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Marissa Farrell

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  1. Marissa Farrell

    Not seeing reflection/shadow in glass

    What if you start with a default texture (I started with Glass Mirror Finish Blue RT) and tweak from there?
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    Equivalent of "`" key on a PC

    It's the same 🙂
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    Parametric view analysis

    I like the concept! Right now, I don't know the best way to create an image from a view. I know we can generate .mov files, so there's definitely a way to output an image into a video file, but I cannot see an option to export an image file directly from a view. (I'm sure we could extract frames from the movie, but I don't think that's going to end up being the best method.) Another method I'm considering is instead of exporting an image directly from VW, use Python to take a screenshot of a view and query that instead. Would you want your camera (view) to be looking at the center of the church? You also need to consider, if you place the camera in the center of each apartment, that will affect what the camera can see through the (assumed) windows. Placing cameras at different points in the room may give different results in some cases. Which is more important, that you can see the church from the center of the apartment, or that you can see the church from the apartment at all? Querying the images for a specific color is going to require an external library (I would use Pillow), which means users would need to install this package onto their machines. There's a way to do this within Marionette, however users would need access to the internet (or a local file on their machine) and you would need to write your code to be cross-platform (the link for installing this package to Windows is different from Mac and can be dependent on what OS version as well as which version of VW you are using) I don't think this is IMPOSSIBLE, but I think working on it in chunks would be your best approach. First decide where you want to place your cameras, determine how you are going to identify apartments (are you going to use spaces of a certain room definition? are you going to place cameras on the inside of windows?) How are we going to get the image of the view? How much of the visible church is necessary to say "I can see the church from here"?, etc.) If we can create an adequate set of requirements, I'd be more than happy to help you with this endeavor.
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    Vectorworks Design Summit - 2018

    You can also use the app to set up appointments with the "Geeks" for some one-on-one tech support. I'll be sharing the room with them helping out with Marionette questions.
  5. @SVA Architects I'm unable to reproduce the issue you are having using Mojave and 2018 SP5. Could you try moving your user folder to your desktop and restarting Vectorworks to see if the issue persists?
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    Z Values from OIP

    No problem at all! If you ever run into any hiccups, let me know, I'm always more than willing to help troubleshoot 🙂
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    Z Values from OIP

    The Get 3D Info node returns values based on the coordinates of the layer that the object resides on. If you want to get the coordinates from the drawing's coordinate system (which should match the OIP value), you will need to add the Layer's elevation to the value from the Get 3D Info node, based on my testing. To do this, get the layer of the input object using the Get Layer node, and use the Get Layer Elevation node to return the elevation of the layer.
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    Z Values from OIP

    I'm finding that it's correct with the equations in the default node and incorrect with your change.
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    Z Values from OIP

    @KroVex Where is this "Get 3D Z" node from? What version was this network created in? The "Get 3D Info" node in 2018 and 2019 works better than the node you are using, so I'm curious if this was a node from default content, or if it was a custom node.
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    Marionette Wrapper

    Hi @BillV I assume you're aware of Marionette Objects? I think it would be cool to allow Marionette Objects to be saved as Tools in your Tool Sets, but for now, you can save your Marionette Object as a Red Symbol (plug-in symbol) in your file, and it will be inserted similarly to how other Tool objects are, allowing you to customize the parameters in the OIP.
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    Resource Manager is blank

    @MHBrown Are you by chance using Mojave?
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    Barn Door

    @GatRed In general, planar objects in Marionette scripts will show in a Top/Plan view, and 3D objects will show in 3D views. 2D Objects created with Marionette are set to screen plane by default which allows the Marionette Object to display as a Hybrid object.
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    Move Group Question

    Here's a network that I think fulfills your requirements. Please let me know if you need more help. Move Group Question - tessel_MFarrell.vwx
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    Move Group Question

    Looks like the Move node is considering groups to be non-planar in all cases, so it's trying to return 3D info which your planar group does not have. I'm looking into another way to get your network to work while the issue is looked at.
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    Index Bounds Question

    My answer stands. Use the Index node.
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    Index Bounds Question

    You're going to want to use the Index node instead of Index Bounds. index-bounds-question_MFarrell.vwx
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    Get Cell Value (Marionette)

    Yes. As long as you dont run the marionette script in rotated plan, you should have no issue. If you do find yourself still having an issue, please let me know the steps you took before the origin shifted. Hope this helps!
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    Get Cell Value (Marionette)

    @Mi&D There is a known issue running marionette in rotated plan with a user origin and it is being worked on right now. Currently, if you avoid rotated plan while running a marionette script, you won't have a user origin shift. There is no other workaround at this time.
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    Delete Marionette Menu Commands

    Hi Melanie, First you need to open that file. If you right click on the file in the left pane of the resource manager and open it, you can then delete the resource. Hope this helps!
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    Installing Python Image Library in Marionette 2018

    @Gytis in 2019, the issue has been resolved on internal builds based on my testing, I don't believe it is fixed in the release. However, I don't believe 2018 has had a released fix at this time. Windows computers should have no issues installing external libraries in any release at this point while using the correct version path. Edit: I do need to update the file attached to this bug to get it to properly run in 2019 on Mac, still. https://pypi.python.org/packages/13/3e/cb24be6c222138c7d2028502cd2be3b7bec3592456a01c9450bb0f7be641/Pillow-4.2.1-cp35-cp35m-macosx_10_6_intel.macosx_10_9_intel.macosx_10_9_x86_64.macosx_10_10_intel.macosx_10_10_x86_64.whl#md5=28c49cafcd80b160494e3628b8148e0d
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    Here's a place to make requests for new nodes/enhancements for existing nodes. The libraries of nodes are continuously growing and changing - either to fix inadequate behaviors that have been found in general usage, or in other cases to change the way certain nodes behave (i.e. OIP Controls vs. Input Ports for variable inputs). The best thing about Marionette Content is that, for the most part, it won't be necessary to wait for a new version to be released! In some cases, you can get new content within hours of the request - depending on how difficult implementation would be - so please report here if there's something you're looking to accomplish that can't be done with the Default Content.
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    Color By Size

    Version 1.0.0


    Starting in Vectorworks 2018, users can now create menu commands defined by Marionette networks. To do this, select a wrapper in your file, right click, and choose "Convert to Menu Command..." This will open a dialog window where you can name this command. A background process will save your Menu Command to a file in your User Folder. Once that's complete, you can access the menu command by navigating to Tools > Marionette Commands > [YOUR COMMAND HERE] Try this out with the attached file. After creating your menu command (I named mine 'Color By Size' when I created it), select some or all of the objects on the drawing area and run the command!
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    Color By Size

    There is no way to have the actual OIP to open while running the command, however the network could be modified to use User Interaction nodes which would prompt the user for values.
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    Color By Size

    Unfortunately, networks and wrappers can't be run while other objects are selected. That is one of the biggest reasons we implemented Menu Commands.
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    Slider control

    To my knowledge, there is not a way to get decimal values without doing the math for them. You have the option of factoring the math directly into the node's script or performing the math within the network using other nodes. The decimal values will not display within the slider control.


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