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  1. Well.. Andy just gave you one method. You could also simply add an image prop in front of the LED structure. Or break your source image into tile-sized pieces and map each one individually. So I wouldn’t say there’s no way to do it. There are plenty of options. It’s just easier with the built in tool.
  2. I've had the same experience working with red symbols and the Video Camera tool. Thanks for bringing this up, I really thought it was me. @RMDiekmann have you experimented with custom camera stands as well? I created one that places the camera at a more realistic height for event industry use in a long throw situation. I find that the 3D locus used for camera body placement seems to mysteriously disappear when I import the red symbol. -Dan
  3. The Pan and Tilt adjustments are limited to adjustments of 1 degree or greater. This doesn't really work in real world conditions where a camera is some distance from the subject, using a "sports" style 9mm x 70mm lens, for instance. It's not uncommon to have a focal length of several hundred millimeters. Framing up a subject with the camera requires panning or tilting in fractions of a degree.
  4. Regarding pdf ungrouping - this is not a Vectorworks issue, it's a problem with the manner in which the document was created. Not all pdf documents include underlying geometry. If the pdf has been rasterized, you won't be able to get anything out of it. -Dan
  5. Someone (DomC maybe?) wrote a Marionette network that adds random symbols from a specified folder inside of a control object. It works really well. You could make a set of sprinkle objects of different colors and use a circle as the control object.
  6. I think your best bet for that would be to use Python. There are a bunch of options for working with file and folder structure using os (https://docs.python.org/3/library/os.html). I wrote a script to snapshot an open file to a subfolder in the current directory using os. You can definitely do what you're looking for, but not necessarily with Vectorscript.
  7. @C. Andrew Dunning I've been wondering about this too, although I haven't tested it exhaustively. Workgroup resources seem to work with Videoscreen and Soft Goods, but not Audio Tools.
  8. I use a Synology DS1813+. I use the Cloudstation feature to share folder structures among multiple machines, both PC and Mac. I also frequently use the Cloud Sync feature to synchronize certain project folders with Dropbox, allowing easy collaboration with outside resources. For access to non-Dropboxed folders outside of my LAN I use a VPN. Honestly, it works very well. The server has been doing it's thing since 2013 with only occasional maintenance. When I add a new computer, it's simply a matter of installing the Cloudstation software, setting up the local folder structure, and letting it download for a couple of hours to sync up. Generally the only time I log in to the server is to set up new Dropbox sync folders. Happy to share more perspective anytime. My Swiss German is a little rough, though. 😉 -Dan .
  9. Thanks Mike. I'm not sure that I buy that official explanation, though. I *always* render using viewports with linked RW cameras. Sometimes the gobo mysteriously disappears, and I can make it come back without re-creating the viewport and linked camera. But until I can pin down exactly what causes it to break, I guess the official line will have to suffice. -Dan
  10. This happens to me fairly regularly. I render custom gobos frequently for one particular client. It's been happening since at least v2016. I've never been able to pin down exactly what makes it break, so I've never filed a bug report. Sometimes it happens when I move the fixture, other times it seems totally random. My general solution is: 1) switch the gobo to something different (any generic stock object) 2) re-render 3) switch back to the gobo I actually want 4) render it again 5) repeat until it works If you're using multiple fixtures, good luck! Sometimes you need to touch every single one to get it to stick. -Dan
  11. Here is a Vectorscript called FindRenameClasses that I use. I think I found it in the Vectorscript forum a while ago, but I'm not sure. Attribution in the comments on the first line. PROCEDURE FindRenameClasses; { Modded by Andrew Chau based on Renameclasses by ? Petri Sakkinen 1997 - 2009 } VAR className, newName, cs1, cs2 {cs1 is the trigger or to be replaced, cs2 is the replacement} : STRING; i, j, n : INTEGER; BEGIN cs1:=StrDialog(Concat('Find text string in class name to rename...',Chr(13),Chr(13),'Find:'), 'S_'); IF NOT DidCancel THEN cs2:=StrDialog(Concat('Rename text string in class name...',Chr(13),Chr(13),'Replace:'),'X_S-'); j := LEN(cs1); FOR i := 3 TO CLASSNUM DO BEGIN className := CLASSLIST(i); n := POS(cs1, className); IF (n=1) THEN BEGIN newName := className; DELETE(newName, 1, j); RENAMECLASS(className, CONCAT(cs2, newName)); END; END; END; RUN(FindRenameClasses); I have it saved as a custom plugin, and added it as a menu item to my workspace. This doesn't help with your symbol names, saved views, etc. but it may still be useful. Also - you could probably do what you are looking for with a Marionette network. -Dan
  12. @Kevin McAllister what other Designer tricks do you use? I've thought about upgrading from Spotlight, but I haven't been able to wrap my head around the differences enough to justify the cost. Thanks! Dan
  13. Two thumbs up for the Surface Book 2. Pricey but worth it! -Dan
  14. It's not ideal, but one thing you can do is Publish the sheet layers containing the viewports. Vectorworks generates a publish log that tells you how long each sheet takes to produce. I say it's not ideal because there's no opportunity to cancel. But if you want to kick off a few different versions and go get some coffee... The log file report looks like this (file name removed): I do think having a way to track render time data within the program would be extremely valuable, and I've mentioned to Vectorworks team members on the phone and at trade shows. Generally the answer is something like, "well, you can see it on the lower right once the viewport has rendered." -Dan
  15. I had this exact same problem! It was incredibly annoying, and I wish I could tell you how I solved it. I think it had something to do with my default font settings - size, alignment, etc. Also, maybe it also was related to working with a template that had been converted through several software upgrades. My best advice is to start from scratch using the scale bar tool, don't try to copy and paste from an older document. Good luck. -Dan
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