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  1. Copy that and thanks Jesse. That makes perfect sense. No need for the additional script as it would take the same amount of time to just rename the sheet layers. It is interesting to see how all this works. I've noticed that there must be something to changing the name of a symbol as the name in the resource manager comes up with the newly assigned name. The symbol's name in the object info seems to remain the original. Regardless, this is a serious game changer and time saver. I love it!!
  2. OK, this is really quite amazing and I really appreciate it. I do have one question; the script does not seem to locate sheet layers. Any suggestions? Otherwise, this is exactly what I needed and a massive time saver. It finds layers, classes, saved views, and symbols in one operation. So great!!
  3. That is also fascinating @Jesse Cogswell I will try both of these approaches when I get through these next few projects. Currently my calendar is extremely full. Thank you for taking time to pursue this!
  4. Actually, I use blank layers to break up my list of layers. This allows you to organize anyway you would like, and if instituted in your template, will make locating layers (and saved views by the way) much simpler.
  5. I just create them. @jeff prince idea above is a good one.
  6. @Pat Stanford Wow! Yes, that is exactly what I need. I will give that a shot. ps: that excessive hair loss ship has sailed a very long time ago…..
  7. @Jesse Cogswell thanks for the input. It might be helpful if you had an understanding of what I am doing. The particular template in question is for creating stage plots for multiple artist festivals and award shows. The template is set up for 15 artists initially called “Artist 01”, “Artist 02”, etc. for each Artist there is class “Artist xx” sheet layer “Artist xx” saved view “working - Artist xx” saved view “print - Artist xx” symbol “Artist xx keyboards” and a symbol “Artist xx drums” If I could select class, sheet layer, saved view, and symbol, I could update the file in a couple of minutes. Currently it’s mostly useless for this purpose and the process is pretty tedious. I think the check scenario like one uses with “Number Fixtures” in Spotlight would be ideal in my opinion.
  8. I ran into an issue yesterday that has happened a few times before. I am the administrator of the project file for a point of reference and have always had my working file and project file either on Google Drive or Dropbox. I open my working file and find that I cannot do anything because apparently MY computer has everything checked out. There is no option for an administrative release, and I am dead in the water because apparently I (or a ghost me) have everything checked out. When this has happened before, I finally resolve to create a new revision of the project file, inform users there is now a rev _____ and we move on. Yesterday I contacted Service Select and the representative made a point I had not considered before. Apparently it is possible for your cloud based service (Google Drive, Dropbox) to "confuse" the project file when it is syncing and can cause it to see a second version of your file which appeared to be what I was experiencing. As of yesterday, I've moved my working files to my personal computer(s) and leave the project file on the server. The reality is, you are saving and committing your changes to the project file anyway, so a backup of your working file is not as crucial. That said, I still have backups running on VWX to a folder on my computer should I need it, but none of that is getting backed up to the cloud. The project file, however, is.
  9. I think the batch Rename feature is great, but was most likely considered as a wishlist item for renaming multiple hierarchy classes at one time. There is SO much more you could do with it with some presumably simple updates. Of course, I don't write software so perhaps NOTHING is really all that simple.
  10. The Batch Rename feature is nice, but could use some enhancements: - I think the state of the tool should remain when re-opened in a session until changed. It’s tedious to constantly select type and process each time. - I would really like the type selection to be check marks instead of a drop down, as it is quite possible one might need to change the name of multiple types of objects at the same time. Case in point, I have a specific template that requires up to 20 name changes and each name change applies to a class, sheet layer, saved view and two symbols. Because the state of the tool reverts each time and you can’t select more than on type of item, It’s only useful for the symbols. It’s faster to do everything else manually. It may be faster to rename the symbols manually in fact. Just my opinion.
  11. Another option is getting a silhouette online and import the image. Enact the trace bitmap tool, clean up the resulting geometry. Add a fill and then extrude by an 1” or so. Don’t forget to rotate them upright and set their feet at Z=0. The advantage is it will show up correctly regardless of rendering type. bonus points by assigning the piece of extrusion to a class and set their fill color and texture by class. You can add some text or 2D geometry in plan view and then turn all that into a hybrid symbol. Now you can change the appearance of all your little silhouette people in one step by changing the class texture/color. Want them to be semi transparent? No problem. Want them to be blue? Easy. Want them to glow? Why not. Want them to appear to be on fire? Ok, but why?
  12. I have a script with a shortcut assigned to my StreamDeck so it’s just a button push to activate the none class. Quite handy.
  13. To add to the questions, how does one create a viewport from something other than the top/plan view using geometry if you cannot use the screen plane?
  14. I often use my symbols and then add a piece of geometry in front for the image. I am curious about your comment though. The LED tool is kind of ideal for custom aspect ratios. Just type in what you need. You can use the actual tile sizes or just make the display one big tile. Is the issue a custom shape or perhaps curved?
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