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Frank Brault

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  1. Dave, Call me at the office... Frank
  2. Hi Dave, It might be helpful to understand a bit about what you are doing in this process. The Import and export commands are making an intermediate shuttle file. Each time that you want to go back and forth between VW and LW, a file is written in one application (Export) and then read in the other application (Import) which passes the information back and forth. You don't directly click on this file out on the desktop. VW and LW handle this text file with their respective Import and Export commands, which you run while you are in each application. So the process is something like this: Make your plot with instruments in VW. Create a 'TO LW' shuttle file, while in VW, with the Export to LightWright3 command. Go to LightWright3. Open the 'TO LW' shuttle file in LightWright3 using the Import Date command. Do your work in LW. Now when you want to get the revised info back into VW, make a 'To VW' shuttle file while you're still in LightWright3. Then switch to VW and open the 'TO VW' shuttle file with the VectorWorks Import From LightWright3 command. Here are step-by-step instructions from the online manual p.OL-TL-32: To Export Data to LightWright3: 1. From the Theatrical Lighting menu, select Paperwork then Export to LightWright3. 2. In the Save dialog, name the file then click Save. This creates a 'shuttle file' on the disk somewhere. Remember where you put it. This will be imported into LightWright3. The way that you get the file into LW is to launch LW. Choose the 'Import Data...' command in LW. Note: You must be in LW at this point. Not in VW, or the desktop. Locate the file in the GetFile dialog that the 'Import Data...' command in LW presents to you. Once selected, LW will give you the match field dialog, where you align VW fields to LW fields. As I wrote before, this is a little tedious, but you only have to do it once. After you finish aligning fields, dismiss the dialog in LW, and your show will be displayed is LW. After editing in LightWright3, You make another 'Shuttle file', this time using the 'Export' command in LW. This file can be imported back into VectorWorks. After you have created your export file in LW, switch back to your Vectorworks file. To Import Data from LightWright3: 1. From the Theatrical Lighting menu, select Paperwork then Import from LightWright3. 2. In the Open dialog, select your LightWright3 file then click Open. The instruments in your VectorWorks file are updated with the information from LightWright3. Some practical advice: Before you think about exporting any instruments to LW, give them, at least, a unit number and lighting position. Otherwise, you won't be able to tell what you are looking at in LightWright. You don't have to have all your instruments, because you can add them later, but each instrument that you want to work on in LW should have the position and unit number filled out. Good luck! Frank Brault
  3. Hi Dave, I didn't get your file, but from reading your response, it may be that you're not opening your export file in LightWright3 with the right method. Try using the 'Import data...' command in LW. You'll have to match up the field names, but if you're using version 3.m or later, there is a nifty auto match feature for this purpose. Hint: The text fields correspond to the T-1, T-2, T-3 field series in the toolkit. After you've gone through this process, LW asks you if you want to save the settings, so you don't have to do it again. The same process is repeated in reverse to get the file back into VW, this time, using the Export... command in LW, and using the Import from LightWright3 command in VW. hth, Frank Brault
  4. Hi Dave, The process is simply to use the Export to LightWright3 menu command in the Paperwork section of the Theatrical Lighting menu. This makes a file with the special Unique ID that VW needs to get the revised database info back into your drawing. Be sure that you're working in the latest Thaetrical Lighting Toolkit 8.5.2, available as a download from our website to all registered users. If you need more exact info, let me know more about each step in your sequence. btw, we have released a bugfix for some unrelated plug-ins available at: http://www.nemetschek.net/downloads/vectorworks/index.html hth, Frank Brault
  5. Hi Bud, Kevin mentioned that he answered this for you in the other list, but just so that anyone reading through this, who needs the answer, gets it, here goes: From the Theatrical Lighting Readers List: > There is a problem with one of the files that shipped with > VW 8.52 that is > keeping record information from being copied from the lighting > symbol to the > lighting instrument. The lighting instrument is a group with its record > attached to the outside of the group. All of the instrument info is still > attached to the symbol that is inside the group. When you use the > instrument insertion tool, or convert a symbol into an instrument we take > your symbol, figure out where it is and where all the labels need > to go and > then group it all together and place the instrument info in a > record that is > attached to this newly created group. > > In response to your second question about label styles. It is not > currently possible to define more than one label legend and choose which > instruments use which legend. You can have multiple label styles in a > document by cheating a little though. > Once you have your plot basically done, you can go back and > change the > label legend and selectively update instrument labels from these legends. > As an example, lets say you want to have all of your VL-5s display only > their channel and unit numbers, and not the dimmer field that the rest of > your instruments are using. Switch to the setup labels sheet and change > the label formatting to what you want to use for your VL-5s. > Switch back to > your light plot and select all of the VL-5s in the document. You > might want > to try the custom selection tool as a quick way to do this (Pg 18-3 of the > VW Manual). From the Theatrical Lighting menu, select instrument > processing, and then Update Labels from Legend. This will update all > selected instruments to use the new legend. You can continue > doing this for > your other instrument types. Existing instruments will not automatically > change to use the new legend information, so you can take > advantage of this > "feature" to have multiple sets of label styles. > > We are currently developing a new lighting design product > which will have > more advanced tools for lighting designers. Some of the features of this > new product will be the ability to have multiple label legends in a > document, the ability to assign a label legend to a particular > instrument or > type of instrument, and also geometric containers for labels. You will be > able to have channel circles, dimmer hexagons or whatever, they are user > definable. So if you like to have 8pointed stars as the > container for unit > numbers of source 4s and red ovals around color labels for cyc > lights you'll > be able to do this quickly and easily. > > > Kevin Moore btw, these files are now available at: http://www.nemetschek.net/downloads/vectorworks/index.html There is a Mac .sit and Windows .zip available for download. Detailed instructions for installation are included in the archive. hth, Frank Brault
  6. Hi Ryan, There is an download available for the latest version of VectorWorks (8.5.2)located at: http://www.nemetschek.net/downloads/vectorworks/index.html This version has the features of the Theatrical Lighting toolkit that you mention. hth, Frank Brault Nemetschek N.A.
  7. Hi jojo, Thanks for your inquiry. We are working on a new addon product targeted at the theatrical lighting industry. We haven't announced a release date yet, and we haven't released any pricing or product name, either. Sorry to be so vague, but we are not quite ready to release this info. Watch our web site (http://www.nemetschek.net/) for details, or sign on to our press release mailing list. (http://www.nemetschek.net/support/mailinglists.html) Frank Brault Nemetschek North America
  8. There are various plant databases that are available on the internet. Three that come to mind are below: http://plantamerica.com/palink.htm http://www.scs.leeds.ac.uk/pfaf/index.html http://hg.women.com/homeandgarden/refer/resor/00plen11.htm While there is not currently a way besides cutting and pasting this info into a local file, we are developing a solution for landscape professionals that will include a database. Frank Brault Diehl Graphsoft, Inc.
  9. One workaround for the offset points problem would be to be sure that the user origin is set to the center of the page. You can reset the user origin using the 'Set Origin...' command under the 'Page' menu. The 'Float Objects' command has a bug when it floats 3D Symbols. If you have your copy of 8.0.1 Digital Terrain Modeller, it will work in the 8.5.1 environment. 3D Locus points work normally, however. hth, Frank Brault
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