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bruce johansen

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  1. ethan, you are not the first one to express the need to obtain the value of X. i've been on the tech board and to the tech support about it. i tried using "x center" which is defined in the manuel as the way to obtain x, but it brings back the value of the bonding box of the object and not the value of x. i took my problem to the theatre list. many people expressed the same need. Sam Jones(autoplotvw) published on the list a script that did just this and it works great.consult theater list archives march 2004.
  2. hi katie, i suspect that you are refering to the g3 ibook. it is an apple laptop with a one button touch pad. he also has a macnally (2 buttons, second one is programmable) mini mouse and it behaves the same way. if it was the g4, it's an apple tower with the original one button mouse. i have tried matching my friends preferences to mine , with no results. it's my impression that the situation is caused by how the OS is implemented on apple machines that are not towers.
  3. Double- clicking a symbol in the resource browser on my g5, os 10.3.6 sl 11.x.x will select the symbol, make the symbol and the insertion tool active . As it did on last machine (g4,os 9.2.2, sl 10.5.x) But on my friend's g3 ibook, os 9.2.2 and sl 10.5x, it does not. Clicking on the symbol opens a window that let's you select "make active". If you choose to, then the insertion tool is automatically selected also. Either choosing the insertion tool before clicking on the symbol combined with the fact that you are in list or thumbnail view has no effect at all.
  4. g5, os 10.3.6, vwsl 11. i'm getting a fatal program crash (no error is mentioned) everytime i try to set a "z" value on a light position object in 3d right view. did i miss something or should i report a bug
  5. on a g5,dp1.8,os10.3.5,vwsl11.0.1, it's the same problem. eventually it will be fixed. in the mean time, the old workaround works better than ever. when a label is locked, try this: select the lighting instrument(s), go to the object information palette and click on the show data button. scroll down til you see the "do not edit" field. double clic in that field, than hit delete, than hit enter. et voila. it works for me. if you lose labels ( sometimes they disappear !), do the same . bruce
  6. in my experience it's 1- no/ you can't 2-yes but of no practical use/yes in the paperwork 3-no make life easier on yourself. the reason for a 2d plot is to see the work that has to be done on stage. (represent an organized view of the objective: hanging it right) with this in mind, make a 3d symbol of a pipe of the lenght of the truss, make 2 duplicates of that symbol in the object info palette . each will represent a side of the triangular truss. then rename them: trusstop d/s, trusstop up/s and truss bot. now if you edit each one in the following manner, you will have a 2d plot that is readable and fairly clear and a 3d plot which is still usable to do a sideview for trim and other purpose. edit trusstop d/s 2d symbol and move the pipe y=-3' edit trusstop up/s 2d symbol and move the pipe y=3' insert the symbols with the light position tool at the place were they are really.they will show 3' off in 2 cases , 3' should be enough to display the lamp + lamp info without interfering with each other . but in 3d will be in right place. good luck
  7. hi craig, i have been able to do what you want, here is how i do it. on a g5, os10.3 vw sl 11.0.1. 1-in the object information palette, make a duplicate of the lamp you want to modify.( select lamp,resources/duplicate.then rename it ( name. hang)) 2- select the new lamp then resources/edit, in 3d component. in the edit workspace, select the complete symbol, go to side view and rotate it 180 deg. deselect the symbol and exit edit workspace. you now have a lamp( 2 symbols) that is good in top plan, and can hang or sit in 3d view. e-mail me for a plot if need be. hi siska, one might want to show where the ml goes on an upright truss so that the electricians can assemble the beast with a good chance of getting it right. cause in top plan view 10' of upright truss with 3 par cans and a mac 2000 look pretty weird,but in front view, it's like a picture. something about a 1000 words. but beware, a problem with sl is that a visuallisation of a beam is impossible if the angle (beam to horizontal plane) is less then about 20-22 deg.bummer!
  8. if you edit the symbol , you can select each sub object and see who they belong to. you can , in edit , select all the sub objects and chang their class. i don't understand the need to seperate the different types of fixtures but using different layer would probably fill your bill.
  9. frustration #1 i prefer slaving over a 1500 piece puzzle, it's not as frustrating and i stand of attaining a viable result. frustration #2 useless is the operative word frustration #3 i was told that you should have a layer per pipe with it's associated lamps. then give that layer a height.that would solve the anti-gravity problem. but with a 12 pipe light plot with 5 sets of legs and 5 borders. a cyc and it's cyc bar, a ground row and 3 painted drops, i could not manage productivily all of that garbage. f#4 my mother used to say about things like that : ils n'ont pas invent? le bouton a 4 trous" f#5 that is not the only thing that behaves like that. f#6 i would not know, i usually give up out of frustration by that time and pen the details in by hand. don't get me wrong, i still believe that sl has a lot to offer, but more user friendliness should be objective number 12, not nuts and bolts and springs and ......
  10. in my experience it is. there has been multiple discussions here and in the theater list by what i would call heavy hitters,in the last few months as to what worked best, lw, filemaker, etc... the general concensus i perceived was that you want something specific( the answers your need), you have to go outside of SL or learn vectorscripting and/or SDK. then maybe... VW seem to believe that their worksheet is adequate, i beg to differ. what we have here is a cold hand luke syndrome: " what we have here is a problem in communication"
  11. on the first, i say same as jim. on the second, welcome to the nice feature of summary report. great in theory, impractical in pratice. you can't choose where you put it , can't reformat it, just plain can't!!!!
  12. on # 1 question:no, they don't track. if you move (retrim ) a light position object, the lamp does not follow, it's z height is not updated either . if you refresh , the lamp is not refreshed. also, even if you have toggled the auto-number feature, it does not. but if you retoggle it, it does renumber.i call it the antigravity effect. it's a good thing reality on stage does not behave like SL in this case. question #2: because most likely you created the symbol( or they were created) in a class other than class A. tech support says:" Just so you know in the future, is that symbols are made from several objects. So those sub objects can each have a different class. If one of those classes are off, then it will make the whole object disapeer."
  13. Yes martin, i encountered the same manifestation as you describe. By a previous post, i seems the problem is related to the changing of the origin. When i stopped moving the origin to what i was drawing and started drawing with the origin of the document, the manifestation stopped. Since this WORKAROUND works for me, i stopped wasting more time with the label legend and planned my drawing in such a way as not to have to change the origin. It's a little less freedom, but a lot less pain.
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