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Thomas Peters

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  1. I am having some trouble importing red symbols of marionette objects into new metric documents. They work perfectly in imperial documents. I can paste the red symbol into the new metric document from the design layer and then make it a red symbol from there perfectly. See marionette forum thread for more details and screen recordings:
  2. Yes, if by intelligent symbol you mean a red symbol? As someone with some experience in defining bugs, I don't like using the phrase 'it does not work' in this context, but I do hope I have been clear with my description of the issue? If I have been vague or unclear anywhere, please let me know. If I create a new red symbol in your document and import that into a new imperial file, it does work. If I create a new red symbol in your document and import that into a new metric file, it does not work. (Does the German language version even have an imperial option?) If I paste the marionette into a new metric file and then create the red symbol in the new document, it does work. Posts like these have helped me learn just about every tool I know, so I hope this isn't drawn out, and I hope that future readers will benefit from this.
  3. Thank you- Yes, I can reproduce that. I don' throw this term around lightly, but I do think then there's definitely a reproducible bug here? Specifically, a but that affects documents started with metric units. Do you agree?
  4. Thank you @m.graf, the only difference I can see is that you've drawn a wire from the resultant object to the dummy node at the end? This does" tie the room together" nicely, but if I import the red symbol from the Resource Browser in your file into a new Blank (metric) document, it still doesn't appear when insert it. See attached screen recording. If it's in a document and it works then it works perfectly, it's getting it into the document that's giving me trouble. Thank you also for your other contributions to this forum, I'm currently using parts of your Object Builder network to read worksheet data for my next Marionette project. mystery symbol.mov
  5. In the interest of accommodating all unit preferences, I've made sure to use dim nodes for all dimension values. So far this works perfectly if I change unit preferences inside of my working document. If I create a new imperial document, I can import and operate these object nodes perfectly. If I create a new metric document, they do not even appear on the design layer, and the Shape pane in the OIP shows me nothing aside from that there should be 'something' there... I'm inserting some hybrid symbols and manipulating their z height. There isn't very much to the network at all. Is anyone able to reproduce this? Any advice would be appreciated. Stand Hollywood Combo Triple.vwx
  6. Perhaps this will be useful? Keep us updated on your progress please!
  7. It may be helpful if you tell us what you're trying to achieve with a 2-way link. I've got a wishlist item open to be able to bulk edit record fields easily, and I suppose a live-link with excel is sort of in the same train of thought: a mass editing of cells.
  8. It sounds to me like you are reinventing the wheel here- check out the ConnectCAD package, it can do exactly this and will most likely have other functionalities that will be able to improve your workflow.
  9. Excel files are 'static', as are VW Worksheets. A 'live' link would be a database, in which case, you'll want to look into Database connections: https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2021/eng/index.htm#t=VW2021_Guide%2FDatabase%2FDatabase_connectivity.htm&rhsearch=Database&rhhlterm=Database&rhsyns= If you figure it out, please make a tutorial for the rest of us, because we want this sort of functionality too.
  10. There's no problem, this is fundamental to how Vectorworks... "works". The file you are importing is made in some other CAD software, which works with Polygons. Vectorworks works with Vectors, and ultimately this is how Vectorworks interprets that polygonal data to be able to represent it. Using the imported data is a) messy, and b) guaranteed to slow your project down to an unacceptable crawl. This is not an unusual situation to be in, and what I do in this case is work in a new 'transitional' file, and re-draw the object I want over top of the imported mess as though I were tracing it. As for obtaining VW models of appliances, furniture, etc, there is a vast internal stock library of these. It is obviously not exhaustive or by any means complete, but it is substantial. Might be time to upgrade?
  11. I want to return to this thread with some updated feedback on the way this works in VW2021: being able to select a symbol from the OIP is wonderful, except that I now have to chose either the 2D or 3D part of the symbol, not the hybrid, and on some projects I do actually need both. In summary: I would like to have my cake and eat it too. Please and thank you @Conrad Preen
  12. @Conrad Preen, In order to fit into the CAD Standards of a project I am working on, I need to name my design layers following a specific convention. It would be great if I could specify a different layer for the "Update Rack Elevation" command to populate, maybe in the ConnectCAD Settings Dialog? Thanks!
  13. Thank you @markdd, that's the procedure for a single object, but I am looking to efficiently manage many objects without having to edit each symbol individually. A lot like @JBenghiat's Lighting Symbol Maintenance dialog that came with Savvy Symbol Key forever ago, except I want to edit a record that isn't the Light Info Record. Use cases for example are adding new stock codes for a new vendor, modifying naming conventions, updating values, attaching a new field to a format that needs individual data for every object that carries it... I can go on. I'm open to other workflows as well?
  14. Thank you, I appreciate your time in responding! See wishlist post:
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