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  1. Same question for VW and @C. Andrew Dunning


    Screenshots attached of the same symbol inserted with both stock and Landru PIO.


    Is there finally a way to rotate a flipped monitor to a wedge position, or do I still have to duplicate the symbol, and rotate it there first?


    Not for nothing but I tried working around the 90deg tilt limit with the array tool but didn't get anywhere. Any other workarounds I've missed? Schematic view?


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  2. @JustinVH thanks for your help!


    I was able to dial in all the angles (yoke, tilt) and distribute the Sharpy Washes as wide as possible along the flipped HUD backbone without the ladders getting in the way (always a do-over onsite).




    The only thing I'm still trying to solve is how add the pipe to the truss system for BW:



  3. @JustinVH


    Also: not positioning the lighting device in a yoked out (90deg X rotation) position helped immensely (and I *suspect* that may be what was causing crashes).


    I'm still having issues with my homegrown farm-to-table half coupler:

    • The lighting device wants to insert itself in the wrong place on the pipe
    • For clarification: do I want to attach the data record to the symbol itself (no geometry selected) or not to the symbol itself (only geometry selected; except the locus)?
    • Note: grouping the objects did not help me; it caused them to fly all over the place, taking the yoke with them

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  4. OK screenshot and file attached. This is as close as I can get it. The base of the clamp is 2.75" away from the base of the yoke. It's either this or it grabs the pipe in the wrong place.


    Also a bug: VW will get stuck in the Edit Accessories mode, and the file has to be closed, and then reopened.


    Final thought: I’d really like to “roll my own” clamps. 9x out of 10, it’s just gonna be an aluminum half burger (the stock symbol is fine).


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    solaris clamp.vwx

  5. I've crashed VW a dozen times trying to get a (double) clamp to attach to the yoke of a Solaris Flare LR. I've spent about 2 hours trying to get this to work. While I appreciate the ability to modify a manufacturer's clamp, this is not working for me.


    It would be great if someone could attach the clamps to the yoke (300mm off center in each direction), and send me the file, properly attached to a lighting pipe or truss. I'm assuming that would trigger the same issues I've been running up against, and am too tired to type out or screenshot at this point.

  6. I need the burger and LX pipe to move with truss system when I change trim height.


    I'm unable to activate the magic red auto-connect snap guides. As you can see, they're connected but they're not actually a part of the system.


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  7. On 9/24/2020 at 9:59 AM, Mark Aceto said:


    1. Have to rotate motors 90º to rotate hooks 90º to align with shackles
      • Braceworks will de-rotate when it snaps, so just rotate 90 in the OIP


    I'm running into other situations (torms) where I need to rotate the low hook 90 but I don't want to rotate the entire hoist object (and it's 2D label legend) 90deg along with it. Am I missing something? Is there a trick to accomplishing this?


  8. I'm looking for a way to hide hoist chain and hooks when used as a Drop.


    In the screenshot below, you can see that the Tyler GT Lift Plates, STAC and shackles are all attached properly (altogether as a truss pickup assembly). The entire system is BW-aware, so I just need to hide the chain and hooks visibility.

    Where I'm stuck is that I can only successfully hide the top hook with classing. I'm not sure how to get to the chain (or simple chain which is an extrude) or the bottom hook from within the hoist PIO. I obviously don't want to hide every hook and chain in the entire drawing (just the torms).



  9. @Sam Jones I was honestly just trying keep the power puns going in response to "current workspace" because I'm that big of a dork but those are all good points.


    For me, I leave the LX prepro to my excellent production electricians, so I'm really only messing with audio, video, and utility. I also work with an excellent power vendor that prepros everything (in AutoCAD) from the gennies to the transfomers, plus utility. I would love to convert them to VW... 


    Anyway, I took a crack at the new preview tools, and also had a lot of questions. I think the big thing for me, and probably my #2 question for the Q&A in a few weeks is that we now have 3 very different modalities for working with cabling, one of which I pay extra for as a VSS add-on:

    1. The OG tools ported from AutoPlot
    2. The new tools (developed in house?) 
    3. ConnectCAD

    So, as a VW user, I would just like to know which tools I should get attached to, invest in, subscribe to... and, more importantly, when I can just use one toolset to get the job done? Apologies if that sounds snarky (not my intention).


    A couple things I did notice:

    As usual, the drum I'm banging on is improved communication / managing expectations / a clear roadmap, so I'll bite my tongue until Oct 6 to see what's planned for the future... 


  10. On 9/25/2020 at 1:24 PM, Pat Stanford said:

    If you can wait a couple of weeks or months, you will have a much better chance of having full compatibility between MacOS and VW.

    Or a year. Still on Mojave here. Apple just released 10.15.7 today (the first .7 release ever of the annual upgrade cycle; the first since Snow Leopard). There will be more supplemental updates to follow. I’ve had zero issues with VW on Mojave. I’ll upgrade to Catalina when Big Sur is released. If you’re using that computer and Vectorworks for work, wait a year to upgrade macOS.

    That said, if you need to buy a new Mac that comes preloaded with Bug Sir... Godspeed.


    For context, totally different story with iOS, iPadOS, watch OS, tvOS... Those are all basically fine right now.



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  11. 16 minutes ago, JustinVH said:

    @Mark Aceto Those wire rope "stingers" are not in the content at this time.  My recommendation is if you would like to add steel to the pickup symbol to duplicate the symbol and add the length of steel you desire as geometry.  Just remember to change the offset in the SlingRecord and add the additional weight in grams.


