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  1. Hobbsies

    Instrument Summary questions

    See this post here. You will likely need to make an instrument summary symbol separate from the one used in your drawing.
  2. Hobbsies

    Custom Instrument Summary/Key

    Wow, I really like this idea! I think you were the one who helped me fix my strip light symbols too.
  3. I get the attached error every time I close VW2018. It happens with all files. Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: Vectorworks2018.exe Application Version: 23.0.2.0 Application Timestamp: 5a0ccc78 Fault Module Name: Vectorworks2018.exe Fault Module Version: 23.0.2.0 Fault Module Timestamp: 5a0ccc78 Exception Code: c0000005 Exception Offset: 0000000000c7a131 OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.48 Locale ID: 1033 Additional Information 1: 9667 Additional Information 2: 9667a31dfb9df0d49a160f54902312c8 Additional Information 3: 60a3 Additional Information 4: 60a31a21b2c49acce548aa18c8ffb4f8 Read our privacy statement online: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=104288&clcid=0x0409 If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline: C:\Windows\system32\en-US\erofflps.txt
  4. I have several sheets with multiple pages laid out. In most of my sheets, the print order is down, then across. However, I have one sheet that prints across, then down. How do I change that? See attached photos. arrows indicate print order.
  5. Oh, I think I understand. So to pass it back as I understand it, what he was saying was that I can use whatever parts (symbols) I want in the main symbol of the strip light, and the counting tool will count those as the same unit as long as their instrument name is the same. so for example my zip strips are made up of three symbols named Zip L, Zip C, and Zip R. These should appear in my lighting symbol maintenance report as different symbol names but have the same instrument name, so they’ll be counted as one type of light in the instrument summary on my title pages. I’ll try that when I get to work tomorrow. Thanks for both of your help!
  6. Maybe I built the symbol incorrectly then. I made a quick vid of me trying to get this working: I really appreciate your help
  7. Hi Mark, Thank you. I did tried that and I think we're on the right track, but vwx still thinks I haven't used the main strip light resource in my document despite dropping it directly onto the plot onto the position I'm referencing. The parent symbols (znested L, R, C etc) are not considered lights only the main symbols and have been removed from both the build list and the lighting symbol maintenance report. Once i figure out these, I'll fix the par56 strip symbols and the cyc lights I have leftover so just ignore those in the attached photo.
  8. I'm trying to make my strip lights appear as one unit instead of each individual nested symbol in my instrument summaries. is there any way to do this? See attached image of how it's behaving now. I'd like the Inst schedule to just say "Altman Zip Strip 4ckt" with a qty of 1 and only show 1 symbol like it shows in my resource browser.
  9. Solved: Turn off "Modify lighting instrument color" in spotlight preferences > Lighting Device.
  10. I'm having an issue where we were sent a light plot but no paperwork. So I've cleaned up their plot, imported my own fixtures, fixed label legends, etc. Finally ready to export data to make a LW. When I sync the info with LW and click back onto vectorworks, 90% of my lighting instruments lose their fill permanently. I can't swap their symbols out for new ones, change their fill color (they are nested symbols anyways), etc. However the symbols in the resource browser look normal, and I can drop new symbols onto the drawing and their fill is fine. I've tried saving the files to my desktop. Tried opening backup files from VWX and re-exporting, and I run into the same issue repeatedly. Here's a video of the issue:
  11. Hobbsies

    Lighting Device Type - Survey

    I've been playing with device types as of late and I'm having trouble distinguishing what each type does in relation to lightwright, and how each type is handled by vectorworks. I get that static accessories, when dropped on lights appear in LW in the accessory columns. That's great and I use it all the time. But how do I help VW and LW communicate regarding, say a gobo rotator? I guess it sort of comes down to designer and master electrician preference how they want it patched, whether its a separate instrument or they make it behave like a scroller (we use ETC consoles). What's the distinguishing characteristics between the device types "light" and "moving light"? Does LW care about that?
  12. A friend on FB recommended turning off tangent snap, and that seems to fix it. Unsure why but maybe has something to do with the CAD import and the fact that the line I'm placing the origin on is ever so slightly curved. Thanks for your help!
  13. It doesn't seem to happen in a new file in the same way. it behaves the same way when I drop the line on the edge of a circle. I do not have unified view enabled. 2017-02-23_09-24-30.mp4
  14. See video for description. I'm using the line to in vertex mode and the origin will not stay put. It's inconsistent, sometimes the line works fine and other times the line behaves as if it's rotating around a giant invisible circle in some sort of tangent mode. I've restarted vectorworks multiple times and this occurs in a variety of different files. This started when I upgraded to SP4 a few months ago. What's the solution?

 

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