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    Lighting Designer
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    www.prestonbircherdesigns.com
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    Miami Beach, FL USA

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  1. I can't seem to find any information on how to enable GESTURES in VW2016. There is an old thread back to VW2011; but now gestures are more a part of most machines. Also--I have a TOUCHSCREEN and gestures would really help there as well! Ideas? Or do I have to move this to the WishList thread...???
  2. Preston

    cancellation of rendering

    I've found no answer to this issue. Once I start a render--I'm down for the count--on either of my machines. I've found the Win10 goes into "Not Responding" and times-out into a stalled VW16. A force-quit is the only recovery. From my personal experience...
  3. Preston

    Inserting Accessories in VW2016

    YES! You are correct. Firstly--the necessity of using the *new* drop-down menu is really more important that is understood. As this is a new thing--and we've been using the RB for so many years, changing the way it works just takes knowing and understanding the whys and wheres. My problem has stemmed from the USITT Library. After a phone conversation with VW, the tech was able to replicate my issue. The library has NOT been given its information in the Light Info Record at all. Therefore, defaulting to a "light" without allowance for proper data for Lightwright Exchange. This has been reported to Engineering. What I discovered to correct data that I need for proper LW-Exchange: In the RB:  >Right click on the symbol  >>Edit 2D Component  >>>Mouse-click anywhere in an open area to de-select any items  >>>>In the OIP select the DATA tab  >>>>>Highlight the Record Format  >>>>>>Highlight the Record Field Default  >>>>>>>Edit information in the lower Record Info box Done! One thing that was not notice--nor brought to my attention is that with VW2016 you: 1) Select the Insert Accessory tool first (like you did way back in like v12) 2) Use the *new* Drop-Down Menu 3) It will populate as to all items that are insertable as an accessory (Accessory and/or Static-Accessory) 4) where the old VW2015 it was a file folder--it's now under the sub-heading of Default Accessories. not as easily accessible from the Resource Browser as in the past versions. Sorry for rambling... but this is finally understood and a Closed Case!
  4. Preston

    Inserting Accessories in VW2016

    I have heard this from others as well... we'll give Mr. Jones a try... It's infuriating... and it's a holiday weekend... and NO support from VW at all!! aarrgghhh!!! Thanx y'all! Preston
  5. Preston

    Lighting Instrument Tool

    I'm still having random issues with instrument placement and the new dropdown menu. Sometimes the new RB selection takes effect--sometimes I still have to change via the new dropdown. Don't get me started on Accessories!!!!! AARGGHHH...
  6. Since upgrading to VW2016 I've not had any luck with the Insert Accessory tool... or any accessory-type insertion. It seems that most of all of the City Theatrical and Altman top-hats/snoots & barndoors have disappeared from the libraries. So all we have now is the 2D USITT accessories. And those seem to only want to be Lighting Devices--not "Accessories". When I select an accessory, it defaults as a Lighting Instrument. I must go into the Spotlight Tool Set and select insert as accessory. This seems to only work about 70% of the time. (I'm sure that it's operator error and my impatience there!) After the insertion and selection of which instrument it's attached to--then I have to go to the OIP and tell it that it's a "Static Accessory". In previous releases it was known as to be an Accessory and what type of accessory. And whether or not to attach the active Label Legend. Is this a known bug? Is this a supposed improvement? Or totally operator error and I'm not doing it correctly!?!??! Thanx! Preston
  7. I have had this problem since VW2014... I just assumed it was me doing something wrong!
  8. Preston

    Position Label Rotation and Class

    I thought I might revive this thread... I, too, want to work with the auto-created label. 1. able to ROTATE the label 2. align to the Left or Right based on SR/SL of the pipe 3. create a "default" within Spotlight (I know, radical!) It is very awkward and extremely time consuming to move and align each and every label. Especially in a house with a rep-hang and each show we have to add/subtract pipes, etc. Then you have to re-align each label again... one... at... a... time... ... ! It's a great tool; but reading thru the Forums, most turn it off as with @Benjamin_Weill. That's a shame! Anybody have any ideas? THX! Preston
  9. I hope I'm asking this question properly... I'm attempting to focus lights onto a vertical surface. I was hoping that I could attach it to the 3D surface so that each of the wall-mounted elements would have their own focus points. I placed standard Hybrid focus points in the 2D Top/Plan view with appropriate heights... but it visually doesn't work very well in Open GL when in 3D views. Example: On the upstage walls, we have 9 individual framed pictures... I need a special on each one... I would like to see that when in the 3D. Possible? Thanks!
  10. Preston

    Focus Points Very Slow

    Thank you @jimw !!!!
  11. Preston

    Focus Points Very Slow

    Me, too.... S...L.....O.......W
  12. Preston

    A Simple Thing... A Picture on the Wall,,,,???

    Thank you... got it to work--once in the light of day! :-)
  13. Preston

    A Simple Thing... A Picture on the Wall,,,,???

    Hey Kevin... Well, when I try #2 nothing happens. I don't see an image at all. The only time I actually see a image is when I do #1 -- but that's only in Wireframe. And def not in Renderworks Viewport on the sheet layer. (visual via Camera Viewport) 1) I build the Picture Frame (elaborate extrusion) (open in the center.... 2) Created a 5x8x.25 extrusion for the image to attach to... working plane (?) upstage of the 'frame'. 3) then attempted and attempted to get the image to be there... in any shape or fashion. I tried everything to make sure it's not behind the other scenic elements... except the frame opening. I'll try again in daylight hours here in Miami....... Thank you -- Preston
  14. This should be basic... but I might not be searching the right words. On this set piece I have created a 5'h x 8'w picture frame. And within it I would like to place this jpg/png image. Easy! NOT! 1) I imported the image--and resized it to fit in the frame. In Wireframe--looks good! Once I render to GL or any other it disappears. 2) I imported the image into the ResBrowser as an Image Prop-- attempted to place it to the working plane of the "flat" behind the frame... no good. 3) I imported it into the Images browser and attempted to apply it from the Attributes>Fill>Image... nada. I can't find the references in any of the Help or Knowledge Base -- but I might not be using the right terms to make it happen. I've spent nearly 6h on this today... and am totally frustrated beyond belief for something that should be completely basic Vectorworks-101! Ideas? Thank y'all!
  15. Preston

    Houselights?

    That worked! Thx @michaelk !!!!

 

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