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  1. symo

    Spotlight Plot & Model View issue

    Brilliant - all makes sense. Many thanks
  2. I tried posting this in the Entertainment forum - but its still driving me nuts. Im trying to use the PAMV command to show LED strip lighting symbols on vertical trusses for both lighting plots and renders/section viewports. The problem Im having is that the most of the LED strip lighting symbols I import rotate in the Model viewport after I run the command. Most of the LED strip symbols I import do this - some dont. All Im wanting to do is have the strips remain vertical on the trusses. The LED strip will show perfectly in the Definition layer, even in 3D views but will almost always end-up being rotated in the Model layer. The angle of the LED strip changed when you move the DLVP in the model layer. Ive tried using different truss symbols - but the problem remains. Ive used the PAMV command for conventional lights (profiles & cans) successfully, so Im pretty sure Im not doing anything wrong. VW file attached. Plot_and_model_view_issue.vwx
  3. symo

    Spotlight Plot & Model View issue

    Also - removing the parts records - is this just editing symbol in 3D, highlighting each part - then unticking base/yoke/body/lens/point?
  4. symo

    Spotlight Plot & Model View issue

    Hi Markdd Many thanks for that - and the file. Re your suggestion of removing the parts record - what negative consequences will this have? I see it fixed the issue I was having perfectly - but wondering what issues I might discover also. Cheers again.
  5. Hi there Im having issues when trying to attach LED striplights to vertical trusses. When activating the model layer (which VW creates to show vertical trusses/booms in a 3D space) - I cant get the LED strips to show as being rigged vertically on the truss - they default to being at right angles to the truss. When I alter the "Set 3D Orientation" settings in the OIP - I still cant get them to rig vertically on the vertical truss. I can do this in the Definition Layer - no problems. But, I want to be able to show these in a Plan View w/ labels for the LX Plot and a 3D View for renders. Heres my process: Draw in a truss using the Spotlight truss tool Convert to Hanging Position Insert the lighting symbol (LED Strip) onto the Hanging Position, ensuring its inserted on the same layer and that it snaps to the position Select both lighting symbol & truss, then execute the Plot & Model View command Select the "Vertical" checkbox and create a new Definition & Model Layers After I execute the command, when I show ONLY the Model Layer - the truss is shown in vertical orientation but the LED strips are attached at right-angles to the truss. In the Definition layer, when viewing via an isometric view - the LED strip shows as being positioned in the same direction as the truss. I cant seem to correct this using the lighting symbols "Set 3D Orientation" settings. Can anyone shed some light on this? Plot & Model View always seems clunky to me - but I can at least get it to work for conventional fittings. Is there a simpler work-around to show the LX plot AND 3D renders without doubling-up lighting symbols? Cheers
  6. Brilliant - do you viewport each boom or vertical truss for 3D renders - or show the viewports for the LX plots? Or neither?
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    People/Band Symbols

    Wow - impressed
  8. Hi scottmoore. I tried this - but to no avail. Its really odd - the lights can line-up perfectly in the Definition Layer - but spin around to right angles in the DLVPs on the Model layer. Some symbols dont do this and behave exactly as you expect. No amount of meddling in the Definition Layer seems to fix it. Would love to know why this is. Alternatively - is there another way to do this - for LX plot AND renders without doubling-up on lighting symbols?
  9. Hi Klinzey Cheers for your response. Im wondering if its a symbol issue? I used the same symbol as you did - and it worked perfectly. I tried another two and I get the same problem - with the process being exactly the same. Check-out the attached file - if you dont mind. Plot_and_model_issue.vwx
  10. Hi All For my section style, I prefer to use a diagonal hatch that is set in the section style class. The only problem is, when printed - the diagonal lines are too close to each other. Ive tried to use the Attribute Mapping tool in my section viewports - but to no avail. Whats the best way to manually alter the hatch, without having to find another hatch all together?
  11. Many thanks for this
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    VW Text Scaling Win 10

    Hi there Ive recently moved to running VW on Win 10 - in order to be able to afford a PC with decent rendering capabilities - Im struggling with the way Win 10 shows VW menu and window text. The default text size is just too small. Adjusting the Make Text Bigger slider scales menu text to an acceptable size, but not other text. Adjusting the Custom Scaling setting makes the text bigger - but makes the VW graphics and tool icons blurry. I read that Win 10 has had scaling issues - but this was a few years ago - and Im no expert. The said Make Text Bigger setting fixes the text scaling issue in other apps, just not VW. Im running a pair of HP LA 2306x 1920x1080 monitors at the native res. Any help here would be much appreciated.
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    Symbol summary like Spotlight

    Got it! Thanks so much. All makes sense.
  14. Hi All Im wanting to create a symbol legend with non-spotlight symbols - but want them shown like they are shown using the Spotlight Instrument Summary tool. Is there a way of doing this so that it automatically updates? Cheers
  15. symo

    Symbol summary like Spotlight

    Many thanks zeroInf. When creating the report - what options do I need to select to generate that worksheet?
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    Win 10 Tweaks

    Hi there A question to anyone running VW on Win 10. Ive used VW on OSX for the last 8 years and have just had a win PC made for rendering as my long suffering macbook was struggling with renders. So far so good - but struggling a little with the way win 10 looks and feels. Can anyone suggest any win 10 tweaks to make it look better? Ive experimented a little making the font bigger and with the high-contrast settings with some success. Not sure I want to start downloaded OSX skin packs. Cheers Symo
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    Win 10 Tweaks

    Cheers for those suggestions
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    Win 10 Tweaks

    My experiment with high-contrast in win 10 has ended - have gone back to the standard look. Slowly getting used to windows.
  19. Hi there Is there an easy way to make the lens of a light symbol glow when emitting light? My renders are looking a little odd - when the lights are lighting objects and people correctly - but you cant see light coming out of them. Ive tried muliple render modes - but to no avail. Cheers
  20. Brilliant - many thanks. Do they have their own class??
  21. Hi Rob Cheers for this. Are you saying that all symbols should already have a lens object? Cheers Symo
  22. Hi guys Many thanks for this. Sheesh - sounds pretty complicated - but I really appreciate the helpful responses. Will spend some time with this over the next few days. Symo
  23. Hi All Im about to invest in a new VW workstation as my poor Macbook Pro is getting hammered with renders. It regularly hangs when doing section viewport hidden-line renders, for starters. I read this excellent post on benchmarking different setups: Im keen to stay with Mac OS - despite having to pay a bit more for it. The rig that ticked all my boxes was a 27" iMac Pro - but its a bit out of my price range. So, Im looking very seriously at a Mac Mini setup: 3.2Ghz 6-core Intel Core i7 32GB of 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM 512GB SSD Radeon Pro WX 9100 GPU - 16GB Razer Core X Thunderbolt 3 External GPU enclosure I was wanting to go to an 8 core GPU - but the Mac Mini scored very well in the benchmark test. Does anyone for-see any issues going with an eGPU (external graphics card) - with the Mac Mini?? I work in the entertainment & presentation industry - and I do many renders for clients. I would also like to go down the Vision route at some point - so I need a setup that will cope with this. Cheers
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    New workstation for VW rendering & Vision

    Hi Herbie I do hidden line renders probably once a week and a full realistic render (with renderworks) once every couple of weeks. I use vectorworks with spotlight everyday, however. Cheers


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