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  1. @JuanP Juan, If this is considered more of a work around than a workflow, Can you and engineers please post or link me to a better and more efficient workflow. I would love to find a better and more efficient way of creating sheets with viewports! Greatly Appreciated,
  2. Thank you for the report and yes , namely the stand height, as the other fields dealing with units of measurement seem to be the industry standard.
  3. I am in the process of creating a library of Video Camera setups that our company uses and have run into what I feel is a bug. I spent 30 min on the phone yesterday with Service Select Technical Support and was told that the Video Camera Tool is working as intended. I am reaching out to other users so that maybe someone can offer me some insight and knowledge as to why what I view as an issue is considered “working as intended”. Process: -Create new blank document -Select Video Camera Tool from Tool Sets -Select a Lens, Select a body and Select a Stand from the Tool Bar -Click once in the Drawing Area and Click a second time to set the plugin object -In the OIP make changes to settings if necessary -With the plugin object selected, In the Menu Bar select Modify Create Symbol. -A Dialog window opens, Give the symbol a name and select convert to plug-in object and click ok -A red symbol is created. -Double Click to acquire the red symbol in the resource manager -Click once in the drawing space and Click a second time to set the symbol and all is good. -in the Menu Bar Click File, Click Save into any one of the multitude of library folders that Vectorworks has given us(Vectorworks Libraries, User Libraries, Workgroup Libraries) and Close the file. -Click on the Action Button in the resource browser and Click Refresh Libraries or restart Vectorworks I now have a red symbol in my Library with all of my settings. Now I can now save time in all of my future drawings by NOT having to follow that process of setting up a camera again. One would think! Next Process: -Create new blank document -Find my newly created red symbol in the resource browser -Double click on it to acquire the symbol -Click once in the drawing space and Click a second time to set the symbol and all is NOT good. The OIP is completely loaded with all of the correct information but the graphical representation of the object is completely gone and replaced with a rectangle that has 2D and 3D geometry. In order to fix this issue, you have to reselect your lens, body and stand. I have tried different forms of insertion such as copy and paste and importing the red symbol into the document first before placing it. All with the same result. I guess I am frustrated more on the fact that a Service Select representative told me yesterday that the tool is working as intended and the process that I should follow is to import the symbol elements of the plugin symbol and the record formats that go with my red symbol first before inserting my symbol. I feel this defeats the purpose of having a Plugin Symbol. Also, one other item I noticed is that while I am working in an imperial document all the OIP information is in metric. I thought that Vectorworks automatically did all of the conversions. If I am out of line here and having a knee jerk reaction to this, or this has already been discussed on the forum somewhere, can someone please let me know, It would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I am currently building a entirely new workgroups folder for our users. Would it be beneficial to have my default template contain all possible record formats that we use and then reference those to a single Record format master file in the defaults folder? Or.. did I have one to many beers today?
  5. For the love of God, Can Vectorworks "Please" fix the Seating Section so it can be symmetrically Mirrored? What a mess!
  6. Thanks Rob! I will give it a try.
  7. I just came across something that I have never really had to deal with before. My hunch is that it is file related but not sure. When using the Speaker array tool or @C. Andrew Dunning 's Audio Array 2 tool and I import data from the "Bumpers L-Acoustics.vwx" file in the Vectorworks Library It does not convert the units correctly. The "Bumpers L-Acoustics.vwx" file units are Metric and the file I am working in is Imperial. The "Speakers L-Acoustics.vwx" is also in Metric and all of their data converts correctly with no issues. Can someone tell me if this is tool related or if the the "Bumpers L-Acoustics.vwx" file is not configured properly? This is all being done in VW2019 on a new 2018 MacBook Pro. Edit: For example when importing the data the 554mm bumper width, it comes into the new document at 554'.
  8. I don't think this is right, Can someone confirm if this was taken away or changed in someway? Calculating loads may be directly effected by this!
  9. After importing a DWG file, Title Block Border Tool Crashes VW. After a little digging, I found that the DWG brought in a Symbol of a Title Block Symbol and Border symbol. After deleting these the Title Block Border Tool worked fine.
  10. Merry Christmas to you! That is awesome!
  11. I have to say thank you for adding the ability to set your own class default structure for parts in 2017. I found one that is missing unless I completely overlooked it. Please add the Multicable pointer to the dropdown for Parts classing in the OIP.
