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  1. - Yes. - Yes. The information from the OIP is great. The data generated using AutoPlot Export is more fantastic. Eventually, I would be handy to see the design layer and class the instrument is in, however, not too important. You just earned my $35.00 dollars. Like I said above, my goal is really just create a script that will export the instrument data, or custom report, or AutoPlot information that I can trigger with a keyboard command. It would be nice to have my filepath and export options saved, so no dialog menus pop up. On the flip side, the same workflow ( i know this would be a separate script) that could handle the import side and update the instruments.
  2. I understand completely. I'm experienced with Filemaker, so I'm not worried about that side of the world. Like I said, I have everything working fine (manually exporting and importing), I was just trying to automate those steps. If I get the data out of Vectorworks, whether it's json or txt, I'm fine with parsing whatever information I need into Filemaker. I've always wanted to learn Python so I saw this as a good way to begin. I'll checkout AutoPlot, too.
  3. My coffee hasn't kicked in yet, so hopefully this makes sense. I have no experience in Vectorscript or Python, but I thought it would be best to begin with Python. The general consensus from reading is Python is a great language to start learning coding. My thoughts where to use DoMenuTextByName(). On the Wiki, it states "Calls the specified VectorWorks menu command item." Like I previously said, I have no real programming experience, so pardon my ignorance... I saw in the example script for DoMenuTextByName that it used "Print". My thoughts were maybe I can plug "Export" in its place and find the index value used for "Instrument Data". The Wiki points me to: Menu Function Reference for the values I can use with the function. I saw a lot of ways to export, but not Instrument Data. Perhaps I'm reading this wrong, though. This is good to know. It does contain a record, but its a little confusing to me. I will often create my own light symbols and I attach (3) records to it: Light Info Record, Light Info Record M (metric), and Parts. The confusing part for me is, after I do this, I then select the menu command "Convert to Instrument". For instance, here is the OIP and record for a light PROIR to "Convert to Instrument" OIP OIP Data After conversion: OIP_After OIP_Data_After You'll notice at the bottom, the name now reads "1000." which is the UID used when I import and export the data to relink the instrument. Looking further into this, I found a post here that describes what is happening... Sorry for the long winded post, but I'm really not sure what record I would call up or if its actually called "Instrument Data" like the Export menu reads... I suppose the ultimate goal for the Export script would be: - Gather all instruments on the plot, regardless of active class/layer... - Export the data using tab delimiter between fields and hard return between records/instruments Then I import into Filemaker. If I do any changes in Filemaker to a record, export it... Import into Vectorworks, linking the UID (1000. to update any records in VW. --- Like I said, I have it working now, its just a cumbersome process with the same menu settings being ticked on or off.... Just trying to make it fluid, if possible. I'm open to the idea of using json to write the data, though. The ability to have Layer/Class along with other information would be nice to have and from what I can tell, is not available in "Instrument Data" export. Thanks again for any help, tips, yay's, nay's or examples you can provide.
  4. I'm trying to create an automated process that will import and export Instrument Data. I didn't know if it was possible? I have no real python experience... With that being said, I was looking at the function DoMenuTextByName() and using Export and Export Instrument Data or Import...depending on the process. I do know it will be (2) different scripts (import/export), but looking over at the Function references, I didn't see anything for Instrument Data. I thought I would ask before I spent time going down the rabbit hole and trying to figure it out. Thanks for any help and guidance.
  5. The steps outlined above did not resolve my truss tool problem, so I went the extreme route. - I have uninstalled VW 2018 completely. - Reinstalled 2018. Changed no settings, nor loaded any Preferences. Kept everything default. - Tried Truss tool and it worked. - Installed SP1. Once again, changed no settings, nor loaded any Preferences. - Tried Truss Tool and it FAILED. Will have to uninstall and this time around will not update to SP1. Any other suggestions?
  6. I'm trying to build a database in Filemaker Pro and link it to Vectorworks. My goal is to have a simple plot that will carry channel and dmx address information into Filemaker. Is it possible to use vectorworks UID (ex. 1000. ) as the primary key between vectorworks and filemaker? None of the following record formats contain the UID, or as far as I can tell. Thanks for any help
  7. Sorry about the title, but I'm going on a little lack of sleep and not thinking clearly... Regardless, I spent this morning drawing on top of an imported PDF. Everything was great this morning, made my sheet layers and printed, but when I came back after lunch the base PDF has shifted. My workflow was: - Import the PDF and made a layer "Reference PDF" - Duplicated it (6) times and created (6) additional design layers for each duplicate. - Cropped each duplicated PDF in different places. - Locked all my new cropped section. - Added my labels. - Done. Now each layer and crop has shifted, even being locked. Along with the shift, it looks like the PDF has also been rotated too. Is it possible a I hit a keyboard combination and did something. How do I edit the size and rotation of the PDF, once the crop has been created? Is it possible I did something to the original reference PDF or should that not affect the duplicates I created? I should note that all the layers have the same scale. I'm using VW2018 for Mac. Image of Problem Sorry, but I had to blur some parts due to a NDA. In the photo, that is the (6) layers showing and the PDF is way off the crop. Thanks in advance.
  8. Do you have a generic one in Libraries>Object Styles>Lighting Accessory>Accessories Generic
  9. Good to know. I tried switching back and forth between layers, but not changing visibility. I'll try this next time it happens.
  10. I just figured out that I had the option to make group enabled and that was causing my 2D/3D issue. I was under the impression that grouping the objects made it so I could alter the symbol, once inserted in the drawing, without affecting the source symbol? Or am I misunderstanding the whole group vs symbol? Thanks again.
  11. Due to some NDA's, I'm unable to submit the file. However, I'll try some of the steps outlined above in a new file. Perhaps I screwed something up messing around with all the objects before I asked the forums... Regardless, thanks for the help.
  12. My selection marquee disappeared for some reason. Is this something I could have toggled off by chance? I have closed the file, reopened, and it still doesn't work. However, closing Vectorworks and reopening corrects the problem. I checked in the Preferences>Interactive and all the settings are correct.
  13. Thank you. Changing 2D object to Screen worked. However, it shows up when I go into 3D also. So I'm still doing something wrong... Also, Just to confirm.... It doesn't matter where my 3D object lies in space when I create my symbol? - It can be located in negative Z.... Sorry for the questions, I'm new to 3D drawing.
  14. I'm having a problem creating a basic 2D/3D symbol. Sometimes, I'll have no 2D representation of my symbol and my 2D drawing is merged into my 3D drawing. I've read through the guides and have made sure that I'm drawing all my 3D word in the correct views and the 2D work in Top/Plan. I then, will select both drawings from Top/Plan view and align them together. While still selected, I then I will create symbol. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't. Does the stacking order matter? Does the object position in 3D matter? I've tried the following: - Aligned both bottom axes to each other in 3D, then in Top/Plan aligned there centers. - Aligned both top axes to each other in 3D, then in Top/Plan aligned there centers. - Stacked the 2D object over the 3D object (Send to Front) - Stacked the 3D object over the 2D. Basically my 2D is carrying over to my 3D object and I can not figure out why... Thanks for any help!
  15. I could have sworn I've done this in the past, but maybe it was another program. Regardless, thank you for your detailed explanation.