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  1. Since the beginning of using 2019 I've had a recurring problem. I typically keep my navigation, visualization and resource palettes docked together on a second monitor. Occasionally on launching the program, the navigation palette will take up my entire window on whichever display I try to move it to. When I say the entire window, I mean all of it; to the point where I cannot even grab the vertical bars to resize it. I can drag the window to one side and see my other palettes, however, as soon as I let go of my mouse, it snaps back and takes up the entire screen, basically, rendering the application useless. I am on service Pack 3 on Mac os 10.12.6. Any thoughts?
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    Rotate truss rig Vectorworks 2018

    Mario, For what it is worth, you should assign your focus points to the layer you normally use for these. There is nothing special about the DLVP when assigning focus points other than the points generally would NOT be on the DLVP layer.
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    Folding Seating Bank

    The seating tool does allow for raking. I frankly don’t use the tool as I generally need something quite accurate and I find the tool gives me something “close” which leaves me spending far too much time adjusting parameters when I could have just drawn what I wanted. Someone else might be helpful with that tool. For me, I would draw a simple polygon for each flooring level and then duplicate them in place. That way you can extrude one instance and leave the other for creating a hybrid symbol. Of course, you need to set your elevations correctly. Then add your seating symbols, move them to the correct elevation and you are done. Once you get the hang of it, this kind of direct modeling is pretty simple and extremely worthwhile.
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    Folding Seating Bank

    Seems like the question might be, what is it you are wanting to accomplish with your drawings? When I’ve encountered this in the past I’ve modeled the seats in the “out” position in one class and then “retracted” in another. Takes just a few minutes to do and would accomplish pretty much anything I would think you would need to do. Perhaps I am missing something?
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    Simplified truss color

    When I was doing a lot of visualization, I created textures that were images of truss and applied those to simple pieces of geometry. Worked really well and put no strain on the processor. If I was doing something that used illuminates truss, I would light a piece of truss in VW, create a texture from that, apply the texture in the visualizer and then assign RGB illumination properties to it. Basically the piece of geometry lit up and it looked an awful lot like an illuminated truss and again, no draw on the processor. Maybe that that could be of use to you?
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    Spotlight Numbering

    Can someone point me in the right direction in how to use the new numbering tool in Spotlight 2109? I am apparently far to dense to figure it out!
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    Spotlight Numbering

    My process is to 1) highlight, 2) check mark 3) make adjustments. The new numbering system works well, but I do miss being able to see everything I was doing at one time as we did previously. The challenge for the developers is including all the all the various options for “numbering options” and “numbering directions” in the GUI. Some of those options are fairly wordy and require a lot of screen space. Not sure there is a good way to rectify that and still allow users to understand what they are trying to do and still include all that functionality. One of these days days when I have time to stop and just work on VW skills I am going to integrate Joshua’s and Sam’s tools into my workflow. At this point that might have to be retirement though.....
  8. Greetings. I've not spent much time with Braceworks truss symbols, but am collaborating on a project where this is what is used. Is there a way to easily replace a truss symbol in this workflow? There appears to be nothing in the OIP that accounts for this. I am guessing it has to do wth recalculation, but if there is not a way to do this, it is a huge time suck to have to manually replace trusses. Thanks!
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    Replacing a Braceworks configured truss symbol

    That is good to know. Thank you sir.
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    Replacing a Braceworks configured truss symbol

    Oh..... well that does sound tedious. Thank you Wesley. On a similar topic, does one have to continually drag and snap Braceworks truss together to attain the BW functionality or can you duplicate by distance?
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    I totally understand that and agree that it would be pretty unreasonable at this point.
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    Raked Hanging Position Truss

    A couple of things. Wesley, I too have run into the “all hell breaks loose if I did a final save in top/plan view” bug. I’ve never had it happen before but it but me hard on a project a couple of months ago. LX1, you should place all of your focus points on your “master drawing layer” or whatever layer you use for standard drawing. Do not place focus points on your DLVP layer. You should now be able to focus your instruments in the DLVP. The fixtures will mostly likely be below 0 but will still attempt to focus where they should. Once you are back in your standard drawing layer your viewport fixtures should point correctly at the focus position without an issue I will say that I have seen some oddities when using the rotate fixture options from the OIP. I’ve always felt that every fixture symbol should have a hanging version, a floor version and a yoked out version so as not to need to utilize the rotation feature. It also solves the problem of accurate 2D representations of yoked out fixtures. All my custom fixtures are made this way, but when I have to use Spotlight fixtures, I have run into some issues because of this.
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    Showing gobo texture in lit fog

    Gobos in lit fog do work. Once you get that sorted you will have to drastically increase the light output of your fixture. They can be set to intensities much greater than 100%.
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    Greyed out lighting fixtures

    And, for lit fog to work, you need to create a background that enables it.
  15. There seems to be a constant request for decent quality musical instrument symbols on this site. To the end I’ve made my library available for purchase. You can find it at: edgelightrgb.com These symbols are 2D/3D hybrids, all direct modeled in VW on the none class so there will be no unexpected classes inserted in your drawings. The symbols are designed with as few surfaces as possible to be efficient in their rendering times. Since they are hybrids, they are very useful for creating detailed stage plots. Enjoy.
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    I’ve not really checked them in Vision. I used to be a Vision user in the early days of the product and I did use these or earlier versions of these symbols and I recall them working. Most of the textures are indeed images. Some utilize images with some amount of reflectivity to create gloss or lacquer appearances. A few are simply reflective “gloss” surfaces. I don’t believe Vision supports any kind of reflections but I would imagine they should work pretty well.
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    Using Spotlight Numbering - Selection Holds

    Usually when this happens, it is because I forgot to double click on the last fixture and instead defaulted to the old “click on an empty space” process. Next time this happens try command Z and run the process again.
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    lighting for interior rooms

    Agreed on all the above. The thing about lighting and glow textures is that you simply have to dig in and experiment. Everything impacts everything else. Brightness, color, location, rendering styles, ambient light, number of reflections, camera effects, the texture onto which light is projecting, etc. I used to wonder why, in the credits of an animated movie, that they listed personnel for “lighting”. Typically a lot of personnel. I don’t wonder that anymore.
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    Good catch. I’ll update that.
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    Glad you like them!
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    Thanks! I’ve been using silhouettes for my renders or occasionally image props. Seems like anytime I’ve tried using 3D models of anything, the first thing a client says is a snarky comment about that! I’ve started a process of adding both a silhouette and a mannequin directly to specific symbols and then using classes to turn on or off the one you want. But then we are back “classing” which I know drives many people nuts. Myself included.
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    People/Band Symbols

    Hey guys. Sorry for the delay. The backline symbols are now available for purchase. edgelightrgb.com Navigate to the VWX tab and you can download from versions 2015 through 2019. Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Using LED striplights in Plot & Model View

    Actually both. I set my template file up with ten pre-made design layers specifically for DLVPs. Each design layer already has a viewport created on the primary design layer and classed accordingly. All I do is draw the structure, lights and what have you in the appropriate design layer, go back to my primary design layer, turn on the class and rotate into position. I often create additional VPs for sheet layers to accommodate printing. The goal is to always have a clean plan view print for the shop.
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    Using LED striplights in Plot & Model View

    I use Design Layer viewports as, to me, I can utilize that seamlessly in my workflow.
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    Using LED striplights in Plot & Model View

    Could it have anything to do with the default focus angle in Spotlight Preferences? Just spit-balling.


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