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Rob Books

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  1. Rob Books

    How to use the truss tool sets properly?

    there are some cosmetic changes to the truss files for 2020, we did some rename and cleanup. but one thing that is new in 2020 that you won't be able to do with the 2019 libraries is use the hinge blocks. I would take to your IT about downloading all libraries, which they can do through the download content action in the help dropdown. they could then set it up to be distributed to all the workstations. this will give you the latest and greatest libraries.
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    macOS Catalina (10.15) Compatibility

    Unfortunately you will either need to upgrade to 2019 or 2020, or roll back your OS to Mojave. 2018 is not guaranteed to work in Catalina, and will more than likely not have a patch coming out.
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    QSC KLA Series Symbols missing?

    Those do not exist yet. The person we had working on that library never finished it up, and I have been quite busy to go back and finish it.
  4. in order to change that view you would need to download the file, open it and change the views. then save and you would then see it in ISO. I would recommend changing to Open GL in render or you will get two crossed planes, as the 3D is an Image Prop. We can take it into review about changing the files, but that would not happen till 2021. while they are in the cloud, no resource properties can be changed. all you are seeing is basically a snapshot of the file till you download it to your machine.
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    up at the top on the left side of the RM, there are some symbols, make sure they are all in the active state (highlighted). also, when you started Vectorworks it should have given you a notice to download the content. everything is now delivered through the cloud. if you don't get the notification on restart. go to the gear icon and click refresh libraries. finally, there should be a dropdown about the middle fo the resource manager ribbon, make sure that is set to All Resources. hope that helps.
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    OS Catalina

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    ROE 'Air frame' .3ds

    we have had many requests for it come in, but I have yet to find a good set of dimensions for it. IF i ever do, or if I can get someone with one to dimension it out for me, we could make it up.
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    Truss Grapples

    Grapples and Cross Section data, which is what is used internally to calculate the forces on the truss, are two separate issues. Grapples make that connection that is needed other than at the end, yes you need to know the forces, but could be done on a rigid system, which is what is set up when we don't have the cross section data. many more companies are coming on-line with the data, biggest issue for many US companies is the legal ramifications. many fear lawsuits if folks just accept the braceworks data and don't actually run it all by a structural engineering firm. Even though everything states that this is not a final structural analysis, they still fear the lawsuits. As more and more users are coming on, they are putting pressure on the truss companies to get the data to us. So look for more and more cross sections in the future.
  9. Unfortunately I don't know enough about Vision as I should. if Image Props work when you send over to Vision, then there are some newer Image Prop figures in the entourage folder in VW. no Dancers and such, but some regular folks that could work better than the Jason Vorheese figure
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    Spotlight instrument focus

    I would like to have a third click option to set the focus point. it's all well and good to have basic points, but to make those points that you know are between A and B are a pain.
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    spotlight fixture request form doesn't work

    Should be fixed now. let me know if any issues.
  12. Long story short, there used to be a warehouse of User content, there are some places on the forum where folks still swap content. We tend not to release user content as VW content since it would need to be checked, verified, and then we could release it. That can be a lot of work, so we tend to go with established companies or pay designers to create content for us. Human figures are hard to come by cheaply.
  13. VW items that are in the libraries tend to be Generic Solids as it creates a smaller file size generally. if you know you are sending items to Vision, other than lights as those have their own Vision versions, you can run decimation on the items and that will help reduce the poly count.
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    spotlight fixture request form doesn't work

    this is being worked on and should be fixed soon.
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    this is one of those things that is so easy, but I have had problems finding a good side on Photo to do the sweep from. I will try to look into it for a later Service Select release. Rob.


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