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Gabriel Chan

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  1. Gabriel Chan

    Importing Equipment

    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
  2. Gabriel Chan

    Elliptical Sweep

    Well... no matter... Figured out 3D power pack> Revolve with Rail was the solution!
  3. Gabriel Chan

    Elliptical Sweep

    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
  4. Gabriel Chan

    Random Extrude

    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
  5. Gabriel Chan

    Random Extrude

    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!
  6. Gabriel Chan

    Random Extrude

    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
  7. Gabriel Chan

    Random Extrude

    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
  8. Gabriel Chan

    replacing truss in a hanging position

    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
  9. Gabriel Chan

    3D Turntable Elevation Viewports

    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
  10. Gabriel Chan

    3D Turntable Elevation Viewports

    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
  11. Gabriel Chan

    Lighting instrument candlepower data field

    Thanks Rob! Helpful to know how you arrived at those candlepower numbers in the stock symbols. However approximated they are, at least they give me a degree of confidence with using those numbers.
  12. Trying to get some semblance of lux readouts from VL3500 wash in Vectorworks based on their data on their website. http://www.vari-lite.com/clientuploads/directory/downloads/VL3500W_Photometrics032508.pdf What figure should I be looking out for to input into the candlepower data field, speaking of which, what is the unit associated with this field? Footcandle? Lumens?
  13. Gabriel Chan

    Accessory insertion

    That's pretty weird. I'm assuming you are on LW5 at the moment? Because I'm not sure if LW6 works w VWX 2012. Briefly off the tip of my mind I do recall a three way compatibility issue between VWX, LW and macOS somewhere in 2015-2016 so depending on the permutation of all three softwares you may have a problem there. Also, in LW5 DMX addresses were still input under the dimmer field, not DMX address. There's also a whole link under John Mckernon's website devoted to explaining data exchange which you can find here: https://www.mckernon.com/supportmenu/vwdataexchangeaddr.html See if that helps?
  14. Gabriel Chan

    Accessory insertion

    Is there a rectangle of sorts in place of where your I-Cue symbol is on your VWX file? I can't remember for sure but LW references the VWX symbol from one of the data fields - i.e. "3D Symbol Name", "Model Name" or "Inst Type". They need to tally so if you changed the name slightly in LW it syncs back to VWX and VWX would try to find the symbol to display on the drawing based on that new name. SO because it ca't find it, it displays a rectangle. If I'm not wrong, I think it references "Model Name". Alternatively, you could just refresh your drawing and see if it works. I do remember markdd's way of editing symbols to get it to become an accessory back when I was on VWX2011, and it did work as intended with the then LW5. Keep us posted!
  15. Gabriel Chan

    Accessory insertion

    @markdd is spot on. And I guess you're right @pytld it's never too late. There's always something to learn from this community!


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