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  1. Darrell Henry

    Save as...

    Am I the only one that wishes that when you save as your file it gets added to the the recently opened list? Its annoying to me that when I increment a version number on a file I then have to use the open dialog the next time instead of being able to pick it from recently.
  2. Darrell Henry

    Inverted Motors

    That's not the issue. I need the hoist to attach to a piece of truss and then transfer its associated loads to the node as opposed to attaching (hoist up or down) to an imaginary roof.
  3. Darrell Henry

    Inverted Motors

    Got it -- I had done a similar thing and just converted the motor to a group to remove its BW functionality. Of course -- there should just be a function to attach a motor to a truss as an invert.
  4. Darrell Henry

    Inverted Motors

    What are you referring to when you say hanging tool? Isn't braceworks still going to assume that the motor you are inserting is connected to the ceiling? So if you have 2 motors picking up a truss and add an invert that way, won't it divide the load across the 3 now? I may be missing something though as I am unsure as to how you are placing the motor.
  5. Darrell Henry

    Inverted Motors

    No. They will remain in error state (red background black text) and even if you turn everything off and calculate them alone they will generate a not connected to a load error.
  6. Darrell Henry

    Inverted Motors

    What is the best way to incorporate inverted motors in truss? For example I have a PA deadhung from a truss and am using a motor for pull back inverted on the truss. I don't necessarily need it to calculate properly as I can manually manipulate with point loads to get that. But I do need to not have a whole bunch of red highlighting.
  7. Darrell Henry

    Braceworks Frustration

    It is super frustrating to pay to be a beta tester for Braceworks. Hoists: • Insert Truss using the Insert Truss Tool • Convert the truss to a Hanging Position • Insert hoists using the Hoist tool • Little red diamond shows up -- supposedly binding the hoist to the truss • Run Calculate Visible -- "The Suspension Point is not attached" • Drag hoist off position and re-attach - same message • Delete hoist and re-insert -- same message Instruments: • Right click on instrument -- Attach to Hanging Position -- select the HP • Click on Hanging position • Click on drill down arrow on instrument -- Set Hanging Position • Attach to truss (get the little red diamond and left click to assert • Run Calculate Visible -- The Load is Not Connected Just really frustrated that every visual clue says it is working and yet it doesn't. Question: If I have a motor for an audio point or cable point that is not attached to truss: • Can I insert a load and connect it directly to the hoist (seems like no)? • How do I stop those hoists from generating "The Suspension Hoist is not attached" errors?
  8. Darrell Henry

    Braceworks Issues

    There is no preset rotation for the Insert Truss tool. There is only preset hanging angle. The tool seems to behave okay most of the time But I have had to go back and correct the rotation value on some trusses. Weird. I tested a whole bunch of truss symbols and it did not seem to be the fault of the symbol definition. If I can recreate it consistently I will let people know. I will definitely play with the geometry accuracy to see if I get more consistent results. The frustrating thing is that I can take a connected load, option - drag it to a new location to add a second instance, and that instance does not connect. Similar issues with hoist insertion. I can insert a hoist one time and it will be perfect. The next time the red highlight will come up showing the connection node and yet it will not connect and will have a z height that is 12" off or so.
  9. Darrell Henry

    Braceworks Issues

    Anyone else noticed that the insert truss tool for BW seems to add .03 degrees of rotation? Also there needs to be a tool to attached a load manually to the truss system. I have lighting instruments that won't attach for love or money...
  10. Whenever my second monitor is plugged and the document I am editing is on the second monitor and active, I cannot access the color picker. When I click on the swatch beneath solid nothing happens. If I click outside the application on my laptop display, then click directly on the swatch it works. If I move the attribute menu to the external it doesn't function at all. This problem started with 2015 and is now occurring with 2016 -- I realise this is an OS issue (had it with Mountain Lion and now El Capitan). Just wondering if anyone else has it and has a solution. Super annoying. Darrell
  11. Darrell Henry

    OIP Not Updating

    Yosemite (10.10.5) It is not object specific. I will check again to see what re-boot brings about -- I think it will be responsive again at the start and degrade performance wise after a while. Today's file is a reasonable size but not outrageous -- 90 Mbs.
  12. Darrell Henry

    OIP Not Updating

    Working in 2015 SP4 Spotlight w/ RW on a MBP (2.6 Ghz i7, 16 GB Ram, GT 750M graphics with 2 Gb RAM). I am running into an issue where I click on an object and the object info palette does not grab the object info immediately. Sometimes it loads after a lag, sometimes it displays the name of the object but the OIP is blank. Occasionally it will come back to life if I save the file. However, that is not a consistent behavior. Anyone else experiencing this?
  13. Darrell Henry

    Lighting Instrument Lens Color

    So I created a new viewport and now it is working....the only difference that I can tell is that I am NOT using a camera view to define the viewport. Now I am diving into the camera settings to figure out why it doesn't render correctly in the camera viewport. Aggravating.
  14. Darrell Henry

    Lighting Instrument Lens Color

    So I modified a lighting fixture to have a lens that re-colored automatically to whatever color is in the color field of the instrument (using the helpful video on the VW site. SS#1 shows the behavior working perfectly. SS#2 show the result in the rendering I am working on. You will see a little bit of color on the edge, but no solid lens color. I thought it had to do with ambient light level -- in SS#1 Ambient is on, in SS#2 it is not. However after further experimentation that is not the culprit. Spotlight preferences are the same and RW Background is the same. The texture that modifies the object has the color controlled by Object Attribute (which is controlled by the spotlight color field) and a Glow where the cast shadows box is unchecked. I tried unchecking the receive shadows box and that did not help either. I also tried increasing the glow to 400% which makes the halo brighter but does not fix the problem. Anyone have any ideas on things I can try to change?
  15. Darrell Henry

    Light fixtures rendering as Half Wireframe / Half Solid

    Thanks. The reason I moved to that library was that the stock one was missing a couple things -- but if it is a symbol issue I will move back. Thanks for your updated file. D.


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