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Gabriel Chan

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  1. Hi folks, It's been a while since I was active on this forum. Happy to be back though. I've been holding out on upgrading for a long long time. Still on the 2012 MBP retina, the very first batch. Now that the 16inch MBP comes with an escape key and possibly a better typing experience, it removes all my red flags in the previous gen models that prevented me from upgrading. So the question is, should we go for the i-9 8 cores processing at a lower individual core speed, or would we benefit more from the i-7 6 cores with a higher individual core speed? I suppose it's more of how Vectorworks utilises these cores. My work mainly revolves around the VWX entertainment module and a fair bit of rendering. I use mainly hidden line renders for 3D. Any thoughts? Gabriel
  2. Perhaps place those ancillary items on a separate class? I vaguely remember being able to set limits of what Lighwright counts and just having those on a separate class should do the trick. Gabriel
  3. Say if I would like the label legends to be above the fixtures, but not too far away, do they all appear over the truss? Or are they obscured? That is a flexibility that will be appreciated, but I do prefer the xyz offset option if it's still available? Definitely not an efficient way dragging the 3D labels when you have 400 over fixtures. Still, will be another few years before my upgrade cycle - guess I can hold onto 2017 for now. Thanks for updating! Gabriel
  4. There's the DLVP method of showing a front on view that will keep all your fixture counts coordinated. It's different from drawing a top plan view of a fixture front on but that should be able to achieve what you are asking. Alternatively, place the two LX positions on different layers, create 2 viewports, one with each layer and you can place them so that they don't stack (one will obviously be out of position) I personally prefer the DLVP method though. Gabriel
  5. Still on VWX2017, but this was one of the gripes I had with the DLVP solution. It still is a good way to do achieve most of what I want, and I still use it to a great extent, but 3D labels indeed need to progress further. When you have lights hung in tight positions and you want 3D labels to appear clearly, sometimes the truss chords or other fixtures themselves get in the way when using hidden line rendering, which unfortunately is the way forwards in terms of getting clean lines and not wireframe 3D messy lines. It would be helpful if the adjust 3D labels position command had a z option to push them in front of all the hardware. Right now adjusting in the x and y plane is quite restrictive. Unless other people have better solutions? Gabriel
  6. Seconding @scottmoore method. I keep a master file of all symbols I've ever used so I never forget where that new symbol was created. Also, I tend to create folders in this file's resource library and categorise the fixtures by manufacturers, which then eliminates the need for multiple vectorworks files for Martin fixtures, for Varilite fixtures, for ROBE fixtures and the likes. There's also a resource folder for truss symbols, scaffold parts, rigging gear and so on. Endless possibilities. Gabriel
  7. Well... no matter... Figured out 3D power pack> Revolve with Rail was the solution!
  8. I've been trying to do a sweep of an organic curve (as seen in the Elliptical Sweep.png file) and then trying to scale the sweep object on its y axis so that from plan view, it looks like an oval (as seen in the Elliptical Sweep 2.png file). However, nothing seems to happen after I run the scale operation. Does anyone have any other idea how to achieve a 3D model of this? Gabriel
  9. Thanks Marissa. I am indeed on 2017. Planning to upgrade on a five year cycle - gotta make the price of the software count! Will be certain to look out for improvements in Marionette next time I upgrade. Meanwhile, will be taking baby steps to learn Marionette. Cheers, Gabriel
  10. Seems I have found the answer to my question after a bit more digging at this weblink: http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:Search_Criteria Subtypes are under ST, so the criteria I had to make was ST=CIRCLE. Marionette is getting more interesting!
  11. This is way over my head... Goodness.. But I'm trying. My very first Marionette! I think based on all the descriptions of the nodes I understand what is going on, and also the Debugging mode helps to see what data is flowing through. I have managed in the very first node "Objs by Crit" to get inputs to recognise rectangles (i.e. the default criteria T=Rect) or ovals (T=Oval). However, when I input T=Circle, I get this Execution Error pop up: Error: Invalid call-back function parameter type. Parameter index= 0 name=objectHandle So I went to search for the list of Object criteria and I found this http://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/VS:Function_Reference_Appendix#attrCrit So yes, under types there aren't any circles?? They do appear under Sub types though... How would I get the node to recognise the circles? Gabriel
  12. Here's a tricky one to start the year... I have a set design that roughly has 1500 circles, all of the same diameter of 60mm. I'm looking to extrude them at a range of different heights, somewhere between 200mm and 800mm. The dispersion of these different heights should be as random as possible to create an organic feel. Is there any way of efficiently doing the above, possibly with scripts? Gabriel
  13. It is possible to achieve what you want. Select the hanging position that you want. Under Spotlight > Object conversion > Replace with Stock symbols. The pop up window will ask you what symbol you want to replace with. Gabriel
  14. How true! I tend to receive set drawings from set designers so more often than not that's a done deal and I just replicate in VWX (they mostly come in DWG). This definitely helps with edits. Great workflow ūüôā
  15. I second Kevin's method. Although I tend to place the different configurations on different layers rather than classes. So the class assignment is for different components of the set. I duplicate the first configuration onto a new layer, rotate it to a new configuration - rinse and repeat. This is applicable to non-turntable sets as well. Gabriel


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