Can't insert a window or door into a wall from Symbol Library

Issue

When using Wall Tools > Window Insertion Tool or Wall Tools > Door Insertion Tool to insert a window/door into a drawing from a Symbol Library, the resulting object is not inserted into the wall correctly and the wall is incorrectly trimmed.

Affects

PowerCADD v7 in Mac OS? X



Description

In previous versions of PowerCADD (that is prior to PowerCADD v7), the user could use the Window Insertion Tool and Door Insertion Toolto insert a objects from a Symbol Library into a plan and have the walls automatically trimmed.

In PowerCADD v7, attempting that operation does not insert the objects correctly, nor is the wall trimmed correctly.

Note: This problem ONLY affects using the Window Insertion Tool and Door Insertion Toolwhen the tools are set to accept objects from a Symbol Library. If the tool is set to Window or Door the operation works correctly.

Reminder: You can press Option when clicking on either of these tools to specify whether it is set to Window (inserts a generic PowerCADD Window or Door object) or to Symbol (inserts a custom, user defined, window or door object from a custom Symbol Library

To See the Correct Condition

We'll illustrate the condition using the Window Insertion Tool, however the same problem exists with the Door Insertion Tool
In PowerCADD v7 and Mac OS X, do this:

  1. Create a New Untitled document
  2. Set the drawing scale to 1/4" =1'-0" (or your scale and units of choice)
  3. Draw a series of lines which represent the walls in plan view
  4. Open the Wall Tools floating tool palette
  5. Press Option and click on the Window Insertion Tool
  6. Click on the Window radio button, set the desired window values and press OK
  7. Click and drag between two wall lines to insert the window
  8. Observe: The window is inserted between the wall lines and the wall is correctly trimmed
  9. This is a correct result as shown below

To See the Incorrect Condition

In PowerCADD v7 and Mac OS X, do this:

  1. Create a file and select the tools as described in the steped noted above
  2. Create a custom window and put it into a Symbol Library
  3. Press Option and click on the Window Insertion Tool
  4. Click on the Symbol radio button and press OK
  5. Click and drag between two wall lines to insert the window
  6. Observe: The window is not inserted between the wall lines and the wall is notcorrectly trimmed
  7. This is an incorrect result as shown below

Note: the position of the incorrectly inserted window will vary depending on the position of the wall you tried to insert it into. In the example shown below it barely on page (top right). In some cases it's possible the inserted window will be entirely off page.

WindowInsertBroken.jpg

Work Around

There is currently no direct work around to correctly insert a window from a Symbol Library into a drawing. One option to consider is to insert the symbol using the Symbol Tool and manually trip the wall lines; however this can be time consuming. If you have purchased and installed WildTOOLs, another option is to consider using the WildTOOLs Door and Window Tools for inserting windows as that tool allows a high degree of customization and you may find one that closely matches your personalized symbol library or you may find a suitable substitute which inserts and trims the walls correctly.

This issue has been reported to and confirmed by Engineered Software.

We hope that helps
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This issue is FIXED in PowerCADD 8

The condition described above if fixed in PowerCADD version 8 (released March 2008).

This will requiring upgrading from earlier versions of PowerCADD (prior to version 8 ). See the PowerCADD 8 section of our PowerCADD User Learning Center for details on how to upgrade.

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