  12. I have been using 2017 daily with no issues until yesterday I started to get this message. I ran the update not realizing that this will write over all of your customized files in your User Folder!!! I understand updating the catalog in the VW Libraries but not my personal User Folder. Be aware! I highly suggest to the engineering team at VW to add in a popup that warns the user that all of there User files will be overwritten with the updates!!! If I am completely off on this let me know! Also, I might be nice to have some sort of a message letting you know what files have been updated. Way off base on this one. I totally jumped the gun!
  13. I am getting ready to start a new project that could have up to 400-500 object nodes in it. Before I get started, I would like to know if anyone has had any issues with multiple object nodes slowing down their process!
  14. @Alan, Thank You! I hope to be contributing more in the near future.
  15. I have been away for a while from the Marionette world! I am just getting back into getting head wrapped around this again. I would love to download some of these files and check out what has been done. Every time I click on a link I get directed to a page saying that they are gone. Is this true? If so why? I was learning so much from them!
  16. I have been away for a while from the Marionette world! I am just getting back into getting head wrapped around this again. I would love to download some of these files and check out what has been done. Every time I click on a link I get directed to a page saying that they are gone. Is this true? If so why? I was learning so much from them!
  17. Allen, Just starting to get my feet wet with Marionette and finding out you can teach an old dog new tricks. I can't take the credit for the offset node, I found it along the many hours of scanning this forum. I hope that you will be hearing more from me. This forum and the networks shared here have given me and users the ability to learn from others on our own time. I find it very hard to find formal education on a schedule that works for me and my family. I hope Nemetschek and other users keep this going.
  18. You ROCK! I am loving Marionette to death right now, as I have been able to cut hours out of my drawings with automating so many routines. I am sure I will be in touch. Thanks again.
  19. And by the way, Those numbers are different everytime I run the marionette script.
  20. Marissa, Thank you so much for your quick response. Wether you know it or not, You have been my hero through my whole experience with marionette so far. I have been living on the forum for many weeks now. Almost there!! I am on a Mac Pro and I have attached a screen shot of my results. I have taken one of the get symbols out of the network until I resolve what is happening. Path string is /Users/robertdiekmann/Desktop/Test Symbol/SYMBOL TEST.vwx symName is Red Cir The screenshot shows that I receive a popup that look as if it is location points or it may have something to do with something more internal to the reference file . When i resolve that with OK. I get my results just fine. Is there a way not to have this popup?
  21. With Marionette, Is there any way possible to access my Default Folder Files to retrieve symbols I would like to be in new drawing? Thank you for any help with this!
  22. Is there a way with marionette to access symbols that are in a default file other than the file I am working in?
  23. Sorry for not having my terminology correct on some of this. For 2, I understand completely that some objects have many components that need to be classed separately from the main object. But, give the user the ability to add prefixes to those parts. The Andrew Dunning tools and the tools that come with spotlight have this ability and it works beautifully! As of late yesterday I figured out a method of getting the hoist labels into my class structure. Long process but it worked. For 1. Terminology failure, I meant something else entirely, “The Standard Naming command controls the layer, class, and viewport names used in a project. These names can be changed to a user-defined system other than the default VWArch naming system. Standards can be mapped for office-wide use or to convert an existing file to the office standard. This command can also be used to assign specific attributes to classes in standards, and to change the names of layers, viewports/views and classes in the current standard. The command does not create new layers, classes, or viewports/views.” This seems as if it would very beneficial to all VW products considering that it is dealing with the fundamentals of drawing organization. As it stands right now, not all products have this functionality. 3, Currently, Almost every tool that I know of, utilizes the tool bar for functionality. A lot of the tools have a preferences button included in the tool bar. This sets the default parameters for that tool. I guess my issue here is consistency. Why does one VW tool allow me to set a default class in its tool bar preference popup and not another? Why does one VW tool that deals with text allow me to format the text in its tool bar preference popup and the main Text tool, I have to use a menu structure to format the text? These are just a couple examples of the inconsistencies that I am speaking of when talking about (Data) work flow and efficiencies. (Sorry for the Typo, I meant work flow not data flow) This wish is for consistency in all tools when it comes to the fundamentals of the software.
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