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  1. @MullinRJ thank you. I will try your suggestions. As you say: Indeed! The general rule in our company is to usually keep all attributes by class on and use class attributes. To have to turn this off, to write some text, them back on again to continue drawing is not something my colleagues in-house will do, it is too disruptive to the everyday workflow. In that case it is easier & quicker to assign a text style after creating text. In practice, the way i see it, this means that the Use On Creation for Text Styles in the Class Settings Dialog is broken. Pity.
  2. Thank you - maybe talking at cross purposes here, or I may have misunderstood: I am saying that my lighting fixtures (& other objects) need to be assigned to a hanging position for organization reporting etc. EG. Unit Number / Hanging position - this is the set-up in spotlight. Are you saying I need to add a custom data tag to all my lighting fixtures? As I say - maybe I am misunderstanding what you mean? The nice thing about hanging positions is that you drag a lighting fixture on to it and it is automatically associated with it, and this shows up in the object info palette and the lighting fixture dialog. I don't really see how we can easily do without hanging positions ?
  3. @Peter Neufeld - has made good points above. Also, from a lighting design point of view, a single connected truss system may contain several hanging positions, as far as lighting is concerned. For example a simple "box" truss could be thought of as 4 lighting positions. - I don't know the best, or rather the easiest way, to deal with this in Vectorworks. Any thoughts?
  4. maybe someone from Vectorworks would like to comment? Is this a bug, or a feature? 😉
  5. PS - maybe the documentation for the purge tool could be updated to make it clearer that plugin objects/devices cannot be purged. Likewise maybe a note in the dialog would be helpful, as a reminder of the limitation.
  6. Thank you - that sounds like a good idea. If anyone out there has an example of a script that might help me achieve this it would be much appreciated 😉 but I will certainly have a go myself.
  7. Hi, I feel like I am missing something here: I have a class and I have a custom text style. In the class graphic attributes dialog I check Text Style use at creation ON and select my custom text style from the drop-down. In the drawing I set: make all attributes by class, in the attributes palette. I select the text tool and enter text - the text is <Un-Styled> - it is not set as <Class Text Style> as I would expect. It uses the class pen attributes, not the class text style. What am i doing wrong please? In the text tool dropdown there is no option for class text style, so I can't use that to set the text to use class text style. I'm so confused! Put another way: how to use the Use at Creation for Text Styles in Classes properly? Vectorworks 2020 SP 2.1 with Spotlight & Braceworks MacOS 10.15.3 (Catalina)
  8. PPS - to be fair the link above is a very old tutorial - maybe it should just be depreciated? On the new Vectorworks University site things are much better 🙂 However, interestingly, the Getting Started: Entertainment Design has a whole lesson on Hanging Positions "Hanging positions are an important part of the entertainment designer's workflow" https://university.vectorworks.net/mod/scorm/player.php?a=5&currentorg=articulate_rise&scoid=10 Just saying 😉
  9. PS - just having a look in the Service Select portal - maybe the Spotlight Lighting Plot basics training materials could do with an update sometime 🙂We don't even have Lighting Positions anymore. I am thinking of new users. https://serviceselect.vectorworks.net/training/webinars/classroom-training-videos/light-plot-basics?searchterm=spotlight
  10. oh yes! me too! Thank you very much for your helpful answers and suggestions.
  11. @jcogdell ah! very interesting! I will have another look at hanging positions - I thought that was good practice! I am old! a couple of points: it is certainly possible to count truss in a hanging position in a worksheet - please see attached file above. That bit worked fine - that was not really the problem. If we no longer use Hanging positions in Spotlight, I still have hanging positions in the real world EG. Truss A, Truss B, and I still need to get a material list of truss pieces per real world Hanging Position - even if we aren't using Spotlight Hanging Positions any more. Do you have a suggestion as to how to achieve that please? Note that in my case putting each hanging position on it's own layer or class is not practical for our company. In Vectorworks help on Hanging Positions I don't see anything about it being depreciated, as you seem to suggest. Maybe the help files need updating on this subject?
  12. I maybe have a bug: I have created a worksheet. OK. Now I Right Click on the row number and click Edit Report. After making changes I click ok. Now the worksheet, in edit mode, is frozen on my screen in front of the Vectorworks window. The worksheets are frozen on the screen, but not visible when a different app is selected. The frozen copy of the worksheet(s) stay(s) on screen until I quit Vectorworks. This only happens with edit report - edit criteria works fine. Vectorworks Spotlight with Braceworks SP2.1 MacOS 10.15.3 (Catalina)
  13. Here is my simple test file attached 🙂 truss count test.vwx


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