - just better than what we have now.
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  12. Awright; I dL'ed the KML & SHP files, found an online SHP to DXF converter. Done. BUT: now I see I have no idea how to request the fulldata set I need, which is the streets, sidewalks, etc. Any direction, help etc gratefully accepted
  13. rseybert

    Kickass render machine?

    @BSeigel - Thanks for the reply. I'm really confused about what resources VW uses for which processes. I've found posts that support it would be more beneficial to have a CPU with low core counts and high clock speed as VW does not utilize more than 3 or 4 cores... Granted almost all of these posts are older and I'm not sure just how relevant they are. I cannot seem to find anything that touches this subject that are current to 2019/2020 and the recommended specs on the VW website does not get very granular when it comes to processor. Do you have any links to any official resources that support the claim that more cores is beneficial? That would really help my fight when I present the needs to the money people as well as help other users who are in the same boat. @herbieherb - Thanks for the recommendations. I will look into those specs. I'm Mac based personally and on the road, but I'd be happy to rock a windows machine in the office if it means I can bang out some high quality renders in a timely manner. The i9 processor I have in the MBP seems to do this pretty well but I have to drop the overall size of the final render down quite a bit while keeping the DPI high as well as sacrifice some of the finer details such as light bounces.
  14. As the title suggests, How-to: import GIS Data (KML / SHP) into Vectorworks Spotlight? Running 2019 > 2020 at the moment. I do not have designer, nor landmark nor Architect. having said that, my practice has now expanded, such that I need to have accurate physical data for block-size portions of some cities. Any thoughts? Thanks hive
  15. @Dave Donley I was testing out an Intel NUC (NUC8I7HNK) as possible new render machine since we had some not on a show and the powers that be want me to look into all options available before making a purchase. I downloaded 2020 SP1 on the machine and opened a 2019 file that already had renders set up and I knew how long it would take to render on my MacBook Pro. After it failed to render correctly, I restarted VW and it rendered fine, save for a few settings that were lost in translation. Not sure if it was a minor hiccup or the problem you describe. I would share the file but its very proprietary. I've also completely restored the NUC as I've ruled it out as a rendering machine so any further tests are not an option at the moment.
  16. mjm

    Object not working like an object?

    @Matt PanzerAwesome workflow, thank you. I do hope you post this or similar in the knowledgebase.
  17. There was a bug (Windows-only, fixed in 2020 SP2) where VPs might show black when default image compression preference was set to JPEG (instead of the default which is PNG compression). Don't know if that is the issue here. If it is file specific that helps to know. If it is machine-specific that is helpful to know too. Can you strip out any proprietary stuff you can't share and post the VWX file here so we can try it?
  18. lisagravy

    GIS Stake

    😂 Thanks! Also should say - I found this relevant resource on the Vectorworks University site (though it is American). https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/scorm/player.php?scoid=196&cm=302&currentorg=articulate_rise The first section relates to 2019, which is different so don't watch it because it's just confusing 🙈 but have a look from 22:45 mins into the video, to around 29 mins in, where they seem to manually set the user origin to match the geo-referencing co-ordinate system... which apparently is due to be an automatic option in SP2?
  19. Tamsin Slatter

    GIS Stake

    I will get you an answer. Meanwhile, I like your pink workspace. 😂
  20. lisagravy

    GIS Stake

    So my testing with British Grid so far is that the E and N don't unwrap back to X, Y if you have geolocated the georeferenced file to move both origins to the project data - they relate to the new X, Y positions relative to the origin, which don't relate to anything. BUT, if you move the User Origin in the geolocated file relative to British Grid 0,0... and then check the X,Y positions of a GIS stake which shows the E, N positions, I can get my X, Y to match E and N, and export to DWG perfectly? But yes, my mind is a bit fried by it all, a large glass of wine / whisky is required! (Also note for this that the co-ordinate precision is set to 0.0001m)
  21. Tamsin Slatter

    GIS Stake

    Yes - that's my understanding too. They won't match while you are working in a Georeferenced file, but when you export back to DWG, the E and N should just unwrap to boring old X and Y. I'm just testing a couple of things... Hold that thought. (We are all going to need a large glass of wine/whisky tonight!)
  22. lisagravy

    GIS Stake

    @Tamsin Slatter Thanks! I do get that typically when you are in a georeferenced file you want to be working with the projected co-ordinates (E, N) and ignore the X, Y as irrelevant. Just thinking (hoping!) that specifically for British Grid, as the projected co-ordinate system is actually projected flat onto an equally spaced grid of metres, in this particular case the X and Y might also remain reflective of the projected Eastings and Northings when displayed in metres? (as it would obviously make my life much easier 😂) Thanks for checking it out.
  23. Tamsin Slatter

    GIS Stake

    I am checking this out for you Lisa... I will let you know as soon as I get the answer. 😀
  24. lisagravy

    GIS Stake

    Thanks @RussU - much appreciated. Also thanks @Tamsin Slatter - I have tested exporting the georeferenced file to DWG and reimporting in a non-georeferenced file, and it doesn't maintain X, Y co-ordinates unfortunately. I think the reason is that if you geo-locate, and effectively move the user and internal origin to the project location, the export retains the X, Y position relative to this origin point. If you didn't geolocate it might retain the X, Y co-ordinates, but then we would obviously have issues with functionality of the file? The only way I can get it to work is by geo-locating, but then moving the user origin back to the equivalent of British Grid 0,0. Then the X, Y in the file looks to be representative of the E, N values... and exports and imports again ok. But I don't want to start doing this if there are issues with it I can't see... 🙈
  25. parlourtrick

    Double images created when exporting

    Tracked down the issue... it appears to be associated with opening a v2019 (or previous) with newer software version, in this case VWX 2020, and having an older reference file (a venue floor plan) already in there. The reference file in question was saved as v2019, the main file was v2019 as well... I opened with v2020 and saved it as such. This is when the double-image export anomaly started. Once I deleted the referenced floor plan file from my main v2020 converted file, it exported normally. As a precaution, I started a new v2020 file from scratch and imported all my layers, as well as creating a v2020 of the reference floor plan and importing that. All is well... cheers!
  26. RussU

    GIS Stake

    Ok, Let me wrap my head around this over-night and have an answer (I hope) tomorrow. I too deal with sites several km long (not very wide but very long) so the contractors do want GPS setting out data.... but then the installers want the dims in mm. You have raised an excellent point here
  27. Tamsin Slatter

    GIS Stake

    Hi Lisa So, that's correct - and actually answers your other question too. If you import the DWG into the standard X and Y coordinates with no georeferencing, and make a note of the coordinates of a known point, then repeat the test with a georeferenced file, then the coordinates of that point SHOULD match in X and Y and E and N. In the georeferenced version of that import, the X and Y coordinates in the original file have been projected into the georeferenced version of the coordinate system. The benefit of this is that you can combine GIS data (such as Shapefiles) with traditional X and Y CAD data. Before Vectorworks 2020 - it was very difficult to combine the two. Because you could not import the DWG into the Georeferenced coordinate system. So, your X and Y file should definitely match the E and N file. However, once you are working in a georeferenced file, my point is that you should use the E and N only, as these will be the accurate numbers. The X and Y in such a file is no longer relevant. It is my belief that should you then export these E and N coordinates back to DWG, they will give accurate X and Y for the recipient, even if they have no knowledge of or GIS capability - but I do want my genius colleague who developed all this to confirm that. Hope that makes sense!
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