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    Looking for a good VW Podcast

    Indeed, the price of popularity! Well it's a niche market, but know your efforts past, present and I hope future are appreciated.
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    Looking for a good VW Podcast

    I'll second that. Really enjoyed them when I discovered them. @Pat Stanford, any plans to do some more?
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    Instruments snapping to centre of truss

    Hi Yordan, Fantastic! Thanks for that. Just what I was looking for. Cheers, Cookie
  4. Greeting all, I have a query about lighting instruments snapping to trusses when they are converted to hanging positions: If I drag a light onto a truss once the truss is converted into a hanging position, I get a red snap line down the centre of the truss. The light wants to snap there even if I hover over the edges of the truss. I've tried this will all the snapping options on and off, and the behaviour is the same. Is there a way to disable this? Obviously I would like the lights on the cords of the truss and not down the centre line. Many thanks as ever for your help. Cheers, Cookie
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    Instruments snapping to centre of truss

    Ah I see. Thanks Rob. And once snapped to the centre line the light can only be moved directly up or down to the cord otherwise the light once again snaps to centre? This does make every light move a two action procedure. No way to turn this off for those of us not utilising Braceworks?
  6. Greetings all, I suspect this is a 'feature request' rather than a 'how to', but I thought I'd start with asking if there is a way to achieve this. It strikes me it would be really useful to include symbols other then Lighting Instruments in an Instrument Schedule. Ancillary items such as lighting consoles, chairs, tables etc that the lighting designer would like to specify for a show. Currently the only way I know to do this is to convert them into lighting instruments. This is fine as a workaround, but it does mean they show up in Lightwright. Not the end of the world, but a little annoying as it's more unhelpful clutter. Is there a way to include standard symbols in an Instrument Schedule (Items that are not lights)? Or alternatively, is there some kind of 'instrument schedule' for displaying symbols and counts for a selection of standard symbols in a drawing? Cheers, Cookie
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    Standard symbols in Instrument Schedule

    Thanks Pat. I'll have a play with that.
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    Standard symbols in Instrument Schedule

    Ah, I see. Thanks for the direction there. Unfortunately it only offers one symbol to be selected and displayed. Oh well. I'll add it to the wish list. Thanks for the help!
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    Standard symbols in Instrument Schedule

    Hi Mark, Thanks for the reply. Could you point me in the right direction for the Typical Symbol widget please? I can't find a reference for it anywhere sorry.
  10. Hi all, I've just moved over to VW2019 SP2. I'm having a problem with 3D label legends displaying in Viewports which are made from a Clip Cube. If I make a front elevation Viewport on a sheet layer without the clip cube, the label legends display fine. If I use the clip cube to make the viewport, then they disappear. File attached. Any input most welcome! Thanks. 3D Label Legend - Clip Cube .vwx
  11. Hi Mark, No worries. VSS had exactly the same response as you at first. I’ve been in a very slow email exchange with them over this issue. (Two weeks so far...) I’ve yet to get an acceptance from them that this is a bug. It’s very helpful to know others are seeing the same behaviour. Interesting workaound. Thanks for that. I’ll give it a whirl! cheers, Cookie
  12. Hi Mark, Thanks for sending that over (So promptly!) The issue I'm having is with section viewports made from clip cubes: (Your file has standard viewports in it, not section viewports). When I make section viewports made from clip cubes the 3D legend does not display in hidden line, but does in other render modes: File attached. Have a look if you have time and let me know what you think. Cheers, Cookie Test_02.vwx
  13. Hi Mark, That's interesting. Are you able to send a test file?
  14. Likewise, since it's introduction 'section viewport from clip cube' has been indispensable for me. I haven't actually seen confirmation from Vectorworks that they recognise this as a bug yet. In the test file I sent VSS they deleted the section viewport from the clip cube, replaced it with a standard viewport (in elevation) and told me it was fixed...
  15. Hi LX1, No not as of yet. The last message from VSS was nearly a week ago. I've just chased them up again. I presume you can replicate this fault as well? Cheers, Cookie
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    Viewport defaults

    Hi all, Is it possible to change the 'Advanced Viewport Properties' defaults for all new viewports in a file? I'd like to have 'Adjust Flipped Text' default to off if possible. Thanks!
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    Viewport defaults

    Oh well. It was worth a punt. Thanks for letting me know Kevin.
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    Data Tags & Worksheets

    Hi all, I'm looking for a little help with Data Tags. These look like a great way to make notes about cable runs on my plans. What I'd like to do is place data tags on my plan and enter in information about cable IDs, lengths etc. I'd then like to make a worksheet of that data. I'm struggling a bit with the worksheet part of this exercise. The 'User-entered Fields' are an easy way of generating fields on the data tags, but I can't see these anywhere on in the worksheet dialogue. I've also looked at linking Field Records with data tags, but haven't had any joy there either. Any assistance much appreciated! Cookie
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    Data Tags & Worksheets

    Ah well, that's a little disappointing. Kevin & Jim, thanks for the clarity on the subject. Saves more time I would have spent chasing my own tail. Look forward to this functionality being implemented in the future! All the best
  20. Hi Charlie, Thanks for having a look at this. Yes it's a section viewport made from a clip cube where the issue is showing up. The file you uploaded displays the 3D legends ok, but it's not a section viewport from the clip cube. I'm trying to use a section viewport to isolate a small part of my drawing. Did VW support offer you any explanations/fixes or workarounds? Interestingly, if I export a PDF of the sheet layer with a section viewport, the 3D Label Legends shows up. It's just on the screen where it's not visible. All the best, Cookie
  21. Hi Mark, Thanks for the quick reply. Good to know I'm not going mad! Will file as a bug. Cheers, Cookie
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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).

 

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