    I'm a little confused about this solution because even when I select Show No Hoist, I still see chain and hooks. The truss pickup in a torm (BW Drop) would still be a standard truss pickup. Therefore, I think what I'm looking to modify would be the Hoist symbol?


  12. 3 minutes ago, JustinVH said:

    @Mark Aceto Those wire rope "stingers" are not in the content at this time.  My recommendation is if you would like to add steel to the pickup symbol to duplicate the symbol and add the length of steel you desire as geometry.  Just remember to change the offset in the SlingRecord and add the additional weight in grams.


    For context, I'm looking for something more realistic for Braceworks Drops:

    • Stingers
    • Deck Chain
    • STAC

    Here's a pretty standard torm. Because this is Tyler GT truss, it needs its own special pickups and plates.



    I really just want to replace the chain & hooks with a stinger but keep everything kosher with Braceworks because this is the future and it's freaking glorious:



  13. I realized it would be super easy to mock up the Everything Workspace using the workspace editor.


    If I needed menu bar real estate on a smaller screen, I would happily put Braceworks and ConnectCAD inside Spotlight.


    Architect-BIM should live inside Architect.


    There's no need for Fundamentals or Designer.


    Click on the screenshots for the high res versions (much sexier).




    And if Dark Mode is your thing:



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  14. 1 hour ago, Art V said:

    Sparking joy?... be careful what you wish for because we might end up singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy (from the unfinished 9th symphony) when that does happen. 🙂


    Seriously now, I do hope they finally will do some housekeeping, streamlining and fixing broken things on a large(r) scale for the next revision than just a few bits and pieces here and there in each new revision.


    That was a Marie Kondo reference for housekeeping but now I'm in the mood for some Beethoven.


    I've been test-driving VW21 nonstop since it dropped, and I have to say it's more like they improved thousands of small things vs a few big announcements. I mean multicore and a few other features are definitely big ticket items but there's a lot to appreciate under the hood with this release. It's like how Year-Three iPhones (on a 3-year cycle) look exactly the same as they did 2 years ago (so that's not exciting on the surface) but they're the best most stable version. Or the body style of your favorite car that's a few years old but it's not a lemon because they worked out all the kinks (unless it's a 4-runner which never changes under the hood for decades). Anyway, I don't know how you market "we fixed thousands of things that slowed you down." It's not as sexy as "NEW (the trigger of which we do no speak) TOOL!"

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  15. @jcogdell I don't have an loci in my truss pickups. Which one did you use?


    I want to make sure the record is attached when nothing is selecting in the edit wind (like in the screenshot), correct?


    What is the SlingRecord Distance measuring? I'm assuming the SlingRecord distance will tell the hoist to attach the look hook at the correct Z height of the bumper? This would also be massively helpful with LED video screens that just get sucked up to truss trim, and until I manually knocked the screen down to make room for the bumper I attach (which doesn't talk to BW at all).


    I have to force the hoist US because BW doesn't talk to the Rigging Guides I set in the Configure Array dialog.


    VW Team: it would be helpful if bumper symbols had holes drilled with 3D loci that we could snap the shackles. In the meantime, workaround is to find the manufacturers drawings, and remodel the symbols, so we're not roughing it in, and then making changes onsite. I'm still going to reference the Soundvision report for all of these details but it would speed up my workflow to have those predrilled holes and loci.


    EDIT: success!



    1. Have to rotate motors 90º to rotate hooks 90º to align with shackles
      • Braceworks will de-rotate when it snaps, so just rotate 90 in the OIP
    2. Have to nudge US motor US of where BW will snap (edit Y in OIP)
      • *** After editing the SlingRecord Distance, the Hoist objects need to reselect the Pickup symbol (every time it's edited)
        • Not doing this is what confused me about the SlingRecord Distance
    3. Still need to RTFM from manufacturer / Soundvision report to confirm actual attachment positions (of hooks, etc)
    4. Would still love predrilled holes and 3D loci in bumper arm but I can mod that myself in the meantime

    One step closer to the dream of a Braceworks Connected Entire System!


    Also starting to feel comfortable creating my own pickups and slings (similar to Lighting Device Accessories)... 


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  16. @C. Andrew Dunning thanks for the explanation!


    Side by side screenshots of your imperial and metric bumpers attached.


    I'm glad this was such a quick and easy fix, no doubt because of your responsive tech support over the years.


    VW team: just need to QC the input values of some of these symbols for the next SP. (Not everyone is as nerdy as us; has to be an Imperial Stormtrooper shooting accuracy joke in here somewhere... )


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  17. 8 hours ago, Art V said:

    The irony, if you want to call it that, is that the simple stair tool sometimes allowed for things that the stair tool struggles with, at least it did in the past it may have improved since the last time I had to create extensive multilevel stairs.


    Old doesn't necessarily mean obsolete in such cases.


    Cleanup of the old tools is needed, but I'd first check which useful functionality of old/legacy tools is not in the new tools  and implement that functionality into the new/current tool first.


    Totally agree. This would be a great topic for the Q&A webinar on Oct 6. In fact, they may even address it before we bring it up. Housekeeping, streamlining, removing pain points, sparking joy... seem to be the current/next phases for VW.

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