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  1. Hi Pat, Yes the offset is the same for each type of symbol made, but they have all been individually rotated to indicate focus (see attached screen shot). So the relative 0,0 point to each one is in a different place depending on how it's been rotated. So unfortunately I can't just replace and move as it doesn't take into account the rotation angle. I'm sure there's some maths that could sort this out, but it's more than my brain can manage!
  2. Hi Pat, Thanks for the prompt reply. The DWG for the site came in fine. (And no it's not 38km wide!). The problem is in the individual symbols in the DWG. If you edit one of these symbols, the light is drawn 38km from the origin. So if I replace one with a symbol that is drawn at 0,0 then it ends up 38km from the original symbol on the plan.
  3. Greetings all, I'm converting a DWG lighting plan to Vectorworks and have run into a problem with some of the instrument symbols from the DWG. My usual tactic for this is to import the DWG into VW, then select each set of symbol types by name (All of the 2k fresnels for example). Then replace those with my 2k fresnel symbol & run the convert to instrument command. This was working well until... some of the original symbols in the DWG are drawn a very long way from the origin (38km in one example). If I replace these with my instrument symbols, they end up a long way off the plan. I can't do a global move on these either as they have all been individually rotated to indicate focus, so effectively all end up with a different offset. Any ideas much appreciated!
  4. Hi Mark, Thanks for making the video. I wasn't aware of that function in the eyedropper. Really useful to know. I've been using the Spotlight/Label Legends/Create Legend from instrument command a great deal. Another really fantastic function in my opinion. I'll admit I don't make enough use out of Sam's LL macros. Certainly wouldn't be without AutoplotVW. A great set of additional tools. I've also been in touch with John McKernon to see if Lightwright could cope with having a # as part of a channel prefix. He says not at the moment, but I'm welcome to add it to the request list for LW7. Thanks again for the help. I guess it's workarounds until a better solution comes along. Cheers, Cookie (I'm on 2018. Not sure where it says 2010? That was when I started with VW).
  5. Hi Mark, Thanks for taking the time to look at this. The issue I have is many of the lampies I work with are, shall we say of a certain age... So large numbers on the plan are appreciated for eyesight that's not what it once was. Particularly when printing plans for arenas/exhibition halls when it's helpful to get a large area on an A1/A0 plan. So if I offset the channel numbers so they read well for 2 digits, they rather over-shoot the instrument with 4 digits. This issue is further compounded when it's a busy truss and the attributes start to clash with each other. The ideal would be to keep the attribute and prefix centred over the instrument. Regards, Cookie
  6. HI Mark, Thanks for the suggestion. I'm using that currently as a workaround. But the problem is the # in the container needs a different offset depending on if the channel is in the 10's 100's or 1000's. So workable but starts to add to the number of label legends required to make a plan work. But yes, it's the best workaround I know of at the moment. Thanks! Regards, Cookie
  7. Hello all, It would be great to be able to add a prefix to an attribute in a Label Legend which doesn't appear in the data field. So a channel field could have a "#" before it, the address could have "DMX:" before it etc. It would be great if these responded to the font/colour/size of the associated attribute. These prefixed can of course currently added to the attribute fields directly, but then create issues when working with Lightwright data exchange. Regards, Cookie
  8. Prefix to label legends (# before channel number)

    Hi Sam & Sebastiaan, Thanks for the replies. Interesting to know that others are using the same workaround. I agree that Label Legends are an area that could use further development. It's always a juggling act as a production electrician producing a plan which keeps the LD & the crew happy while maintaining all the data I require (in the right formats!) to serve my needs. Certainly a prefix that could be added within the Label Legend manager which responds to the font/size/colour of it's associated attribute would get my vote. Regards, Cookie
  9. Hello all, Does anyone know if it's possible to add a prefix to a field in an instrument's label legend that appears on the plan, but not in the field value? I have requests from LDs I work with to have a "#" prefix in the channel field and a "DMX" prefix in the address field. This works fine within VW but creates problems when working with the Lightwright data exchange as it cannot accept prefixes in these fields. I have developed a workaround of having a container for the label legend which contains an offset "#" instead of a container. When this container is applied to the channel field I get a # prefix on the plan which doesn't appear in the field data for channel on the instrument. The problem with this solution is the # doesn't dynamically change with the size of the channel. So if it's a channel in the tens it will need a different offset from a channel in the thousands to format correctly. Multiple label legends to deal with this is of course an option, but not particularly elegant. Any suggestions most welcome! Many thanks. Cookie
  10. Greetings all, I'm back to my old fun and games of converting AutoCAD plans into Vectorworks and have come up against a bit of a sticky wicket. (Problem that is.) I've imported the DWG of the lighting symbols into my drawing and have been going through the process of converting the symbols into lighting instruments and then using the replace instrument command to swap them for my Vectorworks instruments. All was going swimmingly well with this until I got to the Source 4 Pars, which kept disappearing when I replaced them. After some investigating I discovered that they were originally drawn 28km from the origin. Unfortunately I can't just move them back by a set distance to rectify the problem, as the direction by which they're moved away from the drawing area is defined by their orientation, which of course is different for almost every instrument. I have tried editing the symbol and moving it to a X:0 Y:0 origin. But this has the same result. Any suggestions? Also if anyone else has had experience with converting plans, can you suggest any ways to improve or streamline the work flow? I'm thinking that eventually this is something that could use a bit of scripting. But I will need a bit more experience before taking that on. Cheers, Cookie
  11. Wow. That's absolutely spot on. Thank you very much Pat. And thanks also Michael. First round is on me next time you chaps are in Blighty. Cheers, Cookie
  12. Ta for the reply Michael, The suggestion of editing the symbol does work. Unfortunately it means making all new label legends, as my current set don't line up properly with the symbols once they're rotated 90?. While that's not the end of the world, it's a bit tedious as it means I'll need to rotate all instrument symbols I use in the drawing by 90? to save having to use multiple sets of label legends for rotated/non-rotated instruments. The second option of selecting all instruments and changing their rotation to 90? in the OIP makes all selected instruments point to the left of the page. (As you would expect with a hard value of 90?) What I was hoping for was a way of adding 90? to the rotation of all instruments. Thereby using the original rotations from the AutoCAD drawing, but correcting the offset. Cheers, Cookie
  13. Greetings all, I'm converting a lighting plan which has been drawn in AutoCAD into VW. The easiest way I've found to turn the imported AutoCAD fixture symbols into VW instruments is to use the "Convert To Instrument" command, then use the "Replace Instruments" command. Unfortunately the AutoCAD symbols were drawn at 90? to the VW instruments. So they all end up pointing 90? out from where they should. Is there a way of rotating a selection of instruments on their own axis? (i.e original rotation + 90?) Also am I going about is the most efficient way? Open to suggestions. Cheers, Cookie


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