Frank Brault

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  1. Vectorworks' Text styles and Line types may be what you want to look at. Each of these is one of a number of kinds of resources, which are managed in the Resource Manager and accessed from the tool that uses them. Each resource is a definition and each time you use a resource in your documents is an instance of that resource. A resource, once defined, is a drawing component can be used in a file and all instances can be updated simply be changing the Definition in the Resource Manager. Resources can be exported to other files to save time and maintain consistency across your projects. The entry point for Line Types in the help is here: : style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for applying Line Types in the help is here: style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for Text Styles in the help is here: style&rhhlterm=text style&rhsyns= hth, Frank
  2. It may be possible to eliminate the need to redraw portions of the lighting Device assigned symbol definition. In the currently shipping Vectorworks Spotlight, there is a checkbox in the File->Document Settings->Spotlight Preferences dialog: "Automatically Rotate 2D to Focus Point", which which overrides the user designated rotation value to agree with the Draw Beam angle. This rotates the 2D representation of all fixtures in the document to align with the assigned Focus Point object. Does this address your inquiry?
  3. This is not currently supported directly unfortunately...
  4. Thanks! Cool script, btw...
  5. FWIW, there is a function in the Spotlight->Find and Modify... menu command that does this: Copy the <fieldToCopy> field to the <fieldToReplace> field.
  6. I'm happy to report that this feature has been added to Vectorworks Spotlight.
  7. Focus Points are named objects. Name strings are unique in the file. The name that is assigned appears in the Data pane of the Object Info palette. It's possible that some other objects have the name entered in the Data pane of the Object Info palette. You can find out if the is the issue by running the Tools->Custom Selection... menu command and fill out the Criterial Search dialog with the following values: Name is FP 11 hth,
  8. Hi Al, Not sure what might be the problem. One thing to try is to set the origin using the "Set origin to drawing center" option. This would correct the calculation of the underlying code uses the hard-wired default drawing origin rather than the User set origin. hth,
  9. I think that it would be wise to start such a task would be to search iteratively throughout the document for objects at the same location. This would eliminate most of the false cases first. I would build a list of these to check more thoroughly in another step. To build such a list, you would have to check each document object against every other object in the document. But at the end, I think that you would have narrowed the task down to a (relatively) manageable one.
  10. Use SortArray: If arraytosort is an array of records, it sorts on the fieldnumberth field of the record. PROCEDURE SortArray( VAR arraytosort :ARRAY; numtosort :INTEGER; fieldnumber :INTEGER); I think that it would actually be sorted on the column. hth,
  11. All educational licenses are the full Designer with Renderworks product. To switch to the Spotlight workspace, choose the Tools->Workspaces->Spotlight menu item. To turn on Data Exchange once you are in the Spotlight workspace, choose the Lightwright tab after you have chosen the File->Document Settings->Spotlight Preferences menu item. hth,
  12. If you send me the template file with an example of the failed custom light, I'll have a look at it.
  13. I have seen this dimensioning style as a sort of shorthand pencil drafting convention. However, I have never seen a formal dimensioning standard for it.
  14. This is on the engineers' list of desired future improvements.
  15. Hi Bruce, The Screen plane limits the projection of planar (called 2D previously) objects to the plane of the display monitor or screen. This projection has the characteristic of always being parallel to plane implied by the screen no matter the projection. In practice, planar objects assigned to the screen plane appear to be 'stuck' to the screen since the Vectorworks adjusts projection of the object relative to the layer plane whenever the user changes the orientation of the scene with a tool such as the Flyover tool. To demonstrate this, in Top/Plan view, draw 2 rectangles. Select one rectangle and choose the 'Layer' item from the Plane popup in the Object Info palette. Select the second rectangle and choose the 'Screen' item from the Plane popup in the Object Info palette. Now, use the Flyover tool and set the axis of rotation near the two rectangles. Observe the effect of the two rectangles as you shift the view of the scene with the Flyover too. The Screen plane is a legacy concept that continues to have narrowly defined uses, but is not used in the everyday modeling workflow. You can adjust the Active Plane popup in the Viewbar to control the method by which objects will be projected in the scene as you create them. This setting also controls how edit and resize operations of 3D objects are projected in space. The default plane is usually 'Layer', which projects all operations at the layer plane. Another option is 'Automatic' which is a toggle mode button available with each planar object tool in the Basic tool palette. This plane mode interactively projects planar objects to the plane of the faces of existing geometry below the cursor.