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  1. What you need to do is Scale Objects, Symmetric by Distance. You can watch Jim do it here.
  2. Those of you using BBEdit to write vector scripts: There are several language module plist files floating around to add functions after 2015. But I've found that the folding for those language modules is messed up. Last night after talking with @Sam Jones, @Pat Stanfordand I (mostly Pat 🙂) figured out how to add functions to the built in BBEdit Vectorworks language module: 1. In the BBEdit menu: BBEdit > Folders > Custom Keywords This will create the folder /Users/~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Custom Keywords 2. Put the attached .vs files in the Custom Keywords folder. 3. If you have any VectorScript .plist files in /Users/~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Language Modules I've found you have to remove those files. 4. I suspect a restart of BBEdit is necessary. But I was experimenting with different ways to get it to work before I tried removing the .plist files from the Language Modules folder. So it may not be necessary. In my testing this provides all the functions after 2015 and preserves the folds perfectly. These files do not include functions that were introduced after 2015 and then made obsolete in later versions. VS 2016.vs VS 2021.vs VS 2020_5.vs VS 2020_1.vs VS 2020.vs VS 2019_3.vs VS 2019_2.vs VS 2019_1.vs VS 2019.vs VS 2018_4.vs VS 2018_3.vs VS 2018.vs VS 2017.vs
  3. As you have discovered, almost all theatrical LED fixtures use constant power and either DMX or some flavor of ArtNet to control intensity and other parameters. There are a couple ways you could go. 1. I've never seen the fixture you bought, but I'm confident it has a manual mode. You're not the first one to have to run it without a controller. It might be worth a test to put it into manual mode, bring it up to the desired intensity (full) and then cut the power and then power it up again. If it works you can replace your dimmers with switches and put up with not having a nice smooth fade up and down. 2. I've never actually seen one of these in person, but this fixture has an option to dim on mains power. It will probably be much more expensive, but I expect it would perform better in almost every way. It's made for theatrical dimmers using some flavor of phase control to reduce voltage and I don't know how different that is from household dimmers. But it might work! 3. If it were me, and I was happy with the output of that fixture (hmmmm😀), I'd just swap the dimmers for switches or wire them to be always hot and get a cheap dmx controller and some DMX cable. There are also inexpensive USB interfaces you can use with free or very inexpensive software, but that just adds complexity. It seems like you need this to have a very simple user interface. 4 sliders is pretty simple. Again, I've never seen these fixtures, but I wouldn't count on them having a super long life. So using something very standard and very replaceable may come in handy. 🙂
  4. Post back if you get stuck. Happy to walk you through it.
  5. It can easily be done 🙂.* Are you familiar with VS or Python? *This is said by everybody at the start of a scripting project. Never actually true 🙂
  6. Are you asking how to script it (https://developer.vectorworks.net/index.php/Main_Page) or how to turn the script into a parametric object? If that seems like overkill, have you checked out Marionette?
  7. Not without scripting it. Could you use extrudes instead? Extrudes should send to surface without extra steps.
  8. Did you make one symbol or many symbols, each with one object?
  9. Select the door > Settings > Data enter the location there. A worksheet is much much faster.
  10. I just tried a 3D symbol with the bottom of the object at z=0 and it worked on my machine with your file. Make sure the symbol definition has the bottom of the generic solid at 0.
  11. Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you can use space objects to populate the location field of a door or window.
  12. Doors and windows (in the native US door and window objects) have a location field. Door.Location and Window.Location. If you are using door and window styles, just make sure that that data field is not set to "by style".
  13. Make sure the parts record has the correct part checked for each element (Base, yolk, body, etc).
  14. I think if you make them symbols then you can use the Send to Surface command.
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