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  1. Sam Jones

    XML file creation error codes

    Actually -2 works just fine. The problem was a "/" instead of a "\" in the XML element description. I later ran into a problem with a space in the XML element name. However, you should know that accessing the User Folder's Plug-ins folder is easily done with the GetFolderPath(-2). I do it all the time.
  2. Sam Jones

    XML file creation error codes

    I am trying to write an XML file with the procedure result := WriteXMLFile(hXML, -1, XMLFilePathName); Unfortunately, the result is equaling -1028 result = -1028 1. What does -1028 mean? 2. Is there s list of the error codes generated by file creation and specifically XML file creation TIA
  3. Sam Jones

    Workgroup folder

    Is there a way to get the path to a workgroup folder?
  4. Sam Jones

    Custom Cable Connectors/Accessories

    You're right I've never seen these, but they seem to be what we would call distros. For now they will need to be objects not part of the VW cable universe but connected to it Each object, I assume symbol, can have the record you show connected to it, and you run VW cables to them and from them. How you do this has a little wiggle room, but I would do the following. For the 3x20, top picture: I would run a 60 amp jumper cable to it and 20 amp jumper cables out of it. For the 4a box, middle picture: I would run a "5 wire, multicable" OR "single insulated conductors" to the box. Both need to have the appropriate phasing, wire gauge, and connectors selected. This brings up the issue of "2 phase" service. How does that work? You show 5 wires which we would take to mean "3 phase" service. If you really mean "2 phase" service, then you are screwed, because that is not in option with VW cables. Assuming all is good with the input I would run 60 amp jumpers out of it. For the T-Towers, bottom picture: I would run "5 wire, multicable" OR "single insulated conductors" to the tower and 3 separate runs of "5 wire, multicable" OR "single insulated conductors" out of the tower. Do you need more?
  5. Sam Jones

    Custom Cable Connectors/Accessories

    Can you send me a drawing that has those objects and their custom records. This might end up being a phone call situation, but let me take a look first. Sam sjones@autoplotvw.com
  6. Sam Jones

    Cabling tools

    I'm having some problems with what you show. 1. I do not see the blue control point for moving the label. 2. your stock lengths are in meters but you are displaying imperial in the cable and its OIP. Can you attach a file that I can look at?
  7. Sam Jones

    Cabling tools

    If the silly circles are attached only to multicable, then you need to find the check box in the OIP that is labeled "Draw Breakout Range" and uncheck it. It can be found below "Break Out Length". If the silly circles are occurring elsewhere, we'll need a picture, because I have no clue as to what you're talking about. HTH, Sam
  8. Sam Jones

    Cabling tools

    First Question: Near the bottom of the Object Info palette (OIP), under the "Display On Drawing" separator is a check box labeled "Lock Labels to Standard Positions". Uncheck that box, and a blue control square will appear over each label. You can move the labels using those control points using the Selection tool (the arrow). Second Question: I'm not sure why some cables have circles at the end and some do not. They all should be one way or the other if you have not done any manipulation in the OIP, but here is what the circles are about and how to get rid of them. When you lay any cable run, it can be divided into parts. A 150' cable will usually be divided into a Part 1 being 100' and Part 2 being 50'. There are other ways it can be divided if you want. The circles will mark the end of each part. In your case, you only have one part so the end of part marker is drawn at the end of the cable and is not very useful. You can turn off the display of the end of part markers by going to the same area as above and finding the check box labeled "Mark Connections". If you uncheck that box, all the circles will go away. You can determine whether the default to check a box or uncheck a box by selecting a cable tool and clicking on the box below the class list that has a wrench and a pencil in it. This will bring up the default OIP, and any settings you make there will be the defaults for that cable tool. Third Question: You can adjust the shape of the arrow heads by assigning the cable run to a class and adjusting the class attributes. You can only adjust the shape of the circles by changing the shape of the "Cable End Marker" symbol. If you modify the symbol in your working file, it should change the that shape in that file. However, all new files will import the symbol from the "Marker Symbol" file. On a Mac, that file is located in the "Marker Symbol" folder located in the "Cable Tools" folder located in the "Defaults" folder located in the "Libraries" folder" located in the Vectorworks 2019 folder. HTH, Sam
  9. I have a friend who is trying to edit the defaults of the Straight Truss using the plug-in manager. When he gets to "Customize Plug-In" dialog it is titled "Customize Plug-In (Read Only)". I am not seeing this on my machine and have never heard of it. Does anyone know what might be causing this? TIA
  10. Scott, I'm cruising the inside passage on a smaller vessel with limited internet, but you could use the AutoPlot "Place VLM Truss Tags" command. You can delete the tags if they are no use to you, but they will leave the HP truss with a position field attached to the Truss Record and filled out with the HP name. Josh pointed me in the right direction, but sorting out the multiple Truss Records had some trial and error involved in order to find the correct one to consistently use.
  11. Sam Jones

    Lighting Paperwork

    The worksheet function "COUNT(criteria)" can count things with the same symbol name, same attached record, same value in record field, or a host of other criteria. in the worksheet screenshot below In Cell B4 =COUNT(('HoistVW'.'Type'='2 Ton')) will count all the Hoist plug-in objects that have the value "2 Ton" in the "Hoist Type" field. In Cell B5 =COUNT((R IN ['HoistVW'])) will count all the Hoists. In Cell B6, is your formula for Shackle # which is =B5 *5 You will need to get familiar with the criteria for formulas. This is most easily done by going to the insert criteria menu in the worksheet "Insert" menu This will bring up a dialog: Click on the "Custom..." button, and that will bring up a dialog: You will almost always want to pick Record or Field value from the left hand drop down, but there are occasional times when you will pick other criteria. I don't have the time or expertise to write the book on worksheets of VS criteria and functions, so you will have some research to do. Pat Stanford who prowls all corners of the of this list is the current non-VW employee expert on worksheets. You should get answers to the various questions that come up for you. Have fun.
  12. Sam Jones

    Lighting Paperwork

    To get cable counts, you would need to layout your cable runs with the 4 cable objects and then go to: None of this loads the results into the kind of worksheet you describe, but it may be copied into Excel.
  13. Sam Jones

    Hoist Tool Personalization

    The X and the The quick answer is no. However... You can click on the "Set Hoist Data Display..." button in the OIP of the Hoist and choose to display the X and the Y, but that won't save you much. To get exactly what you want, I'm afraid your stuck with typing it in. To a more philosophical thread, a simple xxx, yyy might suffice for you and, that's great, but considering the many different origins one can measure from in most cases, the current display is the most efficient and clear, at least according to the scores of riggers that beta tested it. Identifying the direction of the origin is crucial and allows different hoists to measure from different places.
  14. Sam Jones

    Beginner questions

    5. Josh, Carlotta, Raymond, Matt, and you
  15. Sam Jones

    3D Polyline length

    Is there a way to retrieve the length of a 3D Poly? Do I have to get the vertices locations with GetPolyPt3D and then compute the distances between them?

 

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