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Simon Allan

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  1. I use a tablet (Wacom) all the time for VW and all the other packages I use. I must admit though, I did not even know about the tablet menu until I read this post. Like V G says, it would be interesting to know how it can be of use. I am currently travelling so dont have my tablet with me to test.
  2. Lec: Totally agree. Whats makes matters worse is that you dont have a hanging angle option when using the curved truss tool but you do when using the straight truss tool. Converting to a light position does not give a hanging angle either! Andrew: Thanks for the file. It is a different approach but having worked with your file I just cant seem to get along with it. This mainly has to do with the way I do my layers. I need to keep my layers in the style I do as I often export the VW file into MSD for offline programming and this is where the layer structure becomes a little more critical for me. I find it odd that VW has a good layer and class system that you essentially have to stop using in any sensible manor to make vertical truss.
  3. Tamsin: Thanks. I have included a plot (on dropbox link) that has the items I mentioned. I actually drew it the way I normally would (so it looks as it should in 3D) and I now need you to show how to create the 2D paper plots. Andrew: All makes sense but I am not totally clear on step 4. I dont think your method will work with the way I do my drawings but I could be wrong. Please take a look at the included file. Maybe I am doing it all the wrong way around? Thanks for the help! Dropbox link to VW2013 file http://db.tt/nJHpRw3y Screen grab of plot
  4. Hi Tamsin, I have VSS and the example video that I have watched many times works for when you want to do something simple like in the video. The problems occur when you want to create something more akin to the real world and this is where I would like to see a video tutorial. typical plot might be as in this included picture. In terms of fixtures, as a good working example to help me get my head around it all, I would like to see the following.. Each leg in the picture has 4 truss pieces at different angles. Each truss piece should have: 2 x video panels (EC10). 2 x Source 4's. 2 x moving lights. layered and classed as follows. video on "Video plot" layer and class called "EC10" S4's on "Lighting plot" layer and class called "Generics" Moving Lights on "Lighting plot" layer and class called "Moving Lights" It is with this type of drawing that I really struggle to get the plot and model working for me. If you can do a video tutorial I would be most appreciative as I am sure others would as I know I am not alone in this. I hope you can help with this Tamsin
  5. But in C4D and 3DS Max it is just click and drag...why does VW make it so time consuming?
  6. From what I can see all truss included in spotlight is hybrid so I have to convert to a group and then ungroup first. All the fixtures in Spotlight are hybrid and I want to keep them that way (for 2D paperwork purposes) so again I am a little screwed on using the Auto Hybrid command. This leaves me with plot and model (not a real option) or just drawing all things vertical twice (once in 3D and then for the paperwork side of things). I would like to see an example, step by step, of someone taking some truss and some hybrid lighting fixtures and then doing all the needed steps to make this auto hybrid feature clearer to me though as I may be doing it a little wrong.
  7. VW can obviously do it so why they cant link the data from the "set 3D orientation" input to the rotate tool is beyond me.
  8. I know they have improved it but the entire rotation thing in VW still seems to conspire against me all the time. I would hope that it can work in an intuitive way just like it does in C4D or 3DS Max. When I try and rotate a hybrid object (light for example) I get the usual dialogue box stating that Hybrid objects can only be rotated in a plane parallel to the active layer plane and I then have to go back to the slow way of ticking the "set 3D Orientation" box and then typing a value. This is way too slow and not very intuitive at all. Maybe I am doing it all wrong though so I would be extremely happy for someone to tell me the correct way of doing it :-)
  9. When I try this with a piece of truss (made using truss tool) and some lights I get a message saying the operation failed "...because no supported objects were selected". Does this mean I cant use Auto Hybrid on truss and lights? I still think Plot & Model is really bad though so a working alternative is much needed.
  10. Thanks Mike...worked a treat and so much faster too.
  11. Thanks for the video, it was very helpful. I am now try to create a ramp that has an increasing thickness from the end to the start and I just can't figure it out. I have included the wireframe of what I want so hopefully someone can help. I have drawn it as per the video above but have duplicated the top NURBS curves and placed them at floor level. I just can't figure out how to use the loft command to achieve the desired result.
  12. I believe that they are all in a single file; even though that file shows up as a download for multiple specific lights, it's the same file. -Josh As josh states, they are all in one zip file. It contains all symbols in VW versions 2008-2012.
  13. Update (Rev1_1) released to fix MAC III symbols not appearing correctly.
  14. Hi Teresa, I just checked it and all seems OK here in 2012 when I do a render and also just show Beam. Do you have a screen shot? Anyone else see this?
  15. Thanks Tamsin...lets hope they work ok :-)
  16. You will now find vectorworks symbols for all our moving head range and some of the LED display stuff. I will be adding to this all the time so please be patient if the symbol you need is not present. They are all in one document (2009-2012) to keep things simple. Every product that has had a symbol done for it will have a link to the file under the service and support area for that product. E.g. http://www.martin.com/service/service.asp?controllers=NONE&lights=mac101cld&accessories=NONE&category=ALL&dates=LATEST&searchtext=&submit=SEARCH%21&lasttime=&dofind=yes&support=Martin&subcontrollers%2F= Any questions or comments relating to these symbols should be sent to vectorworks@martin.dk I hope they help!
  17. You will now find vectorworks symbols for all our moving head range and some of the LED display stuff. I will be adding to this all the time so please be patient if the symbol you need is not present. They are all in one document (2009-2012) to keep things simple. Every product that has had a symbol done for it will have a link to the file under the service and support area for that product. E.g. http://www.martin.com/service/service.asp?controllers=NONE&lights=mac101cld&accessories=NONE&category=ALL&dates=LATEST&searchtext=&submit=SEARCH%21&lasttime=&dofind=yes&support=Martin&subcontrollers%2F= Any questions or comments relating to these symbols should be sent to vectorworks@martin.dk I hope they help!
  18. I am using the Pen (Thick and Thin) mode and I still see the issue. I have tried changing the thickness and it makes no difference. J?rgen: I dont understand the part you mention about "adding a foreground Hidden Line render". Can you provide more details on how I achieve this please? I guess this bug relates to all Artistic Render modes???
  19. I'm afraid I can't answer that one but I am having a similar issue when rendering drapes. I have included a picture. What lines appear and don't appear on the drape seems to change depending on the exact camera angle. Does anyone else see this when using softgoods in Spotlight? Maybe I have my Render settings wrong??
  20. Hi all, I have created a symbol (lighting fixture) and I am having trouble with the 2D component and getting the fill to work correctly. I am guessing it is down to how I have created the 2D part but I dont know of an easy way to fix it. I have tried Combine into surface and it does not give the desired result. I have included the file where I have placed two lights on a truss. You can see the truss through the product and this is why I want the symbol to have a fill to it. The symbol showing the grey fills is my attempt at using the Combine into surface command. As you can see it does not really work. Can anyone help me with this please as I would rather not have to redraw the 2D component. Any help much appreciated!
  21. Hi all, I have created a video panel using the Landru VS4-LED plugin and I now need to rotate the panel about 25 Degrees in the front view. I cant seem to do it. I can only rotate in Top/Plan and that is not what I want to do. If this was a lighting fixture I could tick the 3D orientation box and do it that way (not exactly intuitive either I might add) but with this video panel I dont have that option. Am I missing something very basic? I need to be able to so show the rotated angle in the front view as I export the 3D file for use in a visualiser so doing a front view in Top/Plan is not an option. Any help appreciated.
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