Help Solve this Problem

June 26, 2010

This following is an excerpt of an e-mail from Bob Griffith. Let’s see if we can help him out!

“Two right isometric illustrations below.  The wireframe includes extraneous or misconnected wires on the vertical boundaries which cause opaque “fences” to be thrown up in the solid rendering at the depressed regions of the boundaries (particularly noticeable at the right side entrance and left side exit to the arroyo running laterally through the property) AND a misleading trimming of the terrain at other boundary locations (particularly noticeable at the front boundary).  This effect is more pronounced the more varied the terrain, and can even be seen in the more placid terrain example shown on your site as pertaining to your latest release.  I have submitted on this [to Nemetschek] before (Terrain Map Artifacts, 1/28-30/2009), with nothing more than a recognition but no action.”

Click on the thumbnails below to see the images referenced in the excerpt.

Inserting Windows and Doors After Importing a DWG

April 2, 2009

The following comes from Pat Stanford, coordinator of the LA VectorWorks User Group and creator of the PodCAD PodCast:

“We did trouble shoot one problem that you might want to point out to your group.

A user said she could not put doors or windows into a drawing after importing a DWG file. What is the problem?

It is a name space problem. The imported file created classes called Door and Window. Since you can’t have two “objects” in a VW file with the same name, you could not put Door or Window objects into the file.

The solution is to rename the classes to something else. Even better use the prefix option when you import the file so that you don’t end up with name conflicts. Better still is to not draw in a file with imported data, but use a design layer viewport to pull the data in from a file used for only DWG import.”

The Drawing Title Tool and Viewports

March 24, 2009

Did you know that the DRAWING TITLE tool can automatically display the name of the drawing that you are titling along with the correct scale of that drawing? Heres how; select the DRAWING TITLE tool and then select the Preferences Button to get to the Object Properties for this tool. (A Preference Button can be found for all tools that have parameters that you can pre-set, which is almost every tool, on the tool bar. It is always located at the right end of the row of buttons. Sometimes it is the only button). Now that you have the Object Properties open for this tool, you can set “Dwg Title:” to “DETAIL.” and set “Scale Display Style:” to “Scale Label” and click “OK.”

Now the trick is to insert the DRAWING TITLE into the ANNOTATIONS of the viewport. You did take the time when you made your viewports to name them properly didn’t you? If you did, when you place the object it will display the name of the viewport and the scale of the viewport. Also, when you place the next DRAWING TITLE in the next viewport, it automatically numbers the bubble for you in succession. For example, if you were setting up a detail sheet.

One caveat, if you change the name of your viewport, the DRAWING TITLE object does not automatically update itself to the new name. You have to enter the ANNOTATIONS of the viewport and change the objet manually from the Object Info Pallette.

Need help with ANNOTATIONS and VIEWPORTS? Just Ask!

Borders and Title Blocks

March 24, 2009

I was recently asked by a colleague why I kept the border and title block in a separate file from other building files. “Great question” I said with enthusiasm! As you know, there are certain elements to a title block that are consistently the same on all sheets, and there are some elements that are different. For example, the border, lines that make up the title block, logo, client information, and issue date typically are identical from sheet to sheet. Items such as the title of the sheet, the sheet, number, and revision information are things that are typically unique to every sheet. Therefore, I put all the information that stays the same from sheet to sheet in a file by itself and use WORKGROUP REFERENCING to insert that border & title block sheet into all the other files. If the date of the drawings change and you want that new issue date reflected on all sheets, it is a matter of simply editing one single instance of that date in one single file in one single place. Also, once client information is entered into this one instance of the title block, it will appear consistently throughout the set of plans. No more worrying about things like fonts being different sizes on different sheets; misspellings in the title block on some sheets but not others; the wrong date appearing on some sheets while the correct date shows up on others. You simply enter everything once, spell check it once, and you have a clean, coordinated, consistent set of drawings. You can even put locus at the places you want to insert individual text on individual sheets. For example, you might want to put a LOCUS in the center of the block for the sheets number, and a LOCUS in the center of the box for the sheet title, etc. so when you place the individual text on each sheet, it all appears in the same place from sheet to sheet.

“But how do I get the border and title block onto my sheet?” he asked. Once you have the layer that has your title block WORKGROUP REFERENCED into your drawing, you then create a viewport of the title block on the sheet that you want the title block to appear on.

Need help with WORKGROUP REFERENCING or creating VIEWPORTS? Post a comment and we can dive right in.