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Frank Brault

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    Product Marketing Manager Entertainment at Vectorworks, Inc. for Spotlight + Vision and Braceworks
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  1. Hi Patricia, While we have no auto-dimensioning feature for Lighting Devices as of yet, we have the Dimension Tape object which works by drawing a base line and then there is a Context menu command (right-click on the Dimension tape object and choose 'Add Specific Marker') that makes it a simple 2-click process to add a neat and clean perpendicular label. If you use the Workspace editor you can give a keyboard shortcut to the 'Add Specific Marker' command which may make it faster for you. VWHelp for this tool is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2019/eng/index.htm#t=VW2019_Guide%2FAnnotation%2FPlacing_a_Dimension_Tape.htm&rhsearch=dimension tape object&rhhlterm=dimension tape object&rhsyns= Autoplot has an auto dimension feature in their command set: http://www.autoplotvw.com/ Scott Parker has a youtube on Sam Jones' Auto dimension command here.
  2. So, I think that this wish should be clarified to read Support for Gray class and layer visibility option in Hidden Line and OpenGL rendering.
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    Make Symbols Unique

    Keep in mind that Converting to group would delete part of the geometry depending upon what projection you are in. Also, any top level data records would be stripped away as well. Additionally, if this was performed upon a Lighting Device object as it seems you want, there would be extra steps. I think you could more cleanly try this: Right-Click on the Lighting Device that you desire to one off and choose Locate Symbol in the resource Browser. In the Resource Browser, Right-Click on the symbol that was found by the previous step and duplicate it, naming it similarly to the former symbol name, and make the desired edits to this new symbol including any changes to the 2D and 3D geometry and data records. Now go back to the Lighting Device in the document window selecting it if necessary, and click on the Replace Lighting Device in the object Info palette. It is not the same order, but this accomplishes the same result as the Sketchup workflow. This works specifically for Lighting Devices. Other Symbol based objects will have slightly different workflows and possibly additional steps.
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    Drop locus at center of 2 points

    You are correct that this is accomplished with the Distance snap, but after you select the snap, you must first select the locus tool because the smart points are only active until you switch tools or use them in some way. So, the order of operations would be: Activate the distance snap Select the Locus tool Gesture to the desired first and second end points, hovering at each point long enough to acquire the smart point Then, since the Locus Tool is active, move toward the approximate center between the first and second points Now, with the center marked, switch to the Selection tool, shift-select the two desired fixtures, adding them to the selection set There are now 3 objects selected. With the Selection tool still selected, move to the locus in the center click then drag the locus to the desired location, placing the two fixtures with the move. Optionally click in white space to deselect all and select and delete the temporary locus point. This may seem somewhat complicated, but is it really pretty straightforward to do, once you get the hang of it.
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    Class visibility

    For Question 1 on hiding all objects not in the Active class, I think Pat's suggestion to use the 'Active Only' item in Class options is the simplest approach. For Question 2 on making certain classes always be visible on top of everything, I think the suggestion from Mark and Pat on assigning the geometry to an individual layer is the best available advice.
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    Lights Render way from focus point

    Perhaps you can replace the symbol definition in your imported file with the corresponding definition from the 2018 resource library?
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    Blended Screen - No longer available

    If the problem is indeed with the class system, you could try to add default classes with the object settings in the Tool Bar to align with the French class system.
  8. Frank Brault

    Customised markings

    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: : http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FAttributes%2FDefining_Line_Types.htm&rhsearch=line style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for applying Line Types in the help is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FAttributes%2FApplying_Line_Types.htm&rhsearch=line style&rhhlterm=line style&rhsyns= The entry point for Text Styles in the help is here: http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2017/eng/index.htm#t=VW2017_Guide%2FText%2FUsing_Text_Styles.htm&rhsearch=text style&rhhlterm=text style&rhsyns= hth, Frank
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    Fixture Rotation/Plan View/Instrument Summary

    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?
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    Draw Beam keyboard shortcut?

    This is not currently supported directly unfortunately...
  11. Frank Brault

    Address column issue

    Thanks! Cool script, btw...
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    Address column issue

    FWIW, there is a function in the Spotlight->Find and Modify... menu command that does this: Copy the <fieldToCopy> field to the <fieldToReplace> field.
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    Position Summary

    I'm happy to report that this feature has been added to Vectorworks Spotlight.
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    Purge Focus Points and Position Names

    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,
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    Can Not Validate VW MMoI Data

    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,

 

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