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  1. See this post here. You will likely need to make an instrument summary symbol separate from the one used in your drawing.
  2. 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: Application Timestamp: 5a0ccc78 Fault Module Name: Vectorworks2018.exe Fault Module Version: Fault Module Timestamp: 5a0ccc78 Exception Code: c0000005 Exception Offset: 0000000000c7a131 OS Version: 6.1.7601. 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. 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?
  15. I don't know how to solve this issue, but I'd imagine tech support would want your version and service patch numbers. I also don't usually use the instrument insertion tool, but I do use the accessory tool quite often. Running 2016 SP4 on windows 7 and no issues.
  16. Yeah, this has saved me 2+ hours of work. Thanks!
  17. Anyone know how to fix a texture in a viewport that shows the wrong color? When I zoom in and out it momentarily appears correct but then reverts back to the wrong texture/color. Correct color is the color gradient on the right circled in red. wrong is the blue stripe on the left. I two viewports next to each other with the exact same classes and layers on/off. In the one on the left, the color gradient appears blue, and in the one on the right, the color gradient appears correctly. The symbols are exactly the same and are dropped on the fixtures as accessories. I've tried replacing the symbol, turning on/off various classes, checking plane, class/layer assignments. I've had this problem in the past and normally it's a class issue but happens across all my viewports with that particular symbol.
  18. Thank you! I didn't know about the filter option in the instrument summary tool. Can you save that as a 2016 file? I'd love to see how that work sheet is set up.
  19. Hi, I asked this question a day or two before the new forums went live and my previous post has vanished into the nether. I'm trying to make a work sheet that when I run a script will import certain information from record labels attached to symbols contained within a viewport on a sheet layer. I want to make a list of lighting fixtures that exist in a view port, basically. In the attached picture, the red box is what I'm trying to do automatically. Currently, I manually enter all of that information which is time consuming and error prone when things change often. I'm also trying to learn vectorscript and python, so I'm hoping someone can just point me in the right direction so I can learn how to do this. Thanks!
  20. Hi folks, The scenic draftsperson often takes vectorworks files (2016 spotlight) and imports them into Auto CAD 2016 to maintain updated section and ground plans for shows we're working on. She's having a problem, however, where she can't delete the locii in cad that have been imported from the VWX files. I know this isn't a cad forum, but the locii show up when printing and they're undeletable/selectable and can't be assigned to new layers. Any thoughts about how to fix this without re-importing the vwx file without the locii?
  21. I fixed it by remaking the side arm symbols. I copied the lines and polygons in the c-clamp symbol, deleted the c-clamp symbol out of the side arm symbol, then just pasted the c-clamp lines that I copied back into the side arm symbols and it worked. I don't...i don't know wtf. It works now, thanks for your help.
  22. i highlighted the problem area with a big red oval. For giggles I tried importing the 14 deg symbol from the ETC symbol file, though it should be be the same, and it did not fix the problem.
  23. The clamp sometimes disappears and sometimes doesn't, although selecting the side arm shows at least the outline. I've checked the clamp symbol and it's innards belong to the same class as the iron, which is also the same class as I use for the side arm accessory on the plot. The layer is the same layer as the fixtures.
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